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Pal-V One

Is it a car? A helicopter? A plane? Actually, the Pal-V One ($TBA) combines elements of all three. This three-wheeled gyroplane drives like a sports car on the ground — with an 8-second 0-60 time and 112 mph top speed to prove it — but in just minutes, the single rotor, propeller, and rear wings extend, enabling the vehicle to take off and land in very tight spaces, while travelling up to 4,000 feet under the power of the flight-tested gasoline engine, and flying up to 300 miles away. Hitting the friendly skies near you in 2014.

  • Doubleback Van

    Why pull a camper behind you or drive an oversized motorhome when all you really need to drive is a van? Based on the VW Transporter, the Doubleback Van (£55,000; roughly $87,000) is a deceptively large recreational vehicle, powered by VW's 2.0 TDI engine, and featuring an electric slide-out rear pod that adds almost six feet to the length of the vehicle when stationary, a pop-up roof that lets you walk comfortably around in the living and kitchen areas, and the ability to function as a regular van during those times when you need something a bit more practical.

  • SBU V3 Self-Balancing Unicycle

    And you thought riding a Segway made you look dorky. The SBU V3 Self-Balancing Unicycle ($TBA) combines Segway-like tech — including multiple 3-way sensors and gyroscopes — with all the circus-like fun of a unicycle, allowing you to move by doing nothing more than leaning forward, backward, and to the side. In addition, it weighs just 27 pounds, so it's easily to lug inside when your reach the office, and is powered by electricity, performing the equivalent work of a gallon of gas for just ten cents — making it incredibly economic, if potentially ridicule worthy.