New images show the majestic Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck dominating on even the toughest terrain

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

Purpose-built for handling tough tasks with ease, the Honda Ridgeline EV Concept was designed to project power. Its tough, sinewy construction puts other pickup trucks to shame, and makes a case for ‘maximalism’ in automotive design. Sure, minimally designed trucks (yeah, I’m looking at you, Tesla) look alright, but using minimalism to be different feels like a cop-out. The Ridgeline is a great example of how a truck can look different without compromising on an aggressive, muscular, dominating design language.

We featured the Honda Ridgeline EV Concept a week ago (you can click here to read the original piece which got over 90,000 pageviews) and today we look at the concept in its natural habitat – anywhere except the road!

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

The Ridgeline EV concept comes from the mind of California-based Rene Garcia, a concept designer at ILM who’s previously worked on The Mandalorian, Thor: Ragnarok, The Avengers, and the Transformers anthology. Garcia began designing the vehicle as a Dakar rally truck, but gradual iterations slowly turned it into a conceptual pickup truck for Honda. Designed to handle pretty much anything you can throw at it, the EV comes with its own winch-hook on the front, a frunk behind it, suicide-style rear doors that give you access to the car’s spacious interiors, and an expandable truck-bed on the back that even comes equipped with tools and emergency medical kits.

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

Against rocky terrain, it’s easy to draw parallels between the Ridgeline EV and the Warthog anti-infantry vehicle from the popular game Halo. They come from the same place of wanting to project power and assertion, and were made to operate seamlessly on any surface. The Ridgeline’s ground-clearance and large treads do wonders on rough land, and something about seeing a car leaving a massive dust cloud just gets the adrenaline rushing!

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

The Ridgeline is bulky to look at, but negative spaces in its design help cut its volume manifold, still making it look like a chiseled, mean machine. Two cutouts in the hood let you look at the top of the car’s shock absorbers, while the doors come with two sets of windows – one on the top as well as fixed windows near the legs, to help sunlight pore in. There’s a skylight built in too, and if at any point of time you need more open space, the back of the car opens up and allows the rear seats to flip 180° and face backward!

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

The car comes designed for the great outdoors. Its top allows you to add an aerodynamic roof box for extra storage (if the truck-bed isn’t enough), and the car’s front and back come dotted with lights to keep the road ahead visible, as well as allow you to be seen from a distance.

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

The Honda Ridgeline EV concept’s interiors literally put you in the lap of luxury too, no matter how deserted and inhabitable the immediate outdoors are. The pickup truck comes with immaculate leather surfacing on the seats as well as leather and wood trims on the doors and the dashboard. The dash also comes equipped with a pretty wide single-screen that covers your entire field of view from left to right. Side cameras feed video footage right into this dashboard and a rear-view camera sends its feed to a rear-view display up top. Don’t worry if you’re not in the driver’s seat or if you’re sitting shotgun. The rear seats have their own entertainment systems too, with interactive displays integrated into the backside of the front seats. The skylight in the center is accompanied by ceiling lights on either side, so you’ve got nothing to worry about when you’re driving in pitch darkness. Moreover, the seats recline fully and the back opens up into a really comfy bed if you want to set up camp anywhere. However, if you’ve got yourself a quad-bike, you could easily mount it on the back too!

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

Honda Ridgeline Electric Pickup Truck Concept

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This is an independently-made conceptual design and the Honda logo is used for representational purposes only.

This may be the most impressive looking bottle opener I’ve seen in a while

If I told you to close your eyes and imagine a bottle-opener, chances are you thought of something traditional and conventional, like the kind you’d get as keychains, or built into your Swiss Army Knife. You wouldn’t, for a second, imagine a pristine, shimmering halo-shaped device like the one in the video above. Meet the HALO, it opens bottles and breaks stereotypes. Designed as an objet d’art instead of a utilitarian tool, the HALO comes with a slick, smooth, shimmering torus-shaped design that actually sits around your bottle’s neck when not in use. When you need to open the bottle, the HALO’s base fits cleanly between the cap and the rim, and cleanly takes the cap off… just like a conventional bottle-opener, but infinitely classier.

Designed by the folks at Typica, the HALO is, ironically enough, the most atypical bottle-opener you’ll see. Its very form challenges the notion of how bottle-openers should look and behave, although its interaction isn’t too different from regular openers, making it great to look at AND easy to use. Shaped essentially like a mini-donut, the HALO comes with a hole in its center that’s wide enough to have it fit around most glass bottles, giving it a place to rest when not in use. When said bottle needs opening, its hollow base is perfectly calibrated to slip into the gap between the bottle-cap and the rim, and the wide design gives you a good grip as you pop the cap off.

The HALO comes crafted from stainless steel and is finished off with a spectacular mirror-finish coating in three colors – PVD Gold, Black Oxide, and Polished Steel. You can even grab your hands on a nifty Leather Case for the HALO as an add-on, although it’s best placed around the neck of your favorite spirit bottle on your mini-bar!

Designer: Studio Typica London

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HALO – The Bottle Opener Reborn

The HALO is a simple yet elegant toroid shape bottle opener that fits perfectly on a bottle’s neck and can be used in any orientation.

Thanks to its perfect toroid structure, it can be held at any orientation and open a bottle cap in a swift upwards or downwards motion.

Opening upwards.

Always On

Halo’s design allows it to be presented on a bottle’s neck. It is a great way not only to keep your opener handy and visible for that time when you crave a sip but also creates a nice gesture when offering it to a mate.

Upgrade Your Home Bar

The Halo simple form creates a timeless design. It can be beautifully displayed on your craft beer collection, at your home bar, or kitchen display.

In 3 Finishes

They have designed 3 distinguished finishes for the Halo opener, each with its unique character.

PVD Gold Finish: PVD (physical vapor deposition) coating is a process in which a solid material is vaporized in a vacuum and deposited onto the surface of the opener. A unique combination of metals is deposited atom by atom, forming a thin, bonded, golden metal layer that greatly improves the appearance and durability of the opener.

Black Oxide Coating: This coating is produced by a chemical reaction between the steel and the oxidizing salts in the black oxide solution. The result of this chemical reaction is the formation of black iron oxide or magnetite on the surface of the opener. The surface finish of the black oxide version is more silky-matt in appearance than the polished stainless steel version.

Polished Stainless-steel: After forging and finishing, HALO is hand polished to create a stunning mirror-like surface on its exterior.

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Microsoft will start testing xCloud in four more countries on November 18th

Microsoft will bring Xbox cloud gaming (aka Project xCloud) to Android phones and tablets in four more countries next week. An invite-only preview will go live in Japan, Australia, Brazil and Mexico on November 18th. You can register today for a shot...