Our editors have compiled a list of seven futuristic gadgets you can’t buy, or at least anytime soon. If we happened to miss any, please leave us a comment. “Continue reading” for the entire list.
Sony Data Tiles
We have seen the future of portable computing, and it’s data tiles. Tagged transparent tiles are used to show dynamic graphical information when placed on a sensor-enhanced display.
“I am interested in designing a new human computer interaction style for highly portable computers, that will be situation-aware and assistance-oriented rather than command oriented.” Jun Rekimoto, Director, Interaction Laboratory, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.
Mobile Office of the Future
Designed by James Mower, this futuristic mobile office on wheels includes an eco-friendly toilet, electricity, wireless internet, built-in GPS, and glass panels.
The mobile office is designed for businesses that employ a large number of nomadic workers. The temporary workplace can be easily deployed at a position close to their current client base.
Pantech Pivot Point
Designed by Lunar Designs for Pantech, Pivot Point is a futuristic mobile phone concept, sporting a “swiveling screen that can be set up like an easel for easy typing.” No word yet on if Pivot Point will go into production.
If it ever gets out of the design stage, the device is sure to be a hit with mobile TV and video-conferencing junkies
Alfa Romeo Spix
Designed by Creatix, the Alfa Romeo Spix is a futuristic flying car concept that is stylish yet functional.
The 3D artists at Creatix have created some stunning 3D renderings of an imaginary concept car of the future. Called the Alfa Romeo Spix, the vehicle is a flying car with a futuristic evolution of the existing Alfa design language
High-Tech Cutting Board
This high-tech cutting board — created by Jess Griffin and Jim Termeer — makes cooking easier by including an “integrated scale embedded within an clearly defined surface area” that shows the weight of your ingredients. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on if this concept will go into production.
While amateur chefs probably don’t need this kind of exactitude for cooking their Sunday morning pancakes, it could certainly be useful for those more demanding, precise recipes that always seem out of reach
Designed by Peter Burns, this iPod watch concept is envisioned “as a 10GB player with Bluetooth-enabled earphones.”
The clean Apple-esque look of the watch is enhanced by the lack of wiring between player and earphones, and the whole design looks like a sleek, efficient method of dealing with the increasing risk of misplacing the unit as the iPod gets smaller and smaller
This phone comes equipped with a touch-sensitive LCD panel instead of a regular keypad, allowing you to answer the handset “by simply holding it to your cheek, messages sent by swiping them off the screen with the whole finger.” [Soruce 1 – 2]