Airbus’ Pop.Up concept may be the best “flying car” proposal to date

One of the biggest obstacles keeping flying cars grounded isn’t necessarily figuring out how to make a vehicle capable of flight (hello, helicopters) but rather, designing something that can both fly and drive on the streets.

The flexibility of being able to do both is incredibly appealing but physical limitations on both sides of the spectrum impact the ability to efficiently accomplish the other task.

That’s where Airbus’ latest concept changes things up.

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Inflatable trampoline bridge across the River Seine

Trampoline bridge

Currently, there are 37 bridges spanning the River Seine in Paris.  There may be room for one more that is very different than the rest.  It is inflatable and comprised of three huge trampolines. Such a bridge may not be practical, but it would be fun, and no doubt become something of a tourist attraction in a city already blessed with an abundance of tourist attractions. Such a bridge exists, at least in the form of a concept design by Paris-based architectural studio Atelier Zündel Cristea. (Pics)




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Facebook bed for the true Facebook fan

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The FBed

If you are with obsessed with Facebook and  can’t stand being away it out of fear of missing a post or a poke from a friend, we found the bed for you. Of course, you could be like most people and just charge your smartphone at the bedside, but this concept is better for the true Facebook fan. It’s called the Facebook bed. I imagine Zuckerberg has something similar. (Pics)

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Fun-Vii: Toyota’s futuristic concept car a giant ‘smartphone on four wheels’


Toyota Fun-Vii

A futuristic concept car resembling a giant smartphone was unveiled by Toyota’s president to demonstrate how Japan’s top automaker is trying to take the lead in technology at the upcoming Tokyo auto show.


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Thru: The Lucent Mobile Phone Concept

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Translucent phones could be all the rage very soon.

Imagine the possibilites a translucent phone would bring. The wiping of endless fingerprints would be a nightmare but the concept is too cool and too futuristic to ignore.
Freelance designer, Mac Funamizu is at it again, mocking up translucent devices that let the imagination run wild with the clean simplicity. He’s designing the future we’ve always read about and seen in science fiction. Hopefully these designs will someday soon be a reality…

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GM Hy-Wire – Hydrogen Car of the Future


The General Motors Hy-wire hydrogen fuel cell vehicle has set the standard even among other futuristic hydrogen cars. Within its 11-inch thick skateboard chassis, the GM Hy-wire contains fuel cell (94 kw), electric motors and drive system that gives the most advanced design flexibility of any car to date. The weight from the drive components is also evenly distributed providing superior handling and resisting rollover forces.



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Windstalk – Wind Farm Without the Turbines



Wind turbines are an increasingly popular way to generate clean energy with large-scale wind farms springing up all over the world. However, many residents near proposed wind farm sites have raised concerns over the aesthetics and the low frequency vibrations they claim are generated by wind turbines. An interesting Windstalk concept devised by New York design firm Atelier DNA could overcome both these problems while still allowing a comparable amount of electricity to be generated by the wind. (Pics)


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Halo Bike Lock Texts You When Your Bike Is Stolen

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A new spin on bike locks.
Summer. It’s a time of sun, fun, bikinis and…bike thieves. This concept from designer Steve Hunt looks just like a halo. It’s designed so that the connector cable is housed within the frame of the lock itself, which makes it harder for thieves to cut your cable.The coolest feature however, is that Hunt wants to have an integrated wireless card inserted into the lock itself, so that when your bike gets stolen, the lock will notify you.