Our most-loved tech prototypes don’t always make their way into our lives. But they are attractive, have practical applications and are limited only by the designer’s imagination. Here are a few smarts from top companies.
Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha Concept
Xiaomi’s new smartphone concept has a screen that wraps almost all the way around the phone’s body, and it makes even new smartphones look old-fashioned. The company says the screen would be made of sapphire glass, which is scratch-resistant. The Mi Mix Alpha’s frame would be made of ‘TC4 aerospace-grade titanium alloy’ that is reportedly three times as strong as steel.
Airbus ‘Bird Of Prey’
The bird-like conceptual airliner design by Airbus is aimed to encourage engineers on the possibilities of hybrid-electric propulsion, active control systems and advanced composite structures. Inspired by the mechanics of a bird, it has wing and tail structures that mimic those of a ‘bird of prey’, while featuring individually controlled feathers that provide active flight control.
Bentley EXP 100 GT Concept
The EXP 100 GT explores how grand touring could look in 2035. It offers fully autonomous electric driving and artificial intelligence to curate your journey. Inside, the use of light creates a wellness-enriching environment and ‘adaptable biometric seating’ to add the feeling of well-being. It also uses air curation to bring in fragrances from the natural world while keeping city pollution out.
Lenovo’s All-Screen Laptop
Hailing from Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 family, the foldable PC concept dons a ‘never-before-seen form factor’ to offer new user experiences. This is not a phone, tablet, or familiar hybrid; this is a full-fledged laptop with a foldable screen. It has a single OLED 2K display that can fold in half and reduce its width by 50 per cent.
Does the e-broom fly through the air? You can ride it with rollerblades on, but we don’t know yet if it can take off with you. Modelled after a broom used by a witch to fly through the air, this mobility platform is an attempt to integrate people and machines, allowing users to enjoy a different kind of mobility.
This e-piano by Studio F. A. Porsche features 97 keys instead of the usual 88. Besides ebony, a material called Taran is used for the key surfaces. It is equipped with the mechanical system of a grand piano and its Senor Technology enables a high data density, which results in a differentiated sound composition.
Intel’s Dual-Screen Twin River
The dual-screen concept device by Intel, code-named Twin River, showcases a form-factor innovation and new PC experiences for the 2-in-1 with a fabric chassis, detachable keyboard and two 12.3-inch touchscreen displays. The makers expect that it will help people focus, unleash their creativity and engage with their social life better.