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This is the Lexus LF-C2, and it’s kinda stunning

This is the Lexus LF-C2, and it’s kinda stunning

Lexus has brought along an eye-catching new concept to the LA Auto Show 2014, the Lexus LF-C2, though while the droptop 2+2 might be described as a design study, it looks almost ready for the road. A clear descendent of both the IS and the IS C convertible, the LF-C2 envisages a life on the open road where the many angles would have plentiful opportunities to catch the light. It'd have to be a dry route, though: since the LF-C2 Concept has only the climate inside auto shows to consider, there's actually no roof at all.

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Audi A7 h-tron flirts with performance fuel-cells

Audi A7 h-tron flirts with performance fuel-cells

The LA Auto Show 2014 is shaping up to be the car show where fuel-cells come to the fore, with the new Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro joining Toyota’s Mirai and Honda’s FCV in turning to hydrogen for its power. Officially a plug-in hybrid + fuel-cell electric car, as Audi would have it, the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro concept delivers 230 HP and 400 lb-ft of torque from its combined powerplants, as well as delivering what the Germany company says should be around 342 miles of driving range.

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Audi Prologue concept unveiled with bold, new design [VIDEOS]

Audi Prologue concept unveiled with bold, new design [VIDEOS]

Concept cars are used by car makers to experiment with new ideas, new designs, and new features. To that extent, the new Audi Prologue that was just revealed fulfills that purpose and more, showcasing a new direction for Audi. And yet, at the same time, the Prologue is every bit as much an Audi car. As SlashGear editor Vincent Nguyen, who was invited to the exclusive unveiling event, says, "the Audi Prologue is a new design language for Audi one that's a big departure from the existing models but at the core, it's still very much an Audi"

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The “Nutshell” Wearable Focus Pod: peak nonsense

The “Nutshell” Wearable Focus Pod: peak nonsense

The term "wearable" should summon several thoughts in your mind, right off the bat. "Apple Watch" or "iWatch" is probably one of them, followed by "smartwatch" and on to "another one of those devices I want, but don't know why." This week a device setup designed by a student from the School of Visual Arts has come to light, one called "Nutshell." This device consists of a a light material "shell," a headphone-enabled helmet, and an app. Together they create a relaxing experience for you in any environment.

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OS For The City wins Audi Urban Future Award 2014

OS For The City wins Audi Urban Future Award 2014

Mexico City has won this year's Audi Urban Future Award 2014 after 6 months of presentations and deliberation. The team of inventors and creators from Mexico City presented an "operating system for urban mobility", creating a data platform where cities can plan for traffic, congestion, and changing population centers through time. Mexico City was one of four interdisciplinary teams aimed at creating a better world to compete in this year's Audi Urban Future Award 2014 series and competition, including Berlin, Boston, and Seoul as well.

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Scion pins pocket-rocket hopes on iM Concept

Scion pins pocket-rocket hopes on iM Concept

Making a concept car can be pretty straightforward: big engine, crazy design, outlandish interior papered with touchscreens, and then set your auto-responder to "we have no plans to commercialize this vehicle." When you're Scion, though, and want to make not only a concept that's in keeping with your low-cost pitch as well as something which will translate to a probably-not-much-different commercial version, it's a little trickier. The Toyota division's result for the LA Auto Show next week is this, a bright blue hatchback dubbed the Scion iM Concept.

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This Smart Desk concept is the Dell you actually want

This Smart Desk concept is the Dell you actually want

Dell has cooked up a huge touchscreen "Smart Desk" concept for Dell World this week, its vision of what the digital workspace of the future will look like. Focusing on the sort of tools that digital artists, graphic designers, engineers, analysts, and anyone else wanting to dip their hands into their data, the broad LCD multitouch screen covers the desk like a 21st century blotter, and is paired with a second, equally sizable display, such as Dell's own UltraSharp 27, a 5K display which the company says will ship in December.

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Solar paint and Warp Drive grille: Mercedes’ baby crossover concept gets odd

Solar paint and Warp Drive grille: Mercedes’ baby crossover concept gets odd

When you're opening a new research & development center, you need something suitably shiny (and far-fetched) to showcase it, and Mercedes-Benz's freshly formed Beijing team has come up with a doozy. The Mercedes Vision G-Code Concept not only comes coated with solar-panel paint - in theory if not in practice, at least - but has a grille that lights and pulses different colors inspired by Star Trek's warp drive, and various cameras and dashboard elements that whirr out automatically. Dubbed a Sports Utility Coupe (SUC), the concept crossover even throws in that old design study favorite: suicide doors.

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Kyocera Proteus aims to be a bendable, wearable smartphone

Kyocera Proteus aims to be a bendable, wearable smartphone

When it comes to flexible displays, Samsung and LG have taken much of the spotlight, employing those latest techniques for a variety of its products, from curved TVs to smartphones. However, that doesn't mean that other technology companies are taking a backseat. Kyocera, more known in the mobile world for its tough, rugged, and unbending smartphones, is taking a stab at it too. At this year's CEATEC, it revealed its Kyocera Proteus beta designs. Named after the shape-shifting sea god, you can very well guess what this smartphone wants to become.

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Wearable scooter doubles as a belt

Wearable scooter doubles as a belt

Modern transportation needs are ever changing, and many are seeking greener alternatives for their daily commutes as environmental concerns grow. We've seen some odd solutions to these problems over the years, but none quite as unexpected as the "belt scooter", a contraption that is exactly what its name suggests: a scooter that can be worn as a belt. The scooter is a concept design created by Adam Torok of Hungary, who posted images of his creation to Behance for all to enjoy.

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