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Ovia Integrated Power Reserve provides energy when you actually need it

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 05:30 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

The Ovia Integrated Power Reserve by Sophie Wijaya is created for regions in the developing world that still experience frequent power cuts and shortage. Since a lack of electricity directly leads to loss of productivity after sunset and proves to be a big hindrance for small businesses, people at home as well as children who need to study. Most of these people have traditionally relied on fuel-based lighting options though they are generally considered bad for health because of the toxic fumes they produce and tend to be a financial burden since the fuel required to use them is often costly.

OVIA Reserve Power
OVIA Reserve Power

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OVIA Reserve Power
OVIA Reserve Power by Sophie Wijaya

Moreover, the spread of electronic telecommunication in the developing world has also resulted in these regions requiring additional power though they are forced to use backup generators to fulfill their needs so far. The Ovia Integrated Power Reserve thus looks to serve as an energy efficient power reserve that can recharge itself using grid power when the supply is there and can be used to power a laptop, cellphones, lights and other small electronics when there is a power cut.

Aimed at the active user of new technology between the ages of 18 to 40 years, the Ovia Integrated Power Reserve can provide sufficient backup power for indoor use in a home or office with a maximum floor space of 600 sq. ft. The lower to middle income consumer can also purchase and use the device without putting in a huge down payment. The device can also be carried from room to room that makes it better than fixed installation and can be carried around by traveling salesmen, students living away from home etc.

Source: Sophie Wijaya


Solar Power Dock to juice up your iPad/iPhone anywhere, anytime

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 05:27 AM PST

Shallu Sharma:

Last decade has witnessed bounteous solar powered technologies and gadgets. Raging from solar powered cellphones to automobiles, batteries to watches, new products are launched every now and then to keep you awestruck. Adding to the catalog is the Power Dock unveiled at this year's Mobile World Congress, created by the collaboration of Intivation and A-Solar. This docking station has been created specifically for iPads and iPhones and runs completely on solar energy.

solar Power Dock
solar Power Dock

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solar Power Dock
Compact Portable Power Dock Soaks Up the Sun

This compact and tour friendly Solar Power Dock dock stores energy in its powerful 6000mAh internal battery, which means you can charge your iPhone or iPad wherever and whenever it suits you. LED indicator and test button at front of the dock allow you to know the status of the energy stored in the battery. Black rubber finish imparts a rugged look and keeps it protected. Another attractive feature about the dock is its synchronization with the iTunes. It takes around 12 to 16 hours to get itself fully charged using sunlight and juices up cellphone in about 3 to 4 hours.

It is straightforward to use with a very simple plug and play trait. You just have to slide the top of the dock and place your iPhone/iPad in it and it automatically instigates charging. The back of the dock features a built-in USB output for charging cellphones of brand other than Apple. This small dock is priced at $106 and is best for the times when you are away from a power source specially while traveling. This travel dock promises to work equally good even on cloudy days when sun's rays are fewer.

Via: Gizmodo/ Chipchick


MedPod Portable Medicine Dispenser keeps a check on incompliant patients

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 05:26 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Created by designer Ro Brady, the MedPod is a revolutionary new medical device that can eliminate the problem of patients missing doses of their prescribed medicine or failing to take them at specified times or in specified amounts. The portable device allows patients to customize the intake of medicine and pre-sort all their medicine into prescribed doses for the day.

MedPod
MedPod

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MedPod
MedPod that reminds patients of potential missed doses as well via text, email, or by phone.

The device is battery operated and uses cellular technology to connect to something like a medical cloud to keep information regarding the patient's intake of medicine. This allows both doctors and caretakers to keep an eye on the patient's regularity with taking their prescribed medicine and allows patients to remember and monitor their own drug usage.

The portable dispenser can connect to the customer and the doctor/caretaker via phone, text and email and keep them connected to an interactive cloud database that is enhanced by real-time medical ecosystem support.

The MedPod thus helps ensure high compliance among patients with a busy lifestyle, seniors who have a hard time remembering when to take their meds and even children who often forget when to take their medicines, which ones to take and in what quantity. By pre-sorting the medicine, the device also eliminates the possibility of accident overdose.

Source: Ro Brady


Sustainable project to decanyonize the Italian city of Cagliari

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 02:17 AM PST

Radhicka S Saxena:

Though SantÉlia is situated at the southern point of Cagliari, it is disconnected from rest of the region. Apart from geographical impediments like canyons, there are many reasons why the area is cut off from rest of the land mass. Firstly, it has earned a bad name for its notoriety. Additionally, the social housing project of the 1970s also earned a bad reputation. But a restorative project, that might change all this, is on its way.

Sustainable project  for Italian city of Cagliari
Sustainable project for Italian city of Cagliari

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An urban solutions for the city of Cagliari in Sardinia, Italy
An urban solutions for the city of Cagliari in Sardinia, Italy

Firstly, although the land mass has a unique terrain, it is nevertheless a useful one. The city is located at an exquisite waterfront. It has a characteristic topography, which is a complex amalgamation of interactions and flows surfacing into a series of joints and fields. A plan that uses regenerative patterns promises a new beginning for the city.

An arrangement that suits the topography of the site is being planned. The systemic and developed approach of pattern recognition is being applied to generate sustainable solutions. The nodes and fields on the ground will form the basic framework for this new urban space. The configuration developed will be adaptive and non-programmed. It will have block like structures interconnected by swinging pathways.

This new age multi-modal construction will be quite a landmark. The city will be transformed into an urbane space that conforms to its natural terrain. The changes in the new plan will afford many advantages. The housing project will be revived. A technique to irrigate the land area will also be employed. Also, the city will be reconnected to Cagliari. The suave and well planned project will completely transform the appearance of the landscape.

Via: Sucker Punch


Sporty Supaheroe cycle jacket for a safe and stylish ride

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 01:16 AM PST

Radhicka S Saxena:

Cycling gear should be rugged to keep you out of harm's way. So this nifty piece, which fits in many more functions apart from just keeping you safe, will leave cyclists awestruck. The cozy jacket does more than just protect you from the gusty wind and biting cold. The smashing piece is tough and fits in functions that make biking swiftly safe and easy.

Sporty Supaheroe cycle jacket
Sporty Supaheroe cycle jacket

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Sporty Supaheroe cycle jacket
Sporty Supaheroe cycle jacket boasts “intelligent” sensors and dynamic LEDs

Let's put across the basics first. Made from organic cotton wool, the jacket is layered with water proof fabric. Despite its thickset stitch, one can breathe in it comfortably. Also, the fabric is stretchable thus allowing for easy mobility. The dapper looking piece comes in a beige tint. LED circuits with white webbing are patched on the arms and torso giving it a suave touch. The front panel flashes a white light while the back of the jacket scintillates in red.

Loaded with wearable circuit boards, about 64 RGB LEDs have been fitted on it. The hi-tech features keep a tab on the movement of the biker when they are riding. The gyroscope and acceleration sensor display information about any movement on the jacket for others to read. The LEDs at the back flash red when you brake and flicker only on one side when you go sideways.

The jacket also has a smartphone call alert for those who don't want to miss taking important calls while they are spinning around. This alert system lights up the screen and activates the sensors as well as the LEDs. The cool and handy piece for cyclists is a creation of the Utope Project, which is a conjoint effort of the circuits division at Fraunhofer IZM and designer Wolfgang Langeder. No word on the pricing yet but the jacket will definitely hit the market this year.

Via: Gizmag


Trendy Sine Chair to support musical endeavors

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 12:03 AM PST

Christina Pinto:

The idea of Sine Chair emerged from the creative mind of Kent Madden, a graduate of Mechanical Design at SAIT Polytechnic. Adept at industrial design and graphic design, he created the chair for musicians who yearn for a small, soothing open seat to practice or write their music. The chair's concept was derived from the curvilinear shape of a sine wave, which is why it has a very unique outline. Another reason is to increase the level of comfort an individual experiences in the chair, providing a casual relaxation zone for the person.

Sine Chair
Sine Chair

Musicians can stretch out their legs in any direction and lean back against the back rest, or curl up in a cross legged position. Enough space has been allowed in the design for the sitter to feel the most at ease in his pursuit of creative expression. It is 1m wide and 0.75 m high. Understanding the requirements of musicians, the designer installed strong string grips in all the three cushions to hold the sheet music. This is a great asset to musicians who want to read and write music in their favorite chair.

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Sine Chair
Sine Chair by Kent Madden

Rigid piping ensures the chair has a sturdy structure and chrome legs maintain the balance of the structure. Luxury sleek cushions with good stuffing cover the inner seats of the chair, maximizing the sitter's satisfaction. The butt rest also looks very snug and supportive.

Another special feature is the amazing acoustical properties within the area of the Sine chair. Musicians can play any instrument, immerse themselves in the sounds and concentrate on improving their skill. It is even possible for avid readers to enjoy their favorite reading material in relative coziness. Finally, the chair is very striking and attractive due to the bright colors it is available in. A beautiful array of radiant neon hues that will enliven your home: brown, red, green, orange, blue and purple.

Via: Kentmadden


Ion Wireless Air Mouse Glove substitutes mouse for a ninja PC gamer

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 12:01 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Here's a product that looks awesome on paper but in real life, using it is probably going to turn your brain to fudge. The reason why we say this is because though this nice mouse claims to make gaming and computing simpler by allowing users to use intuitive wrist and hand movements to make PC gaming a breeze. And even though the glove mouse comes with a pause button, the company hasn't unveiled any features that assure us that the glove mouse wont register inputs when you accidentally use your predominant hand for common unmindful bodily responses like holding your hand up to your face when you sneeze or bringing your hand up to your eye when something suddenly falls in your eye or even when someone standing behind hands you something and you immediately reach out with your predominant hand to accept it.

Ion Wireless Air Mouse Glove
Ion Wireless Air Mouse Glove

Anyhow, since you're going to be practicing how to control an on-screen cursor with simple wrist and finger movements, we're guessing you're also going to spend some time practicing ninja-like self control to use your non-predominant hand to react to involuntary physical actions or make sure you hit pause every time you feel your gloved predominant hand responding to being poked in the eye unexpectedly by a mischievous fly.

Ion Wireless Air Mouse GloveIon Wireless Air Mouse Glove Promises to be as Ergonomic as it is Functional

The mouse replacement lets your wrist, fingers and hand control all the functions of the mouse including scrolling, right and left clicks and has a USB-free wireless range of 35 feet so you can hit pause and safely eave your desk without having to take the glove off every time. The Ion Air Mouse Glove costs $79.99 though you might have to pay a little extra for ninja self-control classes.

Via: Slashgear/ Everything USB


Chiseled Gran Turismo Recumbent Tricycle is fun to ride

Posted: 28 Feb 2012 11:58 PM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Recumbent Tricycles no doubt have an eccentric shape, but everyone wants to try riding one of them sometime. These sit-down bikes unfurl a comfort coated ride, while the rider relaxes in the seat and looks around. Fetching heavy inspiration from racing bicycles and speedy sports cars is the stylish Gran Turismo Recumbent Tricycle, which has been designed by Justin Chan.

Gran Turismo Recumbent Tricycle
Gran Turismo Recumbent Tricycle

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Gran Turismo Recumbent Tricycle
Gran Turismo Recumbent Tricycle by Justin Cha

The Gran Turismo Recumbent Tricycle has been crafted in an eye appealing way and will attract a lot of attention when it rolls on the roads. It has been crafted using carbon fiber, giving it a chiseled shape, which is incomparable to any other bike present around. The use of carbon fiber gives it all the required strength to withstand just any kind of weather conditions. The customized recumbent tricycle frame gives it a super car appeal. The bike stands high on not only style but performance as well.

Apart from its radical shape, features like storage, HUD, suspension lights and roll bars give it additive magnetism. LED lights have been fitted that will brighten up even areas that have been lit up poorly, hence averting any kind of mishaps that may happen because of dark surroundings. The design comprises of a ribcage, which will lend the required protection in case the rider meets with an accident. The frame will be protected from damage because of the presence of heavy duty plastic skid pads. The Gran Turismo Recumbent Tricycle will be a whole different experience, which will be just plain fun to ride.

[Cheers Justin]


Boîte is a modular meeting room with a relaxed setting

Posted: 28 Feb 2012 11:52 PM PST

Radhicka S Saxena:

This modular structure, christened as Boite, has been designed to hold official meetings, will leave executives thoroughly contented. Mostly, meeting rooms are uptight and formal, but the ambiance of this one is completely different. Devised to hold small gatherings, the sturdy space has a transparent and casual setting. The nifty cabin is available in a number of varieties and finishes.

Boîte Modular meeting area
Boîte Modular meeting area

Though modular, the structure is quite robust. The basic framework is solid and tough. Stamped and welded sheet metal is used as the primary hulk of the meeting room. All components are attached to this basic skeleton, thus they stay steady and reinforce the strength of the enclosure.

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Boîte Modular meeting area
Boîte Modular meeting area by Douglas Schaller

The area is perfect for lounging about and holding a casual meeting. It is easy to reach out to the low flexible table. The seats stationed along side are also quite comfy. The cubicle is based on the research conducted in conjunction with Herman Miller.

It has all amenities that you will need to hold a typical meeting. The space is well illuminated with LED lights, which are cost effective, eco friendly and also neat to look at. The low table fitted inside has a thoughtful design. You can easily rest a coffee mug on it or lean forward and take notes. With the spin of a hinge, you can also convert the table into an ergonomic work surface.

The meeting space is available in three different configurations, namely, open, closed and double. The open concept has a relaxed setting while the closed one has a glass enclosure allowing people to speak candidly on sensitive and confidential topics. The double Boite is more spacious and can accommodate eight instead of just four people at a time.

Source: Douglass Challer


The OPMOD Battle Mug gets a sleepy sharpshooter his daily cuppa on the job

Posted: 28 Feb 2012 11:09 PM PST

Asmita Prasad:

If there was ever a perfect metaphor for the commercialization of war and a few sick minded people using international political conflict for bettering their bank balances, this OPMOD Battle Mug is probably it! With 3 military spec rails, the mug can be used to mount any of the usual accessories that you can on a rifle, right from lasers to night vision add ons and even telescopic lenses if you wish to eye a donut in a patisserie a few blocks away!

OPMOD Mug
OPMOD Mug

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OPMOD Battle Mug
Tactical Beer Mug With Scope Mounts, AR-15 Handle

The OPMOD Battle Mug is fashioned out of a 13.5lbs 6061 T6 aluminum block and one of its rails even comes with an AR-15 rifle handle to lend a touch of authenticity to the war-ready coffee mug. The mug is rounded off with a Mil Spec Type III Anodized finish and can even hold a mammoth 24 ounces of liquid that will let you stay hydrated or awake for a few hours or days even.

And like all things military spec and war-like, the mug too is overpriced and costs a mammoth $250 (you could probably get a gold-finished, diamond-studded mug for that amount) but since it's probably going to be one the most publicized "real man's mug" this year, you might as well save up and get this for your significant other just so he doesn't have to feel bad in front of all his friends who drink their beer out of it!

OPMOD Battle MugTactical Beer Mug With Scope Mounts, AR-15 Handle

Via: Oh Gizmo


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