Image credit – Martin Hajek/iDrop NewsIf the rumors are true, Apple could be working on an augmented reality (AR) headset of their own. However what we do know and what we have seen is Apple express a very keen interest in the technology, going …More...
[CES 2018] One of the concepts that we see often in sci-fi and futuristic movies is that we will eventually eschew the need for cars, but instead will be transported around in autonomous pods. Toyota seems to believe in that future as well, and during CES 2018 the Japanese carmaker has unveiled its e-Palette Concept Vehicle.
As you can see in the videos above and below, the e-Palette is a concept transportation system that can be used for all kinds of things, such as transportation of passengers, or it can also be used by businesses to help deliver their goods or maybe even bring businesses directly to customers instead.
The e-Palette will use Toyota’s Mobility Services Platform to develop a variety of connected mobility solutions. So far Toyota has managed to wrangle up some launch partners which includes the likes of Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut, and Uber, all of whom potentially have a use for such a vehicle.
Toyota has plans to eventually begin testing the e-Palette system in 2020 in several regions, including the US. Exactly when it will be made more widely available remains to be seen, but for now what do you guys think of it? Is this indeed the transportation of the future for consumers and businesses?More...
Image credit – Benjamin Geskin
With the iPhone X having been launched, we’re sure many are wondering how Samsung will respond with their next flagship, the Galaxy S9. However some of you guys might have heard that in terms of design, the Galaxy S9 might not differ too greatly from its predecessor, but whether or not that is true remains to be seen.
However thanks to a couple of concept images cooked up by Benjamin Geskin, we can sort of get an idea of what the phone could look like. The rumors have suggested that at most, Samsung will further slim down the bezels, and that’s what Geskin’s concept renderings are showing.
— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) November 28, 2017
Image credit – Benjamin Geskin
As you can see from the renders, for the most part the phone looks the same. However the lower portion of the phone has had its bezels shaved off even further. We’re not sure if the slimmer bezels could mean a slightly larger display, or that the phone could just be a bit smaller, but we have to say that it looks pretty good.
Note that these aren’t leaks or official images, just renders, so the actual phone might not look like this. However if the rumors are true, Samsung could be announcing the Galaxy S9 earlier than expected, possibly in January.
While electric and self-driving cars are certainly the future that we are headed towards, let’s not forget that not all of us have the means, luxury, or the necessity to own a car in the first place. For example Singapore has recently announced that they will stop adding new cars to its roads starting next year.
This means that for some markets, public transportation or turning to bikes is probably the next best thing, and that’s a future that BMW has envisioned where they have created a concept called the Vision E³ Way where it imagines cities with dedicated lanes for electric two-wheelers, such as bikes.
These dedicated lanes are expected to exist above current roads, which means that additional traffic capacity can be created, and also it could potentially reduce accidents between cars and bikes. The lanes themselves will have safety features built into it, such as capping the speeds on it at 25kmph.
According to Dr. Markus Seidel, Director BMW Group Technology Office China, “The BMW Vision E³ Way opens up a whole new dimension of mobility in overcrowded conurbations – efficient, convenient and safe. It works by simply creating space for two-wheel zero-emissions traffic. In China, more than a billion people will be living in cities by 2050. The country will become the global incubator for numerous mobility innovations such as the BMW Vision E 3 Way.”
That being said it exists pretty much as a concept for now, so whether or not it will actually be made a reality remains to be seen.
Some of the world’s biggest cities are expanding spaces for pedestrians and housing as they want to reduce the amount of space that cars take up. Helsinki-based design firm Casagrande Laboratory has come up with an idea to properly capitalize on former parking spaces. The design firm has created very skinny homes that can fit inside a parking space. They cost $40,000.
It’s no secret that the demand for housing units in major urban areas continues to surge as more people move to the cities. Some of the world’s largest cities have effectively run out of places to construct more housing. It’s not just about housing, it’s about affordable housing, and that’s proving to be a real challenge.
Casagrande Laboratory’s solution involves transforming parking spaces into land that’s utilized for housing. It has designed this super skinny home for precisely this purpose. It measures just 8 feet by 16 feet which is roughly the size of a parking spot.
Casagrande Laboratory calls it the Tikku. These $40,000 homes span three stories and feature a bedroom, an office, and even a greenhouse on the top. There are solar panels for power and the house itself is made of cross-laminated timber. It’s an engineered wood that’s five times lighter than concrete.
The Tikku project was unveiled at the Helsinki Design Week a couple of months back and Casagrande Laboratory wants to build them on actual parking spots if cities permit it.
Image credit – Leonhard Hilzensauer
Our smartphones are huge distractions and there’s no doubt about that. This is why we can imagine how difficult it must be to study/work at your desk and keep seeing notifications popping up on your display, tempting you to tend to them. However designer Klemens Schillinger might have the answer for you.
Schillinger has created what is being referred to as the “offline lamp. Its outside appearance looks like a regular table lamp, one that has been designed with minimalism in mind and sports a very clean and sleek look, but it also has a drawer compartment that allows users to put in their smartphone. But this isn’t just a regular drawer, but it is a drawer that once it detects an object has been placed inside will turn the lamp on.
This means that in order to trade for the light’s functionality, you will have to give up something, like your smartphone, which hopefully will keep you distracted free until you are done with your work. We’re not sure if it is smartphone specific or if any object can be placed inside, but since the technical detailers are scarce, we can only assume the former.
It is also unclear if this lamp is merely a concept cooked up by Schillinger or if it is an actual product that can be bought, but either way what do you guys think? Smart idea, or simply novel?