Detroit Electric SP:01 Sports Car Could Be World’s Fastest Production Electric Sports Car in 2015

Detroit Electric has revealed its striking concept sports car design called SP:01. It features pure electric 2-seater sports car, the company claims that this will be the world’s fastest production electric sports car in 2015. It was revealed as a prototype at 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, the new design now has subtle update to further improve the car’s aerodynamic performance.

One of striking element that attracts people’s attention is the bold new fastback configuration, it replaces the prototype’s flying buttresses on either side of the rear window. Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), the exterior body is optimized to create better airflow, thus, reducing turbulence for better performance and stability. That large sculptural rear wing as well as an under-body diffuser have been designed to reduce lift and improve downforce at higher speeds. The front air intake and outlet ducts on the bonnet are reshaped to provide better airflow to the HVAC system.

Designer : Detroit Electric

Detroit Electric SP:01 Sports Car

Detroit Electric SP:01 Sports Car

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Public Transport System for 2030 for PACE Forum Design Competition

The Public Transport System for 2030 project was carried out for PACE forum Design competition for the Category of “Emerging Market Mobility Vehicle”. The concept is a hybrid of public and private transportation providing quick access built with existing infrastructure with minimal space and time. The design addresses the shortcomings of Flyovers and metros (robust structures owing to dead weight) which would require high consumption of raw materials, construction time, and money. The future vision consists of pre built structures which would minimize traffic disruption during construction.

We notice that each flying pod can carry up to 2 person, yes it’s more private but we kinda hope that it can carry more persons to eliminate any queue. We believe there are many people who would choose to use this flyover instead of land transportation, because it’s fast and quiet.

Designers : Vinay Sindhe, Abhishek Karunakar, Santosh S, and Anoop Paul
Mentor : Vignesh Ravichandran (M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences)

Public Transport System for 2030 by Vinay Sindhe, Abhishek Karunakar, Santosh S, and Anoop Paul

Public Transport System for 2030 by Vinay Sindhe, Abhishek Karunakar, Santosh S, and Anoop Paul

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Aeromobil Flying Car with Collapsible Wings Fits Any Standard Parking Space

Henry Ford once says that there’ll come a day where an airplane and a motorcar combined into one. It looks like that day is not that far from now, Aeromobil has designed and developed a real flying car, yes, the company already has a working prototype. This concept flying car has been designed to make use of existing infrastructure which is created for standard cars and planes, it opens a new way to travel. Developed in Slovak Republic, this sleek and lightweight vehicle even fits a standard parking space, thanks to its collapsible wings, you can fill the fuel tank at any gas station. You can ride it on road traffic while as a plane, it can both take off and land at any airport worldwide.

From : Aeromobil

Aeromobil Flying Concept Car

Aeromobil Flying Concept Car

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Aquakit : Water Carrier System for Remote Rural Areas

Aquakit has been designed to help numbers of villagers in Turkey that still live without water plumbing systems. These people still have to manually carry water from nearby fountains (or not so near) back and forth several times in a day. Aquakit offers an affordable and durable system that improves the life standards of these people by addressing their needs of carrying, storing and using water. The system components are stackable containers, tap attachments, stands that elevate the containers to a proper height, a cart that enables a villager to carry up to six containers at a time, and funnel and hose adaptors that help villagers to easily refill the containers.

This product system offers a significant improvement in life standards of the villagers, yet it is cost effective and sustainable. All the material selections are made considering product lifespan and material – manufacturing costs. The system perfectly solves the problems of the villagers regarding; carrying, using and storing water. The final design consists Water Containers, Carrying Cart, Taps, Stands, Funnel and Filling Attachment. Each family will get a kit, consisting 6 white and 3 yellow containers, 3 stands, 1 carrying cart, 1 funnel and 3 taps.

Designer : Ahmet Burak Aktas

Aquakit by Ahmet Burak Aktas

Aquakit by Ahmet Burak Aktas

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AWWA-VA Gigabay Cargo Airplane by Oscar Viñals

We usually see Jet or Space craft designs from Oscar Viñals, this time, he has submitted a concept cargo airplane. You can read his detail description about this project below.

AWWA-VA “GIGAbay” is a concept of a “green” cargo airplane for this 21st century, based primary on its high ratio of eco-friendly purpose and its big versatile capacity to adapt to many working environment. Thanks to its advanced systems and materials, it makes this cargo:

  • Energy efficient
  • Fewer emissions
  • Less aircraft noise until 30% compared with current standards
  • Big capacity of cargo with a volume of 2,303m3 and more than 220 tons of payload, with an internal advanced and active fuselage system
  • Capable to generate “green” power, thanks to superconductivity technology, fuel cell stack, wind generators, and solar energy
  • Equipped with 4 Hybrid engines – electric / fuel & two electric engines
  • Less damages in a hypothetical emergency landing with “auto-break” wings system
  • Less drag and weight (increasing the payload cargo)
  • Less fuel consumption and damaging emissions

AWWA-VA GIGAbay is the version for cargo transport of the AWWA “Sky Whale” concept plane, with similar base. It would be equipped with a new advanced technologies from alloys, ceramic or fiber composites, carbon nanotube and fiber optic cabling, smart materials (SMA), Hybrid & E-engines (E-e), active wings with wind generators inside. It is capable to create electric energy with micro solar cells in hexagonal geometry like a part of structure’s ceiling or through two big electromagnetic generators named W.E.R.D.S. (wind energy recovery duct system) based in superconductivity technology and fuel cell stack –Hydrogen- that transforms the air flow in energy.

The airplane’s fuselage offers a big compartment to have a maximum volume of cargo in order to transport huge items, for example sections of commercial airplanes, like two Airbus A350 XWB’s sections or 4 EC-725 Super Puma copters. The cargo bay provides a volume of 2,303m3 and depending on its configuration (versatility) would have the cargo’s distribution in two decks to carry more than 220 tons of weight. The bay could be equipped with a crane of double rail capable to move items up to 30 tons along the cargo bay. It also features an adaptable and mobile platform to carry up the cargo.

Designer : Oscar Viñals

AWWA-VA Gigabay Cargo Airplane by Oscar Viñals

AWWA-VA Gigabay Cargo Airplane by Oscar Viñals

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BMW i : Solar Carport Concept with Glass-on-Glass Solar Modules

BMW introduces BMW Solar Carport concept that takes its inspiration from the styling of BMW i models in order to design a harmonious counterpart. With all-electric BMW i3 already in the market and soon BMW i8 hybrid sports car, it makes sense that BMW group wants to complement their automobiles with innovative design that takes advantage of renewable energy. This solar carport combines high-grade technology to generate electricity from solar energy, its structure design complements all BMW I models.

The sustainability characteristic can be seen from the materials used in construction and also by its solar modules. Bamboo is the main material used for the structure, along with carbon elements on the side of the carport. Bamboo is considered as sustainable raw material due to its rapid growth, while the sun’s energy is renewable energy gathered by high-grade glass-on-glass solar modules.

Designer : DesignworksUSA

BMW i - Solar Carport Concept

BMW i - Solar Carport Concept

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Link Urban Logistics System Utilizes Existing Public Transportation Infrastructure to Navigate The City

Distribution of goods can be a challenge in urban environment, especially when today’s logistics are unorganized and unsynchronized. Link Urban Logistics project has been designed to help solving this issue, it proposes sustainable alternative and reduces logistic truck movements. This system uses existing public transportation infrastructure to do regional distribution, each robotic cargo connects consolidation centers with existing neighborhood storage spaces. We can connect these cargos to public busses, trams, or trains and navigate through the city without interfering traffic. This system will shorten distribution distances, thus, reducing the need for load trucks traveling on the busy city streets.

Designer : Ayelet Fishman

Link Urban Logistics by Ayelet Fishman

Link Urban Logistics by Ayelet Fishman

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A’ Design Award and Competition 2014 – Winners

It’s time again to announce the winners of A’ Design Award & Competition, with more than 12,000 entries in more than 100 categories from 208 countries, you will find amazing products, buildings, accessories, and much more. A’ Design Award & Competition has been a prestigious design competition that attracts thousands of designers from around the world to showcase their best works. It sets a benchmark for design development in different countries and the winning designs along with the designers get international fame in an instant.

Here are 20 amazing designs among hundreds that we’d like to share with you.

1. Black Shadow H-E by Mark Norton Menendez
Remember the old days when leather jacket clad riders raced from one café to another just to prove themselves? Well, those days were the inspiration of this project. Black Shadow H-E (Hydrogen-Electric Hybrid Motorcycle) features vintage style with modern technology. Its carbon titanium composite frame making this vehicle becomes a lightweight, ecological bike with vintage styling.

A' Design Award and Competition 2014 Winners - Black Shadow H-E by Mark Norton Menendez

2. Schon Lamp by Mostafa Arvand
Inspired by the form of seashells, this beautiful artistic Schon Lamp attracts everyone to approach to touch it. The light surface is located at the center to create soft illumination and uniform light to its surrounding. Simply touch the body to turn the light on/off.

A' Design Award and Competition 2014 Winners - Schon Lamp by Mostafa Arvand

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Onyx Sofa by Peugeot Design Lab

With a combination of Volvic volcanic lava stone and carbon fiber, Onyx Sofa becomes a unique, beautiful 3-meter long seat. Designed by Peogeut Design Lab, this sofa was presented for the first time at Milan Design Week 2014, it is the first line of “made to measure” furniture range, in collaboration with Pierre Gimbergues.

Volvic stone has spent thousands of years filtering water for its aquifer before getting sharp straight cut then hand carved to be integrated with hi-tech carbon fiber. The shapes of the carbon fiber are very structured and precisely adjusted to the volcanic stone. This sofa becomes the symbol of robustness of this French car brand.

Designer : Peugeot Design Lab

Onyx Sofa by Peugeot Design Lab

Onyx Sofa by Peugeot Design Lab

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Filotto : Elegant Pool Table with Crystal Structure

Filotto, a classic game of billiards gets a make over. Designed for Calma e Gesso, this design answers the challenge to re-create a product with such a long history without so much evolution. A game of billiards was a symbol of leisure originating back from the palaces of the bourgeois which then has become a popular sport across generations. However, the pool table design has always been a work of artisan carpentry, a design that is “frozen in time”.

Taking away the strongest elements of traditional pool table design and re-interpreting them into a new product, Adriano Design has managed to re-create familiar green wool suspended in beautiful crystal structure.

Designer : Adriano Design

Filotto by Adriano Design for Calma e Gessol

Filotto by Adriano Design for Calma e Gessol

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A’Design Award & Competition 2014 – Last Call for Submissions – 3 Days Left!

There are only 3 days left guys, hurry up! This is a friendly reminder to all designers all around the world, time is ticking so if you plan to submit your design/project to A’Design Award & Competition, you better hurry. It’s A’Design Award & Competition last call for submission, the deadline is February 28, 2014, so pick your best works and submit them now.

We have featured an article about this competition, you can read it here, it’s a prestigious design competition that will certainly expose your design portfolio to larger audience. The PR push will get the world to notice your talent, a dream of every young designer to gain recognitions.

A’Design Award & Competition 2014 - Last call for submission

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AWWA Sky Whale Concept Plane by Oscar Viñals

AWWA “Sky Whale” Concept Plane is a project about the future “green” aircraft designs for the regular airline’s planes of the 21st century, that could be based in a technical solutions more friendly with the environment, most efficient and with the maximum performance.

For example it is expected to use systems that will:

  • Reduce aircraft drag
  • Reduce aircraft weight
  • Reduce engine specific fuel consumption
  • Reduce oxides of nitrogen emissions of the engine
  • Reduce aircraft noise by 1/8 compared with current standards
  • Reduce damages in a hypothetical emergency landing
  • Increase its self-sufficiency

The AWWA-VA could be equipped with a new advanced technologies from alloys, ceramic or fiber composites, carbon nanotube and fiber optic cabling to self-healing skin, hybrid electric engines, active wings , double fuselages and virtual reality windows with adaptable opacity and capable to create electric energy with micro solar cells in hexagonal geometry like a part of structure’s ceiling. Compared to the typical wing used today, the active wings are longer from tip to tip, with an active air flow control system – eccentric turbine inside the wing near to the fuselage – which could redirect the laminar air flow and turbulences and at the same time produce electric energy for the hybrid engines (4 oversize electric-fuel engines). Projected advances in battery technology enable a unique, hybrid turbo-electric propulsion system.

Designer : Oscar Viñals

AWWA Sky Whale Concept Plane by Oscar Viñals

AWWA Sky Whale Concept Plane by Oscar Viñals

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Stratos Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release System by Carbon Design Group

Stratos Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release System is an innovative all-in-one surgical device designed by Carbon Design Group. This medical device offers simple user interaction and empowers surgeons to restore patient dexterity. Do you know that there are millions of people affected by Carpal tunnel syndrome? It’s pretty painful and more often than not debilitating condition, the median nerve is compressed in the narrow canal between the bones of the wrist and the ligament at the base of the palm. Surgeons treat carpal tunnel syndrome by dividing this ligament to relieve pressure on the nerve.

A.M. Surgical advanced this procedure with the Clear Cannula, which allows a clear view of the surgical field while protecting structures including the median nerve. The A.M. Surgical scope-mounted blade further optimized the treatment.

Despite these advancements, the procedure as a whole was still cumbersome. Introducing the cannula required using a secondary tool to advance it into the carpal tunnel. This was done blindly and at times would require multiple attempts to correctly position the cannula within the tunnel. Furthermore, application of the scope-mounting blade onto the scope required the assistance of OR staff leading to increased steps and inefficiencies.

Solving these problems would create a faster, safer, and more effective surgery.

Designer : Carbon Design Group

Stratos Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release System by Carbon Design Group

Stratos Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release System by Carbon Design Group

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nThree Electric Vehicle Offers The Comfort of A Car with The Cost of An E-Bike

nThree electric vehicle aims to provide you with affordable, personal vehicle that features the comfort of a car yet with the cost of an e-bike. It sounds pretty ambitious and interesting, doesn’t it? Let’s read what these designers have to say about the project.

Following the recent electric revolution of lightweight vehicles around the world, the nThree is a new design, following the very successful nCycle e-bike concept. With the irreversible process of global economies turning towards renewable energy, the way we see and use the city has already changed and is set to do so dramatically in the next few years.

With our increased awareness and sensitivity towards energy consumption, courtesy among others of the most recent economic crisis, in the last 4-5 years, personal transportation has begun a slow but steady drift away from the model we have come to know in the past century. The 10s and hundreds of new e-bikes and electric cars like the Renault Twizy or Toyota i-Road have shown the way to a more personal and conscious approach. Our new concept builds on the characteristics and refines the strengths of these vehicles to bring electric power even closer to the mass market.

Small electric cars, tricycles and quadricycles all suffer from the same inherent drawback; they are meant to be cheap and affordable but they end up being expensive like real cars because they are BUILT like real cars. The mission on the nThree was to address these conceptual and design shortcomings and design an affordable, single-seat electric vehicle that would offer all (or most) of the comforts of an electric car at the cost of an e-bike.

To achieve the objectives, the nThree electric vehicle was built with a simplistic approach reminiscent on the nCycle. In first place, the vehicle was reduced to the most essential stable geometry of three wheels to reduce cost. Even though the latest small electrics are a great way to move around the urban areas, there is something about these offerings that does not look great at all: Price. Starting from about 7000 Euros and above these 1-2 seaters cost almost as much as a cheap standard car and more than many used ones in good condition.

Designers : Hussain Almossawi and Marin Myftiu

nThree Electric Vehicle by Hussain Almossawi and Marin Myftiu

nThree Electric Vehicle by Hussain Almossawi and Marin Myftiu

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MKS-1 SLS Multifunctional Space Launch System by Oscar Vinals

MKS-1 SLS Multifunctional Space Launch System, just like its name suggests, it can be used to launch wide variety space rockets. You probably can guess the designer behind this project, yes, the one and only, our friend, Oscar Viñals. You can read his explanations about his latest project below:

Currently/Today, the only way that we know to launch Vehicles or “payload” into Space or at Low earth orbit (suborbital), is using a Rocket which takes off from land place and reaches the pre-selected “objective”. Depending on their “payload” specifications, it is necessary to use a Rocket with special size and features.

The MKS-1 SLS is a concept plane with multifunctional uses, designed like a “Launch-Support” for many different Space Rockets or Special Space & Suborbital vehicles; thought to reach their objectives, decreasing today’s costs for launching into Space, these “payloads” with smaller Rockets and lesser fuel, and minimizing the non-reusable parts.

Versatile, adaptable for special Ovi’s rocket (equipped with supersonic wings, all controlled by Intelligent Flight Control System (IFCS)) with NASA’s CM (Crew Module), NASA’s Ares I evo rocket (with “special wings”), ESA’s Vega evo rocket (with “special wings”), NASA’s X-43a experimental vehicle with “special rocket”, Aurora SR-91 experimental vehicle, REL’s (Reactions Engines Limited) Skylon experimental vehicle, XLDron M Gravity mass Space Tourism and more potentials “payloads”.

Designer : Oscar Viñals

MKS-1 SLS Multifunctional Space Launch System by Oscar Vinals

MKS-1 SLS Multifunctional Space Launch System by Oscar Vinals

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