The Wolke 7 concept, designed by Timon Sager, is "the perfect combination of travel and feeling at home." Slung underneath the doubled up zeppelins is a three floor house that includes all the comforts of home, along with several giant TVs, a hot tub, and what appears to be a full-size grand piano.
This concept (from NASA and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) is called AMELIA, which stands for Advanced Model for Extreme Lift and Improved Aeroacoustics. There are two relevant bits there: "extreme lift" and "improved aeroacoustics," and both of these things come from mounting jet engines on top of the aircraft's wing instead of underneath.
You know how OEMs have tugged and tweaked Google's stock Android OS to fit their needs and how it's a convoluted fragmented mess now? Nokia almost butchered Windows Phone 7's simple and elegant MetroUI interface with its own abominable skin....
It doesn't have crazy swept wings and it doesn't fly at Mach 7, but this concept aircraft from Boeing is what we'll all probably be stuffed into by 2045. It runs on cryogenic liquified natural gas, and beats the fuel efficiency by the current generation of passenger jets by a whopping 60%.
Designer Jeong Jaewan's UFO phone concept may look like an ordinary cellphone while at rest, but it's actually got a bending and folding modular body that unlocks all kinds of goodies. It also makes clever use of a technology that you could have in a smartphone very soon, too: in-phone projectors.
Aerospace companies and NASA have been exploring lots of different ways to deal with sonic booms, and most of their designs are similar: long, skinny aircraft with pointy noses designed to "mitigate" the noise problem. Researchers at Tohoku University are trying a completely different and awesomely retro-futuristic idea: a supersonic biplane that eliminates sonic booms entirely.
I don't know how long the Russians have been developing this concept for a supersonic business jet, but it must have started back when "2011" still seemed like a date way, way in the future. Oh well, at least it still looks futuristic. Apart from the paint job, anyway.
Valmet Automotive is a Finnish company that builds cars for other people. The company is assembling Karmas for Fisker, for example. It's fairly easy to see why this is the case: left to their own devices, Valmet engineers came up with this bizarre "Dawn" concept car that even they can't explain.
Last year's Evolo Skyscraper competition brought us such crazy conceptual buildings as the Ferris Wheel recycling center and the lightning bolt harvesting Hydra tower, and the 2012 competition has taken that nuttiness, cracked it open, and injected a gigantic extra helping of nuts right in the center.
D'you realize how much energy you're wasting right now, just sitting there breathing? Yeah, stop killing the environment, you jerk! Just put on thisy here AIRE mask, and all of that tedious in-and-out will turn into power for your cellphone.