concept design

Goodbye MOTO X advertisements: don’t believe the hype

Goodbye MOTO X advertisements: don’t believe the hype

This morning several images of a proposed advertising campaign for the rebirth of Motorola through the MOTO X or X Phone device on August 1st have surfaced. What you're seeing isn't a leaked set of pre-production bits and pieces, but a conceptual work by a graphic designer that's pitching said ideas to the company. And if it were real, he'd certainly not be posting this all up for the public.

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Terrafugia’s TF-X concept flying car makes every road its launch pad

Terrafugia’s TF-X concept flying car makes every road its launch pad

Anyone who watched The Jetsons as a kid has been eagerly awaiting the day we can take our personal vehicles to the sky, zooming away towards the clouds to pick up a pizza or the dry cleaning. Such a reality isn't here yet, but Terrafugia's new TF-X concept gives us yet another glimpse into what that future could look like, showing off a car that looks similar to an older Ford Taurus that sprouted half a pair of X-Fighter wings.

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Apple patents wrap-around AMOLED display

Apple patents wrap-around AMOLED display

This week Apple's industrial designers and inventors have found their way back into the USPTO with a patent filing for a wrap-around display. This means that you'll have a device that's got a display that's wrapping around its sides rather than just sitting on the front - AMOLED in technology, too. You'll have brightness and light coming at you from all directions!

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Motorola X Phone render “leaked”: 5 specifications to make you freak

Motorola X Phone render “leaked”: 5 specifications to make you freak

As we draw ever nearer the developer conference known as Google I/O 2013, tips and rumors (and today a 3D rendering) of a Motorola-made "X Phone" have made their way to the public. What we're seeing here is an illustrated version of what a tipster has suggested will be what the upcoming Google Nexus device will bring to the market this spring, with a possible reveal hitting in early May as Google's convention takes place. Along with the rendering from GSMArena has come a set of specifications that are sometimes fabulous, sometimes bafflingly low-grade.

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The iCompanion wearable: there is no iWatch

The iCompanion wearable: there is no iWatch

If you're thinking that today's big announcement from "unnamed sources familiar with the matter" surrounding the so-called "iWatch" is simply an expansion of what we've seen in the past with the iPods of old, you're sorely mistaken. Instead the only possible course of action Apple will be considering is one in which they open up another new category of device. If Apple cannot create what I'm about describe as the "iCompanion", their supposed "100 product designers working on a wristwatch-like device" won't deliver a market-ready device.

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Toyota announces FR-S Roadster and i-ROAD tandem seater concepts

Toyota announces FR-S Roadster and i-ROAD tandem seater concepts

Toyota has unveiled two concepts it has prepared for the Geneva Motor Show, one of which is a rather strange-looking top shot of a tandem two-seater called the i-ROAD. The other is a concept of the FT-86 Open, shown in the appealing sketch below. You can check out the concept image of the i-ROAD tandem vehicle after the jump.

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KIA Cross GT concept crossover teased

KIA Cross GT concept crossover teased

This week at the 2013 Chicago Auto show the next generation of KIA crossover vehicles has been revealed in a teaser image. This image shows a Cross GT concept vehicle with just a few details being revealed, most of them inside smooth lines and a laid-back feel. This vehicle has been tipped as a lovely Urban Vehicle with two-door action and next-generation innards - this we can guess while details involved are quite scant at the moment.

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iPhone Plus mock-up offers real 4.94-inch display vision

iPhone Plus mock-up offers real 4.94-inch display vision

This week the developer of Instapaper, Mr. Marco Arment, has created a rather intriguing mock-up of what the "iPhone Plus" would look like, using specifications, tips, and rumors to push the idea of this device as close to reality as possible. The device itself would work as an in-between aside the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini, filling in the perceived "gap" left at the moment where no iOS device currently exists. The iPhone Plus (or iPhone+ or iPhone Math) would work with a 4.94-inch display and a lovely 640 x 1136 pixel (264 PPI) resolution.

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Apple patent shows shoe sensor for information on sole death

Apple patent shows shoe sensor for information on sole death

If you've got a pair of shoes that are so old that your feet touch the ground, you're going to need a new pair - this will no longer have to be a scenario where you have to make that judgement if Apple's newest patent application is realized. In the application revealed this week, Apple has shown an outline for how they might place sensors in shoes that track the wear and tear on the soles of the footwear in a variety of ways. The end result will be a pair of shoes that informs the wearer if they get worn out while walking then warns every subsequent wearer (if there are any) that they are not fit to use.

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Audi Swarm tail-lights put Speed Racer on the docket

Audi Swarm tail-lights put Speed Racer on the docket

One of the lesser-seen concepts that appeared earlier this year down deep in the Audi stand at CES 2013 was this magical bit of conceptual madness: the Swarm tail-light. This light recalls (as the title of this post implies) the fantastical visions of the brightly-lit future of the Speed Racer movie from the Wachowski tag team of excellence back a few years ago - complete with wild color combinations. What we're not sure of at the moment is if this greatness will inspire better driving or more distracted crash-ready action.

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Google Glass sees laser-projected keyboard possibilities

Google Glass sees laser-projected keyboard possibilities

This week a patent has been revealed as filed by Google for what very much appears to be a laser-projected set of controls emanating from a pair of smart glasses. This of course could mean that Google's Project Glass is about to see some amazing virtual reality controls as their two upcoming developer events come to fruition at the start of next month. And this isn't the first time we've seen wild, futuristic control possibilities for Google's Glass, either!

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Apple prototypes of the 80’s unveiled

Apple prototypes of the 80’s unveiled

The designer known as Hartmut Esslinger has revealed an amazing treasure trove of never before seen designs from the Apple archives this week in a book by the name of "Design Forward." This book was launched this week at the opening event of an exhibition by the name of "German Design Standards - from Bauhaus to Globalization" and was delivered first to the folks at Design Boom where they've been allowed to display many of the images within. What we're being shown here is a set of Apple products designed - at least in part - by Hartmut Esslinger himself during his time with what would become one of the most iconic hardware companies in history.

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