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1. Positive (Inspiring, Insightful, Clarifying, or Cool)
Mercedes-Benz SilverFlow melts to take the needed silhouette
The Mercedes luxury coupes exemplify forty years of design that has made Mercedes Benz to become one of the most distinguished luxury brands in the world. Now, we have with us the future of Mercedes-Benz vehicles and it has been named SilverFlow, Well, the 2057 Mercedes-Benz SilverFlow is Mercedes’ design car for the future showing sleek lines inspired by Mercedes racers of yesteryears. The SilverFlow is crafted from micro- metallic materials which can be arranged by magnetic fields randomly on the car key fob. Sounds cool! It means when you are not driving it, you can melt it down and later re-assemble it with magnetic fields. The Mercedes-Benz SilverFlow can adapt to the conditions and transform its shape to best suit the needs.
Robocar 2057: Audi Virtuea Quattro
That's right, being it's October going on November, it's time for Design Los Angeles, where car companies answer a call for futurism with sci-fi craziness. This year, the call went out for robocars from 2057. And we'll be posting the entries throughout the day. First up is the Audi Virtuea, a car Audi designers say "combines artificial intelligence with avenues of self expression." That means its design can change to suit a particular momentary proclivity. It does it by eliminating that pesky material surface and replacing it with a holograph of a body style surrounding the outside. That way, drivers can change the car's looks on the fly, thwarting the police and confounding crooks by turning into a '78 Ford Granada in bad neighborhoods. We'll take it.
2057: Mazda Motonari RX Source jalopnik.com/cars/los-angeles-auto-show
Now, this here is what we call next-level thinking. Imagine a car in which the driver is indistinguishable from his conveyance. Where the two entities merge to become some manner of cyborganic motoring organism that allows the driver to experience the feel of the road as if the car was an extension of his own cells. That's the idea of Mazda designer Matthew Cunningham, who named the Motonari RX concept in honor of a Japanese warrior. Controls are projected to be manipulated by way of a driving suit containing millions of microscopic actuators. Under the hood is a 427 ci Chevrolet rat motor. Just kidding.
2057: Toyota Biomobile Mecha Source jalopnik.com/cars/los-angeles-auto-show/
Just like Honda, Toyota's projecting a future of overcrowding. The year 2057, designers note, will transpire in an era of limited ground space and copious atmospheric pollutants. But don't despair. The Toyota Biomobile Mecha will not only be able to move vertically to reach ever-taller structures, but it'll do so by using pollution as an energy source. (Time to go long on particulate futures.) Four nanolaser wheels will do what nanolasers do best, that is impress the crap out of English majors. Toyota says the Mecha concept would expand and contract horizontally and vertically to change its function from dwelling to commuter car. Think of it as an overengineered VW Westfalia for our grandkids.
When do you know it's the year 2057? According to the Nissan designers who rendered the OneOne concept for Design Los Angeles, it's when cars become pet-like. Alternative kibble power, you ask? Well, no. But, to quote the intro text, the OneOne is a "friendly, helpful member of the family of the future." The name alludes to the way many Japanese describe the sound of a barking dog, and the car's apparently equal parts robot as passenger car. Guided by a real time GPS network, the OneOne is a vehicular Rosie the maid (remember "The Jetsons," kids?), shopping, picking up dry cleaning and getting the children home from school. A special GT model adds such features as complaining about its bitchy Qi Gong instructor, taking a few too many cocktails in the afternoon, and having an affair with the neighbors' Chevy Suburban.
In 2057, according to Honda, the hybridization of automotive powerplants will encompass solar power, making designers' One to the Power of Four concept eligible to travel in the HOV lanes of the future (who knew they'd still be around?). Designers also project the 50-year population increase will require much more flexibility than current cars allow. That problem will be solved by advances in molecular engineering, which will allow the car's body panels to shape-shift as needed. The use of gyros (no, not the Greek sandwich) and artifical intelligence will make such transmogrification possible. We'd imagine all this automotive mutability will get pretty unnerving in LA traffic.
A device like this would be a great thing to have around. Imagine the conflicts that would blow over so much easier with better translation. The key to getting along is communication and every step we take in that direction is a step foreward. They could also come up with one of these to translate Male and Female vocal patterns... lol. -Garrett Pickering
The "John Lennon Artificial Intelligence Project" is an attempt to recreate John Lennon by making a virtual ai programmed with his thoughts and words. Perhaps a step towards digital twins? - Steven Janca
New Yoga Mat
Now someone who is into yoga doesnt have to do it in complete silence. This new yoga mat just rolling out has a built in MP3 player and other amazing features that lets you listen to your best song while ... well... trying to do yoga? Not sure, but a cool feature none the less. -Alan Cacciamani
A futuristic wheelchair that will raise the person to an upright position when needed. May also help the stigma of wheelchair users! -Tom Andrys
For the Not-So-Early Bird
Source: Loop http://loop.ph/twiki/bin/view/Loop/LightSleeper
These are pictures of actual bedsheets and pillows. The lights are actually embedded into the fabrics!
The function for this light-up bedding is to function as a sort of more natural unnatural alarm clock. It will slowly begin to illuminate for the sleeper (from total darkness) in order to wake them up via the natural instinct towards waking up and moving around during the day.
Certainly would be very helpful for that lazy college student, right? -Paul Ardiles
2. Mixed/Uncertain (Complex, Multifaceted, Positives and Negatives, Meaning Unclear)
This is just something I found thought-provoking. Are we reaching an age when super-stardom and celebrity will be attainable by the average shmoe for whom it would only be a dream in meat space? We can already, in some cases, earn much more money in alternate worlds than we have been able to in the real world; who is to say that the status of "celebrity" won't be as available? I think it will prove an interesting dynamic to consider as alternate realities become more and more popular. -- Steve Olender
3. Negative (Disturbing, Angering, Scary, or Uncool)