The WitStar Concept car might look smart but one particular feature is particularly half-witted: a transparent “Fish Pod” separating the vehicle's rear seats. While an in-car aquarium could be justified as luxury option, most would see it as at least frivolous; at worst outrageous... and one can just imagine what the fish think.
The holidays are almost here yet you're still scouring the 'net, trying to find those innovative gifts guaranteed to please your car-lovin' friends, family members and co-workers. Well stop that scouring (you're scratching up my monitor), we've come up with 10 innovative new holiday gift ideas that should satisfy the most jaded car lover.
by M Dee Dubroff
Neclumi is the creation of a Polish collective known as panGenerator and represents the latest in wearable electronics. Read on to learn more about this innovative, light-projection-based interactive necklace.
by Steve Levenstein
Toshiba's former floppy disk factory in Yokosuka, Japan had been sitting idle since 1994. Rather than allow a valuable asset to deteriorate, the company boldly performed an innovative makeover to the plant, which now GROWS plants for profit.
Porsche's innovative C88 sedan concept is a rolling case of “what might have been”. Designed in the mid-1990s yet still looking remarkably contemporary today, the C88 could have been “The Chinese VW Beetle” if only China's government had not withdrawn their support for the project.
by Alicia Zuberbier
Getting a perfect blowout at home is one of the trickiest hair styling techniques. Some of us just aren't capable of working the round brush and the blow dryer at the same time. Science and technology have brought us many wonderful innovations like shuttles for space travel and cures for diseases. Let's go ahead and throw automatic blowout brushes on that list! Now, you only need one hand to create your perfect hair-do.
How to celebrate the coming of Christmas in Xi'an, China's ancient capital and home of the famed Terracotta Army? For local bakers and confectioners, the answer is to cast about 300 miniature replicas of the First Emperor of the Qin dynasty's afterlife bodyguards in fine Belgian chocolate, then top each one with a marzipan Santa hat.
Chevrolet's Colorado ZR2 Concept pickup picks up where its all-new for 2015 Colorado Z71 bro leaves off, and for a host of recreational off-roading fans that means where the pavement ends. 'Course, you might like the Colorado ZR2 Concept pickup as a daily driver, which is too bad because as a concept it's not available for purchase... yet.
Polar Vortex 2, Electric Booglaoo has brought an early blast of winter weather to a wholly unprepared nation a month before Winter™ officially arrives. Yeah, it sucks, but there's one thing Old Man Winter didn't bargain on: some of the freakiest, flakiest snow plows ever to scrape a snowbank off a side street.
by Amber Leventry
Graphic designer Nickolay Lamm used an art project to show the world what Barbie would look like if she had the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman, according to the CDC. No one was particularly surprised that the side-by-side comparison of the two dolls showed very different results. We all know Barbie is a fantasy no woman should try to emulate and a fantasy no man should expect. Lamm created the Lammily doll, the ‘Normal Barbie’, to provide young girls with a more realistic view of women’s bodies, including acne and stretch marks.
by M Dee Dubroff
High-tech nail art is rather new to the scene of the wearable tech invasion into fashion and accesories. Sensor nails rejuvenate the life of fingernails via touch augmentation. Read on for more information about this fascinating innovation.
If Yanmar's new YT series tractor looks a tad sportier than most big-wheeled pasture plowers, credit Kiyoyuki Okuyama, designer of the Ferrari Enzo and Ferrari P4/5 supercars. Yanmar farmed out the job of revitalizing their tractors to Okuyama in order to spice up a class of vehicles known more for function than for form.
The lightweight, electrically-powered RX1E aircraft made its public debut at Airshow China and sources state the country's first domestically developed electric aircraft is about to enter mass production.
by Steve Levenstein
Thanks to Pampshade, the soothing golden glow of fresh-baked bread can now illuminate the near and far corners of any room – not just the kitchen.
Would you drive a canary-yellow Lada Kalina Sport sedan hundreds of miles across some of the most desolate stretches of Siberia? No, you wouldn't... but you're not Russian President Vladimir Putin.
by Rey M.L.
By incorporating a separate audio controller within its new barebone nettop, Biostar's IDEQ-T1 “K” model can play host to a number of audio enhancements and features that normally aren't found in this class of PC, including – inevitably – karaoke software.
by Laurie Kay Olson
Buttons have been around on clothing for more than 4,000 years. After all that time they still manage to fall off at the most inopportune moment when there is not a needle and thread anywhere nearby. Even if there are, you don't always have the time necessary to thread a needle and get sewing before you will be late for an important meeting. That is why a couple of designers have come up with The Clip Button.
by M Dee Dubroff
Read all about London-based artist/alchemist, Lauren Bowker, and her special material exploration studio known as the UNSEEN. Here she has created a unique wind-reactive ink that changes color when exposed to the capricious fluctuations of both the wind and the human body.
Good things happen when outdoor enthusiast outfitter Filson and rugged Jeep Wrangler accessories manufacturer AEV get together. The resulting AEV Filson Wrangler is not only good, it's great enough to take on the Great Outdoors in style!
Fiat has high hopes for the Italian-styled and now exclusively Brazilian-made Fiat Bravo but buyers will appreciate the sleek five-door hatchback's innovative Blue&Me entertainment & communication system developed in partnership with Microsoft.