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Smart aid for wreckage victims

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 06:21 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

This is a clever design which will come handy when disaster strikes. It is specifically meant to rescue people caught inside rubble of a structure, pile of debris or any other type of wreckage. Instead of digging the ruins piece by piece, this gadget goes for a quick and easy solution to rescue victims struck by a disaster. Dubbed as the "ruins catheter," rescue with this apparatus will be a lot less time consuming and many lives will be saved with lesser effort. The design of this machine is taken from the structure of a balloon catheter, which is an equipment used in medicine to expand arteries. It applies the simple principle of a balloon increasing in volume once air is blown into it.

Emergency rescue tunnel
Emergency rescue tunnel

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Emergency rescue tunnel
Emergency rescue tunnel by idan raizberg

The machine just needs to be placed at the borderline of the rubble. It can then be opened to form a full fledged tunnel. To expand the volume and turn it into a tunnel, one needs to pump air inside. It will then billow just like an inflated airbag or a balloon. The swollen channel can then be used like a tunnel through which people can crawl outside. While rescuing operations are going on, not just one but a number of such tunnels can be introduced. This innovative concept has been conceived by Idan Raizberg from Belzalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.

The apparatus was showcased at an exhibition put up by the academy. The exhibition was organized by graduate as well as undergraduate students at the Ventura Lambrate and was held during Milan Design Week 2012. The prime theme of this demonstration was "Design Bonanza," which tries to prod creativity of students by encouraging experimental and pioneering designs. The prime focus was to make students think out of the box and help them dabble with new materials, shapes and breakthrough ideas.

Via: Designboom


The Black Light Billiards tables let you customize designs according to your whims and fancies

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 06:12 AM PDT

Sahil Khurana:

The traditional game of pool is back in its new avatar, all thanks to the plush pool tables by budding designers Marc-Antoine Aubert, Pierre-Marie Cronier, Vercoutère et Thomas Bailly and Deconinck. The harmonious shape of the tables is such that they blend automatically with any kind of decor. Add a spice to your dull surroundings with these excellently carved billiard tables by Toulet.

Black Light Billiard Tables
Black Light Billiard Tables

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Black Light Billiard Tables
Black Light Billiard Tables by Toulet

Toulet has pretty much been making billiard table designs ever since 1857. The long years of expertise have allowed the company to add a sensual touch to their creations. The tables dimensions span over the ground, which is further supported by a 22mm single piece ground slate providing it the perfect support. The whole furniture piece comes with a lifetime warranty, letting you enjoy your favorite sport without any further ado. This is not all, for the table offers uncompromised comfort if you to think of it. The American pocket design of the table lets you enjoy uninterrupted ball potting luck while the Simonis cloth and Kléber Michelin competition cushions award the table with almost soundproof ball return.

The tables can be customized according to your decor, need and style. You can choose between luxury gold, chrome, stainless steel, copper, white and leather. The plethora of colors, variety and styles add a subtle charm to the table. One can't ignore the breathtaking features of the table even for a minute. Customize it according to your need and let the balls roll.

Via: IfItsHipItsHere


EH Line Street Racer is an unofficial Ferrari of ebikes

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 05:48 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

The concept

A product that claims to be the Ferrari among electric bikes will definitely hog a lot of attention. The design is rugged and it exteriors are swish. This bike is a creation of arty thought, new age finishing and fluid lines. Moreover, it zips around speedily covering a distance of about 45kms in an hour. So, a price of $9250 for this roadster is justified. The piece weighing 35 lbs is powered by a 250 watt engine. And if you are really nuts about the green movement, then you can also ride it without fueling the motor. The whole new sporty and swell looking range is a brainchild of the EH line company.

EH Line Street Racer
EH Line Street Racer

The inspiration

The rising environment pollution, mounting prices of fossil fuels and diminishing natural resources have goaded the invention of all roasters that run on alternative fuels. But this technology is still in its nascent. It needs to be perfected and made cost effective. So, manufacturers are always giving a push for new designs that are better than their previous counterparts. The latest breakthrough in this realm is the super smart EH Line Street Racer. Charging up most models up till now wasn't exactly easy on the pocket. But, this bike can be charged using an ordinary household socket.

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EH Line Street Racer
EH Line Street Racer is an unofficial Ferrari of ebikes

The design

The built of this ride is so suave. The tough aluminum monocoque chassis is really dashing. Not only this, you can customize the color of the chassis also. The high point of the e-bike is the BionX engine it slots in, which utilizes the electric pedal technology and has a power sensing capability. It can charge up the battery even when the bike is going down a slope. Moreover, there are so many other pros of this technology.

With this engine, you can easily whiz your bike around on any type of terrain whether it is an asphalt road, muddy plain or a hilly slope. The bike has four to eight different types of levels that help the driver achieve this feat. The pedal assist feature also has four different levels; i.e. the pedal can exert a force of four varying intensities. The most powerful option wields about 300 percent of the power you put into the pedal.

However, before making the purchase, you should watch out for a few things. This speedster does not have the lightest built in the market. Plenty of gear installed in the bike is on the heavier side, thus adding bulk to its mass. There are electric motors, batteries and other supplies available that weigh exactly half of the ones used in the EH Line Street Racer. You can easily say that this bike is about twice as heavy as the lighter ones in the market. Hence, driving it around without kick starting the electric engine will not be all that easy.

The fabulous

The training mode is another cutting edge technology fitted into the piece. If you are new to e-bikes, you will find this add-on to be very useful. The feature allows the bike to learn a few things and then adapt its functioning accordingly. The intelligent feature outfitted in the bike helps it determine the amount of force you are going to exert while driving. The bike can calculate the degree of strength your feet can apply. It then helps you out when you are riding.

The target

This will be a good purchase if you live in a crowded city where roads are thronged with loads of vehicles. With this bike you can drive around swiftly even in cities that are crammed and mobbed by people and automobiles. It is also eco friendly, hence will be liked by all green living enthusiasts. Anyone who wants to chip in towards the green drive or wants to cut down expenses on fossil fuels can go for the e-bike. The roaster even helps to minimize your carbon footprint, so it will be a good choice for cities stricken with heavy pollution.

Related trends

1. City Electric Bicycle

City Electric Bicycle
City Electric Bicycle

This concept bike is quite simple and the little convenient additions here and there make it a very nifty piece. Its handle bar and stem look one and the same. The battery is fitted inside the seat tube. The electric motor, slotted inside the middle bottom bracket, helps out the rider by keeping the weight in the center. The carbon belt drive can be installed easily because the seat stays have been removed. The fork has internal suspension while the rear seat has fat tires below, both of which facilitate rider comfort. This one is a creation of Vojtěch Sojka, who is based at the University of Technology in Brno, Czech Republic.

2. Electric Bike Concept ver2

Ver2 Electric Bike
Ver2 Electric Bike

This clean and green design comes with storage facility and does not even take up too much parking space. A lithium-ion battery powers up the ride and it moves swiftly even in crowded cities. Just fold together the handlebars and set the pedal low enough to fit the bike in a compact parking space. The storage compartment has space for gadgets like your phone, laptop or iPod, which can be charged while you are riding. This one is for busy people on the go as it allows you to access internet while driving. A screen integrated on the front helps you with this. The smart design is a creation of Yuji Fujimura.

3. Oncycle E-bike

Oncycle E-bike
Oncycle E-bike

A team of five designers consisting of Alex Broerman, Matt Gill, Aaron Kurosu, Mei Hsieh, and Tony Cohen under the mentorship of Bill Rupp have conceptualized this extraordinary design. The never seen before exteriors have been stylized by the designers on purpose because they wanted to come up with a green bike that gets noticed and in turn spreads a word about the importance of eco friendly transportation. The bike has lights on its motor, a pannier and D-lock. The bottom bracket puts drivers at ease and the display shows the battery status of the cycle.

4. Torque

Torque
Torque

The simple and stable design was crafted by Emil Møller Pedersen from Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark. The hob rings and battery ring with a closed chain box are its distinguishing feature. It drives at a speed of 15 miles per hour. The wiring is such that it keeps the bike clean and dry at all times. It also boasts of an automatic chain tensioner.


Pulse changes shape according to the way it is used

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 04:48 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Mobile phones and humans have built a never ending bond, which seems to get stronger with every new phone launched. Taking the intimacy of humans and phones to an all new level is designer Loh Wen Bin Timothy with amazingly designed Pulse. The handheld device will fetch attention with its shape shifting traits that will make the experience nothing but comfortable.

Pulse
Pulse

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Pulse
Mobile Intimacy by Loh Wen Bin Timothy

Pulse will come embedded with social robotics that will enrich the communication experience of the user as it gets personalized as per their needs. The haptic design flexibly changes as per the circumstances of usage. Pulse will take up a curved shape when held in hands, in order to provide a good grip. The comfortable fitting of the gadget continues even when it is kept next to the face. This is made possible as Pulse can change its shape according to the facial curves of an individual. The same gadget takes a thin and flat shape when placed in the pocket, making sure it doesn't consume much space.

Pulse has a flexible outer skin, which is silicon based. It comes incorporated with various sensors like accelerometers, proximity sensors, pressure sensors plus light and ambient sensors that give the hand held gadget required qualities. The flexible transparent AMOLED screen has multi-touch functions and has a very clear display. It can be connected with other devices via Bluetooth, cloud computing and near field communication. Pulse can easily bend around the hand, which gives a feel as if someone is holding the user's hand. The intensity of the grasp is sensed by the presence of force sensors present on the side of the design, which in turn decides the tightness of the grasp.

Pulse if an ingenious design, which will definitely change the communication experiences in the near future.


Let the Tangible Jukebox help you find the music that truly ‘touches’ you

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 04:41 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

Cognitive, interactive media is catching up quickly as an appealing device entertaining amongst users. The technology uses certain "Jukeboxes" which can be physically manipulated to listen to music of "precise" choice. Why the word "precise?" Well, The Tangible Jukebox is capable of narrowing down the choice of music to Genres, Albums and artists which helps a listener land "exactly" where they want to. In other words, this is getting what you want via the scheme of collaborative playlist.

Master thesis
Master thesis

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Tangible Jukebox
Tangible Jukebox by Jason Rados

The Tangible Jukebox is a tabletop multi touch tangible interface which is a device built around the cognitive and interactive media concept. The system allows the user to maneuver physical holds on the jukebox to create digital playlists collaboratively. Hence, The Tangible Jukebox comes up with very novel methods of interacting with a collaborative device.

The Jukebox uses what is called TUI or Tangible User Interface which is a smart device of finding one's way to exactly what the ears want to listen. TUI is a much more successful system in the sense that it has some appeal to it because of being entertaining in the operation itself. It proves to be a hit at points of socializing such as clubs, discotheques and bars. The tangible jukebox has been further "oomphed" up with use of colorful and festive lighting that adds more flair to its use.

Source: Jasonrados


Groceries, shopping or travel. Let Levo Cart get you to an easy start

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 03:37 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

The basic structure of a shopping cart has been turned around a bit to craft this ergonomic design that is a lot more functional. This cart has many handy features that have been overlooked till now. There are two baskets placed on top of each other. The sleek frame with a hooked handle on top easily bears the weight of your luggage. The cart is chic to look at. It has clean lines and a swish finish. The ingenious product is an academic project by Matheus Pinto and Fernando Ximenes.

Shopping cart
Shopping cart

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Shopping cart
Multipurpose Shopping Cart Concept

The Levo shopping cart is a boon for people who do not want to drive their car to the supermarket, especially if it is located at a stone's throw from their home. Just wheel all your supplies back home in this cart and you won't miss your car. You can effortlessly haul even bulky and heavy supplies in it without sweating it out. The space inside can accommodate all kinds of supplies. Be it merchandise, mechanized gear or a big floppy bag. In fact, you can also carry it to a grocery store.

Here is a brief account of its cool features. Firstly, the aluminum structure can be detached from the baskets. Also, you will get a tight grip on the handles that have a rubber casing. The adjustable height is a huge plus. If you are short, then the cart will not be hitting you smack in the face and in case you are tall, then you won't have to bend low to reach for the supplies. Its movements are smooth and slick thanks to the sturdy wheels with rugged rubber tires. So, it will be a cinch to haul this one around. Moreover, none of the features are complicated. Understanding and implementing them is really easy.

Via: Designlike


Tradition and Technology ‘penned’ down as one

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 02:46 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

Handwriting has been one of the most substantiated and effective means of communication since the days of mankind. It's solid and expressive and serves as the best record for future reference. From time immemorial, human expressions have flown suavely from the nib for thoughts, communication, literature and so forth. The beauty of written communication today is only marred by its dawdling pace over long distances. To overcome this inherent lag, Fujitsu has come up with an ingenious mobile device which qualifies for a perfect marriage between tradition and technology. It's even the recipient of the Mobile phone design award.

Mobile phone
Mobile phone

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Mobile phone
Mobile phone by Eitaro Iwata

Now here is a mobile phone structured as a pen. The futuristic look bodes well for establishing the "Technology" quotient in the device. The device is constituted thus. The body's apex is a jog dial followed by a pleasant organic EL transparent display. The waist of the pen comprises of the Dispatch/power supply key. It's quite neat looking with black textured over silver. The below waist body is solely dedicated to the keyboard. At the tapering end of the body is the pen unit.

The user first taps the mail button at the top which initiates message monitoring. The sensor at the tip of the pen unit then starts recognizing the writing patterns and transmutes them into digitally storable and transmittable material. After finishing, the material can be reviewed in the organic EL transparent display. Finally, with a second click of the mail button, off goes the message to be transmitted over rapid waves.


Nightsafe, a navigational buoy harnesses solar energy to power LED lights

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 02:05 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

A water body is just incomplete without the sight of a buoy. The floating device has been used since ages to indicate a navigational channel, mark a location and also to warn about some kind of danger. Giving the design a bit of glamor is Ryan Chu with a navigational buoy christened Nightsafe.

Nightsafe - Navigational Buoy
Nightsafe - Navigational Buoy

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Nightsafe - Navigational Buoy
Nightsafe - Navigational Buoy by Ryan Chu

As the name spells, the well crafted buoy will make movement of sea traffic safe as it glows when dusk sets in. It has been crafted to be used in estuaries, inland waterways and small harbors. The self powered buoy makes good use of solar energy and needs no additional batteries, which need to be replaced every now and then. In case the solar panels get loaded with dust, the ingenious design keeps sparkling by using a Pizoelectric system. This innovative system exploits the movement of buoy as well as the waves to juice up the LED lights.

The LED beacon will increase visibility at night and has fully sealed buoyancy chambers. The power unit of the design produces 0.4kwh every single day, which will give enough charge to the batteries to operate for a good 60 hours. Nightsafe doesn't need much maintenance, as neither its batteries nor bulbs need to be replaced like regular designs. The best part being, this buoy needs no maintenance for at least 5 years, which is absolutely amazing. So, use the well crafted and easy to maintain buoy as markers as it glows giving stars at night some competition.

Source: Ryan Chu


Lozen Passive House is smart and sustainable to the core

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 12:40 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

The concept:

Passive House Lozen is a brainchild of architectures Svetoslav Michev, Hristo Stankushev and Rumen Yordanov. Designed for an architectural competition, the construction is a clear image of the future green for living. The architectural marvel is partially submerged into the ground and is a two and a half-story construction that is cubical in shape. The house will unfurl aesthetically pleasing views of Vitosha Mountain towards the west and that of the Sofia City on the north-west side, as it has been erected on the north side of the space provided.

Lozen Passive House
Lozen Passive House

The main rooms, like the living room, bedrooms and dining room, of the well designed home have been fitted windows that face towards the north-west. On the other hand, the library has windows placed on the wall facing the north-west. The location of the house favors ventilation, which will keep it beaming with freshness. As the name spells, the awe amazing concept makes good use of many passive house features. It has been erected by making good use of passive house complaint construction. This comprises of windows that are airtight passive certified along with insulated spacers. A lot of importance has been given to thermal envelop, while thermal bridges have been given a backseat.

The Inspiration:

More use of electricity means escalating bills, which can leave a big hole in the pocket. Keeping the ever increasing electricity cost and in turn bills in mind the sustainable design was conceived. Passive House Lozen comes fitted with things that will save quite a lot energy by cutting down on heavy use of electricity. The inside will be well illuminated by natural light during daytime, which will save energy. The sustainable design will keep a check and will cut down on long electricity bills, which is a curse in today's modern world.

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Lozen Passive House
Lozen Passive House is smart and sustainable to the core

Eco Credentials:

Passive House Lonzen is an ideal eco friendly housing option, which comes flooded with energy efficient and water saving traits. Solar panels ornament the roof, which harness solar energy for use in the house. The outside of the house features polystyrene with a thickness of 30cm, which make the outer skin insulated and airtight. The roof of has been placed in a slanting position, which gives the construction a favorable facade to area and facade to volume ratio.

Further energy efficiency is achieved by using CFL and LED bulbs that consume less energy, but don't fall short on illuminating the area like any other conventional source. Conventional heat pumps will be replaced by geothermal heat pumps that have horizontal ground loops and put forward a great efficiency. Solar energy collected by solar panels will be converted into electric energy with the help of photovoltaic panels present in the design. Further, solar energy will also be swapped into a heat source that will provide hot water for domestic use via solar hot water collectors.

The water fittings have a low flow, which makes sure that this precious liquid does not go down the drain too soon. Underground water rather than fresh water is used to flush toilets and water plants. Also, grey water and rainwater is put to good use as it solves irrigation purposes of the construction. Providing additional thermal insulation is the vegetated roof, which adds on to the sustainable features of the design. The most interesting part is that the waste produced will not be thrown away but will be further recycled or reused for other purposes.

Feasibility:

Sustainable housing is the need of the day and people are consciously opting for designs that come smothered with eco friendliness. Passive House Lozen is resource efficient and will help optimize the use of energy, which makes it a feasible housing design for the near future. Every effort is being made to save precious resources as well as keep the environment away from the clutches of pollution and the design does exactly this. Sustainable houses will become a hot favorite in the coming years, as they will provide the same comfort like a regular home and will also bring down the environmental impact caused during construction.

Related trends:

1. Sustainable home by Fiona Winzar Architects

Sustainable home
Sustainable home

Swapping your dream of putting up in an eco friendly home is the attention grabbing creation by Fiona Winzar Architects. The home comes tagged with a very airy and inviting feel, which has everything that makes it energy efficient and in turn saves money as well. The most unique trait of the sustainable home is the roof extension that imitates the shape of an eyelid. It provides shade and lends the much needed privacy, keeping prying eyes at bay. The clean and green building comprises of solar panels, rainwater collection system as well as passive ventilation.

2. An eco friendly, wooden house concept by Batte Ronald

wooden hosue concept
wooden hosue concept

Batte Ronald has designed a single bedroom wooden dwelling, which has been simply named the Sustainable House. Wood has an almost carbon neutral nature that doesn't harm the environment with ant kind of toxins. It has been a material of choice for building homes from years at a stretch and the craze doesn't seem to end even in this concrete world. But, don't get disappointed by its single bedroom status as the sweet abode will include a bathroom, kitchen, living room and even a small swimming pool.

3. Lake House: A new concept in sustainable housing

Lake House
Lake House

Based on sustainable design principles as well as renewable energies is the Lake House. The simple design has been made using minimum materials by Emre Senoglu and vows to occupy as less space as possible. The house makes good use of renewable resources, which will help keep the environment in a healthy state. Resources are recycled and given back to the nature like in form of water circulation. The sloped roof helps in collecting rainwater that is stored in the water tank for further use. Watering plants and can be done by reusing grey water.


M2 Metro Station promises to bring human beings closer to nature

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 11:41 PM PDT

Nikita Sharma:

M2 Metro Station is one of its kinds in the world as it promises to bring humans closer to nature without making any compromises with the modern technologies available. The project has had a long developmental period associated with it. The main attraction of the project is its folding concrete roof covered with green grass that extends till the end and finally bends towards the ticket office. The folded concrete green patch pulls out till the pedestrian ramp.

M2 Metro Station
M2 Metro Station

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2 Metro Station
M2 Transit Hub

The whole project was completed in three phases where the first phase was a light rail station that had red printed glass and a new pedestrian bridge. The second phase incorporated escalators, a ticket counter and a subway station, but that's not all. A beautiful roof carries the entire attraction followed by a pedestrian ramp that increase its overall beauty and also creates further transit connections at the heart of the city. The third phase was completed by giving a final touch to the entire project and surrounding areas. The folding and rupturing architecture is reminiscent of Lausanne's topography and Alps' geographical history.

The whole architecture tends to convey a public message of nurturing the environment with the course of development in a balanced way. There is a sophisticated linkage between the developmental faces and a unique approach has been given to the project by incorporating green carpet on the roof of the building. This building is also a home of transportation authorities and they enjoy privacy, natural light and live an eco friendly life.

Via:Recitymagazine


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