concepts

  • Concept bike from Peugeot looks amazing, but is it practical?

    The bicycle, my friends, has gone through many refinements, but not as many serious changes. Look at an average bike now, and you’ll find it’s much the same as a bike from 50 years ago. More reliable, more efficient, and much lighter to be sure, but it’s built with the same archetype in mind. Not so much with this crazy thing from Peugeot. Read More

  • OLED board game pieces promise to take Carcassonne into the far future

    My buddy Lou tells this story: he was with his girlfriend at the time and he got a call from a couple they knew. They couple invited them over for “boardgames and wine” and Lou said “Sure.” Then his girlfriend told him that they were not going over for boardgames and wine because, in that couple’s special code, “boardgames and wine” as some sort of… Read More

  • SmartFish concept aircraft swims in the air

    The SmartFish aircraft is a concept vehicle created by an engineering firm in Germany, based on the aerodynamic shape of a fish. So far, they have only built a remote control version of the aircraft, however a prototype is in the works. The prototype will be built from kevlar and carbon fiber, however the designers expect the vehicle to be relatively inexpensive to build. Read More

  • MSI's two-screen wonder looks a lot like that extinct OLPC 2.0

    Remember that OLPC design that had two touchscreens joined at the hip, kind of like we saw with the Courier later? Yeah, it got canned, but the basic design seems to have lived on in this MSI concept. Read More

  • "Rambler," another dubious but perhaps useful socket modification

    The common wall socket is, despite what you may think, a very well-engineered piece of work. There’s no way to put plugs in wrong, it’s difficult to electrocute yourself, and they put through plenty of juice as well as grounding your device. Ain’t nothing wrong with that, but people seem set on fixing it anyway. The pull-out looked good, but the Node was a disaster waiting… Read More

  • Custom Band-Aid dispenser for those foot-long paper cuts

    Although the concept here is good, I can’t help thinking that if you need a Band-Aid (elastic bandage, sorry) longer than an inch or so, you probably need something more than a Band-Aid. Except for things like grass and paper cuts, injuries more than an inch in any direction generally don’t just go in a straight line. And what about covering up hickies? Read More

  • T3's "Netpad" puts a few new twists on the tablet format


    Product differentiation is getting more and more difficult these days. The lozenge-shaped, touch-enabled, all-purpose computing device is fast on its way, and while things like the Courier are still serving up surprises, you could be forgiven for thinking most of these big blank screens are pretty similar. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to see some smart additions to the tablet… Read More

  • Yeah, this Vertu concept looks better than most of the ‘real’ phones out there

    Apparently this phone is getting ready for a big Muay Thai match. It’s a Vertu—“vertu” is “virture” in French!—designed by one Norihiko Inoue. No, you cannot buy it, I just thought it looked neat. Read More

  • Store your data on an ice cream bar with deliciously easy file transfers

    Yum. Ice cream bars and external data solutions are, without a doubt, two of my favorite things. Actually, I don’t back up all that often (I’m in the cloud, baby!) and frozen confections give me headaches. But this concept actually makes a whole lot of sense and it looks good, to boot. Read More

  • Screw cooking with gas, I wanna cook with lasers

    When appliance heavyweight Electrolux has a design contest, you know there’s going to be some crazy stuff coming out it. This year is no exception, as designer Ludovic Peperstraete has come up with his “Cooking in the Futur” design, which suggests that 90 years from now we’ll be using laser beams to cook food instead of gas or convection ovens. Do you hear me? Read More

  • Portable housing concepts

    So due to the financial crisis, you’ve lost your mcmansion, the wife left and took the kids, the bank took the car, and all you’ve got left are your clothes, and maybe your bicycle. Don’t despair, you can still look stylish while being homeless! Read More