If you also believe in the future of autonomous driving, then taking humans out of the equation has many benefits. First of all it much safer (Romain Grosjean’s crash in last season’s F1 Bahrain GP is a shocking example), the aerodynamics of the vehicle are much better (the drag created by the rider in case of bikes is eliminated), and the possibility of reaching break-neck speeds that cannot be humanly possible to achieve due to the limitation of human body’s endurance for g-forces. The sport of professional racing is even more dangerous in the case of bikes. Reason enough to give autonomous bike racing a well-needed boost.
The Armadillo by Christian Grajewski is a motorcycle concept that’s envisioned in the Moto Ai X Championship – sometime in the future – for high octane racing to thrill the online fans or crowds at the autodromes. The idea’s uniqueness culminated from the fact that the designer imagines the bike to be the character with an arm, legs, body, and head. To be fair, it indeed looks like some creature, ready to wake from its slumber – boiling to chase down any prey on its two wheels. Since the ride is fully autonomous, the seating position has been done away with – giving it a definitive creature-like shape. It’s more like a swan ( I guess the designer imagines it as an Armadillo) on two wheels, one wheel is bigger than the other for optimized front wheel grip on the road, especially while taking those chicanes.
Tires of the Armadillo are heavy treaded indicating, the motorbike is made for dirt tracks as well. The swingarm of the bike also indicates high-speed racing character, as it is quite thick and reinforced. Along with these unique elements, the ride looks made for the future-ready era of racing to excite the fans with unbelievable maneuvers – on and off the track!
Maserati has always pushed the envelope of luxury and performance right from its inception in 1914, and till date. So what does the future hold for the Italian luxury supercar maker in an era where the automotive industry is making the rapid shift towards eco-friendly autonomous driving? Automotive design student Dohoon Jeong imagines the future which will have a semblance of classic infused in the design. A future where gorgeous design DNA and attractive sensibility will take precedence over the practicality of driving. The focus will be on the Trident structure, contrasting visual appeal, and the technical sharpness of the muscular body.
Dohoon calls it the Maserati Tridente, and the concept draws inspiration from the fluidic sculpture of Fountain of Neptune, chrome texture or the retro rides, and the exposed interior of the classics that the Italian super car maker has been known for in the yesteryears. In fact, the DNA is influenced more by the classic design of the Maserati cars which are etched in history as one of the greatest. The wide flowing design and the nostalgic roadster characteristics have been amalgamated together seamlessly for an artistic car of the future – having a very definitive interconnection between the interior and exterior as the body frame inspired by the Trident blade takes shape.
The sharp blade of the Trident encapsulated in a square logo and the shark grille highlights the Maserati DNA upfront. The copper texture further adds the luxury element to the two-seater autonomous supercar. The seating is embellished in all red hues for a royal feel sans any futuristic dashboard elements to keep things clean. Maserati Tridente is the deserving mascot of the brand’s future – the design speaks for itself, doesn’t it?
Shipwrecks have become more frequent as the number of vessels in the oceans increases due to open trade policies between nations. Owning to their scope and location, shipwreck rescues can become logistically complicated and humanly dangerous to carry out. This is where underwater rescue robots such as the Saver Whale designed after the good sense of whales – that are known to helping people – come into the scene.
The Saver Whale is ideally a concept of an underwater drone designed to reach where human rescuers can’t – or shouldn’t – go. Lots of human live-saving deep water rescues happen in challenging, dangerous conditions which are difficult for diving squads to negotiate without risking injury or loss of life. Maritime rescue drones such as the Saver Whale can reach uncharted waters – reducing risk to human life – and work as scouts to deliver medical and equipment to liberate any trapped or sinking soul.
The Saver Whale, equipped with cameras, sonar, and radar for detection, and a radio system for communication, can be deployed from the helicopter, to venture into depths of the hostile waters of the ocean where sending human is riskier. The drone, on detecting a survivor or diseased and can instantly relay the message to the rescue team and request assistance. In addition to calling out for backup and relaying its live location, this versatile sub can equip the survivor with a life vest, rope, and other gear from the first aid kit onboard.
Interestingly, the Saver Whale is also conceptualized to shoot out a net on a dead body located, to fix its position, so it’s not lost in the water current. There are already a range of rescue robots that can crawl in the rubble, fly over fires, and swim in deep waters to help first responders in executing operations. Yet, Saver Whale with its payload carrying capacity and more organized approach can definitely go through improvisations to one day dive to the ocean beds in search of marine accident victims.
Pantone’s authority on colors is acclaimed around the globe, and now the New Jersey-based trend research expert has set foot in Hong Kong. Yes, Pantone has opened their first lifestyle concept store inside the Cityplaza’s Eslite Spectrum bookstore in the Tai Koo district. They call it the Pantone Lifestyle Gallery – and in the true sense – it’s a gallery of hues opened in collaboration with Issho, a lifestyle retailer. Although it’s worth pondering over the timing of Pantone’s decision to open a physical retail store in the current turbulent times of the pandemic-affected the world. Still, Pantone wants to go spread a dash of color in people’s lives who for the most part of the week are stuck in the secure confines of their homes, to truly explore colours and their impact on the human psyche. Maybe a blushing pink would give you faith or illuminating, the Pantone color for 2021 would cheer you up on dark days!
The store is spread across 600 square feet of space – draped in a dash of colors – sexy pink, cool blue, calming green, and refreshing orange – you name it and the store has it. The different displays and islands of the store are marked in blocked patterns – for example, the entrance has a sky blue hue to lure in customers. Inside, the customers will find sections to explore the homeware, loungewear, and home accessories islands. The loungewear section of the lifestyle store has trendy colorful clothes for the young generation – like sweatshirts, fabric slippers, jersey t-shorts, and more. They call it the Funmix collection which, according to Pantone explores the varying emotions and stories with bi-color combos having harmonious or boldly contrasting characters. In the homeware section, the buyers will get to explore the limited edition tableware in striking pinstripes color (four options) which comprises a coffee cup set, bowls, dishes, and more.
Along with the eye-popping retail store that brings a poop of color to the monotony of daily routine, Pantone has plans to stage events in the city this whole year to spread colors in people’s life which has gotten a bit dull lately. Also, they have a strategy in place to open an online store in June with all the updates coming to Issho 46’s social feed.
Board track racing was hugely popular in the early 1900s (1910s and 1920s) – as bikes with pedal-powered assistance raced on tracks hitting triple-digit speeds. Yes, the sport was utterly risky, and the crowd loved it for that reason. Eventually, as sanity prevailed, the high-risk racing culture faded out, but it has left a deep mark on the sands of time. One can deem it an integral part of two-wheeler history that will be etched in motorheads’ consciousness for a long time.
Commemorating the golden era of two-wheel motorsports from the yesteryears, Italian custom moto builder GDesign has put together a nostalgic take on the adrenaline arousing era’s racers of board track racing. Called the Elettracker, the all-electric bike evokes a century ago period – so much has changed since then, hasn’t it? The bike infuses an element of modern to the retro aesthetics in the form of a pack of electric batteries shaped like the air-cooled V-Twin engines symbolic of the track racing of that time.
The custom build doesn’t end there as the racer gets a nostalgic number plate, a tank sandwiched between the bike frame’s dual top tubes and a braced tractor-like seating embellished in brown leather. Elettracker also gets bronze inverted bar-end levers having hand-wrapped leather grips. For the wheels, GDesign managed to emulate the retro white tire look with the thin spoke wheels. To complement the retro custom build, the custom builder got the faux-painted race livery done by Arinna Crippa of Lake Design. The custom bike, in a way, traverses one to the time when anything racing on wheels was purely magical – both for the racers and the fans.
You get an exercise bike, excited about transforming your fitness regime to the next level. But a few months later, the fancy machine lies there to bite the dust, or act as another prop to keep clothes or hang things! That’s the plight of most exercise bikes we keep at homes because in most instances they lack the engagement aspect when it comes to hopping on the seat and sweating it out each day. PlayPulse One changes the monotony of exercising the same old way with a unique take of luring all you binge-watchers out there. It’s all about putting the metal to the pedal if you need to continue watching your favorite series. Sounds, interesting already? Read on!
The smart spin bike by PlayPulse breaks the norm of following the exercise instructions on the 24-inch display of the machine – replacing it with an interface for watching Netflix. Yes, that’s right it’s not a spoof! To continue binge-watching, you’ll have to keep pedaling, or else, the screen blacks out and the video stops playing. PlayPulse One also comes with four pre-loaded games when you get bored of over-watching content on Netflix. These games including tank battles, bumper cars, and street racing – work with the same mechanics – the more you pedal, the better you perform in the particular game. For multi-dimensional input in the games, there are custom-built game controllers on the handlebar with haptic feedback – meaning even more engaging gameplay. It comes with an online multiplayer mode (voice-chat capable) to challenge buddies or teaming up to take other players connected on the platform.
As a matter of fact, at least dozen other games are coming in the future to the platform. You can create fitness goals along with entertaining yourself, and unless you achieve those by continuing to pedal, the entertainment aspect is no more your privilege. Truly PlayPulse One is something that motivates you to keep working out without any mental blocks. A practical solution making fitness an enjoyable activity – sensible enough for current times when most of us are stuck at homes given the docile environment due to the pandemic. PlayPulse One will arrive by Q4 of this year and can be pre-ordered right now for an early bird price. It comes with six months of free access to the game library. Post that you’ll have to pay $19.99 per month as the subscription fees.
Electric bikes are the way to go in the future, and already the metamorphosis is happening as we transition from fuel-powered vehicles to clean electric ones. Carota Design has demonstrated in the past how an electric bike of the future could look like, and now the design studio leaves us with another refreshing EV blueprint worth the attention. Christened the E-motocompo, the electric commuter is built for short city rides seeing the extent of traffic congestion that’s not going to unclog anytime soon.
The electric bike looks a bit unique with its rectangular-shaped body frame, but the idea here I guess is to reduce the body mass from the sides for high maneuverability in tight spaces. In fact, it is so rectangular in shape, to be practical for demanding urban commuters it needs to have a hint of muscular contrast. High seating position (it could have been designed a bit better) and the handlebars indicate strict city ride aesthetics with a grocery carrier on the front. E-motocompo is a single rider moped bike with space on the rear to store things like your helmet or other stuff.
When it comes to charging up the ride, simply plug in the EV charging point on the top of where the bike tank usually is. While this ride needs a slight makeover, things are looking promising, as far as seeing one on the roads (that’s similar to Carota design’s iteration) in the near future goes.
To get over the monotony of indoor cooking we resort to outdoor cooking in the backyard or patio for a refreshing change. That, however, is not an everyday affair – and eventually, it is about going back to the same routine of preparing meals in the kitchen. Even more so for millennials who have to cook food for their family alone in the kitchen. Now, that can get utterly boring when done over and over again for days, weeks, or months at end. So how can one break the monotony, while still being practical in adapting the positives of outdoor cooking, and bringing it right to your living room?
Stoke cooking appliance designed by DongJae Koo with able help from JaYoung Koo, SeongGu, and JaeSoen Lee is for such individuals who want to elevate their cooking experience beyond normal. It makes even more sense in the current scenario where most of us are stuck at homes for the major part of the day. The appliance elevates from the usual dial stove cooking method, as it uses the charcoal modules for controlling the amount of heat that is transferred to the electron conduction plate. There are three sections on the Stoke – one an upper grill, a middle section for steaming, and the lower section that has the charcoal burning area.
Using a poker to mix the charcoal, one can alter the temperature by moving the charcoal modules to the right (to raise the temperature) or moving them to the left for lowering down the temperature. The idea here is to enjoy the cooking experience while you have a relaxing conversation with the family. The other satisfying bit is the whole idea of seeing the food cooked right in your living room. After all cooking and eating should be an experience everyone enjoys and participates in (especially cooking).
Privacy and keeping distance from others has become a norm in current pandemic hit times – but is this wearablefurniture a solution you would be bold enough to experiment with – be it at your home or in public spaces? Designed by Yan Zaho, the odd-looking origami-inspired contraption dubbed ‘SharkMan’ is only for the bold ones to actually use in a shopping mall or maybe at the beach. It is still worth the experiment at home since it cocoons you in complete privacy, although you might look a little funny.
The deformable soft furniture morphs into several different configurations based on your needs for a “me space” when things get too distracting. Whether you are reading a book, working on your laptop, or simply want to take a quick nap – the SharkMan is an odd-looking solution that makes the cut. You can use it while standing, sitting, or even lying down – as three of these configurations don’t reveal your face to the world – so you don’t have to worry about the embarrassing part of using SharkMan in public.
That said, these configurations of the wearable furniture are not recommended for claustrophobic people (not that I’m recommending it to others too) as it might get a bit too encapsulated for comfort.
Designer: Yan Zaho
Zip-it up or carry around with you to have your own ultra-private space when things get too distracting at home or in your work environment.
You can use it while sitting – for example, while reading a book or working on an urgent assignment with all the visual distractions blurred out.
Yes, the namesake SharkMan comes from the shark-like form factor of this wearable furniture that’ll make everyone have at least a glance.
You can even work on your laptop while standing or carry stuff in your cocoon if you don’t mind the unwanted laughs or giggles from the critical passersby.
Bugatti has created a niche for itself in the high-performance automobile market with iconic supercars that the best of the best swear by. So how about taking a detour for a change, and see what a Bugatti performance bike of the future would look like? The brainchild of designer Patrick Pieper, this is the Bugatti Vitesse superbike that’s in a league of its own. Why I say that, well, first of all, the looks are unlike anything seen thus far. Secondly, the core design idea behind this two-wheeled monster ride imbibes in a story of its own. Virtually merging a “classic look with the latest technology and a lot of attention to detail,” as Patrick told us.
According to him, it all began when he took up the #bugatticonceptbikechallenge on Facebook for a motorbike challenge done by Bugatti enthusiasts around the globe. At that time, he made a 2D side view of the concept bike. Then after a very long lull, he decided to update it as a 3D Model with a vision to set the story on the salt flats of the Bonneville Speedway. According to Patrick, the core idea for this unique creation is to fuse the modern aesthetics of Bugatti with the nostalgic elements of the 1930’s race cars and bikes. Inspiration for the Bugatti Vitesse design comes from the 2015 Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept as the c-shaped rear of the car now takes the form of the bike’s front cover. Patrick also emphasized the inspiration of the contoured aesthetics from the Mallard steam locomotive which apparently holds the speed record for steam locomotives to date. By looking at the design, it brings to mind a whale, or a large aquatic creature, worthy of the ruler of the seas!
The middle section of Vitesse done in light blue highlights the heritage of classic Bugatti race cars from the 1930s – the air vents and chrome fuel cap clearly adopt those traits. Moving on to the fuel tank and the seat column, they are milled from a single piece of aluminum – much like the taillight of the Chiron. The rear wheel is held in place by the carbon fiber clasps, and the apparent long wheelbase ensures a balanced smooth ride at high speeds. Overall, the concept bike is a true example of what a Bugatti superbike of the future could be like!