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DayBrake Personal Stress Manager turns stress management into a science

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 04:43 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

One of the main causes of occupational diseases is work related stress, which is in turn caused by long working hours. However, work related stress can be reduced and productivity can be increased by positively utilizing correct relaxation and management methods. The DayBrake Personal Stress Manager Concept by Auckland, NZ based designer Jet Shao proposes using bio feedback sensors to monitor and manage user’s stress level. The concept basically breaks the monotony of a long stressful work day into small sections by providing non-intrusive intervention to facilitate passive stress management.

DayBrake Personal Stress Manager
DayBrake Personal Stress Manager

Some amount of stress is desirable to keep workers alert and attentive towards their work though a buildup of stress over a period of time can adversely affect health and concentration also. The DayBrake Personal Stress Manager Concept keeps track of physical markers of stress buildup like increase in heart rate and skin temperature and every time these scores reach a certain level, the system alerts them and notifies them to take a break. The system is also geared to provide physical and mental relaxation via a pleasurable neck massage that follows the principals of Feng chi and traditional Chinese acupressure therapies to instantly relieve stress buildup in the neck and shoulders.

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DayBrake Personal Stress Manager
DayBrake by Jet Shao

Effectively monitor and manage stress Level “DayBrake” provides a more scientific and intelligent way of managing individual’s stress level. The device features a bio feedback function which monitors user’s stress level through biological response of human body to negative stress like abnormal raise in heart rate and skin temperature. The data collected will be compared to a normal productive stress level to accurately indicate the rise in negative stress. When it senses abnormal stress level, it will send a feedback to the user with a pleasurable sensation of mild neck massage to advice the user to take a break.

Since it incorporates the Chinese traditional pressure point massage, the DayBrake Personal Stress Manager is perfectly safe for use with people of all ages regardless of their health status and people do not need to consult a medical practitioner before they can use this device. By massaging the two set of pressure point behind the neck area, the system provides the most effective stress relief and relaxation.

The system also offers positive suggestion and serves as a guide that aids users towards complete relaxation by helping them enter a deep state of meditation. A choice of personal music, white noise or various meditation aids are also offered to the user who can connect the device to their earphones via Bluetooth.

Source: Runaway Prototype Design


Declutter your nightstand with the SpeakerCubeDock

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 04:41 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

For an average person, a nightstand is a piece of furniture that we reach for the first thing in the morning when we reach for our alarm clock and also the last one that we interact with when we go to bed when stock it up with water, our latest reads, our phones and what not. However, most nightstand are not big enough to house so much of our stuff, which is why this handy SpeakerCubeDock which combines an alarm clock with speakers, battery and even a dock for the iPod/iPhone that helps declutter the nightstand or any space for that matter. Created by designer Eliel Cabrera, the SpeakerCubeDock (SCD) is an external battery, an iPod/iPod dock, an alarm clock, a portable speaker and even a hard drive in one.

SpeakerCubeDock
SpeakerCubeDock

Fitted with gesture controls, the device can be controlled and manipulated via simple touch interfaces located on either side. Touch enabled connectivity allows users to fast forward tracks, pause, play, rewind or even adjust volume and sound via either touch surface. With a simple slide, the speakers give way to expose the dock for the iPhone and iPod.

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SpeakerCubeDock
SpeakerCubeDock by Eliel Cabrera

The ultra fast charging external power battery offered on the SpeakerCubeDock (SCD) can power the speaker as well as charge the iPhone and iPod. The special high output battery takes less time to charge up your devices and remains an efficient way to power your speakers as well. The speakers can be charged by simply connecting the SCD with an Apple USB Power Adapter to an electrical outlet. The speakers are created with a unique vacuum bass design to offer surprising bass response and volume though it is still meant to be completely portable and battery efficient.

As an alarm clock, the SCD can be programmed via an application that allows you to set any song on your iPod or iPhone as your wake up tone. The clock's setting can also be manipulated via the same touch interface on the sides of the SCD. One of the most appealing features of the SCD remains its ability function as an external hard drive for your iPhone/iPod so that you don't have to constantly keep upgrading you memory card or sync your phone or music player to your computer.

With around 128GB capacity, the storage on the drive allows you to keep the virtual space on your iPhone or iPod decluttered as well as your physical space. The stored music and images can be managed via an app from your iPhone/iPod via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.


Small bathroom design ideas for compact city apartments

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 04:38 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

City life comes packed with people, which has further deleted the size of living spaces. Compact dwellings means people have to cut down on the size of various rooms, which even includes the bathroom area. But, with so many modern bathroom accessories it becomes impossible to escape the urge to fit everything irrespective of the limited space. Keeping the soaring demands in mind, modern designs make sure that the available space is utilized in a clever manner, which will make the bathroom sparkle with utility features. Below is a list of small bathroom design ideas, which will be perfect for compact city apartments.


Contemporary kitchen design ideas

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 01:05 AM PST

Shruti Mukim:

The soul of a neatly done up house rests in a well equipped and well maintained kitchen, housed with all modern electronic gadgets, neatly stacked to ensure healthier and faster cooking experience in the most convenient manner. A trendy and contemporary outlay with a dynamic design, conceptualized and engineered by the best interior designers of the world, makes room for perfect kitchen ideas. But due to space constraints and budget concerns, the dream of having such lavishly designed kitchens often takes a back seat. Keeping in mind the growing demands for a compact kitchen concept, designers from all across the world have come up with some of the most futuristic kitchen designs with limited space occupation. Let's take a close look at some of the most thrilling and sizzling kitchen concepts which would sweep you off your feet.


Iglu Dorf is literally the coolest hotel in the world

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 11:28 PM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Situated above a few of the world’s most posh ski resorts including Davos-Klosters and St Moritz, the igloo village of Iglu-Dorf is one of seven locations that offers its customers hot tubs, ice bars and fully functioning restaurants though there's a catch, the hotel is made entirely out of ice! Literally every surface in the hotel is fashioned out of ice including some of the shot glasses in the bar. To ensure that users don't have to suffer an embarrassment like a part of their shower melting off from the hot water, the hotel does not offer that service though they can get a decent soak in some of the hotel's hot tubs.

Iglu Dorf
Iglu Dorf

Rebuilt every season, the igloos are a huge hit at European ski destinations spread across Austria, Switzerland and the Principality of Andorra. The daring concept was first conceived by Adrian Gunter, an extreme snowboarder, in the year 1995 when he found the daily task of climbing up a peak every morning to catch the best snow is too tiring and built an igloo to spend the night near the peak.

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Iglu Dorf
The coolest hotel in the world

After positive feedback from friends, Gunter started investigating the possibility of expanding the temporary shelter to allow it to house guests. Gunter's first igloo was made from blocks of ice and he only had an expedition sleeping bag to spend the night in. Fifteen years on, guests are provided warm sleeping bags and cozy rugs and they are even offered a selection of champagnes. Gunter's igloo hotels can now be found at over seven locations today though his first chain of igloo hotels came up above Motta Naluns, Switzerland.

An area of over 600 square meters is used to set up an entire igloo village. A balloon sprayed with water is used to create individual ice structures, which ensure that each igloo gets the perfect spherical shape. Once the sprayed water is rigid enough to be lived in, decorators come in and manually sculpt the interior of the buildings that have around eight feet of headspace inside. Compared to the sub-zero temperature at these locations, the temperature inside the igloos remains at around zero degree Celsius that keeps the icy hotels from melting but also cozy enough for people around well wrapped in their winter wear.

A night in the icy hotels can set you back anywhere between $99 and $299, which isn't much when you consider that you probably have the best view of the night sky.

Via: Daily Mail


Logitech M600 is an amazing touch mouse for smoother onscreen navigation

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 10:38 PM PST

Dakshina Thakur:

Users who were searching high and low for a desktop companion that helps easily scroll through, have just got something interesting to feast their eyes upon. Well, Logitech recently announced their latest M600 Touch Mouse that amazingly combines beautiful aesthetics, slim profile and great performance.

Logitech Touch Mouse M600
Logitech Touch Mouse M600

Featuring an incredibly smooth, gorgeous chassis, the wireless mouse boasts of its unique touch sensitive surface. By taking advantage of which, both left and right handed users will be enabled to indulge in quick scrolling, swiping and surfing. The compact yet highly powerful M600 also comes equipped with Logitech Flow Scroll, which lets one slide the finger along its touch surface with utmost comfort.

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Logitech Touch Mouse M600 is desperate for your touch
Logitech Touch Mouse M600 is desperate for your touch

Perfect for users' exquisite decor, the device ensures free flowing and uninterrupted web page scrolling and onscreen navigation. The pleasant looking M600 touts to deliver as seamless of scrolling as users are used to on their smartphones. However, as far as the connectivity is concerned, the latest toddler lends support to Logitech Unifying Receiver.

With this one around, users will be allowed to conveniently pair the compact USB dongle with up to six Logitech wireless peripherals at the same time. Besides all these, the mouse steps in with two regular AA batteries that keep the model conscious and alive for elongated sessions.

The new Logitech M600 Touch Mouse is now available for per order at a price that reads at $69.99. Nevertheless, it is anticipated to go on sale somewhere later this month. Hopefully, the new addition to the company's portfolio will put forth an entirely new way of swiping, scrolling and surfing. So irrespective of the purpose, be it playing games on a desktop or surfing the web on a laptop, the beautiful mouse indeed makes almost everything possible.

Via: Slashgear


Cool and creative living room design ideas

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 10:24 PM PST

Saba Akhtar:

Are you fascinated by the living rooms of the rich and famous? Do you want your living room to look glamorous and sexy? Here is good news for you. You can achieve the desired results by following some cool and creative living room design ideas. Read along to know more about these ideas and how they can help you make your living room sassy and stylish. In this article, we have compiled a list of ten living room design ideas in order to help you design a stylish and modern living room. Have a look.


Refreshing backyard design ideas

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 10:23 PM PST

Jayanti Anubhav:

Space crunch has forced people to opt for box apartments and having a backyard in such times is nothing more than a luxury. It is a place where you can share cozy, intimate moments with your family. Backyard is an integral part of the home decor that can win you accolades if done up with creative streak. Take out some time and put in a little effort to see a vacant space transforming into the most beautiful part of home landscaping. Let's take a look into various refreshing backyard design ideas to create a dream landscape right at the back of your house.


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