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    Flechette (needle) gun

    Flechettes are small darts (fin-stabilised).

    Their advantage over traditional bullets is they can potentially penetrate much further, due to their small diameter.

    Design a gun used for firing these rounds. What will the bullets look like?
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    Non-lethal gun

    Weapon used to incapacitate a target without causing fatal injuries.

    Eg: Glue guns (Ghost in the shell SAC Series 1 ep 2)
    Beanbag/low velocity shotguns
    sonic weapons
    blinding weapons
    syringe gun (tranq gun)
    net launchers
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    Battle-Zeppelins

    Full scale battleship or carrier zeppelin: big guns, point defenses, capable of launching marines, fighters, bombers...

    For inspiration check out the anime Last Exile...
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    exoskeleton / spacesuit for manned exploration of planets with higher gravity

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    I'm with Klevr and nismo, Exoskeleton or some type of spacesuit and a nice battleship would really make it.

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    I would pick something like a device or transportation thing.

    spacesuit is again character stuff, we have enough of that here on ca.
    I would say something with propellers, doesnt matter what. Can be an airplane, one man vehicle, huge ship to transport heavy things, just anything.

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    Why not do something similar to EOW and take descriptive passages from books. find a cool scene and pick some elements that could be designed. This gives a brief that has some restrictions but also some freedom (more like a real job).

    I don't know how well recieved this idea will be but if people resond well, they could start posting the passages they would like to work from.

    Just trying to have an idea that's more than a 2 word brief. I have no problem with the 2 word briefs but doesn't hurt to push the boundaries.

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    CNN reported a contest from the US Military to design a powered suit / load reducer to lighten the weight that infantrymen carry:

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/07/16/w...ize/index.html

    i can think of a bunch of different interpretations for this one

    edit - the cnn link is down but the general concept was as follows:
    the increasing amount of technical gear carried by each individual soldier demands the development of a system that can either: A)provide large amounts of electrical energy while remaning lightweight (to replace the 50 pounds of batteries currently carried by troopers) or B)synthetically enhance the load bearing abilities of the wearer... some sort of exoskeletal musculature that enhances the user's abilities.
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    How about designing a Super Robot?

    Something akin to the 1970s giant robot anime craze. Must have fantastical attacks, but no restrictions on how comical one can go with such attacks (So long as it's family friendly)

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    self replicating robot- makes copies of itself or makes ones of another design.

    swarm drones- smaller then your hand, but travel in swarms. used to attack and patrol and can be dropped in packs onto enemy bases from a bomber. must have mele weapons

    goobot- a robot whos main structure is a type of jelly, and the only solid thing on it is a small chip for a brain.

    portal door- nuff said.

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    I'd really like to see some down-to-earth topics, simple ones but screaming industrial design all over. You could still add additional briefs in the description to make it more interesting. But I feel, these kinda topics would attract people.

    -Medic Droid (e.g. as seen in STAR WARS)
    -Street Sweeping Machine
    -Hover Tank
    -A Submersible of some sort
    -A Transformer!
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    boogey extracter

    leg shortening machine

    san fransisco mono rail

    intergalactic flea tranceporter

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    I've been through the pervious comments but after awhile they do seem to blur together so I apologize if I'm repeating anything that has gone up before.

    Hyperspace probe: an automated device to go beyond the reaches of manned travel – how is it equipped to deal with what it might encounter (including possible alien contact).
    Mass-public-transporter: A vehicle that carries hundreds (or thousands) of people around a city and can easily deposit each at their required (individual) destination.
    Alien-creature capture – either a vehicle or device to capture live alien specimens on distant worlds for study.
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    Gold-Ship - Circa 1550 the Spanish Empire need a new design of vessel to transport the large quantities of gold and merchandise they are extracting out of the new world whilst protecting the valuable cargo from English and French Privateers.

    Current EOW inspired - 'an Ark' (or even 'the' Ark)


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    Potential for conventional items but with an alternate twist, eg:
    Aztec car/tank/aircraft – what might have been if the Americas had remained undiscovered.
    English Rebulic (post Cromwell but without the restoration of royalty, therefore very-puritan religious) – something of now but with the strong puritan bent.
    Or the alternative, a strongly-religious design ethic where state religion influences every aspect of design coupled with the grandeur of old-Byzantium or Rome.

    Other eras/aesthetic – 50’s America, 20’s retro, Norse/Scandinavian, Celtic, Victorian (much done), Punk, Wild-west (less of a defined aesthetic), Classic Rome/Greece.

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    WW1knight templar armour/equipment (maybe too CHOW)
    Deep-space pirate vessel
    Battlefield decoy holographic system
    Hydrofoil Yacht
    Extreme sport device for the next century (beyond zorbing/wake boards/power kites)
    Mobile city (without becoming an EOW)
    The Great Harvester - (edit: could give a lot of room for interpetation).
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    Colony Ship

    How about a Colony Ship? Must be capable of transporting a sizable population of inhabitants to colonize new worlds. Or some artificial space habitation.

    There's no room left on Earth, or its no longer livable, etc, etc.

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    Giant Boring Machine

    A giant boring machine is being built to tunnel all the way to the planet's core, in order to harness its energy.

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