Every year, the Michelin Design Challenge gives the design community the opportunity to go completely nuts and create vehicles with little, if any, basis in reality. By the look of things, this year was no exception, and we've got a gallery of the 13 weirdest concept cars from the competition.
This concept copter features a passenger compartment that can be lowered to the ground, avoiding that ungainly leap followed by a probable faceplant that normally happens when exiting a hovering chopper with something strapped to your feet (or so I'm told). But then, you snowboarders are used to faceplants anyway, right?
Laptops are handy because they fold in half. But why stop in half? They'd be handier if you could fold them a few extra times, as with the Fujitsu Lifebook X2 concept.
Electrolux is well known for their wild kitchen and home concept designs, even if I had to use Google just now to figure out what they actually do in real life. Their latest fantasies show a series of kitchen products that "consider sustainability and culture based on existing technology."
We haven't seen too much new stuff from Chevrolet/GM recently, maybe because they've been pouring all of their blood, sweat, and tears into making the Volt work. And that's fine. But they've found some time to throw together this Mi-Ray concept car, which debuted recently at the Seoul Motor Show.
DARPA decided to take a stab at crowdsourcing a new concept vehicle on a common chassis designed for both combat reconnaissance and combat delivery & evacuation. They allowed the public to provide feedback and vote on different proposals, and here are the winners.
The design for the power plugs you and I use today — with three prongs where one acts to ground it — came about in the late 1920s after a fella named Philip F. Labre wanted to keep people from shocking themselves. Labre made the plug safe, but no one has really done much for it after that. Well, it's high time we took a long look at the plug and outlet and found ways to make them work harder, as well as make them easier to interact with. Click through the gallery below to see how.
Tall buildings get blasted with lightning bolts all the time, but instead of freaking out about it, this skyscraper concept actually harvests those lightning bolts to generate power.
No longer will we have to choose between tanks and submarines when we need to go to the grocery store on the other side of an ocean that's also being shot at.
The LO2P recycling center concept manages to recycle old cars and trash while growing crops, producing biofuel, filtering the air, and generating electricity — all at the same time. It's too bad you can't ride it.