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GO: Interactive exhibit for visual learning

Posted: 23 Dec 2011 10:40 PM PST

Balasubramanya Subbarao:

Presentation is everything in the world of statistics. When you present any figures or numbers, they often tend to get boring and they make no meaning to an average member of the audience. But if you help the audience to visualize the import and meaning of the same numbers, it suddenly becomes interesting and at times, exciting too. GO is an interactive exhibit that converts the numbers and facts of nutrition and energy into a visual demonstration that grabs the interest of the viewer.

GO! - interactive exhibit
GO! - interactive exhibit

Here is what happens. The amount of energy that is present in six different types of foods is represented visually by how far an average 12-year old can run with that energy. You just have to set the foods and pull back the release triggers behind each ‘boy’ and off they launch to give you the information. Thus, in a matter of seconds you realize that ’seafood’ powers a human body to a greater extent compared to a soft drink for instance. And the visual medium is so powerful that once seen, the message is rarely forgotten.

The exhibit works on simply a ball and piston system. The tension in the piston is set differently. The ball has the mounted ‘boy’ on top. As the trigger is released, the piston shoots the ball to different distances. The idea becomes very clear when you watch the video below. Education and learning can be made interesting and fun with such innovative ways of display.

GO! - interactive exhibitGO! is an interactive exhibit designed to show how much energy embodied in our food.

Via: IvanAdhiTeja


HiddenRadio and Bluetooth Speaker: An AM/FM radio and wireless speaker

Posted: 23 Dec 2011 10:36 AM PST

Abdul Vahid V:

The HiddenRadio & Bluetooth Speaker is a simple and intuitive product that can be used as an external speaker with your handsets and tablets. It is a Bluetooth-based contraption so that you can connect it with any Bluetooth enabled devices. The HiddenRadio, as its name suggests, further features a built-in AM/FM radio. The design is based off minimal, solid, enduring and intuitive build from John Van Nieuwenhuizen and Vitor Santa Maria, two designers respectively from San Francisco and Milan.

Hidden Radio Bluetooth Speaker
Hidden Radio Bluetooth Speaker

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Hidden Radio Bluetooth Speaker
Hidden Radio Bluetooth Speaker by Hidden Devices

The HiddenRadio sports no knobs. You just have to twist and raise the cap to amplify the voice up to 80 decibels. An opposite action will lower the voice. Being a Bluetooth device, you can place the HiddenRadio anywhere you want. Amazingly, you can connect multiple HiddenRadio units with a single smartphone or tablet. It means you can put the speakers in various spots of your living room both to emit crystal clear voice and add into the décor.

The HiddenRadio mounts rechargeable batteries, which can provide a whopping 30 plus hours of streaming music. Well, you can enjoy a whole weekend with a single recharge. You have nothing to worry if you don't have any Bluetooth enabled devices at home. The HiddenRadio also features a 3.5mm audio input that you can use to plug in with a music source using a cable.

Designers of the project have spent 4 years and $50K of their own money to build the initial models of the Bluetooth enabled speakers. They have now presented the project in Kickstarter looking for financial support from well-wishers to bring out the product into stores. They have plans to sell out one unit of the HiddenRadio for $199 with metallic sliver body, two units for $299 (a metallic silver and a graphite black) and four units for $448.

Via: Kickstarter/Designboom


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