Better than Skates or Skateboards; It’s Even Got Brakes

Better than Skates or Skateboards; It’s Even Got Brakes

It’s not a half-baked attempt to tout a new Segway and neither is it replacing the rollerblades; StepGlider is in a league of its own. Using the natural swagger of us humans as its inspiration, this new kind of travel mode guarantees stability as it causes a linear locomotion which gives us a sense of safety. As Thomas describes it, “The momentum is caused by the correlation between walking and a force among the hands and a gearbox, through which an accelerated movement is obtained.”

0 Designer: Thomas Van Halewyck

Lean Back Electropositive

Lean Back Electropositive

Ah lean back, lean back. Two seater three wheeler electric cruiser. It’s the Electropositive. It’s a tilter. It’s got an electric brushless motor in each wheel. Carbon fiber “exoskeleton”, photovoltaic transparent polycarbonate body panels. And it’s got a lean. It’s got the mad craziest lean you’ve ever seen.

0 Designer: Ionut Predescu

Short Distance Solar Powered Rental Bikes

Short Distance Solar Powered Rental Bikes

Just what the title says! It’s made for you to go to the station and pop in a little cash to take it for a spin! The carrying case in the middle comes standard, with folding out sides (but just a bit!) so you can fit your stuffs in there. Lithium-based accumulator batteries store energy which are charged by plugging in to a standard socket, the energy provided ideally 100% by a solar-panel laden station roof. Ride on!

0 Designer: Tobias Bexten

Ten Unusual And Creative Bicycle Designs

Ten Unusual And Creative Bicycle Designs

Researching for this article I was surprised to learn that although a refined version of the cycle was available by early 1800s, it wasn’t till late 19th century that designers thought of coming up with a version suitable for women. Anyways, let’s not get into the battle of the sexes and enjoy ten amazing designs for cycles that can revolutionize the industry. After all, more than one billion worldwide use this mode of transport daily!

0 Designers: Various

Bottle Topping Biking Clipping

Bottle Topping Biking Clipping

You know what I like? Things that can be made cheaply with just a little bit of space where the sponsor of the product can be printed or stuck. They’re perfect. They stay popular for a season or two, fade out, and meanwhile the designer has cashed in on a moment of brilliance. What we’ve got here is a bike clip for standard bottled drinks. It’s easy to clip on and off, simple to use in multiples. When used with booze, safety not guaranteed.

0 Designer: Matthias Ries

Nissan Concept Car Goes Flowery

Nissan Concept Car Goes Flowery

Imagine yourself in a FernGully-like leaf vehicle, chairs enough for you, your betrothed, and a single animal friend. This is almost exactly what you’ve got here in the Nissan NUVU concept car. … I mean if you close your eyes and imagine, of course. In reality, the outsides of this car, along with the insides to much greater extent, are uniquely elemental to a degree that will make you think you drove right out of elvendom on Earth.

0 Designer: Creative Box

Cosmetically Green Automotive

Cosmetically Green Automotive

This is about more than just looks: Why do we use 4 wheels for our motorized vehicles? Two wheels per storage container? What happens when the amount we must carry with us is reduced greatly? Less wheels, maybe some better and/or sleeker looks. What you’re about to look at right now is a vehicle with no tank. No power storage, no bigtime bulk. This car runs on “Witricity” aka wireless electricity. It’s shocking!

0 Designer: YoungRoh Yun and Sunguk Kim of SNUT Industrial Design

Bike Powered Bus Rides!

Bike Powered Bus Rides!

You heard that right! What do we want? Power. How do we get it? Dynamos! What we’ve got here is a public-rental bicycle concept that uses a pretty simple dynamo in the wheel combined with some circuitry in the bike that generates a generous amount of power that’s then saved on the bike until it’s parked. Once the bike is returned to its rental spot, parked, hooked up, it provides power to the nearby hybrid bus system!

0 Designer: Chiyu Chen

Electronic Bionic Insect Bus

Electronic Bionic Insect Bus

So you fancy yourself a strange vehicle fanatic, do you? Do you? Well you should, because strange vehicle fanatics are the best. They go wild for the weird. Here’s something weird for ye. It’s an electric-powered bus, entered in a contest incorporated with Michelin Tires. You may have to guess some info, because most of the details are still top-secret. This post is basically an authorized leak of bus-faced-magic!

0 Designer: Mohammad Ghezel

Recyclable Head Protection

Recyclable Head Protection

Holy bajeesus did you know that there’s legislation that will be in place by 2015 in the European Union that says 95% of any vehicle produced needs to be recyclable? It’s called the EU ELV (End of Life Vehicle). In reaction to this as well as the last census of whiplash victims (2007 at 430,000 in the UK along) – this headrest has been designed! It has been designed to save us all! It is made to automatically adjust to your head at the same time as it adjusts to the environment!

0 Designer: Julia Johnson

Design Submissions 101: More is Good

Design Submissions 101: More is Good

We here at YD receive countless designer submitted concepts on a daily basis. The vast majority of them are relatively self explanatory and/or come with a detailed concept breakdown including such delectable little tid-bits like “purpose”, “functionality”, “materials in use” and a number of useful insights for a proposed design.

0 Designer: Jukka Rautiainen

Love Affair With London And Lego

Love Affair With London And Lego

Clearly the Volkswagen Conerto Concept Car is inspired by London’s rustic charm and the sustainability of Lego. While I won’t get into the personal journey of London retro-modern muse, I’ll explain to you how Lego is involved in the scenario. Take a piece of Lego block from any era, and you will see that it fits the current version like a glove. Using this idea as a base, the construction of the Conerto is such that it allows you to fit pieces of the car in a similar fashion.

0 Designer: Hong Yeo

Solar Powered Sunflower Jaguar

Solar Powered Sunflower Jaguar

Welcome to the future – where plants take us by surprise and seal our fates as the dear or dying species on this planet! Our only defense is the “Jaguar Mark XXI.” Designer Christopher Pollard has made this nature defense vehicle. It drives like a mother. Then when parked, the black panels activate. These panels are photovoltaic, lift from the car automatically, and face the sun, like the sunflower. Scary, right?

0 Designer: Christopher Pollard