A huge number of vehicle tires end up discarded annually, but these things are very tough to recycle. A very smart idea with tires would be reuse, and when you can bring out the beauty in these things, you get points for being totally amazing. Korean sculptor Yong Ho Ji creates these incredibly detailed, textured and layered sculptures using recycled tires. It’s not just the material Yong uses that is fascinating, even the theme stands a strong ground, the shark and the monster pretty much come to life as their scary selves in these sculptures.
We strongly believe it is some sort of magic that holds the mobile phone / other gadgets stable over the Skin Tac car holder. It looks fairly non-invasive and we don’t really see as to how this adhesive free non-skid soft silicon mat would actually hold a gadget in place. But if it works, it is every bit worth the $16.35 price tag. Now please excuse us while we go pore over Harry Potter books and find out a spell that works for these kind of things.
Rear seat passengers usually end up aimlessly looking out of the window, without much to do, and a burning desire to say “Are we there yet?” Increasingly powerful technology though may give these passengers more to do than look out the window and watch carelessly selected movies on small screens. Toyota Motors Europe and Copenhagen Instituted of Interaction Design teamed up to offer more from the window of the vehicle. Touchscreen glass of the windows lets passengers look at far off objects, know their distance, pinch to zoom-into objects and even get information and sort of trivia on the objects outside.
We’ve seen the insides of Volkswagen’s transparent factory, and now we get to look inside a BMW factory from the point of view of a sheet of steel. The video shows the journey of a single sheet of steel inside BMW’s Munich plant. We get to see the sheet being stamped, drilled, welded and going through other processes until a BMW 3-class begins to take form around the sheet.
Building on an old ZAZ-Tavria, a Russian inventor has modified it into a levitating car, with a robust design. Popular in the erstwhile Soviet Union, the Ukranian car lent itself well to modification. All “unnecessary” parts were removed from the car to make it light, and then it was given wings to fly, from what we know, no Red Bull was given to the car. Once the car speeds up to 90 kilometers an hour, it takes off, hovering 2 to 3 meters above the ground. Slowly, the car loses speed and glides back to the road in a simple and light touchdown. The car’s inventor believes it could work well for training pilots.
Dora Super is a concept car that would be the child of a Formula car and a warcraft. Designed by Alexandre Garcia, the concept takes design cues from both varied car styles to create a rugged futuristic racer that would love to shake a leg on some desolate desert planet and live it up for racing. That’s how racing circuits will work in the future, right?
He may be super rich and be able to afford the best cars in the world, but even Bruce Wayne would find himself drooling at this turbine powered batmobile. Then he would go back, dress up as Batman and rub his knuckles thinking why he didn’t think of that before. The 20-feet long Batmobile is dressed up in the style of Batmobiles from Tim Burton’s movies, and has a military Boeing turboshaft helicopter engine for power. For good measure, they even threw in an iPad for the dashboard, because even Batman can’t stay far from his i-Gadgets.
When you’re out looking for inspiration, you should just look at the best. Raptor skateboard had it right when it sought inspiration in the beauty of Alfa Romeo, who one could argue has some of the best looking designs through history. It sure does take an excellent design to make someone like Henry Ford say “When I see an Alfa Romeo go by, I tip my hat.” Raptor from designer Andrea Mangano doesn’t quite make the same impression, but it does have looks. It has 3 layers structure to increase its strength and balance, and mechanical front and rear arms for improved maneuvering.
The leather Harley-Davidson belongs to the brand’s summer exhibit vault, from “Collection X: Weird, Wild Wonders of the Harley-Davidson Museum.” Built by Japanese company Red Moon in the year 2000, the leather Harley was made to celebrate a decade of Red Moon’s operations. The sculpture is a 3/4 scale mode of a Harley.
For someone of large build, the steering wheel can be quite a problem to negotiate while getting in and out of a regular car, trucks of course can be an exception. The concept “foldable” steering wheel from TRW can take a minimal profile and retract into the dashboard when require, making getting in and out of a vehicle quite easy.