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    Smart Forrail Concept is a mini-train that runs on wheels

    We’ve heard of train coaches that offer you the luxury of luxe cars but here’s a train that mimics one to such an extent that it even looks like one. Behold the Smart Forrail mini train (yes, that’s what it is). This isn’t merely the removal of tires but six months of engineering work and sophisticated CAD modelling put into creating one amazing design. The solid steel wheels measure 22 inches in diameter and weigh 80 kilos, making it possible to sustain the traction needed to stay on the tracks. The wheels are locked in position by aluminum supports which are welded between the axles.
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  • Ninebot One is a self-balancing electric unicycle that can beat jams

    The design and brilliance in science that the Ninebot One portrays is unparalleled. This cool electric unicycle scooter is a self-balancing one that reaches speeds of up to 18 to 22 kmph. It is swanky and doesn’t make you look like some weird nerd. In fact, it is practical to use. The Ninebot One can travel a cool 35 kilometers on a single charge. The uber-portable design makes it easy for you to carry it around and saves you the horror of parking in the city. It’s a great way to cut through jams since you cannot cut through traffic like the Dark Knight. An LED on the body of the bike ensures that everyone knows where you’re going. The 320Wh high-capacity battery takes 4 hours to completely charge.
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    Ford’s electric bicycle warns riders about potholes

    It’s called the MoDe:Flex and it’s here to save many a life and limb of cyclists. The idea behind the working of this electric-assist bicycle is that it can efficiently warn cyclists of upcoming road craters and potholes, thanks to an inbuilt vibration system. The bike works with an Apple Watch app that synchronizes with the system to alert users of oncoming bumps. The company has not elaborated on how exactly the system works. There is a chance that the system may scan the road ahead by shooting out a SONAR like beam. In addition to the safety alarm the gear also serves in providing real-time information on weather, congestion, parking costs, time, traffic and alternate public transportation.
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    Solar phone charger looks like a Japanese Ginkgo tree

    The analogy is right on target and it could get any more realistic than this one. The Solar phone charger we have here represents a tree, albeit a special tree of the like of the Japanese Ginkgo Tree, but a tree none the less. What could represent charging, eco-friendliness and energy generation better than a tree? XD Design’s Ginkgo Solar Tree comes with a 4,000 mAh rechargeable lithium battery that stores all your clean energy effectively. It offers an aluminum base and is made from bamboo and eco-friendly plastic. A cool LED indicator tells you when your battery is fully charged. Your USB cable needs to be simply plugged in and voila, in just two hours you will have a device that is fully charged.
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    Here’s what the bubble wrap would be like, in glass

    The tangible delights of toying around with bubble wrap has enticed many. It’s not long before we realize how cool it would be to have other surfaces create the popping effect. Though the protective plastic wouldn’t be easily substituted, we could broaden our minds to create something more beautiful like a bubble wrap simulation in glass. Studio Meddle have played on the idea of ‘fragile’ and the bubble wrap. Known to be the protective sheath for most fragile goods, how would the world be if the protector were to be made of fragile glass itself? That’s just the thought-provoking genius that this design has bought to life.
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    The AWWA-QG Progress Eagle uses energy-efficient technology to transport up to 800 passengers!

    awwa-qg-concept-plane-1The skies need to turn bluer and the only way to do this is by introducing a hue of green in the aviation industry. Airplanes today tend to burn tremendous amounts of fuel, resulting in an increasing amount of air pollution. The only way to snip this problem at its roots is by developing aircraft that are energy-efficient and eco-friendly. Designer Oscar Viñals seems to have been thinking along the same lines and has lately introduced a concept airplane called the AWWA-QG Progress Eagle. Inspired by contemporary jets, the Progress Eagle integrates quantum mechanics to its advantage.
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    Tron-styled climbing gear offers endless oxygen, heating control and power

    mountain-climber-shield-1Climbing gear is seldom too elaborate in design as climbers shave off maximum bulk for optimum performance. So when we set our eyes on this conceptually amazing climbing gear, novelty screamed out dearly. Designed by Cheng Hang, Dong Qian Wen, Ye Zi Hui, Zhang Ting Yu, and Zhou Hong Ru, this gear is more than just good-looking and reminiscent of Tron. Called Mountain Climber Shield (why?!), the gear offers climbers with a number of advantages. Among the key benefits is the unlimited supply of oxygen, the lack of which has haunted climbers for ages. In addition to this, it also equips climbers with electricity supply and heating, without consuming any energy other than water and sunlight.
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    Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light mimics the sun to wake you up

    philips-hf3520-wake-up-light-6Let’s face it. Waking up in the morning isn’t something that really excites even the best of us. Given the fact that we’re all falling head over heels in love with our beds, slipping out of the mattresses to begin the day is getting harder. Instead of a loud buzzing alarm clock that literally shocks the sleep out of you, how about one that mimics nature and wakes you up pleasantly? Called the Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light, this alarm clock comes with a colored sunlight simulation system that uses a color changing light effect for a pleasant start to your morning.
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    Greenland Tower Chengdu is inspired by glistening glaciers and looks like one too!

    greenland-tower-chengdu-1If Superman ever gave up his day job as a journalist, moved to China and finally revealed his superhero identity, this is probably where he’d live. Called the Greenland Tower Chengdu, this structure is currently under construction and will soon be the tallest building in south-western China. What sets it apart from the breath-taking skyscrapers you’ve been looking up at is its jaw-dropping glass crystal-like façade. The building will stand 486-meters high and was designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill. Inspired by sparkling glaciers, the building will be lit up with LEDs at night to emphasize its crystalline form.
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    Chinese web giant Baidu to releases the Dubike e-bike concept

    baidu-dubike-1Like everything else, China has its own “Google” too. The Chinese web services company Baidu, is now looking forward to unleashing an electric bike too, to grab the attention of the world. Called the Dubike, this e-bike will come with fitness tracking technology, enabling riders to keep a wary eye on their health as they pedal away. The bike will include a heart monitor, pedal rate tracker and more. All of this information can be accessed via a smartphone application that hooks up with the bike.
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