[CES 2010] Today, Evolution Robotics announced Mint, a new type of floor cleaner robot. Unlike the popular Roomba from iRobot, Mint has a square form factor and is over 3 inches smaller, sitting at under 10 inches wide, making it possible to clean into tight spaces, between chair legs for example. Another major difference with the Roomba is the Evolution's own cleaning navigation system, NorthStar technology: using an IR projector and integrating information from three different on-board positioning systems, it allows Mint to map the room, plan areas for cleaning and detect any spots not covered on the first pass. In comparison, the Roomba acts like a 'blind' device, bumping into obstacles and navigating randomly in the room for hours.
Want something that is easy for you to take around to heat stuff up? Well, that’s the Stoov! Designed by Mathieu Baele, this concept device sports an internal battery, robust shape for travel, touch-screen activation and even electromagnets, meaning you’ll be able to attach the a couple of Stoovs to the side of your pot to heat stuff up. If such a this were to become a reality, it would seem that you could have some fun playing practical jokes on people with this, such as heating up the sides of their car or something.
According to designer Chansong Park, the VW Breathe will be the vehicle of choice in the year 2038. Its goal will be to provide quick, light, delivery service, public transportation and also as a personal commuter. Aimed at metropolis cities, the Breathe will sport GPS and 2 modes: human transporting and good delivering. With its advanced material design, the Breathe will be able to transform its body shape and proportion. Do you think we’ll be driving these types of cars in the year 2038?
Back in the days before we had planes and helicopters, Santa used to use flying reindeer and his sleigh to deliver presents to kids who have been good. Fast forward to the future and Santa could be driving this Land Rover concept design, which could allow him to ditch his traditional sleigh. Of course, based on the picture, you can see that he still needs Rudolf (or some random reindeer) to pilot his new ‘sleigh’. Maybe advertising firms should replace Santa’s traditional sleighs in their ads and use this instead, eh?
The rich and famous have their yachts to sail around all the party places in the world, but those aren't exactly the greenest mode of transport, eh? Not if the zero-emission concept yacht becomes reality. Dubbed the Leviathan concept yacht, it is the brainchild of industrial designer Adam Valmassoi, who claims that the sun and wind ought to be enough to power your next cruise. You get a couple of electric jet pump engines with this, where they receive juice from wind turbines and solar panels on board the yacht. The large solar panels that make up both decks are strong and rigid enough to support the weight of multiple passengers, while a large, multi-direction turbine will lower and become flush when the yacht is completely charged and not in use. You'll need plenty of green in your bank account to go green, it seems.
The Ondo which you see here is one strange looking cellphone, where it not only boasts the ability to record music but edit music as well. To make it all the more special, editing of music can be performed directly on the Ondo itself without having to go through a third party machine like another computer. Editing is really simple thanks to its simplistic controls as well as interactive twists and turns which can easily turn you into an edit maestro overnight.
If you're living up the green lifestyle and want to zip from place to place without having to go through rush hour traffic, might we suggest the Zoomla bike? It is certainly far from conventional where the design is concerned, especially since it boasts a single-pivot fold for superior portability. Apart from that, the Zoomla will utilize a system known as TorqSteer, helping eliminate the hassle of a steering tube. Zoomla relies on an internal drive system even though it is also equipped with a couple of orange pedals better known as the Pedaldeck.