Boeing had this image on display at the Association of the US Army's (AUSA) annual convention in Washington DC this week, showing four concept helicopters destined for deployment in 2030. Two decades is a long time from now, but prototypes (or close to it) are flying already.
The folks over at Mexican architecture group BNKR Arquitectura call this thing an "earthscraper," and the reason why should be obvious: it's a monstrous, beautiful, 65-story inverted skyscraper that hides a mini city underground.
As you probably know if you've ever played World of Warcraft with the smells turned on, video games don't teach you how to do laundry. This new washing machine concept is hooked up to a video game console, and for the first time, the cleanliness of your clothes is directly, not inversely, proportional to your gaming skill.
The difference between this picture, and a picture of a futuristic fighter jet (or space fighter!) out of a video game or movie, is that this concept comes from Northrop Grumman, and it may show the next generation of long-range strike aircraft. In other words, it could be real.
French designer Vivien Muller isn't afraid to twist familiar technology into new, wild shapes. Take his OctoCube, for instance, pictured above. One could easily mistake it for a component designed for a Borg vessel, but it's actually just the coolest radiator you're ever likely to see. Down below are seven more designs from Muller that are nothing short of beautiful, the first of which — his excellent Electree — you may actually be able to buy very soon. Muller tells us it will be the first time one of his designs has been offered up for sale (barring another one that was custom built, as you'll see in the gallery).
You know what your life is missing? A laptop that can grate cheese. And then cook up a burger to put that cheese on. No, it's not ridiculous, it's... Well, fine. It's ridiculous. But I want it.
If you have to drive around in a van for some reason, I suppose it might as well look like a space fighter. Citroën's Tubik concept is "a concept car van designed to make travel meaningful again," apparently because it comes with a back seat that extends into a bed as well as a sexy future lady who may or may not be a robot programmed to do your every bidding.
Cloud computing sounds great in theory, but in practice, it's sometimes hard to see how it's going to make our lives better. Ford's new Evos concept tries to stuff as much of that that nebulous cloud information into a car as possible, and it definitely makes the cloud-car marriage an attractive one, indeed.
When you've only got one engine, even a minor problem can have serious consequences. This is why most commercial airplanes have at least two engines, and sometimes three or four. But why stop there? Oliver VTOL's new concept ups the ante with a full six swiveling engine pods.
Fast cars have rear spoilers to help turn airflow into traction. Faster cars have spoilers that only appear when you need them, to minimize drag. The fastest cars have spoilers that are dynamically adjustable, giving you the ideal compromise between traction and drag. The Flake Project is a car with an entire skin made of independently adjustable microspoilers.