Toctofono or Knockin Phone is one of Samsung Young Design Award 2011 submissions to answer the challenge of creating new electronics for new families. Knockin Phone is basically neighborhood collaboration system that provides solution to nowadays isolation of the people within their district. Based on the scenario, this system works like a phone, except that instead of dialing the numbers, we can choose our neighbor we’d like to call from the display panel and knocking on the wood to make the call. It also allows you to connect to other neighbors throughout collaboration and activities sharing such as vehicle sharing when shopping or going to common places, etc.
Designers : Andrea de Chirico, Giacomo Meiarini and Gian Marco Vitti
Knockin Phone is a technological device which aims to increase the relationships with other residents. It is equipped with a camera, multi-touch display, RFID chip and sensor to recognize your stuff and later remind you about your activity for that day, and pressure sensor on the wood to detect knocking action. This project is placed in the top 10 list inventions and being displayed at Triennale, design museum in Milan.
As part of this industrial designer design study of the future automobiles, Futuristic MITHOS Electromagnetic Vehicle was born. It was originally designed in 2006 as modeling and styling exercise and finally improved in 2011 for animated teaser. Tiago Miguel Inácio, the designer told us that the exterior design of MITHOS took around 6 months to finish. Below this article, you’ll be able to view the video teaser that was created to provide you better audio visual experience and illustrate what it feels like an electric supercar should be.
MITHOS GENERAL FEATURES
Many of MITHOS Electromagnetic Vehicle features are based on evolving technologies and SCI-FI ideas, which means that some of them are not possible or viable at present time. But, I believe that each one of these features would be greatly welcomed by consumers in general.
ZERO EMISSIONS SUPERCAR
Equipped with a 1.5 megawatt electromagnetic induction motor (2011hp), Mithos can go from 0 to 100km/h in 2.1 seconds and reach the maximum speed of 397 km/h in approximately 12 seconds. Batteries are automatically recharged by local W.C.S. (Wireless Charging Stations).
H-FIBER MEMORY COATING
Crash resistant body panels are manually crafted in H-Fiber composite and shape memorized in an authorized Nanotechnology Facility. In case of a crash or body damage, the Mithos BPU (Body Processing Unit) automatically reshapes the body panels into its factory defaults.
TERRAIN SCANNING SYSTEM
For a relaxed driving experience, MITHOS Electromagnetic Vehicle is equipped with T.S.S. Mapping and Recognition sensors, which continuously gathers the current terrain morphology, rechecks with the E.T.D. (Earth Terrain Database) and safely adjusts the suspension behavior, into its optimal settings.
Engineered from the beginning to be Q-Teleported, the M.T.P. (Molecular Teleport Processor) provides Mithos molecular coordinates and dynamic properties to a standard Q-Teleport Transmitter/Receiver Station, enabling safe, fast and easy teleportation.
INSTANT TORQUE RESPONSE
Due to the high torque of the 1.5 megawatt electromagnetic motor and the high adherence of Flexirubber tires, the traction control system smooths out unnecessary acceleration into a safer G force level, thus preventing inertia derived injuries.
QUANTUM BOOST TECHNOLOGY
By using Quantum Boost Technology on demand, MITHOS Electromagnetic Vehicle can magnetically levitate, relieving the air and ground resistance and reaching its limited top Quantum speed of 655 km/h* making longer trips faster, safer and more exciting.
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MITHOS INTERIOR FEATURES
LAMINATED SMART GLASS WINDSHIELD
Guaranteed enjoyment under all weather and lighting conditions with continuous Smart Glass windshield. Translucency is automatically adjusted to keep comfortable light and heat intake to the cabin, from summer midday sun to romantic starry night.
BITMIRROR PERCEPTUAL DISPLAY
18% of car collisions are due to mirror blind spots when switching between lanes. This common problem is now over. Bitmirror Perceptual Display allows you to watch on a thin film display a 180º real time panoramic stitched video, captured by 6 micro-cameras positioned inside the H-Fiber body panels.
S.T. COMMAND CENTER
Forget dashboard plastic buttons and noisy commands. The S.T.( Steering Tablet) is the future of car user interface. Compatible with most Wi-Fi Devices, it allows you to control all MITHOS Electromagnetic Vehicle features and external devices, through an intuitive touchscreen display.
AIR LEATHER COCKPIT
Standard directional air systems can cause uneven temperature dispersion, contributing to an unhealthy cabin environment. Air Leather is a revolutionary anti-allergic synthetic leather with a high level of air permeability that filters and balances the cabin air flow.
QUANTUM BOOST STICK GRIP
The Q.B. Stick Grip is an ergonomic thrust level/mode selector that allows precise 3D thrust control when in Mithos Quantum Boost mode. In normal mode, it works as a 2D speed mode selector.
SENSOLED CABIN CONTROLS
The cabin controls are located in the center console, so it can be easily accessed by both driver and passenger. The controls are accessible on a Sensored screen with tactile feedback properties, so you can keep your eyes on the road at all times.
ERGOGEL SPORT SEATS
Most sport seats are uncomfortable for daily driving. The Ergogel Sport Seats are made from a special gel with memory properties that automatically reshapes it´s form and density to best match the occupants body shape and driving style.
ARC INSTRUMENTATION PANEL of MITHOS ELECTROMAGNETIC VEHICLE
Experience the pleasure of a customizable instrumentation display. Download your favorite Arc Instrumentation widgets and organize them as you like.
Can you ignore the possibility of using privately owned vehicles within metropolitan areas getting prohibited all over the world by 2032? An industrial designer, Jacky Wu envisioned that scenario when car would be parked outside and the only accessible vehicle into the city would be personal bicycles. That’s why he designed the innovative Volkswagen Mimio vehicle with most of the interior containing storage space for folding bicycles. The shape of this small 3 meter long two-seater is an outcome of his extensive research. To ensure better stability, the rear wheels of the car are clipped in slots and contain two engines to get maximum performance. This two engine construction ensures power distribution only when needed. The rear part of the vehicle contains a dynamo that generates power through the rear drag wheels to ensure prolonged battery life.