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Mobile Induction Heat Plate 902 will let you smarten up your picnics

Posted: 10 Dec 2011 04:27 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

An Electrolux Design Lab 2011 finalist, the Mobile Induction Heat Plate 902 concept by Finnish design Tommi Moilanen responds to the growing culture of mobile gadgetry that allows users to use technology that was previously available only as fixed installations (like televisions, computers, etc.) on the go. Since users today are accustomed to carrying around smartphones that allow them to control every other gadget and equipment that they use via apps connected to the web, the smart induction cooker design from the Aalto University School of Art and Design student presents the possibility of users being able to integrate their home appliances more seamlessly with their lifestyle via something similar to cloud connectivity.

902 - Mobile Induction Hot Plate
902 - Mobile Induction Hot Plate

The Mobile Induction Heat Plate 902 looks to bring the same ease of use that users currently get with their app-filled smartphones to home appliances that still have to be used the old push-button way. The concept also looks to allow users to make use of a new way of cooking that breaks away from the old idea of cooking on standard hot plates that take up space in our kitchens even when they are not being used. Created to suit smaller kitchen, the smart induction hot plate looks to serve as an alternative to the fixed hot plates generally found in kitchen and looks to provide a compact solution for people living in smaller apartments as well as those on the move.

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902 - Mobile Induction Hot Plate
902 - Mobile Induction Hot Plate by Tommi Moilanen

Using the simplicity and purity of the iPhone's form, the Alvar Aalto's 900 and 901 tea trolleys (that are currently manufactured by Artek, a Finnish design company), and the brand identity of electronics giants Electrolux, the theme of intelligent mobility was brought to life with the Mobile Induction Heat Plate 902. To bring the user experience in cooking to the next level, the mobility of cordless technology would be combined with the intelligence of modern smartphones and the 902 would thus serve as a flexible way of cooking for a generation that does not glamorize or condone slaving away in the kitchen and want to adapt cooking to their own lifestyle and schedule.

Though the design has not specified how the Mobile Induction Heat Plate would work, he does say that the concept would be easy to carry, compact, and fully smartphone-compatible and would be offered with a special app that would allow users to control its functions remotely, make it child-safe, and even set its own cooking time by reading NFC-tags on intelligent food packaging. The battery operated Mobile Induction Heat Plate 902 would be deigned with a wooden handle while the induction plate would be fashioned in a glossy black and white design to give it a high-tech look.


Rondo Grand Mobility: A concept to end senior citizens' boredom

Posted: 10 Dec 2011 04:17 AM PST

Chintumoni Hazarika:

Rondo-Grand Mobility is a scooter for senior citizens. Older people can not drive cars and other modern vehicles proficiently. This is due to the age factor they face as a senior citizen. Rondo-Grand Mobility scooters are meant for them. These scooters are very convenient for indoor and outdoor activities. Especially when a person attains a high age then it is difficult for them to go from here to there. Rondo-Grand does not take any help from outside and can be run effortlessly. Rondo-Grand is a next generation scooter for senior citizens and is believed to be a great help.

Rondo is specifically designed to provide more comfort while driving. Speed limit is also nicely controllable that is from only 15km/ hour to 60 km/ hour. This eco-friendly scooter is designed with user-friendly features and great simplicity to drive around. The scooter will bring great contentment in older people's lifestyle. Older people can drive this scooter with ease and can run with freedom. International traffic approval terms relating to Rondo-Grand scooter have confirmed. Any senior citizen can take up the scooter for ride according to their wish. It is now safe for them to reach any desired destination by Rondo quickly and securely.

Rondo-Grand manufacturer is very interested to watch the response against Rondo-Grand Mobility. A team of experts are already engaged to make this eco-friendly scooter come alive. It will not run by any gas or fuel. Rondo-Grand scooter is expected to be battery powered and at the same time solar powered also. There is no official estimation of Rondo-Grand about pricing and availability. The concept of this seniors' scooter is expected to complete by the end of the next year. Rondo-Grand Mobility will definitely change the lifestyle of old people and at the same time this scooter will beat boredom of senior citizen too.

Source: James Dyson Award


Dan Luis: A concept to teach pedestrian zebra crossing manners

Posted: 10 Dec 2011 03:48 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Every year, hundreds of people are killed and seriously injured in traffic accidents, and many of them are children. More often than not, these accidents are caused by drivers who fail to observe simple traffic rules and knowingly ignore traffic lights. But a certain percentage of these accidents are also the result of the actions of people crossing the roads that try to take shortcuts and don't wait to get to a zebra crossing before leaping in the middle of traffic. Since there aren't enough rules and laws to fine people who don't use the zebra crossing, whether deliberately or unwittingly, and many of these accidents are virtually unavoidable. But Medellin, Colombia-based designer Daniel Ricardo Villa Balbin has devised a system which would direct the pedestrians to the zebra crossings and help eliminate the possibility for such accidents.

Don Luis
Don Luis

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Don Luis
Don Luis by Daniel Ricardo Villa Balbín

The concept revolves around using a metallic installation depicting the silhouette of a person along the sidewalks that would tell people where zebra crossings are and mark the places where street crossings are prohibited.

The brightly colored installation has been given the name Dan Luis to create a persona for the installation which can be used in commercials and advisories issued by law enforcement agencies to educate the general public about the hazards of crossing streets at unsafe places.

Dan Luis would be installed along the sidewalks and above the streets with its bright colored outline allowing people to locate zebra crossings from afar which can be a difficult task in crowded cities. Dan Luis would also be useful in prohibiting people from unwittingly crossing the street as this installation would physically mark a particularly unsafe spot.

Source: Behance Network


Dock+Go mobility concept: A detachable vehicular backpack

Posted: 10 Dec 2011 02:58 AM PST

Manhardeep Singh:

Automobile manufacturers constantly keep working upon making innovations to advance their product from the competition. But most of these innovations are evolutionary and not revolutionary. That is why there is a need to think creatively out-of-the box to make advancements in the industry and that is what Rinspeed has done.

Dock+Go mobility concept
Dock+Go mobility concept

Rinspeed is already famous for their innovative and exotic concepts of vehicles to showcase in the Geneva Motor show every year. In the recent years Rinspeed showcased the aquatic sQuba and shape, shifting iChange which made them famous. In the year 2012, Rinspeed is planning to showcase its “Dock+Go” concept.

The “Dock+Go” concept is an idea of having a vehicular backpack that can attach and detach from the electric vehicles according to the user’s requirements. When the backpack is docked to the rear of the vehicle, it increases the range as well as the cargo-carrying capacity of the vehicle. This concept is best based for city cars such as that SmartForTwo car which may require additional backpack when need to carry more people and cargo.

This “Dock+Go” concept came into the mind of the founder and CEO of Rinspeed, Frank M. Rinderknecht. According to the founder, they are planning to have various types of dock facilities in the future. Such as dock facility to increase the battery of an electric vehicle by having addition battery supply from the docked backpack. He says that he also envisions making a dock facility for pizza delivery cars, so that the car can be used both personally as well as when in business need to deliver pizzas.

Rinderknecht says that though if they are planning to have a pizza delivery backpack then they have to arrange for additional facilities such as heated box so that the pizzas remain hot.

Source: Gizmag


Bridgestone all set to recreate future with air free tires

Posted: 10 Dec 2011 02:46 AM PST

Sahil Khurana:

In today's trying times, there is no time for anyone to stop. In an endeavor to keep on going always, Bridgestone, the famous tire company, has come up with the concept of air free tires. No more need to worry about ever slowing down or being stranded on roads due to tire punctures. After all, man invented the wheel, and man himself has now invented airless tires too.

Bridgestone Air-Free Tyres
Bridgestone Air-Free Tyres

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Bridgestone Air-Free Tyres
Bridgestone Air-Free Concept Tyres

Using the technology of thermoplastic resin instead of air as the main support system, the tires have been devised. Gone are the days when you had to keep on getting the air pressure checked in your tires. Advance to the next era's technology and keep yourself from all these prevalent hassles.

The air has been replaced with curved spokes which often form the base for the tires. Acting like a support system, these curves are interlaced with each other, thereby creating a grid system inside the tire's frame. The criss cross fashion of the spokes help the tires to flex effectively without twisting, enabling them to tread and move more systematically.

The tires are not fashionable only; they are eco-friendly too. If you're wondering and scratching your head in amazement, then read on. The spokes are made of a recyclable material known as thermoplastic resin, thus making the tires environment friendly and recyclable.

Once fitted into carts, these wheels have a capacity to bear the weight upto 50 kgs on each wheel. After due testing, it was found that they can even support weights upto 150 kgs, if the need arises ever.

Although, the functionality of the wheels precedes it, they are to be used on a more internal level for the time being. The progression to other standardized vehicles is yet to take place, after proper tests and results are known. Till then, all we can do is sit and wait for them to revolutionize history and recreate the future.

Via: DigiInfo


Jules paramentier's porsche design headphones concept is simply stunning

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 11:37 PM PST

Asmita Prasad:

A subsidiary of the German luxury car company, Porsche Design is perhaps one of the more famous automotive merchandise design firms in the world. The company, that makes literally everything that can be fitted with a Porsche logo, also inspires designers around the world to come up with concepts for their various lines of Porsche branded accessories and the latest to join the ever burgeoning Porsche Design stock is the Porsche Design Headphones concept by product designer Jules Parmentier. The designer intends for the Porsche Design Headphones to offer the best high end audio experience to the music lovers.

Porsche Design Headphones
Porsche Design Headphones

The headphone are intended not just to provide the user with a posh music listening experience, but to also allow them to use the pair to show off their taste for the finer things in life with this Porsche Design exclusive. Fashioned with noble material, the headphone will be designed to offer crystal clear sound quality with one single piece integrating the two major elements the user interacts with the most via the side metallic part.

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Porsche Design Headphones
Headphones for Porsche Design.

To allow the user to customize the speaker’s volume to their particular needs, a special adjustment system has been provided at the sides. Insuring a smooth yet stable interaction are the fixed speakers that come with ball stoppers and help the user adjust the speakers along the step pattern of the rails. The Stuttgart Porsche Museum's ground metallic rails provided the inspiration for the pattern of the side metallic rails used in the headphones. To ensure that the headphone can be stored away in a compact form, the headphones were fitted with an integrated spring loaded hinge that allows the headphones to be smoothly auto locked in place whenever the user needs to open or close them. Leather cushions, carbon fiber texture speakers, and fixation caps are all fully customizable and allow the user to display their own tastes and like via custom fittings.

Via: Julesparmentier


The Invisible Bridge of ROandAD Architects

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 09:13 PM PST

Amalsree A.S:

What if you could ‘walk’ through water like Moses did? Well, the RO&AD architects from Belgium and Netherlands have come up with an unconventional bridge that apparently almost lets you walk through water. Officially called the ‘Mose bridge’, this bridge is quite and architectural achievement and is built across a moat surrounding the Fort de Roovere, which happens to be one among the defense structure built.

The principle underlying design concept of the bridge is quite apparent as mentioned earlier: To give the people using it an illusion of being able to ‘walk’ on water. Another point in the design is to visually impair the scene in the least way possible. The bridge is open to pedestrians and is almost imperceptible from a good distance.

Accys technology was used in the construction of the bridge. Processed timber helps to keep decay at bay and also retains the walls. Accoya wood which is subjected to a process called acetylation (which is a nontoxic proprietary modification process) does the double work of providing structural stability as well as prevents the fungal decay which affects ordinary wood when exposed to water.

This water walk through bridge seems quite simple in concept but involved a lot of out of the box thinking and unconventional constructional methods. The RO&AD architects have been trying to make their work sustainable for quite some time now. The philosophy from a documentary ‘Cradle to Cradle’ have been combined with the architects’ philosophy to create this unconventional bridge. Thanks to their creative thinking, ‘walking through water’ isn’t entirely that supernatural any more!


Safer music: Non-destructive headphones

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 03:44 PM PST

Kamlesh Kandasamy:

Have you ever wondered why most of the people get affected by hearing problems at their early ages itself? It’s because of the use of destructive headphones and headsets. In this modern world, most of the younger people have their own audio devices, not only as a source for hearing music but also to pass away their traveling time. You might see a lot of people covering their ears with headsets while traveling in bus, train and other modes of transport. In fact, you can even see people using their headsets while driving and riding vehicles, which is extremely dangerous. Altamash Jiwani is one of the Indian designers, who has proposed a concept of non-destructive headphones, which is designed to be placed over your ears instead of covering them completely.

Non-Destructive Headphones
Non-Destructive Headphones

Human beings are not good at multi-tasking by nature. Even if you can do two or more tasks at a time, literally your concentration will be only on any one of those tasks. The availability of a wide variety of headphones gives the users an option to choose the best device that suits their style of hearing. However, most of the headphones available today are very sophisticated and designed in such a way that they cover our ears fully, which is literally blocking your ears from the environment. Modern innovations like noise cancellation technique is a wonderful feature, however, they increase the chance of fatal accidents when used at the wrong place.

Non-Destructive Headphones_01
Non-Destructive Headphones_01

In Altamash’s concept, the sound waves will reach the ears without blocking the sounds from the environment. Unlike the conventional headphone, this design avoids blocking the ear canal, thereby allowing the users to be aware of their surroundings. To mention, this design eliminates the accumulation of bacteria around your ear canals too. They also have soft buds to hold the device near your ears. Above all, users should wisely decide, when and where to use such devices safely.

Source: Altamash Jiwani


British designer's Nodal project exemplifies the concept of data sharing

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 03:36 PM PST

Sahil Khurana:

Living up to its name in the true sense is the Desktop Computer Project by designer Matt Swift, a student of Design Visualization at Bournemouth University, UK. He has creatively combined his project into the surface of the desk and crafted a sheer masterpiece.

Desktop Computer
Desktop Computer

The idea behind his project was to make ample space available for the user while reducing the dependency on the machine as well. By infusing the computer inside the table, he has provided relative ease and comfort to the user when it comes to space and utility. The computer screen can be raised for use and can be folded and fitted neatly inside when not required. Use the screen as a part of the table as and when required. For making use of the computer screen, all you need to do is lift and type away.

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Desktop Computer
The Desktop Computer Project

This is not where the buck stops, though. His main idea comes into the picture when other such computers are connected together to form a link known as "Nodes". While the nodes can be combined to form a foursome structure, the main idea of teamwork is further enhanced. Couple up these nodes with other nodes and experience how explicitly data can be transferred to and fro from one node to another. Using the simple concept of link and share, The Desktop Computer Project has proved its efficiency in all fields possible.

In case you want to perform as an independent unit, you can do so as well. But at times, when sharing is required, all you need is a single flick to send data like files, web pages, etc. from one screen to another. All it requires is a flick towards the direction of the receiver's node and you would be rearing to go. The other person would receive the request and he/she would need to accept it before the transfer begins.

The concept is relatively simple when it comes to utility but the design is what steals the show any day. Here's wishing luck to Matt for his ingenious University project as it exemplifies the oncoming of the future.

Via: MpSwift


Bank of Complex Society takes a cue out of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 03:10 PM PST

Asmita Prasad:

In human history, fiction has inspired many a fact and many a technology. Published in Italy in 1972, the novel Invisible Cities by Italian writer Italo Calvino took readers on a fictional journey around the world as explorer Marco Polo conversed with aging and busy emperor Kublai Khan and collection information about various cities. The novel was an incredible work though the places it described did not exist in reality. Taking a cue out of the novel, designer Luke Smith came up with the concept for a Bank of Complex Society that come to us in the guise of oak trees in pods that would serve as societal barometers.

Bank of Complex Society
Bank of Complex Society

The concept basically dwells on the relationship between humans and nature and uses environmentally isolated trees to collect key data about the growth and development of human civilization. We're not sure how these trees would collect such information and how this info would be harvested, but the idea of trees holding knowledge about human civilization is very novel indeed. The growing machine would thus become enormous reservoirs of history that can be accessed perhaps like libraries by civilizations in the future to create an understanding of the world that existed before them.

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Bank of Complex Society by Luke Smith
Bank of Complex Society by Luke Smith


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