- Wait for Apple iPad3 to end next week
- ‘TOG: the Everest Leg’ to animate the adventurous spirit of physically challenged
- Communicator medical device becomes a fashion accessory for seniors
- Volta Solar Charger makes life easier in the great outdoors
- HTC Exhaust Bluetooth makes lights act as buttons
- Sharp HEMS visualizing smart energy monitoring of consumer electronics
- Scribble Compositor allows easy text, doodles and scribbles sharing
- Solar Sunflower traps renewable energy to charge your mobile phones
- Spartan, a bold and frugal electric car for urban environments
- Meme is a portable and easily manageable camera for teens
Posted: 10 Mar 2012 05:51 AM PST
Jaspreet Kaur Walia:
Finally, the wait for iPad 3 ends! It seems the world will never get tired greeting Apple products as the mere announcement of the iPad 3 coming into the picture has made gadget freaks goo gaga. The next version of the popular gadget will be released this Friday or Match 16 and will not fall short of impressing its loyal followers. The eye catching device will be available on both the Verizon and AT&T wireless networks.
Apple newest iPad
The retina display has been beefed up further and will put on display clearer pictures and fonts. The clarity is astounding even when compared to its previous version, which is the iPad 2. The new retina display boasts of a 2048 by 1536 resolution together with 3.1 million pixels. The full HD display will leave you wheezing when the apps specially built to make good use of it take all the advantage. For example, the all new version of the sky watching app will let you savor a good 300,000 star on the screen at the same time swapping the iPad into a twinkling sky, which will leave you mesmerized.
Apple launched newest iPad
The amount of pixels in iPad 3 is almost four times more than those in iPad2, which account for all the sharpness and crispness. The full HD video will give you a cinematic feel that seeps in when one watched movies on a full sized flat screen television. Further, pictures clicked from the 5 megapixel camera are very crisp and look lifelike. The 5 megapixel camera can record videos in full HD that is 1080p. Clearer pictures are all thanks to the hybrid filter that is normally used in SLR cameras. The images displayed on the large screen will be much sharper than those produced by many 40 inch HD televisions present. The presence of a better camera accounts for a much better face recognition ability.
The smart tablet comes infected with a much faster connection, which as per Apple has been possible because of the 4G LTE that undoubtedly one of the fastest networks on the face of this earth. The presence of two cellular antennas makes it capable to use more connectivity present around. iPad 3 will come fitted with the A5X, which is the latest chip by Apple, and makes sure that the tablet works as smoothly as other tablets by the brand. The new iPad with a thickness of just 9.4mm has a battery life of 10 hours. Just touch it once and see it come to life instantly and glow with all the grace.
The all new iPad 3 will be available in multiple models with storage variants 16, 32 and 64GB. It is expected to come stashed with a starting price of price tag $499, which is a good $100 more than the iPad2. Now, all we have to see how far this all new Apple gadget will go in terms of acceptance by people.
Posted: 10 Mar 2012 05:38 AM PST
Even though prosthetics are getting more and more high tech, amputee hikers and climbers are looking for a low tech solution for both rock climbing and hiking. Since most prosthetic limbs are custom-fitted to the user for all-terrain, all-weather, all-round daily usage, these prosthetics are not ideal for specific purposes of climbing and hiking and prove to be uncomfortable to the avid hiker and climber who often needs to rely on maintaining and carrying separate prosthetics that respond to the differing needs of hiking and climbing.
TOG, the Everest Leg
The Target In the United States alone, over 1,000 returning veterans have had an amputation below the waist. Over 57 percent of all amputees report to have experienced pain while wearing a prosthetic and since wearing this prosthetic hurts, life can be very difficult for physically active ex-service persons. To stay fit, most veterans and active service persons rely on sports or other physically challenging activities which have to be discontinued after an amputation. Since a normal below the waist amputee uses 1.5 times more energy in daily activities like walking than a regular able-bodies person, they are more likely to give up physically taxing activities and sports which can increases the chances of depression among them.
For below the waist amputee athletes, there is no one size fits all solution. You can't just walk into a store and get a prosthetic limb when you want to go hiking or climbing. Every prosthetic is fitted to the wearer and most prosthetics are still made using old techniques. Most war veterans and amputee athletes want more sports-specific prosthetics that are not readily available in the market.
In terms of rock climbing prosthetics, a study showed that prosthetics with short straight legs decrease climbing times and result in the climber using less oxygen which means they take less energy to use while helping you get to the top quicker. However, these aren't yet readily available in the market which is where TOG, the Everest Leg comes into the picture.
The design requirements of the hiking/climbing leg specify that such a prosthetic needs to be modular. If this is to be used for both hiking and climbing it should have both a hiking mode and a climbing mode. However, this modularity shouldn't affect the weight of the limb.
The legs also need to be built out of standard prosthetic materials but need to incorporate extra reinforcements in certain areas to make it suitable for all-terrain use. As no one wants to climb with extra dead weight, this leg needs to be both lightweight as well as comfortable because one the biggest reason amputees won't wear a new prosthetic is because it isn't comfortable.
TOG, the Everest PROSTHETIC Leg by Daniel Orbach
Drawing inspiration from human anatomy, the designer began by sketching the musculature of the leg in order to draw encouragement from biomorphic. Extensive research was conducted with three different kinds of prosthetics with different below the waist amputee as well as an active above knee amputee to determine the ease of use for the Everest Leg.
The Everest Leg offers users a 38 percent change in height in climbing and hiking modes that helps the limb increase range of motion and optimize user's performance for both activities. The leg features a free swinging knee lock for climbing that can be manipulated and adjusted with a simple Allen wrench. Safety rope helps keep the legs attached both while climbing and hiking and the foot has a rubber console so the user doesn't need to wear extra shoes.
In climb mode, the leg's laminated plastic helps protect vulnerable carbon fiber and lengthens socket life. The new slim profile with an air value ensures that the limb protrudes less underneath clothes. The leg height is fully adjustable with a double push button for safety that lets user customize leg height to their needs while the foot rotates 180 degrees to make climb easier and reduces the stress on residual limbs.
The leg height of the Everest Leg adjusts with a retractable steel pin which has a shear strength of over 11,000 pounds that ensures that the user is safe at any height. With a button on each side, there cannot be any accidental presses to unlock the leg. Climbing freely is also no longer a problem with a fully articulating knee and climbers can lose that shoe deadweight too. When it's time to climb, users can get out an Allen wrench and tighten the knee to lock it into position and the leg will shrink 7 inches by pressing down on both sides of the calf. A foot that pivots 180 degrees lets the user hike on a full foot and climb on a short one. This reduces the length of the lever their weight is resting on, increasing efficiency and reducing stress. The socket includes a layer of memory foam to compensate for volume loss in the residual limb as the day progresses. This adds to the overall comfort of the hiker/climber and a safety ring wraps through the back of the calf ensuring the bottom half of the leg doesn't fall off in the event of a failure.
1. Adidas Symbiosis Prosthetic
Adidas Symbiosis Prosthetic
Developed for Adidas by designer Randall Puzzitiello the "Symbiosis" is a new prosthetic concept that offers both a human and mechanical touch to the user by combining the organic aspects of prosthetics with the automatic. To allow natural movement, the Symbiosis sends wireless signal to its lower section of the leg with electromagnets substituting the human muscles. For effortless functioning, the limb allows patient to control remaining nerves with an implant at the end and make movement more natural.
2. Powerplay Prosthetic Leg
Powerplay Prosthetic Leg
To let amputees play aggressive games again, designer Joshua Woods has created the Powerplay Prosthetic Leg. Made using the tensile strength of spider silk polymer, the leg can be used for both transtibial as well as trasfermoral amputations to provide unhindered movement, flexibility, added protection and strength to the wearer.
3. Kettei Prosthetic Leg Socket
Kettei Prosthetic Leg Socket
The Kettei Prosthetic Leg Socket by designer Kevin Helm is created specifically for triathletes that allow them to perform optimally in all segments of the race. During the swim part of the event, the removable leg can be easily detached and specific parts pf the leg can be attached for the biking and race portions of such competitions.
4. CADENCE Prosthetic Leg
CADENCE Prosthetic Leg
The CADENCE prosthetic concept for cyclists by designer Seth Aslie allows the rider to pedal in a circular motion and let them spend only the force required and not waste any extra energy. Distinctive ease of use and functionality of Cadences helps restore proper pedaling motion for paraplegic cyclists who have to exert extra strength when pedaling for longer durations current prosthetic foot models are designed to remain parallel to the ground and still during pedaling. Fitted with a clipping and unclipping function, the Cadence comes with an elastomeric band that stores energy when the foot moves downward and snaps the foot upward automatically providing a boost the to rider's effort.
Posted: 10 Mar 2012 05:31 AM PST
Created by designer Anders Lassen, the Communicator is a brand new medical safety device intended to serve as a fashionable accessory for seniors. This fully functional emergency communication device uses wireless connectivity to stay connected to the telephonic network without using the strong frequency network. The device looks to provide an immediate and effective solution to the fears of the elderly who live alone, and want a way to communicate to their family and caretakers in case an emergency occurs and they do not be able to get to a phone.
The target user of the Communicator are senior citizens who live alone in their homes and fear that in case an emergency occurs, they wont be able to notify their family or caretakers in time. Being in a situation where they would not be able to get help such as while falling down the stairs or in the bathroom, is one of the greatest fears faced by the elderly living alone. Such users are also not comfortable using modern gadgets like iPhones, smartphones or other internet-based high-tech gears, and thus any app or medical aid based on these devices isn't typically suited to this target group of users. However, the Communicator can also effectively be used even by the children when they are away from adult supervision, or in situations where a large group of children are being managed by a few adults (e.g., a field trip, weddings and other family gathering, hikes or even being in the playground at a distance from the adults).
The elderly and children alike may not always be very well acquainted with high tech modern gadgets, which means that they are more likely to be caught in situations of emergency without being able to communicate the situation to a concerned person who can help. A low-tech device with easy connectivity and easy to use interface can, in such situations, allow these users to call for help immediately. Providing a full time caretaker for the elderly is very costly and hinders their independence.
Designed for people with different needs, the 'Personal Communication Device' or the 'Communicator' is an intuitive and easy to use device that is always ready at hand. With a soft and friendly shape, the device can fit into the lifestyle of the users very easily as a fashion accessory. Apart from being easy to use and chic to look at, the Communicator is sophisticated and can perform its functions superbly. The slider geometry of the communication device comes with soft and easy to use buttons, and the device uses Wi-Fi and an IP to stay connected to the telecomm network.
Communicator by Anders Lassen
The Communicator is a practical yet fashionable medical aid that can alert the authorities and emergency services as well as relatives and people listed as "in case of emergency" contacts when the user gets stuck in an emergency. The primary buttons on the device are pre-programmed to alert the fire department and the police by calling 911 and 112 as well as a 'private' emergency service, the home nurse or a security company. Next up, the device is geared to contact ICE 1 (In Case of Emergency), the person who has been specified by the user as the immediate contact person when an emergency occurs.
The Communicator is to be given to the users only after its services have been activated by a service provider/phone company. A yellow LED icon flashes every few seconds to indicate that the device is active but in standby mode. If a user has activated one of the alarms, the LED flashes intensively in a bright red color with an accompanying acoustic alarm to indicate that the device is connecting or that the user has experienced an emergency.
1. Zomm Lifestyle Connect
Zomm Lifestyle Connect
The Zomm Lifestyle Connect is a Bluetooth-enabled device that connects to nearby family members and emergency services via the user's phone. The dongle-like device clips to the user's clothes or bags and can easily be connected to emergency services and contacts. Since the Zomm Lifestyle Connect doesn't need to be within range of a home base device, the user can roam with it freely since they are more likely to be near their cellphone than a fixed base. The device is also great for locating elderly relatives in crowded places or when they go missing.
2. Munoth S5 Multipurpose Mobile Phone
Munoth S5 Multipurpose Mobile Phone
Created by Chennai, India-based Munoth Communications, the Munoth S5 Multipurpose Mobile Phone combines the functions of a medical history recorder and an emergency alarm. The device is programmed to alert the users to take their medicines at prescribed intervals, and can also send out an alert to doctors and medical caregivers when the patient's vital stats or blood sugar levels exceed a certain level. In case of emergency, the user's doctor can get personalized medical records as well as an alert, so that by the time paramedics arrive on the scene, they can provide the users with immediate and accurate medical attention without wasting time in looking for their medical records.
3. Visonic Amber® Personal Emergency Response
Visonic Amber® Personal Emergency Response
The Amber® Personal Emergency Response by Visonic is a wearable transmitter that provides services like fall detection daily activities and medication reminders as well as a fully functional senior medical alarm that provides a user with a sense of security even when they are living/traveling on their own. In the event of a personal emergency, a family member or monitoring service can be easily alerted via a single click of a button, which makes it easy to use for the target group as well.
4. Philips Lifeline
Created to help the disabled and the elderly, the Lifeline personal medical alert emergency response service by electronics and home appliances giants Phillips is a lifesaver in more ways than one. Installed by a skilled technician upon purchase, the Lifeline is shaped like a pendant and comes with sophisticated technology that can detect falls, and can immediately alert in case of emergency contacts and medical caregivers via an AutoAlert Option, even if the user hasn't pressed an alarm button themselves. Also fitted with Philips Lifeline Medication Dispensing Service, the device helps eliminate the possibility of missed doses or accidental overdoses.
Posted: 10 Mar 2012 05:17 AM PST
Designed to be as rugged and versatile as the users themselves, the VOLTA is a portable solar charging unit that ensures that a users don't have to give up their portable electronics to do so. The Volta Solar Charger embraces the outdoor lifestyle and is manufactured to be both durable and lightweight. Created by designer Colin Murphy, the VOLTA has fold down photovoltaic panels that allow for optimal solar gathering with a greater than 90 degree hinge attached to the panels.
Volta Solar Charger
Volta Solar Charger by Colin Murphy
An assortment of electronic gear can be powered by the Volta Solar Charger via a mini USB outlet or AC/DC power outlets that are attached to a removable battery. Each solar charging unit is powerful enough to charge a cell phone, iPod or laptop fully when the battery itself has been fully charged and is used without being hooked to the solar panel.
The Volta Solar Charger can be expanded on as needed since it is configured around a modular system. Modules located on the sides serve multiple functions while the charging station and the solar panels form the base unit of the device. The modules that can be attached with the Volta Solar Charger range from electrically operated gear such as an air pump that can inflate tires or mattresses, a first aid kit, , a mini chiller, an electric induction stove, a detachable flashlight and charging port and a radio and speaker combination as well as a car battery jumping station.
Posted: 10 Mar 2012 05:15 AM PST
With the rising advancement in technology, public interest for sleek and compact gadgets is rising day by day. This HTC Exhaust Bluetooth has been inspired from the same aspects of technology. It has been crafted with the image of a sleek and masculine device in mind. The most important and impressive part of the design is its simple shape with distinct details and lighting. The designer Christian T.Filostrat wanted to create a device in which buttons could be replaced with lighting to keep the surface minimalistic. This helped a lot in reducing unnecessary details.
HTC: Exhaust Blue Tooth Device
HTC: Exhaust Blue Tooth Device by Christian T. Filostrat
The device features flowing lines all over its surface that merge into a muscular taper edge marked with a speaker. The whole device, from the earpiece to the mouthpiece is crafted in an elegant shape. The buttons and lights in the device play off of each other. Protruded light glowing in soft blue serves as the power button. The device could be turned on and off by simply pushing this button. Its use doubles as an answer and end call button when the light flashes on the device.
This graceful device highlights the HTC logo that lights up to notify that device is working perfectly and giving its best. The speaker is crafted very smartly on inner side of the HTC Exhaust Bluetooth with two slim cuts to catch the voice. Nothing extra has been added to it to avoid any type of distraction and efforts have been made to maintain the sophistication of its shape and style.
Posted: 10 Mar 2012 05:11 AM PST
The environmental movement is the need of the hour to conserve energy. If every household did its duty of energy conservation, then humanity will see a substantial decrease in energy expenditure and dependency on non-renewable sources. Energy conservation technology is the way to go! Sharp is developing an advanced Home Energy Management System to monitor and control consumer electronics. The system outlines a visual representation of the amount of power consumed by electronics individually and as a whole in the home. Each electronic device can also be controlled by a tablet or smartphone via wireless connection.
The increasing awareness of energy conservation is prompting people to buy energy saving devices. However, unless you have a clear understanding of your home's energy consumption, splurging on energy saving devices will be a wasted effort. This is where Sharp's technological developments enter to clear all doubts.
Sharp HEMS visualizing smart energy monitoring of consumer electronics
The Home Management System to be sold commercially includes five units and a router, and is capable of connecting up to 30 units. For example, the system measures power consumed by TV and relays the data to the tablet, informing the homeowner the number of watts the TV is functioning on. Same can be done for other electronics. So the homeowner has a comprehensive idea of the total power consumption of the electronics in his home.
Moreover, you can adjust the settings of the device to alter the power consumption and verify results via your tablet. To reduce energy consumption by activating the LED's controls, select "LED" on the tablet to adjust the tone and brightness of the LED lights. View the tablet screen to check how your command affected the power consumption.
Currently, the system is compatible with Sharp's electronics as they have a built-in receiver for the remote control. However, plans are underway to make the system operable with other manufacturers' products as well.
The system can supervise the total energy consumption in your home. All you have to do is connect it to the main power source. It can even work with electric vehicles.
Sharp HEMSSharp HEMS visualizing smart energy monitoring of consumer electronics
1. Wilting Flowers
Wilting Flowers, designed by Carl Smith, are wirelessly connected to the main electricity source and act as a detector of the energy consumption in your household. Most attractive feature is the way the plant alters its state to mimic the effects of pollution and global warming on real plants by changing its color and shape. If your home is adhering to energy conservation regulations, the flowers stand tall and bright. And if energy wastage is high, expect a drooping flower with a negative color.
2. Intelligent energy monitoring device
Intelligent energy monitoring device
Designer Pedro Rodrigues created an ingenious multifunctional energy recording device. It not only keeps track of energy usage by your appliances, but also eliminates energy wasters. An appliance on standby and not in use but sucking power is automatically shut down. The device's high-end micro-controller keeps a check on the power consumption of various appliances and electronics by using an analysis system. The system is based on an artificial intelligence algorithm that helps the micro-controller receive energy consumption statistics.
Stuart James Sharples designed this device to check measurable utilities like gas, water and energy statistics of your house. Homeowners install sensors throughout the home that send signals to a wireless display unit, which shows consumed energy in form of graphics and figures. To make the sensors work you just have to plug in the product to the appliance sensor. The lighting sensor is fixed between the light socket and the bulb, and the ultrasonic sensor placed in pipes marks gas or water flow. Heat sensors attached to radiators with in-built magnets monitor the heat and send the information to the display.
4. O.E.I – Egg-shaped device
Designer Rocco Avallone will encourage you to conserve energy with his enchanting egg shaped energy monitor. The O.E.I is presented as a touchscreen light switch that depicts energy consumption in different graphics and formats. Through radio signals and connection to the existing power grid, you gain feedback on the wattage of power you are using based on the number of occupants and size of the house. Also, the community tracker lets you compare your energy use with your neighbors.
Posted: 10 Mar 2012 05:08 AM PST
A common problem for creative groups working on projects together is that they need to be physically together to share texts and sketches easily while discussing the design verbally. Though the use of scanners, copiers, printers and video conferencing enables users to share their concepts and sketches they require, this process requires users to be near a workstation fitted with all the gadgets which is not always feasible for designers and students on the go. The Scribble Compositor by designer Alain Monteiro allows users to create and share handwritten texts, sketches, scribblings and drawings with ease without having to process them through a number of gadgets to change hard copies into e-copies.
Scribble Compositor by alain monteiro
This innovative small portable device basically serves as a paper and laptop substitute that can be used on the go. The device can be operated for approximately 8-10 hours on a single charge and its fast charging battery replenishes power very quickly as well.
The Scribble uses a screen based on e-paper that makes work exchange between people fast and simple and its simple interface allows it to be used by amateur designers and students as well as professionals with ease. Essentially a paper substitute, the device provides users with an impressive mobility and ease of use and is thus a time and energy saving product.
Posted: 10 Mar 2012 05:05 AM PST
Most of us are unaware of how much electricity we consume everyday for our routine activities and nothing would be better than trapping solar energy for accomplishing these activities. XDModo Solar Sunflower is a solar charger that collects sun's energy through the solar panel and uses it to generate energy to charge your mobile phones.
The charger is designed in form of a flower pot with 2500mAh rechargeable lithium battery that gives output of 5V/max. Two green leafs fixed at the base of the stem give feel of a real plant grown in a flower pot. The most vital part of this plant-like charger is the face of the flower that has a large circular solar panel on the top to absorb solar energy. The device features mini USB input and USB output on the sides of the pot. There are two indicator lights to signify the status of charging and the charger is just right to juice up your mobile phone or mp3 player. A mini USB charging cable that comes with the charger forms a part of the solar charging set.
The product is a successful creation of XDModo, a brand known for creating original and practical products. It's a compact device with the height of 23cm and pot diameter of 10 cm. The entire crafting has been done using durable plastic in white color. Priced at $77.98, this advantageous product is quite affordable. The product clearly portrays the level of creativity and clever thinking and promises to take energy conservation to the next higher level.
Posted: 10 Mar 2012 05:02 AM PST
The "Spartan" is a term used to characterize soldiers of ancient Sparta who were known for their frugal, bold, rigorous and aggressive nature. The simple and austere nature of Spartans was their specialty and the electric car that we are about to talk about here has been rightly named as "Spartan" as it fulfills all the condition to be arrogantly entitled with this name. This electric car concept by Rubem Freire has been devised for Italian company CRK.
Spartan Electric car concept
Spartan Electric car concept by Ruben Freire
The CRK Spartan concept electric vehicle features a unique design with no doors at all and a single moving canopy like covering that allows maximum entering area to the users. This single structure decreases design complexity by reducing moving parts. To make the car look roomy and to bestow maximum visibility, plentiful glass area has been provided which is vital for the design of such a small car. The headlights are located following the front glass. Though the size of the car is quite small but it does not compromise with the comfort of the driver. The interior is dimensioned in a generous way to make sure that even relatively large person fits in comfortably.
The car features a carbon fiber roll bar that not only adds style to its look and aesthetics but also imparts safety and structural characteristic. The electric vehicle perfectly fits in the urban environments because of its sporty/forceful look, air intakes, distinct spoiler and large front wheel arches. The project presently is being resigned as a simple three wheeler model and the simplicity of the project is sure to bring success to its manufacturing.
Posted: 10 Mar 2012 04:53 AM PST
Radhicka S Saxena:
Easy to carry around and simple to use - this portable camera will be loved by many. If you are looking for a high quality piece to click away first rate shots, then you've just stumbled upon the right piece. This camera is loaded with features for gadget savvy people. Also, if you have a fetish for photography and like your snaps to come out clean cut, you will fawn over it's hi end technicalities.
Meme wearable camera concept
Meme camera concept,a wearable accessory slightly larger than an iPod Nano
Just tick the button to take a shot. Click twice to set off the auto capture mode. What's even more fascinating is that you can view your shot immediately on a fabulous grayscale screen. As mentioned earlier the camera is quite hi tech. The 8 megapixel gadget will churn out sheer and lucid pictures. As one can live without wireless mechanization, the piece slots in Bluetooth 4.0, using which you can transfer files to other gizmos. The micro USB port comes handy when you want to link the gizmo with other devices or charge it.
Various applications help you share photos online or publish them and with some you can also do a little bit of editing. It even allows you to view shots in a black and white or the colored mode. The camera can be easily carried around effortlessly. Just sling it around the neck and you are all set for your photography session. You can even attach it to your gear with a pin or clip. The piece is not very chunky and taking it along on tours and trips will be a cinch. Dubbed as Meme, a catchy name that younger people will like, the camera is a product from Artefact, a studio based in Seattle. Teenyboppers and the younger lot will definitely fall in love with it.
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