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Solar Bus Stop uses induction charging to power electric public transport

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 03:48 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Created specially keeping in mind the requirements of electricity run public transport in the Dutch city of Noord-Brabant, the ATC Solar Curve Bus Stop is an innovative and ambitious project by Studio Mango that seeks to integrate induction technology into bus stops to allow electric buses to recharge their batteries without returning to the city's bus station.

ATC Bus stop
ATC Bus stop

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ATC Bus stop
ATC solar curve bus stop

The Solar Curve was designed to fit the current infrastructural requirements of the city of Noord-Brabant. The concept draws on the structure of existing bus stops and tries to offer solar charging capabilities to their design that allows bus stops currently in existence to be retro-fitted with solar panels and electrical outlets that can be used by public transport for quick charging. The bus stop's traveler friendly design also protects the waiting people from the sun and rain and features a place for waiting passengers to sit as well as a bike rack at its back.

The electric power needed to charge the city bus is met by the 15.5 meter solar panels on the rooftop that are located at an angle to ensure maximum coverage. Components for inductive charging are hidden and protected against damage or dirt in the same titling roof construction.

To make charging via the Solar Curve as easy as possible for the bus driver, the design features intuitive induction charging that allows the driver simply park the bus under the panel and let the solar curve do the rest of the work automatically. Green LED lights on the station indicate charging status and when the bus is ready to hit the streets again that can be read very easily by the bus driver as well as the waiting public.

Source: Studio Mango


Wearable electronic musical instrument for modern age composers

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 03:46 AM PST

Rohit Ram Singh:

The Concept:

Electronic music is evolving every day, hence the instruments need to adapt too. Korg Kaos MPC (Music Production Center) is a new age musical instrument made specifically for electronic music performers and producers. The versatile equipment can be used to emulate any musical instruments and also create experimental sounds. It has a fully functional MIDI keyboard, graphic EQ, personalized effects processor, several banks of readily usable loops, wireless connectivity and built in battery power. The utility instrument can be worn along the chest and gives access to all the parameters and functions at the user's disposal. All parameters like sample EQ and filters can be edited in real time. The instrument also has a built in touch screen display for easier access.

Korg Kaos MPC
Korg Kaos MPC

The Inspiration:

The design keeps in mind that DJs are independent when it comes to performing. Limited number of sounds and instruments limit the musical creativity. Use of many different sounds usually requires a lot of instruments. Playing so many instruments live could be tough task due to the problem of space. Korg Kaos MPC would be a cure for all these problems. The designer really paid attention to the fact that most of the electronic instruments are not wearable leaving the DJs immobile.

The design:

Korg Kaos MPC is an amalgamation of a MIDI controller, acoustic sound processing, loops, on board synthesizer and various other tools of electronic music production. The design focuses on use of more curves than angles. The MIDI controller can be used to play any sample or instrument during a live performance. This gives DJs a chance to use the most versatile sounds and samples for maximum creativity. You can also create your own preset for instrument, edit its sound and play prerecorded sound samples. The midi pad is a capacious keyboard. So you can record sounds via MIDI, create loops and then apply effects to the sample. The MPC is switched on by pressing the spring loaded adjustable screen. During the live performance user can wirelessly sync the MPC with his/her computer. The touch screen adds an ease of use. The device can use either external power which is accessible through the strap or it could use in built flexible polymer gel lithium ion batteries.

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Korg Kaos MPC
Korg Kaos MPC by Galen Eliason-Carey

The fabulous:

Korg Kaos MPC is the first ever electronic musical instrument which can be worn. The size of the instrument can easily deceive you about its functionality but, it's an all in one device when it comes to electronic music like trance, dubstep, electronica and techno. The device can be synced wirelessly with a computer for live performances. The ergonomic design makes it very easy to wear and play with all the parameters at disposal. The instrument can be powered either using external source or using the built in flexible lithium ion batteries.

The target:

This device would be very useful for people doing electronic music live or recorded. DJs would get the most benefit. This would also be great for people who want to get into making electronic music since it is very easy to use, versatile and has everything you would need.

Related Trends:

1. Akai renaissance:

Akai Renaissance
Akai Renaissance

In this MPC, Akai has tried to incorporate the power of a computer. This helps keep things manageable and maintain the workflow. The hardware can be synced with the computer using MPC Renaissance software which lets you choose from a huge sample library. It has two midi inputs which can be used to connect two MIDI controllers and play through the instrument bank.

2. Akai MPC 5000:

Akai MPC 5000
Akai MPC 5000

This is the more advanced version of MPC2500. The most striking and less visible upgrade is the 80GB hard drive. MPC5000 offers increased sampling rate, which directly affects the sound. It also has a polyphonic virtual analog synthesizer with three oscillators and a built in arpeggiator with six patterns to choose from. You can record, view sound samples and edit them with gain, cut, copy, fade etc. functions. Akai incorporated a lot of functions, which were absent in traditional Akai MPCs.

3. Akai MPC 1000:

Akai MPC 1000
Akai MPC 1000

MPC 1000 is a 64 track MIDI sequencer and sampler made by Akai. It is very handy and fits in a small gig bag. It is preloaded with multi effects, filters and FX. It can also be upgraded from16MB to 128MB. It supports standard flash memory cards, which can be synced to a mac or PC. 16 velocity and pressure sensitive rubber pads provide enough beat and sample control. This is a compact low cost MPC that comes at the cost of a little sound quality. This is a very popular MPC amongst R&B, techno and Rap musicians.


Bimoped transforms from a two wheeled moped to an electric four wheeler

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 03:39 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Tailor made for maneuvering through cramped urban traffic, the Bimoped electric vehicle by mechanical engineer Michael Druchunas is a sustainable city based vehicle concept that lets users enjoy the pleasures of riding in a two wheeler moped as well as a four wheeler family car. The vehicle was developed primarily to make maneuvering through city traffic more efficient. The modular design of the vehicle features a moped component that can also be reconfigured into a car when needed. The original form of the Bimoped features unique structural attributes that give it a distinct dual adjustable feature, which is perfect for a bicycle dominated city like Amsterdam and draws heavy assistance from the developments in the Dutch aerospace industry.

Bimoped
Bimoped

The ambitious project basically proposes the construction of a sturdy and aerodynamic vehicle that is lightweight and uses materials developed for the aerospace industry. The modularization of the Bimoped also proves itself to be tremendously cost effective for consumers since these structural elements allow the vehicle to serve a dual purpose without requiring the buyer to spend too much on maintenance and upkeep.

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Bimoped
Bimoped electric vehicle concept

A transparent photovoltaic module comes integrated with the bulb like glass facade which encases the car component. The single piece composite structure of the chassis allows the glass encasing to serve as four piece greenhouse. The vehicle's detachable wheel system features connecting rods that join singular wheels that let the wheel be separated from or added on to the chassis facilitating a dual mode for the vehicle. These sub assembly system allow the vehicle to easily transition from a portable moped into a fully maneuverable four wheeler.

The electric powertrain of the Bimoped consists of a 91 percent efficient 20 kW motor that displaces 866cc of power at a relative low cost. The vehicle can be run on either a FAGOR RE20 or Lotus engine fitted with an integrated special range extender generator and a high performance, quick charging battery pack. To supply the vehicle with extra power during emergencies, the vehicle can also be fitted with an optional CNG conversion kit. Other power supplementing features on the Bimoped include flexible hubless rims for the wheels, solar power generators and regenerative braking system all of which would provide the battery with additional charge while driving and when the vehicle is parked.

The battery pack of the Bimoped would be chargeable via regular residential electrical outlet that would allow buyers to make use of existing infrastructure even at places where public EV charging stations are not easily available.

[Cheers Michael]


Electric city car saves space as well as environment

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 02:34 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

What's the point riding in a four-seater car when you are all alone? This not only occupies a lot of space on the road and in the parking area, but also wastes a lot of precious resources. Keeping the negativity that come tagged with riding in big car, Jenny Tseitlin has come up with an ingenious design in the form of Electric city car.

Electric city car
Electric city car

Jenny works in multiple creative fields, which includes automotive, product and industrial designing. The cute looking car can accommodate just one passenger, which makes it perfect for riding in the city. Electric city car has a length, width and height of 1900mm, 1200mm and 1800mm, respectively. The small sized creation can touch a top speed of 80 km/h that is quite good keeping in mind its dimensions.

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Electric city car
Electric city car by Jenny Tseitlin

The compact vehicle has an attention grabbing silhouette that will suit all needs of a city life. Electric city car comes fitted with Proton exchange membrane or PEM fuel cell battery, which has been wedged in the vehicle's floor and will ensure a great riding experience. The front wheels have been fitted with two 30kW electric motors, which power the vehicle for a comfortable ride.

The rear bottom of Electric city car has an exchangeable reservoir that has 4kg of hydrogen. Travel for a good 100 km with just 1kg hydrogen. Such a feature makes it a very practical as well as user friendly vehicle. The small size further makes it economical when it comes to the manufacturing part. So, go shopping or to your office on this space saving car and give riding around the city an all new meaning.

Via: Janecreating


Cryoscope forecasts weather conditions by just a single touch

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 02:22 AM PST

Christina Pinto:

The Cryoscope concept designed by Robb Godshaw is a very intriguing technological device. Instead of using conventional means like visiting a weather website or turning on the news channel, this concept provides an efficient method for gauging the temperature of the day.

Cryoscope concept to touch and feel the weather forecast
Cryoscope concept to touch and feel the weather forecast

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Cryoscope concept to touch and feel the weather forecast
Cryoscope concept by Robb Godshaw

The device is made up of aluminum crafted in the shape of a cube. The aluminum shell is infused with haptic technology for users to touch the cube’s contact surface for the temperature update.To see how the device works, we need to examine its internal components composed of a peltier thermal electric element, heat sink, cooling fan and a RGB LED. The peltier thermal electric element pumps heat in and out of the chaise. The combination of heat sink and cooling fan is responsible for displacing waste heat generated by the Peltier to prevent overheating. The underside RGB LED is a physical indicator of the cube's current temperature, red for hot and blue for cold.

A cable links the cube to an external power supply and to an Arduino controller that enables it to retrieve the temperature from various sources over the Internet. Users just have to enter their location to a Web app and subsequently the cube emanates temperature for the day. It can also reveal the temperature for the next day.

In the neutral state, the cube's temperature is usually 85°F (30°C), which is warmer than room temperature as the device has to compensate for the innate coolness of the aluminum metal. The neutral temperature acts as a baseline and the temperature of the cube increases or decreases depending on the temperature of the forecast. The Cryoscope is a concept presently and Godshaw might create a structural and functional device in the near future.

Via: Apartment Therapy


Add a minimal flavor to life with hand operated record player

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 02:19 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Minimalism is the call of the day and people are adhering to it like never before. Designs have become very simple and come tagged with all the functional features, which is very impressive. Taking this a step further is Livia Ritthaler, a graphic designer by profession, who is out with a gramophone that comes smothered with minimalistic features.

Hand Powered Record Player
Hand Powered Record Player

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Hand Powered Record Player
The World's Most Minimal Record Player

The plain looking record player will fit in compact space and is apt to create a bygone era aura in a tight city space. The attention arresting gramophone is operated by hand and will demand a user's complete involvement as it whiffs mesmerizing tunes. The design has been crafted using just three things: wood, paper and metal, making sure it ranks high on the ultra minimalist graph.

Simply, twist the record with your fingers and see it fill the area with vivaciousness. Though the manual operation can prove to be a bit tiring, but the design won't fall short of lending an everlasting impression. While spinning the record, the creation quivers a bit, while creating sounds that are very audible. The best part being, one won't be dependable on batteries or electricity supply to get entertained, thanks to the amazing designing of the ultra minimalist gramophone.

The record player isn't very heavy like typical designs and works well with 78 rpm records. Livia Ritthaler's creation is easy to use and will give a retro feel to the overall setup of a place. Sprinkle the charm of olden days in your life as you spin the record to create a lively atmosphere that too coated with minimalism.

Via: Fastcodesign


TheO foam ball lets you toss around your iPhone like a regular ball

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 02:18 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

We know iPhone games are fun but they still cannot beat the simple pleasures that a simple game of "catch" can provide. TheO foam ball is one such creation that was invented for folks who want to enjoy tossing a ball around with friends but really want to do so using their iPhones. The bizarre iPhone accessory basically lets users wrap their iPhones in an oversized rubber ball and play games that utilize the phone's accelerometer to provide both virtual as well as physical fun.

TheO foam ball
TheO foam ball

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TheO foam ball
TheO foam ball lets you bounce your iPhone

TheO foam ball comes with a cutout that lets users view the display of the phone and combines the fun of physical activity with virtual games like Bowling, Interrogo (which is a combo of classic ice breaking party games like Truth or Dare and Spin the bottle where every time the ball is thrown to a different user, they are asked a question) and Hot Potato. These games have been specially developed for the Apple phone.

Of course you can still play all these games with a simple and cheaper ball without jeopardizing your expensive phone, but we're guessing the risk factor and knowing that your electronic lifeline is being thrown around by strangers somehow must add to the thrill. TheO Foam Ball for the iPhone is currently on display at New York's Toy Fair though its developers have not specified a price range or availability just yet.

Via: Uber Gizmo


Innovative basement design ideas to utilize your deserted home space

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 02:16 AM PST

Prerna Varma:

Basement is an important but often underutilized section of a house. Mostly, people overlook the basement and use it simply for storage purposes. But with some tricks and strategies you can use your basement for more than storage purposes. In fact, with little planning, you can decorate your basement and make it your living room, bedroom or movie/media area. Here, we have combined some simple but creative basement design ideas that can help you utilize your space more efficiently and effectively. Have a look.


Electric Vehicle Charging System to make charging fun for travelers

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 02:08 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

One of the major deterrents for people looking to trade their gas guzzlers for EVs is that current EV charging systems along the highways are not reliable enough and users have to wait around with nothing to do while their vehicles charge. The Rest + Recharge Electric Vehicle Charging System by designers Kevin Tomlinson, Amanda Klassen and Ada Chiu addresses these issues and looks to integrate charging points at highway rest stops that are ideal for EV owners as they have activities for passengers and drivers to do while charging.

Rest + Recharge: Electric Vehicle charging system
Rest + Recharge: Electric Vehicle charging system

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Rest + Recharge: Electric Vehicle charging system
Rest + Recharge an Electric Vehicle charging system by Ada Chiu

The Rest + Recharge Electric Vehicle Charging System comprises of a Puck, which is a time management device that allows the user to enjoy the charging wait time elsewhere without worrying about the car and charger. The Rest + Recharge Electric Vehicle Charging System comprises of an EVSE - Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment or charging unit, a Puck which is time management device dispensed from EVSE that displays charge status and current fee charges and Quest Cards that serves as information and navigational tools that contain a map of all nearby charging stations and distances to other locations. These cards also feature educational information about the regional history and local recreational services.

The simple OLED display of the Puck can update the EV driver about the vehicle's battery status, time remaining till full charge and current fee charges. The freestanding structure will feature a user friendly interface with a payment and timer system. The structure is intended to be made in compliance with Canadian environmental laws and the system can also serve to boost eco friendly travel in the country.

Source: Ada Chiu


Unique garage design ideas to park your vehicle

Posted: 15 Feb 2012 01:23 AM PST

Nitesh Seth:

Accelerated development and changes in transportation technology have made garages an important part of architectural planning. Modern garage design is an effective setting for a range of activities. Apart from being a car shed, they are an integral part of home designing. If you want to transform your car park into something to show off, you can experiment yourself or consult an expert. Below is the list of 10 unique garage design ideas to choose from. Have a look.


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