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Game Strap to keep you enteratined while ensuring great safety

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 06:02 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Life, in modern times, is moving at a very fast pace and does not leave much time for entertainment and relaxing. In an attempt to inject some fun, Jiang Qian has designed the Game Strap that vows to help people unwind while commuting from one place to other. This will keep people entertained and occupied, making long waits and travel time all the more entertaining.

Game Strap
Game Strap

Game Strap is a handle that will be replaced by conventional ones that are fitted common sight when traveling on a bus or a subway. These will be given an all new appearance and will let people play games when it is held. The game turns on when the handle or strap is grasped. The strap dangles from a point and hence can sway from left to right without much difficulty. Game Strap can be operated using a single hand and functions by pressing a button on the side of the design with the thumb. One button is present on each side and can be used as per the convenience of a user.

Game Strap
Game Strap

Commuters can play games like shooting, pinball, tetris and freekick, to name a few and kill boredom in style. Game Strap will also put on show the name of each arriving station and will vibrate as well, giving customers a reminder. Power is produced only with the grip of hand, which backs up the working of individual units. The game will stop as soon as the grip is released due to which the power get exhausted.

Game Strap is a great way to keep oneself entertained while moving around. It will unfurl fun and will also ensure complete security.

Source: Coroflot


Rainman Golf Ball Washer recycles rainwater to clean golf balls

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 05:43 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Do you like your golf balls sparkling and pristine before you tee off? Of course you do! And you ain't the first member of the country club to have fallen in love with the gloss of the little white golf balls. But did you know that the staff at the golf course really has to work very hard to ensure you get a shiny spotless white ball everytime, and that the ball washers they have actually use lots and lots of freshwater for the process? We bet you didn't. And if you're a planet-ista (read: a planet lover who's not a hippy!) you'd possibly even be outraged at the reckless waste of water. But before you worry your pretty little head, take a look at this fab new golf ball washer created by designer Tim Meredith.

RainMan
RainMan

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RainMan
RainMan - Golf Ball Washer

Specifically designed to collect and re-use rain water, the Rainman Golf Ball Washer (no relation to the movie character) is the first golf ball washer that is 100 percent eco-friendly. The design of the Rainman Golf Ball Washer has been created around the classic image of the sport as a leisurely pursuit of the rich and famous.

The intricate-looking faux wood construction of the golf ball washer allows it to break away from the range of drab and industrial looking golf ball washers. The Rainman Golf Ball Washer is designed to collect rainwater naturally and comes with a unique filtration system as well. The saucer-shaped collection dish at the top allows the washer to collect the required amount of rainwater and the water can then be filtered as it travels inside the collection cylinder.

If the collected rainwater exceeds the collection cylinder's capacity, it simply is redirected towards an opening at the bottom of the pole and let out to be soaked into the ground naturally. Since most golf courses in the world are located in areas that receive ample natural rainfall, the Rainman Golf Ball Washer allows these facilities to lessen their dependence on the grid.

Source: Behance Network


Number Pad Watch: A time telling machine for the geeks!

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 05:15 AM PST

Babita Sajnani:

What would you call a gadget that looks like a calculator, a digital locker or even a number pad wrapped across your wrist? It’s the amazing Number Pad Watch, a gadget for the geeks and a unique and unimaginable wristwatch. This is a perfect device for ‘killing time’. Apart from its very high-tech look, this watch-like device does not function in any other way other than telling the time and it does not even have the dual function of turning into a mini wrist calculator either!

Number Pad Watch
Number Pad Watch

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Number Pad Watch
It is perfect for killing time especially for those professionally trained.

All the buttons on this awesome watch do work, but only for telling the time without the need of the conventional time display. This watch is available in four earthy shades such as white, beige, black, light grey and dark grey. The way this watch indicates the time is by lighting up four digits to explain the time. This design has totally done away with the conventional dial as it gives you a lit-up display of the numbers if you want to know the time. In order to know the time on the Number Pad Watch, you will have to press a certain button after which the numbers flash on the number board to tell the time and if the numbers that are flashing are 1, 2, 3, 0 then the time is 12:30! By pressing the hash button, you can see the current date too! The official US distributor for the Number Pad Watch is Watchismo.

This watch is truly worth its price because of the innovative concept that is used to tell the time. The Number Pad Watch is a must-have for the techno geeks who wouldn’t mind being the proud possessors of an additional keyboard and which they can happily flaunt on their wrists!


Nine amazing wearable gadgets for sporty geeks

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 04:45 AM PST

Sanjib Saha:

A sport lover would always like to go for such a gadget that is versatile and hence can resist all accidents. For instance, an athlete would prefer such a gadget that does not break easily and has a robust body. Same way a swimmer would prefer a waterproof or water resistant gadget that must have a waterproof and tight shield on it. At the same time, most of the sport lovers would prefer to go for such gadgets that can be worn and carried out along with them. The wearable gadgets fulfill this need of a sporty geek. Here is a description of some wearable gadgets.

1. Wav wireless MP3 player

Wav wireless MP3 player
Wav wireless MP3 player

Wav wireless mp3 player is a cool gadget for swimmers. It is no doubt water proof and resistant, and this is the reason why its name includes a word "Wav" which is for wave or rather water wave. Its band has honey comp webbing to facilitate ventilation underneath and avoid sweating. It is a wireless mp3 player. It does not require wired earphones as they are tugged into the ears. The earphones are of ultra wideband technology, hence wires never interrupt in your water surfing or kayaking. The beautiful white color adds on to the cool texture of this mp3 player. The cost is $5.21 to $5.99.

2. Nike + iPod Sport kit

Nike + iPod Sport Kit
Nike + iPod Sport Kit

The Nike + iPod sport gadget is meant for runners and athletes. This kit includes a pair of cool Nike shoes as well. Along with that, the iPod is very runner friendly as it indicates the distance traveled and calories burnt as well. This lets the runner keep a margin and improve day by day accordingly. The hardware and data integration of this iPod is good. It is small and handy in size. The only disadvantage of this iPod is that its battery (Pedometer) cannot be replaced; one will have to buy a new set to get the battery. The cost of this small wonder is $29.

3. Sport Phone

Sport Phone
Sport Phone

This gadget might be the coolest one because of the smart and intelligent idea behind its concept of working. The concept lies in the use of the human body's kinetic energy. Hence, the Sport phone is kinetically charged. It has cool body monitoring sensors some of which are 3D motion sensor and calorie sensor. This phone is also water proof and shock resistant. The general use of this phone is by the basketball players. Not only that, this phone has stopwatch and a good display. It can be charged from your body. The conversion of energy is from mechanical to electrical. The only disadvantage it carries along is that it needs to be taken care of and kept away from being scratched while playing a sport like basketball. This Sport phone costs approximately $300.

4. Beat

Beat
Beat

Beat is a cool jacket that holds the whole world of music in it. It is made from electro textiles and is a sports jacket. It has a flexible screen and an mp3 player in it. In addition, it supports clock and alarm application. The jacket ensures that the owner remains fresh and does not sweat at all. It also has LEDs or light emitting diodes as its indicators that glow to indicate functions. The cost of this wonder jacket is $89.99.

5. Straphand pedometer

Straphand pedometer
Straphand pedometer

This gadget includes the Nike Sport Band. Pedometer is an electronic device that detects each step that the user takes, with the help of motion sensors. The cool thing that adds on to is that its network connection with USB clock is better as compared to that experienced by other athletes in their other gadgets. The strap hand fashion makes it look more cool and trendy. This strap hand gadget costs $0.2.

6. MP3 Player Creative

MP3 Player Creative
MP3 Player Creative

This gadget is for those who do cycling and improves cycling visibility and safety. In this, the LEDs light up to indicate the cyclists' intentions of direction. It helps the cyclists find it easy to go for proper route and path. This cyclist friendly gadget costs $249 to the max.

7. Mark of Fitness Exercise Monitor

Mark of Fitness Exercise Monitor
Mark of Fitness Exercise Monitor

As the name suggests, it is meant for fitness exercising people. This gadget has the fastest rate monitor, which also indicates calories burnt and the target that needs to be reached. With it, one can have a chest belt free exercise as the concept of finger sensing through half hand gloves is there. There are special functions that its Pedometer offers. The only thing that user needs to ensure before using it is to setup the age, sex, weight and height of self. It is water resistant, has electro luminescent display, and has a stopwatch as well. This gadget costs $59.99.

8. Philips Fluid Smartphone

Philips Fluid smartphone
Philips Fluid smartphone

This Philips product does not only act as a gadget but also as a wrist wrap bracelet. This gadget fulfills the fashion statement largely. It is smaller and trendy as well. It can be used as an accessory or jewelery as well. It has a flexible OLED display and is a "Fluid" smart phone. It works with good mobility and ease. This Smart phone costs £499.99.

9. Samsung bracelet cell phone

Samsung bracelet cell phone
Samsung bracelet cell phone

This cell phone cum bracelet is designed by Samsung. You need not worry much even if you drop it mistakenly. It has hard and robust body to resist every such accident. This cell phone is slim and has the OLED touch screen. Its keypad is trendy. When the athlete sweats while jogging, this phone has the facility to provide constant airflow so that all sweat is evaporated in no time. It is famous for the flexible electronics that it has. It costs around $275.


Samsung's flexible transparent tablet folds to fit your purses

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 04:36 AM PST

Mrudula Rani:

Samsung is a Korean multinational corporation engaged in consumer electronics, shipbuilding, telecom, engineering and construction, financial services, chemicals, retail, heavy industries, entertainment, apparel and medical services. Samsung has come up with a new transparent tablet that is expected to hit the market in 2012. It is combination of smart phone and tablet. It is a thin, flexible transparent tablet that includes 3D technology and is easily foldable like a paper.

Samsung flexible display tablet
Samsung flexible display tablet

Features

Samsung's flexible display tablet allows augmented reality interaction. The video has been prepared by mobile display division by using AMOLED (active matrix organic light emitting diode) display technology that are especially used in mobile devices and televisions. The video is neat and even video calls can be made. It also captures superior quality images, enables to read news, play games even in 3D. The screen is 4.5 inches and 0.3mm thick. It also features instant translation. The tablet can easily translate from one language to another about what one is saying. It includes organic materials and solar charging.

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Samsung flexible display tablet
Samsung flexible display tablet of the future.

What's good?

With its unique appearance it can be easily carried while traveling and can also be fitted in small purses and bags. Its instant translation, solar charging makes it an exclusive master piece from Samsung.

What's not good?

Though it is sleek, flexible and easy to use, it is not free from problems. The main problems with such flexible and transparent screen tablets are batteries and resilience.

Price and availability

The price of this transparent tablet is not mentioned. It will be made available from January 2012 in the market.

Bottom line:

Thus, this transparent, flexible thin tablet enables solar charging. It can be carried over anywhere without the use of any wires or batteries. It can easily fit into purses and small bags or even in pockets.

Samsung flexible display tabletSamsung flexible display tablet of the future.

Via: Concept-phones


Party Vest: A different experience with music

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 04:33 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Is your next door neighbor constantly calling the cops on you because you refuse to keep the volume on your audio system down? Well, the party vest with an 8-inch Boss audio bass 900 subwoofer built-in may just be what you need to wear when you crawl in his bedroom video and "get him" for landing you in the slammer all those times. The self-powered speaker vest may remind you of the boom box era but trust us, this party vest is completely as 2012-ready as it gets and we're sure Lady Gaga would totally wear it to her next performance.

Speaker Vest
Speaker Vest

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Party Vest Straps an 8-Inch Subwoofer To Your Back
Party Vest Straps an 8-Inch Subwoofer To Your Back

Modded using a Daniese Gilet Cali Tessuto motorcycle vest as a base, the unique party vest comes custom-fitted with an eight inch Boss audio bass 900 subwoofer strapped to the back and a pair of amplified motorcycle speakers peeking over each shoulder. The vest comes with inputs for connecting an MP3 player or an iPod and features independent volume and bass controls on the custom-made 10 cell rechargeable battery size 36 belt that powers the beast. The designer has not specified whether the party vest can also be powered using an electrical outlet, but we're sure you can figure that out after you get a few drinks poured down your neck.

Retailing at USD $850 a piece, the party vest is the perfect mobile entertainment system and we totally see it being misused by electronic stores and car dealerships for advertising purposes as well. Also, great as a Halloween costume, the party vest should help you get the party started in no time though people may not want to stand near you when you've got the thing booming. Take that Sony Walkman and iPod and double take that creators of headphones.

Source: Gizmodo


BlueScale food concept to count calories in a dish

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 04:02 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Weight-management is a thriving industry with a multi-million dollar turnover each year. Most fitness gurus advice people to watch how much they eat instead of obsessing over what kind of foods they should eat or not each. However, portion management is easier said than done since carrying a food scale around isn't a feasible option for people who eat out frequently. The Blue scale food concept looks to make measuring food portions easier for dieters.

BlueScale
BlueScale

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BlueScale
BlueScale by Ehsan Sayyad

The pocket-sized scale pairs up with your smartphone via Bluetooth and allows users to access extensive online calorie count databases to check the amount of calories a meal has. For example, if you are planning on making a sandwich but you don't know how much mayo should be added to keep the meal under a certain calorie count. In such a situation, you can simply put the ingredients of the sandwich on the BlueScale, sync it to your phone and search an online database to give you a real-time calorie count of the items on the dish.

As you add and subtract items from the sandwich, the BlueScale will give you an accurate reading of the calories in the sandwich and you can then determine whether the amount of mayonnaise you already have on the dish is sufficient or whether you can still add some more without exceeding a pre-determined number of calories. Developed by designer Ehsan Sayyad, the BlueScale could be a marvelously handy tool not only for weight watchers, but also for people with serious medical conditions like diabetes and heart ailments.

Since the scale provides a real-time calorie count of the food on the plate, it can really motivate people to eat healthier and maintain a tighter hold over the size of their portions. Though the designer has not specified other features of the scale yet, if it can even deliver the single function that it promises, it certainly could be a very handy tool for weight watchers.


Archetypes to put forward digital convergence in a stylish manner

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 02:05 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Gustavo Fricke has come up with the Archetypes that will put forward digital convergence in a stylish manner. Personal Digital Assistant or PDAs are helping people to connect to the web, which in turn makes things very easy. People are swapping their handsets with PDA that come injected with a lot of functionality.

Archetypes
Archetypes

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Archetypes
Archetypes by Gustavo Fricke

Archetypes will change the way we look at handsets and PDAs and will make sure that an array of functions are clubbed in one device. The design has an on-screen interface that will encourage interaction. The device looks like a black colored box that can be held just like a cell phone or a camera. Archetypes will encourage semiotic recognition of a cell phone, thanks to the slight shift in the product's line. The semiotic recognition will make sure that the gadget can be held like a camera or a phone, which encourages easy usage.

Archetypes will function in various ways, acting as a mobile phone, camera and a PDA. The mobile device will encourage web browsing and will help manage personal information in a stylish and effortless way. It will help connect various devices and makes sure that you don't miss any important detail and information. Archetypes has been crafted in a simple way and has a very plain design that will blend with the personality of various people.

Archetypes will unfurl multiple possibilities and will be a perfect companion for people who are always on a move. So, freeze memories, stay connected with loves ones and schedule events with this highly functional device.

Source: Behance Network


Cave tent by Heimplanet: Say goodbye to tent poles forever

Posted: 12 Dec 2011 10:15 PM PST

Gaurav Thakur:

Most of our discoveries are inspired from nature in one form or the other. The cave tent by Heimplanet is one such example with the design being inspired from the molecular structure of a diamond. The structure of a diamond has been translated to an IDG (Inflatable Diamond Grid) in the tent design. IDG is a self supporting framework for the tent that employs 5 modular double-layer air beams.This results in five separate air chambers and it takes less than a minute to set up the framework. The design comes from Germans Stefan Claus and Stefan Schulze Disckhoff of Germany. The Cave is one of the most aesthetic looking, easy to set up, innovative tents and is a must for those who like to frequently go out on the unknown journeys into the wild.

The Cave tent
The Cave tent

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The Cave tent
This tent offers outstanding stability for a good time you can count on when travelling.

The airbeams are made of polyester-laminated fabric that provides durability. Setting up the tent is extremely easy with the help of multi-chamber safety system that helps you in inflating entire frame in a single step. The frame provides more stability by dividing itself to five chambers so that even if one chamber is damaged the others will support the tent structure. It features two-in-one valves that help in inflating the airframe as well as letting the air out easily. The TPU bladder helps in keeping the air trapped inside and the beams are double layered to provide more strength.

The surface is made of lightweight polyester that is waterproof as well as durable. Like in other cases, you won’t have to setup the inner and outer parts of the tent separately. The design facilitates are easy running off for the rain. The inner tent is made out of water-repellent nylon fabric that facilitates air circulation and also has a non-see-through mosquito net. The ground sheet is also made of polyester and the tent offers more space as compared to other tents with a ground area of 54 square feet and overall height of 59 inches. At a time 6 people can sit inside the tent and 3 can sleep comfortably. There are five ventilation openings that ensure proper circulation of air from top to bottom.

The cave distinguishes itself from the other tents in the market and has a number of advantages. It can be setup very easily by just unrolling the tent and pumping up one of the valves. Similarly taking down the tent is also easy as all you have to do is to release the five valve openings and packing it. The structure provides high level of stability top the tent and in case any of the parts is damaged it can be easily replaced. Heimplanet has pitched the right product for the adventurers who like to surf, camp, hike etc. Overall the tent looks unique and rather awesome once it is setup and you won’t miss the tent poles ever in the future.

Source: Heimplanet


The Cloud twin towers joined by pixelated cluster for gardening affair

Posted: 12 Dec 2011 06:49 PM PST

Aravind Balasubramanya:

The concept

South Korea has a new high-rise. Titled as ‘The Cloud’, the twin towers built by the architecture firm MVRDV from the Netherleands were designed to look as though they are penetrating through the clouds. The ‘cloud’ here was made of regions in the building that have gardens at heights above 25 storeys. Critics claim that the concept has a very strong resemblance to the original ‘Twin Towers’ as they burnt under the onslaught of terrorism. But the designers and architects claim that they never noticed the resemblance in the designing stages.

Cloud twin towers
Cloud twin towers

The inspiration

In times of yore, people moved out of home, around the world to fulfill needs and wants. Modern times have seen the world come into homes of people to fulfill their needs and wants. This, ‘at-the-click-of-a-button’ philosophy, has inspired the construction of these skyscrapers that intend to bring the beauty and harmony of nature into residential quarters.

Where we are now?

Expected to be completed by 2015, the construction consists of twin high rises, 260 meters (with 54 storeys) and 300 meters (with 60 storeys) tall respectively. A ‘pixelated’ cloud of additional amenities and programs connects the two buildings at the 27th floor. Occupying a total surface area of 128,000 square meters in the Yongsan Business district, the twin skyscrapers have a pixelated cloud that is 10 storeys in size. This cloud acts like a boundary between the luxury developments and the project.

Almost 14,357 square meters of amenities are present in the cloud. A wellness center, a large atrium connecting the towers called the sky lounge, restaurants, cafes and pools are bordered by outdoor spaces like gardens, decks, platforms, and pools that are privately owned. There are special express elevators which ensure quick access to the ‘cloud’ of amenities. The idea is to allow those with means to be able to connect and harmonize with nature at their very doorsteps.

The floor plan is made in a way that there are four apartments in each corner of a square. Every residence has ample lighting and ventilation. An Officetel, which is an office-hotel in Korean typology, has been constituted with elegant lay-outs having panoramic views. The topmost floors are large penthouses with their own private roof gardens.

What makes it stand out?

The concept intends to provide everything at the doorstep. Gated communities, where there are amenities and nature spaces available for all within the community are fairly common in the world. In those cases, the gardens and pools are public. The intent here is to provide the same sort of community living with all amenities along with the luxury of privacy as well. Patios, gardens and pools are are available as public spaces as well as private spaces. In this aspect, the high-rise is quite unique and those who can afford apartments here will definitely find the concept very beautiful.

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Cloud twin towers by MVRDV
Cloud twin towers by MVRDV

Where do we go from here?

Whether one resides in the townhouses below or the penthouses above, this homely tower offers plazas, gardens, pools, swimming areas and lawns to all the residents. Bringing nature into homes in a manner that is easy to maintain is a wonderful take-away for all buildings being constructed.

With its rich amenities, the towers promise to cater to the physical, mental and intellectual needs of not only the young generation but also for the older generation. With gyms and outdoor lawns, there is no shortage of exercising space. The same natural spaces can double up as walking and relaxing zones for the elderly.

In short, concepts such as the Cloud Towers will bring the highest luxuries into one’s home but not at the cost of secluding nature!

Related Trends

It is not that this concept is entirely new. Verticla gardens, towers and ideas of pixelated appearances have already been adapted in structures at many cities of the world. Here are three structures that are similar in their concept and seem to follow a general trend.

1. Taiwan Tower: Super Slim Greenery Clad Twin Skycrapers

Taiwan Tower
Taiwan Tower

Architects Steven Ma, Xinyu Wan, San Liu and Emre Icdem have put in their best to come up with twin skyscrapers that are models of green architecture and development. The towers house museums that showcase Taiwan’s past present and future and a cultural center too. Right at the top is the sky park! The 350 meters tall towers have overhanging plants and creepers all over the facade. These are not the only green things on the buildings though. Both towers have been packed with wind turbines, water recycling plants, rain-water harvesting systems and solar panels. Luxurious apartments, an aviary, restaurants, vertical farms and a skywalk are other features here.

2. Pixelated Mesh Wrapped Garden Spruces Up an Urban Home in Japan

Wrapped garden in Osaka
Wrapped garden in Osaka

All the large cities of the world are facing a space crunch. In Osaka, this problem makes it difficult for one to have any experience of nature. Koseki Architects have come up with an elegant solution to this problem. Enclosing the free space outside the apartment with a wire mesh, they hung tiles all along the mesh giving the appearance of a pixellated art. These lend scope to beautiful light interplay in the garden that has been cultivated in the enclosed space. The apartment windows open out to this garden giving the residents a refreshingly personal touch with nature. Creepers move up the mesh and in a few years, an entire sanctuary gets created right next to the apartment.

3. Golden Dream Bay: Moshe Safdie's Pixelated Sky Garden Apartments

Moshe Safdie Pixelated Sky Garden
Moshe Safdie Pixelated Sky Garden

Architect Moshe Safdie has been known for the use of his famous ‘pixel’ element in architectural designs. Using the same concept, he has designed a massive residential complex in Qinhuangdao, China. Sky gardens, rooftop pools and walkways dot every space of the building. A beach-front has been created on the building and all the amenities and facilities have been neatly organised for community use. This project comes very close in concept to the Cloud Towers and is expected to be completed by 2014.


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