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Kitchoo compact Kitchen

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 03:22 AM PST

Nikita Sharma:

Life is becoming more and more compact in all walks and perhaps that's the only reason various designers are also coming up with concepts that can fit completely even in congested environment. These designs are amazingly beautiful and innovative.The designs give new look without occupying much space. Kitchoo K 1 kitchen is an emerging kitchen design that is stylish yet compact.

Compact kitchen
Compact kitchen

Kitchoo K 1 kitchen concept occupies a very small space and can fit in any environment. You don’t have to worry even if you live in a small space. Kitchen is made up of natural wood and will comprise natural stone countertop, a fridge freezer, a burner induction hob, a sink with telescope hob and two spacious drawers. Natural wood gives it a unique look and you can put as much as stuff you want in these spacious drawers. With so many facilities in it, you will find lot more space for the things like dishwasher and a range hood.

The wood used in the Kitchoo K1 kitchen concept is PEFC certified and the paint is completely Eco labeled with a very low VOC. LED lighting in the system is quite efficient and gives it a unique look. The concept is made for those who lack more space or who love compact designs. The kitchen give you a luxury feeling as all the appliances used in system are rated 'A' or 'A+'. Also, Kitchoo K1 comes in variety of colors like light or dark oak and is priced at $7950.

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Compact Kitchen
Kitchoo K1 compact kitchen can fit into a small environment


Asus surfaces a new upgrade to the Prime with 1080p screen

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 02:19 AM PST

Abdul Vahid V:

Asus has shown off an upgraded version of its celebrated Eee Pad Transformer Prime at CES 2012. The new model, coded TF700T, features only a few slight changes from its original version, the TF201, which was launched in the fall 2011. The most notable upgrade of the new Prime is its Super IPS+ display with 1080p video playback. Screen resolution of the new Prime is also upgraded to 1920 x 1200, up from the 1280 x 800 resolution of the TF201 model.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime 1080p tablet
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime 1080p tablet

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime 1080p tablet
1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processors and 8MP rear cameras

Furthermore, the new Prime tablet highlights a new rear cover, which enhances GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth performances of the tablet. The TF700T also sports an advanced 2-megapixel front camera for video chatting. All other specs of the new Prime remain almost identical to its predecessor. It runs on a 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and sports an 8-megapixel rear camera.

The new version of Eee Pad Transformer Prime will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The original Prime is about to get updated with the ICS. Asus will start shipping the upgraded Prime tablet in the second quarter of the year. It will sell the 32GB model for a price around $599 and the 64GB model for $699.

An upgrade to the Prime doesn't mean that Asus will halt production of the old version. The company will continue to offer the original Prime, which will be an option for those, who want to save a few bucks. Of course, the new Prime will perform better both in connectivity and display quality because of its rather high-resolution screen. The Prime is the first tablet in the world to run on NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad processor.

Via: Liliputing


Board of Awesomeness takes skateboarding to the next high-tech level

Posted: 11 Jan 2012 12:56 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

The economy is bad and the physical health of the general public isn't getting any boosters from poopy healthcare policies of governments either. Wile we completely condone ditching eco unfriendly vehicles that consume costly fuels in favor of electric transportation, we somehow cannot reconcile our good senses to the fact that people have become too lazy to move their own bodyweight on a skateboard. This electric skateboard proves all the points that we're trying to make. Created by Chaotic Moon, the ‘Board of Awesomeness’ is a battery-powered electric skateboard that uses a Kinect sensor and an unreleased Samsung Windows 8 tablet to ensure that the user gets from point A to point B by moving only the muscles of their fingers.

Board of Awesomeness
Board of Awesomeness

The high-tech skateboard for lazy folks apparently reacts to the rider and uses a slew of accelerometer data, localization data, speech and gesture recognition and video feedback to navigate through busy city streets at 34 mph. Dubbed the Project Sk8, the motorized board uses the prototype tablet to allow riders to manipulate speed settings. By keeping track of the users' gestures, the Kinect sensors help the board go faster or slower and make turns when needed.

We're sure it's really cool that you can get a skateboard to move forward or backward by flicking your fingers in a certain way, but we still think doing the same with your feet using an unmechanized and ungeeked-out skateboard would be a much cheaper (and much saner) alternative any day.

Board of AwesomenessChaotic Moons Labs is showing longboard controlled by a Kinect and a Samsung Windows 8 table

Via: Slash Gear


P1 Bike Rack's refreshing designs give innovation an all new meaning

Posted: 10 Jan 2012 11:14 PM PST

Sahil Khurana:

Health consciousness is becoming a fad these days as more and more people take up healthier ways of commuting. Coming to terms with this fact, cycling has become an almost inseparable part of people's lives, especially in NYC. Creating a niche in people's personal time, while being a convenient way to travel, cycling has set ripples in the ongoing trends.

P1 Bike Rack
P1 Bike Rack

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P1 Bike Rack
The P1 offers a combination of safety, security and versatility

Capitalizing on this innovative surge, Vim and Vigor, or V&V, as they have been christened, have come up with a classy solution to a yet to happen problem. As the number of cyclists in the city increase, the paucity of parking spaces may lead to a situation of utter chaos and havoc in densely crowded areas. The number of parking spots available may not only dwindle,but also end up overcrowding and overstepping in the pedestrians personal walking zones. This is where V&V coyly step in.

They have created a design which is as unique, fabulous and sweet as their name. Offering an unsophisticated level of ease, convenience and innovation, the P1 Bike Rack is all set to bring about a change of its own accord. Built with a capacity to store upto three bikes at one time, the P1 offers the bike users the security and the peace of mind that their wheeled assets would be safe and sound on their return. The three layer benefit of the rack is equipped to ensure the bikes remain safe from falling down, while offering the users multiple locking points for their bikes.

P1 provides everyone with maximum, unmatched benefits. It can be secured on the ground either with an integrated mount or bolt mounts. P1 not only offers an excellent level of design; it matches the utility with the security every bike owner desires. Couple all these features up with NYC's biking population and you would have a ready winner on your hands.

Via: Vimvigordesign


Backyard Blaster- Behringer’s suitcase-like iPod speaker dock

Posted: 10 Jan 2012 11:46 AM PST

Abdul Vahid V:

A beefy iPhone/iPod speaker docking station is ready for your parties. Behringer has uncovered the heavy Backyard Blaster music docking system to work with your iPod or iPhone. The docking station is designed in form of a carry-on suitcase with a retractable handle and wheels in the bottom to transport it easily.

Behringer Sound System
Behringer Sound System

The Behringer Backyard Blaster speaker system is a bit smaller than a travel suitcase. But its form helps users easily move the system from one place to the other. You can just pull or drag it like a suitcase to your party locations. The entire front part of the device covers a large speaker, which can amplify the voice from your music sources.

Interestingly, the Backyard Blaster is a rugged product. Even if you drag it over small staircases and rough places, it won't have any harms. The built-in battery is yet another peculiarity of the Backyard Blaster. According to Behringer, the docking station can last for 12 hours of use on a single recharge. Well, you can listen to amplified music for 12 continuous hours, of course, for an entire party.

The speaker docking station is customized to mount an iPhone or iPod. However, it can stream from an iPad, Android products or any other music sources thanks to an auxiliary audio input. The system comes with an integrated microphone also. Price and availability details of the Backyard Blaster are not exposed. Behringer has put it on display at the CES 2012 in Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Via: Gizmodo


Chirp alarm clock wakes you with no annoyance to your roommate

Posted: 10 Jan 2012 11:44 AM PST

Abdul Vahid V:

Your alarm clock may be waking up your roommate as well. What is the solution? Here is the Chirp alarm clock for you as a better solution for the issue. Chirp is an alarm clock that vibrates your pillowcase instead of making disturbing buzz. Chirp comes with a vibrating pillowcase clip that you can fix on your pillow. Thus, you will feel the vibration once it is time to wake up. There will be no annoyance for your roommate or anyone else in your house.

Chirp Undercover Alarm Clock
Chirp Undercover Alarm Clock

Chirp has a cute and sleek design with a curved tray. It will add into the beauty of your table in the bed room. The tray will help you keep small items like coins and others. If the vibration does not wake you up, Chirp's backup alarm clock will start making the buzz. A backlit display on Chirp shows time and scheduled alarm.

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Chirp Undercover Alarm Clock
Chirp is an alarm clock to wake you up without disturbing anyone else in the room

The Chirp alarm clock features smooth touch buttons on top and a slide button on side, which will help you control the device easily. It is made of plastic and the vibrating clip is of rubber coated plastic. The entire unit has the dimensions of 6.25 x 3 x 2.5 (LWH) inches and the clip measures 2 x 1.5 x 0.5 (LWH) inches.

Pricing details of Chirp are not available. Of course, it is a wonderful product as you can stop curses from your roommate for waking him up with your alarm clock. Moreover, vibration often wakes up one faster than the sound.

Via: Quirky/OhGizmo


Make your employees happy and productive through this communicative Rhino workplace

Posted: 10 Jan 2012 11:34 AM PST

Ruchika Pahwa:

Creativity gets reflected if our mind is free of stressful thoughts and household tensions. Most of the working people have a lot of responsibilities in their personal life and feel they do not get enough freedom to communicate with their family and friends while they are at their workplace. To get over this problem and enhance creative skills and productivity of your employees, here is a specially designed Rhino workplace that may physically confine them in their work-oriented nutshells, but would offer them full freedom to converse and get connected to others. If you wish your workers give their best at jobs, offer them personal space and time to share their inner feelings with their close ones.

Rhino workplace
Rhino workplace

Rhino workplace not only facilitates intimate conversations but also maintains professionalism that is expected to be displayed by employees. It allows the maintenance of workplace etiquette while letting employees receive support from their families or friends at workplace. People can relieve stress by sharing important information or news with their family members. Otherwise, this stress keeps their minds occupied and away from work. So, this private and enclosed chamber is a great way to keep them happy and lively. Being soundproof and quiet, Rhino offers an easily accessible yet personal space where employees may use different communication tools to connect with anyone outside.

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Rhino workplace
The interaction in this new concept allows workers a mean to relieve stress and share news

It is a bright pod made of polypropylene and uses a layer of acoustic foam to make the structure soundproof. It is installed with a comfortable seat having upholstered fabric, while its frame is made of steel. The pod is completely secured to the floor using a pole, which also allows users to close their shells by pulling it forward. To make inside seating more comfortable, a lever attached to the pole allows individual users to adjust their seats at a desired height. There is an LED sign to mark privacy, while employees choose to communicate using cellphones, hands free speaker phones, and screens with webcams and internet access. Thus, Rhino provides sufficient freedom to workers so they may carve their own space and get more efficient at work.

Via: Cargocollective


Hold your meeting in the air while glancing all around from these suspended meeting room boxes

Posted: 10 Jan 2012 11:33 AM PST

Ruchika Pahwa:

Spending several hours in the office and that too in a boring meeting room seems to be a hell when you cannot connect with the outside world and your mind suddenly gets blocked off any fresh idea. To get rid of such problems and make the corporate world appear lighter and brighter, the Scandinavian architectural firm, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, has come out with an innovative design for meeting rooms. The firm has designed these suspended meeting room boxes for the headquarters of Nykredit, a leading mortgage bank in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Suspended Meeting Room Boxe
Suspended Meeting Room Boxe

Each suspended meeting box is created in the form of a transparent cube. This cubical structure gives a clear visual display of Copenhagen Harbor, which also supplies water to maintain coolness in the office building. The huge 10-story building features a creative atrium that links to all levels of the building. A staircase takes one up to this atrium, which gets a more lively feel through suspended meeting rooms that are filled with natural light and are crafted in sync with glass elevators, balconies, staircases and walkways. These suspended boxes provide an amazing view of a designer water sculpture at the office entrance.

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Suspended Meeting Room Boxe
The meeting room of Nykredit's head office by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.

Projected out of third and fifth floors, there are three additional suspended meeting rooms that appear to be hanging in the air. From various angles of these meeting rooms, one may get to witness the building’s special design creations that are crafted by some of the world’s renowned artists and sculptors. Individuals may be involved in a project meeting but can intermittently observe the beauty of these designs that include a long mural, huge bronze sculpture, and an adjacent plaza with 20 bronze sculptures. People in these well-ventilated suspended meeting room boxes receive a refreshing experience while they stand in the middle of the surrounding glass facades.

Via: FEEL DESAIN


ResMed S9 Series Sleep Therapy System with automatic climate control

Posted: 10 Jan 2012 11:31 AM PST

Dakshina Thakur:

Most of us may have been encountering undesirable meetings with interruptive sleep patterns – accounting to various reasons that stem from our everyday lifestyle. Although there are several mediums that could alleviate the situation, the new addition to the technological field stands thoroughly distinguished. For people who suffer from distressed sleeping cycles or inability to have a sound sleep after an exhausting day, ResMed has devised a solution. The company recently introduced their latest S9 Series Sleep Therapy System which virtually trims down the noise radiated into the room.

ResMed S9
ResMed S9

Designed pleasantly to harmonize with the user's exquisite décor, the innovative peripheral comes equipped with an enhanced Easy-Breathe motor. By taking advantage of the stated feature, the device not only puts forth better execution, but also eliminates the noise conducted down the tube. Enclosed in a compact form factor, the model integrates an evolutionary leap forward in structure and function.

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ResMed S9
The S9 series is an evolutionary leap forward in form and function

The highlighted attribute of ResMed S9 comes as 'Climate Control System' which automatically proffers the optimal temperature and humidity to the mask. At the same time, the integrated feature safeguards the user from Rainout without having to compromise humidity. Besides this, there is new AutoSet algorithm which facilely differentiates between obstructive and Central Sleep Apneas.

The 810g lightweight model furthermore enhances the experience through functions such as automatic leakage compensation, international AC input of 110-240V, and various sound levels. Users will also be enabled to benefit from the device's automatic altitude adjustment, recurring reminders and integration with heated humidifier.

The new ResMed S9 Series Sleep Therapy System with Automatic Climate Control is yet to receive an official word on its pricing and availability details. However, users can certainly look forward to indulging in some sound sleep with absolute no environmental or room noises around for a peaceful nap or snoozing time.

Source: ResMed


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