gadgets
Lenovo’s Folding Tablet Prototype Is My Dream Gadget

At Lenovo’s Tech World conference in San Francisco last week, the company showed off Folio, a fully-functional prototype with flexible screen that allows it to transform from a smartphone-sized mobile device to a larger tablet. The idea, of course, is to put the best features of both devices into a gadget you can easily carry in your pocket. Read More >>

design
A Wind Turbine With Flapping Wings Might Be Quieter and Safer For Birds

Unless they’ve got stake in a big oil company, the most common reasons people have for opposing the installation of wind turbines is the noise pollution and the risk they pose to birds. But a radically redesigned turbine with flapping wings instead of spinning blades might finally solve both of those problems. Read More >>

design
Your Grandparents Will Love This Rotary Mobile

Tired of teaching your older family members how to use their smartphones every time you visit? Just do what YouTube’s Mr. Volt did and build a custom mobile phone out of aluminium, brass, and wood with a working rotary dial that’s reminiscent of the ancient landline phones introduced back in the 1920s. Read More >>

space
NASA Wants to Build These Six New Prototype Deep Space Houses

Someday, perhaps we will have a little space house all of our own, over whose white picket fence we can watch the sun(s) set into the red sky over our exoplanet ranch. Until then, these six new prototype deep space habitat designs that NASA just released will have to do. Read More >>

smartwatches
A Multi-Screen Smartwatch Might Actually Be a Brilliant Idea

The dual-screen Nintendo DS wasn’t warmly received when first revealed, but it’s gone on to be one of the company’s best-selling consoles. And a team of researchers have come up with a convincing argument as to why a smartwatch might actually be improved with two screens as well. Read More >>

phones
Microsoft Made a Smartphone That Reacts Before You Even Touch It

The ultimate smart device does exactly what you want before you to tell it to. It sounds like an impossible expectation, but Microsoft brings us one step closer to that fantasy with a prototype smartphone that can detect and react to hover gestures before you even tap the screen. Read More >>

sony
Sony’s Sharing its Early Prototypes With the World—Like This Weird Audio Necklace

Want to see what the future looks like? Sony plans to help with the creation of a new research and development wing called the Future Lab Program, which intends to share the company’s early prototypes with the world in order to refine its ideas. Read More >>

concepts
An Auto-Following Stroller Using VW’s Adaptive Cruise Control Is Genius

It might just be a one-off prototype, but new parents who can’t go anywhere without a toddler in tow will love the idea of a stroller with built-in sensors that allow it to autonomously follow someone, while intelligently avoiding collisions. Read More >>

nokia
This is Microsoft’s Cancelled McLaren “3D Touch” Windows Phone

Video has emerged of a prototype Microsoft/Nokia Windows Phone model, one codenamed "McLaren" that was supposed to be a high-end model to replace the Lumia 1020 and offer a new 3D Touch interface option. It never came out, obviously, else we'd remember not buying it. Read More >>

cars
A Smartphone App Turns a Land Rover Into a Giant RC Car

Have you ever found your car stranded in a car park because some neighbouring drivers have parked too close for you to even open the door? That’s one problem that Jaguar Land Rover’s new prototype remote app can solve, letting you back your vehicle out of a tight spot using your smartphone. Read More >>

phones
BlackBerry is Bringing Back the Slider Phone For Some Reason

When square phones don't work, what's BlackBerry to do? Combine the weirdest new hardware trend and a classic old one together in one super (silly?) smartphone. Blackberry teased the new "dual-curved, all-touch display with a keyboard—yes a slider device!" at this years Mobile World Congress. Read More >>

3d printing
3D Printing Just Wireframe Models Can Vastly Speed Up Prototyping

When 3D printing technologies were first adopted for manufacturing decades ago, they were referred to as rapid prototyping machines because compared to old methods, they were able to churn out parts with remarkable speed. But even today's 3D printing technology has room for improvement, and a new technique that involves printing only simple wireframe models should expedite the earliest stages of prototyping a new product. Read More >>

monster machines
The Prius of Planes Could One Day Replace Helicopters and Jump Jets

Getting an aircraft to launch and land vertically is not difficult. Getting one to launch vertically and then complete a long-endurance flight, however, is an entirely different bag of cats. But a team from NASA's Langley Research Center believe that it's developed a flight system that can do both tasks equally well. The secret: hybrid power. Read More >>

monster machines
The Airbus X3 Prototype Uses Three Rotors to Break Airspeed Records

In the chimeric world of vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft, the most common hybrid one finds are tilt-rotor planes with helicopter-like abilities. But the X3 prototype from Airbus took the opposite approach. It transformed a traditional helicopter into a high-speed turboprop. Read More >>