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World's biggest paper airplane hits 4,000 ft in 6 seconds

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 06:36 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Every one's flown a paper plane in their schooldays though a plane weighing 800 lb is not something you get to see flown around a school yard every day. Created by a team of aviators and designers based in Arizona, the enormous hand-built paper plane is dubbed Arturo Desert Eagle has a wingspan of 24ft and measures 45ft-long.

Paper airplane
Paper airplane

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Paper airplane
World’s biggest paper airplane takes to skies

The paper airplane was even put through the paces and was airlifted almost 4,000 feet above ground via a helicopter after which it glided smoothly back to the earth. The plane reached speeds of up to 98mph during its descent. The world’s biggest paper airplane soared above Tucson, Arizona for over an hour before it returned to earth.

The plane was built in part to encourage a local Tuscon schoolboy named Arturo Valdenegro who won a regular-sized paper plane flying contest organized by a local newspaper. The 12-year-old was also asked to be part of the team that built the plane and the final plane was named Arturo’s Desert Eagle after the boy.

Before being released to fly independently, a helicopter towed the Falconboard paper airplane into the sky. To illustrate the scale and magnitude of the plane's flight a stunt plane accompanied the plane in the Arizona sky as it glided flew for almost six seconds.

Paper airplaneWorld’s biggest paper airplane takes to skies

Via: Daily Mail


3D Drop car is the perfect example of an amphibious vehicle

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 06:13 AM PDT

Sahil Khurana:

Enjoy a beautiful, flowy design of the 3D drops design car. Inspired by the design of a water droplet, the car provides a very generous outlook towards life in an emergency. Ideal for situations of floods and marine cities, the futuristic car concept provides relief in the vaguest of ways.

3D-Drops
3D-Drops

Using natural sources of energy for powering its mechanism, the 3D-Drops car has inherited a large number of advantages when it comes to agility, design and buoyancy. The shape is such, it literally plummets itself when in water. The design is even apt to run smoothly on land, making it an amphibious variety of vehicle.

3D-Drops
3D-Drops

The lightweight body of the car has been carved out of a carbon alloy and a lightweight high variety material. This ensures the car's structure is unique and as light as a feather. Developed in the shape of a spoon, the concept is both energy saving, efficient and provides full value for money. The rear wheels of the car have been fixed with a pelton turbine which operate only when the car is in water. The fuel being used in the running of the car is more or less hydrogen, making it a an environment friendly prototype.

Whether on water or on land, the design is pretty much what everyone would call eye appealing and mind blowing. It shall not only serve a lot of convenience, but also make everyone around all the more happy with the droplet inspired design.


Wheelchair accessible interiors to ease life for the physically impaired

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 05:45 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Problem

Every year, millions of people around the world are relegated to the use of wheelchairs after they lose their lower limbs due to accidents or medical complications. Even though most public spaces are required to be wheelchair accessible by law, most homes are still retrofitted to make them more wheelchairs accessible. These add-on measures may allow a wheelchair bound person to move around the floor easily and even get in and out of the house on their own, but they still need to ask for help from an able bodied person to climb up and down stairs, get in and out of bed and bathtubs and even reach up higher shelves in cupboards.

Wheelchair accessible home
Wheelchair accessible home

The Target

A wheelchair accessible home is designed around the needs of a wheelchair bound person. These homes do away with all the traditional elements found in homes for able bodied persons and focus on making everyday life easier for someone in a wheelchair and allow them to live independently without having to ask friends and family to help them with chores around the house and even free them from the financial burden of hiring help.

The need

Over 67 million people in the world are wheelchair bound for life. Most of these people have to rely on others since living in a house not made for wheelchair users is considered unsafe for someone in a wheelchair. If architects can create a home that responds to the needs of a wheelchair user, these people would be able to live with the same level of independence that an able bodied person does.

The solution

Creating a home for a wheelchair user requires designers to be consciously aware of the physical limitations of wheelchair users with differing upper body strength. By combining the ergonomics of home interiors with the strength and weaknesses of inhabitants, these homes can be built to cater to the specific needs of wheelchair users. Below are five such home and interior fittings designs that were created to ensure maximum independence and safety for wheelchair users.

1. Flume Bathtub

Seesaw Tub
Seesaw Tub

A collaborative effort between designers Kim Dong Hwan, Yoon Ji Soo and Kim Jung Su, the Flume Bathtub concept addresses one of the biggest household challenges for the wheelchair bound. The bathtub is designed in a way that allows people in wheelchairs to get in and out of bathtubs on their own and enjoy a bath while sitting up. Steel rails along the side of the tub allow users to pull themselves in and out of the tub safely and a drain located at the bottom of the tub allows users to drain the tub before getting out.

2. Global bathroom

Global bathroom
Global bathroom

An all-in-one bathroom concept, the Global Bathroom by designer Fatih Can Sarıöz makes bathing easier for the wheelchair bound. The concept features a rooftop shower and an attached chair that lets people with lower limbs disabilities bathe while sitting down. The shower set comes with an attached set of four shelves that can be used to store all shower essentials like towels and toiletries etc. A roller shaped cloth dryer lets users keep their towels dry during the rainy season and winters.

3. Combed wheelchair transforms into a bed

Combed
Combed

Created by designer Patrick Decker, the Combed is an ergonomic wheelchair that transforms into a flat bed at the flick of a gear. This allows wheelchair users to bypass the strenuous routine of moving themselves into bed every night. The Combed is fitted with an air mattress that remains deflated in wheelchair mode but can be inflated quickly to form a 7cm thick mattress. The two part mattress also features a 3cm thick gel layer which keeps the wheelchair comfortable throughout the day.

4. Coox Kitchen is a boon for the physically challenged

Coox Kitchen
Coox Kitchen

The Coox Kitchen Concept by designer Fatih Can Sarıöz allows wheelchair users to cook on their own. The kitchen is divided into two segments with a cooking area that is fitted with an induction cooker, a microwave oven, a fridge and a number of drawers. The kitchen allows users to cook without having to reach too far out of their wheelchairs. The other segment of the compact kitchen allows wheelchair users to dine in style as well.

5. Access: Exercising machine for wheel chair users

Access
Access

The Access is a wheelchair friendly exercising machine by designer Ryan Eder. The machine allows people with lower limb disabilities to workout without having to get out of their wheelchairs.


Lumos energy efficient light keeps you green in emergencies

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 05:42 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

The concept

In wake of the looming energy crisis, people all over the world are doing their bit to conserve energy and harness renewable sources of power. Most industrial designers are working towards models that will expend lesser energy. At their homes, people are using power sparingly. Most people are buying energy saving lights and gadgets. Along with utilizing energy efficiently, such appliances as well as lights also bring down the gross electricity bill of households as they usurp lesser current. Hence, they are becoming popular among the masses. Green technology is taking off and among some of the cutting edge innovations is the Lumos emergency light. This all new energy saving tuber will be outfitted with three LED lights.

Energy saving bulb
Energy saving bulb

The Inspiration

The concept of this bulb was essential drawn from halogen emergency lights. However, the idea was built further and made more adaptable. Firstly, the new bulb was given an attractive shape. Also, the new model built was designed such that it can subsist through different climatic and environmental conditions easily.

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Energy saving bulb
Lumos energy efficient light lets you be green in emergencies

Eco Credentials

The green quotient of the product is absolutely remarkable. Its hull is made from recycled materials. Consumer used PET of thickness 5mm has been utilized to construct the body of the bulb, which is a very good move as the design makes use of plastic bottles. These non biodegradable plastic bottles pile up on landfills and contribute heavily to the toxic dump. In fact, they comprise a major chunk of all the plastic waste thrown out after domestic use. They decompose over a thousand years and leech out harmful toxins. Moreover, less than 5% of the discarded plastic bottles are recycled. Thus, a product that salvages disposed plastic bottles is definitely quite resourceful. It will surely cut down the proliferation of land pollution. The three light points of the bulb are outfitted with LED 3.1/3.6 v. and have then been sealed with a lead acid rechargeable battery. The battery life is quite long and will last through a staggering 18 hours. LED lights are known for their low power consumption and the powerful battery only adds to the energy proficiency of the light.

Feasibility

The foray of this eco friendly light is really well timed. People are moving away from the age-old incandescent bulbs and are experimenting with other energy efficient light fixtures. Low voltage lights are steadily gaining prominence. They are being used at home as well as in commercial buildings. There are many advantages of using low voltage bulbs. Not only do they function at non lethal voltages, they can also be used outdoors as well as indoors. Moreover, the bulbs can endure through various types of climatic conditions. Hence, switching over to such a bulb is really easy. Hence, people are increasingly showing preference for such green products and both LEDs and CFLs are steadily gaining popularity. But between the two, LEDs last longer and consume considerably lesser energy than CFLs. LED bulbs also release lesser amount of carbon emissions. Additionally, there are many benefits associated with this particular design. In case of emergencies, this light can be extracted effortlessly from the base. It will then provide illumination through the 3 different lights embedded.

Related trends

1. Vu1 Corporation debuts energy saving ESL light bulb

Energy efficient light bulb
Energy efficient light bulb

These bulbs run on phosphor fired up by accelerated electrons. As per claims, they are 70% more efficient that incandescent bulbs. The first batch produced from the Seattle based firm will be a replacement for the standard 65watt bulb. Their name, ESL, is a short for Electron Stimulated Luminescence. It will stay slightly cooler than the incandescent bulb and you will be able to reduce the intensity of its luminescence. It will cost $20, which is roughly the same as the cost price of compact fluorescents. However, the bulb has a considerably longer life span.

2. Remote-controlled LED light bulb

Remote-controlled LED light bulb
Remote-controlled LED light bulb

Bulbs in which the intensity of light can be tweaked are common but ones in which the direction of illumination can be controlled are unheard of. However, this breakthrough piece fits in both these mechanisms. The luminosity as well as direction of light rays can be regulated with this bulb. So if you are sitting in one part of the room, you can illuminate just that particular zone. This is really an energy efficient feature. This handy bulb known as the LED EcoBulb has been designed by Seokjae Rhee.

3. Cree energy efficient LED bulb

Cree energy efficient LED bulb
Cree energy efficient LED bulb

This clever design takes in lesser amount of energy and actually oozes out better light. The bulb will soak in just 8.7 watts of electricity and then emit a light of 1300 lumens. This numbers are so much better than a standard 75 watt bulb.


Kazu, a wristwatch for brains that think outside the box

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 05:41 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

Design is intelligence made visible and this unique watch reflects intelligence to its core. The watch has been named as "Kazu" which means "numbers" in Japanese. The watch displays time in a puzzling way using letters in place of 0 to 9 digits. Thinking of the concept and then implementing it practically in an interesting manner was fun as well as a challenge, but Lloyd completed it successfully.

KAZU displays time as anagram
KAZU displays time as anagram

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KAZU displays time as anagram
KAZU displays time as anagram by Lloyd

Though in the beginning interpreting time is little complex but once you get it, it becomes exciting. The top four rows display 4-digit time and date. Each of these rows has letters that structure the number in that particular row and are rotated or shrunk in a way to form mysterious looking digit, sum, temperature, etc. The interesting part is this number could be displayed in many fascinating forms to keep you entertained and engaged. Another interesting feature is it displays seven initial letters of the day in rotated numbers format displayed in the bottom row.

You can charge this watch via computer because it is USB rechargeable. The strap of the watch is crafted using animal friendly materials. The display of the watch along with the strap is present in a variety of colors. This unique design has been crafted keeping in mind brainy people, who love puzzles, mathematics, creativity, imaginative thinking, sci-fi and eccentric things. The design will be well appreciated for its modern looking cryptic display, which is simple to read.

Via: Tokyoflash


No corner is dark for MIT‘s 3D laser camera

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 03:44 AM PDT

Sahil Khurana:

The Concept

The concept of the camera is way too interesting, if you know exactly what to figure out. The design of the futuristic device is not what makes it really different, but the technology it encompasses within. Based on a cool model of using laser beams to reflect the photograph being clicked, things obstructed from view shall no longer be a mystery.

Ultra-fast camera
Ultra-fast camera

The Inspiration

Ramesh Raskar, the associate professor at the MIT Media Lab drew his inspiration largely from the ridiculing he got in the initial phase of his research. When he used to discuss the underlying benefits and strategies of the camera, people used to never believe that such an idea could actually exist and function successfully in today's world. Raskar has proved everyone wrong, all thanks to the extensive research he has carried out with his team and fellow members, presenting to the world the Camera which can take pictures around corners.

The Target

While many of us would think the concept of the camera would not prove to be too trustworthy, the man behind the brainstorming of the concept finds the idea apt in terms of utility. He remarked in his press conference that the camera is ideal for areas where picture clicking would be next to impossible. May it be blind curves on roads, or buildings on fire with people in it; the camera will show it all. As the gadget makes use of laser beams to reflect the photo, it is imperative for it to function well and as smoothly as can be imagined.

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Ultra-fast camera
A camera that peers around corners

The Design

The designing of the device has pretty much been kept simple and to the point. It gives out laser beams, which further reflect in corners and other unknown areas. These beams give out a fair picture of what is on the other end of the target being clicked. The whole idea has been generated and based largely on the working ultra fast optics which makes use of femtosecond lasers for their photographing sessions.

How it works

The working of the camera is relatively simple, coming to think of it. Laser beams are shot out of the machined device, which further bounce off the target. As the beams take time to come back to the main device (the camera), the time taken for the beams to reach back is coyly recorded. The camera shoots out almost 60 such photonic beams in every direction, in turn recording the time for all the beams. Once all these photons reach back, a vague sketch is developed inside the camera, giving you a somewhat relative picture of what to expect behind the obstructed view. The idea behind the concept would somehow be similar to what you can expect in the case of CAT scan. A 3D image is formed when the photonic beams are gathered inside the camera, giving you a somewhat rough picture of what to expect.

Ultra-fast cameraMIT-developed laser camera can take pictures around corners

Related trends:

1. Sony Alpha A57 translucent camera:

Sony Alpha A57 translucent camera
Sony Alpha A57 translucent camera

The Sony Alpha A57 translucent camera has put its predecessor, Alpha 55 to rest. The new version of Sony's latest camera plants a 16 mp camera, allowing it to have a capability of shooting 12 frames per second as compared to 10 previously. The 15 point autofocus system lets the user exploit an enhanced version of the object tracking and recording a movie in HD. Beautifully carved, rolling every possible feature within its bosom, the Alpha 57 is truly reflecting the new generation's technology, letting everyone have an amazing idea to work on.

2. News Fastec TS3Cine Compact Hi-Speed Camera

TS3Cin camera
TS3Cin camera

The new TS2Cine portable hi-speed camera is expecting to cost around $30k, making it not an obvious choice for everyone's pockets. What makes it so expensive is the 7 inch LED screen where one can review the captured photos, the 720p images the camera captured and the turbo mode offering more frames per second. The design and broad outlook of the camera may be a bit old fashioned but the price certainly does not justify its utility.

3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Compact Camera

Lumix DMC-GX1 Compact Camera
Lumix DMC-GX1 Compact Camera

Incorporating a very plush technology, a stylish design and 169.01 MP live mos sensor, the Venus engine of the Lumix DMC-GX1 Compact Camera is out to take you for a royal ride. It has the best of the features possible like the 3.0 inch LCD touchscreen, control buttons etc. Expected to be rolled out in the early weeks of December, it's to see how much can it storm the markets.


Savor a spa like experience at home with the Aqua Sense shower system

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 03:42 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Introduce Aqua Sense in your bathroom space to soothe those frazzled nerves and to make shower time a truly luxurious experience.The exquisite design has been created by Graff and is a picture of futuristic shower designs that will rule the bathroom areas in a few years. The electronic shower system has been fashioned using innovative technologies, which will enhance the shower experience to unimaginable levels.

Aqua Sense
Aqua Sense

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Aqua Sense
Aqua Sense Electronic Shower System by Graff

Slipping into a bathtub or simply standing under the shower is just so old fashioned in front of the brilliantly designed Aqua Sense. The sustainable shower will unfurl a spa like experience, which will be nothing less than lavish and relaxing. It comprises of various features that make the design simply stunning. The presence of ceiling mounted shower heads and a wall mounted cascade will inject a sense of sumptuousness. A rainfall showerhead and waterfall shower will add on to the awesomeness of the design, which means no more waiting for pouring skies to enjoy the magic of falling droplets.

Adding to the tasteful appeal is the RGB lighting, which will rev up the mood of the space in a wink. Play your favorite songs on the speakers and relax under a soothing atmosphere after a long day. Give your senses a touch of serenity as you stand under the rainfall showerhead that has been clubbed with RGB LED lighting. All the controls are touch sensitive and will work well in a watery atmosphere. Aqua Sense will unfurl a unique shower experience, while leaving you in a blissful state. So, next time when you feel like unwinding, all you have to do is step inside the bath space that has been made grand with the presence of Aqua Sense.

Via: Trendir


E go2, an eco friendly vehicle to roam around in the city

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 03:40 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

Society is getting environment conscious at a great pace and new innovations are being made every now and then to save cities from pollution and to reduce carbon footprints. E-GO2 is a similar environmental rover that has been designed for the core areas of the cities where limited or no vehicles with combustion engines are allowed. It is an all-in-one solution to the solve size, efficiency and environment related issues.

E-go2
E-go2

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E-go2
E-go2 is an individual and ecological vehicle designed for central parts of cities

E-GO2 is an electric powered vehicle that is balanced on two wheels placed side by side and supported by electronic systems. An excellent effort has been made to reduce the dimensions of the vehicle to an extent that it takes up only one square meter of space. The vehicle will be available as a public transportation system on rental basis. This new approach for transportation is a nice move in the direction to reduce toxic wastes by providing public convenience.

Using these cars is as easy as it seems. You need not own this car, just simply go out to the nearest street with Rent&Go system access and hire the car using your credit card. Take the car to the any desired destination within the city and return the vehicle at specific holding points available nearby. This ecological vehicle provides a whole new approach to roam around in the town without being responsible for creating carbon footprints.

Via: Auto-design


Emergency Desert Shelter with rainwater harvesting capability

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 03:39 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

This Emergency Desert Shelter Concept by designer Timothy E. Bender is a compact temporary housing concept that is perfect for providing sustainable living solutions. The shelter is shaded in a Universal Corn bat Pattern (IJCP) Camouflage that is suitable for use in both wooded areas as well as desert and is approved by the U.S. military as a standard camouflage print for these areas. The USP of the design is its compact which enables it to be carried out to remote locations where traditional means of housing cannot be set up.

Emergency Desert Shelter
Emergency Desert Shelter

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Emergency Desert Shelter
Emergency Desert Shelter by Timothy Bender

Offering various configuration options, the Emergency Desert Shelter weighs just less than 3 lbs and comes with removable walls that allow multiple setup options. The very stable shelter features a removable water collection system that allows the shelter to be set in areas away from freshwater supply. The shelter comes with a reversible assembly option that allows it to be turned inside out and used even after the outer side has been worn out with use.

The lime green fabric used in the Emergency Desert Shelter is fully reversible and comes in multiple sizes that allow it to be expanded and contracted depending on usage. The open configuration allows removable walls to be used to set up enclosures as well.

Source: Timothy E. Bender


Steampunk furniture designs for rustic interiors

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 03:38 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

With interest in science fiction and surrealism at an all time high, steampunk style is scrambling up on popularity charts. If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes or Wild Wild West, then you will be intrigued by these pieces inspired by science fiction from the steam age. The bizarre style is a pot pourri of many philosophies and comes from a time period when the world was on the brink of Industrial revolution. The style is graphic and mechanized with a touch of old age romanticism. Rusticated finishing is used to give pieces a scraggy look. The punk inspired curios are a product of creative artistry and elements like wood, nuts, bolts, cogs, machinery parts, clockwork pieces and craft paper are used to construct them. Here are a few steampunk furniture units from the age of billowy airships, atomic locomotives and mysterious submarines.


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