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Phonebloks modular phone concept isolates components in swappable blocks

Phonebloks modular phone concept isolates components in swappable blocks

Though some take the DIY approach to replacing a faulty part in a smartphone, many elect to discard it in favor of an upgraded device, something that results in a fair bit of electronics waste. To mitigate this -- and to make it easy for a handset to be upgraded -- the Phonebloks concept has isolated components in removable blocks that can be swapped out with the turn of only two screws.

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Jaguar C-X17 revealed: “pretty feasible” for market release

Jaguar C-X17 revealed: “pretty feasible” for market release

The concept vehicle known as Jaguar C-X17 has been revealed in full today in Frankfurt - not as a production car, mind you, but as a concept that may very well see production in the near future. This is the first time Jaguar has launched into the CUV/SUV territory, and they've done so keeping the Jaguar design language from start to finish. This is thanks in a large way to Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum.

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Audi Sport Quattro Concept revealed in Frankfurt

Audi Sport Quattro Concept revealed in Frankfurt

A few days back Audi was teasing car geeks all around the world with a dark and ill-defined image of a new concept car it promised to unveil at the 2013 IAA show in Frankfurt. Audi's is finished teasing and has unveiled images of the incredibly cool Audi Sport Quattro concept. Audi says that the car was designed to help celebrate the 30th birthday of the Sport Quattro.

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Infiniti EMERG-E First Drive

Infiniti EMERG-E First Drive

As environmentally-friendly concepts go, Nissan's Infiniti EMERG-E is definitely more in the BMW i8 camp of performance first, rather than the meek eco-boxes that can give EVs a bad name, and we've been lucky enough to grab a test drive of one of the two working cars in existence while at Nissan 360. While most concepts look great but can often manage no more than a sluggish roll from delivery trailer to car show stand, the 402HP EMERG-E isn't short on either power or poise. Read on for some first impressions.

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BMW Concept X5 eDrive teases hybrid SUV to challenge Lexus

BMW Concept X5 eDrive teases hybrid SUV to challenge Lexus

BMW's i3 may be the company's first electric car to reach the market, but the company knows it's gas-guzzling SUVs that could really benefit from an eco-friendly update, hence the new BMW Concept X5 eDrive. Set to debut officially at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, the concept SUV bears a few design tweaks on the outside to differentiate it from its gas and diesel powered siblings, but the real magic goes on under the hood, where a plug-in hybrid drive system promises to take the polluting edge off of owning a big all-wheel-drive car.

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Flexible OLED viewfinder and camera array combine for panoramic FlexCam

Flexible OLED viewfinder and camera array combine for panoramic FlexCam

The Human Media Lab at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in Canada just released a video showing off the FlexCam, a new panoramic camera that combines a flexible OLED viewfinder with a camera array. The lenses are located on the back of the device, allowing users to bend and flex it to take panoramic photographs. The original research was published in 2012 but a video detailing its function just showed up on YouTube.

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Cadillac Elmiraj Concept wants to give BMW sleepless nights

Cadillac Elmiraj Concept wants to give BMW sleepless nights

Cadillac has taken the wraps off of the Elmiraj Concept, the company's latest design study, a luxury four-seater grand coupé borrowing design cues from the monstrous Ciel Concept. Over 5.2 meters long, with the sort of menacing styling Darth Vader might approve of, the Elmiraj Concept runs a 4.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 good for around 500HP, pushing its power through the rear wheels in what seems a direct - if only theoretical at present - challenge to BMW's 6-Series tourer, and wrapping the interior in backlit titanium and leather.

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Hyperloop Alpha: Elon Musks’ high-speed train begins its journey in detail

Hyperloop Alpha: Elon Musks’ high-speed train begins its journey in detail

After a bit of a foot-in-mouth mention of a high-speed transit system between the two ends of the country earlier this year, Elon Musk is today ready to bring a bit more heat to the very real possibility of this Hyperloop system. In a release made through Tesla Motors, Musk suggests that this next-generation system must be faster and cheaper to operate than either our current airplane system or driving a car. It must be, he suggested, far better than any other mode of transport for the journey it's capable of making - a fifth mode of transport.

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