If you know anything about car tyres, you'll know that it's all about the contact patch: the more rubber that meets the road, the better grip you'll have — in perfect driving circumstances, of course. But there are times you'd actually want less grip, like efficient highway driving (or maybe ripping some skids, we won't judge) — and Continental has a tyre concept that can adjust itself to suit the weather conditions and your driving intentions.
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At Lenovo's Tech World conference in San Francisco last week, the company showed off Folio, a fully-functional prototype with flexible screen that allows it to transform from a smartphone-sized mobile device to a larger tablet. The idea, of course, is to put the best features of both devices into a gadget you can easily carry in your pocket.
If you've ever pushed a bike down a hill, you know that two-wheeled vehicles can balance themselves when travelling at higher speeds. It's when you're riding slower that balancing gets a little more challenging, unless your motorcycle's equipped with Honda's new experimental Riding Assist technology so it automatically balances itself.
A patent filed by Ford a few weeks ago reveals a rather unorthodox alternative to throwing a bicycle in your boot. Like the Batpod that ejected from the Batmobile in The Dark Knight, the back wheel of your car could quickly transform into a self-balancing electric unicycle.
A Zen Garden is supposed to be an ideal way to help you relax and unwind, but all that raking seems like a lot of time that could be better spent doing nothing instead. So we'll opt for this Zen Garden clock that does all the raking for you.
You can plan ahead all you want, but a vacation is often at the mercy of the weather wherever you're travelling to. And that inspired designer Camilla Hempleman to create a special map, printed with thermochromatic ink, that changes colour to reveal the best places to visit based on the local weather.
Airports and cities don't get along for a few specific reasons — namely, air pollution, noise pollution and plain old risk. As such, some designers think that a future of increased urban density could be an opportunity to mix things up. This concept for a new airport in downtown Stockholm is simply mixed up.
Aeroplanes used to be luxurious things, laden with fine china and unlimited wine. But over the years the glory of flying has faded — giving way to broken technology (frustrating), bruised knees (painful), terrible smells (actually dangerous!). Yet, somehow, someone has figured out a way to make things worse.
There hasn't been much innovation in scissors since Crayola started making safer versions for kids. That's why Tamás Fekete's Vector scissors are so exciting. They feature a unique flat edge design that allows you to cut perfectly straight lines with the help of the edge of a table.
For electric vehicles to truly supplant their gas-guzzling predecessors, there needs to be as many charging stations on the roads as there are gas stations — if not more. So BMW proposes upgrading the street lights that already line roads everywhere with charging capabilities and energy-efficient lighting.
They're being banned from museums, art galleries and sporting events faster than people can buy them, but that's OK because selfie sticks are awful and deserve to disappear. However, designers Justin Crowe and Aric Snee may have found a way to redeem them with a selfie stick that looks like a human arm so a self-shot can help hide someone's crushing loneliness.