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Galileo iOS run Robotic iPhone Platform is the mother of all iPhone docks

Posted: 26 Mar 2012 07:09 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Created by Santa Cruz-based designer Motrr, the Galileo is a new robotic iPhone platform that can be controlled directly by the phone's iOS and allows iOS devices to control the motion of the platform remotely as well. The platform can be used to create stunning panoramic photographs and vastly improve video chat and video conferencing. In any orientation, Galileo can move at speeds up to 200 degree per second with infinite 360 degree pan-and-tilt, endless possibilities of making applications like video conferencing, social networking, cinematography and photography more intuitive as well.

iOS-controlled robotic iPhone
iOS-controlled robotic iPhone

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iOS-controlled robotic iPhone
Galileo is a i OS-controlled robotic iPhone

Galileo reacts to a single swipe gesture on the iPhone/iPad's screen which makes capturing panorama shots perfect. This ability allows users to tilt the camera in any direction they want which means that in applications like remote learning and video conferencing, the gadget can be used by the user to pan around the room and point the camera at other speakers in the room as well.

This function improves baby monitoring functions of your iPhone as well since it will liberate you from viewing camera angles preset by the baby sitter. The platform can also be used to create virtual tours with 360 degree spherically panned photos. The Galileo can be fitted on any tripod with a standard tripod screw and can even serve as a charging dock for your device. Running on a Li-polymer battery, the platform is also completely portable.

Via: Kickstarter


Portable Hibachi Grill to enjoy delicious food outdoors

Posted: 26 Mar 2012 07:08 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

This product will surely appeal to adventure loving people who take risk to leave the comfort of their homes and go into the great outdoors. The portable grill by Buck Beymer is a boon for audacious campers. The design has been crafted taking inspiration from the interactivity of hibachi and fondue. It is a self-enclosed grill that could be packed easily and taken anywhere.

Portable Hibachi Grill
Portable Hibachi Grill

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Portable Hibachi Grill
Portable Hibachi Grill by Buck Beymer

The aim of the project was to make the design portable along with providing appropriate space to store dipping sauces. Minimal cleanup area has been provided by crafting it in form of an 8×8x8 cube. Grill as well as the enclosure is included in the same foldable cube to ensure minimum cleanup and easy carrying whenever and wherever desired. Opening up of the four sides of the cube increases flat and clean surface even on uneven terrain. This also creates appropriate distance between the grill and the enclosure thereby making handling easy by reducing heat transfer.

The Grill rack can be removed effortlessly for cleaning. The body of Hibachi Grill has been crafted in stainless steel making it durable and rust resistant. Now you won't have to worry about preparing meals as this remarkable grill could be used anywhere, anytime and could be folded up with its lid on. A rugged leather strap ensures easy usage and keeps the whole assembly secure.


Foldable cellphone features edge to edge display without a hindge

Posted: 26 Mar 2012 06:53 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

Design covers more than the aesthetics. It takes into account usability, accessibility and information architecture. Talking about a cell phone, we all wish to have a smartphone fully equipped with latest technology, a big screen, good voice quality and so on. Max Borhof, a designer from Germany has come up with a very creative handset which could be folded after use. It looks somewhat like an HTC device with a nice edge to edge display flaunting its broad screen but with an additional advantage of being getting folded.

Foldable mobilephone
Foldable mobilephone

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Foldable mobilephone
Foldable mobilephone by Max Borhof

The compact Concept 9 cellphone has a thickness of 7.5mm and 1080 pixels display. The idea takes into account the future technologies using ultra flexible screens. The most remarkable fact about the cellphone is that despite of the foldable feature it offers edge to edge screen without any hinge where it flexes. The style in which it opens up after folding would surely remind you of a makeup kit.

The device features interesting ways of connecting and disconnecting the call via its virtual keys system that takes a bit of its screen space. It comes with a very influencing dock area on the screen that makes it look like the HTC Sense experience of the future. This idea when realized into practicality would surely bring a boom to the cellphone industry.

Via: Concept-phones


Permoveh Personal Mobile Vehicle turns sideways, thanks to omnidirectional wheels

Posted: 26 Mar 2012 06:52 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Wheelchair users have only been restricted to forward and backward movement so far and it takes a whole series of vehicle-like maneuvers for them to be able to turn their chairs to a side. A new wheelchair developed by Japanese scientist Komori Masaharu comes with a bunch of omnidirectional wheels that enable wheelchair users to turn sideways without having to go through the rigorous routine of moving their chairs forwards and backwards before making the turn.

Permoveh
Permoveh

The Kyoto University professor developed the wheelchair to allow users to be able to turn within relatively small spaces like traditional Japanese homes. Dubbed the Permoveh Personal Mobile Vehicle, the wheelchair allows sideways movement via a set of unique omnidirectional tires. The prototype Permoveh Personal Mobile Vehicle's oblique movement would be particularly beneficial for the elderly and people who have limited upper body strength and cannot maneuver and turn a regular wheelchair with ease or people who live and work in spaces that do cannot accommodate regular sized wheelchairs.

Permoveh
Permoveh

Masaharu has not announced any plans to put the Permoveh Personal Mobile Vehicle into production just yet though we expect to see more refined versions of the technology being developed before wheelchair manufacturers pick it up for production.

Via: Dvice


Rickshaw at Denver Zoo runs on clean fuel made from manure

Posted: 26 Mar 2012 06:51 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

To bring down expenses and at the same time minimize carbon emissions, many institutions and organizations are dabbling with renewable power. The Denver Zoo has delved quite a bit with clean and green power by now and its most recent attempt was to fuel a Rickshaw using eco friendly technology. The motorized tuk tuk, about 20 years old, was purchased from Thailand. The rickshaw runs on eco centric batteries and a very simple mechanism has made this notable feat possible.

Poo Power Rickshaw
Poo Power Rickshaw

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Poo Power Rickshaw
Denver Zoo Develops a Poo-Power Rickshaw

All the fecal matter produced at the zoo goes through a methodical conversion process. First, gasified pellets are made out of the droppings. These pellets, when heated in a no oxygen environment, yield syngas. Electricity is then produced by running the snygas through a generator. All the waste matter produced on site is used in the production of syngas. The batteries that power up the motor driven Rickshaw are charged by this electricity. The zoo has been exploring this technology for about eight years now and this particular system was developed by a team of three engineers. An attempt by the Denver Zoo to bring down their energy consumption gave a jumpstart to the entire process.

The tuk tuk is not the first endeavor by the zoo to use clean burning fuel. The first syngas powered gadget at the zoo was a blender used for churning out margaritas. The place is waiting to roll out more carbon neutral plans in the future and using the technology to supply power to the zoo is one such prospect. Not only does this technology help to generate clean burning fuel, it also minimizes efforts the zoo had to put in earlier to use up trash. As the ejecta is used on site, there is no need to haul the waste any longer to convert it into compost.

Via: Inhabitat/ Autoblog


The Devoid Tower goes hand in hand with Chicago’s environment

Posted: 26 Mar 2012 06:50 AM PDT

Mridul Jerath:

Recently we have been reading and writing a lot about different towers that have been specially designed to suit the urban environment. The architect Daniel Caven has designed "The Devoid Tower" at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, which not only surveys different passive systems that can be included while working on a high rise design but has also taken into consideration the various design rules.

Devoid Tower
Devoid Tower

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Devoid Tower
Devoid Tower for Chicago

This tower is located in the River North area of Chicago and possesses a central volume that is perforated by an empty space. The movement and place of this particular void is planned giving utmost importance to Chicago's environmental conditions, regarding wind speeds and sunlight. After conducting an experiment it was found that, the void slows down wind speeds, benefiting the tower to get natural ventilation through all the floor-plates. This void designed in the tower, allows it to enjoy the maximum amount of sunlight throughout the day on top of the floor plates and on the other hand permits the users to get more picturesque views.

The exterior of the tower enjoys views of Lake Michigan and River Chicago. The interior is graced with a large open space and an open floor plate due to the dia-grid structure, which welcomes the users. The tower got its final shape by the movement and form of the void. The tower holds a variety of programs on the different stories, as in the three stories at the base provide a space for retail with a beautiful view of the lake and the path alongside the river houses the restaurant. The office space is planned in the larger segment of the tower and the crown of the tower incorporates a skydeck and a five star hotel with a sky lobby which separates the office from the hotel.

Via: Evolo


Electrolux Beatplate to change the way we perceive food

Posted: 26 Mar 2012 06:44 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Listening to songs/music has the power to rev up the overall dining experience. From hotels to parties, the food never comes without a musical piece being playing in the background. Taking this to an all new level us designer Bartos Scharmach, with the Electrolux Beatplate. The astounding dining device will give sound to the food you eat, which will make it stand out.

Electrolux Beatplate
Electrolux Beatplate

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Electrolux Beatplate
Electrolux Beatplate by Bartos Scharmach

The musical experience will be directly proportional to the way a particular food item is arranged on the plate. Simply, place food on the surface then arrange and move it to experience the different kind of tunes produced. The LCD surface of the device makes good use of Pixlesense technology, which has the capability to recognize food textures using infrared light. This will further produce an acoustic response, which will vary with different arrangements as well as food items.

The Electrolux Beatplate can be connected to speakers via Bluetooth technology, if you want to clearly listen to the tunes being produced. The exclusive musical compositions can further be shared with others, which will definitely win you a lot of appreciations. Both the main unit as well as the control unit are water resistant and can be washed in even in a microwave. The control unit can be charged via Micro USB slot. Apart from this, it can also be charged with the help of solar panels that act as a secondary power source.

Musical structures and sounds can be combined by linking multiple devices, which will unfurl the fun of composing music in a group. You can link as many plates as you want and create awesome tunes by simply shifting the placement of food items.

[Cheers Bartos]


Allison Tran's Clock turns setting an alarm into a 20 minute chore

Posted: 26 Mar 2012 06:41 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Do you find the single touch alarm activation on your smartphone/ expensive digital alarm clock a little too simple for your liking? Then you have got to try the all new alarm clock concept by designer Allison Tran. The alarm clock basically takes away all the intuitiveness of regular modern alarm clocks and replaces it with a chore-like system of turning the alarm on and off.

Alarm Clock
Alarm Clock

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Alarm Clock
Alarm Clock by Allison Tran

Since the dock of the alarm clock is wall mounted, you have to physically get up to place it back in the dock to turn it off which makes it a great gift idea for people who keep hitting the snooze button in the morning. To set an alarm, you have to first upload your own custom sound file to the mixing dock and mount it on the wall.

Then, you can adjust individual notes and sounds on the file by pulling strings and adjust the volume of each sound. To set the alarm time, you have to twist the speaker puck and remove the speaker from the dock and place it at your nightstand. When the alarm sounds off, you have to again get up and place the speaker back in the dock and pull strings till the sounds lower and the alarm is turned off.

Source: Allison Tran


Emergency Search Capsule would play an important role during rescue missions

Posted: 26 Mar 2012 06:36 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

People trapped in disaster struck areas often face a hard time. Relief units may take time to arrive if the area is inaccessible by road. But, it is very necessary to provide basic medical facilities plus food and clean water. Keeping all this in mind, Jay Chang has designed an easy to use design that will provide the much needed relief when airdropped. Christened Emergency Search Capsule, it is a functional product, which will provide the much needed relief.

Emergency Search Capsule
Emergency Search Capsule

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Emergency Search Capsule
Emergency Search Capsule by Jay Chang

The capsule will be airdropped as an airplane or helicopter flies over the area. Successful drops will be made possible because of the presence of a parachute that has been crafted out of Mylar blankets. Emergency Search Capsule has been wedged with an alert light that flickers and produces a loud sound to fetch attention of survivors. The alert light can be swapped into white light by rotating the body of the device. The emergency capsule will provide drinking water till the help arrives. The parachute attached to the design can be used as a blanket to stay warm at night.

When the capsule is located by the survivors, it can used for transmitting signals to the base and also communicate with the rescuers. The device will send out signals when it is switched on, which will make it easy to locate survivors by using the location tracking system. Once it has served its role during the rescue operation, the same Emergency Search Capsule can be used as a lamp at home.


Mossbo solar lamp for kids blends cuteness and efficiency together

Posted: 26 Mar 2012 06:34 AM PDT

Sahil Khurana:

Mossbo is probably a very cute way to teach your child the meaning of conservation and to pass on the message of being eco friendly. It is a small solar powered lamp that will provide light at night to your young ones, keeping them safe and sound. The cute design of the solar powered lamp, by Vivian Lo is very energy efficient and will bring forth the utility of the design manifold.

Mossbo
Mossbo

The user of the lamp has to charge the photovoltaic batteries in the lamp's outer coating by placing it in the sunlight for a few hours. The batteries have been powered as such, letting them store the necessary amount of energy, which can be utilized at night.

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Mossbo
Mossbo solar lamp

The term Mossbo has been derived from the story of a creature from an extinct forest, when its home was snatched away from it. Your kids would not only love every inch of this lovely, home comfortable creation, but also relish every bit of responsibility they would be endowed with. The bright sparkling lights on the surface of the lamp indicate full power, while the crossed out lights indicate the need to recharge. You can dim the light of the lamp by a small touch and switch it off when not in use by a hard pressed touch.

The idea behind the solar powered contraption is very simple. It involves the use of parents and their children, letting them teach their kids the value of energy conservation. Mossbo has been carved out of biodegradable and renewable materials, making it a very eco friendly device. The design of the lamp is extremely eco friendly and way too useful for lighting up dark enclosures at night.

Via: CargoCollective


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