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Motorola Play touch cellphone has surreal looks, unrivaled controls

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 05:22 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

There are thousands of handsets present in the market, but still one craves for a design that is unlike any other. A smart handset adds to the overall personality of a person and sprucing it up further is Kirill Krymov. The designer joined hands with Motorola designers from Korea to come up with the awe-inspiring Motorola Play Cellphone concept.

Motorola Play Cellphone concept
Motorola Play Cellphone concept

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Motorola Play Cellphone concept
Motorola Play Cellphone concept by Kirill Krymov

Play doesn't come embedded with any physical buttons and is completely touch sensitive. The absence of any kind of buttons gives it a sumptuous appearance, which is bound to steal unending praises. Play also has an in-built multi touch and gesture recognition feature, which lets a user access just everything at a single touch or tap. The user friendly cellphone comes fitted with a 7 megapixel camera, which will help you seal crystal clear, everlasting memories.

The back of Play has two sliders, which nicely conceal the camera. These further play the role of joysticks and help in the working of the camera. The right joystick is used while taking pictures and acts as a shutter button. On the other hand, zooming and other settings are controlled by the left joystick.

Charging the phone comes without any additional worries. The charger ergonomically attaches to the phone. All you have to do is place the gadget above the charging base and it will get juiced up. This means no more getting entangled with messy cables. It will also save the time wasted in connecting charging wire to the phone. Motorola Play Cellphone concept is very cool and will impress many with its mystic looks and shape.

Motorola Play Cellphone conceptMotorola Play Cellphone concept by Kirill Krymov


ReGen Therapy Therapeutic Showerhead massages achy joints in the shower

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 05:19 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

The Delta Chrome award winner ReGen Therapy Therapeutic Showerhead is a unique bath fixture that provides the benefits of a vibrating handheld massager as well as an advanced hydrotherapy device. The ReGen is designed to be installed and used much in the same way as a regular shower head is used with the only exception being that users can user the ReGen as a customized handheld massager as well.

ReGen Therapy: Therapeutic Showerhead
ReGen Therapy: Therapeutic Showerhead

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ReGen Therapy: Therapeutic Showerhead
Therapeutic Showerhead by Richard Beien

Created by designer Richard Beien, the ReGen Therapy Therapeutic Showerhead has been fashioned in a way that allows it to be gripped optimally even if the user's hands are wet or slippery with soap so that they don't drop it during usage. The unique curved design of the showerhead also allows users to maintain a steady grip over it without exerting too much pressure on the muscles of the wrist or arm. The bendable showerhead comes with a flexible head that adjusts itself automatically to the contours of the users' body thus ensuring that the massager is able to remain in contact with the skin even when the user is moving it about.

Primarily devised as a therapeutic device for achy joints, the ReGen Therapy Therapeutic Showerhead comes with weighted chrome ends that gently warm up as hot water passes through the showerhead. This allows users to give themselves a gentle, water laden massage that has almost the same effect as a hot stone massage.

The threaded base of the ReGen Therapy Therapeutic Showerhead comes with interchangeable parts made in chrome steel. Weighted ends keep device firm on body and the showerhead easily adapts to change in temperature via a toggle function. One click activates, pulsates and turns off the 5 H20kinetic chips that help the user feel more enveloped in the warmth of the water thanks to a denser spray pattern that offers a feeling of drenching.

Source: Richard Beien


Samsung Hike lets you capture 3D video via hand gestures alone

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 05:16 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

In the modern world, cellphones have become an integral part of our personalities and whether a person is a complete couch potato or avid camper/rock climber/backpacker, having a cellphone close at hand is a basic need. However, if you fall in a weighty segment of the population, chances are that you constantly find yourself in situations where you cannot just reach into your pocket and answer a call or click a photograph and end up missing opportunities to capture great pictures or videos. For people who need to experience the full range of their smartphone’s features without giving up the use of both the hands, designer Steven Corraliza has created the Samsung Hike.

Samsung Hike cellphone concept
Samsung Hike cellphone concept

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Samsung Hike cellphone concept
Samsung Hike cellphone concept by Steven Corraliza

The phone uses the visual design language and basic features of a Samsung smartphone and creates a concept that will be able to offer users unprecedented functionality like gestural control and handsfree usability. The phone's design allows it be easily clipped to the straps of a backpack at the front of the user's shoulder. While securely attached to the user's backpack strap, innovative features like gesture control would still enable users to capture 3D video or images by simply moving their hands in a certain way. The phone would basically use the same kind of gesture recognition technology as the kind featured in the Sci-Fi flock "Minority Report."

The phone would also feature what the designer called a Sixth Sense Technology, which would basically allow users to intuitively connect to the Cloud and share the pictures and videos they clock with friends on social networking sites. Visually, the Samsung Hike draws its features from the Tron movies that would help the concept make a style statement as well.

Source: Steven C. Design


Egg shaped Olasonic TW-S7 speakers to decorate your workstation

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 05:16 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

The holiday season may be behind us but the year ahead is still full of festivals. Since the next big Christian feast coming our way is Easter, egg shaped memorabilia and novelties too are springing up all around us. For example, take this merry set of egg shaped speakers called the Olasonic TW-S7. This USB bus powered 10W+10W speaker system is shaped like eggs and is available in both pristine white as well as pure black and makes a great Easter gift for everyone who loves the traditions of this festival.

Olasonic TW-S7
Olasonic TW-S7

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Olasonic TW-S7
Egg shaped Olasonic USB Powered Speaker

For the less religious folks, the Olasonic TW-S7 is a set of high quality speakers that makes listening to music on the computer a true delight. Since the listening range for a person using the computer is around 50cm, computer speakers need to cater to near field listening and that is exactly what the Olasonic TW-S7 is geared to do. Compatible with both Macintosh and PC computers, the model uses a single USB cable to offer plug-and-play functionality and you don't even need to install any special software or drivers to use it. To deliver high fidelity sound reproduction, the Olasonic TW-S7 minimizes added noise and distortion and provides direct transfer of digital audio signals to give you the best sound.

Using Super Charged Drive System (SCDS), the Olasonic TW-S7 is able to deliver dynamic power output of around 10W+10W and enables an ideal listening environment by allowing user to manipulate the speakers' angle of orientation. To absorb base vibration produced by the speakers, their cabinet comes fitted with high quality silicone insulator stands that further muffle the thump on your workstation to give you a purer sound.

Via: Gizmodo


Mario Troise’s MacBook Pro concept removes unnecessary chunk

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 05:10 AM PST

Abdul Vahid V:

Prominent designer Mario Troise has emerged with a highly plausible concept design for Apple MacBook Pro. Mario has reduced overall volume of MacBook Pro by a whopping 43 percent with his concept. MacBook Pro is a flagship notebook from Apple, which was lately upgraded in October 2011.

Macbook Pro Concept
Macbook Pro Concept

While working with the new MacBook Pro concept, Mario mainly focused on the 20 percent components that perform 80 percent of work. And so, he took away the old fashioned Compact Disk drive, Ethernet and Firewire ports. Instead, a third USB port was slotted with the Pro.

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Macbook Pro Concept
Macbook Pro Concept by Mario Troise

Two major areas, Mario mainly concentrated on are the body thickness and screen frames. For his concept model, the designer got rid of the screen frames minimizing the area by 15 percent. Further, with a thinner body, almost 43 percent of the overall size of the notebook is reduced, he claims.

Mario has kept the design quite simple. He transformed the trackpad and ports and increased the fillet radius on the edges for more smoothness. The designer is certain that the new concept is 100 percent plausible with the current technology. Mario further plans a more futuristic concept for MacBook Pro later like his popular 2020 Macbook Pro design.

Mario says the current model of MacBook has sharp edges that will hurt a user, who is typing for long hours. Moreover, the notebook is too heavy and gets hot faster. The CD/DVD drive has been useless for almost five years. All unnecessary components are removed by the designer for the fresh concept design.

Via: Iamgimario


iOptiks contact lenses project 3D images right into the eyeball

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 05:09 AM PST

Rohit Ram Singh:

Augmented Reality has become a massive topic of research these days. The hype is all about the applications of this technology. Designers and engineers draw inspiration from science fiction movies. If we recall the movie Minority Report, the first thing that strikes our mind is Tom Cruise wearing lenses that delivered information. Various gadgets, goggles and head mounted displays etc. have already been made taking inspiration from sci-fi movies, but the idea of incorporating 3D vision in a lens sounds novel. US based company Innovega has announced that they would be releasing 3D focusing contact lenses by the year 2014.

iOptiks contact lenses
iOptiks contact lenses

The company claims that these lenses would project 3D images on the eyeball. The lenses work with a pair of handy spectacles which serves as a translucent screen. The contact lens would serve as virtual 240 inches screen television being viewed from a distance of 10 feet. These lenses can be synced with your smartphone, tablet or gaming console to display high resolution close-up images. Users can also switch to augmented view that delivers translucent images without blocking the vision. The company is developing similar lenses for American soldiers, which would display battlefield related data.

iOptiks contact lenses
iOptiks contact lenses

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has also been spending a lot of money to develop head mounted displays and now it is working with Innovega on iOptik lenses. These high focus lenses are produced using nanoscale engineering processes hence are very light. DARPA is credited for developing first virtual reality based devices. But all those devices were either head mounted or based on heavy pair of glasses. iOptik would be a big technology breakthrough, considering the number of contact lens users worldwide.

Via: Dailymail


Mobile Furniture System flexes according to your needs and space

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 05:08 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Storage space is an inevitable part of a house. Raumplus has come up with a modish storage unit, which comes coated with a lot of flexibility. It has been crafted in a very neat manner and has a slick facade. Christened as the Mobile Furniture System, the closet will blend perfectly with any modern day setup.

Mobile Furniture Systems
Mobile Furniture Systems

The system finely combines the sliding door technology with the interior system of the closet, which in turn gives birth to a wonderful piece of furniture. The closet has been created in an ingenious manner and has a very clever design. This gives it the flexibility to be placed just anywhere and suits all needs, in terms of functionality and size. A flat pocket has been fitted in the center of the design from where one can easily pull the sliding doors placed on the left and right sides of the captivating design. Simply, pull the doors and your well placed wardrobe will be right in front of you.

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Mobile Furniture Systems
Mobile Furniture Systems by Raumplus

Assembling the Mobile Furniture System won't require any extra labor or any professional. It doesn't require any structural construction work, which is worth applauding. The striking furniture item can be relocated and reconfigured without much trouble. The most attention grabbing trait of this closet is that its interior can be arranged in a variety of ways, which may depend on the usage. Tweak the closet with a variety of options like shelves, drawers, table top and extendable frames for clothes.

Mobile Furniture System is quite supple in terms of usage and can be adjusted incessantly as per the change in interiors. It will be a perfect fit in today's homes as it can fit in just anywhere.

Via: Trendir


Hennessey Performance tweaks McLaren MP4-12C into an 800hp HPE800 Twin Turbo

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 05:06 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

The McLaren MP4-12C is a pretty decent supercar on its own. But for folks not entirely satisfied with the 592 horsepower it outputs, American tuners Hennessey Performance have created the Hennessey McLaren MP4-12C HPE800 Twin Turbo, which is basically the good old McLaren MP4-12C on steroids. With a brand new aerodynamic kit adding to the already stunning good looks of the MP4-12C, the mod also gets a fairly dynamic powertrain tweak which ups its output to a mind-boggling 800 horsepower.

McLaren MP4-12C HPE800
McLaren MP4-12C HPE800

Both the engine and the transmission get new air intake system and a new intercooler system which allows it to inhale more cooling air with the transmission getting an upgraded clutch as well. A recalibrated ECU, external blow-off valves, external wastegates, titanium exhaust and upgraded turbochargers with ball bearing enable the mod to output the extra ponies.

McLaren MP4-12C HPE800
McLaren MP4-12C HPE800

On the inside, the McLaren MP4-12C HPE800 gets an extra sprinkling of Alcantara and leather upholstery and a few carbon fiber trim elements that compliment the Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on the swanky monoblock wheels and the carbon fiber aero bits that round up the exterior of the vehicle.

Pricing for the Hennessey McLaren MP4-12C HPE800 Twin Turbo has not yet been announced though the tuner says that the vehicle will be offered both as a full package and will also be available as individual parts.

Via: Diseno Art


Sustainable urinals answer nature's call, rather naturally

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 05:05 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

The concept

Public sanitation took a huge leap into modernity when urinals with an upright flushing apparatus in 1866 were first patented by Andrew Rankin immediately following the Civil War in the United States. The introduction of an easy to interact with and quicker-to-use specialized toilets made especially for use by men meant that gents no longer had to resort to go through the rigors of having to take off all their elaborate underwear to be able to use the toilet or use a wall or a tree to relieve themselves in case of an emergency. The urinal, being relatively cheaper to install than toilets, also allowed public sanitation agencies to set up more toilets. And though the design of the urinal itself has not changed much since they were first made (barring a few artistic endeavors), the flushing mechanism used in public urinals has undergone several makeovers with designers and sanitaryware manufacturers working very hard to come up with ways to make flushing of public urinals easier for the users as well as environmentally friendly. A new stream of thoughts in the field has even started to appeal to designers of urinals to try and make them as sustainable as possible to ensure that the supply of freshwater is used as efficiently as possible.

Sustainable urinals
Sustainable urinals

The Inspiration

Unlike ladies, men around the world traditionally have felt little embarrassment in relieving themselves on a secluded part of a wall, a darkened alley or even a tree when nature calls, which is a major problem for municipalities looking to keep cities and towns clean, hygienic and odorless. But most public restrooms around the world are considered unhygienic and a hotbed for spread of diseases as they are poorly maintained. A prominent reason for this failure to maintain the sanitation level in public urinals is the lack of adequate supply of freshwater and since conservation of water is a major concern for public agencies around the world, the only way public restrooms can be properly maintained without using up too much water is if they are made with sustainable flushing mechanisms.

Eco Credentials

The use of grey water and composted human waste in irrigation is not a new concept but it has yet to be applied to the waste generated by public urinals. If the concept of a sustainable urinal is indeed investigated with honesty, one would find that therein lies not only a chance to improve sanitation levels in public urinals but also an opportunity to re-use water flushed away in these public restrooms. By filtering the flushed water and urine and using it to irrigate flowerbeds, the dual purpose of reusing precious water supply and watering plants could be served. Since plants possess the natural ability to process and eliminate toxins that give urine its dreadful smell, an additional filtration and deodorization system would not be required to cleanse waste water generated from public urinals.

Feasibility

Lack of privacy is a major concern that dissuades people from using public restrooms. With designs like this Sustainable Urinal in place, however, people would be made to feel a greater sense of privacy. Since the cost of maintaining plants that are irrigated with the waste water from the urinals is next to nothing, municipalities would be more open to installing such urinals in cities and towns. Also, because plants help purify the quality of the air as well, having such urinals at various places around the city would be a more appealing prospect for both the public as well as municipalities.

Related trends

1. Pee Pee Tree urinal

Pee Pee Tree urinal
Pee Pee Tree urinal

The Pee Pee Tree Urinal by designer Xiao Chowen basically reinvents peeing on a tree for a more sophisticated urban gentleman. The urinal comes with built-in planters which help to eliminate the offensive odor of urine at no extra cost though with its circular shape, privacy for each person using it is entirely guaranteed.

2. Wheelie bin urinal

Wheelie bin Urinal
Wheelie bin Urinal

The "Wheelie Bin Urinal" is an experimental installation by designer Stephan Bischof which aims at trying to raise awareness about a phenomenon otherwise known as "when you have to go, you have to go". The main reason why folks pee in public is the fact that they just can't hold it in till they come across the next public urinal, and that is exactly what this urinal looks to address. By allowing people to relive themselves in urinals that are enclosed within the confines of a public restroom tucked away in a far corner of a street, the concept could, at least in theory, prevent people from resorting to peeing on wall or in alleys between houses.

3. When Nature Calls

When Nature Calls
When Nature Calls

An undergrad industrial design student at the University of Cincinnati, Eddie Gandelman kills two birds with one stone with his innovative "When Nature Calls" public urinal concept. Not only does the urinal boast of high sustainability credentials, the tall plant in the middle of the cylindrical urinal also ensures a lot of space and adequate privacy for each person using the unit.

4. Axixa

Axixa
Axixa

A common problem for municipalities looking to ensure that people don't use public walls and streets as urinals is that folks just don't want to venture inside a public restroom to do their business. To counter this problem of simple laziness, Mexican designer Miguel Melgarejo has created the "Axixa" public urinal. Named after the word for urine in Nahuatl, the Axixa basically is shaped like the mark that appears after someone has peed on a wall. The discreet toilet does not use up a lot of space and can be installed on wall and only needs to be connected to the city's sewerage system. The simplicity, intuitiveness and effectiveness of this concept makes it sustainable and practical.


Artificial islands present natural retreat floating on waves

Posted: 03 Feb 2012 09:25 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Artificial islands have become increasingly rampant in the recent years and are a true picture of luxury and art. They come injected with notable features, which manage to arrest attention. Countries like Holland, Japan, Dubai, and Hong Kong boast of such floating constructions, which are a picture of new housing, airports and even producing power. These man made islands are nothing less than a paradise and unfurl a dream like experience. Below is a list of some of the most beautiful and creative artificial islands, which the human inventiveness has put together.


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