As if channeling the spirit of the future obsessed Syd Mead, a Russian artist going by the name 600v creates automotive designs with a distinctly retro-futuristic twist. With a clear passion for heavy American steel of the 50s, 60s and 70s, he creates cars which push the limits of current car design while at the same time paying tribute to the glorious automotive past.
Many of 600v’s designs feature a load of shiny chrome accents, wrap-around windshields, whitewall tires and two-tone paint jobs… all features we can easily associate with mid-century automotive design. His designs also feature a heavy dose of low roof lines, tinted windows, halogen headlights, spoilers and cooling scoops… things we see on the cars of today.
Whether these wild designs or even their sweet styling cues will ever reach the road is certainly questionable, but as works of science fiction and inspiration for future film work, they are outstanding examples of the imagination driving wild.
With gas prices rising and the massive drought making ethanol a tough sell as a gas alternative, India’s Tata Motors has hit on the perfect time to debut the Airpod, a small urban vehicle that, as its name suggests, runs on air. If you don’t know much about how regular cars use fuel, natural gas or, alternatively, hydrogen is compressed in a pressurized tank, hence the ‘pssf’ sound when you unscrew the gas cap. Now think about air rifles. If you had the bad luck to grow up with an older brother obsessed with using you as a target (or perhaps you were that older sibling yourself), you know that the air we breathe seems harmless enough, but when compressed it packs a punch. A gun is one thing, but is it enough of a punch to power a car?
Tata thinks so. They enlisted the help of MDI, an engineering company that’s been developing zero pollution engines since the early 90s. The Airpod has a 175 liter storage tank of compressed air that you refill with an external pump or with an electric motor that can ‘refuel’ the car while its in motion. This first model reaches a top speed of 43 mph (70 km/h), making it best suited for transporting people or small goods around city streets. One tank lasts over 125 miles (200 km) and takes only two minutes to fill up again at an average price of just one euro per fill.
The Airpod has three seats for adults plus a smaller fourth seat for a child. There’s even room for luggage. It only has three wheels, two doors and no steering wheel. Instead, you drive it with a joystick. MDI has the public and service sector in mind, naming runners, messengers and artisans as its target market. The Airpod, which is currently in its second phase of testing, is just one of five models MDI is developing. They’re also working on a truck, sedan, convertible and bus version. Tata and MDI expects to release the Airpod commercially in the near future for $10,000.
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A Bentley so exclusive that there is only one unique piece of it! The Bentley ‘Tailor Made’ is a one-off customized car that uses ‘Robofold’ technology to its advantage. Basically it’s a way of building car body panels by folding sheets of Aluminum with Robots. It uses cost effective and energy conservation methodology that makes manufacturing an exclusive piece, sustainable.
Ko elaborates, “designing by paper forming allows sculptural and natural new design language in form.”
Designer: Kyungeun Ko
The idea of the CUBIE car stems from the fact that people waste a lot of time en route to their work place, stuck in traffic jams. Capitalizing on the future system of shared transportation, the vehicle cabin offers an environment that is conducive to multi tasking. The interior design facilitates in-car activities like holding a meeting or getting work done using the laptop. Like Qi describes it, “CUBIE performs as a low-paced moving public or private space in the street. It creates a new on-road lifestyle, helping people get out of the busy time of a day.”
Designer: Haitao Qi
We had to show you this car because it’s so freakin’ bizarre. In the late 1950s, Chrysler sought an answer to the popular Corvette, which was eating U.S. auto manufacturers’ high-end sports car breakfast. The task for designing the Corvette-killer fell to Virgil Exner, the industrial designer who had worked for—and had a falling out with—Raymond Loewy, and who would eventually become Chrysler’s first Vice President of Styling. Prior to that, Chrysler engineers (shudder) controlled the design process.
What Exner came up with was unconventional, to say the least.
His XNR (get it?) concept resembled an assymetrical shark and took tailfins in an unexpected direction. The lopsided car seemed designed for the driver to belittle his passenger, with a tiny vestige of a passenger-side window and even a hatch you could close over that side altogether, reminding your shotgun-rider which of you was literally in the driver’s seat.
Needless to say, the conservative Chrysler brass nixed the car. And before long, they nixed poor Exner.
The one-of-a-kind prototype pictured here is currently in the auto world news because it’s about to go up for auction in California.
Get used to this. Come October, it could be Apple’s home page for the entire winter. Gizmodo reader Martin Hajek has rendered new images of the new iPhone 2012—or iPhone 5, or, most probably just iPhone—to make it look like bona fide Apple eye candy.
I wasn’t in love with the rumored next generation iPhone’s design until I saw these images—created in 3D using allegedly leaked photos and videos of different parts— showing how a finished unit would look in real life.
In black, the new iPhone 2012 is very 1980s, as opposed to the 70s flavor of the current iPhone 4/4S. The two-tone black anodized aluminum is reminiscent of the old AV Sony designs of that decade—like their first CD player.
The white model is not 80s, though. But it is prettier than the black. The aluminum and chrome unibody with the white accents have an oldschool sci-fi feel. Like an object out of Kubrick’s 2001. Somewhere in Cupertino there’s a HAL computer powered by an array of these things.
Martin has made the model available for $50, so you can download it and render it with your favorite 3D program.
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The perforated grills flanking the new nano-dock port are so simple and neat—their clean precision screams high tech.
The front is just glass, like it always have been. Putting the camera centered with all the elements of the front—speaker grill, screen and home button—is a small change that makes all the difference.
The chrome accents and the speaker and microphone grill look simply pimptastic, even more retro than the black model.
I hate the current white iPhone, but the two-toned aluminum and white plastic back panel on the next generation iPhone 2012 works surprisingly well.
In depicting his stark extraterrestrial biomes, Kaliningrad artist Alex Kozhanov draws aesthetic inspiration from such creators as Andrei Tarkovsky, H.R. Giger, and Andrew Wyeth. If — in some alternate reality 1979 — Ridley Scott had decided to adapt the works of H.P. Lovecraft instead of directing Alien, Kozhanov’s strange terrain might resemble the final result.
Although many of these scenes are lifted from Kozhanov’s mind, some of these tableaus are of places familiar to science fiction fans. The second painting in this series is an update of the 1967 Soviet science fiction flick Andromeda Nebula, whereas the two following it are Kozhanov’s take on the Lovecraftian city of Kadath (from The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath) and the Mountains of Madness.
Other paintings evoke M.C. Escher (if he was in the business of modeling intergalactic necropolises) and an archaeological dig straight out of Cimmeria. This is but a sampling of Kozhanov’s many otherworldly locales. You can see more of these bizarre destinations at hisDeviant Art page, where prints are available.
UPDATE: Intrepid readers have pointed out that some of Kozhanov’s work informed the design of the derelict in Prometheus. Well, there you go.
The iPhone 5 is rumored to be coming later this year, with an official announcement expected in June around Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC).
Based on some of the latest rumors regarding the phone and what we can expect, one artist, Jon Fawcett, created some concept pictures of what he thinks Apple’s newest iPhone will look like when it hits store shelves.
Rumor has it that the next version of the iPhone will be made of LiquidMetal. A mix of several different metals, LiquidMetal could allow the phone to be more durable. Light like plastic but durable like aluminum, it would also allow the phone to weigh less and have a thinner profile.
Measuring at 4.14″ x 2.25″, Fawcett’s concept phone is just 7mm thick and has a 4-inch widescreen multitouch display. The phone has a 10-megapixel rear-facing camera, 5-megapixel forward-facing cam for video chatting, and quad speakers for listening to tunes or watching videos in both portrait and landscape mode.
Fawcett isn’t affiliated with Apple in any way, and doesn’t really know what the newest version of the phone will look like — the pictures, however, are pretty impressive and can offer a glimpse at what might potentially be in store for us later this year.
Beyond aesthetics, the newest iPhone is also rumored to have updated specs under the hood, including a faster processor and NFC capabilities.
Check out the gallery below for a look at the concept iPhone 5. Do you think Apple’s next iPhone will look like this?