Video: Think your office is cool and progressive because there's a ping pong table in the corner? You'll still be stuck at your soul-sucking cubicle desk most of the day, which is why these engineers created a giant slot car track that races across everyone's desk, letting you compete while still getting some work done. (Theoretically. Who could resist getting totally distracted?)
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Since we're all friends here on the internet, I'll let you in on a little secret: I hate driving. I drive too slowly, lurch violently when I change lanes, and the thought of having to merge onto a speeding California highway makes my heart speed up a little even as I write this. I'm no good at driving and never have been.
Mark Rober, who we last saw engineering a dart board that guaranteed a bullseye with every throw, has just built what every car-loving kid always dreamed of: an epic Hot Wheels track that has tiny vehicles racing between floors, through swimming pools, and jumping over giant explosions.
If there are two things every stroller lacks, it's a $4000 price tag and the ability to make a child look like an unfortunate castoff from Downton Abbey. Luckily for all of us, however, a company called D.Throne has created an obscenely over-the-top electric car for kids that you can justify as an essential baby accessory, if you're the kind of person who expels money from every orifice.
Video: As everyone from Texas already knows, bigger is always better, be it a giant steak or a remote control pickup truck that's 2m long, making it roughly a third the size of the real thing. At $US5250 ($6945), the Mammuth Works' Rewarron doesn't come cheap, but you can thrash it around a track without ever having to worry about your insurance rates going up.
If society collapses at some point in the next four years — or even if you're planning a low-budget road trip — this nifty Car Hammock turns your ride into a comfy place to sleep so you don't have to resort to a night spent in an uninsulated tent, or apocalyptic abandoned factory.
Self-heating windows have existed for decades. However, they have have always relied on near-invisible wires that can be a distraction when revealed by oncoming headlights. So instead of wires, the laminated glass used in Volkswagen's new windshields includes an ultra-thin invisible layer of silver connected to the vehicle's electrical system so that it heats up and melts away ice.
The North American International Auto Show gets under way in Detroit this week, and despite reveals of countless drool-worthy supercars, energy-efficient electric vehicles and autonomous cars that drive all by themselves, Playmobil might actually steal the spotlight with a perfect miniature version of the Porsche 911 Targa 4S.
Video: It's one of the oldest tricks in Hollywood: If you want a tiny model to look like a full-size vehicle, you just need to film it with a high speed camera. As The Slow Mo Guys demonstrate in their latest round of experiments, a couple of Traxxas XO-1 RC cars suddenly look like there's a Hollywood stuntperson behind the wheel when filmed doing stunts at 1000 frames per second.
There's been a lot of hype surrounding the upcoming duel between the giant fighting robots being built by the MegaBots team in the US and Suidobashi Heavy Industries in Japan. But even if it never goes down, at least we're getting a bunch of awesome videos of giant robots smashing things up out of it.
If you avoid trips to the beach because you don't want your car getting filled with sand, or won't buy a real Christmas tree because you don't want to spend weeks cleaning up pine needles, this giant car condom will keep the inside of your vehicle looking as clean and new as the day it rolled off the lot.
Video: Getting in the habit of using your car's parking brake whenever you stop isn't the worst idea in the world. Yes, there's the risk of you forgetting it's on the next time you drive away, but it can also prevent accidents like this from occurring. This guy's Benny Hill impression is hilarious, but he's probably not laughing after what happens at the end of this clip.
If you're going to slap the Jeep name on a go-kart, you better make sure it lives up to brand's pedigree. But with three gears plus reverse, a swing axle keeping it stable on off-road terrain and over-sized air-filled tyres including a spare, the Jeep Revolution BFR-3 go-kart might be better suited for off-roading than your Sedan is.
Video: Think you can pull off burnouts, drifts and breath-taking jumps in your sedan just because you've seen all the Fast and Furious films? Being a stunt driver takes years of practise and the right equipment — and you probably have neither. But it turns you can get a similar experience by just slapping a GoPro on a Hot Wheels car and send it hurdling down a track.
Autonomous vehicle technology is still in its infancy, which means that most self-driving vehicles still have a way for humans to take over when needed. But as Komatsu demonstrates with a design for a new autonomous dump truck, in some cases there are real advantages to eliminating humans altogether.