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Eco WASHnGO: Makes less use of detergent while washing cars

Posted: 03 Jan 2012 06:51 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Microheat Technologies are trying to come up with an instant water heating system and also organized a competition for the same. Aaron Bognar designed the Eco WASHnGO, which was amongst the top three in the MicroHeat Design Competition. This impressive design comprised of a high-pressure gun that was clubbed with the heating elements. The concept is an all new way to wash cars that too making less use of detergent.

WASHnGO by Aaron Bognar
WASHnGO by Aaron Bognar

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WASHnGO by Aaron Bognar
The ‘eco-wash & go’ incorporated the heating elements in the high-pressure gun.

Eco WASHnGO will make sure that the effectiveness of the wash remains the same even when less detergent is used. It is an all new way to look at self-service car washing and will keep your beloved ride in a shiny state. The design comprises of a high-pressure washer gun and a 'tap & go' RFID credit card panel. The washer gun has been further wedged with an on-board interface that is easy to use.

The on-board interface will let the user select the wash cycles and interact with the product more effectively. It has navigation, menu/select and cancel/end buttons. Apart from this, it also has a dual line backlit LCD display. This will put on show multiple lines of text and information regarding environmental impacts, which includes power, detergent and water use.

Eco WASHnGO comprises of micro-heat units that have been solar panels. The presence of cyclonic filtration makes sure that all the solid wastes are removed efficiently. It will effectively clean dirt, mud, heavy metals, dead bugs, birds/animal droppings, oil and grease. Water used is treated at 120 degree Celsius that will also kill the presence of bacteria like E-coli. Eco WASHnGO is a practical design that will produce less emission and wash your car like never before.

Via: Coroflot


OmniPod Insulin Management System: Makes living easier with diabetes

Posted: 03 Jan 2012 06:16 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

More than 24 million people have been affected by diabetes in the United States alone. Most people, on being diagnosed, either opt to learn how to use an infusion pump or have to use multiple daily insulin injections to deal with the ailment. The daily injections are a painful and old tech way to cope with diabetes and pumps are difficult to master.

Insulet omnipod
Insulet omnipod

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Insulet omnipod
A tiny, wearable insulin pump that attaches directly to the user's skin with a self-adhesive backing.

However, neither of these methods are suitable for people who need to stay active through the day and may not have the time to sit down and take their injections at specified times and do not want to flaunt their illness via the bulky pumps either. The OmniPod Insulin Management System developed by Insulet in partnership with Continuum provides diabetics with an easy solution to their woes.

Fitted with a self adhesive backing that attaches directly to the user's skin, the device comprises of a miniscule, wearable insulin pump. This makes the tubing of bulkier pumps redundant and allows users a fuller range of motion as well. Depending on the user's individual needs, OmniPod injects the wearer with a preset dosage of insulin at regular intervals automatically.

Thanks to a virtually painless automatic cannula insertion process, the OmniPod frees users from the pain of being injected with insulin. The easiest-to-use and smallest pump in the market today, OmniPod has been honored with multiple awards like the Edison Innovation award, the IDEA/Business Week Gold award and the MDEA award.

Source: Continuum Innovation


Wheelchair: Mobility Independent Concept for the physically challenged

Posted: 03 Jan 2012 05:55 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

There are a range of vehicles present in the market, but only a few understand the special needs of wheelchair users. It becomes difficult for people using a wheelchair to get in and out of car. They have to be lifted all the time, which can get tiring and prove to be a real task. Keeping all these troubles in mind, LeJuan Richardson has conceptualized a specialty vehicle named Wheelchair - Mobility Independent Concept.

Mobility Concept
Mobility Concept

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Mobility Concept
Mobility Concept by LeJuan Richardson

The industrial designer understood the critical needs of wheelchair users and came up with a practical design. Wheelchair Mobility concept has a functional platform DNA, which will make entry and exit an easy task. It will unfurl a variety of loading options, which are absent in everyday vehicles. This will prove to be a blessing for physically challenged people and also for those who can't get around without a wheelchair. The inside does not have seats and the empty space can be used to position wheelchairs directly. This means that folding the wheelchair takes a backseat, which is quite impressive.

The concept looks like a normal van at first sight, but has been injected with a wide range of useful features. The platforms can be extended from all the four sides of the vehicle and can be placed in different positions. This will delete the need of lifting the disabled, as one can easily push the wheelchair inside the car from all the four sides including the front. The awe-amazing specialty vehicle has a lot of storage space as well, which is in the form of large boxes or drawers. These boxes have been place in a way that will not limit the use of the functional platforms.

Wheelchair Mobility concept puts together a lot of loading options which are otherwise unavailable in other vehicles. This will make moving around pleasant and easy for physically challenged people.

Via: Coroflot


Angelpoise Arch Lighting comes with gesture based controls

Posted: 03 Jan 2012 05:45 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Anglepoise lights have been gracing lives of many from the past many years. The task lamp can be moved into a lot of of positions, which further bows down to a variety of needs. Ryan Chu, a product designer by profession, has come up with an interesting design for the British Lighting Company. Christened the Angelpoise Arch Lighting, the attention-grabbing lamp has all the aesthetics of Angelpoise and will be a part of the company's all new range named 'Play.' The design was a part of the University Set group project.

Anglepoise Arc Lighting
Anglepoise Arc Lighting

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Anglepoise Arc Lighting
Modern technology allowing the user to select which part of the light to turn on by a simple curved movement of the arm.

The lighting option has a slim silhouette and comes injected with a lot of modern features, which are easy to use. Angelpoise Arch Lighting will brighten up spaces with gesture based controls, which will let you select different parts of the light with the help of the curved movement of the arm. Simply, wave over the top of the unit and turn the light on or off and also select various modes. The product comes fitted with LED lights that are highly efficient and utilizes less power, but still has a high impact.

Angelpoise Arch Lighting can be positioned anywhere in the house or office. The case of this playful light has been crafted using recyclable material, which has been clubbed with energy saving technologies. The gesture based lighting comes wrapped in modernism and the use of innovative technologies makes it all the more impressive. So, see the user friendly Angelpoise Arch Lighting spread warmth as you guide it with the movement of your arm.

Via: Ryanchu


O personal mobility solution repurposes old Italian railway tracks

Posted: 03 Jan 2012 04:17 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Created by Italian designer, Davide Bonanni, O is not your average run of the mill personal mobility vehicle. The vehicle proposes to reuse and repurpose old Italian railway tracks that have been discarded and decommissioned and are left rotting in scrap yards. Some of these old railway tracks are currently being used as the bicycle lanes after being filled with concrete casting though several hundreds of kilometers of abandoned rail are still littered through the entire Italian territory.

O' personal mobility by Davide Bonanni
O’ personal mobility by Davide Bonanni

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O' personal mobility by Davide Bonanni
In order to avoid excessive costs of materials “O” wants to be a middle ground between the road and rail.

To ensure that an important piece of the nation's industrial history doesn't go waste and a valuable and costly resource is not squandered, the designer proposes that the bits of rail be incorporated within the design of the futuristic personal mobility solution.

The design and functionality of O stands right in between that of vehicle made for the road and the ones designed to be run on rail. The O, thus, not only innovates in terms of design but also in terms of repurposing existing scraps toward the construction of vehicles for the future.

The single-seater vehicle allows commuters to travel both on the road and on rails, which gives it a certain advantage as a mobility solution for narrow bylanes of towns which can use the vehicle to streamline the traffic in jam-prone areas. The spherical cabin of the vehicle is also crafted from transparent materials, which offer an innovative panoramic view and makes the vehicle perfect for use in the tourism industry.

Via: Davide Bonanni Design


RideKick to assist bicycle's electrically through its special power trailer

Posted: 03 Jan 2012 03:01 AM PST

Arvind Sundararaman:

Electric bicycles have certainly not earned a good amount of respect from the pure cycling enthusiasts. Despite its several advantages, which include providing extra power while climbing a hill or while carrying load, their heavy setup including the motors and batteries comes as a big turn off for many. Since these electric bikes don’t come cheap either, cyclist always find it better to shy away from these e-bikes.

Ridekick
Ridekick

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Ridekick
Ridekick gives a power boost to standard non-motorized bicycles

RideKick has come with a simple solution to these problems by launching their product called the RideKick power trailer. This motorized trailer can be attached to a bicycle as and when required, thereby removing the necessity of carrying the motors and battery pack every time one goes out. Powered by a 24V lead acid battery, the 500 watt electric motor pushes the bicycle to speed of up to 19mph. For a single charge, that takes just four to six hours, RideKick provides an overall range of 12 miles. Once the trailer is hooked on to the bicycle, the speed can be controlled through a customized throttle that is mounted on the handle bar.

The trailer, provided with a closing lid and an in-built combination lock, can safely carry a maximum of 42 liters of your cargo. Best part of all is that it just takes 12 minutes to install the RideKick power trailer to a bicycle.

So, you have a bike which you could transform to an electric bike with a trailer at your will. You can connect the trailer only when you have a good amount of stuff to carry and you don’t want to sweat it out to pedal your way the whole distance. Not only would the electric motor of the RideKick kick in, but you would also have an ample amount of space to carry your stuff. RideKick is priced at $699 and can be purchased at its official website.

Source: Gizmag


Challenge your friends for a beer pong game on the new table by Chippewa Five

Posted: 03 Jan 2012 02:37 AM PST

Sahil Khurana:

Beer pong is a game which is as fascinating as its name. Put a couple of beer cups on both ends and roll a ball toward your opponent. The losing team has to keep on drinking the beer out of their respective side glasses. The game gets challenging when there are multiple people on both sides. The game can now be enjoyed on the beer pong table designed by Chippewa Five, Chicago, IL.

Custom Light Up Beer Pong Tables
Custom Light Up Beer Pong Tables

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Custom Light Up Beer Pong Tables
Custom Light Up Beer Pong Tables by Chippewa Five

Built with the everlasting poplar wood, the table will ensure you enjoy an uninterrupted session of pure, ecstatic fun. The table has been fit together seamlessly and gives out a glow which is well worth the price of $799. The legs have been crafted out of quality cast iron while the best part is there are no visible screws anywhere. This is not where the buck stops. To make the game all the more challenging and mind captivating, the table has been equipped with two inset triangles made out of Plexiglas. Below these panels are glowing red LEDs, adding charm to the table. If red does not tickle your fancy, then choose between green and purple. The wiring for the LEDs is done internally and the table boasts of a seamless arrangement.

The green and purple tables have been priced at a relatively lower rate of $649 only. The panels are detachable and will put you in a competitive mood for sure. The point worth noting is that the surrounding areas of the table also get illuminated with the soft glow of the LEDs fixed inside the inset triangles. Rough it up with the pong table and challenge your friends to a game. Master the spirit and let the beer flow freely.

Via: IfItsHipItsHere


Relayer handset: An all-in-one device that represents true connection

Posted: 03 Jan 2012 02:18 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Modern facilities, like cell phones, internet connection and Wi-Fi, have truly proved to be a blessing in the life of human. These help us stay connected with every corner of the world and have shrunken the planet in terms of communication. Olavo Monken has designed the Relayer Handset, which will redefine the whole concept of connection.

Relayer handset
Relayer handset

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Relayer handset
Relayer handset by Olavo Monken

Relayer has been designed keeping the benefits of cell phones in mind. Unlike, fixed line or cordless options, mobile phones can be carried anywhere without losing connection. The concept of connection is quite scattered in today's life because of the birth of many devices like internet modem, cable TV, phones, etc. They don't solve any purpose when you are not around or can access them. But, Relayer will make sure that you always remain connected irrespective of the fact whether you are at home or office or anywhere.

Simply, dock your Relayer wherever you are and see its unfurl magic. It will provide signal for your Wi-Fi TV and will act as an internet hotspot for your laptop. It will make sure that all the calls are diverted to your voIP device or laptop. Relayer is a handy gadget that will delete the need of additional networks required at home and in office. Everything will be clubbed in a single device, hence no need of installing additional cables and antennas. The best part being, each dock as well as the phone has a data storage disk that makes sure all the data are kept safe. All the data will automatically get synced when Relayer is docked.

Relayer handset is all about connectivity that will be always there when you need it.

Via: Monken.carbonmade


Electronic power mixer: Serving commercial mixing requirements through a mix of toughness and ergonomics

Posted: 02 Jan 2012 10:44 PM PST

Ruchika Pahwa:

If you are into a business or profession where material mixing needs a powerful hand on a routine basis, then you might love to check out this specialized ‘electronic power mixer’ from BERG. A result of intensive research and professional experience in the mixing field, the company has come out with the Big Elephant series of the electronic power mixer. The design of this mixer is based on a latest technical concept that allows an integration of creative device elements with the shape of the device. In the Big Elephant series, these operating elements have been built into the handle of the mixer in an innovative manner.

Electronic Power Mixer
Electronic Power Mixer

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Electronic Power Mixer
Special emphasis was placed on toughness, ergonomics and handling in the design work.

The electronic power mixer is customized per user requirements in an optimal way and can thus satisfy all kinds of demands a user has from a power mixer. BERG’s talented professionals have given this equipment a special design functionality that focuses more on ergonomics so the user can conveniently handle it even during the mixing tasks that are done for longer duration. The Big Elephant series of mixers places great emphasis on toughness and convenient product handling. This mixer also offers impressive quality for tasks having toughest requirements.

This model mixer series has especially been developed for professional or commercial purposes, such as in the building trade where hard mixing requirements exist and a tough power mixing equipment needs to be used. The user will find this mixer quite comfortable to use as it can simply be held by its handles at both sides with its nozzle end dipped into the materials mixture. The electronic power mixer also gives a stylish look with its colorful handles fixed alongside the silver structure. Thus, it is a cool design with powerful operational capability for those who need a user friendly mixing device.

Via: Unique Form


Studio Re-Creation reinvents the Transformer's magic with a handmade recycled metallic robot

Posted: 02 Jan 2012 10:12 PM PST

Sahil Khurana:

Men and machines share a long relationship, right from time immemorial. The influence of this concept is so strong; it has even been reflected in some of the famous Hollywood movies, the recent one being the Transformer’s series.

The Transformer
The Transformer

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The Transformer
Old Russian Car transformed into a Powerful Man-Machine Sculpture

Giving a new lease on life and exploring a new dimension of art, the half man, half machine creation by the Netherland's company, Studio Re-Creation is as unique as its existence. Reviving the Transformer’s magic, they have built a brand new machine model out of an old recycled Lada Samara Diva car. By making use of the car's worthless parts, the studio has been able to recreate a lifelike metallic robot. A true example of how a bit of revamping and tweaking can lead to an enormous effect on the environment in the form of recycling.

The robot stands tall at a height of 6.5 feet and has been proudly displayed in the studio's head office in the Netherlands. The 200 pound structure makes use of the old Russian car and exemplifies the effect of recycling and artistic restructuring. Each and every contour of the metallic model oozes out the designer’s creativity and reminds the onlookers of the effort involved in the building process.

A pat on the back for the designer, who has sculpted, welded and crafted the complete model by hand. The mechanized beauty would have ended up in trash if the designer would not have stepped in and refurbished the whole concept of recycling. All in all, a true epitome of reusing our precious resources. A grand salute to Studio Re-Creation for giving birth to such a fantabulous masterpiece.

Via: InHabitat


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