In the case of the TV we’ve got both strategies. We actually have a TV implementation in some senses built into Windows,” Ballmer said. “It works really well for small screen TVs that you might call a PC, but for that big screen device here’s a piece of hardware that we build, there’s no diversity. You get exactly the Xboxes that we build for you. We may have more form factors in the future that are designed for various price points and options, but we think it’s going to [be] important.
If there’s one thing I hate, it’s how dust gets sucked into laptop vents thanks to the cooling fan. It can clog things up and affect performance and shorten the life of electronics in general. We need to take a cue from this radio. Once every six months, it sneezes, getting rid of dust that has accumulated inside.
It gives it a longer life and keeps things running cooler. Therefore sneezing is the future of electronics. As long as that sneeze doesn’t come with a cough and a runny nose anyway. I ain’t playing doctor to my radio.
At the Taiwan Broadband show Ericsson showed off it’s take on a portable computer of the future. It uses a pico-projected screen and laser-projected keyboard. At least you won’t make any noise while typing. Pictured above is just the prototype.
Ultimately they would like to house it in a spider-leg tripod design. It would have wireless broadband connectivity and of course a battery. Laser projected keyboards by 2020? We can do better than that by 2020 can’t we? I think so.
When it comes to soda, we need choices, not just regular and diet. We need mega-choice. It’s 2009, not the stoneage. That’s why Coke is showing off its new “Freestyle” soda fountain. This baby uses a touchscreen to allow you to choose one of over 100 flavors.
That’s right, over 100 flavor options. Not a one of them any healthier than what we have today. But the future is all about choice not health. Check out the video above to see how it all works. Turns out the future is just full of soda flavors. And that’s the way we like it.
This concept shows us one possible future, where humans will roam the earth riding on transformer-like animals. Fueling your beast is easy. Just let it eat nature’s vegetation and it will also energize the driver.
Project Nomad was created by Jason Battserby, who must be a transformer fan. It’s cat-like design allows it to traverse all kinds of terrain and even climb rocky terrain at fast speeds. So, do you think a big mechanical cat is in your future?
The Trou Hologram cellphone has no screen, instead relying on 3D holograms projected onto the vacant area to display what you are looking at. Small projectors are lined up on the inner surface in order to bring the most lifelike images to life before your eyes.
They will have to figure out how to solve the power issues, since projectors suck a lot of energy. But one day we may just have this device in our hands fully working. That day is a long way away, but if we can envision it, we can eventually do it.
This pair of headphones is clearly from the future. No doubt sent here to protect young John Connor’s ears and keep him listening to his tunes in style, so that he can one day be a kick-ass leader. At least, that’s what I’m guessing judging by how awesome they look. This is the Q-Sound headphone concept from Shepeleff Stephen and the design is simply amazing.
It looks great and also uses solar technology. That’s a solar panel running across the headband, where it will always catch the sun. The Q-Sound, being a concept, would also take calls or plug into a 3.5mm jack if you need it to.
Thinkgeek has done the math and it turns out that a baby is 4.65 Terabytes in size and on a T1 it takes about 40 weeks to download. This t-shirt will show the progress to the world.
A great shirt for that geek mother to be this Mother’s day. These are maternity shirts, 100% cotton combed ringspun jersey in black. Available at ThinkGeek for only $22.99 and comes in several sizes.
So, how do you upgrade the old pizza order and make the whole process greener? US Patent 7,051,919 has the answer. The Pizza Box is perforated and tears, converting itself into plates. It’s the future of pizza and would help save water as you don’t have to wash the plates.
A simple yet effective idea. It’s called the Green Box. The bottom is also perforated so you can fold it into a new box that conveniently fits in your refrigerator. That’s damn convenient.
One day, hopefully when the planet is not ruled by apes that evolved from men, fossils like the one above will be commonplace. And while you might not dig up as many Zune fossils as say, the iPod, they will give those in the future some idea of what we have been up to.
These fossils are hand-made in Austin by artist Christopher Locke. Each one represents a different piece of “modern” technology that has already become extinct. He has also collaborated with the local Goodwill computer and electronics recycling program, insuring that there is zero e-waste from this project.
Is it a shark? A submarine? A flying car? All of the above. And it’s the most badass flying car/shark/submarine I’ve ever seen. Kazim Doku’s Shark concept is how he envisions the future of Audi’s design: as a flying car. Design inspirations came from motorcycles and airplanes, and obviously underwater vessels.
Even the interior gets some sporty seats with the cockpit’s sculpture, so you can sit comfortably while flying to work and playing with some buttons etc. Check out a video below. Who needs roads when you can fly in this kind of style?
What might the future of flight look like? The folks at Finnair have a pretty good idea. They have five future aircraft concepts for the year 2093. As you might expect, all the aircrafts are eco-friendly and materials used in the making are 100 percent recyclable. I have to say they look awesome.
How about a zero-emission supersonic aircraft, designed for long-hauls? AV windows that offer zoomable views of the sky or the earth? How about a charter aircraft with turning engines in front that can glide and take-off vertically? Some even feature hologram theaters, restaurants, and bars, shops, a beauty parlor, a first-aid station, and gymnasiums. The future of flight is looking pretty awesome. I’d be willing to bet that most of their ideas will be realized by 2093.
Tomorrow is the big election and we will soon find out whether Obama or McCain will become president. And while we are waiting to vote, Core77 just held a contest that featured redesigned voting booths for the future. Some were serious, while others are more playful. The winner was “Voting Tree” shown above, by vinishree. Voting tree makes voting a more organic, less rushed, grounded experience. After you vote, you stick a leaf on the tree, which adds a feeling of community participation. Interesting concept. Hit the link to see the rest. There are some very interesting ideas.
Named Blade Runner, this concept has nothing to do with chasing replicants. It’s a bus/train concept from British firm Silvertip Design. It will drive on roads just like other normal wheeled vehicles, but it also sports a set of retractable train-wheels that it can deploy to ride the rail lines. It looks like something that should be dueling with KITT on the open road. It’s supposed to carry 105 standing and sitting people and could well be a nice solution to long commutes. The fact that it straddles both the rails and the streets makes it very promising.
We’ve seen our share of concept cars, but Jorge Cross’s amphibious vehicle design for the year 2030 blows us away because it’s like a walk down memory lane thanks to it’s obvious retro sci-fi roots. It’s as beautiful as it is strange.
The three-wheeler actually has a large ball in front that rotates 90° to reveal a propeller or tire. Tire by land or propeller by water. The sleek chassis design was a study on the theories of hydrodynamics and how they work with a vehicle’s shape. Jorge Cross is a student at the University of Monterrey in Nuevo León, Mexico. Great job. We have to get these on the road soon. Not that many of us could afford one.