concepts

Electronic Monocle Uses Biofeedback To Track Your Favourite Websites

The internet is a fire hydrant of content. Keeping track of the pages you enjoy is a pain. A team of UK design students has a conceptual solution: Amoeba, an electronic monocle that files away the pages you find most interesting, as measured by your biofeedback response. It’s the emotion-tracking Google Glass you always wanted!


Volvo's Inflatable Child Seat Concept Fits In A Backpack

At one time, the military actually tried to develop inflatable planes that were strong enough to fly but easy to transport. Those never materialised, but the technology involved — a drop-stitch fabric that can be inflated to very high pressures — has enabled Volvo to create an inflatable child car seat that’s just as safe as everything already on the market.


The Hal 9000 Of Grills Tells You When It's Time To Flip The Meat

No one likes a backseat griller, especially if you’ve spent years perfecting your BBQ craft. But a little coaching can help avoid turning steak into charcoal for those starting out. Lynx’s voice-activated Smart Grill will actually ask you what’s going on the barbie so it can then recommend the perfect setting, placement and grill times — no fathers-in-law required.


The Genesis Concept Car Gives A Peek At The Sweeping, Sci-fi Future Of Car Design

This is apparently the future of car design. It’s a future where cars are printed by massive industrial machines in a single piece, with hollow construction used to save weight and space and materials wherever possible. We won’t see 3D printing technology at this scale for quite a while, but at least someone is thinking ahead.


This Futuristic Truck Was Actually Designed By Walmart

With 7000 tractor trailers currently in its fleet, it makes sense that Walmart would have a vested interest in designing more efficient delivery vehicles. The company’s new ultra-aerodynamic Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience — or WAVE — concept is lighter and more fuel efficient than other trucks on the market, and can run on almost any fuel short of nuclear power.


A Strong Case For An Umbrella With A Bendable Handle

As useful as an umbrella is for staying dry when it’s pouring rain, they can be a pain to deal with when you get back inside and they’re soaking wet. But designers Liang-Hock Poh and Ming-Hung Lin realised that by simply making the umbrella’s handle flexible, it was far easier to hang somewhere for drying, and easier to carry with you.


A Brilliant In-Car Touchscreen Interface You Never Need To Look At

Touchscreen displays in our cars aren’t going away anytime soon. So designer Matthaeus Krenn figured that now was as good a time as any to radically improve their interfaces, replacing grids of ugly buttons and options with an elegant and minimal multi-touch UI — -that the driver doesn’t need to look at.


Oculus Rift Lets You See What It Would Be Like To Swap Genders [NSFW]

Oculus Rift is amazing in that it lets you experience other worlds beautifully and immersively. And, in this project by BeAnotherLabs, it’s letting users experience a few minutes as the opposite gender. (Warning: some nudity ahead).


Airlines, Listen Up: Here's The Boarding Pass You Should Be Using

It hasn’t been a great decade for air travel. And while crappily designed boarding passes aren’t at the very top of my list of axes to grind with the airline industry, they’re more important than you might think. Just take a look at this great version by UK designer Peter Smart for proof.


Stop Soggy Bread With This Clever Roll-On Olive Oil Dispenser

A measured approach is always best when you’re seasoning food. And to prevent a fresh slice of bread from being soaked and overpowered by olive oil poured from a bottle, this brilliant dispenser works like an over-sized ballpoint pen to evenly spread a thin coating of oil — instead of blue ink.