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The Design blog


HomeTone gets a new design

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 06:02 AM PST

Shallu Sharma:

It brings us immense joy to announce that HomeTone, our sister blog at Instamedia Network, has now come up with a new, engaging design. HomeTone is your complete guide to home decor, home improvement and home technology. The main idea behind HomeTone is to help you redefine your living space and empower you to make smarter choices when it comes to home decor.

Hometone
Hometone

The new design promises easy navigation throughout the site. The exclusive features, tips and ideas, such as living room decorating ideas, under different categories aim to help homeowners make smarter choices.

We wish all the success to the HomeTone team.

Cheers!

Team DesignBuzz


Luminelo Illuminated Cycling Communication improves baby boomer cyclists’ on-road safety

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 05:48 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Baby Boomers are a part of the population that is increasingly taking up cycling as an easy to maintain physical fitness routine which is also environmentally friendly. However, cyclists are a part of road traffic that is most prone to getting into accidents due to common misunderstandings on the road. Since most cyclists still rely on primitive hand gestures to signal when they have to make a turn, or when they are traveling in a group, they tend to publicize their riding intentions but yelling "slowing" or "turning."

Luminelo
Luminelo

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Luminelo
Luminelo by Douglas Schaller

Though this method is an effective way of letting others on the road know what a cyclist is about to do next in light traffic conditions, road noise, low light and heavy traffic conditions makes such signals less visible/audible for motorists and other cyclists on the road. The problem becomes even starker for cyclists from the baby boomer age group since they can't yell out as loudly as younger cyclists.

To counter the problem of cyclists' visibility and to make their intentions of turning/slowing clearer to other motorists or cyclists on the despite variable traffic conditions, designer Douglas Schaller has come up with the Luminelo Illuminated Cycling Communication concept that can provide visual safety for cyclists of all age groups. More effective than the bright yellow jackets, hand signals and yelling, the visual communication provided by Luminelo can curb cycling related death and injury.

To effectively communicate the intentions of as cyclist, a matrix of small LEDs is used in conjunction with other up and coming technologies like stretchable circuits to make the jersey a high visibility product. a better solution than tail lights on a bike, the Luminelo provides visibility to the rider in low light and the glowing LED help other people know when a cyclist wants to turn and stop.

Since the dynamic and illuminated jersey is worn on the cyclist's person and features the lights and signals on the wearer's back that is situated at the eye level of motorists and can also be easily spotted by other cyclists on the road. In comparison to the small tail lights and other signals that are fitted on the frame of the cycle, the Luminelo Illuminated Cycling Communication provides a more actively visible means of communication to the cyclists. For visibility, the outward facing part of the shoulder, the thigh, wrist and the back of the jersey are fitted with visible signals and LEDs and eliminate the need to use other primitive means of communication.

Source: Douglas Schaller


Cycle and work at the same time with FitDesk

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 05:45 AM PST

Radhicka S Saxena:

So many of us grouse about not getting enough time to exercise every day? After all, health is wealth and you cannot be flippant about it. But, an ingenious stationary bike might just have a breakthrough for this quandary. Named as FitDesk, this is a stationary cycle cum work desk on which you can peddle away even when you are working.

FitDesk
FitDesk

A very simple and nifty design makes this multi-tasking feat possible. Most stationary bikes have steering handles at the front but this piece gives them a miss. Instead of the handles, a flat work desk has been fitted at the frontage. You can easily place your laptop on it and cycle away. Do not worry about your laptop slipping down. The table acquires a tight grip on your machine and doesn't let it slide away.

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FitDesk
FitDesk Lets You Pedal Your Way to Fitness While You Work

Just because there is a work desk fitted in doesn't mean that you will be compromising on your work out. Different speeds and resistance intensities can be set on this bike. Your exercise session will be thoroughgoing and powerful. Plus, the bike has an arm rest on which you can support your hands. In fact, you can also place your arms on the desk which holds the laptop.

You can take up repetitive and routine tasks on this cool contraption like sending emails, surfing the web, organizing time tables or preparing a memo. You can also place other gizmos like phones, cameras and video games on it. Read a book or mull over an official print out while you are cycling. Moreover, this unique bike is foldable so it won't take up extra space in your home or office. This is definitely a great solution for those who have a demanding schedule.

Via: Inhabitat


RSON8 DJ Controller with touchscreen and grooves makes DJing more intuitive

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 05:41 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Created by designer Vibhas Jain, the RSON8 Resonate Controller is a touchscreen device for DJs who can use the intuitive controls and embedded grooves of the device to perform live and make mixes on the go. The RSON8 DJ Controller allows DJs to quickly adjust levels by giving DJ’s the tactile feedback they need via the touchscreen's embedded grooves. In a casual environment, the RSON8 DJ Controller even lets users perform wirelessly.

RSON8 DJ Controller
RSON8 DJ Controller

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RSON8 DJ Controller
RSON8 DJ Controller by Vibhas Jain

The RSON8 DJ Controller condenses a mixer and two decks into a compact form factor and let users practice their mixes on the go thanks to a rechargeable Li-Ion battery and capable onboard solid state memory that can be used to store and repeat mixes on the road. What makes the RSON8 DJ Controller really different from regular mixers in the market is the touch tactility that it comes with.

The system allows DJs and amateur mixers to slide their fingers along grooves to adjust levels and leaves him/her free to interact with the audience since DJ doesn't have to constantly look at the device thanks to intuitive controls that can easily be remembered via practiced muscle memory. The aluminum unibody of the RSON8 DJ Controller lends it an attractive, easy to maintain appearance that doesn't get scuffed up during transportation and gigs.

[Cheers Vibhas]


Keep music at your fingertips with wrist mounted piano

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 05:32 AM PST

Shallu Sharma:

God created stress so man created music and trying to make it more innovative Japanese created this musical instrument that could create music at fingertips. Termed as Wrist-Mounted Finger Piano, this musical instrument is fun to use. You just have to wear it on your wrist and slip your fingers into small finger thingies and get ready to rock the music.

Japanese Wrist-Mounted Finger Piano
Japanese Wrist-Mounted Finger Piano

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Japanese Wrist-Mounted Finger Piano
Wrist-Mounted Finger Piano

This little instrument is quite easy to use. You just have to press your finger against some hard surface and each finger thingy produces a unique note. Three buttons at the top of the wrist unit are provided to add extra effect to the quality of the music. It comes with three volume levels and sound banks to pump full octave music. Sound bank adds diversity to music by making this instrument produce various effects like hum of Piano at sound level 1, jingle of bells at sound level 2 and the most unique and entertaining cat effect at sound level 3.

Polyphonic nature of this instrument enables you to play music in full scale and it is powered using three LR44 batteries. The diameter of the wrist unit is 2.5 inches with 10 inches strap length. Priced at $39.99, this three in one musical instrument is real fun to have and play.

Via: Thinkgeek


Doormat-E brings energy savings to doorbells

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 05:28 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Created by designer João Paulo Lammoglia, Doormat-E is a unique new take on reducing the carbon footprint of the average homeowner and people who want to go green without giving up the use of common electronics around the house. The concept basically boasts of a special doormat that requires the new arrival at a door to wipe their feet on the doormat a certain number of times before they press the doorbell to announce their arrival to their host.

Doormate concept
Doormate concept

The innovative design of the doormat converts the kinetic energy supplied by the user in the act of cleaning their feet into electrical energy that is then used to ring the doorbell integrated within the mat itself that can be pressed using the tip of the shoe. This allows something as commonplace and as often neglected as a doorbell to add to the energy savings of a home.

Doormate concept
Doormate concept

Since the Doormat E only asks a visitor to generate just enough electricity to be able to ring the bell once, the bell itself doesn't need to be connected to a permanent source of power (e.g., power from a grid or batteries) which is known to consume power even when not in use in the guise of phantom load or leaking electricity.

The Doormat E eliminates the possibility for wastage of power by generating only the required amount of electricity each time the bell is pressed. The concept also boasts of an efficient sound system which uses the wooden door as a natural sound amplifier hence less energy is required for the operation of the device.

Source: Joao Lammoglia


Lok shower panel makes you more considerate while using water

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 05:27 AM PST

Shallu Sharma:

Our habit of using water lavishly has forced us to think about ways of saving water as it is one of the major problems our planet is facing nowadays. Adding to the problem are people habitual of bathing for 15 to 20 minutes as there is no logical rationale behind such water wastage. In an effort to resolve the problem, designer Alan Javier has created a shower panel christened as Lok that helps in lowering the showering time to just 5 minutes. It comes with an analog timer to keep track of the time spent showering, which could be activated by pulling the knob to begin the countdown.

Lok shower head
Lok shower head

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Lok shower head
Lok Water saving shower head by Alan Javier

Lok features a customizable grid system for easy and quick access of the things you need while showering to save time as well as water. You can insert add-ons to the grid to keep your stuff approachable according to your stature. It also features a low flow shower head, which uses only 2.2 gallons of water per minute. The shower panel is crafted using chrome that adds to its style and makes it an attractive part of your bathroom.

To use it you just have to slide the knob to the extreme right to begin the countdown. Knob slides back to indicate that the time is running out and you need to hurry up. But even if time runs out shower won't turn off, so no need to worry about being left half cleansed. This customizable shower has nothing to do with water supply and it just serves as a reminder of the time spent bathing. The idea behind visual representation of time is to make people more considerate and responsible while consuming water.


Solar Enclosure for water reusability and energy conservation

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 05:25 AM PST

Shallu Sharma:

Most of us live unaware of the fact that if we did not take commendable steps to conserve natural resources now than life in future would become really difficult. Thinking on the same line, the designers from Center for Architecture Science and Ecology have successfully made a prototype that uses solar energy to purify gray-water and conserves energy.

Solar Enclosure for Water Reuse
Solar Enclosure for Water Reuse

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Solar Enclosure for Water Reuse
Solar Enclosure for Water Reuse

It's a nice looking archetype with glass front. The Solar Enclosure for Water Reuse (SEWR) compromises of sequence of cast-glass slabs. The inside of each slab features a standard flat lite and a thickened frame. Solar concentrators are fitted to the external lite that comes embedded with gray-water flow channels. The external surface is little titled to capture more and more amount of solar energy.

The gray-water coming from various sources like bathrooms, washing machines, toilets etc is made to run through the initial screening where the process of sedimentation helps in removing pollutants. Next, water is made to flow through the SEWR facade system channels where it is heated through solar energy. Before directing water to the household system, it is once again treated for another round of purification. The system saves energy by restricting the amount of freshwater drawn from centralized grids and could prove to be very useful by making water reusable.

Via: Architectmagazine


The Submariner watch would definitely fascinate adventure freaks

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 05:13 AM PST

Shallu Sharma:

Adventure lovers who adore swimming, diving and exploring depths of water do not have to compromise with their liking of wearing a hi-tech watch as Francisco Lupin has come up with an extraordinary timepiece that could be worn in any extreme conditions. Termed as Submariner, this watch could be worn while performing all types of risk activities that give you adrenaline rush be it high altitudes, extreme depths, cold waters, etc.

Submariner Scuba dive automatic watch
Submariner Scuba dive automatic watch

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Submariner Scuba dive automatic watch
Submariner Scuba dive automatic watch by Francisco Lupin

The parallelogram sealed case of this watch is crafted in high grade steel that makes it capable of bearing high pressure. Left side of the case features an air relief valve and right side comes with the watch crown control. The adjust crown on the right side comes fitted with stainless steel to avoid damaging while doing adventurous activities. The face of the watch is marked with big hour numbers to enable the user see the time in any circumstance. It also features two sub-dials, one with 60 second hand at 6 pm, and another with altimeter/depth tester located at 3 pm mark.

The submariner is juiced up by an Automatic Swiss Movement Caliber 65 that enables 72 hour run on the go. Its TPE (elastomeric) crafted sturdy wrist strap makes it durable and stainless steel hitch keeps it intact and safe. The weight of the watch has been reduced very intelligently by providing CNC cuts on the sides without compromising with the working and strength of the watch.

Source: Francisco-Lupin


Futuristic iPad to flaunt bezel free screens

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 04:42 AM PST

Shallu Sharma:

Advancement in technology has made it possible to reduce the size of computers from big box like structures to slender notebooks. Adding to this list is this futuristic concept created by Aatma Studio for the upcoming iPad design. The most interesting part about the device is its bezel-free structure that could be attached to another iPad through internal magnets. The two attached screens then interact and work like a single screen through NFC (Near Field Communication).

Futuristic iPad Concept
Futuristic iPad Concept

The iPad would showcase latest display technology i.e. holographic display that has the ability to offer 3D effect devoid of any special glasses and without harming human eyes. It also features new interface for interaction purpose. The talks about creating bezel-free handsets and tables have hyped the market for a while now, but as such no company has made any practical move towards this direction yet. And like always Apple once again is expected to amaze the world with its marvelous creation.

The main concern is the feebleness of its bezel-free screen as device won't have any protection against its screen. Apple has been researching on magnets for a while now and the idea of using internal magnets to connect iPads to form a surface like interface seems to be really impressive. Another concern may arise because of the extra battery consumption for supporting hologram unit and projector part and therefore there is a probability of using solar power to juice up the futuristic tablet.

Via: Tablet-news


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