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Horizontal shower gives therapy of jets to rejuvenate your body

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 02:15 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Giving a new outlook to your shower experience is Donbracht with the Horizontal Shower design. Everyday showers suppose a person to stand under it, but the design by Donbracht will relax users completely as they lie down under the design. The innovative design is a cut above the rest and will soothe tensed nerves in no time at all, leaving the user both relaxed and revitalized.

Horizontal Shower
Horizontal Shower

Horizontal Shower has a modern outline and the design comprises of two slabs or blocks placed at a distance in horizontal fashion. The upper block comes fitted with six water bars that are placed through the length of the amazing shower block. Jets have been wedged in each bar and these are controlled with the help of a panel placed on the block.

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Horizontal Shower
Horizontal Shower by by Donbracht

The shower design puts forward a range of settings that will leave a user completely refreshed. Different shower effects are produced by choosing various settings, like de-stressing, equilibrating and energizing. All these options help achieve a different as well as a preferred effect because the temperature as well as pressure of water is specific for each one of the settings. Mix the overall experience with different oils and sea salts and see the experience reach new levels of relaxation.

Horizontal Shower will produce the effect of a relaxing massage and that too right inside the comfort of your house. The block can be heated as well to produce a professional effect, which will be soothing and help inject a sense of tranquility. You can stretch out on your front or back and get soaked in the benefits of the sleek design. So, no more standing under the shower as Horizontal Shower makes sure you unwind and clean up like never before. With the awe-inspiring design, it is time the shower went from being vertical to horizontal.

Via: Trendir


How to get your Laptop a 3D display without glasses?

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 01:54 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

3D displays are a huge hit these days and everything from movies to high definition TVs and even smartphones and computer monitors are offering the service in order to enhance customer experience. So why should laptop users be deprived of three dimensional pleasures? Unfortunately, most of us don't have the kind of financial resources to invest in a new 3D monitor fitted laptop which is why this new offering from Spatial View Inc. is a god sent. The new snap-on 3DeeScreen launched by the company essentially allows users to view their boring old 2D display in 3D without any special glasses.

Spatial View 3DeeScreen
Spatial View 3DeeScreen

Crafted for use with any supported 15.6-inch laptop, the lenticular lens filter of the 3DeeScreen can simply be snapped on over the screen and the accompanying 3Dee Screen software basically offers the same visual output as an in-built 3D mechanism. A magnetized mounting frame is fitted onto the screen filter to ensure a snug fit. The projected 3D content can then be viewed without any 3D glasses, which provides existing laptops with 3D functionality at a cost effective price. The 3D viewing experience that the accessory provides is also superior to current glasses free display technology that come integrated with the laptops in the market at the moment.

Spatial View 3DeeScreen
Spatial View 3DeeScreen

What makes 3DeeScreen such a potent add-on is the fact that it adjusts the auto stereoscopic images via eye tracking technology so that the viewer’s right and left eyes are projected with separate right and left views. The software that comes with the package allows users to play 3D Blu-ray video if your laptop has the compatible drive. Spatial View also offers a whole range of 3D content on their portal 3DeeCentral where users can browse through and shop for short films, concerts, documentaries, video and images filmed in 3D. Since the add-on simply snaps out, users basically get the best of both worlds and can go back using their laptops in 2D by simply taking the screen off and turning the software off.

At the moment, the software and the snap-on screen are only compatible with a handful of models including the Dell Inspiron 1564 and a few Hewlett-Packard laptops with 720p or 1080p screen resolution. The software also requires a webcam with at least 640×480 resolutions with 30fps capture as well as a Blu-ray disc drive apart from an NVIDIA or AMD graphics processor and an Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processor. The 3DeeScreen can currently be purchased at Spatial View for $129.99.

Via: PC Mag


PierESCAPE, a contemporary destination with historic lineage

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 12:50 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

In order to protect Lake Michigan and promote economic growth, Martha Schwartz Partners and Davis Brody Bond of Aedas architects have come up with the PierESCAPE. The construction will prove to be a great recreational spot for the people of Chicago and also attract a lot of tourists from all over. PierESCAPE will perfectly integrate with the nearby buildings, both existing and proposed.

PierESCAPE
PierESCAPE

The Centennial Vision re-imagines Navy Pier as it nears its 100th anniversary in the year 2016. But, PierESCAPE will rise above the vision and strengthen the bond that exists between city, nature, water, land, infrastructure, civic space and even culture. It will unfurl a mystic waterfront experience, which swap it into a contemporary and historic place. The superlative landscape will serve culture, recreation, ecology and entertainment on single platter. This will not only create an environment that is exhilarating and stirring, but also sustainable.

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PierESCAPE
PierESCAPE proposal by edas Architecture, Davis Brody Bond and Martha Schwartz Partners

Visitors will be welcomed to Navy pier by the Wetland Garden, Bus Plaza and Gateway Plaza. South Dock, also known as, the Porch results in a centralized public space that is spread all through the length of the Pier. It will take care of a large number of programs and activities, which will pull visitors towards PierESCAPE. The pedestrian walkway will be brightened up by the presence of "lightowers" when dusk sets in. These lightowers are stainless steel channel, which are lean and finely impersonate the skyline of Chicago. Different forms of interactive spaces will surface as visitors move through the entrance of the Wetland Stream. These arresting open spaces will celebrate the spectacular natural conditions that exist because of Lake Michigan's shoreline.

The lakefront has been given a clearly open and free appearance as the wall of boats is eliminated and repositioned into specific docking areas. The passageway that faces the south oversees the floating gardens, which create a visible union between the surroundings and the overall infrastructure. The Pier Park is equally interesting and can be accessed via a grand staircase. It comprises of a variety of rides, outdoor spaces and theaters, to name a few. The area is simply meant for dealing interactive activities that are fun and will leave visitors rejuvenated.

If you are in a mood to soothe those frazzled nerves, then the East Edge Park will make sure it kills all the stress. It has a public spa that will let you take a plunge in the lake, irrespective of the day or season. Walk down the deck steps, made out of wood, and slip into a blissful state. The water will create a space for ice skating during colder seasons and will lend the coolness of a park when the weather gets hot. PierESCAPE is truly unique and will let people interact with its surroundings, while generating spectacular views.

PierESCAPEPierESCAPE proposal by edas Architecture, Davis Brody Bond and Martha Schwartz Partners

Via: Archdaily


4hone is a four piece cellphone for convertible mobile telephony

Posted: 08 Feb 2012 11:23 PM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Full touch screen phones are awesome till you realize that your texting needs are better fulfilled by a phone with a keypad. Phones with high resolution cameras are also great but they cost a bundle. Similarly, phones that offer video calling are often expensive and when you can find one for less, you find that the front secondary camera doesn't have the kind of resolution you really wanted. To allow users to get a variety of stupendous features in a single phone, designer Philip Pearce has created a modular four piece cellphone called the 4hone.

4hone cellphone
4hone cellphone

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4hone - 4 piece cell phone
4hone - 4 piece cell phone by Philip Pearce

Inspired by the different ways customers interact with their phones, the concept aims at improving user experience by offering them a value for money alternative that lets them configure their phone for a lot more features via simple add-on contraptions. Thanks to a detachable translucent keyboard, users can use the phone in full touch mode when they need to use a bigger display and add on the keypad to make typing easier when they need to send a text or an email.

To turn the phone into a dedicated music phone, users can also attach a set of speaker that fit right onto the phone so they don't have to carry around a speaker dock. For photography buffs, the phone comes with a detachable camera that can capture high resolution picture as well as provide a high resolution video when users need to make a video call. An additional slot for a micro SD card helps users boost storage as well.

[Cheers Philip]


Trendy fireplaces design ideas

Posted: 08 Feb 2012 10:22 PM PST

Savitha Muralidhara:

With the onset of winter, you need to warm up and soothe those stressed out nerves. Today, as the technology has far advanced, you no longer need to sit in front of the conventional smoke fireplaces that are stocked with logs of wood. It's time to unveil the invention of stylish, mobile and eco friendly fireplaces that bring a twist to your home interiors. Here are the concepts of some trendy fireplace designs that will enhance the glamor of your living room.


Art gallery fashioned from old shipping containers

Posted: 08 Feb 2012 08:30 PM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Shipping containers have been used to create prefabricated homes for quite a while now, though we haven't seen them being put to such creative uses as this temporary art gallery. Dubbed GAD, this multilevel public facility is created by MMW architects, an Oslo based studio that used a bunch of shipping containers to create a fully functional art gallery located in Tjuvholmen, Norway. Being a prefab structure, the gallery is easy to assemble and dissemble and thus can be moved to another location if required. Off the base, the structure features a substantial cantilever and the shipping containers are stacked to give the gallery a more defined yet minimalist feel.

GAD shipping container art gallery
GAD shipping container art gallery

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GAD shipping container art gallery
GAD by MMW architects in Tjuvholmen, Norway

The main interaction area of the gallery is housed at the ground floor which is made from combining five units that create a big open area. On the second floor lies the central courtyard fashioned in a u-shaped form made from three containers. The third level of the gallery has a square layout with a roof terrace gallery as well as an elevated exhibition space.

Since the containers were structurally sound, an outdoor exhibition space was created out of the exposed roof surfaces around the structure. The central courtyard on the second level has an industrial staircase that can be used to access an unsheltered terrace gallery at the front of the entrance to the second level. To fill up the entire space with natural daylight, the gallery was fitted with circular skylights and the ends of the containers got floor-to-ceiling windows.

Via: Designboom


Discycle human powered sea vehicle for clean and comfy water travel

Posted: 08 Feb 2012 08:24 PM PST

Asmita Prasad:

The Discycle concept by designer Bora Doker is one of the award winners at the 2011 edition of the Sea Vehicle Design Contest organized by the government of Turgutreis, Turkey. The project explores the possibility of making travel over water as simple and safe as traveling over land using a bicycle. The Discycle also aims at promoting human activity which has been curbed to a large extend because of automated transportation systems like elevators and escalators as well as mechanical private and public modes of transport.

DICYCLE: Human powered boat
DICYCLE: Human powered boat

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DICYCLE: Human powered boat
DICYCLE: Human powered boat by Bora Doker

As a human powered sea vehicle, the Discycle draws on the form of a regular row boat and features a mechanism found on the rowing equipment found in fitness centers that offers an economical, aesthetic and environmentally friendly way for people living near water bodies to travel and commute. Supported via two balance wheels located at the helm of the canoe, the rowing apparatus works the shift controlled propeller.

The propeller rotates the shaft while the balance wheels are powered by the pull exerted on the chained handle. Lockable foot pedals control the rudder and allow the user to steer the boat. As a human powered vehicle, the Discycle offers users a distinct ease of use and ensures a zero emissions, zero fuel energy ride while providing plenty of physical exercise.


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