Vollebak’s Black Squid Jacket is inspired by the ability of a squid to rapidly change color, and to achieve this effect, the surface was coated in resin with 2 billion laser-embedded black glass microspheres, or 40,000 per square centimeter of material. In less optimal light conditions, the light reflects off the exterior, giving the jacket an “oily” appearance, while bright sunlight gives it an iridescent sheen. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
James Glickenhaus, one of the world’s most famous Ferrari collectors, has unveiled the latest Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus project, and it’s called the Boot Buggy. Inspired by Steve McQueen’s Baja Boot, this off-road vehicle is ready to tackle the Baja 1000 right from the factory. The road version is powered by a 460-horsepower LT1 powers and the race model boasts a 650-horsepower LT4, mated to a heavy duty transmission. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Parker Brothers Concepts, best known for their all-electric TRON Lightcycle, have revealed their latest project: the M12 Warthog seen in the Experience. It all started as a Nissan Leaf, but after countless hours of work, it became the Warthog that you see above. The team first had to carefully study the CAD drawing specifications with 343 Industries to make sure everything was perfect before the body was made. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Would you rather spend $5-million on a mansion, or the world’s first and only Learjet limo? If it’s the latter, you’ll be glad to know that this limousine not only looks like a private jet, but seats up to eight people, complete with illuminated plexiglass panels on the roof, a large television, lots of speakers, an LED infinity floor and of course, plenty of mood lighting. Read more for a video tour and additional information.
The quirky Volkswagen I.D. Buggy Concept has made its Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance debut at Monterey Car Week. It was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and previews the versatility of Volkswagen’s modular I.D. architecture. This all-electric buggy is powered by a 62-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and two axle-mounted motors for a combined output of 201 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, sent to all four wheels, which equates to a 0-60 miles per hour time of 7.2 seconds. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection computer systems for processing arriving travelers’ passports were reportedly crashed on Friday afternoon, leading to massive delays and lines at airport arrivals halls throughout the country. JFK Airport had Customs agents use backup systems to process passengers manually, but even then, many are waiting hours to just exit the arrival hall. Read more for videos of the madness and additional information.
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Forget touchscreens, the Aura is a keyboard-shaped, all-in-one computer that projects images directly onto your retina. In other words, it uses eye-tracking Infrared Illuminators that track your gaze as well as reflection patterns to ensure a crystal clear projection onto your retina. The keyboard itself features a sleek, ergonomic concave design with Glow Thru keys with haptic feedback that illuminate in low-light conditions. Read more for additional pictures and information.
At $9-million and limited to just 10-units worldwide, the Bugatti Centodieci (110 in Italian) pays tribute to the automaker’s 90s supercar, the EB110, which was built for Ettore Bugatti’s 110th birthday in 1991. Unlike the Chiron, the Centodieci’s Bugatti horseshoe is smaller and it features three-section air intakes inspired by the EB110 as well as five diamond-shaped air inlets that cool the 8.0-liter W16 engine. Read more for an up-close video and additional information.
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There could be two reasons why SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted, “Nuke Mars!” earlier today, and one could be a t-shirt idea, and the other, terraforming the Red Planet. If it’s the latter, Musk believes hitting Mars with nuclear weapons will melt the planet’s polar ice caps and release large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, thus creating a greenhouse effect that raises the temperature and air pressure of the planet. Read more for a video and additional information.
NASA is making the final preparations for their Mars 2020 mission, and the latest test has taken the team, along with a rover, to Iceland’s lava fields. The landscape at the Lambahraun lava field, which stands at Iceland’s second biggest glacier, Langjokull, is consists of black basalt sand, wind-swept dunes, craggy peaks, and just about everything you’d expect to see on another planet. Read more for a video and additional information.