gadgets
Snow Tyres With Studs That Retract at the Push of a Button

Studded tyres are probably the best way to avoid sliding all over the place on slippery, icy roads. But when that layer of snow and ice is gone, they're not particularly friendly to bare asphalt. Nokian Tyres, though, has developed this concept tyre with studs that extend and retract with the push of a button on your dashboard. Read More >>

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China's New Research Station and the International "Rush" to Claim Antarctica

In 2048, a very important international event will occur: The Antarctic Treaty, which stops countries from mining the continent's abundant resources, will come up for review. China, the US, the UK, and other countries intend to be ready. Read More >>

gaming
Oculus Rift Lets You See What it Would Be Like to Swap Genders (NSFW)

Oculus Rift is amazing in that it lets you experience other worlds beautifully and immersively. And, in this project by BeAnotherLabs, it's letting users experience a few minutes as the opposite gender. (Warning: some nudity ahead). Read More >>

design
Airlines, Listen Up: Here's the Boarding Pass You Should Be Using

It hasn't been a great decade for air travel. And while crappily designed boarding passes aren't at the very top of my list of axes to grind with the airline industry, they're more important than you think. Just take a look at this great version by UK designer Peter Smart for proof. Read More >>

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Vauxhall's New Monza Concept Car is Full of Gadgety Goodies

Initially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September, Vauxhall's Monza concept car has made its first outing in the UK, showing off a range of swishy electronics that the company says heralds the design and vision for their next generation of intelligent vehicles. Read More >>

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Toshiba Crammed 5 Computers in its Shape-Shifting Concept 5-in-1 PC

It's a concept but it's a super fun one. Toshiba's shape-shifting 5-in-1 PC somehow manages to be a laptop, a tablet, a convertible tablet, a canvas, and a presentation TV-type device. A few of those five might be redundant (and/or useless), but it's pretty cool to see one computer try to be everything you want it to be. Read More >>

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When Tech Culture And Urbanism Collide

The city is the most complex machine ever invented. Running optimally, the city generates opportunity and provides a platform for interaction, ideas, and improvement. As a concept, the city has been iterated upon, smashed and burnt to the ground, rebuilt, deliberately designed, haphazardly organized, and generally resilient for many millennia. But the city is still a human invention and every single one is flawed, many horribly so. Read More >>

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A Ticket to the End of the World

If you've watched with envy as the internet fills up with endless photo galleries of abandoned buildings in Detroit, perhaps now is your time to get in on the action: for the low, low price of only $45 (about £27), you can buy a ticket and take locally-run "tours of abandoned factories, churches and schools." A Detroit ruin tour takes 3 hours, and taps into your inner J.M.W. Turner.
Reporting on one such tour, the Los Angeles Times described a kind of Urban Exploration Lite™: Read More >>

apple
Ludicrously Thin iPhone Air Concept Would Blow Away if Someone Opened a Window

We're all for glossy "What If?" concept renders of unannounced future projects from amateur artists, if only because they give us images to use when specs leak. But what on earth is the point of an iPhone Air that weighs only 70 grams and is so thin a short-sighted relative may mistake it for a coaster? Read More >>

design
A Paper Shopping Bag That Transforms Into a Hanger Back Home

If you get lucky, the clothing shop where you bought that new sweater or shirt might toss in the plastic hanger it was on free of charge. Otherwise, you'll have to scrounge one up yourself—at least until this wonderful redesign of the shopping back becomes a reality. With a few folds the Hangbag transforms into its own hanger, strong enough to support everything short of a lead-lined suit. Read More >>

cars
Toyota's FV2 Concept Car Wants to Be Your Friend and Read Your Emotions

A car that's also your friend? That's not named Kitt or Bumblebee? Toyota is looking into it, revealing its FV2 concept car ahead of this month's Tokyo Motor Show. Read More >>

drones
This Driving, Flying, and Swimming Drone Is a Real-Life Transformer

If you bumped into your eight-year-old self on the street and told him that actual Transformers would walk—fly, crawl, and swim—the planet within his lifetime, your eight-year-old self's head would probably explode. But shape-shifting autonomous robots are exactly what's in the works at the Sandia National Laboratory. Read More >>

phones
Death to the Phablet! Samsung Has a Folding Phone-to-Tablet Prototype

Samsung's Galaxy Round dulled our expectations for the promise of flexible displays. It was basically a Galaxy Note 3 with a curve that rendered text unreadable, according to those who got to play with it. But don't write off Samsung's flexi-phones yet -- a pair of new prototypes sound like truly next-generation devices. Read More >>

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Samsung's Flexible Phone Concept Is Folding F'Ugly

So curved phones, for better or worse, are a real thing now. And while their sloping displays may (may) make for a more comfortable fit in the pocket, they're still no smaller than the ever-increasing-in-size non-curved smartphones. A folding phone however, depending on your origami skills, could fit just about anywhere. Read More >>

bicycles
Space Age Plastics Reinvent the 19th Century Penny-Farthing

BASF, the largest chemical company in the world, has finally put its materials knowledge to good use: By creating a ridiculously over-engineered penny-farthing, the big-wheeled bike of the 19th century. Read More >>

design
Would This Bike With Storage Inside the Front Wheel Even Be Rideable?

They don't need fuel, they can weave in and out of traffic, and you don't even need a licence to ride one. But unless you tack on a set of panniers or a basket, bikes are notoriously lacking in storage space; a problem that Industrial Designer David Hotard might have eliminated with his novel Transport bike, which features trunk space inside the bike's front wheel. Read More >>

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