Original innovation with hybrid gasoline/hydraulic drive system, the IngoCar just had its design sketches released from its manufacturer Valentin Technologies based in Winsconsin. The project of a five-seater mid-size vehicle which is claimed to achieve 170 mpg fuel efficiency.
Acceleration from 0-60 in 4 seconds, a range of 1,000 miles for a full 6 gallon tank of fuel, recuperation of the energy while braking, and roomy areas for passengers and trunks. The future seems to be so near.
Another work with the same candies is Yaya Chou’s Gummy Bear Series: luxury commodities shapes made of embellished snacks.
A perfect illustration of French innovation is the Zep’lin designed by Damien Grossemy for Renault. Scheduled for 2015, the project is today an new symbol of eco-design for the car manufacturer.
Integrating the natural landscape, Tony Owens Partners’ Moebius House is a exemplary piece of micro-design, which aims at minimizing the impact of a building onto the micro-climate of its environment. A modeling software is used to respond to every change in the design and optimize steel efficiency.
Mixing hydroponic techniques with the latest solar technology, the Light Tree is the best street lamp with nature’s touch! Its unique system is entirely powered by renewable energy and allows to grow plants.
Entirely made from recycled paper and used wood products the FlexibleLove 16 Folding Chair is created by the Taiwanese designer Chishe Chiu. It is expandable, it adapts to your needs and is so easily storable. Its seating room ranges from 8 or 16 people to the size of a hand.
Made with hemp fiber and linseed oil based resins., The Hermes 66 Eco Yacht by Ben Mazur is a very eco-friendly yacht. Its engine uses sustainable hydrofoil and aerofoil technologies to provide performance comparable to a motor-yacht. Eat your heart out Larry Ellison.
A 60-foot catamaran made mostly from recycled plastic, plans to sail from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia. Almost everything is repurposed plastic: the deck, the sails, the cabin. Even the two hulls are ringed by approximately 13,000 pressurized 2L bottles. After three years of research and construction the voyage will determine its seaworthiness.
Osusowake which means sharing in Japanese booms the possibilities of conventional potting. This planting system, designed by Kenma, re-thinks the notion of plants, allowing to grow and distribute them to your friends and family.
The Archipod can be just a complement about any home landscape, and the modern interior office design is a great place to get some work done in peace. With a diameter of 3m, the Garden Pod is specifically targeted at the garden office market.
The Garden Pod features a pleasing roof dome that lets in natural light to conserve the energy required for artificial lighting. The pod cedar shingle exterior blends into any natural environment and its interior plastered walls ensure that the pod remains bright and comfortable.
Industrial Designer Kubík Petr has developed an alarm clock concept that imitates the rhythm of the earth.
This “Alarm Clock” relies solely on solar energy. The clock can be placed outside to harness solar energy inside the protective layer of silicon, which is converted into usable electricity and stored in an onboard battery .
The Zambezi Queen, a new 150-foot-long river boat owned by Tony Stern, is a “five-star floating boutique hotel.” It has been designed to provide all modern amenities to the passengers with minimum impact on the environment. The boat offers a luxurious new way to explore the Chobe River in Botswana, which runs through the Chobe National Park.
The luxurious boat is both luxurious and green as it is equipped with solar water heater and uses jet propulsion instead of conventional propellers for better fuel economy. Moreover, the boat doesn’t have any air-conditioners to save on precious energy. All of its 14 suites are appointed with private balconies, modern colonial-style décor and plenty of mosquito netting.
Inspired by a bike rack, Palo Alto Architect, Joseph Bellomo, has designed a sustainable, off-grid prefab home called the House Arc. This curvaceous modular home by Palo Alto architect, Joseph Bellomo, is joining the ranks of affordable, modular housing. The house is expected to withstand tropical winds and weather. Going by the renderings we see, the roof of the house has solar panels so it would be able to generate a good part of the juice it would require.
Called Ekokook, the project by Faltazi Lab aims to process waste as close as possible to the point where it’s produced.The design incorporates storage containers for packaging, a reservoir under the sink for collecting water to be reused and a container where earthworms break down organic waste. The Ekokook also has the three built-in micro-plants that helps complete the three recycling functions.
The Metalback motorcycle designed by Jordan Meadows is a concept that combines alternative fuels and recycled materials in a missle-shaped machine.
The concept is powered by a v4 engine running on bio diesel. This increases the range and MPG well above conventional gasoline bikes while running on a fuel which is more environmentally-friendly. Its frame and skin are crafted from recycled aluminum. This has the advantage of saving weight to enhance performance while reclaiming pre-used material. In the manufacturing process, the alloy is treated to patina and age naturally without expensive and harmful paint applications. The net effect is a raw natural surface which suits the classic cafe racer and recalls the romance and power of vintage WW2 fighter planes.
Trexa is aiming to make electric car designing as easy as simply picking up parts and plugging them in your dream machine. The company has unveiled the world’s first fully electric vehicle development platform that lets users design the vehicle on their own.
The platform includes everything from a battery to power electronics. For starters, the standard platform has an acceleration of 0-60mph in 8 sec, a top speed of 100mph, a 105 mile range, and a charge time of 4 hours (based upon an efficiency of 200Wh per mile — comparable to a Prius in electric mode).The on-board batteries can be recharged in just four hours.
The Eolic is a wind-powered foldable generator. Designed by Marcos Madia, Sergio Ohashi and Juan Manuel Pantano. This concept is designed to create an easily foldable power generator to be used in the construction at places where there is no electric service. The generator can also be used to replace the electric service in small housing. All the equipment can be stored together in one package in order to provide an easy operation. It is made of the ultra light materials like aluminum and carbon fiber.
Eco-minded designer Igor Davydov has designed a mixed-use environmentally friendly building that will cover a land area of just 10-square-feet. This space saver and eco-friendly building can be an exhibition area for companies that are engaged in high technology in construction, medicine and healthy lifestyle. In addition, the eco-building also carries an eye-catching outer appearance making this building to be one of the tourist attractions in the future.