- Eco-friendly Dark Light Ignota yacht concept
- JBL Onbeat Xtreme: An innovation in music world
- Uni-Cub: A personal robot for easy indoor mobility
- Naturwall reuses discarded disposable cups; reinvents living wall as a craft project
- Fuselage Desk from MotoArt lets you escape your drab workweek in some style
- Sound Cover for an alleviated iPad 2 experience
- 10 trendy motorcycle sidecars for a cool and comfy ride
- Jo-Mojo: Bulletproof electric roadster runs on solar energy
- Night Light: The diurnal pavilion
- Tree Bach: Housing at its technological best
Posted: 15 Dec 2011 06:48 AM PST
Following the massively popular eco-friendly trend in the automotive industry, yacht manufacturers and designers are jumping on the green vehicle bandwagon and we have new eco-yacht designs coming up almost everyday. Unlike their land based counterpart, watercrafts, surprisingly enough have been spared the horrible pseudo futuristic treatment. The dark light Ignota eco-yacht concept, by Robert Wilson too follows the traditional lines, though it blurs the distinction between a navetta and a luxury yacht. It carefully combines the elements of both forms.
Dark light is a Eco Yacht design by Rob Wilson
The 30 meter long navetta uses the geometrical form of luxury yachts to cater to its primary clients’ lifestyle while the smooth curves of the classic navetta allow it to create a more fluid structure. Since the primary aim of the watercraft was to create an eco-friendly yacht, the designer deliberately incorporated elements that promote the circulation of natural air and alight within the boat to ensure that the yacht uses as less electricity as possible. And thus can save fuel in its operation. All materials used in the creation of the cruisers are also environmentally friendly which ensure that the vessel is able to keep its weight on the lower side as well.
Since the yacht is aimed at clients looking for a luxury cruisers, it incorporates elements of high end vessels in it. The cabin comes lined with special sliding glass panels that can be used to separate and enclose the cabin to create a more cozy space or opened up to create more expansive living spaces. The main deck can thus be elongated right into the cabin to make the area onboard appear larger and to provide more space on the outside.
The vessel also comes fitted with a large retractable glass ceiling that maximizes the flow of natural light inside the vessel and provides a magnificent panoramic view to the passengers inside. The main suite also comes fitted with a private balcony and a sauna fitted larger bathroom.
Source: Robert Wilson
Posted: 15 Dec 2011 06:12 AM PST
The JBL Onbeat Xtreme speaker dock will indeed surprise you. It has an innovative design that offers a welcome break from the traditional rustic designs speaker docks usually have. Read on to know what all does it offer?
Audio streaming is great, as the JBL Onbeat Xtreme uses high quality AAC codec that guarantees great sound.
Another innovative feature of JBL Onbeat Xtreme speaker dock is that it allows hands fee calling and ensures full speaker phone functionality with phones using the Bluetooth technology. This is ensured through the presence of built in microphone that also features the echo cancellation facility.
Watching high end video content also gets easy when JBL Onbeat Xtreme speaker dock is at work. The composite video cable ensures that video content gets transferred to the television, enabling the family to sit and enjoy the chosen program.
Rotating dock connector is also available, in case the JBL Onbeat Xtreme speaker dock is to be connected to iPad and iPhone devices. The iPhone and iPad devices can be placed in portrait or landscape orientation for optimal viewing. Extendable docking arm is also available for further refining the process and making the experience memorable.
JBL Onbeat speaker dock is compatible with Apple iOS devices and iPad tablets. It pairs virtually with every smartphone and ensures that music and internet radio play with amazing ease.
Bluetooth connectivity is great and the system takes only few seconds to connect with other Bluetooth compatible devices.
It can be truly regarded as an unforgettable experience when it comes to enjoying music. Video chatting, gaming and watching movies indeed turn into a memorable treat when JBL Onbeat speaker dock is at work.
Power consumption is 120W, and the speaker dock weighing about four kg is compatible with all the new era electronic devices, thereby providing optimal music experience.
Source: EU JBL
Posted: 15 Dec 2011 05:41 AM PST
Ever since 1980, Honda has been striving to make motorized travel and movement possible for single riders. It created a big splash when it arrived on the international scene with the personal mobility robot called the U3-X. The success of the motorized unicycle and the rave reviews it received has inspired Honda to take this robot to the next level. The new robot called the Uni-Cub will bring in greater flexibility and mobility for the rider since it has the ability to handle lateral movements as well.
Honda's Personal Mobility Robot Uni-Cub
The new model needs a simple twist and turn from the rider’s body to trigger the joystick in handling the movement of the motorized vehicle. This is not a unicycle though and it has been fitted with an extra wheel to ensure 360 degree movements. The comfort levels on the vehicle have also been raised with the addition of arm-rests. The joystick operated, lateral movements come as a big boon in vehicles as this because it adds a great deal to the maneuverability. The Uni-Cub is touted with the ability to reach 10 km/h which is quite a lot for indoor travel. The battery life is about 1 hour for every charge.
Honda's Personal Mobility Robot Uni-CubHonda's Personal Mobility Robot Uni-Cub
This vehicle would be an ideal one to be placed in large exhibitions and shopping malls. It will be a great thing for the disabled and elderly. However, just like its predecessor, the Uni-Cub also is only a prototype. There seems to be no plans of commercial manufacture. We can only wait with bated breath and hope for the best.
Posted: 15 Dec 2011 05:33 AM PST
Winner of the prestigious Green Dot Award, Naturwall is a great new way to incorporate disposable tea and coffee cups that are often not recycled and end up in landfills. Since most of these cups are created to have a very short life cycle spanning a single use, they are thrown into the trash because of sanitation concerns even though they are in many ways still usable. The Naturwall basically aims at using trashed disposable cups and giving them a new life in the guise of a living wall. The idea behind the project was to make the system as simple as possible so that people can recreate it on their own with minimum investment.
The Naturwall is basically made of 100 percent recyclable aluminum sheet metals and around 10 or more disposable cups that have been washed clean. Each sheet of aluminum is first divided into a number of section and each section is then marked out in a square or rectangular shape. The outline of these shapes are cut out on three side and the resulting flap is then cut out into a holder big enough to hold each cup.
Naturwall by Designnobis
Meanwhile, the disposable cups are prepared to serve as planters and are filled with potting soil and lightweight plants are sown in them. The flap is then bent at an angle and each disposable cup with a plant in it is hung in it. The vertical wall is then ready to be hung up on a wall. Since the wall itself is made from sheetmetal, a number of configurations for the wall itself can be imagines and the Naturwall can then be used as wall-hung décor, as a partition for larger rooms and even as a whole wall segment if you are skilled with tools and can fashion studier support systems for a Naturwall that size!
Posted: 15 Dec 2011 05:32 AM PST
The global aviation industry is going down the pooper fast and nothing can symbolize it better than the Fuselage Desk. Created by El Segundo, California-based design studio MotoArt which specializes in home and office furniture made from vintage plane parts, the Fuselage Desk sure beats the living daylight out of the crappy, drab looking plywood-and-veneer office cubicles. The elegant functional sculpture pays a great tribute to the meticulous and glorious history of aviation design and allows users to create an eclectic working/living environment with these statement pieces.
Though having a workstation with windows may be a bit too much for your claustrophobic assistant, the cool aluminum tabletops and rugged steel table legs would sure please all the auto-loving folks in your office. The Fuselage Desk can be customized to complement any décor though we just love the simplicity of the all aluminum fuselage partition and the aluminum sheeted desk body. The cabin windows fronting the desk also create the illusion of heightened privacy and still allow your employees to have some fun at work.
Modern Fuselage Desk
The Fuselage Desk transforms a lifeless workstation into a space for letting your creative juices flow and having your imagination run wild. And if your employees (or you) prefer to have the masculinity of the piece dialed down a peg or two, you can always asks the good folks at MotoArt to customize your Fuselage Desk with polish, satin or paint. The optional exterior finishes allow users to infuse the workspace with a color of choice though we highly recommend that you let the sandblasted and powder coated silver interior finish remain untouched. The Fuselage Desk is offered in various sizes with the largest ones being five-window nine foot sections and the smallest being three-window five foot sections.
Posted: 15 Dec 2011 05:05 AM PST
Your iPad 2's case can also function as a potential super-loud speaker under an extremely thin design, going by Petur Olafsson's Sound Cover project on Kickstarter. Apparently, from the outside, the Sound Cover doesn't look much different. But there is something in store!
Sound Cover gives the look of a padded folio case having a leather cover and an aluminum frame. It can possibly be more than just a case for the iPad 2, with the pair of NXT stereo speakers. With the Distributed Mode Loudspeakers (DML) used within, the Sound Cover potentially volumes up to 300 percent louder than the iPad's own speaker.
iPad2 Cover by Petur Hannes Olafsson
About Sound Cover
An innovative flat panel speaker technology has been used to transform the protective iPad cover into an advanced speaker. The low, mid-range and high frequency performances emerge out equally well. The bending waves, owing to the two slim line 25 mm diameter transducers, enable to disperse sound waves on the entire surface. The speaker panel generates sound from both sides owing to the unique nature of the bending wave technology. Since the sound cover can be positioned to radiate directly at the listener, the usual weak built-in speaker performance is ruled out. The enhanced loudness and frequency, in conjugation with smoothness, potentially score over the built-in speakers.
Besides being stylish and protective, the Sound Cover offers impressive and crystal clear sound, perfect for music and movies. The gamers can also expect an alleviated audio experience with the Sound Cover intact. The lightweight and modern design can be tempting for frequent travelers. Even otherwise, it can serve people both at the office and at home.
The Sound Cover has an optimized nitrile rubber surround which povides specific damping to the panel, without compromising on its full range sound. A 3.5mm jack connects to the iPad. To keep away from wires, a Bluetooth version will be available. The speaker's lithium-ion battery functions for 12 hours on a charge. The Sound Cover has automatic sleep/wake functionality. The case does not interrupt your accessing the iPad buttons or ports in any way. Acting as a support for the iPad, it can actually work to enhance your gadget experience, whether it is your important agenda or simply enjoying the favorite movie.
Petur Olafsson's idea of the Sound Cover is a reflection of creating versatile iPad speakers which integrates enhanced quality and portability. According to him, the sound level is doubled per 6dB, resulting in an 18 dB net increase in the sound level. The low and high frequencies perform efficiently for experiencing better bass and higher tones. Going by Petur, his Sound Cover can beat your laptop's sound level considerably both in terms of loudness and quality". This is Petur's first Kickstarter project. He is eager for its funding to release the first edition Sound Cover.
To begin with, a standard black version with aluminum stand is the one. In time, users can expect two more colors - royal blue and red. If things turn out for the good, the Sound Cover can be a worthy idea. Paying $129 can be a reasonable price considering the Sound Cover working beyond a usual speaker.
Posted: 15 Dec 2011 04:53 AM PST
When it comes to biking, every young man gets Goosebumps. Sidecars have always complimented a bike since ages, not only spaciously but cosmetically too. However, very few of us know that the first sidecar was seen in a cartoon picture of George Moore published in a British newspaper "Motor cycling" way back in January 7 1903. Three weeks later, a provisional patent was owned by Mr. M.J. Graham, one of the Graham brothers, who then went into a partnership with Jonathan A. Kahn to start the manufacturing of sidecars.
1. Red Bull R120 BMW motorcycle with sidecar
Red Bull R120 BMW Motorcycle with Side Car
Innovations are always under the spotlight. For being famous, one needs to think out of the box. An invention or innovation, whatever you name it, but definitely an impressive art form is there to be witnessed in a Red Bull R120 BMW motorcycle with a sidecar. The sidecar is in the shape and look of a huge red bull can, which accommodates a seating. Adding to the looks, it also has a wireless remote that releases a passenger compartment door. Moreover, it is accompanied with a front cooler that slides out from the front part of the can sidecar. The can is made up of the same composite as the ones we place over the top of mini coopers. Now that is what you call a devils ride.
2. Snaefell motorcycle sidecar
Snaefell motorcycle sidecar
This beauty is surely one in a million. Apart from the fantastic looks, it has great features, which shall provide you with the comforts of a car along with a biking experience. This little wonder has changed the very definition of a sidecar. In comparison to any other sidecar, this 1000cc Laverda motorcycle with three exhausts offers the most luxurious ride. The designer has further employed different parts of a Kawasaki 1000RX, and it took him nearly 10 years and cost his pocket nearly €15000 to build this wonder.
3. German fighter plane-inspired sidecar
German fighter plane-inspired sidecar
Vintage cars and vintage looks have always been an essential part of the Western World. The German fighter plane inspired sidecar revives the memories of World War II. It has been designed by Henrick Toth, who is a Hungarian bike builder and Wild West theme park owner. The motorcycle has a beautiful vintage look with a sidecar designed in a way to look like an old German fighter plane. This beauty is inspired by a Second World War Messerschmitt ME109 fighter plane.
4. Abnormal Cycles Union
Abnormal Cycles Union
The Bernareggio based companies created an Art Deco inspired sidecar complete with wood trim and hooked it up to a 1942 Harley Davidson Model U. It was built by Abnormal Cycles of Italy. The leaf spring fork is inspired from an Indian design of the same sort whereas the Italian Kustom Tech built the three chrome and brass drum brakes.
5. Motorcycle Hearse
. Motorcycle Hearse
Another great designing of a sidecar has been seen around the Midlands over the last couple of years. It is Motorcycle Hearse, a modern Triumph fitted with a purpose built sidecar Hearse. Moreover, the sidecar is outfitted traditionally and ridden by the owner. The bike is often used for carrying the corpse at different funerals. What could be better for a person than to have his last ride in his corpse.
6. Motorcycle fitted with coffin sidecar
Motorcycle Fitted With Coffin Sidecar
Talking about coffins leads us to a motorcyclist who has designed the sidecar of his bike into a look alike of a coffin! Seems crazy, but the biker loves it. We are not aware of any biker actually crashing into a coffin but as far as this bike is concerned, the coffin plays the role of the sidecar, which is attached to a beautiful stock cruiser. It is not a hearse but still is regularly driven with this look. Moreover, the skull headlight enhances its deadly look to many folds. It surely does look a ghost rider ride if seen in a single glance. The bike's comfortable seating also cannot be ignored as it serves the best purpose for cruisers when thinking about a ride to the countryside.
7. Cool motorcycle sidecar
Cool Motorcycle Sidecar
Thinking about cans, fighter planes and coffins, shakes your mind. However, this motorcycle sidecar combo is part of the Cool Cycles Ice Cream Co. The company works on a franchise system allowing you to become an independent operator of these kinds of motorcycles with an ice cream freezer unit into its sidecar. The motorbike and sidecar combo is based on Honda 750 Shadow and a Harley Davidson 883 Sportster.
8. Russian sidecar motorcycle
Russian Sidecar Motorcycle
The Russians are born with a bone of invention. They proved it again with the designing of the V8 sidecar motorcycle, which might be just the killer getaway vehicle for those thugs on the run. This super cool devil's ride looks like a dirt bike giving the same experiences. In addition, the roads are not that reliable all over the globe. Be it for the middle Africa or the South Asian countries, bikes with low suspension have always proved to be landing up in a service station as soon as they hit the wrong road. However, this little devil with strong shockers and raised suspension will not prove to be a disappointment by any chance.
9. Horner BMW sidecar
HORNER BMW SIDECAR
If you talk about so many sidecars and do not name the mighty Horner BMW sidecar, then it is a crime. Well, this beauty is the BMW campaigned by Max Deubel, the sidecar superstar off course. Deubel was the four times World champion, from 1961-1964, winning ten Grand Prix races. It is surely one of its kinds and grabs the eyeballs.
10. NEOS motorbike and modular sidecar system
NEOS Motorbike And Modular Sidecar System
The latest and the best sidecar bike is the NEOS motorbike and modular sidecar, which enhances the future transportation. A concept designed to incorporate 21st century amenities with a motorcycle sidecar modular system having many security features. Along with the security features, the thing that drives many youngsters' maniacs is the speed that the vehicle offers. Well, lucky to us, this masterpiece proves to be very fast and stable with an 1800cc engine capacity installed in it. This supplements the riding experience and provides you with a comfort of a sidecar in it.
Posted: 15 Dec 2011 02:22 AM PST
Jaspreet Kaur Walia:
DARTZ, an Estonian auto company, has created an Eco-friendly convertible that has been injected with a lot of power. Christened the Jo-Mojo, this two-seater will leave people wheezing with a top speed of 125 mph. DARTZ's joined hands with Gray Designs to come up with this sinful creation that is a green incarnation of the original roadster by DARTZ. The eye-appealing roadster has been wedged with an electric engine that generates 80hp and 90 lb-ft of torque, enabling the eco friendly vehicle to sprint from 0-60mph in 9.5 seconds.
The luxury coated coupe has an extraordinary facade, which will force people to drop their jaws in surprise. Jo-Mojo will roll on bulletproof tires as its pretty sunroof harnesses rays from the sun. The roof has been layered with flexible solar panels that will keep batteries juiced up for the sumptuous coupe to leave an everlasting impression on the onlookers. Vehicle features customizable seats added with the paint finish which change colors just like a chameleon. Jo-Mojo will approximately cost 30,000 Euros or $40,000 and won't hit the roads anytime before the second quarter 2012. The open top, bulletproof all electric roadster will be unveiled at the Top Marques Show to be held in Monaco.
The future of cars is surely gonna be electric. Gas guzzling rides will be swapped by electric creations, which will look all the more sexy and will have a greater range. These will make sure that the environment stays in a healthy state and traveling becomes all the more Eco-friendly. The electric ride will be easy to maneuver and will come with all the comforts that will make it a ride to remember.
DARTZ collaborated a second time with Gary Design Studio to convert its fuel-driven Mojo into an electric roadster. The only inspiration in this case was the original roadster by DARTZ , which has been swapped into an electric creation for a greener world. The open top creation has been stirred by the Russian monocoque armoring system that is normally used for bigger vehicles and has also been incorporated in the design. This will give it brawny characteristics which will make the ride worth remembering.
Dartz Jo-Mojo Electric Roadster Concept
The aggressive electric vehicle is 100% environmentally-friendly and has been made create an everlasting image on the minds of people. Jo-Mojo will feature photovoltaic cells that will be wedged in its retractable cover. The solar panels will trap sun rays and keep the battery charged for Jo-Mojo to zoom on the road with panache. These panels will charge the vehicle when it is parked in sufficient sunlight and even when it is moving at top notch speeds. Great style has been ingeniously fused with green features that make Jo-Mojo all the more lovable. The vehicle will prove to be a fun filled ride that will become all the more wicked with implausible handling and environmentally-friendly characteristics.
Jo-Mojo is a practical vehicle that comes injected with a lot of attitude. The vehicle has a very strong chassis that will deliver a great experience. Keeping in mind its overall makeover, the vehicle doesn’t seem to be available anytime soon. However, expect it to come to the fore anytime after the second quarter of 2012. Apart from this, the green vehicle will be great for driving in the city. If you are a speed lover, then Jo-Mojo may leave you depressed as it won’t zoom like other super-cars present in the market. These traits make it perfect for short trips as it will provide the much needed comfort and appropriate speed to cover short distances.
1. Brusa electric roadster concept
Brusa electric roadster
Spyder is an all-electric roadster by a Swiss company named Brusa, which specializes in making parts for electric vehicles. The styling gets traits from the very addictive Porsche, giving it a sumptuous appeal. Spyder has a top speed of 125 mph and can touch 62 mph in less than six seconds. It comes fitted with two synchronous electric motors that can produce a combined horsepower of 270 or 200kW. The coupe can cover a distance of 80 miles on a single charge as the battery has a capacity of 16kWh. The roof comes fitted with solar panels. The overall process of charging the battery is pumped up further by the presence of solar panels.
2. Smart forspeed Electric Roadster
Smart forspeed Electric Roadster
Smart forspeed Electric Roadster is a two-seater that is a great blend of urban mobility with fun. It is a fine example of modern electric mobility and can speed up from zero to 60 km/h in just 5.5 seconds. The rear of this roadster has been wedged with a 30 kW magneto-electric motor to reach the top speed of 120 km/h. The coupe gets power from a lithium-ion that is capable of producing 16.5 kWh of electrical energy. Smart forspeed Electric Roadster will take 45 minutes to get 80% charged when plugged to a normal 220 Volt socket.
3. Lampo Solar-Powered Electric Roadster
Lampo Solar-Powered Electric
Here is a $1.4 million electric car that will woo you with its electrifying performance. The Lampo Solar-Powered Electric Roadster has been fitted with battery packs and twin motors that will power its front and back wheels. The car has bold features and has an E-mode, which will use torque of the electric motors while braking.
4. Tesla electric roadster
Tesla electric roadster
Tesla electric roadster will take you on an exciting ride and that too the Eco-friendly way. The coupe has a notable silhouette and the inside has been crafted in a luxurious manner. The clean and green creation can jump from zero to 60 mph in as less as 4 seconds, which is worth applauding. The coupe will not act noisy when the paddle is pushed and make the ride filled with serene moments.
Posted: 14 Dec 2011 11:31 PM PST
Night Light is a diurnal, prismatic pavilion which is designed to reconstitute daylight into ambient event light for the French Quarter, New Orleans. The pavilion is cased in a pillowed matrix of glow-in-the-dark painted solar cells which harvest the local daylight and re-transmit it during night.
NIGHT LIGHT is a diurnal pavilion designed to harvest and reconstitute the local daylight into an ambient event light.
A gradated diagrid forms the structure of the night light which supports a book-ended coffered interior. Each night of the Des Cours festivities will see four hours of the local daylight being re-transmitted. The light, however, will continue to diminish over the course of each night, showing a measure of the daylight recorded on that particular day. The pillowed matrix is said to give out varying intensities of glow according to the particularities of the place where it is installed.
The multidimensional tetrahedron is perfect to be fitted in homes and may even support certain activities like a jazz band performance or a private conversation but it has been primarily designed to function as a spectacle. Night light has been designed both as an interior and an exterior installation which requires access to plenty of sunlight. A courtyard or a brightly lit lobby space would be ideal for its installation as they would have adequate access to light allowing to be read fully even in low light conditions of the night.
Posted: 14 Dec 2011 10:58 PM PST
Sujata Das Gupta:
Tree houses are not uncommon. What is uncommon is how Jono Williams has turned tree house construction into a technological art form. The 24 year old engineer cum graphic designer from Palmerston, New Zealand started out at the age of eight and has ten such structures to his credit till date. Here we will take a look at his most recent construction, the Best Hut, otherwise called the Tree Bach.
Awesome Best Hut Treehouse in New Zealand.
We find Jono at his sophisticated best with this latest treehouse. The 12 meter square hut has LED lighting and rainwater harvesting mechanism. It also boasts a stainless steel contraption that functions as a room heater cum water heater plus serves barbecuing purposes. But, the prime asset is the remote controlled drawbridge which is used to access it.
A group of twelve friends started work on the house in January 2010. Jono, the team leader, provided the blue print and the technological inputs. His brother, a licensed builder, dealt with the constructional basics. The friends who all held full time day jobs chiefly worked nights to put up the structure.
Donations and price:
Even as a kid, Jono was nothing if not resourceful. He used scrap material salvaged from neighborhood yards to build his tree houses. Today he uses the social platform of Facebook to ask friends for scrap donations. The Best Hut is made from such recyclable materials and salvaged waste from his parents’ farm. The radio controlled drawbridge is itself the product of recycled timber and upcycled gate motor. As a consequence, building costs tallied only up to $1700.
Economical it may be, but no risks have been taken with the structural soundness of the treehouse. Computerized stress simulations with 5000kg load have been conducted to ensure strength and safety. Jono Williams, along with his team, is now busy furnishing the snug retreat. However, given his age and enthusiasm, this promises to be just the beginning of his tree housing projects.
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