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Experience an intuitive way of traveling with Cricket

Posted: 28 Nov 2011 05:01 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Traveling to an unfamiliar place can always pose problems. Since people are not familiar with the place they are visiting, this may make them skip visiting a few places if they don't have an image about that particular spot formed on their minds. But fret no more in this technology driven world as Tamir Aslan has designed an ingenious device named Cricket, which will prove to be a traveler's best companion and make sure a person doesn't miss any place of interest.

Active Gear
Active Gear

Cricket is a simple device that works in conjunction with a smart phone. Smart phones have been ruling the tech world from quite some time now and have made lives easier in more ways than one. They have somehow brought the world together and shrunken the distance between places as well as people. It will help people discover and also narrow down on places that they would like to visit as per their interest. This all new system will make traveling fun, active and all the more interesting. It comprises of a navigational device that is intuitive in nature and won't pose to be a disturbance.

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Cricket: Active Gear for Active Travel
Active Gear for Active Travel by Domus Academy

The stylish concept has been based on crowd sourcing and is an open source. Cricket can easily track locations that a traveler wishes to visit or have been suggested by friends or family, when synchronized with a phone. When someone passes by such locations, Cricket will vibrate that will be an indication of the place that the device thinks matches with the user's interest. When a traveler is able to find the place, the device keeps responding to the vibration continuously, which is an indication that the suggested spot has been successfully located.

Cricket can also double as a compass when it is snapped apart from its magnetic dock. This will make it easier for travelers to reach the correct location as the strength of vibrations will become stronger when they are near the spot or in the right direction. It is nothing less than an active gear for an active traveler that also lets you bookmark the place you discover using Cricket. The device is portable and will help people interact with their surroundings in a much better way.

Cricket is an intuitive method of navigation that will help you explore without pooling in a lot of efforts. So, taste the local essence and make sure you don't miss anything around, thanks to Cricket.

Via: Behance


Wrap'It - Mobile and natty headphone organizer

Posted: 28 Nov 2011 04:54 AM PST

Radhicka S Saxena:

This is an ingenious gadget for all music buffs who plug in and listen to tones on the go. But moving about with your music gear plugged in is not always easy; this portable gear can easily annoy you. When you are out for a walk, cleaning the house or on your way to the supermarket with your earphones plugged in; they can get twisted, coiled and tangled a number of times. This can be quite infuriating and an easy solution to this is provided by the Wrap’It Headphone Organizer.

Wrap'It Headphone Organizer
Wrap’It Headphone Organizer

The technology

This headphone organizer can be attached to most electronic gadgets that have a smooth and flat backside or even to the case of electronic devices. It will easily stick to your kindle, laptop, mp3 player, iPad and smartphone. The mechanism is quite simple and does not use any type of adhesives, stickers or pasty glues. The paraphernalia adheres to your electronic devices via suction technology or the suction cup fitted behind the organizer. Thus, it easily attaches to electronic devices securely without any risk of coming loose.

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Wrap'It Headphone Organizer
A Product Design project in Vienna, VA by Paul Hanna .

There are many other headphone organizers in the market but none as nifty as this one. The other organizers have to be stashed away in your clutch, purse or drawer. But this one stayed affixed to your gadget eliminating the hassle of locating it every time or for that matter forgetting to carry it along with you. The patented technology of the organizer that remains fastened to your gadget is brilliant.

The product

The brilliant product is made from TPE plastic. This material is quite durable and long lasting. It is also quite flexible. The product feels good when you are handling it. The flexibility allows it to hold many different types of earbuds. Almost every brand available in the market will be compatible with this gear. It is really easy to use the product; it works on a simple three step process. You just need to stick, wrap and then clip the device. The gadget is a white colored circular shaped plastic with grooves on the outer edge of the circle and a suction bulb attached to its base. Just stick the object to the back of your phone and then coil the wire around it. Then clip the ear buds tight into the grooves of the device.

Benefits

Now there will be no knotty messed up wires when you want to listen to music. Disentangling them can be quite tricky and time consuming. In fact, it is not a good thing to have your expensive headphone gear get intertwined all the time. Snarled and knotted wires are not very safe. Also, your earbuds stay put coiled around your favorite gadget where they are easy to find. Just uncoil them and listen to the music notes whenever you want. This clever gadget has been conceptualized by Paul Hanna· He is an industrial designer with a BFA from the Savannah College of art and Design. This Vienna based designer is enthusiastic about creating simple and elegant gadgets that come handy in daily life. Wrap’It is the first product from his newly founded venture, Paul Hanna Designs LLC that was founded in 2010.

Via: kickstarter


ACTO leisure kart lets go-karting go green

Posted: 28 Nov 2011 04:34 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

In these economically tough times, nothing says "I've got a job and money to throw around" quite like an afternoon of go-karting with your peeps. Though the popular pastime has been dissed globally by environmentalists as a reckless and irresponsible pursuit that pollutes the environment without serving any real purpose, auto developers and designers around the world been hard at work trying to make go-karting as environmentally-friendly as possible. Electric go-karts have been the most obvious alternatives to the fuel-laden karts though not many companies have been able to produce go-karts with the same kind of on-track performance as their petroleum-run counterparts. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil-based designer Paulo Victor Santos seeks to address the problem with his latest innovation, the ACTO leisure kart. A final product design project from PUC-Rio, the kart looks to add an unprecedented level of sustainability to the sport while offering the same kind of thrills and spills as traditional karts do.

ACTO - leisure kart
ACTO - leisure kart

Designed to prioritize the user’s experience without incurring a bad rep and a worse carbon footprint, the clean leisure kart offers a comfortable riding experience while guaranteeing users the safety and the speed needed to make the activity an optimum leisure experience. The kart has been designed to prioritize the pilot or the driver as the main consideration within the ergonomics of the vehicle with the cowl system and other parts being built around the user experience.

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ACTO - leisure kart
ACTO - leisure kart designed by Paulo Victor Santos

The frame of the kart has also been created around a sturdy chassis to allow users to push their leisure karts to its limits on the circuits without having to worry about the frame giving way during tight cornering or crashes. The leisure kart was create to ensure even the roughest go-kart routine and the most winding of all karting circuits and thus comes equipped with an ergonomic structure that boasts of the stability, safety and resistance that the leisure kart routine demands.

Created for sustainability, long term savings for manufacturers and renters, and low maintenance costs, the leisure kart guarantees a higher balance between competitors while offering a great performance everytime. Compared to most rental karts, the leisure kart is also much more sustainable since it uses accessible electrical energy to operate and thus emits lower levels of atmospheric and sound pollution.

A cleaner vehicle with electric propulsion, the vehicle was developed in collaboration with the university’s engineering labs and allows the user to personalize the kart before taking it out for a spin thanks to fast locks system for the fairing.

Via: Behance


Blended: Whiskey Low Balls by Oren Kfir

Posted: 28 Nov 2011 04:31 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

For connoisseurs of fine spirits, the experience of consuming a preferred blend doesn't just begin and end with the mere act of guzzling the liquid. A true fan is touched and affected by the ambiance that his barkeep spins around every round, every shot and every cocktail being served and knowing the history of the drink is just as intoxicating as the drink itself. Drawing from the rich and delicate culture of fine whiskey drinking, industrial designer Oren Kfir has created this stunning series of low balls that let drinkers visualize the aging process that has been employed to create the world's finest whiskeys. Named "Blended", the low ball glasses are designed to hold 4-6 oz (120-180 ml)-sized drink.

Blended: Whiskey Low Balls
Blended: Whiskey Low Balls

Blending is a crucial step in the blended whiskey manufacturing process with a 600 year old history, and lying right between the aging and bottling steps, often marks the difference between a great tasting whiskey and one that tastes good. To create the perfect blend, manufacturers rely on time-tested recipes and follow the process to the tee maintaining a highly accurate system to blend whiskeys of differing maturities. Though the Blended Whiskey Lowball Glasses do not pretend to contribute much to the blends being served them, they do pay a fitting tribute to the meticulous manufacturing process that allows great blends to retain the most appeal aromas and tastes of the drinks.

The Blended Low Balls feature both Oak wood & glass and Copper & glass variants since both copper and oak are crucial to the manufacturing of whiskeys. The physical process of separation of the waters and the spirits and further distillation is facilitated by Copper stills while the color, taste and aroma of the whiskey are determined by the Oak wood barrels that the spirit is aged in.

Since the traditional whiskey low ball glasses are heavy-bottomed, it was a bit of a challenge for the designer to ensure that the Oakwood glasses were equipped with bottoms that were weighted enough to maintain some semblance to the traditional serving glass while highlighting its use of wood at the same time. The Copper & glass version of the low ball glasses, however, were easier to manufacture though the designer created a special and innovative manufacturing process using an industrial mold to fabricate the copper bottom and blowing the glass onto it to allow the metal and the glass to fuse and merge into a solid and sturdy whole.

Source: Oren Kfir


Seven hi-tech gadgets to assist differently abled users

Posted: 28 Nov 2011 03:35 AM PST

Rahul Author:

Many technological advancements made in the recent years have produced gadgets and devices which help people with disabilities live a fuller life. The technologies could one day change keyboards and remote controllers and perhaps help impaired individuals work energy electric wheelchairs, furniture or man-made limbs. Here are seven hi tech devices and gadgets designed to assist differently abled people:

Gadget for disabled people
Gadget for disabled people

1. Vibering

Vibering
Vibering

Now here is the best example of strategy style increasing the planet in the past unimagined ways. The hard of hearing on the planet are not just being limited of audio, a lovely say and a simple call. Developers Kwang-seok Jeong, Min-hee Kim and Hyun-joong Kim really should have a game of subtle applause for this encouraged style. The look at facet determines the audio trend and provides this information and facts to the person wearing them in a set up provide.

2. Braille+ Mobile Manager

Braille+ Mobile Manager
Braille+ Mobile Manager

The Product is small having Linux-based PDA and wireless capability and 30-gigabyte hard drive. It includes calendar, an address book, MP3 player, word processor, journal, voice recorder, e-mail and web browser. It would cost around $1,395.

3. B-Touch Braille Mobile Phone

B-Touch Braille Mobile Phone
B-Touch Braille Mobile Phone

Designer Zhenwei You has made a new way for blind individuals to connect with others by using a special cell phone. The B-Touch is a pretty standard mobile that features a touching "screen" display using Braille, thanks to the revolutionary mixture of blind touchscreen technological innovation and a robust speech acceptance program. With an advanced design, a navigational program, an e-book readers and a subject recognizer, the Braille cell phone strategy looks like a sensible addition for individuals who lost their sight.

4. Eyesfree

EyesFree
EyesFree

EyesFree, a new line of Google Android mobile phone OS, offers a perfect illustration of what is now “tools” developers are looking for. It provides a way for the blind to use touch-screen phone, but the consequence is that the blind also offers an easier way to use the phone. In fact, they may also look to play. The idea is to always put a finger on the touch screen to represent the number 5. If you want one, you move your finger up and left, and if you desire 8, then move it down, and so on . The finger is surrounded by letters in alpha mode. Now if you choose the wrong letter or number, you can remove it by simply shaking the phone. EyesFree does not start as easy as it seems to demo on YouTube. However, Harty says the tip is to put a simple grid pattern behind the phone and use the “pinch instinct” to improve the target.

5. LOMAK

LOMAK
LOMAK

LOMAK stands for Light Operated Mouse And Keyboard. It is an assistive technology device developed for use by individuals who cannot use a normal mouse and keyboard. The LOMAK is attached to a position placed underneath the screen and is worked by a tiny laser pointer. Some individuals having arm activity can however use the Lomak with a hand-pointer. It can be used as an added keyboard and mouse with any desktop computer or pc which has an added USB port. Similar to many PC peripherals for individuals with special accessibility needs, it is very highly-priced, about $1500.

6. Brain-machine interface

Brain-machine interface
Brain-machine interface

The "brain-machine interface" was developed by Hitachi Inc. that can analyze even minor changes in brain's blood circulation and translate mind movement towards electric alerts. It works on the principle of optical topography. Although brain-machine screen technologies has typically advised toward medical uses, manufacturers like Hitachi and Western car maker Honda Engine Co. have been sporting as a way to improve the technologies to get profit-making application. Hitachi's people are set to produce a mind TV distant operator allowing people turn a TV on and down or move options by only thinking. A great advantage to Hitachi's technology is that devices do not have to in physical form get into the head. Still, major drawbacks remain. Size is one area of concern, though Hitachi has designed a model sleek and stylish scarf and applying device that together compare only about a couple of pounds.

7. Touchless Keyboard for Disabled People

Touchless Keyboard for Disabled People
Touchless Keyboard for Disabled People

This touchless keyboard body cutting-edge includes both the writing and the mousing by the same indicator. From what I can tell, that means the improvements contain a single input for both mouse and keyboard and a speed indicator that methods not just the actions themselves, but their power and three-dimensional route too.


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