At the Paris Air Show, aerospace giant EADS teamed up with European tech consulting firm Altran to figure out a a concept for a hypothetical airport of 2050. It's gonna be so friendly and efficient that they're going to call it... Wait for it... Friend-lean.
It's not like today's seaside cities don't already employ gondolas and water taxis and what-have-you to get folks around, but designer Cal Craven is here with an aquatic vehicle that's just for you and me. Imagine, if you will, a world where we're connected not by paved paths, but by waterways, and we drive around in personal boats instead of cars. Imagine, too, that Water World never existed, because that helps make this all cooler, to boot.
You know all those fancy high-speed trains? The sad fact is that for a lot of the time, they're not moving any faster than my living room is moving right now. Trains waste a huge amount of time and energy picking up passengers at stations, but if it were somehow possible for the stations to meet the train, things would be a lot more efficient.
Battery-powered cars are a big deal all of a sudden, so why not a battery-powered plane? The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, better known for being the parent company of Airbus and Eurocopter, has been working on this concept aircraft which could be flying us around on battery power by 2035.
Personally, I don't have a porn folder. I've never looked at porn. I don't even know what porn is. Some sort of snack food, I imagine. But from what I hear, people seem to keep a lot of pictures and video of it on their computers, and thanks to these new concepts, you'll be able to feel just exactly how heavy and bloated all those files are.
Electrolux is well known for sponsoring conceptual design contests that encourage a minimal basis in reality and a corresponding maximal amount of radicalness, bodaciousness, and cowabungosity. The 2011 Design Competition ends next month, and here are 17 of the most redonkulous finalists.
As much as I love Australia, it does kinda take up an entire continent, and getting around can be a bit of a chore. Native design firm Hassell has designed this conceptual high speed train to connect some of that upside-down vastness in a fast and eco-friendly way.
Imagine if all of your office work, your exercising, movie-going, game-playing and even studying could be done instead inside a 360-degree wonderland of images and sound. That's exactly the aim here — step on inside the Immersive Cocoon.
Why bother worrying about global warming, tsunamis, floods and rising sea levels when you could just ignore it all with a house on stilts? In fact, you can actually look forward to the ice caps melting, 'cause then you get a giant swimming pool of pure glacial meltwater installed for free in your backyard. Sweet!
There are currently two problems with driving a car in a city: 1) all those cars generate a load of pollution and 2) it's hard to fit lots of cars on a street during rush hour. The Vieria concept car designed by Gunwoong Kim and Suji Kim for the Michelin Challenge Design competition solves both those issues with its front pollution-sucking intake and shiftable scissor-like wheel and axle system. After ingesting all that dirty air, the all-electric Vieria even goes one further — it emits clean air out of its rear outtake, similar to the YeZ concept car. How's that for eco-friendly?