Category Archives: Design

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behold the Toyota concept-i vehicle, recently premiered at CES 2017. A kind of ‘touchy-feelicle’, built around a powerful AI system (called ‘yui’) designed to ‘build a relationship’ with the human user. The concept-i also has  automated safety systems along with ‘visual and touch-based stimuli’ to match driver responsiveness.



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A 1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing – once the property of its sole owner, pilot and  US Merchant Marine, Sig Noygren – it’s been in dry storage since 1976.

From the Fire Engine Red paint and red plaid upholstery, the car (with just 32,239 miles on the clock) remains in its original state aside from custom enhancements, including a chronometer, altimeter, and thermometer, as well as fog lights, an eight-track player, and a defroster fan.

Yours for around $1,000,000.


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Using old school analogue visual effects like ink dispersing in an aquarium and pinholes in tissue paper to represent stars, Thomas Vanz creates a very impressive and highly plausible representation of a dying sun going supernova. To wit:

Novae is a movie about an astronomical event that occurs during the last evolutionary stages of a massive star’s life, whose dramatic and catastrophic death is marked by one final titanic explosion called supernova. By only using an aquarium, ink and water, this film is also an attempt to represent the giant with the small without any computed generated imagery.

Vanz shows how he did it here and here.


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Behold the Faraday Future FF-91 – a 1050bhp, an all-wheel drive electric SUV/sedan with a 600km range that will accelerate to 100km/h in 2.4 seconds.

The luxury electroyacht has 3D lidar headlights, an autonomous sensor system including 13 radars and ultrasonic detectors, facial recognition entry and ‘mood sensing’ cameras inside that adjust music, temperature, scent (yes, scent), massage and more to suit your, eh, vibe.

Production begins early next year.