Whether it be a game console or cell phone, futuristic concepts are always interesting to look at — pushing technological design to its limits. Here are some of the best concepts that TechEBlog has come across in recent time. Which ones are your favorites? If we happened to miss any, please leave us a comment.
Computer Table Lamp Concept
Prisma has created a table lamp that doubles as a portable computer. From the images, it looks to feature a top-loading disc drive, touchscreen display, and well integrated ports. No word yet on if this concept will go into production. One more pic after the jump.
DVD, photos, music, internet, TV, computer: Media Centers are fueling the migration of PCs in our living room. This created a design to rethink the design boundaries of these objects
Ultracompact Digital Projector
Samsung has partnered with Teague to bring you this ultracompact digital projector — designed for video conferencing on the go. Ideal for road warriors, this projection system can be operated via mobile phone and laser diode technology. No word yet on if this concept will go into production.
Its hardware and software make it a multi-purpose tool, including for people with face-to-face client meetings who require mobile content creation and editing (changes are made in real-time), wireless connection, e-mail access, quality A/V and note-taking
DVD Camcorder Concept
On the outside, this new concept breaks completely from the standard design for digital camcorders. It takes a minimalist approach by including only the most essential functions – slot-loading DVD drive, power/eject switches, 360 degree rotatable lens, and a slide out LCD display.
This camcorder is acting as a transition from a traditional button camcorder to an action driven interaction camcorder
Obelisk 2 PS3 Concept
Jaren Goh has come up with another great concept. The Obelisk 2 is a Playstation 3 concept that features smooth rounded corners, metal accents, and a slot-loading Blu-ray drive. [Source]
U.S.S. Enterprise Inspired Nissan Terranaut
Designed for “scientists, geologists, archaeologists or adventurers”, Nissan’s 4×4 Terranaut features a “spherical laboratory” that is accessed from a 360 degree swiveling seat. Unfortunately, all these workstations leave room for only one passenger side door. More pics after the jump.
“What’s the chance of seeing the Terranaut on the street? Pretty good if you own a Holladeck*.”
Fujitsu Notebook Concept
Fujitsu displayed this notebook concept at last years WPC Expo. It looks to feature a backlit touchpad keyboard and mouse, along with a detachable flat panel monitor. [Source]
“On Target” Video Game Urinal
Set back into each urinal is a pressure-sensitive display, which activates an interactive game when used. This game includes sounds and images, bringing entertainment value to where you’d least expect. It will most likely will be installed in airports and schools “with the functional purpose of improving hygiene”.
“The projection of the project into a museum space was conceived of as a critical-ironic measure, questioning the concept of art, but extending it at the same time.”
The Inflating Flashbag
Designed by Dima Komissarov, the Flashbag is a USB storage device that inflates as it “fills up with data”. Currently, the technology is patent pending. No word yet on if the Flashbag will go into produciton. [Source]
The “Z. Island by DuPont™ Corian®” is a sensory-receptive kitchen appliance that consists of two free-standing island units, a wall modular cabinet system, wall cladding system (advanced sound and light diffusion capabilities), and a host of multimedia equipment. At the touch of a button, users will be able to turn on music, browse the internet, or create ambience (lighting) via a control panel. Additional pics after the jump.[Source]
Sony Black Diamond Concept
Designed by Jaren Goh, the Black Diamond handset is encased in a layer of polycarbonate and illuminated by OLED technology to create a “borderless screen” effect. Technical specifications have not yet been released, but from the image it looks to feature a 4.0-megapixel camera.
SatuGO – Bouncing Digital Camera
This nifty little bouncy ball type gadget is actually a digital camera that snaps 3.0 Megapixel images when bounced. The SatuGO is notable in that it includes 1GB NAND memory and sports a timer/flash so it can also be used as a webcam. Just plug it into your computer’s USB port for quick and easy recharging. No word yet on pricing or availability.[Source]
Wrist PC of the Future
Eurotech gives us a taste of what’s to come – in portable computing – with their WWPC (“wrist-worn PC”) concept. This nifty 7-ounce device boasts a 2.8-inch touchscreen LCD display, SD card slot, Bluetooth, GPS receiver, WiFi, USB and support for Linux or Windows CE operating systems. No word yet on pricing or availability.
“Eurotech describes the WWPC as a “user-centric, ubiquitous computing” concept, suggesting that the device is not yet available in product form. “