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HydroRight Drop-in Dual Flush Converter: Save water by choosing between two flushing modes

Posted: 06 Jan 2012 03:13 PM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Have you ever thought how much water one wastes while using the water closet? Unfortunately, the same amount of water is used to flush liquids, paper and solid waste, which leads to a lot of wastage. Here, to keep a check on the amount of water required to keep the water closet clean is the Blue Source HYR270 HydroRight Drop-in Dual Flush Converter.

Blue Source HYR270 HydroRight
Blue Source HYR270 HydroRight

The dual flush converter is easy to install and doesn't require any tools. It will fit into all standard 2 and 2 ½ inch flush valves and will delete the need of removing the tank as well. It won’t take more than 10 minutes to fit the tool and will be completed as soon as the converter is attached to the existing flush valve. The IAPMO certified dual flush converter will swap the flapper, which is the biggest reason behind water leaks and in turn wastage.

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Drop in Dual Flush Converter
Drop in Dual Flush Converter

A user will be able to choose from two flushing functions- the full flush and the quick flush, which will be possible when the dual flush convertor is installed. The quick flush setting uses lower water volumes and will prove to be useful while flushing paper and liquid. On the other hand, the full flush setting will use normal volumes of water when solid waste has to be removed. The water flow is automatically and quickly adjusted inside the tank, depending on the setting selected by the user to flush waste.

Blue Source HYR270 HydroRight Drop-in Dual Flush Converter will kill the need of buying an expensive and hi-tech dual flush toilet that helps save water. One will be able to enjoy the same advantages by fixing the converter to their old closet. The design consists of a two-button handle, which is easy to use and will help flush properly. This handle will let a user select the amount of water required to flush waste. HydroRight will let a user save almost 30 to 50 percent of water when it comes to flushing, which is quite appreciable. This means that almost 15,000 gallons of water can be saved annually by a family of four when this inexpensive converter is fitted.

According to USEPA, approximately 20 percent toilets leak and waste 73,000 gallons of water every single year. This wastage mostly occurs because of faulty flappers. But, HydroRight will solve this problem permanently as its dome gasket is fitted in the drain hole, which will eliminate leaks and tangled or broken chains. Blue Source HYR270 HydroRight Drop-in Dual Flush Converter will not only help save precious resources but money as well. The easy to install converter is economical and will help construct an efficient toilet.

Via: Amazon/ igreenspot


Unit Fusion Housing Project: A modular tower that unfurls a harmonic living network

Posted: 06 Jan 2012 02:09 PM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Scarcity of space has forced designers to come up with concepts that will utilize space in an ingenious manner. Increase in population raises the demand for housing and this will be achieved in an utmost style in Hong Kong. Y Design Office, an International design and research collaborative, has come up with a conceptual modular tower named Unit Fusion. The attention-grabbing building will be located in WKCD, Hong Kong and will give an all new meaning to housing.

Unit Fusion Housing Project
Unit Fusion Housing Project

The 75 story tower will be a high-rise plug-in residential typology that will have a height of 427.5 meter. The prefabricated unit will comprise of 1960 residential units that will be truly exceptional and modular in nature. Residents will be allotted unique units according to the specific zoning strategy. It will bow down to all the needs of every individual and in turn unfurl an unparalleled living experience. The design will make good use of vertical space that will result in an amazing democratic living concept.

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Unit Fusion Housing Project
A new alternative high-rise residential typology integrates within WKCD urban environment

It will endow a user with the flexibility to choose from various unit types that will be similar to picking clothes. These cubes will be tagged as XS, S, M, L and XL, depending on their size. The units can be further customized with different features, like bathroom, kitchen, balcony, closet and entry, according to individual needs. These modular units have a life cycle of almost 30 years and need maintenance at least once in 5 years to ensure superior living conditions. These units can be further re-located, thus letting individuals explore full capacity of the tower.

Unit Fusion Housing Project will let residents savor panoramic views with the help of a private exterior space, which will be provided in the form of a customized balcony. A unit will be re-located every 5 years, which means a person will be able to enjoy 6 different locations throughout the tower in its 30 year life cycle. This will give birth to harmonic living and will also create a strong bonding between units. Unit Fusion is an architectural marvel that will be responsible for exact site conditions. Zoning, occupant location and orientation of the prefabricated tower will be defined by conditions such as wind direction, historical axis and sun angle.

The structure will be divided into four zones at 3rd, 20th, 40th and the 75th floor. Each zone will provide pedestrian connection between floors and also make sure that public services are provided to the users. A sky-lobby will be located every five floors and a specific area of each floor will have a sky garden. These diverse public programs will serve the public and create harmony. Unit Fusion Housing Project will put forward aesthetically pleasing views and its modular nature will let a user utilize the space perfectly.

Via: Bustler


Sensitive Touch: Touch sensitive gloves to turn lifeless prosthetic arms into an enviable body part

Posted: 06 Jan 2012 01:43 PM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Prosthetics are a true blessing for people who have lost any of their limbs during a mishap. They give a second life to such humans and pumps that lost confidence in them. No doubt, these artificial limbs make them less handicapped but they don't let people with disabilities feel with their artificial limb. Making the impossible possible is Daniel Kamp who has designed intelligent gloves for prosthetic arms. Christened Sensitive Touch, these gloves have been specially designed for a start-up company named Footfalls and Heartbreaks.

Sensitive Touch Gloves
Sensitive Touch Gloves

The company has come up with an intelligent fabric that can easily register stretch, compression and pressure, which has been further used to make Sensitive Touch by Daniel. Sensors in the form of F&H intelligent fabric are used in the hand that help a user feel with their existing artificial arm. The product will deal with emotional issues that crop up while using artificial limbs because of the lack of sensitivity. The touch sensitive glove will come equipped with a feedback system that will be used for prosthetic arms and let users feel with their artificial arm.

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Sensitive Touch Gloves
Sensitive Touch is a touch sensitive glove for prosthetic arms

Individual sensors have been placed on the palm, thumb and four fingers as an electric current keeps passing through these sensors constantly. When pressure is applied on any of these sensors, it changes the electrical resistivity. The conductive fabric has an electric circuit that carries current. Current is carried from the battery placed in the upper arm cuff to the fingers and back. Further, the circuit board in the cuff registers all the changes in electric resistivity and changes them into electrical outputs.

Stimulation in the glove is caused when electric pulses are given off to the skin by palm, finger and thumb representations. Users in turn experience accuracy and firmness of touch when these pulses are graduated. This means that touch stimulation in the glove through small electric pulses is turned to the skin of the remaining limb. Sensitive Touch won't require an amputee to buy a new prosthesis as it will work well with the user's present mechanical arm.

Sensitive Touch can be customized as per a user's whims and fancies. It can be custom fit as per the fingerprints and hand shape of the buyer. One can pick it from a variety of colors, which will feel just like purchasing a well-fitted dress. The glove is made in such a way that it is exactly the shape of a user's hand. Such a precision is achieved with the help of laser etching and 3D technology, which makes sure that each and every detail is a mirror copy of the hand.

The glove can be removed and is easy to wash. It comes tagged with a lot of practical and emotional advantages that may range from holding a glass of water with correct pressure to feel the pressure of a lover’s touch. The lifeless prosthetic arm will be swapped into a functional body part, thanks to Sensitive Touch.


AIRchitecture shelter: A minimal barrier between man and nature with full protection under catastrophic conditions

Posted: 06 Jan 2012 01:30 PM PST

Ruchika Pahwa:

There has been this interesting journey of the human being from remaining nomadic in ancient times and then as a settled individual toward getting to become a modern-day nomadic once again. Keeping this concept in mind, the AIRchitecture shelter has specially been developed to serve the needs of the modern-day nomad who wishes to build a strong connection with nature, as well as with the concrete world. As people living in the contemporary society have portability and safety concerns, this unique shelter is designed to offer quick assembly and easy transportation to just any place.

AIRchitecture shelter
AIRchitecture shelter

The design for this shelter aimed at providing an adaptable solution for just any wild environment, be it offering a temporary shelter on a hill or a stable and secure shelter under natural catastrophic conditions. Inspired by the environmental bubble design from Reyner Banham, the AIRchitecture shelter has a plastic surface that can be inflated. Also, a portable air inflator can comfortably be carried in the backpack so the user can have a shelter at just any place. The best of this strong and compact shelter comes to front when there is an emergency situation. It may work as a stable emergency kit when there is some kind of natural disaster and people need to protect themselves under a shed.

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AIRchitecture shelter
An easily transportable shelter

The AIRchitecture shelter forms a connection between man and nature with minimal barriers. This lightweight unit offers physical protection under adverse conditions but does not impact the nature. This bubble-shaped shelter has transparent and mirrored surfaces that are joined using a sealed zip fastener. The user may quickly enter this container to get physically isolated from the surrounding. When the surface gets fully enclosed, the user may turn on the air compressor, which would further lead to surface inflation and creation of a spherical shelter.

Via: Cargocollective


Sonicane 2.0 Ultimate Sound GPS Device helps the blind navigate public spaces better

Posted: 06 Jan 2012 01:06 PM PST

Asmita Prasad:

The Sonicane 2.0 Ultimate Sound GPS for Device for Blind by designer Soonjae Kwon uses sound, auditory functions and Braille to allow he blind with the independence to serve as productive members of he society. In the U.S. alone, there are over ten millions people who have lost their sight or who suffer from severely lowered vision. The number of blind people is increasing at an alarming rate and a high percentage of them are seniors. However, public spaces are still not equipped with enough supportive infrastructure to allow the non-sighted part of the population to serve as regular members of the society. The Sonicane 2.0 Ultimate Sound GPS for Device looks to ensure social equality to the blind.

Sonicane by Soonjae Kwon
Sonicane by Soonjae Kwon

The Sonicane 2.0 Ultimate Sound GPS for Device offers an ease of usability that lets the blind live independently and productively. The simple interface of the device allows the blind to maintain their performance at home and at work and even opens up new career avenues for them. This helps the blind to benefit from opportunities that have so far been limited only to people with normal vision. The device helps people with visual disabilities to develop their mobility and gives them a distinct sense of independence.

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Ultimate Sound GPS for Device for Blind
Ultimate Sound GPS for Device for Blind

Using a radio frequency identification (RFID tag) for the purpose of identification and tracking, the Sonicane 2.0 Ultimate Sound GPS for Device helps the blind navigate public spaces on their own. A 3-step system of buttons allows uses to push a button backwards and forwards to obtain pre-information about the next step on their route and select the ultimate direction they need to proceed in. The Sonicane 2.0 Ultimate Sound GPS for Device is fitted with am LED light to allow the sighted to recognize and identify the user at night. An 8-way vibrating indicator lets the user decide the direction they need to move in.

The Sonicane 2.0 Ultimate Sound GPS for Device features a telescopic stick made of 12"-56″ flexible carbon fiber. The portable stick is comfortable to use and provides a stable support to the blind while they are on the move. The core of each refreshable Braille display device comes fitted with a proprietary technology that uses printed circuit boards to display information. This allows the users to read the info on the device and take actions accordingly.

The Sonicane 2.0 Ultimate Sound GPS for Device features a plug-in charge function. The device comes with a niche magnetic battery that provides more sustainable, simpler and easier charging. The Sonicane 2.0 Ultimate Sound GPS for Device also comes with a silicon rubber surface that ensures better handling and protects the device from water.

Via: Coroflot


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