- Inspirational kitchen technologies to adorn futuristic homes
- Doc or Ski or Relax Boat Concept makes family vacays even more relaxing
- Intuitive Crostino toaster reveals an innovative way of toasting
- Tilt Flatbed Scanner to make your workstation clutter free
- Unique chess set crafted with steel dummies used in aircraft
- Creative bus stop signals to assist commuters
- Former tank is uplifting lives through books
- Prefabricated Eco PERCH treehouse offer four guests a low impact hideaway
- Koloro Desk comes complete with walls and windows
- BalanceGym, a medical exercise device to assist the physically impaired
Posted: 05 Mar 2012 05:45 AM PST
Jaspreet Kaur Walia:
When thinking of remodeling a space, a kitchen is almost always the last place to spring in our minds. But, modern times have made kitchen area one of the central points of the house where all the family members meet and spend time. Gone are the days, when the kitchen was just used for eating and cooking. It has now become an area to socialize and connect, hence making it one of the most utilitarian places of the house. This makes it essential to fashion it in a way that will make the area complete in every sense, from cooking meals to getting entertained. There is something for everyone, like fold out kitchens for small spaces and luxury designs for villas. So, it's time you get inspired by modern day designs and make your kitchen look super cook with by playing around with new ideas.
Increase in population has shrunken household spaces in cities, which in turn has also affected the size of kitchens. Modern technology has further shrunken the world and people get inspired from different parts of the globe when it comes to remodeling their living spaces. Almost everyone is busy in their lives and hence look out for products that are easy to use and bow down to all their needs without consuming a lot of time. A kitchen has become a common meeting place, where family members spend some healthy time together. This has forced people to introduce various appliances and gadgets that match up to their needs, which also include entertainment.
Where we are now:
The kitchen, in recent times, has become the heart of the home. Modern day designs not only club in an array of activities, like cooking, dining, entertaining and working, to name a few but also provide a lot of comfort like any other room of the house. Changing times have changed the way kitchens were used, which is evident from the new breed of appliances and designs that come smothered with new features.
What makes it stand out?
How about owning a refrigerator that will robotically scan all that is present inside it and tell you everything from expiry dates to the weight of the product? Don't get stunned, as this is just a glimpse of what futuristic kitchens will contain. Computers will travel from our workplaces to kitchen, where one won't have to rush to the other room just to learn a new recipe. Smart appliances will make life easy, as people will be able to access hundreds of recipes while cooking meals. Refrigerators will come fitted with LCDs and will display all the food contents. Voice activated technologies will let you operate different appliances without having to manually going and setting time or temperature. Simply command and see the appliance kneel down to whatever you say. Another staggering feature in the futuristic kitchens will be inter-connectivity, which will allow you to connect all the appliances with each other. This will make all the appliances work together via a wireless network. A lot of interesting features have surfaced and many more will be added to the list, making futuristic kitchens nothing less than a magic wand.
Where do we go from here?
Saving energy and water has become a prerequisite in this eco conscious world, where people are leaving no stones unturned to save whatever they can. Such awareness will see futuristic appliances, which are all the more energy efficient and use clean water efficiently. Apart from this, the kitchens will be designed in a way that also minimizes air pollution and encourages recycling materials. This will bring down the carbon footprint and save the world from the clutches of pollution. There will be more choose from and people will get a lot of options when it comes to picking green appliances for their homes. These will either consume less power or make good use of energy from the sun or wind. Sustainable power consumption and sensible use of technology will make futuristic kitchens a true blessing.
1. Kitchen with 3D design technology
3D design technology
3D design technology for kitchens is surely unique and is much more than what meets the eye. It will display realistic 3D images of the kitchen, which is definitely impressive. You will be able to pick from various counter tops, sinks, kitchen cabinets, which will be made as per your requirements and taste. 3D design technology will give you the power to create virtual kitchens, which will let you view the kitchen from various angles before narrowing down on that perfect design.
2. Oniris futuristic kitchen blends style with technology
Oniris futuristic kitchen
Oniris futuristic kitchen is definitely class apart. It not only looks stylish, but is fully functional as it comes fitted with latest in terms of technology. The design will fit well in small sized apartments as it won't take up a lot of space and still provide everything. The central working unit fetches all the attention as it can also be used for washing, cooking, dining and even as a storage area. It is dipped in technology with features like motion sensor camera and a projector that will put on show recipes and images right on the counter top.
3. IKEA’s ultra efficient smart kitchen
Ultra efficient smart kitchen
IKEA's kitchen of the future, the SKARP has been created keeping the year 2040 in mind. It will come fitted with hi tech gizmos, which will leave you amazed. The most striking part will be the food growing shelf that won't require soil. Right from energy efficient systems to technologies like self cleaning kitchen counters, the future sure looks very promising.
4. Exotic Kitchen Design Made by Snaidero
Exotic Kitchen Design
Ola 20 will be the right thing for a contemporary setup. It is aesthetically appealing and comes injected with all the modern traits, which will make cooking a fun activity. The kitchen will have a neat look and promises to take care of all your needs that too in a stylish way.
Posted: 05 Mar 2012 05:44 AM PST
Created for Propane Creative, the Doc or Ski or Relax Boat Concept by designer Drew Johnson is a refreshing new addition to the family watercraft genre. While pontoon boats have traditionally been used by families for recreational activities, some folks want something a little more upscale looking than an average pleasure boat. The Doc or Ski or Relax Boat Concept brings all the goodness of a family boat into a water vessel that can transform into a floating dock while providing all the pleasure that a top ski boat offers.
Ski Boat Concept
Ski Boat Concept by Drew Johnson
The Doc or Ski or Relax Boat Concept is powered by a rear mounted inboard engine which can easily propel the 19 feet long vessel to help it coast smoothly on the surface of the water. An electrically retractable platform allows user to transform the boat into a floating dock that is perfect for soaking up the sun, lazying around, swimming or just generally lie about in the middle of the water.
When docked, this platform provides added security and helps make the storage of the boat easier for users as well. The boats also comes with party- and leisure- friendly accessories like a deck mounted cooler, removable flip up windshield and roomy storage compartments as well as a built in tow tower fitted with party lights and speakers.
Posted: 05 Mar 2012 05:34 AM PST
It has been rightly said that to change the way you look you just need to change the way you cook and here we are going to discuss the design of a toaster that will definitely make you change the way you cook. The toaster design by Crostino gives a new way to toasting with its interactive display and smart design.
Crostino - Toaster
Crostino - Toaster by Sid Bhat
This easy-to-use toaster can be simply rotated to directly drop toast on to your plate. Unlike conventional toasters, you don't have to burn your fingers or catch toasts while toasting your breads. Hinges with rotary locking system have been provided to prevent rotation beyond 60 degrees so that it does not over rotate. The body of the toaster is fixed at 0.75 inches of height from the bottom to provide enough space for the rotation. It features an LCD display and a browning dial for easy handling. Buttons for bagel and defrost mode have also been provided. It is quite simple to use, you just have to keep your finger in the concavity of the dial and rotate it like a rotary phone dial.
The number and the meter on the display correspond to the desired browning shade. When selected, the bagel and defrost text icons are highlighted for convenient usage. It also comes with a facility where toast icon offers visual marker for the desired browning shade.
Each and every minor aspect of the design has been kept in mind while crafting this toaster with its legs specially designed to elevate the toaster tightly and to maintain its stability while rotation. The elevation also helps in preventing overheating of the toaster. Efficient toasting ability blended with the intuitive interface makes this toaster an ideal compliment to your kitchen.
Posted: 05 Mar 2012 05:30 AM PST
The flatbed scanner has proved its worth both in the workplace and in home use with its production of high-quality scans and its ability to process a lot of sheets of paper without being fed single sheets manually. The flatbed scanner is also suited to a variety of document types which makes it a worthy choice above other compact and desktop scanner. However, unlike the keyboard and monitor, a scanner is used infrequently though its use cannot be fulfilled by any other device which means that both business user and home user has to keep one handy even if it means they have to earmark a dedicated space on their workstation to lodge the bulky flatbed scanner or store it out of sight in which case the heavy scanner has to be taken out and set up every time it needs to be used even for a single piece of paper.
TILT Scanner by Erik Askin
The Tilt Flatbed Scanner by designer Erik Askin seeks to provide an easier way to use flatbed scanner to process high quality scans and images without having to suffer through a clogged workstation and without having to incur the burden of taking the scanner out of storage and re-storing it depending on usage. The Tilt Flatbed Scanner is designed to ensure that a flatbed scanner is both intuitive to use and can also be quickly "stored" when not needed though it is never out of reach or stored out of sight. The design of the scanner is derived from foldable chairs, chests, trunks, foldable table lamps etc and thus it has been made in a form that is easy to access ad equally easy to put away.
The Tilt Flatbed Scanner is made to be stood in an upright form when not needed. This takes up a significantly small amount of space on the workstation and allows the scanner to be tucked neatly at the far corner of a workstation/table when not needed. When the user needs to use the scanner, they simply need to bring it down horizontally and star using. Since the device doesn't need to be stored away, its cables and cord do not need to be kept reeled up though a cord reel allows users to easily and neatly wrap them up to conserve power and clear up the mess of wires on the workstation. The Tilt Flatbed Scanner can also connect to a computer wirelessly which means that it can also be stored or stationed away from the workstation without creating additional mess or requiring a lot of space on a table to be used.
Source: Erik Askin
Posted: 05 Mar 2012 05:19 AM PST
A unique chess set design from Olde World Collectibles and Creations proves that there is no limit to creativity. This one of its kind chess board design would definitely raise your brows with astonishment. The chess pieces are designed using 20mm steel dummy rounds, which are used by military for test feeding the machine guns used in aircraft.
Steel 20mm Bullet Chess Set
The chess pieces are made using steel 20mm Dummy rounds
These handmade chess pieces are decorated and designed with special cuts, curls and bends, which help in differentiating them from other chess pieces. Chess pieces for the dark side are painted black and sandblasted for extra effect whereas pieces for light side are simply wire brushed. The chess board is equally attractive with pine wood craft and sides decorated with 1/8 inch steel band. Intersection between the board squares has been adorned using rivets.
The entire board is layered with polyurethane for extra protection. This fascinating chess board measures about 13"x 14" and is 1 ¾" high. The height of chess pieces ranges from 2½” to 6 5/8″. Each and every set of board and chess pieces is dated, numbered and signed in the peaks of Shanandoah Valley in Virginia, U.S.A. If you are a chess freak then this unique chess board available at only $345.00 would definitely enthrall you.
Posted: 05 Mar 2012 05:17 AM PST
With technology taking toll over each and every aspect of our lifestyle, we can't imagine bus stops remaining aloof of technological advancements. Thinking on the same lines, designer Eliel Cabrera has created an urban bus stop signal that aims to adapt to the variable needs of a bus stop. This project is a part of YBR design range that creates promising future projects.
YBR bus stop
YBR bus stop by Eliel Cabrera
This YBR bus stop signal features a 2650mm high post crafted in cast iron and painted with black forge Oxiron paint and phosphatizing primer containing anti-oxidant properties. The post is divided into three parts with each part depicting a different level of information. The top portion displays bus stop identification logo with middle portion presenting route number information in big, bold and contrasting numbers for every route of this stop. The third and last level puts on view the bus stop name along with a QR code. You can scan this QR code using your cellphone to known the details like maps, schedules and real-time data for the bus stop. Additional information and help numbers are provided at the bottom of the post followed by route schedules, freedom pass information, maps, fares etc.
Sturdy steel tweezers have been used to secure information and corporative logo supports. Radius for all supports has been kept even to give a uniform look to the post but lengths have been varied accordingly to uphold the modularity and to adapt to the information needs. First two levels have 350mm of length and the last level is 1500mm, designed according to the type of information it displays. These posts are strong enough with their base plates fixed into ground and threaded with bolts and then fixed on concrete block like structures to withstand all climatic conditions.
Posted: 05 Mar 2012 05:16 AM PST
Destructive weapons are rarely changed for more constructive uses, but that is exactly what Raul Lemesoff has done. The Argentine art-car maker has given a 1979 Ford Falcon a new purpose that doesn't involve war. It has been altered to fight illiteracy for the good of the country. Instead of deadly weapons, the book has been armed with 900 or more books of literary substance to spread peace and enlightenment through the understanding of words.
Art Car as ‘Weapon of Mass Instruction’
Lemesoff removed the welded frame from a 1979 Ford Falcon, a popular vehicle with the former-ruling military junta, and added the necessary features so it could act as the now recognized Book Tank.
Stocked completely with books of all sizes, he drives around the streets of Buenos Aires, offering free books to everyone he meets. Anyone showing even a passing interest in a book, he stops his vehicle to deliver. Sometimes, people take the initiative; he has seen motorcyclists and pedestrians take books off his car while he is waiting for a change in lights. He collects the books from charitable donors as well as receives funds from patrons. All his reserves are channeled towards his worthy cause.
He fulfills the needs of underprivileged schools lacking in proper supplies and visits children in the countryside, many of whom don't attend school. Aside from touring Argentina's urban capital for the residents to reap the benefits of his book tank; Raul has traversed areas north to Bolivia and Peru.Raul christened his vehicle the Weapon of Mass Instruction, a name that signifies the creator's goals of making an uplifting social change. He wants to influence people to appreciate the positives in life – the joy that comes from reading a good book, sharing information and learning new things. Through education, Raul hopes to encourage people to develop themselves and build a better future.
Posted: 05 Mar 2012 05:14 AM PST
UK-based architectural firm Blue Forest is the brains behind this eco-lodge concept which is more of a private backyard hideaway than a for-hire modern modular tree-house. Dubbed the Eco-PERCH, the luxury treehouse takes the outdoor setting and marries it to the inside space in a way that provides the organic geometry a natural boost. Featuring full bathroom facilities, the treehouse getaway comes complete with a modern kitchen and has enough space to easily sleep four guests. The prefabricated unit sits perched amongst the tree tops though it can also be made to rest on the earth and stands harmoniously within its environment.
Eco-PERCH is the Rolls Royce of treehouses
While maintaining a natural woodland feel, the eco-PERCH manages to feel contemporary to users and guests who is what makes the design so iconic and striking. The bold curved shape of the design offers the building a minimum of 15 year life-span and the tree-house has been designed to feature a log storage space and comes with an outdoor deck, cedar roof shingles, groove timber cladding and FSC external tongue.
The treehouse also features provision for gray water drainage, LPG hot water heating system that's rated “A”, internal softwood doors, low voltage LED lighting, wall-mounted flat screen TV and DVD, a log burning stove, thermostatically controlled heating, double-glazed windows, real wood engineered flooring and other sustainable construction materials that allow the building to be installed within five days.
With separate children’s and adults' and quarters, the twin tree-top retreats are designed for family living and a canopy walkway joins the two sections of the upscale project. Several rope bridges connect the adults' treehouse to the three medieval towers in the children’s quarters. An exciting assault course is also offered to the younger guests of the modern treehouse via a zip wire measuring 80-yard and children are also treated to a games room which can be accessed via a secret trapdoor.
The highly-insulated building structure of the eco-PERCH allows the use of a methanol fuel cell, rainwater harvesting system, a composting toilet and harnessing photovoltaic solar energy that transforms the quirky hideaway into an off-the-grid vacation spot. The complete sustainable system makes the holiday home from Blue Forest an even more low-impact alternative for Country Hotels and Boutique Accommodation businesses though the structure already conforms to the UK's Caravan & Mobile Homes Act.
Much more posh than a cheap log cabin or an ugly, industrial-looking caravan, the unique and attractive accommodation building is also suitable for private estates or private land owners who want to make an addition to their existing accommodations. Depending on specifications, the eco-PERCH will be priced between US$78,800 - US$94,600 (GBP50, 000 - 60,000) and will be officially launched at the ExCel London convention center on May 5th - 13th at Grand Designs Live.
Posted: 05 Mar 2012 05:12 AM PST
Jaspreet Kaur Walia:
What looks like an old vintage camera is a desk in actuality. Designed by Torafu Architects, a studio in Japan, the attention grabbing Koloro Desk looks as if it has popped right out of a fairytale. The beautiful desk is very colorful, which will even make a dull area look bright in no time at all.
Koloro desk by Torafu Architects
Koloro Desk has been specially designed for Ichiro plywood manufactures to present its polyester coated plywood in the form of a vivacious piece of furniture. It comes complete with walls and small windows. These windows give an airy feel. The dreamy creation also features a pendent lamp, which will make the desk glow and provide enough illumination to work. Such a setup will unfurl a private space, which is next to impossible when working on a desk. It will cut you off from the entire world and will increase your concentration level while reading or writing.
The hatches of the desk that looks like a sweet doll house can also be opened. When opened, these hatches will double as shelves. These can be used to place books, pen holders and even decoration pieces. The design has a lot of storage space, which has been placed under the seat pad that can be used to keep toys and other small things. The top part of this desk has a round hole, which is used to hold a plant pot. This will lend freshness as well as a green appeal to the awe-inspiring design. Koloro Desk will make sure that your desk doesn't turn into a peep show and will give you all the required privacy.
Posted: 05 Mar 2012 05:11 AM PST
For people who love to stay fit and in shape, fitness devices are launched every now and then, but very few equipment are launched for people suffering from balance impairments like Parkinson, multiple sclerosis, etc. In an effort to assist such people, Robrady design group under the assistance of orthopedic doctors and physical therapists, created a medical exercise device that could help people suffering from such diseases.
Balance Gym MEDICAL EXERCISE DEVICE
The device has been termed as BalanceGym and has been created keeping in mind each and every ergonomic need of the patient. The design takes into consideration user's support and security capabilities and therefore features the handrail that allows hands to rest rather than gripping around along with an easy-to-use foot pedal whose height could be easily adjusted.
The design clearly depicts the hard work of Robrady mechanical team who did not leave any stone unturned to make this device feasible and valuable for impaired people. This sturdy device includes range-of-motion combinations for people of different statures. The tough tubes used in the device are designed aesthetically with angle cuts in order to give it a nice as well as branded look. The use of bold colors, logo design and graphics by Robrady make the presence of BalanceGym recognizable. Though nothing much could be done to cure such mutilations but this machine promises to make the life of patients suffering from such harsh impairments easy and comfortable.
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