Chevy’s upcoming plug-in hybrid called the “Volt” has been making the rounds as a concept car, showing up at a few select spots across the country, and now the Volt has gotten a little closer to reality.
This morning Chevy announced that the car will be debuting for around $40k and it seems that it’s still on track for a 2010 introduction.
In case you’re not so familiar with the Volt, a hybrid designed to be plugged into any 110-volt electrical outlet for charging and can travel up to 40-miles round trip using no gas and producing no emissions.
For longer trips, the Volt has a FlexFuel engine that can run on gas, E85 ethanol, or a combination of the two, and creates additional electricity to extend the range to 640 miles and triple-digit MPG.
Presumably tired of phones that look like phones, Brazilian designe Renata Quintela has created a new concept phone with a unique look–a toaster.
Here’s how it seems it would work (the designers portfolio doesn’t have a description):
The slice of bread/handset sets into the charging slots of the toaster-shaped base station. When a phone call comes in the slice/handset would presumably pop-up.
The TOASTERphone is just a 3d rendering in an online portfolio so I wouldn’t expect to see it in stores.
When computers finally overthrow us (probably thanks to some Google idea gone horribly wrong), they’ll need some robot enforcers. A good place to start might be with the PostlerFurguson “Life Machines”.
UK-based designer PostlerFurguson is trying to work out how “an aging population’s needs can be met through technology.”
To help illustrate some ideas, they’ve created and photographed several concepts to (I assume) get us thinking about them.
The picture you see here of the clothes dryer exhaust tubing (or robot of the “future” from the 1950’s) shaving to man is one of them–that’s the machine shaving concept.
Check of the rest here.