concepts

The weirdest, crazier cars of Amelia Concours 2016

The weirdest, crazier cars of Amelia Concours 2016

Just as fine art can be challenging, so can classic cars, and while Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance has its fair share of multi-mullion supercars, so it also has a more refined selection of automotive oddballs. In fact, when some of the biggest collectors in the US - and abroad - get together to outdo each other, you're bound to find some more unusual vehicles in the mix.

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Sony’s Future Lab Program will let users in on R&D ideas

Sony’s Future Lab Program will let users in on R&D ideas

Many companies, especially tech ones, have research and development divisions and groups, but almost all of those happen behind close doors. Sony, surprisingly, is taking a daring, and perhaps risky, contrary approach, at least for some of its technologies. With its new Future Lab Program, it is opening the doors wide to its technological R&D, inviting users to be part at least of the conceptual and prototyping stages. It is the beginning of a new culture that will kick off when Sony unveils "N", the first Future Lab project, at SxSW next week.

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Unreal Engine 4 dwarf heralds Uncanny Valley passage

Unreal Engine 4 dwarf heralds Uncanny Valley passage

What you're about to see will make you a true believer in the future of computer-rendered film. It'll do that even though what you're going to see is a rendering made with a gaming engine. Not to worry, though, the folks behind the engine are fully aware of what they have on their hands. The creator of this masterpiece of a rendering goes by the name Baolong Zhang, he's a 3D character and environment artist, and he's working here with Unreal Engine 4. Imagine the possibilities in virtual reality with this type of work - meet your best buddy dwarf and have a pint with him!

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Is this early Samsung Galaxy S7 rendering wild enough for you?

Is this early Samsung Galaxy S7 rendering wild enough for you?

What you're about to witness is a video of what may very well be the Samsung Galaxy S7 visualized. The video hasn't been made by Samsung, nor is it based on any real in-hand models of the device. Nobody outside of Samsung knows exactly what the Samsung Galaxy S7 looks like yet - not even the most prolific of leaksters know for certain. But what you're about to witness might blow your mind if you expect the unexpected.

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Windspeed’s SkyDeck puts luxury seats on top of a plane

Windspeed’s SkyDeck puts luxury seats on top of a plane

First class won’t be the same once a new luxury option goes into effect: seats in a clear dome on top of an airplane. Called SkyDeck, this new seating arrangement concept has been designed by Windspeed Technologies, an aerospace engineering firm; it features a clear glass dome with a pair of seats inside, giving passengers a 360-degree view of the open sky around them.

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What’s next for iPhone 7?

What’s next for iPhone 7?

Today we're having a sort of brainstorming session on what might be next for Apple's smartphone line. What we've heard so far is very little - bits and pieces on the thinness of the device, word on processor manufacturers, and even a tip on how there may be a non-metal version. But what we're doing today is extrapolating. Deciding what may be based on what was and what's trending now. First: release dates - we're leaning toward a September 23rd release date and a September 7th reveal date - based entirely on precedent.

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Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV eyes-on

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV eyes-on

With the Mitsubishi Motors Concept XR-PHEV, the LA Auto Show 2014 sees a slick plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle drivetrain paired with high-end, bold styling - in bright red, of course. Mitsubishi brought this vehicle to LA not only reaffirm their commitment to the US market, but to show how future vehicles will look and run. As this vehicle is a concept, Mitsubishi says it'll never reach the road in its current form. On the other hand, the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV does play host to not only futuristic aesthetics for next-gen cars, but futuristic technologies as well.

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Round Apple Watch concept is everything we wanted

Round Apple Watch concept is everything we wanted

When the Apple Watch was announced, throes of attendees stood and applauded. The Apple wearable we’d all been waiting for was here — but it wasn’t what some wanted. Square rather than round, Apple Watch left some looking toward Android Wear — but what if it were round?

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Miilo oneBike transitions from balance to pedal bike with ease

Miilo oneBike transitions from balance to pedal bike with ease

One of the best ways to teach kids how to ride a bike is with a balance bike. The pedal-less design lets them scoot along, tucking their legs when they feel comfortable enough. Kids grow quickly, though, and those balance bikes soon become obsolete — unless you have one of these!

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Concept recycles paper into pencils right before your eyes

Concept recycles paper into pencils right before your eyes

Recycling should be important to all of us, but can also be a tedious process that we don’t see results from. Loading paper or plastics into a bin, only to see them toted off to parts unknown may not give you a sense of ownership in the process. A new design concept does, though — and it’s brilliant.

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Seoul wins first Audi Urban Future Award 2014 Science Slam

Seoul wins first Audi Urban Future Award 2014 Science Slam

Earlier this year the Audi Urban Future Award 2014 was announced, calling upon four teams of innovators to create a concept surrounding "The Next Leap in Mobility." At Audi’s headquarters in Ingoldstadt, a "Science Slam" was held this Wednesday. At this Science Slam, each of the four teams, representing Berlin, Boston, Mexico City, and Spain, presented their idea on stage for an audience of judges.

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Lexus LF-NX Crossover Hybrid concept aims at compact SUV in Frankfurt

Lexus LF-NX Crossover Hybrid concept aims at compact SUV in Frankfurt

The Frankfurt Motor Show is in full swing this week, today showing off the Lexus LF-NX Crossover Hybrid Concept car to the world. This vehicles comes in at a cool 182.7 inches long with a solid 106.3-inch wheelbase, aiming to come in with a smaller size than what Lexus describes as the vehicle the pioneered the premium crossover segment in 1998: the RX sport utility vehicle. Inside this machine works with what Lexus describes as a "Human Oriented" L-finesse design previously popping up on the LFA and the new IS, aiming for boldness with a sculpted cockpit made with ergonomics in mind.

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