Welcome to Top 5 Coolness Countdown, the site that separates the coolness from the lukewarm every week. We’ll show you the five best products, services, stories, concepts or ideas we’ve seen during the week, and post them right here every weekend.
Finally, a UI for cars that doesn’t suck
It’s no secret that car manufacturers are paying more attention to engines that all that computer he stuff, but designer Matthaeus Krenn has much better taste than those gearheads. With his interface design, all you need to do but fingers on a touchscreen, with no visual contact whatsoever. Using different numbers of fingers, you can control temperature, airflow, scroll through playlist, skip to the next song and control music volume. Here’s his video showing off the coolness.
Sub-Let: Submarine for two lets you join the “Mile Low Club” under the sea for $285K
Get your suitcase full of cash ready and book yourself a night on the “Lovers Deep,” a luxo-sub that caters to well-heeled couples. It’s not entirely clear why this decadence cost $285,000 per night, but if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it. Don’t forget to partake of the special aphrodisiac menu as you join the “Mile Low Club.”
IXION windowless jet is a panoramic platform in the sky
If this lovely windowless jet design ever sees the light of day, it will feel like you’re sitting on a sky platform instead of cooped up inside a tin can. Equipped with high-resolution screens on the walls and ceiling, and fed by streaming video from fuselage and wing mounted cameras, this little business jet could be your one-way ticket to Nirvana. If you get tired of gazing at live video of your high-altitude surroundings, choose from video fantasies such as orbiting Saturn, tromping through a rain forest or, perish the thought, chairing a teleconference from 6 miles up.
Rinspeed: What if the Tesla Model S were a self-driving car?
Interiors of cars are bound to change as soon as robots take over all the driving, and designers at Rinspeed are already creating interiors that will give you something else to do rather than staring at the road in front of you. The company’s taken a Tesla Model S and built what it calls its XchangeE concept, turning a conventional vehicle into a space better suited for work or play (as if that’s any different from what people do now while they’re driving). It will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
Apple iWatch, is that you?
The iWatch is still cloaked in mystery, but there’s no shortage of rumors taking wild guesses about what the Cupertino fruit company will roll out to adorn the wrists of the faithful. Turn down the noisy soundtrack and look at this beautiful video rendering of what might be the best wearable device on the planet. How soon will we see the iWatch? Your guess is as good as ours.