If you spend too much time using a smartphone, Companion might be a distraction-free device to consider. Created by designer Joseph Burrell, this minimalist smartphone is designed to provide users with information about their physical environment while also helping to promote healthier habits. It’s constructed from a bioplastic that can easily be manufactured as well as disassembled, thus creating a closed loop system where the material can be recycled several times without ever ending up in a landfill. Read more for additional pictures.
Nissan’s e-NV200 Winter Camper is essentially an all-electric mobile office that goes just about anywhere and through various terrains. Featuring an on-board 220V power pack that can be recharged with roof-fitted solar panels, an integrated functioning kitchenette, refrigerator, folding beds and insulated glasses to ensure a comfortable stay when out in frigid areas. Tuning upgrades include premium off-road tires, increased ride height for optimum traction and 5400-Lumens twin-spotlights mounted to a reinforced steel bar up front. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Sometimes, you just need a mobile office when on the road, as dingy hotels or motels just won’t do. Meet the Nissan NV350 Caravan Office Pod. Rather than a traditional rear cargo area for storage, it’s been transformed into a workstation, complete with a sleek desk and chair. Want some fresh air? Simply slide the entire office pod out a few feet, or if you’re finished working, step on up to the lounge area on the roof. Read more for additional pictures and information.
We have seen the future of urban transportation, and it includes Cadillac’s new single-seat VTOL drone. In addition to being able to vertical takeoff and landing, this aircraft is fully autonomous drone and perfect for ride sharing direct from rooftops if necessary. Power comes from a 90-kWh battery, while it uses four sets of two rotors for propulsion, enabling it to hit a top speed of 56 mph. One unusual feature is having the front and rear sets of rotors at different heights, possibly for more efficient flight. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
First introduced at CES 2020, the Sony VISION-S electric sedan concept has come a long way since then. It’s essentially a technology showcase for the company, starting with always-on connectivity. For autonomous driving, is comes equipped with over thirty sensors, including CMOS, solid state LiDAR, radar, and time-of-flight cameras. All of these sensors and cameras combine to form Sony’s advanced driver assistance suite, called “Safety Cocoon”. Read more for two videos and additional information.
CES 2021 is finally here and LG kicked things off with their keynote, which included many new products, including a rollable smartphone. Called the LG Rollable, it’s part of the company’s “Explorer Project,” an initiative that aims to showcase unexplored usability experiences. The LG Wing with a swiveling display was the first device in the project, which means there’s a good chance that the Rollable makes it to production form sooner than later. Read more for a video.
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Sung Nak Lee is an automotive designer by trade and Honda fan at heart, so what better way to combine both passions than to create a concept that takes the NSX to a whole new level. Introducing the Acura Allure. Featuring a sleek hourglass-shape designed for maximum aerodynamic efficiency, there are two lounge seats that can be reconfigured into a single central seat when not in full autonomous mode. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Santa’s sleigh may be in need of a modern upgrade, and the Lexus HX Sleigh Concept just might be it. Incorporating everything Santa needs to get the job done in luxury and style, it features limitless cargo space that makes delivering countless toys a snap, while an automatic trunk with Kick Sensor makes loading / unloading as easy as actually opening the presents. A Climate Concierge with Neck Warmer keeps Santa toasty at in the air, and a 25-inch touchscreen display with Embedded Air Traffic Control helps him navigate through even the most remote locations. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Toyota GR Supra Heritage Edition was so popular that the automaker decided to create a followup that pays tribute to its predecessor, the MkIV. It conceptualizes an open-air tribute to removable-top Supra models of the past, while still ensuring the structural rigidity by reinforcing large sections of the vehicle’s frame. So, the iconic removable roof now includes two composite panels that can be stored in the car’s trunk. Read more for a video and additional information.
OnePlus not only makes affordable smartphones, but models with cutting-edge technology as well. Their latest device, the OnePlus 8T Concept, has an entire back panel that uses “Electronic Color, Material, and Finish,” or ECMF for short, which enables it to color shift depending on certain circumstances. How does it work? It boasts millimeter wave (mmWave) technology to generate low-latency interactions with the device itself, like changing color on command. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.