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CSYS LED task light comes with 40 years of lifespan

Posted: 14 Dec 2011 07:37 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

We knew LED lamps had a long life expectancy, but the new LED desk lamp from Jake Dyson is promising users a ridiculous forty year life span! Thanks to space-age heatsink technology. This miraculous new lamp claims to provide over 37 years of illumination. And you'll have to shell out $860 for one of these! That's right folks, the CSYS LED Task Light costs almost 900 bucks. In the long run it might prove to be the best bargain if you adjust the price for inflation forty years hence.

CSYS LED Task Light
CSYS LED Task Light

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CSYS LED Task Light
CSYS LED Task Light by Jake Dyson

Featuring touch-sensitive dimmer controls, the CSYS LED Task Light allows users to control the brightness of the lamp as well as the amount of light being emitted via intelligent controls. Since the design also incorporates element from the structure of construction cranes, this Jake Dyson lets users adjust the lamp along three axes and create either a large pool of light by raising the lamp or focus the light on a particular spot by lowering the lamp.

The clever long-life lamp, uses in the CSYS LED Task Light, incorporated heat pipe technology that passively conducts heat away from the LEDs and prolongs the life of the lamp. Developed for use in satellites and microprocessors, heat pipe technology provides the lamp with its astonishing efficiency and also refines the thermal management systems within the design. The dimmable LED task light challenges the traditional concept of what the mechanical movement of existing task lights can and cannot do and uses innovative positioning to make the aluminum, copper and polycarbonate plastic construction of the lamp produce breathtaking light effects.

Source: Gizmodo


Mars Base Habitat: Bringing Mars to Earth through the

Posted: 14 Dec 2011 06:33 AM PST

Ruchika Pahwa:

Would you like to see Mars on Earth? Then check out this innovative architectural design by Adam Ugolnik for the Mars Base Habitat. This is a modular habitat designed for Mars colony under a project for Northrop Grumman Corporation. After an intensive research on current technologies and in collaboration with the engineering expert Peter Barnett, Adam co-designed these modular units for the Mars base camp. This spacecraft design aimed at meeting the Mars habitat mission of Northrop Grumman. The corporation’s year 2005 project proposal was called Crew Exploration Vehicle, which was later renamed as Orion. A model view of the design illustrations may be observed in the above picture where it shows the connection adapters and pods that are flexible enough to support the colony’s growth in an easy manner. These act as additional land for the mission.

Mars Base Habitat
Mars Base Habitat

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Mars Base Habitat
The models were created by Northrop Grumman Aerospace System’s IMAGE Center.

The Mars Base Habitat also has courtyards formed throughout the structure. During the times when there are dust storms or wild winds, these courtyards would be able to shield and protect the storage materials or supplies. While the crew remains inside the structure, it is simultaneously able to perform several activities outside the structure. This is possible with the help of a robot that can remotely support some simple tasks like the cleaning of solar arrays and security cameras. Via the roof rail-track across pods, this robot can also transport materials to long distances. The modular habitat includes dust vacuum entrance ways and screened-in porches that support the crew before entering the structure by providing a room that is moderately protected while the crew dusts off or unloads materials.

The project initially focused on fitting the entire modular structure on a flatbed truck, as well as within a cargo bay of the spacecraft that was proposed. After exploring several possible options, the finalized design was a hexagonal structure that was rover-deployed and required to be installed on the surface of the planet. A proper orientation was needed to be done by the crew using remote or manned rovers. The final modules include customizable center pillars per location needs. These modules could act as offices, ventilation spaces or living places within the camp. In order to provide extra protection and longer shelf life to the camp, a polymer spray could be used to stiffen the structural walls, based on the cargo space and needs of the environment. Thus the complete structure is quite flexible and adaptable while being easily transportable to just any place.

Via: Behance


Current Waterclock: How to make time telling difficult for adults?

Posted: 14 Dec 2011 06:18 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Ever since cellphones came into our lives, most of us have stopped wearing watches for practical purposes. Though we still wear them as fashion accessories, most of us use our cellphones to keep track of time. However, people still like to keep a few clocks around their home and offices which has led to wall clocks evolving into statement making décor pieces. While nothing makes a statement of grandeur quite like the grandfather clock, there are a few interior décor nuts that just cannot bear the sight of a simple clock face and like the act of time-telling to be a bit more challenging. The Current Water Clock by Dutch designer Willem Ontwerpt is one such example of time-telling having been made ever so challenging even for people with really high IQ.

Current Waterclock
Current Waterclock

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Current Waterclock
The water clock is the earliest measurement of time in our history.

Though water clocks are one of the oldest time-telling instruments known to man, there is a reason why people don't use them anymore, they're very difficult to read and they are highly inaccurate as well. But apparently that bit of information didn't faze the designer of this piece who created a wonderfully artsy albeit incredibly complicated timepiece. The Current Water Clock comprises of three balls piled up on two horizontal rows in their side of its central console. Each of these balls marks an hour of duration each and as the water flows out from one ball to another, the audience gets to decipher the time.

After a period of three hours, the clock needs to be turned to the other side to mark another three hour duration which is a terribly fussy way of keeping time especially if you are used to the digital clock that you have as a screensaver on your smartphone! But if you are looking for a way to ensure that visitors to your home and office cannot tell the time even by looking at a wall clock, or if you're simply one of the eccentric people who like to complicate seemingly simple tasks, the Current Water Clock is an absolute must-have for you!


10 crazy and creative car mods for auto nerds

Posted: 14 Dec 2011 04:57 AM PST

Sanjib Saha:

There is a craze of every new thing that arrives in the market nowadays. The younger, geeky, generation of today is crazy about every new and trendy invention that comes by. One of the gadgets claiming huge popularity today is the custom car models. It is a passenger vehicle. Hence' it is generally small and the modifications made to it make it speedy at the same time. Modifications are generally possible on two fronts - one is by improving the performance and the other is through additional styling. The first one is accomplished by making changes in the engines or transmission of the vehicle and the second one by getting creative and use of imagination so that it gets an altogether new look from what it appeared while in the factory. Some of the cool creations out of trendy imaginations are given below.

1. Mini Pacman and Space Invaders Cooper

Mini Pacman and Space Invaders Cooper
Mini Pacman and Space Invaders Cooper

This car model is a modified Mini Cooper as shown in the images above. A Mini Cooper has 1598 cc petrol engine. The design of the Mini Cooper is modified here for styling. The old school gaming add to the features of Mini Cooper. Here, the two gaming designs of Space Invaders and Pacman have been used to bring out that childhood nostalgia to give you back the once-lost experience. The retro colors and patterns glow in the dark. This cute model is available for $12883.

2. Ghostbusters' Ecto

Ghostbuster's Ecto
Ghostbuster's Ecto

The Ghostbusters' Ecto is modified from the Cardillac Miller-Meteor ambulance by the Universal Studios that promoted the vehicle in one of their movie productions called Ghostbusters. Several parts of the ambulance like the suspension work, brake pads, shocks, brakes, steering box, transmission, lining, rear end and mufflers have been modified in this vehicle. Besides, new rings and (a little) wiring is seen in the new Ecto. This cool and robust model is priced at $15000.

3. X-Wing Fighter Car Mod

X-Wing Fighter Car Mod
X-Wing Fighter Car Mod

This car model is crafted through modifications in the Honda del Sol car. Honda del Sol is a two-seater and front engine car. X-Wing Fighter gives the feeling of the Star Wars' X-Wing Fighter plane. The theme itself is Star Wars, due to which the owner of the car would find one of its characters 'Yoda' seated on the passenger seat of the car. Also, there is Star Wars logo on the hood and steering wheel. There is the famous R2D2 at the back of the car. This rebellious car costs about $18447 in the market.

4. Star Wars Landspeeder

Star Wars Landspeeder
Star Wars Landspeeder

This model is also inspired by Landspeeder, a fictional anti-gravity craft in Star wars. The car is the modified version of USV– 5 Landspeeder which is a medium-sized vehicle. There have been modifications made in the body work, chassis and electronics of the original USV-5 Landspeeder. The side grills are also water jetted with PVC and there is lighting effect put in the engine pods. May be sometime in future, there might be the air intake concept - to make it fly in the air as in Star Wars! The cost of this car is $13880.

5. Pac Man Car mod

Pac Man Car mod
Pac Man Car mod

This model is inspired by the '80s video game called Pac man. There is a whole lot of craft inspired by Pac man done on the wheels, side doors and bonnet. The painting of red and yellow symbolizes the Pac man video game color. The 'Game Over' indication at the rear plate makes the model look further trendier. A fan of the Pac man video games in America modified his old car into this. This car can cost you anywhere close to $9880.

6. Fat Boy

Fat Boy
Fat Boy

As the image shows, this model is another one inspired by the Pac man video games of the '80s. It is rather the replica of the life large Mr Pac man himself. It is as cosy as it seems with the open mouth of Pac man acting as the window shield of the car. This model was on display at the Red Bull Soapbox competition in Vancouver in 2008 by one of the crazy Pac man lovers.

7. Zelda Car

Zelda Car
Zelda Car

This car model is inspired by one of the video games called 'The Legend of Zelda' where Zelda is a fighter or hero of the game. The game is from NES games corporation with NES standing for Nintendo Entertainment System. This 8 bit video game console was rolled out d in 80s' in North America, Europe and Australia. Scenes from the video game are painted all over the car model. As shown in the image above, this car model is modified from a racer car of Nissan.

8. HR Giger Alien Car

H.R. Giger Alien Car
H.R. Giger Alien Car

This model was modified from the PT Cruiser (a Chrysler automobile) in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The only modification primarily done seems to be the mold of the Dragon Alien attached on the top of the bonnet. Then of course air brushing has been done to a very great extent in order to make it look lively. This model is very beautiful from inside and beneath - same as of course the PT Cruiser, and also has a horrifying look with the dragon alien on top of it. It boasts of an awesome front look that is horrifying enough to keep the thieves away from it. The cost of this monster Alien car is $1100.

9. Circuit Board Car

Circuit Board Car
Circuit Board Car

How wonderful would it be if you are able to make use of the outdated and destroyed Printed Circuit Boards again? This has been done in the case of this car which has been decorated with the PCBs all over its body. Instead of just throwing the basic electronic boards and circuits, the creator of this car made use of them by adorning his old car with the otherwise not-useful boards. This modification also saves fuel as the use of electricity through the semiconductor boards and circuits satisfies the need of the driver in order to hit the road. The cost of this amazing car is $10000 approximately.

10. Carpucino Car Mod

Carpucino Car Mod
Carpucino Car Mod

This model is modified from the Maruti Suzuki Car. Ever heard of a car that runs on 2.2 lbs of coffee? The new CarPuchino can run at a speed of 60 mph on 2.2 lbs of coffee! Coffee ingredients constitute chemicals, and this car engine can support any chemical reaction. Therefore, working of the car begins with the splitting of coffee into Hydrogen and Carbon Monoxide. Then the gas mixture runs through the radiator type pipes which are attached in an inclined position above the hood of the car as shown in the picture. This makes the mixture cool down a bit. After this, the mixture runs towards the back of the car in the boot, where 2 filters filter the mixture. The two filters are, cyclone filter that removes any unwanted solid particle, and loft insulating filter that prevents tar to enter in. Finally, the clean gas is fed to the engines in front of the car, in order to burn and produce power. This technique is environment friendly and saves on a lot of fuel consumption. The cost of this intelligent car is £11995.

This trend of modification is going on since past many years. The American cars with large engines modified for linear speed were called 'hot rods' whereas the ones modified for styling with video games' ideas were called “street rods.” Generally it has been the Customizers versus the Rodders where Rodders are increasingly winning in this cool and trendy generation.


Abyss Board lets you carve a secure niche below turbulent waves

Posted: 14 Dec 2011 03:12 AM PST

Sahil Khurana:

If you are one amongst those who loves underwater sports then the Abyss Board will definitely leave you wheezing. Water skiing lets people have fun on the surface of water but this well crafted Abyss Board will let you have a great time even under water.

Abyss Board
Abyss Board

Carved pretty much like a normal board only, this little piece of plastic can have your adrenaline rushing in almost no time at all. Hold onto your fear of the unknown by the horns and rear yourself for the ultimate journey of all times, thanks to the miraculous Abyss board.

The Abyss board has pretty much been built in the perfect way so as to provide a lot of support for your upper body. With this device, you can actually dive, rise, bank, carve, and barrel your way through the turbulent underwater. Keep your fear away and jump into the sea and experience what it has to offer with this board.

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Abyss Board
Abyss Board: carve it up beneath the waves

The mechanism is easily comprehensible and it makes the board easygoing while in use. Built with two side handles for easy maneuvering, the board awards you with slick comfort once you’re under water. The board can be turned in just any direction as per a user's wish while it is being pulled by a boat. You only need to shape it down and rotate in the desired direction. Sprout wings and experience flying in its new avatar, even though it's under water, for the adrenaline rush is worth it. The board guarantees to keep you safe while you're being towed by a boat.

The board will come stashed with a price tag of US $395 and is readily available for those who want to live their life to the fullest. Enjoy the exhilarating experience and add thrill to your life.

Via: Gizmag


The restaurant of the earthly delights

Posted: 14 Dec 2011 12:46 AM PST

Jhilik Mitra:

The building at 31 Flinders Street in Melbourne is soon to be transformed into an astonishing restaurant that will provide visitors with more than just good food. The ideas that went into creating the design for this restaurant have been inspired by earlier projects which have set the proposition for the final one.

Earthly delights restaurant
Earthly delights restaurant

The restaurant is designed to make use of a one-way travelator. The single travelator will sit on the interior periphery of the building and connect the different sections of the restaurant. Diners can access the entire interior space by stepping on and off the travelator at their desired stops.

The most important objective of the design is to create a playful and pleasant ambience by suitably utilizing and designing its interiors. The restaurant is designed to house private rooms, counters, a spinning cafe, dim sum train, a bubble playground, an open space, a sliding entrance, observation seats, a noodle bar and toilets, among others.

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Earthly delights restaurant
The restaurant of the earthly delights

This restaurant is in no way going to be your usual restaurant. It has been specifically designed to transform the building into a miraculous zone by the activation of objects. The restaurant is aimed at serving different types of customers including people from offices in the nearby area. Apart from indulging in good food and drinks, the diners will appreciate the intriguing interiors and exteriors and will enjoy themselves engaging in the movement of objects and people surrounding them. The restaurant promises to offer its visitors an amazingly enjoyable dining experience which they will fondly remember for a long time.Via: behance


Samsung Flip: A phone that wraps itself

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 11:49 PM PST

Bijendra Singh Rana:

The main ideology behind the launch of this project was to develop a phone along with the iconic manufacturer samsung using the OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen technologies. With the perpetual development of technology, we saw TFT screen replaced by LCD which in course of time may get replaced by the LED. The screens are becoming thinner and thinner and some of them even can fold and bend, creating a whole new world of possibilities in the domain of mobile phone designing.

Samsung flip
Samsung flip

The same ideology drove Nick Trumbo, the owner of this project to explore the vast potential area and come up with something that could prove a breaking ground for a whole new technology.

In this endeavor, he managed to develop samsung flip, a unique phone with a screen that wraps around the phone with aplomb. Yes, samsung flip is not like another flip phones but actually have a screen that folds around the bottom of the phone towards the notification bar. With such innovative design Mr. Nick has reduced the clutter. The notification bar remains hidden and can be looked into when there is need only.

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Samsung flip
Samsung flip by Nick Trumbo

This innovative flip feature allows use of different interfaces for different positions and applications. And yes, this multi-position features comes really handy during a video-chat. Place it accordingly for hand free chatting. The inner screen can be utilized as one screen or two as per your choice and access multiple application simultaneously.

As for style, it is designed to make a bold statement and is as easy as nothing to carry. You can choose from number of color covers and customize its look every day. Samsung flip is not just a mobile but a revolution that has begun in mobile designing.

Via: behance


BIC Music City MP3 player takes consumerism to the next level

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 02:35 PM PST

Asmita Prasad:

With the world economy going down the loo and fast, the need for the world to rethink the way it spends has become more important that it ever was. However, a great majority of the younger population of the world today has grown up in an extremely consumerist world and they just cannot seem to be able to think outside that box. One of the prime examples of this predominantly consumerist mindset is the BIC Music City Mp3 Player Concept by Sebastian Garcia Design which basically asks users to keep a whole stash ofMP3 players instead of having their music stored in one iPod/MP3.

BIC MP3 player
BIC MP3 player

The designer bases his concept on the premise that instead of keeping your music organized via playlists, it is much better to keep separate MP3 players for different playlists. So if you have a music set that you play in the gym and a separate one that you play when you're driving, it would be better if you carried two MP3 players instead of simply making two separate playlists in the same MP3 player. The modular design of the BIC MP3 players allow you to stack them on top of each other while charging and simply pick the one with the desired set of music when you have to go.

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BIC MP3 player
No button, no clutter, using simple Bluetooth technology.

Though the notion of keeping separate MP3 players for separate facets of your life is simply wasteful, the design of the BIC Music City MP3 player is very pleasing in itself. With controls fitted right on the face, the MP3 player comes with a clip at the side and micro-USB port at the lower end of the device. A simple slider button allows users to browse through their files with ease making the interaction as engaging as possible. The best feature of the BIC Music City MP3 player, however, is the fact that the MP3 player can be paired to any compatible speaker via Bluetooth to transform the player into a more powerful audio system which allows maximum music portability for the user.


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