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The Design blog


Viella 'V12' turntable by AMG brings the vinyl era back

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 05:45 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

To advance the art of vinyl playback, a group of audio industry experts created the Viella 12. Part of the AMG turntable line, the classic design boasts of precision engineering with optional hardwood trim. Featuring built-in spirit level, the V12 comes with aluminum feet on the three retractable and adjustable steel-copper spikes with 25mm aircraft grade aluminum being used to CNC machined housing on the Viella Turntable Plinth. The first turntable from AMG, the V12 has a platter weighing 11 kgs and sub-platter interfaces made in stainless steel.

AMG Viella 12
AMG Viella 12 "V12" turntable

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AMG Viella 12
AMG Viella 12 "V12" turntable by Werner Roeschlau

The decoupled spindle on the Viella Turntable Platter Clamp comes with an inverted threaded attachment in anodized aluminum to encourage true reflex style. AMG and Graham tonearms with pre-drilled detachable high mass tonearm board are also used on the V12 with the Viella Turntable Motor featuring a heavy flywheel, a cured and polished axis, sintered bronze bearings and auxiliary reluctance moment on the precision 24v DC motor that comes with a low-speed brushless Lorenzi 2 pulse.

For easy adjustment during play, the Viella Turntable comes with a precision locking system and a patented bearing housing with isolated magnetic fields, 2 bar magnets and a ring magnet decouple the magnetic anti-skating gear on the turntable.

Source: AMG Turntables


Self Powered Motorcycle Safety Device can help locate downed bikers

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 05:43 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Created by Atlanta-based designers Patricia Tait and Foroud Azimi, the Self Powered Motorcycle Safety Device with Alarm enables motorcyclists that have experienced an accident to call for help. Intended to reduce the time it takes for help to arrive on the scene, the device enables motorcyclists involved in an accident in a place that is hard to be seen (like secluded roads, reserves, parks and off-road tracks) to let out an alarm that could be heard by other motorists and passer bys.

Self Powered Motorcycle Safety Device
Self Powered Motorcycle Safety Device

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Self Powered Motorcycle Safety Device
Self Powered Motorcycle Safety Device by Patricia Tait

The device is housed in a backpack and is connected to the back of the biker's helmet and is powered by head movement. When the biker experiences an accident, the alarm is activated automatically by the sudden jerking of the head and the device starts to flash a powerful LED light and emits a loud siren. Thanks to this alarm system, even unconscious motorcyclists can be rescued.

The lights and the siren are also effective at pinpointing the location of the biker when the accident has occurred in a densely vegetated area or at night. The seat of the bike is also fitted with a kill switch that has enough "give" to allow the biker to stand up and manually detach the switch though it can also activate the alarm when the biker gets thrown off the seat.

[Cheers Patricia]


Now talk heart to heart with the Love Messenger

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 05:39 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

It has been rightly said that love is not measured about how you feel but how you make the other person feel. Though it is believed that lovers talk heart to heart but taking things little practically some gadget is requisite to make the connection possible. Love Messenger is a similar "Walkie-talkie" gadget that works with asynchronous Wi-Fi connectivity. The device helps you express your feeling especially when a simple conversation is not enough to put into words your feeling and emotions.

Love Messenger
Love Messenger

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Love Messenger
Love Messenger by Yan MA

Using Love Messenger you can express your emotions without interrupting each other's life and listen to the sweet talk whenever you have time. The device works in two stages, you simply have to record sweet message that gets delivered after 30 minutes via Wi-Fi. Time can be selected accordingly as 30 ‘, 1h, 3h, 6h, 12h, 24h etc. The interface of the gadget is in form of an LED screen concealed under the porcelain shell. Its working is carried out using only three buttons. Whenever some new message is received the device heats and lights up.

It has a simple and digital interface which is quite easy to use. Earphones, loudspeakers and USB charging port are hidden smartly in a way that only a single cloud-effect is visible when you get a message. The only concern may arise is about its heavy and dull make because of its porcelain crafting. But what makes Love Messenger interesting is it can bring two hearts close and let lovers express their feeling freely.

Source: Yanmaparis


Wacom tech infused Toshiba tablet makes sketching on PC easier

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 05:39 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

For sketching directly on the PC, a Wacom screen tablet is the ideal option though they are really expensive. The next best option is an Asus Slate EP121 however, it doesn't offer the same ease of use. Designer Diego Garcia has created a Wacom technology-infused Toshiba tablet that offers the same benefits of higher end touch enabled sketching screens into a compact ultrabook. To make sketching easier and to make the tablet more fluid the bottom of the tablet is fitted with 4 rotating balls that allow it to rotate and move on the table while more comfort is provided with sloping and wider edges.

Toshiba Tablet
Toshiba Tablet

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Toshiba Tablet
Toshiba Tablet by Diego García

The Wacom pen that accompanies the tablet features a pressure sensibility of 2048 levels and can be used with high performance design software to get precise sketching results. The tablet runs on Windows 8 OS and comes pre-loaded with 256GB SSD drives, 8GB RAM memory and Intel Core processors. The IPS panel used on the tablet comes with a 1920×1200 pixel resolution with Wacom technology being used to make the 12.1″ multitouch screen more compatible with sketching needs.

The tablet is powered by a long-life battery and is recharged via an AC adapter. Speakers, audio output, microSD and SIM slots and two USB 3.0 ports allow the tablet to be paired with smartphones and PCs. To enhance the functionality of the tablet even more, the designer has created a dock with an extra battery, audio outputs, better speakers, Ethernet and HDMI ports, 3 USB ports, a multitouch touchpad and a complete keyboard as well.

Source: Diego Garcia Design


World’s smallest washing machine 'Scrubba' offers compact portability

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 05:38 AM PDT

B.Sameer Kumar:

Most of us want to travel light. There is nothing more annoying than a packed backpack which constantly reminds you of the load that you need to shed. But when the trip is long and you need to pack plenty of clothes to accommodate for the duration of your latest expedition, it is hard to do away with the pain of all the extra baggage. Of course, one way of cutting back is to wash clothing regularly and that is where Scrubba comes in uber-handy.

Scrubba Portable Washing Machine
Scrubba Portable Washing Machine

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Scrubba Portable Washing Machine
The Scrubba - the world’s smallest washing machine

This unique portable washboard gives you a portable and easy-to-use washing machine all packed into a 180g satchel. Designed by Ashley Newland, this seal-able bag contains a flexible washboard on the inside. All you need to do is pour some water in, put a few drops of washing agent of your choice, stuff your old dirty clothing inside and with a minutes scrub; you will have clean clothes on hand again.

This ingenious little device was an idea that Struck Newland on his trek to Mt. Kilimanjaro, which once again proves that necessity, is indeed the mother of invention. Easy to carry around, simple to use and efficient results mean that the Scrubba could be a must for those who like to travel light while exploring the Outback. But if you want to buy one of these then you will have to just wait a little bit longer as Australia's Calibre8 is soon going to come out with the Scrubba.

Smallest washing machineThe Scrubba - the world’s smallest washing machine

Via: Gizmag


Tuft Pula to inject a feeling of warmth with its womb like interior

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 05:38 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

One look at Tuft Pula, designed by "Numen/for use," and you are bound to slip in a state of complete amazement. The astounding interactive sculpture, designed by the Austrian-Croatian studio, is nothing less than a piece of art and has been fashioned largely using tape. The creators of Tuft Pula are known for crafting large scale sculptures and have managed to do a great job in this case as well.

Tuft Pula
Tuft Pula

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Tuft Pula
Tuft Pula, large scale interactive sculptures made using tape

Tape is an adhesive material that is used to stick things, but in this case was exploited to come up with the structural framework. The whole design has been brought to life by making good use of tufting technology. The space is habitable and has been given an organic shape, which will make eyes do a cartwheel in admiration. Lending the space much needed warmth and a sense of total pleasure is the heavy use of red. The inside has been meticulously lined with red colored carpet that is well spread all across the floor, divided into 2D segments.

On the other hand, the outer skin of the sculpture gives a very rugged look as the other side of the carpet lining has been left exposed intentionally. Such a rough presentation creates a drastic contrast to the softness executed by the res colored inside. Once seated, you will feel as if nestled inside a warm space where one can sit for long hours away from the hustle bustle. The womb like effect will help soothe frazzled nerves and presently dangles 4 meters above the ground in Pula, Croatia.

Via: Designboom


Noro Rainwater Catchment and Filtration System provides clean water virtually anywhere

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 05:33 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

The Noro is a rainwater harvesting and filtration system that is designed to be rapidly deployable and highly transportable. The system is intended as a sustainable freshwater capturing and filtration system that can be used in long voyages as well as disaster efforts. Though rainwater harvesting is by no means a new concept, the Nora seeks to make it a perfectly mobile system that can be carried and used in virtually any part of the world that experiences rainfall.

Noro
Noro

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Noro
Noro: Rainwater Catchment & Filtration System

The system is also capable of being used in tandem with existing rainwater harvesting systems and allows self sustaining base camps to be set up away from sources of freshwater as well. The project was initially conceived to be made with salvaged components found from residential areas around Vancouver though the team later switched to sourcing their materials from Home Depot.

Nora has been showcased at the Touch Point 2012: Interaction Design Symposium where it was placed third and was also featured on Global TV where it was placed number one in the Prototyping category. The project is also entered in the Interactive Arts & Technology project showcase at the Simon Fraser University that will be held in the spring of 2012. Before launching a final prototype, the team that is developing the Noro is considering tweaking the system to serve as a harvesting system that can collect snow, fog, stream water and rain.

Via: CargoCollective


Computer Choppers creates blingy custom 27 inch Gold iMac

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 05:07 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

If you think your iMac was loaded enough, check out this Macbook Pro that has been encrusted with gold and diamonds. Known for creating gold embellished goodies, Computer Choppers are the brains behind this gorgeous and blindingly blinged out desktop is perfect for people who aren't satisfied with the regular smooth finish of a regular Apple desktop.

Gold iMac
Gold iMac

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Gold iMac
27 inch Gold iMac from Computer Choppers

The 27 inch desktop is finished in 24 carat gold with the all too familiar Apple logos being engraved in black coating to make them stand out even more against the super smooth golden background. The customizers also offer the iMac in a range of color anodizing and plating option and match the finish on the monitor to the finish on the mouse, accessories and keyboard. Platinum, 22kt gold, 18kt gold, 14kt gold and sterling silver metal finishes are available across the range with chrome or platinum plating receiving black engraving and clear coated items being engraved with white.

Sapphires, diamonds and cubic zirconia are used to create custom diamond logos and buyers can send in their own designs and preferences. Depending on hardware specifications and choice of engravings, metals and stones, the blingy 27 inch Mac desktop will set you back anywhere between $7,500 and 10,000.

Via: The Rich Times


Dhow Superyacht offers modern luxuries aboard a romantic middle east inspired vessel

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 05:03 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Designers Tracey-Jayne Canavaggio and Pieter van Geest from Amsterdam-based design studio Van Geest Design are the brains behind this superyacht design named 60m Dhow. Traditional trading dhow vessels were the inspiration behind the 60-metre sailing concept that offers a simple lifestyle on board with its superyacht quality build offering a seductive vision on the water.

Dhow 60
Dhow 60

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Dhow 60
Dhow 60 metre long superyacht

A romantic image of the Middle East is presented by the design element of the Dhow mainly through the use of lateen sails. Developed with Formula Marine, the sail plan is one of the main features of the exterior. With this vessel, tacking is not intended to be straightforward with an automated and easy to use sail system using automatically raised mizzen sails that are dropped before the main boon can cross over.

A dining/lounge area can be made out of a modified recess on the foredeck that is used to house a seven-meter tender. The wooden sailing yacht can accommodate 12 crew members and 10 guests with the space at the front of the engine room being used to house guests and crew and the owner and their family being housed in dedicated living quarters situated in the aft lower deck.

The space towards the aft features a balcony, an office and the owner's lounge with the main deck featuring a dining table capable of sitting 10 and the main salon. Uninterrupted views of the surroundings are offered to the owner when the bulwarks in this part of the vessel are folded down. To maximize comfort and enjoyment, a Jacuzzi with sun pads on either side is located between the aft cockpit and the owner's office.

Via: Super Yacht Design


Microsoft's see through screen defies all existing technology norms

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 05:01 AM PDT

Sahil Khurana:

Microsoft has always surprised us with the advanced technology and futuristic gadgets. Their uniqueness sets in when they really bring about some happening models right out of their kitty. As of now, researchers Jinha Lee and Cati Boulanger working in Microsoft have come up with a transparent computer screen, all set to amaze you with yet another Microsoft creation.

See-Through 3D Desktop
See-Through 3D Desktop

Their approach towards the modernization of the gadget has made use of a Samsung OLED screen, bringing forth a revolution in the way we perform our day to day functions. Their designer computer screen has put everything in motion, but not in the usual way we perform our duties.

Normally, when you look at a basic computer’s design, the keyboard and mouse come first, followed by the computer screen. However, the whole scenario has been reversed, bringing with it a re-customized design in its wake. The screen has been made transparent, while the keyboard has been fitted behind the screen. The user needs to deal with 2D and 3D images, giving them a larger than life approach. The screen’s preview is adjustable, letting you adjust your line of view accordingly. The software can be adjusted on the screen, letting you pick and choose with the flick of a hand. The images get accustomed to your hand movements, letting you decide which one to choose from.

In conclusion, all that can be said is that the wicked See through 3D display from Microsoft is going to get a lot rolling apart from just the user’s eyeballs. It will definitely take some time to get used to this new concept. But once fully launched, it will be a show stealer for sure.

Via: Core77


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