Apocalypse 101: The Orsos Island

The world may end but why suffer? If you shell out a cool 6.5 million dollars, you too can be the proud owner of an Orsos island. Made for private use and ready to ship later this year, it can be moved at will thus avoiding any political, economic and infrastructural breakdown. In style.
The Island is over 20 meters wide and more than 37 meters in length, offering excellent potential for a very spacious layout. With about 400 m² on each floor, the Island offers up to 1,000 m² of living space. Equivalent to six double rooms, the Island offers plenty of residential room for up to you and 11 of your closest and up to 80 for your final bon voyage…


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Leggo My Eggasus: Kiss the Future


In my ongoing quest for inter-urban zero-emission vehicles (that protect from the elements), I’ve run across this little charmer with retro-futurist aesthetics, the ‘EGGASUS’. Another little jewel to come out of California. This one is being launched in North America this fall.
It reaches a range of up to 50 miles (80.4 kilometers), with a top speed of 25 mph (40.23 km/h). Underneath the shell is a three-wheeled electric vehicle, fitted with an electric hub motor in the front wheel, enclosed cab, tinted windows, a seat, and instrument display panel. Pre-production models come with a price tag of US$5,000 a piece. Really, it would be an ideal replacement for all those rascals…
See on in motion below:

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Mr. Magoo, meet Mr. Peel: The Microcars

Peel was a manufacturing company based on the Isle of Man that primarily made fibreglass boats as well as fairings for motorcycles.
They were also responsible for the Peel Manxcar, Peel P50, and Peel Trident microcars, in addition to the Peel Viking Sport and prototype GRP Minis for BMC. The Peel P50 to this day still carries the Guinness Book Of Records as the Worlds Smallest Production Car of all time and is now going to be re-issued with the help of Dragon’s Den amongst other things. At a mere 54 inches long and just 41 inches wide, it has 1 headlight, 1 door, 3 wheels and can whizz along at 40mph. For rainy cities, it is the better choice over a moped and certainly more stylish. BUY ONE NOW AT: PEEL ENGINEERING LTD.

Minimalist Design: Nike Flyknit Series


NIKE has come out with various innovations this past week, one of which is the astonishingly minimal series, FLYKNIT, utilizing the most homespun of concepts: CROCHET.
Not your ordinary needle and thread, this is a micro-engineered upper utilizing resistant yet pliable material ideal for continual wear. Four years in the R+D phase, it is a masterful innovation in minimalist footwear, not quite as reductionist as the Swiss protection sock but certainly perhaps more practical. The single layer construction whittles the weight down to just 34 grams for the upper for a total of 160 for the entire shoe! Now that’s FLY.

To Live and Drive in LA: Chris Burden’s Metropolis ll

The performance artist/sculptor continues his odyssey with this 5 year project that has been unveiled at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art).
The work looks at our future cities in an innovative kinetic sculpture that, truth be told, brings out the little boy in me…the mesmerizing <>.
Miniature cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour; every hour, the equivalent of approximately 100,000 cars circulate through the dense network of buildings. The loud racket produced is meant to simulate the stress of living in the 21st Century. Love.

Metropolis ll. Photo by E. KOYAMA

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Kiss the Future: The C1 Motorcycle


I haven’t been this excited about an urban vehicle since the BMW C1 covered motorbike 10yrs ago (it was dropped for the North American market and simply vanished)…Now comes the C-1 from LIT MOTORS in San Francisco.
Fully enclosed with gyro stabilizer wheels and sunroof, it is quite the machine. Different versions of the C-1 will be available for different markets. The model aimed at First World countries will have an 8-10 kilowatt-hour battery pack. The vehicle will incorporate electric hub motors in both wheels, at least one of those motors being a high-performance Remy HVH unit. The top speed should be at least 120 mph (193 km/h), with driving range for the higher-end model expected to sit at around 150 to 220 miles (241 to 354 km) per charge.
The price is, however, very high still. They are now working on a hand-built steel uni-bodied working prototype, which should reportedly be complete within about three months. Plans call for an initial run of production vehicles to be available at a price of about US$24,000 by late 2013, with that price going down to $16,000 once full production gets under way in 2014. The BMW scooter was only 4-5000$. It should ideally be 7-8000 IMO.
Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the world’s largest car-sharing service – she has since become “a huge proponent” of the vehicle. The MIT Media Lab also provided assistance in its design.
Should you be interested, LIT is accepting deposits…
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Thierry Mugler’s Redesign of the Spire Boat

While other cities deal with ever disgruntled rioters, Monaco lives on in a sun-bathed bubble of excess on the med. Here Thierry Mugler, that 70’s and 80’s design stalwart, will unveil the new, improved boat design, “SPIRE” at the 2011 Monaco Boat Show that does a cool 100MPH…
Arguably, it does look like the Batboat, but with it’s light and glistening chassis, this may not be the case.

100 mph Spire Boat by Thierry Mugler

SUBARU HYBRID TOURER CONCEPT CAR

By Noel McKeegan

Subaru rolled-out its Hybrid Tourer Concept this morning in Detroit and what a feast for the eyes it is. Featuring gullwing doors, an array of screens including one integrated into the steering wheel and a wide open interior facilitated by a flat floor design, the Hybrid Tourer first seen at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show is a showcase for the company’s planned development of a gas/electric hybrid system based on the boxer engine set to hit the market in 2012.

The powertrain for the AWD Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept Car is made up of a 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed direct fuel-injection turbo gasoline engine and two electric motors – one in the front and another in the rear – married to Subaru’s Lineartronic (CVT). The electric motors add 27 HP in the front and 13 HP in the rear.

The rear motor, which can be used without engaging the gasoline engine, is used for low speed maneuvers like parking while the front engine is used during normal driving. Under full acceleration the rear electric motor is also employed to maximize power. To further reduce reliance on the gasoline engine, a stop/start system is included which shuts down the engine when the car isn’t moving.

Other notable features include four independent seats, tiny rear facing cameras replacing the mirrors and new high-performance lithium batteries powering the electric motors.
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ASUS unveils 3 very futuristic waveface items

ASUS' Waveface Ultra is designed to provide information anywhere, anytime
ASUS' Waveface Light can be used as a tablet or a traditional keyboard

ASUS' Waveface on display at CES 2010

ASUS – once known mostly as a motherboard manufacturer – has chosen CES 2010 to introduce some innovative laptops and futuristic concepts. Not content with showcasing a laptop designed in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen’s chief designer, it has also introduced three Waveface design concepts. The range includes a portable device worn on the wrist, a widescreen display that is both an entertainment center and internet portal and a touch-sensitive machine that can be used as a single-screen tablet or conventional keyboard – all designed by ASUS to allow the user to fully embrace the digital life…perhaps even by using one’s own physiological and emotional state as a source of data. Well, I did say “futuristic concepts”.

Sea Shepherd “ADY GIL”

The Stealth like “Ady Gil” trimaran was unfortunately sunk by Japanese whalers.  At 2 million$ that is a great loss for all of us as they patrol the seas.  The vessel is just incredible.
A ton of bullet-proof kevlar…Described as a ‘wave piercer’ which can submarine up to 23 feet underwater, the craft completed the round-the-world trip using 100 per cent renewable biodiesel fuel, with a net zero carbon footprint.
The 24,000 nautical mile journey took just 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes, smashing the previous record by over two weeks!
If I had the money, I would probably invest in one (as a sort of panic room for the apocalypse…)
Sea Shepherd Society vessel the Ady Gil Sea Shepherd Society vessel the Ady Gil

The underside of the boat is armed with two giant propellers

New Airline ECONOMY FLEX Seating

By Jeff Salton
Jacob Innovations has developed the conceptual Flex-Seat, which can be configured in a number of ways to make the most of the vertical space often wasted inside airline cabins and putting the possibility of a good night’s sleep (or rest) within reach of most fliers.
The Flex-Seat is a unique flexible seating configuration that can be utilized differently for each class of flier. While some business class passengers might feel that they are perched precariously in their seats, their Flex-Seat model allows them to lie in comfort and virtual solitude. 
Other benefits over current business class sections include increased privacy (good for traveling professionals), allows for travel with infants, and has extra room for large carry-on luggage and bulky items. Passengers and luggage are stored away from the aisles, allowing better traffic flow while loading and unloading passengers. Also, these seats don’t need reclining mechanisms, as the diagram shows. 
In the basic traveler’s section, every other seat is raised by a height of approximately two steps, which lets the passenger behind recline and slide their legs fully under the seat ahead, therefore allowing for a totally reclining flight or, even better, sleep. The makers say the economy version would cost around 20 percent more than current prices but the offer of a 45° or better angle allows for a great chance of sleep versus sleep deprivation, meaning workers arrive at their destination ready to go.   One definite advantage is that even the upper deck of a 747 can be reconfigured to fit more people in comfort than traditional conventional seating, with longer beds up to 2m in length. Jacob Innovations has devised a conceptual airline seat that gives every flier a better ch... 
In economy class, fliers can recline further by sliding their legs under the raised seat a...   Business travelers can take advantage of mezzanine-style seating/sleeping arrangement   Over and under to make the most of the available space   Economy class seating

THE BMW C1-E ELECTRIC SCOOTER

BMW has brought back the C1 as an electric-powered concept scooter called the C1-E
By Alan Brandon

When BMW released their original C1 scooter in 2000 nobody had seen anything like it on the road. And not many C1s were seen on the road after it was released either. In the three years that BMW produced the scooter-with-a-roll-cage, only about 12000 were made. The riding public didn’t quite know what to make of the C1 and BMW never sold as many as it had hoped. Now BMW has brought the urban runabout back as the C1-E concept vehicle with an electric drivetrain. Could it be the C1’s time has come?

The C1 may have been ahead of its time when it first appeared, but the times and fashion may now work in its favor. The C1-E looks right at home on the street with other modern scooters such as the Piaggio MP3, Piaggio USB concept, and Peugeot Hymotion hybrid. The C1-E also crosses over into the ultramobile four-wheeler category with vehicles such as the Nissan Land Glider, VW L1, and Renault ZE.

Where BMW’s old internal-combustion models offered a 125 cc, 15 bhp four stroke engine (later a 176cc capacity with 18 bhp), the C1-E features an electric motor and components from the Vectrix scooter company, powered by a lithium-ion battery. Although Vectrix filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, new investors may resurrect the brand. No matter the outcome, BMW hopes the C1-E will demonstrate the viability of an electric powertrain in a safe, urban commuter vehicle.

Like the original C1, the BMW C1-E is designed with an emphasis on rider protection with its front-to-back roll bar and energy-absorbing impact material in the nose. Unlike the C1 however, the C1-E also features a seat-belt for the rider. According to BMW, the scooter is the only motorized single-track vehicle that is exempt from mandatory helmet wearing in almost all European countries

The C1-E design also provides for rider comfort and convenience. The roll cage has mounting points for both a windscreen and a roof to provide wind and weather protection. In addition, there is luggage space behind the rider.

BMW Motorrad developed the C1-E concept as part of the European safety project eSUM, which stands for European Safer Urban Motorcycling. eSUM is a cooperative project between major urban European motorcycling centers and motorcycle manufacturers. The goal of the project is to develop and demonstrate ways to take advantage of the benefits of two-wheeled transportation in easing traffic flow in urban locations, while also increasing the safety of motorcycles and scooters in the city. Participating cities include Paris, Rome, Barcelona, and London; and the manufacturers are BMW and Piaggio.

The C1-E will remain a concept for now. BMW says that series production is currently not planned but that findings from the project will find their way into other future developments in the field of single-track vehicles.

For more information about eSUM visit www.esum.eu.