The Great Escape Pod

The Great Escape Pod

Escape pods are nothing new to our collective consciousness. Hollywood writers have used this concept to save presidents from crashing planes to landing R2-D2 and C-3PO on Tatooine. Now designer Alp Germaner (coolest name today) has dreamt up an escape pod that may not take you off planet but will certainly take you off road like never before. The “Peugeot Capsule” is a one person, off-road, electric vehicle inspired by the KLR 650 motorcycle.

0 Designer: Alp Germaner

This Bike is a Lock

This Bike is a Lock

So you need a bike. You need a bike that’s also a lock, and that’s all you need. It’s black, and it’s metal, and that’s about it. But I’ll tell ye what, it’s darn secure. DARN secure. When the thing you’re trying to lock up is the lock, what more do you want? It’s the “Freelock.”

0 Designers: Bong Hokuen & Ko Yoenjung

Schneider Cup Dreams

Schneider Cup Dreams

Daniel Simon has quickly become a household name in industrial design circles as a result of his Cosmic Motors series. It’s inevitable then that designers would begin popping up with concepts that take obvious inspiration from his work.

0 Designer: Vincent Montreuil

Variable Frame Bike

Variable Frame Bike

The bike is up, then the bike is down. You sit on the bike upright in the city, then set it down to cruise in the suburbs. It’s intuitive. It’s wild. It’s a thesis project. It’s got a video to go with it. It’s already mocked up. The final version will have a battery and hubmotor for a little kick in the pants. Environmentally friendly city and country transportation in one bike.

0 Designers: Daniel Knuepfer & Stefan Wallmann

Flaming Auto Daydream

Flaming Auto Daydream

Bora Kim uses my favorite first step to create this automobile from the heavens: sketching. Take a look below to see Kim’s amazing illustration skills. This auto is inspired by the light that enters a room through an open door. From Kim’s mind: “darkness and desire, eternal sunshine, the road to realization, and collision of senses.” What kind of mystical nightride could this possibly be?

0 Designer: Bora Kim

Icy Auto Fantasy

Icy Auto Fantasy

The muscle of the future is made of clouds. Clouds and sharp edges. Shawn Deutchman presents this concept car, the “Cerulian;” a pillow fantasy on the inside, protection on the outside. It seems to take those two simple concepts, comfort and protection, very basic elements of all modern autos, and takes them to a strange extreme. The Cerulian is based on 1970′s muscle cars, virtual reality, and the selling of the founding principal of the proposed manufacturer of the car; Opel: to build and sell dreams.

0 Designer: Shawn Deutchman

Air Guitar Move Over, I Got The Real Drums To Compete

Air Guitar Move Over, I Got The Real Drums To Compete

Oh how I envied Phil Collins when he sat behind the drums, crooning so sensually while his hands never missed a beat with the sticks! You folks may be the guitar freaks, but there are many of us who totally dig the Air Drum thing. Feeding our fantasy is this UFO shaped Electronic Drums by Petr Kubík. Designed for personal use, this electronic device sits neatly between your legs, more like a bongo, and reproduces magical beats when your hands strike its surface.

0 Designer: Petr Kubik

Why Should I Want This MID

Why Should I Want This MID

Really, why would I want this MID (Mobile Internet Device) over the current iPhone I use? Lord! I know you’re up to your neck with Apple banging, so for a change let’s compare it to an LG Arena, Samsung I7500 or even BlackBerry Storm 2. Where does this MID score over the rest of these Internet efficient phones? Two places: Prime Real Estate i.e. a three screen setup that opens to 210 x 210 mm and an Integrated Stand.

0 Designer: Petr Kubik

This Skateboard is No Good

This Skateboard is No Good

Folding a skateboard in half is ludicrous. Who Jin-Seok Hwang? Yes. What foolishness to make such a thing-but wait! This thang might actually work. Look, it’s got a folding mechanism that clicks secure when in use, one of the trucks is adjustable for when the board is in folded mode, and it looks mighty shiny! Notice anything under the board you’d find to fret about? I do.

0 Designer: Jin-Seok Hwang of NG Boards

Guiding My Bike

Guiding My Bike

Frustrated with the lack of cheap and efficient GPS systems for motorbikes, passionate biker Stephen Dettman was driven to conceptualize the MotoMap GPS Device for Bikes. Banking on two really exciting technologies, Powerfilm flexible solar panels and E-Ink flexible displays, to help him realize this project; Steve hopes to give us the mother of navigation devices that doesn’t limit itself to a tablet size.

0 Designer: Stephen Dettman

Honda Hovercar

Honda Hovercar

This was supposed to be the future! That’s what I heard. I was always told that in the future, we’d have flying cars. I’d say what happened to that, but I know what happened to that: John Mahieddine happened to that. The “Honda Fuzo” is a Vertical Take-Off and Landing concept. The Fuzo is a futuristic fantasy with four high-powered turbines for high-speed horizontal flight and Iron-Man-like handling. Cruzin in at 350 mph, two joystick control for speed, trust, and steering. Vertical spaceways for ultra-infinite possibilities.

0 Designer: John Mahieddine

Ferrari Joins London

Ferrari Joins London

Perhaps you’ve been? London is a home to many, many fine shops, quite a few of them dedicated to one single brand. Lots of them are the kind of brand that has a couple shops and that’s it! Ferrari. What do you think of when you think of this brand? Exclusivity? The patented red + yellow? Crazy conceptual works? Better wear sunglasses in here.

0 Designer: Massimo Iosa Ghini

Would a Woodchuck Chuck a Bike Made of Wood?

Would a Woodchuck Chuck a Bike Made of Wood?

Wood frame bikes have long given way to aluminum and space age materials but designer Arndt Menke thinks we were too hasty in giving up on one of the strongest, resilient, and lightweight natural materials. There are over 60,000 woody plants worldwide but we use less than 300 of them in a terribly unsustainable way. The Holzweg bike’s frame is totally made of wood and weighs a scant 2.3kg. Could wood frame bikes make a comeback?

0 Designer: Arndt Menke