- Ministar travel guitars for guitarists on the go
- SideStix crutches to revive sporty spirit of the physically challenged
- 10 Crazy yet creative jet-powered vehicles
- Yahoo! Bus Stop Derby is a sure-fire way to start a bus-stop brawl
- Neighbors' Place keeps you connected, 24/7
- Optimus Popularis: The next generation keyboard
- KY Houseboat makes life on the water more sustainable and elegant
- MOshi Motion Translator will help you avoid social faux pas
- Dumbest gadgets of 2011 #1: Alt.Ctrl Interactive remote control
- Medirobot Medical Robotic Assistant makes lifting and moving patients more comfy
Posted: 08 Dec 2011 07:29 AM PST
Radhicka S Saxena:
Music buffs would love this idea! Now you can strum sonic tunes on the guitar while you are mobile! A set of ultra compact guitars have been hatched by Bob Wiley, an American instrument designer. With a length of nineteen inches, and made out of a single piece of wood, these small sized guitars have a marvelous looking stretched out body. Dubbed as the 'ministar', these guitars have only a head and neck, sans the bulky central portion fitted in all conventional guitars.
Ministar travel guitars
The thought behind creating the instrument are the musicians, who travel a lot and need to carry their favorite guitars along with them on trips. Also, while travelling, there is a risk of damaging the guitar. This can be avoided if the guitar itself is designed to be portable and can be stashed away in a bag for safekeeping.
After conducting thorough research, Bob Wiley concluded that the tones emitted by the guitar have absolutely no link to the outer shape of its body. Although a subject of an everlasting debate, he stuck to his point of view and came out with the all-new ministar. The theory has also been proved by Les Paul's Log, which did not have a sizable body like every other guitar.
Different models of the guitar have been put together with each model suited to play tunes from various music genres. There is the jazzster, rokstar and folkstar; you also have electric guitars like the testar and the rock 'caster' for bass. Most guitars are about 31 inches long and the price falls in the range of 280 to 350 USD. The bass ones are longer, about 41 inches, and cost more than 300 USD.
There is a fingerboard on one end, then the neck and the headstock, all made out of the same piece of wood. The guitars also slot in the scamp or ’self-contained amp, which is a headphone amp powered by batteries. The scamp has a distortion circuit and EQ and contour boost on basses integrated with it. There are also pickup selectors located at the base and a volume knob which can be switched on and off. Despite its compact size and unique layout, the resonance produced by the instrument is full bodied.
The design of the guitar is ergonomic, helping to play the instrument much better. The piece of wood is quite sturdy thus making a stronger base for vibration of the strings. Tuning components never clatter due to their thoughtful positioning at the cutaway center of the headstock. Guitarists can choose to attach a strap to the metal antennae on the body or play without the strap. Strumming away the guitar while sitting down is also very easy, just rest the hand on the wooden plate provided.
Ministar series of travel guitars offers a full sound in bodies that are small and appear to be lacking a central component: the guitar body.
Any musician or guitarist who travels a lot will simply love these. Also, guitar teachers, who need to get from one place to another, will surely appreciate their portability. College students and those pursuing their music interests alongside other mainstream activities will also love it - carry the guitar along with the everyday backpack while going to school or college, stop on the way to attend the guitar class, and then easily carry the instrument back home.
The engineering of this musical contraption is mind blowing, and they are really easy to carry as the guitar can be dismembered to fit into a travel bag. Capable of being amplified, the device can be plugged directly into amplification equipment, for instance stereo headphones. In fact, they can be easily attached to different devices like Karaoke machines, sound systems, microphones and even computer speakers. A wide selection of models are available in this line such as the Little Thumper Nylon String Bass, SongBird Jazz Steel String, SongBird Hybrid, Classic Maple, etc.
2. The folding guitar
The folding guitar
Known as the DeVillain folding guitar, this one looks just like any other ordinary guitar. But its specialty lies in its foldable design; the elongated stand can be flipped over and made to rest on its bigger ovular top half. Reducing to half in size, the guitar can now be easily stuffed inside a large bag and carried around. Thus, travelling with this guitar becomes real easy and the guitar is just perfect for air travel. A backpack is also available with purchase of the product. Its Centerfold Slim edition is the smallest range of guitars with a normal sized full scale neck.
3. Touchscreen Guitar
A touch screen to control plunks and clangs of the guitar is truly ingenious, and this marvelous idea has been put into operation in the all-new Misa Digital guitar. Not many musical instruments have a futuristic, complex and robotic design but this guitar surely goes all the way. There are absolutely no strings here, use the touch screen instead to pluck melodies, which might require one to get used to playing it. Looking quite like an electric guitar on the outside, the touch screen in the middle lights up when you tap fingers on it to play the music, different spots on the screen light up when touched and dim out just as fingers are lifted off the surface. It boasts of fitting in hi tech mechanizations like MIDI controller, Linux operating system and Ethernet port. It has 24 frets on the neck, polyphonic synthesizer and fits in digital effects like distortion, modulation, etc.
4. Stewart Travel Guitar
Stewart Travel Guitar
Another guitar which looks just like any other regular one, but this one too is easy to carry around. The unique clip joint system has been patented by its maker, Woody Stewart. The long stick-like base of the instrument can be detached from its big and bulky top half. Worry not, as the stick will not take up additional space in the luggage bag, there is space inside the bigger half to accommodate the base. The compactly packaged guitar now will easily fit inside a medium sized carry bag; this is surely a brilliant portable design. Taking apart and putting the guitar back together will only take a couple of minutes. The guitar has a very pleasing look due to its alder body, dark chrome finish and rosewood fingerboard. Plucking at this guitar is an enjoyable experience, the chimes and twangs come out silky smooth.
Posted: 08 Dec 2011 03:48 AM PST
SideStix crutch is one of those products which are developed for the handicap, to make their life easy and smooth. Such products are a great invention, which features internal shock absorbing capacities, to protect the user's hand or arms from any injury. The arm cuffs come with padding that helps to prevent the chafing. The hand grips are ergonomically designed that offers maximum support. The product is best to use because of number of interchangeable foot types like sand shoe, snow shoe which can support the users weight even on soft surfaces.
SideStix will give opportunities to those who are on crutches and constrained for life. It is the first shock absorbent sports crutch which has attachable feet for various terrains. SideStix has been designed by Sarah Doherty who is the occupational therapist and kerith perreur Lloyd the structural technologist.
The SideStix ventures have developed the first damper shock absorbent crutches which has attachable tips for terrains from neighborhood streets to the snow covered mountains.
a. Combined with the traditional arm powered sit ski with the crutch it helps in snowshoeing and climbing hills.
b. SideStix provides with a prototype carbon fiber SideStix assemblies and the tubes to cut down on weight. This will decrease the unavoidable fatigue to arms.
SideStix has an articulating and rotating feet. This means that the foot of crutch remains flat against the ground all through the stride or while gripping to a slanted surface. It is also said that the feature is beneficial to reduce the torque in user's shoulder joints.
The SideStix assortment of outdoor attachments gives crutch users the ability to feel and experience the outdoors like never before. The attachments are designed in the perfect way to provide freedom to the users which can make walking fun for them. The standard tip is included with the complete line up of forearm crutches. It is manufactured by Thomas Fetterman. The tornado tip is the stable one and is given by those who need support while walking.
It has the ergonomic grip which supports the dynamic weight bearing areas of hands. The good damper shock absorbing system reflects the elasticity of ligaments, tendons and fluids located in between the joints. The handle accepts various grips that include standard bicycle grips and crutch grips.
1. ELeg technology:
A Berkley company has come up with a battery powered exoskeleton which permits the paraplegics the ability to go out of the wheel chairs and walk on their feet. It works with a battery backpack, crutches and leg braces. As the user moves the right crutch in the forward direction, the mechanism will move the left leg to the forward direction and vice versa.
The use of exoskeleton is helpful in giving the paraplegic robotic legs. They are also helpful in teaching the people on how to walk again. Exoskeletons are artificially intelligent and wearable bionic devices which have been used in military to increase the soldier's strength in the battlefield.
2. Forearm crutches
The forearm crutches are custom made according to the customer's specification to enhance the comfort and support for the patient. All these crutches are constructed from the chrome molly steel with the help of a black powder coating and have the weight capacity of 50st/320kg. The durable nylon cuffs can easily be adjusted to any size.
3. Black and colored elbow crutches
Black and Coloured Elbow Crutches
For the people who want to use the crutches for more time, comfort is a great issue for them. Elbow crutches are the most recommended and prescribe crutches as they are comfortable and easy to use and also support mechanism. These crutches can be purchased from any store which is specialized in all the medical supplies. They can also be bought from the hospitals, doctors and various charity aid organizations. For people who are in need of crutches, there are various customizations which are designed perfectly so that you can live comfortably with the elbow crutches.
Posted: 08 Dec 2011 01:00 AM PST
These days many creative people are using jet and rocket engines to design and create jet-powered vehicles. These vehicles are very strong and powerful but they are dangerous as well. They use lots of fossil fuels which raise questions over the need of creating these jet-powered vehicles but people are still busy making these vehicles. Here is a list of 10 crazy yet creative jet-powered vehicles:
1. Jet powered lawnmower tractor
Jet Powered Lawnmower Tractor
Named Turbitrac, this jet-powered lawnmower tractor is powered by propane fueled jet engine, which can touch temperatures of around 600 degrees, which is too much and can burn down your lawn completely. This powerful tractor is designed by Nick Haddock but it has left open several questions. One of the most pressing question is that why did Nick decide to design and create a vehicle that is dangerous and can kill him as well? It seems that he went ahead designing the Turbitrac without thinking anything about the damage which it can create on his lawn.
2. School bus fitted with jet engine
School Bus Fitted With Jet Engine
Have you ever imagined a school bus powered by jet engine? Yes it's true! The designers at Indy Boys Inc have created a jet-powered school bus fitted with an engine which is meant to be used in an F4 Phantom fighter jet. This engine delivers 42,000 horsepower, which is incredible by any standard. This powerful school bus can hit a maximum speed of 367mph. This jet-powered bus however, is not very energy efficient as it requires as much as 150 gallons of fuel to cover just one quarter of a mile. The flame that comes out from the back can go as long as 80 feet.
3. Jet-powered supermarket cart
jet-powered supermarket cart
The credit for designing and creating a supermarket cart powered by jet engine goes to Andy Tyler. Andy used the information available on the Internet to design a jet engine and then fitted it in a shopping cart used in a local supermarket. The rear end of this cart features a heat shield, which protects the cart from getting burnt down due to the 600+ Celsius temperatures that is generated by the engine when it is switched on. This cart features scrap wheels, brakes and a steering as well. It uses all the fuel present in tanker in just two minutes and gets unstable after touching the 50mph mark.
4. Rocket powered car
Rocket powered car
This jet-powered car is actually a Toyota MR2 fitted with twin jet engines. This strong and powerful car is available for sale online on eBay. This car was put up for auction in 2005. Not much information is available about the maximum speed which this car can achieve or about its fuel efficiency. But one thing is certain, this car must be very powerful because it is powered by not one but two jet engines.
5. Street-legal jet powered Beetle
Street-Legal Jet Powered Beetle
This jet-powered Beetle is the brainchild of engineer Ron Patrick. Ron, a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, said that he was interested in enjoying the wildest street-legal ride possible and that's why he replaced the conventional engine of his VW Beetle with dual jet engines. This car is street legal, which means that Ron can drive this car on public roads and can enjoy the thrill of the speed which is possible using jet engine by driving this vehicle at a rapid pace on track. Ron still does not know the top speed which this car can achieve but he says that it is a perfect vehicle to enjoy a thrilling ride.
6. Custom built jet-powered bike
Custom built jet-powered bike
Designed and created by Bob Maddox, this jet-powered bike promises one hell of a ride. This bike is powered by twin jet engines and requires just five seconds accelerating from 0mph to 60mph. Maddox has used pulse jets in this bike. These engines can run on any fuel but during testing, Maddox used regular gasoline. The sound generated by the engines is very muscular and aggressive. Maddox claims that this bike can hit a high speed of 200mph.
7. Fire truck equipped with MiG jet engine
Fire Truck Equipped with MiG Jet Engine
The idea to design and create a jet-powered fire truck seems bizarre but some crazy minds out there have come up with a fire truck fitted with MiG jet engine. This vehicle cannot be used as a fire truck because the 27-foot-long jet engine used in Russian MiG fighter has been fitted in it by removing its water tanks. It is said that this fire truck is fitted with world's largest turbine motor.
8. The world's fastest ambulance
The world's fastest ambulance
Touted as the fastest ambulance in the world, this emergency vehicle powered by jet engines could theoretically hot the high speed of 205mph. This ambulance however can't be used in emergencies because it has no space to carry patients. The space meant for carrying patients has been used up by engine fitted in the rear end of this vehicle. This land vehicle features a GE J-79 jet engine used in a Ford Phantom 4130. Priced at $189,000, this ambulance comes fitted with functional sirens and lights. It features aluminum wheels and disc brakes as well.
9. Hot, loud pulse-jet bike
Hot, Loud Pulse-Jet Bike
The credit for designing and creating a jet-powered vehicle out of a normal bicycle goes to Bob Maddox. This bike, which can touch a high speed of 75mph if driven properly, was put up for auction on eBay. The noise made by the jet engine used in this bike can damage the ear drums. This bike needs juts seven seconds to hit the high speed.
10. Ron Patrick's jet powered scooter
Ron Patrick's Jet Powered Scooter
Designed by Ron Patrick, this jet-powered scooter can hit a high speed of 40mph. Ron has used two JFS 100 jet engines in this scooter to help it achieve such a high speed. This scooter features a carbon fiber tank because it uses air-start. Ron is planning to put a shield over the engine to protect it from getting burnt down due to the heat generated by the engines.
Posted: 07 Dec 2011 08:12 PM PST
Inciting a passer by on the road to a one-on-one challenge of any kind is considered dangerous across the globe. Most people get to spend a night in the slammer if they start brawling on the streets. But Yahoo is trying to get people to channelize their social competitiveness via an interactive multi-player game installed at bus stops. Apparently, the makers of the game would install giant touchscreens at bus stops and invite people to play them for free!
Yahoo! Bus Stop Derby
This is a campaign which challenges locals to play LCD touch-screen games at 20 high-traffic Muni shelters.
Urban youth are already getting a bad reputation globally for their lack of social etiquette, and giving them a chance to scare old ladies waiting for a bus away from a bus shelter to compete in these games may not be so great for the law and order situation. But with Yahoo fast losing their game-loving crowds to Facebook games, the Yahoo! Bus Stop Derby looks more like a desperate attempt to stay relevant in the industry than a real cha-ching project for the company.
Wrapped under the seemingly innocent pretext of making waiting for the bus fun, the Yahoo! Bus Stop Derby is looking to turn bus stops into social gaming hubs via a two-month citywide challenge across San Francisco. Located at 20 high-traffic Muni shelters in the city, the Yahoo! Bus Stop Derby offers locals to play LCD touch-screen games at the interactive digital transit shelters developed by the Obscura Digital Team. Each shelter would be fitted with an interactive 72-inch touch screen and would offer users to play live head-to-head games pitting 20 San Francisco neighborhoods split into 20 teams against each other. The winner of the Yahoo! Bus Stop Derby would get an OK Go concert held in their neighborhood for free!
Yahoo! Bus Stop DerbyThis innovative campaign boasts the first-ever interactive digital transit shelters.
Posted: 07 Dec 2011 03:40 PM PST
If your time is spent majorly socializing in the neighborhood park, then you would just love the Neighbors’ place. Being nothing less than a multi faceted glorified area, this is meant for every possible person in the neighborhood to stay connected with each other, for now and forever.
Neighbors’ place allows for you to be more involved in your community and maximizing the opportunities.
Gone are the days when you had to rely on older ways of staying in touch with each other. No more need to miss out on your favorite shows, stay connected on social networking sites or attend tournaments. You name it and you shall have it.
Providing the Wi-Fi facility, Neighbors’ place is helping people to be connected even when on the move. Connect your portable laptops, phones or other compatible devices and rock away. Access school websites, social networking websites and just about anything when it comes to staying tuned with your favorite online websites.
If you're an avid extreme adventure sports fan, then you have all the reasons to rejoice. If skateboarding tickles your fancy, and you have the nerves of steel, then skateboard to your destiny. With a unique skateboarding track available, you can have the fun of your life and live to tell it too. Enjoy it with your friends or do it alone, the wish is yours.
Not only is the seating arrangement extremely comfortable, it even allows you to socialize and make new friends, almost everyday. Enjoy reading, chatting with friends and even playing, if required. The board can be used for writing messages for one another, may it be some kind of upcoming events, tournaments for sports fans or any other kind of important information you would like to pass on. In the morning, this board is used as message board while at night, you can enjoy local movies on it. The sound shall obviously be routed through your connected devices.
Socialize with one another, use the place as a lounge for long term sitting or just make do with surfing the net. Almost everything can be done under the sun. Mix around with people, while neighbors become your friends without you realizing it.
For people on the go, you have an option to explore the area in a more organized way. You can search for happening restaurants, eating joints; organize hip hop parties, all thanks to the abundance of space and people.
You name it and like a genie it obeys every command, you can have almost anything you want from the Neighbor's place. Stay connected, tune in with new people, or simply laze around; do what suits you the best and see how your life changes overnight.
Posted: 07 Dec 2011 02:49 PM PST
Art Lebedev’s latest offering, the Optimus Popularis is a very compact keyboard which really packs a punch. It is a scaled down and quite affordable version of the Optimus Maximus keyboard. Every individual key on the Optimus Popularis is made up of a fully customizable OLED screen having a resolution of 64×64 pixels. You can configure a key to display any video or image of your choice.
Optimus Popularis keyboard
The design of the Optimus Popularis models state of the art technology and is quite soothing to the eyes. It can be customized to any desired language or layout be it Arabian, Russian, images, numerals, math functions or any other for that matter. There is not an equal amount of buttons on the Popularis as compared to the Maximus, but what it does offer is an LCD strip which serves as a secondary, programmable display. The strip sits neatly between the number keys and function keys. The function key is used to alternate between a set of functions. The keyboard body is made up of plastic and aluminum.
Every single key on the Popularis keyboard is comprised of a 64×64 pixel OLED screen that you can customize to display whatever image you want
The Optimus Popularis connects to your computer via the USB interface and it is compatible with most of the leading operating systems. It is priced at around $1100 which is an affordable offering and half the price as that of Optimus Maximus. The Popularis is intended to serve as an essential tool for high performance. It is very suitable for creative people in fields such as photography, trading, design, music and video design but even the occasional user should find it extremely breezy and amusing to use.
Posted: 07 Dec 2011 02:26 PM PST
The world is fast running out of space available for residential purposes and with the world's population migrating to the cities at an unprecedented rate, it is time that we started looking at viable alternative housing solutions. One of the frontrunners among the modern age housing solutions are houseboats which provide people with all the comforts of a life on the land without costing as much as premium real estate. The KY Houseboat concept created by designer Anton Bakerjian in collaboration with Andrew Owens looks to present a feasible water-based housing solution that not only improves upon existing houseboat designs, but also offers a brand new perspective on sustainable living.
Designed to be fully functional as well as energy efficient, the KY Houseboat is basically a reinterpretation of the existing Kentucky Houseboat industry. The project looks at Micro Hydro technology as an optimal source of power that can run up to 1,000 homes on a single unit. Since Mico Hydro requires no damming and needs little maintenance when used, it can provide a long-term, sustainable and clean power supply to an energy conscious home.
It is a villa style houseboat.
The KY Houseboat is, of course, not your regular water-borne home and removes the self-mobility of its predecessors to allow it to appreciate in value after a period of 8 to 10 years. By removing the need for a houseboat to also serve as a mode of transport, the designer was able to discard the linear shape of a regular houseboat and develop the project along the lines of a land-based villa.
Posted: 07 Dec 2011 02:24 PM PST
Remember that hugely popular viral video about this spoof gadget called the Manslator or a Woman Translator which claimed to be able to translate the body language of women? That gizmo, though non-existent, aimed at trying to help men understand women better by analyzing their body language and words. However, designer Noumbissi Constantin probably believed that the world really could benefit from a product like that, which is why he came up with the mOshi Motion Detector. Apparently a less-spoofy version of the Manslator, the mOshi concept seeks to allow people to read the body language of others. Since missing out on non-verbal cues can cause misunderstandings or social embarrassment, the idea behind such a product does have a lot of merit.
For people with psychological or physical disabilities that deter them from accurately analyzing the body language of other people, mOshi can indeed be a god sent. The product is designed much like a speed gun and can be pointed at any individual to provide an analysis of their mood. The mOshi will provide the information to the user via keywords, videos, signs, and sounds, and allow them to know for sure what the person they are analyzing is trying to communicate via non-verbal cues and gestures. The mOshi Motion Translator can also be a real boon for people on dates, and people who have to make stressful social interactions like meeting their future in-laws or their superiors at work, and professionals looking to judge potential business partners, as well as law enforcement officers who can identify potential threats using such a device.
mOshi motion translator
Posted: 07 Dec 2011 02:22 PM PST
When was the last time you actually bought a remote that made the process of controlling your entertainment system more physical? If you are anything like the 100 percent of the remote-control using people in the world, chances are that your answer to the above question is an emphatic "NEVER"! in a world where we have a whole section of the industry devoted to making remote controls more universal, simpler and easier to use, designer Ido Baruchin believes that its time humankind turned the process of using a remote control more physically stressing.
Interactive remote control by Ido Baruchin
Created perhaps after observing a cartoon of a fat guy in front of a TV with a caption that played on the word "couch potato", the Alt.Ctrl Interactive remote control is the most absurd idea that we have seen in a while, and when we say that, it is really saying something!
Interactive remote control by Ido Baruchin
The design basically looks to make the simple, push-button operation of a remote control more complex by shaping it like a ball that with rotating halves that need to be turned to get a single function like volume, or channel, to increase or decrease, i.e., you have a single ball for volume control, channel changing and to turn the entertainment system ON/OFF, and by turning the halves of each ball clockwise or counter-clockwise, you can get the volume to go high or low, turn the TV on or switch it off, and change channels.
Sounds like a lot of work doesn't it? It does to us too, and this is why we think that the device is actually a clever decoy conceptualized to make people appreciate their simple all-in-one, easy-to-operate remote controls more.
Posted: 07 Dec 2011 02:18 PM PST
For people admitted to critical care in hospitals, being moved from bed to bed or from a bed to a day room can be a very disconcerting but unavoidable experience. The process is often equally unpleasant for care givers and healthcare professionals and they often struggle to lift the weakened patient from their beds and have them seated in a wheelchair. At the moment, the process involves multiple steps that require the patient to be lifted from a bed via a mechanical lifter, then from the lifter to a wheelchair before they can be wheeled to another location, and when the patient has to be returned to their beds, they have to be lifted from the wheelchair via a lifter and then placed on the bed. An innovative new concept called the Medirobot looks to cut down the process by half and have an intuitive-run robot serve as both the lifter and the wheelchair.
Conceptualized by Jules Parmentier and Nancy Nguyen, the Medirobot Medical robotic assistant is created by Pilotfish Taipei with the Pilotfish Munich Team chipping in with the final concept and design development. The device was based on research conducted in collaboration with Taipei Municipal Yan Ming Home for Disabled and looks to reduce the physical efforts for the caregiver and the physical discomfort for the patient being moved considerably. Also serving as intuitive infotainment terminal for the patient, the device body provides crucial patient info to the caregiver and allows them to lifts and transfers patients in hospitals without requiring an intermediate lifting device or an extra wheelchair.
Medical robotic assistant
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