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When folded into its origami figure the Microgarden kit becomes a conical structure capabl...

Once thought of as an urban hippy fad, the concept of growing produce in the inner-city has started to become more of an accepted idea. Not only does it give urban gardeners the chance to get in touch with their inner farmer, but it also helps supplement the vegetable portion of the daily diet. For Infarm, the idea of grow-your-own comes in the form of a small, origami-like greenhouse, specifically designed to grow tiny baby greens known as microgreens.  Read More

The world debut of the new 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO was made at ZDAYZ in North Carolina ... ...

Based off Datsun’s iconic 240Z series from the 1970s, Nissan’s 370Z resides on my design shelf as one of my favorite sports cars of the last 15 years. Now the company has unveiled a visually reworked, more powerful NISMO 370Z that recently made its world debut at the Nissan ZDAYZ event in North Carolina.  Read More

Volkswagen has been working on a new 10 speed dual-clutch autobox (DSG) How many gears are too many for the average commuter vehicle? If you’re pulling a load of cattle across Saskatchewan, then a semi-tractor unit with nine gears should suffice. But if you’re Volkswagen, then the magic number for your upcoming models is in fact 10.  Read More

The Windpax wind turbine system can be set up in less than two minutes and mounted on a nu...

Keeping mobile electronic devices powered up can be difficult for the modern camper and hiker. Generating power from Mother Nature in the form of wind and sun is the preferred option for many, with a number of portable solar and wind generators emerging to fill this need. The latest is Windpax, a collapsible, portable wind turbine system designed to not take up too much space in a backpack.  Read More

The 1/26 scale model ISS built by Pat Acton using 282,000 matchsticks and 8 gallons (30 L)...

During the construction of the International Space Station (ISS), material selection was critical given the extreme environment of space. Chances are that one of those materials up for consideration was not matchsticks. But for Pat Acton of Iowa, the idea of designing and building a complete scale model of the ISS out of matchsticks seemed like a perfectly reasonable idea.  Read More

Designed by Designworks USA, the solar carport was developed to not only be aesthetically ... BMW Group DesignworksUSA has designed a solar carport to house its new i3 and forthcoming i8 electric vehicles. BMW is revealing the one-car solar garage concept as part of the official media launch of the i8 in Los Angeles.  Read More

GM's rocket on wheels, the Firebird I XP-21 (1953)  concept designed by Harley J. Earl, Ro...

In looking to the future many automotive designers look to the past for inspiration. This month an exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta will feature 17 unique European and American concept cars, widely considered to be some of the most influential, forward thinking designs from the past.  Read More

EcoCAR 3 tasks students with updating the iconic Chevrolet Camaro muscle car into a hybrid...

For the past 26 years, the US Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the North American auto industry, has sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) to provide the next generation of automotive engineers with a practical learning experience. The previous EcoCAR Challenge saw students convert and massage GM Malibus into super-efficient models, and this time for EcoCAR 3, teams are tasked with updating the iconic Chevrolet Camaro muscle car into a hybrid-electric vehicle.  Read More

McLaren points out that the MSO 650S Concept is currently being presented as a “one-off de...

With the New York and Beijing Auto Shows officially over, manufacturers now need to find other ways to attract and retain attention. Concocting specialized vehicles, sporting varying degrees of aesthetic and performance modifications, is one way automakers keep their products fresh in the global eye. This makeover technique is exactly what McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) has done with the menacing, all-black MSO 650S Coupe Concept.  Read More

The 650S now makes 641 hp with torque increased significantly from 443 lb.ft to 500 lb.ft ...

As the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) gets ready to wrap up this weekend, visitors still have a chance to see some of the auto world’s unique offerings for 2014. One boutique supercar manufacturer, however, chose an intimate space away from the cavernous halls of Manhattan’s Javits Center to show off its latest creations; the McLaren 650S Coupe and Spider.  Read More

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