Showing posts with label transportation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label transportation. Show all posts

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A Ballardian moment

Revealed: The ghost fleet of the recession anchored just east of Singapore

Then I have it - his 750ft-long merchant vessel is standing absurdly high in the water. The low waves don't even bother the lowest mark on its Plimsoll line. It's the same with all the ships parked here, and there are a lot of them. Close to 500. An armada of freighters with no cargo, no crew, and without a destination between them.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

In a perfect world

AIRBIA: Awesome Suburban Airships Take Flight

Designed by Alexandros Tsolakis and Irene Shamma, the airship infrastructure system ferries passengers quickly and easily from their suburban homes to urban city centers, and we imagine that gliding through the clouds at the break of dawn each day would make for a heck of a morning commute.

I love the unearthly-looking beings emerging from the fittingly UFO-like airship. I bet the real suburbanites are cowering in the nearest Wal-Mart.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Inflatable beanstalk

Inflatable tower could climb to the edge of space

A "traditional" space elevator.

The tower does a similar job to the much-vaunted space elevator. But while the elevator envisages using ribbons woven from superstrong nanotubes - a material that is as yet non-existent - the tower would use materials that are already available. And should something go wrong with the tower, failure of a few modules would not cause the whole structure to collapse.

This idea appeals to me very much, so I'm all-but-certain that I'm overlooking some fatal flaw. Pros? Cons? Feel free to comment.

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Monday, June 08, 2009

Let's roll!

(Thanks: Dvice.)

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Friday, June 05, 2009


Lamentably, "Blade Runner" didn't see this one coming.

Hell, even William Gibson missed the boat.

(Thanks: Boing Boing.)

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Saturday, May 30, 2009


Maybe it's just me, but the fantastical concept car pictured above appears to have more than a little in common with the purported alien-derived "drone" pictured below.

Both vehicles sport distinctive eggbeater-like protrusions and both make use of some form of unknown physics. In the case of the "drones," photos featured in cleverly crafted documents depict portions of the craft locked in position without making physical contact with the main body (see image below). The concept car's disembodied rear wheels would seem to make use of a similar concept.

So, is there a causal link? Your guess is as good as mine.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

What will you be driving after the Singularity?

Ultra-futuristic concept vehicles (Pink Tentacle)

What will automobiles look like 50 years down the road? If they turn out to be anything like these concepts from the design studios of four major automakers, we are in for quite a ride.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

The future of foam-based automobiles is now!

The really cool thing about the Spira? It doubles as a coffin after you get run down by a Dodge Ram.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


Puma: GM and Segway take a swing at a small car

Take two companies whose products are sort of a joke, slap them together, and here's the result: The P.U.M.A., a sort of giant, two-person Segway that is designed for commuters, with a 35-mile range from its lithium-ion batteries. It has a top speed of 35 MPH, which is plenty for city cruising.

Say what you will about the P.U.M.A.'s practicality, but I happen to like it. At the very least I hope it makes a strategic appearance in some quasi-cyberpunk movie.

Sunday, March 29, 2009


Simply brilliant.

(Thanks: Next Nature.)

Just a hint of "Blade Runner"

Geotectura's AIRchitecture: Flying Buildings!

The campus building concepts combines a static learning center for libraries, offices, lecture halls, and an auditorium, with flying workspaces and off-site "zeppelins" to allow for more dynamic collaboration and exchange. This concept might sound crazy, but it is certainly a great example of a minimal footprint.

Cover the "zeppelins" with heavy-handed neon advertisements for the off-world colonies and we're getting somewhere . . .

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

It does everything but ooze steam.

Mercedes Announces Crazy Hybrid F-Cell Roadster

But the roadster is a 'hybrid' in a more metaphorical sense as well: drawing design inspiration from a diverse swath of automotive eras. The F-Cell Roadster provocatively merges design elements from the most futuristic Formula One racing cars with the most old-school, turn-of-the-century, original Benz motor car.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I was going to blog about the Cajun Crawler and Theo Jansen . . .

. . . but someone's beaten me to it.

The truth hurts.

Very nice. But I wanted this:

Saturday, February 28, 2009


Yeah, it's "merely" a speculative design concept. But since when does that matter?

Friday, February 20, 2009

Achieving orbit in style

Skylon Rocket/Jet Hybrid Is, Scientifically Speaking, Super Cool

The Skylon reusable space plane takes off from an airport runway, burns atmospheric oxygen, switching to liquid oxygen and hydrogen to hit escape velocity and attain orbit. At least, it will in 10 years.

The plane will be designed to carry 12 tons of payload into orbit and return safely, without having wasted $100 million worth of throwaway rocket. The company behind this hybrid shuttle is Reaction Engines, which just got a million euros in funding to prove that its "air breathing" Sabre engine can work.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Glorious implausibility

JetBike is an awesome way to get around

You know, a lot of concept designs pretend like they're based in some kind of reality, using plausible-sounding technology to make them seem practical when in fact they're based purely in fantasy. That's why I like the JetBike concept: it doesn't even try to pretend to be realistic. It's a JetBike!

Judging by that nozzle jutting out the back, I'm betting it leaves one hell of a carbon footprint.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Does it get anymore nightmarish than this?

China's Death Buses Deliver Executions, Organ Harvesting On the Go

If you're a criminal in China, you'll want to avoid its new death buses, vehicles that carry out executions while streaming live video of them, then provide some privacy for organ harvesting.

The buses, of which over 40 are currently in use, are replacing firing squads as China's preferred method of execution. The buses provide a setup for lethal injections, and the acts are carried out on streaming video so local authorities can observe and ensure that everything is done legally.

This kind of thing makes my very psyche recoil. It's like some insane mashup of "Brazil's" industrious dystopia and the turbo-charged nihilism of "Mad Max."

I can see myself in one of these.

Trylon Viper

Behold, the Trylon Viper, a three wheeled commuter vehicle created in the 1990's by one Rick Murphy. Inspired by the Colonial Viper from Battlestar Galactica the Trylon Viper can seat two -- one behind the other -- can be fitted with either a 1600cc or 1835cc Volkswagen engine, giving it a top speed of 120 miles per hour.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Feral technology

A Trilobite Made of Welded Steel and Time

Its carapace has turned to steel in the hundreds of millions of years since it went extinct, but the watch in this Trilobite's brain never stops tracking the seconds passed since the Cambrian ended.

In a similar DIY vein:

Ugly body mods turn regular 1992 Civic into a 95 MPG gas sipper