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A Path in the Forest: An installation that lets people walk through branches of trees

Posted: 05 Jan 2012 07:06 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Have you ever dreamt of walking in the wilderness, while romancing with the tall trees and holding on to the branches fixed with beautifully shaped leaves? If yes, then A Path in the Forest will definitely leave you impressed and wheezing. It is an installation consisting of elevated paths that will run through a forest. The installation is a brainchild of Structural engineers Mutsuro Sasaki, Yoshiyuki Hiraiwa from SAPS or Sasaki and Partners.

A path in the forest
A path in the forest

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A Path in the Forest
A path in the forest by Tetsuo Kondo

The capital of Estonia, Tallin, boasts of a forest area known as Kadriorg, which is located in the heart of the city. Trees have covered that area from the past three centuries and the place was specially created for the Czar of Russia. The forest has a lot of trees and the installation will let people walk on elevated path rather that making way on the ground.

The elevated path will measure 95 meters long and will be crafted using 139 mm steel pipes and sheet steel. These will be 5mm thick and will lean on the trees in a random manner. The entire path will be made without using a single column, which is quite striking. The path will run between the branches and let people create a bond with green life like never before. The walk on this amazing path will be very different from walking on the ground. It will make sure that people don't have to look up at the trees to savor their beauty as people will be walking through them.

A Path in the Forest truly complements the forest scene. It will unfurl an even beautiful environment, which is not possible otherwise. The structure will let you walking through the woods while keeping the natural beauty of the area intact.

Via: Tetsuokondo/Treehugger


Google Cooktop ushers in an era of smart stoves

Posted: 05 Jan 2012 04:10 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Created by designer Sarah R. L. Johnson, the Google Cooktop is a brand new innovation that combines the awesomeness of search giant Google and the functionality of your basic countertop stove. The smart Cooktop comprises of smart screen embedded on your regular kitchen countertop. To utilize this screen, users simply have to walk up to their kitchen counters and activate this screen. Google Cooktop then displays two operations for recipe selection.

Google Cooktop
Google Cooktop

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Google Cooktop by Sarah R L Johnson
Google Cooktop by Sarah R L Johnson

The Cooktop can either be connected wirelessly to the users' computer or to the Google Cooking App on the users' iPhone to access a catalog of the ingredients the user has in their home. The Cooktop can then suggest a recipe or the user can search the internet for a recipe of their choice.

The user can then select the profiles of the people who will be attending dinner. These profiles are connected to an application called Google Cal Band which allows the Cooktop to these people's access daily fitness routines and diet preferences and suggest meal type and appropriate portion size for each person thus reducing the chance for food wastage.

The selected recipe is displayed on the countertop surface. As the user compiles their ingredients and sets them on the surface of the Cooktop, the device measures the size of each ingredient as it is set down. Ingredients are then weighed by the Cooktop and visually cut down into suitable portions. When a particular item weighs too much, it is blocked out in red so the user can cut it down into a smaller piece.

As the user begins to cook, they can check which step they are currently on and the Cooktop can then highlight which ingredient are needed for that step. The Cooktop also prompts the user by suggesting tips for the recipe and ensures that each meal is cooked to perfection.

Via: Coroflot


Shamaxi Space Hotel makes space tourism luxurious for tourists of the future

Posted: 04 Jan 2012 01:37 PM PST

Asmita Prasad:

For most of us without a career with NASA, going to space is very expensive and difficult. Since it requires very advanced technology, living in space can be very challenging. However, living in space and space tourism isn't entirely science fiction anymore and with enough oxygen, food, water and energy for crew and space visitors onboard, people can potentially live in space for smaller durations. Visitors to the Shamaxi Space Hotel would also have to pass a mandatory 7-day long training.

Space Hotel
Space Hotel

The Shamaxi Space Hotel concept by designer Tabriz Ahmadli draws its basic inspiration from the construction of the International Space Station which is 100 meters long and 80 meters wide, and houses between 6-24 crew members on board. Since a hotel would need more storage to provide enough food and water for crew and space visitors, the Shamaxi Space Hotel would need to be geared with less scientific equipment and more functional gear to suit guests' needs. To cater to 30-35 visitors on board, the Space Hotel would also have at least 5 toilets, since each visitor cannot be given individual facilities.

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Space Hotel
Space Hotel by Tabriz Ahmadli

Every capsule on the Shamaxi Space Hotel will be attached to the corridor and every space visitor will be given a private room or a private capsule. Every room and capsule will also have hidden handles and depending on capsules and room type, guests will be offered views of the Earth and sunset and sunrise. Instead of beds, every room will have sleeping bags though guests will be able to choose the interior trim for their room and capsule. Every room or capsule will also have two storage compartments for goods and emergency-related gadgets.

The interior of Shamaxi Space Hotel would be very luxurious and every room in the hotel will have 1 meter diameter windows with three range-topping rooms will have two one meter windows. Guests will be able to enjoy views of the Earth and the Moon and every room will have telescopes so guests can get a closer look at the unprecedented views of the Earth.

The living quarters of the Shamaxi Space Hotel would be called Shefaq and would have a large interior to provide greater view of the Earth and the Moon. The elegant and luxurious interior of the Shefaq wing would boast of hidden handles and LED light-infused large windows would provide an ethereal view to guests. Individual modules in the Shefaq wing would be called Papatya and each of these modules would be designed for up to two people. Papatya would feature up to 5 meter diameter space and it is perfect place to float around

The Shamaxi Space Hotel will feature a separate area for dining called the Dunya Restaurant. The restaurant will allow up to 7-8 people to eat together at a given time. The very spacious restaurant will also allow visitors to float around. The fabric-laden area will feature large windows and vintage satellite radios to make the journey from the capsules to the round table something of an exploration.

Via: Tabriz Ahmadli


Versatile Chef^4: 4 in 1 Baking System for the Oakwood Group

Posted: 04 Jan 2012 01:32 PM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Created for the Oakwood Group by designer Sarah R L Johnson, the Chef^4: 4 in 1 Baking System seeks to broaden the types of recipes that can be made within an oven appliance. The system allows home cooks to cook dishes more evenly and quickly cook food with their regular ovens in ways that current bake ware options cannot. With an interchangeable mesh tray and an expandable silicone airtight cover, the system utilizes the excellent airflow properties of expanded/perforated metal which lets this all in one system serve many functions.

Chef^4: 4 in 1 Baking System
Chef^4: 4 in 1 Baking System

To produce an enhanced baking effect, the expanded metal of the Chef^4: 4 in 1 Baking System allow maximum airflow around the food being baked. In a convection oven, this results in more even and faster cooking. The expanded metal tray does not trap moisture making it perfect for crisping pizzas and taco shells. Cooks can also season their food right on the tray since the overflow will fall through they grate and be caught by the bottom pan instead of falling on the bottom of the oven.

Steaming is also super easy and super efficient with the innovative system. With the addition of the silicone cover, vegetables, breads, fish etc. can easily be steamed to perfection. Users simply need to fill the bottom pan with an inch of water and snap on cover to start steaming their food.

The Chef^4: 4 in 1 Baking System also allows home cooks to get a professional-level basting done. Basting large or small poultry can be done with the help of the same baking system. To baste a bird, for example a Turkey, you simply need to place your poultry on the grate and let the juice drip into bottom pan. This keeps the turkey above the juice and prevents the bottom from becoming soggy. This also allows the home cook to easily access the juice and they can gather them up with a baster and redistribute over the turkeys as and when desired.

Via: Coroflot


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