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Kelli Anderson’s twist on reality and generating creativity from TED

Posted by Andrey Malskiy Categories: Design, Videos

Imagine a piece of paper that could play sounds, solar powered popscicles, or the New York Times being optimistic. What do these things have in common? Nothing really, apart from the general constraints of our perception of our reality. We all know that paper isn’t audible and is instead flat and used for printing and writing. However, are the rules that we follow also holding us back from our own creativity? Check out this video from TED, as Kelli Anderson from isnorenaked.com (that’s Kelli Anderson rearranged) gives reality a twist!


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BMW looking to use smart fabric to bring deep user customization to cars

Posted by Andrey Malskiy Categories: Science, Transportation

BMW Smart Fabric

As automotive technology is advancing, things that we found novel are becoming a thing of the past. Remember when the first iPhone came out? People flocked to the phone like moths to a light initially. Now, iPhones are about as common as shoes, having lost their novel appeal.

Now apply the same analogy to automobiles. When automakers incorporated navigation systems into vehicles, everyone wanted one. Heck, even hip hop artists were rapping about it in their music. So the question remains to ask is ‘What technology will excite the new car buyer?’ BMW may have found the answer for the next big thing. Smart fabric is what they’re conceptually attempting to bring into cars. Not familiar with smart fabric? Let's break it down after the jump.

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Toyota’s Window to the World brings touchscreens to passenger windows

Posted by Andrey Malskiy Categories: Design, Transportation

Toyota Window to the World

Many of us have been on road trips. Growing up I loathed long, dreary, monotonous road trips. But now, as a driver, I love them. However, that does not mean that my passengers always do. 

Toyota is aiming to solve some of these issues of boredom on road trips. Though the technology is aimed at a younger audience, it’s something that can be enjoyed by any creative mind.

Engineered and designed by Toyota Motor Europe and the Copenhagen Instituted of Interaction Design, Toyota offers the ‘Window to the World.’ Similar to all modern smartphones, it features touchscreen technology embedded right into the passenger car window.

The Window to the World is still in the concept stage, but the video below shows what can be expected to come.

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WVIL: The amazing future camera concept

Posted by Andrey Malskiy Categories: Cameras, Design, Videos

The WVIL (which stands for Wireless Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens) camera is one of our favorite gadgets from CES 2012, it's just too bad that it's just a concept and not actually real. Still, the concept alone is genius! If you're crazy about photography--or just cool gadgetry in general--this will statisfy your thirst. What you see is a camera with a removeable lens and viewfinder, which allows you to place the lens anyway, while controlling the viewfinder like you would any other mobile phone or tablet device. Meanwhile, we'll try to get ahold of Artefact, the company behind the concept, as they happen to be stationed here in Seattle. We've got one more video after the jump that shows what the camera would look like in a real-world scenario, but don't let it fool you! This is a meticulously planned out demo that isn't actually real. Still, cool concept.

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Another Microsoft Courier video shows how it’ll work

Remember that video we showed you last week? Well our friends at Gizmodo were able to uncover a bit more about the mysterious and astonishing Microsoft tablet device. In the leaked video above, you get a look at the way that the fine folks in Redmond think you’ll integrate the Courier tablet device into your everyday life. We must say, it’s insanely slick, and we hope that it works exactly as shown. Of course, this is just a demo, and it doesn’t even feature a real hand or stylus.

That said, we are big fans of the “infinite journal” approach, and we can certainly see a lot of professional uses for such a device with a natural input system. What we are still curious about, though, is if this thing is also meant to be a multimedia device. You know, movies, games, music? The things that we are expecting the Apple tablet to excel at? Or is this a case of Microsoft recognizing that Apple has a stronghold in that area, and as such, they’ll focus on a different, underserved demographic? Time will tell.

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Microsoft’s Courier tablet: We need one immediately

Microsoft Courier

Our friends at Gizmodo recently got a fantastic scoop, revealing a project that Microsoft has been working on, known as the Courier tablet.  This device has been a secret for the Microsoft for a long time now. According to Giz, this is more than just a concept device, but rather, Courier is in the “late prototype” stage.

Courier has two 7-inch screens that are touch sensitive, and are designed to be interacted by touch or with the very pen-like stylus.  On its hinge is a home button like the , and this hinge serves as a virtual “pocket” to hold items that are moved from one screen to the other. 

No word on price or availability just yet, but you have to admit that it looks quite sexy. Of course, this may not even come to fruition, but it’s a bold challenge to Apple’s dominance in the sexy multitouch devices department.

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Intel shows off Tangent Bay laptop with 3 OLED panels at IDF

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Design, Displays, PC / Laptop

just recently unveiled a concept laptop at IDF that features four screens.  The first screen would be a normal sized monitor, and the other three are s that are just above the keyboard.  The purpose of these three screens is so that the user can better organize their work.  For example, the smallest screen located to the far left would have some applications, and the center screen would show applications within those applications.  The third screen to the far right will have a preview of what is in those apps, and the user can bring that image to the big screen with a flick of the finger.  Go ahead and watch the video if you are confused, all in all, it’s pretty cool.

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Power Bridge turns the power strip upside down

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Household, Misc. Tech

Power Bridge

The Power Bridge is a concept device that solves the problem that most anyone with a computer or home entertainment system has run into: power strips, with their mess of cords, are unsightly.  The simple idea, designed by Hyukjae Chang, takes the outlets and flips them upside down. The result? Something that is functional, and appears to even be a bit safer. Way to go, Mr. Chang, for this long-needed idea of improving the power strip aesthetic.  We hope it catches on and sees the light of day.

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Nokla E81: Phone or Compact? You decide.

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Accessories, Cell Phones, Design, Rumors

Nokia E81I like it when mobile phone designers start thinking outside of the box, .  It would appear that some knockoff designer from Nokla is trying for female appeal with their E81 concept, a phone that swivels like a compact.  This creates a phone with less volume, for certain, and the back even has a mirror, perfect for those quick make-up checks and applications.

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Window Phone gives you a look at the weather outside

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Cell Phones, Misc. Tech

Window Phone

We try to cover concept technology with some form of regularity, because it generally sounds cool.  The problem with concept tech, however, is that it fails to become what we in the business like to know as “reality.” With that caveat stated, check out the Window Phone.

This Window Phone looks like an iPhone screen, with the main feature being that it gives you a weather report by simulating what a Window would look like in that kind of weather.  See the rain?  Just imagine what happens if it snows. When it is clear and sunny out, the screen is crystal-clear.

By the way, you can also fog the phone up and draw on it, as seen by the illustration after the break. This would result in your illustrations being sent over MMS.

Fun concept, but not something we think will see the light of day anytime soon.

 

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