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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.
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.
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 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).
Holy. Crap. We see a lot of cool stuff around the ‘net, but this is by far one of the coolest: MIT has invented a display-like gadget that sits on your desk and renders 3D content based on wireframe models beamed to it from Kinect. It lets you touch things without really being there, and it’s a must-see.
Mumbai-based designer Sayalee Kaluskar has come up with a wonderful concept that makes sunglasses more than just a way to prevent squinting or hide a hangover. With the addition of a thin solar cell to each arm, suddenly the glasses become a mostly subtle way to top off your gadgets when you’re out in the sun.
If you bumped into your eight-year-old self on the street and told him that actual Transformers would walk — fly, crawl, and swim — the planet within his lifetime, your eight-year-old self’s head would probably explode. But shape-shifting autonomous robots are exactly what’s in the works at the Sandia National Laboratory.
Search-and-rescue operations are delicate, time-sensitive and intense. That’s why researchers are always looking for new ways to unload some of the dirty work onto robots: machines that will help rescuers get the to the bottom of the rubble — or the top of the mountain — faster and far more efficiently.