Technology’s holy grail is the development of a “perfect” Quantum Computer. Traditional computers recognize information as bits: binary information representing “On” or “Off” states. A quantum computer uses qubits: operating in superposition, a qubit exists in all states simultaneously — not just “On” or “Off,” but every possible state in-between. It would theoretically be able to instantly access every piece of information at the same time, meaning that a 250 qubit computer would contain more data than there are particles in the universe. IBM thinks it’s closer than ever to realizing this dream and if you want to know more, click ‘read more’.


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TechForum is a Microsoft-sponsored shindig where the company can get together, party, and then show off its latest and greatest research projects. First up we’ve got a transparent interactive 3D display which builds on technology from Cambridge University’s HoloDesk project. Next is Holoflector, a “magic mirror” that overlays LCD projections onto your reflection. Both of these two projects rely heavily upon Kinect as more projects find the potential in the little sensor. Finally there’s Illumishare, a pair of overhead projectors / cameras that share a desktop space with a colleague when you need to look at the same thing.


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Microsoft’s Office Division President, Kurt DelBene shared a concept video of how our lives will improve with technology advancements that are just around the corner. He says they create these videos to help tell the story they see unfolding in technology, and how it will impact our lives in the future. The video shows Microsoft’s vision for a future where technology extends and highlights our productive capabilities; it helps us manage our time better, focus our attention on the most important things, and foster meaningful connections with the people we care about.

All of the ideas in the video are based on real technology. Some of the capabilities, such as speech recognition, real time collaboration and data visualization already exist today. Others are not yet available in specific products, but represent active research and development happening at Microsoft and other companies.


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The innovative Cadillac Converj Concept, a dramatic luxury coupe with extended-range electric vehicle technology, is moving forward as a production car that will be called the Cadillac ELR.

Development of the ELR is just underway, so details on performance, price and timing will be announced later. In the meantime, it is worth to note that the Converj is the Chevy Volt’s luxurious, cancelled cousin. The up-and-coming concept suffered an early death shortly after its debut at the 2009 Detroit auto show. Now it’s back, returning to development under the name Cadillac ELR. The new electric caddy is said to feature an updated version of the Voltec powertrain, complete with a Chevy Volt-like range-extending generator.


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Compact Disc is Mouse-ish

One of the things with product design is that we need to let the experts figure out the “How” and concentrate on the design solution at hand. So when it comes to the question of how to make a computer mouse compact, portable yet feel like the true-blue desktop version, we’ll leave the figuring of technology to the techies and concentrate on a compact disc-esque mouse (disk+Mouse) that sits in the laptop tray when not needed. And cones up to a 3D full grip version when required.

disk+Mouse is a 2011 Sparks Concept Design Award entry.


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Intelligent Mobility is the theme for 2011 Electrolux Design Lab and here are the Top 8 designs that made the cut. What’s really awesome about the whole process is that the designers get to present their case in front of an audience and do a little Q&A session with the grand jury. On September 7th, 2011 one innovative designer will be taking home 5000 Euros and paid intern-ship at an Electrolux Global Design Centre.


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Everywhere we look we’re surrounded by “smart” technology embedded into everyday items. Refrigerators have built-in televisions and internet connections, while our phones contain more computing power than a NASA control room from the ’70s. Automakers are also ready to ride the tech-train to tomorrow, and Toyota has provided a glimpse of a new way to give passengers a window to the world.

A car already has such a window, but what if the glass was able to provide both information of the world outside and an interactive tool to view it. Engineers and designers from Toyota Motor Europe and the Copenhagen Instituted of Interaction Design have begun thinking about the future, and it could feature a rather unique option for the rear windows. Touch-screen glass would allow one to see how far objects lie in the distance, pinch to zoom on an area outside and to generally learn more about what’s going on outside.

It’s called the Window to the World concept, and you can experience it by watching the video inside.


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In ancient times, people used to calculate and keep a record by drawing on the ground and walls. Over the years, this took the shape of various tools like abacus, chalkboard, calendar, phone and computers. As technology and science progressed, analogous stuff got swapped into digital forms. These kept refining with each passing day and present products are a fine example of advanced technology. The world is at its digital best and designers are leaving no stone unturned to give it an overhaul. Yoori Koo from South Korea has designed a PC, dubbed as Activator, that seeks to fill the existing gap (if there is any) between the digital and physical world.


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Airbus’s engineers have created a virtual Concept Cabin to give an insight into some of the innovations and technologies that they think will completely change passengers’ experiences. Gone are the regulated class divisions of First, Business and Economy, replaced by personalised zones that offer flexible, tailored levels of relaxation, interactivity and working spaces. Passengers will choose to travel in the Interactive zone, with a bar and electronic games where they can mingle and socialise. And those wanting quiet and solitude can choose the Relaxation zone.


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Every once in a while a weird watch comes out that’s practically impossible to read, but Julien Moïse’s Eole watch concept is just quirky enough it doesn’t hinder the time-telling experience. See that turbine ring on the watch’s head? When blown, the watch blinks to life. There’s something to be said about Julien Moïse’s Eole watch. It’s simple, thin and has just a touch of red color to make it pop. We could certainly see a watch like this in many modern art gift shops or minimalist Japanese design store MUJI.

We agree that it’s a bit weird that you have to blow on your watch to see the time and it might be problematic in regions that have strong gusts, but we like it a lot. To get more info, be sure to visit Julien Moïse’s website.
Video of this wonderful machine in action is inside.


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This post is about the concepts of two products we use every day. With the intention to make our lives easier, these works are very well thought through and, in our opinion, deserve to be looked at. First is the retractable phone, with a projection wrist watch. The second is a pencil that measures the distance drawn by it.


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EMERGENT Architecture has unveiled a solar-powered sports complex for Shenyang’s 2013 National Games China. The massive complex features a stunning crystalline roof and is designed to link the city to Sehnyang Park. The complex measures over 400,00 square feet and includes a civic recreation center, a swimming arena, soccer fields, basketball, tennis, badminton, and volleyball courts and open park spaces.

The complex measures over 400,00 square feet and includes a civic recreation center, a swimming arena, soccer fields, basketball, tennis, badminton, and volleyball courts and open park like spaces. These various facilities unfold at various levels between Shenyang Park and the surrounding downtown cityscape.


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Paramote

Ever wanted to lay on the couch and control everything in your house with one remote?! Japanese designer Mac Funamizu, tries to solve this matter by introducing a universal remote controller that will allow you to dim the lights, turn on the stereo, change TV chanels, warm up/cool down the temperature… all with one remote. Just point at it on the transparent screen and select the menu item you want to make a change to (speaker volume, channels, brightness, etc.)


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Fisker Karma

Business partners Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler are visibly on edge. While they want to dedicate every ounce of their focus on this all-important launch of their first baby, the 2012 Fisker Karma, their attentions are being constantly pulled away from it by big conference calls regarding the money and logistics of launching the whole Fisker Automotive franchise. Are they really and truly answering a $95,900-$108,900 question with this bold effort that enough people are asking? It’s clear they just want us to fall in love with their lux’d up plug-in extended-range electric sedan.

The Autoblog concluded “the Fisker Karma is a rolling dream machine for anyone who wants something very different that works and drives exceptionally well.” For the rest of the impressions on this $100k plug-in hybrid that offers a combined 657hp and 981lb-ft of torque from three motors and will go 50 miles on batteries alone you’ll need to click on through the source link below.

Source: Autoblog


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A Quad for an Electric Future

QUAD

We don’t normally think of Quads necessarily as the tree hugger vehicles, but the post fossil fuel revolution is upon us and with that, everything has to change. The QUAD is one of such concepts that brings recreational vehicles into the electric future. A 48v electric motor powered by 4 750amp batteries provide this vehicle 3 hours of juice between charges which only takes 6-8 hours depending on your voltage output.


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