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MOTOACTV fitness tracker doubles as a sweat proof MP3 player

Posted: 27 Mar 2012 07:04 AM PDT

Sahil Khurana:

The concept:

MotoACTV has designed an activity tracking watch especially for golfers, which has been christened MotoACTV Golf Edition. The tasteful watch by Motorola will be released on April 1 and will come stashed with a price tag of $299.99. The smartly designed watch will keep a track of all the activities of a golfer as well as precise location on a good 20,000 golf courses. It will also comprise of distance readings all complete with readings of the front, back and center of the golf course as well. The sweat proof creation comes packed with a smart MP3 player, which will let you enjoy the game as you listen to your favorite tracks.

MOTOACTV Golf Edition
MOTOACTV Golf Edition

The inspiration:

The biggest inspiration behind the design of the watch was of course golf enthusiasts. Motorola joined hands with Bubba Watson to come up with the stunning Motorola MOTOACTV Golf Edition, which will help golf lovers improve their game. The best part being, this watch will act as a virtual caddy as well as an online clubhouse, thanks to its avant-garde GPS tracker that makes it all the more tempting.

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MOTOACTV Golf Edition
MOTOACTV fitness tracker doubles as a sweat proof MP3 player

The design:

The amazingly designed golf edition watch by Motorola is bound to draw attention with so many helpful features, like an embedded GPS. Keeping a close check on scores, clubs and statistics is the very useful caddy function. The presence of a calories tracker, distance meter and pedometer will make exercising coated with fun. View the golf course from the computer, which has been made possible because of a satellite view. The watch can be easily synced with the computer to transfer all data.

The fabulous:

MOTOACTV Golf Edition watch will help keep a check on scores and stats, which will in turn help a player, narrow down on right decisions when on the golf course. One can easily synch their record, which help compare the performance in the near future. Just like other products by the brand, even the golf edition comes complete with fitness tracking features that will help in its own way.

The target:

The design is directly targeted at golf loving people. It will let enthusiasts keep a keen eye on all the games that too over 20,000 courses all around the world. It will also let them keep a record of their scores and weigh them against those of professionals.

Related trends:

1. VEA Sportive: A Smart Mobile Watch for fitness freaks

VEA Sportive
VEA Sportive

If you want a built in MP3 player, a watch, and a fitness meter, then the VEA Sportive watch by French Company VEA is everyone's delight. It incorporates a variety of features within its bosom, the best of the lot being the MP3 player allowing you to store up to 8GB of songs. Further, you can tie it like a normal watch, and it will keep track of all the calories burnt, your pulse rate etc. In other words, you can carry your little fitness meter right when you're working out.

2. Mobile Fitness Watch combines cellphone with a fitness tracker

Mobile Fitness Watch
Mobile Fitness Watch

The Sony Ericsson Mobile Fitness Watch will prove to be a boon for modern day athletes. It will come injected with awe-inspiring features that will solve a multitude of purposes. The fitness watch comes embedded with music player, GPS and a heart rate monitor. The most amazing feature is that the watch will double as a cell phone and can be used to make as well as receive calls like any other phone. It will sync to your laptop, computer, tablet, smartphone through Wi-Fi when the Mobile Fitness Watch is perched on top of the docking station.

3. The Garmin Forerunner 305

Forerunner 305
Forerunner 305

If you like to keep a track on your running distance, training capacity and workout speed, then the Garmin Forerunner 305 will blend perfectly with your personality. It comes complete with a heart rate monitor and a calories counter. Measure distance and speed, while you go out for a jog or cycle around with the useful gadget placed nicely around your wrist. It will prove to be a great assistance when it comes to accomplishing your fitness goals. The multi sport capacity of the watch makes it a great creation, which can be used while biking, sailing, running and during many other fitness activities.


Kruz Bicycle doubles as skates for a steady eco friendly ride

Posted: 27 Mar 2012 07:02 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Riding in the cities in pollution free way is going to get a new name in the form of Kruz. Designed by Wenning Cheng, the bicycle design will double as skates. It will bow down to all the modern day needs that arise in an urban environment when it comes to moving from one place to the other. The three wheeled ride has been designed in an aesthetically pleasing way and can be stored easily without consuming much space.

Kruz - Bicycle
Kruz - Bicycle

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Kruz - Bicycle
Kruz - Bicycle by Wenning Cheng

Kruz has been fitted with a leather seat, which can be adjusted according to the comfort of the rider. The rails in the design are movable and the paddles can be folded when using it as skates. The skates, which are present at the back of the design, can either be separated or attached depending on the type of ride one wants to enjoy. It can work as a speedy ride when the skates are used. This will prove to be if utmost help when the streets are packed with traffic.

While skating, Kruz moves by following the principle of angular momentum. Simply move your body from side to side and experience an enjoyable ride. If you want to enjoy a relaxed ride, then switch to the bicycle mode and savor the surroundings as your ride towards your destination. The attached skates act as a standing step, which will prove to be useful in case someone wants to accompany you. Kruz Bicycle will be available in a variety of colors, giving buyers a flexibility to choose as per their taste and personality.

Via: Ningw


Rescue Wizard: A brilliant machine for quick and easy rescue of wreckage victims

Posted: 27 Mar 2012 07:01 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

This simple design is more efficient and so much more powerful than its previous counterparts. It is a rescue device to save victims of a natural calamity like earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and tornadoes. In the event of such a disaster, many victims get caught in rubble or debris created by the wreckage ensuing on a massive scale. Although many devices are used to rescue victims, this one has been improvised considerably.

Rescue Wizard
Rescue Wizard

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Rescue Wizard
A heavy duty design for portable power

The gadget essentially contains a two stroke chainsaw and holds a 12 strand ultra high molecular weight polyethylene cable. The new version has been modified and thus operates more proficiently. Firstly, it moves more speedily and can withstand a greater amount of force. Additionally, it allows operations to be ceased while the rescue is going on, which is really helpful when an extremely heavy load is being pulled. Another huge plus with the inbuilt cable is that it does not conduct electricity or store kinetic energy while it is in operation. This increases safety of the whole process as additional accidents during the rescue operations can be avoided.

Carrying out the rescue operation will also be easier with this cable. Though it weighs less than 100 pounds, one person will be able to lug a heavy load single handedly with the pulley. A load equivalent to the weight of two SUVs can be easily hauled using this machine. Hence, due to the immense power even a single person can easily rescue many people at a time, which is quite a boon. This very useful device will easily find other applications apart from rescue operations. It will come handy in the adventure sports industry too.

Source: Robrady


Armchair without Prejudice comes with a hidden coffee table and footrest

Posted: 27 Mar 2012 06:59 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Armchair without Prejudice is the latest project by Valencian design studio Sanserif Creatius and looks to raise awareness about sustainable production processes and the quality of cardboard used in such endeavors. The campaign is devoted to promoting green furniture designs for the future for which a commitment to recycling is needed along with general awareness about the importance of sustainable growth of resources used in household furniture.

Armchair Without Prejudice
Armchair Without Prejudice

The Armchair without Prejudice is an innovative set of furniture that features a seat with a hidden coffee table and footrest inside. Through the design, its creators hope to raise awareness about the potential of cardboard as the staple material used in the production of household furniture for future homes.

The set of seats can be used together or independently with the complementary units being used as a coffee table, a footrest or even a small low stool to sit on. Manufactured through a sustainable production process, the unit is crafted in a 100 percent recycled cardboard and allows users to set them in versatile seating configurations. The pleasing contours of the seating set are complemented by the natural beauty of the unblemished recycled cardboard that provides the seating with a soft yet sturdy texture that is gentle to the touch.

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Armchair Without Prejudice
AN ARMCHAIR WITHOUT PREJUDICE THAT HIDES A FOOTREST AND A COFFEE TABLE

Though cardboard furniture is more prone to staining and can be damaged easily, it is much easier to move which makes it the perfect bit of furniture for people who like to try out new layouts for their homes or those who shift homes frequently. The Prejudice line of seating was created by Sanserif Creatius in collaboration with Apai Foundation, a Special Employment Center that promotes marginalized socio-labor groups, and the Association of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (AFCO).

The limited edition furniture collection is created to serve multiple purposes around the house and can be evolved and adapted to various household purposes as well. The set can thus be adapted to serve as a standalone library, an end table, a night stand as well as a support table accenting other furniture in a room.

The Prejudice was also so named to try and focus attention on the fact that paper and cardboard based furniture are stigmatized as low quality, non-durable and "disposable." However, this particular project looks to destigmatize paper and cardboard furniture and looks to promote it as an environmentally friendly and low-impact furniture option that is produced with a relatively clean production process in comparison to furniture made of wood, metal or plastics.

[Thanks Jose]


The Four's good looks makes you forget about its utility

Posted: 27 Mar 2012 06:57 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

The Four is an innovative touch screen device that can be connected to the internet to serve a lot of functions via an intuitive and easy to use interface. Created by Belgrade, Serbia-based designer Marko Vuckovic, the device is inspired by the four basic seasons and serves four basic functions of handheld portable gadgets. The Wi-Fi enabled device can be used to set up a digital thermostat display in the house where one can check in the local weather conditions and forecast for the day via the wall mounted display.

The Four
The Four

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The Four
The Four by Marko Vuckovic

The Four can also be used as a wall-mounted music player that can be preset to play ambient sounds and music in keeping with the weather conditions prevalent at a given time or one that suits the user's mood. The Four can also be used as a digital photo frame with its multitouch AMOLED screen 145 x 235 mm providing a high gloss photo viewing experience.

A single touch of the screen provides additional info about the photographer. The device can also be used to play relaxing sounds of nature via integrated speakers. The device can also be used to make bookings for shows, flights, restaurants and hotels and the device can even save your credit card info and protect it with a password to ensure optimum security.


LightWake touch enabled alarm clock doubles up as a nightstand

Posted: 27 Mar 2012 06:50 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Versatile furniture has been much in demand pretty much since the 60’s though the market for such products has really taken off in the last decade. The sleek and minimalist lightWake by designer Daniel Chow is one such multipurpose bit of furniture that doubles up as a futuristic alarm clock for the modern young professional as well. The elegant nightstand comes with a touch enabled table top that serves as an interface for the alarm clock.

lightWake
lightWake

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lightWake by Daniel Chow

To activate the alarm, a user needs to swipe their hand across the face of the table. The table's surface is thus illuminated and the alarm clock interface is presented to the user. Three capacitive touch "buttons" appear on the projected interface of the clock once the alarm interface has been activated. An up arrow, a down arrow and a power button allow users to set the desired alarm time. Half an hour before the alarm is supposed to go off, lightWake starts to gradually illuminate the room with a gentle light.

As the alarm time approaches, the table too gains full brightness level and begins to sound the alarm with a gentle chiming sound. This allows the user to be waked gently instead of being awoken by a sudden harsh alarm sound. To turn the alarm off, the user has to activate the interface of the table top, unlock it with a swipe across the table and push the power button to turn the alarm off.

Source: Daniel Chow Design


Avante Video Recorder helps ballerinas improve their steps

Posted: 27 Mar 2012 06:49 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Created by Betty Huang, the Avante Video Recorder for Ballet Dancers is a great new tool that can help ballerinas practice and improve themselves even when instructors aren't present. The tool is developed to encourage ballerinas to be able to share their techniques and help others learn instead of competing with each other all the time. Since stress and injury resulting from improper posture during practice is one of the biggest challenges faced by ballet dancers, the Avante video recorder can be used as a teaching tool that can help prevent injuries among dancers.

Avante
Avante

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Avante
Avante,a video recorder for ballet dancers by Betty Huang

Avante used a set of strap on inertial sensors that are fitted at the arms, legs and torso of a dancer. The camera unit is then mounted to a mirror or wall at eye level. This allows the camera to read sensor locations and body movement easily and accurately. As the camera starts recording, a ring around the lens lights up to indicate recording status. When the dancer is done with recording, they can also play the video back on the Avante.

During video playback, the sensors can recognize specific movements and highlight mistakes on the screen. This allows instructors to highlight incorrect postures and movements and help prevent injury from improper movements. The twin screens of the Avante allow viewers to directly compare a dancer’s movements to an instructor’s or a tutorial. The 3D sensors can identify foundational errors involving multiple limbs or weight distribution, which allows dancers to judge their own mistakes more accurately.

[Cheers Betty]


Oasis Refrigerator to provide drinkable water via an integrated filter system

Posted: 27 Mar 2012 06:46 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Aileen Dominguez has designed the Oasis Refrigerator for Electrolux, which doubles as a water filter as well. Clean water is precious, but most of the houses in Philippines don't have access to clean and safe drinking water, which forces people to either buy filtered water or use counter top/pitcher filters. This wastes a lot of time as well as energy when water has to be filled in these equipments from time to time.

Oasis Refrigirator
Oasis Refrigirator

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Oasis Refrigirator
Oasis Refrigirator for Electrolux by Aileen Dominguez

Oasis Refrigerator will solve the problem of clean water and will also save time as well as money that is invested in counter top/pitcher filters. The automated water-filter integrated system in the form of Oasis will provide consumable water and also store food like a normal refrigerator. Cold and hot water is dispensed from the water dispenser that works using a sensor operated flow system. Oasis can be connected to any household water source, which accounts for a direct flow of drinkable water.

An LCD monitor has been fitted on the face of the refrigerator that flashes information like temperature, water filter facts and expiry date of products placed inside it. The design also comprises of a chiller that will provide chilled wine bottles as well as other beverages and also chilled glasses. A wine rack has been crafted from clear acrylic, which can easily hold five bottles. The sliding door of the Oasis Refrigerator helps save space, while the rotating rack makes grabbing items inside quite easy.

Oasis Refrigerator will save time wasted to refill filters every morning and evening. Also, the need to purchase clean water from water station takes a backseat.


Aqua Station cleanses fire hydrant water for post emergency use

Posted: 27 Mar 2012 06:44 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Created by designer Zhang Xi, He Siqian, Kang Yuan and Xia Chenxi, the Aqua Station post emergency water delivery system seeks to provide a solution to the problem of shortage of drinking water in case an emergency strikes an inhabited area. When a major natural disaster has struck an area or is about to strike an area, people are generally advised to leave their homes and move into shelters set up by the government agencies.

Aqua Station
Aqua Station

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Aqua Station
Aqua Station by Yuan Kang

Even though this is the best possible way to ensure that a large part of the population remains unharmed by a disaster, it can often contribute to the spread of diseases among shelter seekers as they are forced to drink whatever water is available at the shelter. The Aqua Station looks to provide a safe alternative to drinking unfiltered tap water at such locations. The system basically filters and cleanses water from fire hydrants hence tapping into a non-regular source of water supply and cleansing it for public consumption.

The Aqua Station is fitted with three taps that can be used to dispense herbal medicine, clean drinking water as well as hand sanitizer to ensure that shelter seekers do not fall prey to infections. When one of the vessels is being filled, another can be placed securely on top via an expanded outlet pipe with a flattened top surface.

Source: Red Dot


Infiniti Interactive Mirrors make ordinary showroom displays look Paleolithic

Posted: 27 Mar 2012 06:43 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Created for automaker Infiniti's booth at the Detroit Auto Show, the Infiniti Interactive Mirrors is a system of unique interactive mirror displays. The project was developed and designed by Nikolai Cornell in collaboration with Phil van Allen, The Designory, Mindflood, and George P. Johnson. Placed side by side, three mirrored glass panes measuring 8 feet tall by 3.5 feet wide with a high-lumen projector projecting content at the rear of each panel that is displayed to the user looking at themselves in the mirror from the front.

Interactive Mirrors
Interactive Mirrors

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Interactive Mirrors
Infiniti Interactive Mirrors

This creates a unique sensation for the user who sees his own reflection in the mirror simultaneously with projected images. Each comes with embedded sensors at the top that can sense when a user is reaching out to touch a particular spot on the mirror. This provides the user with the sensation of interacting with a giant touch screen. As a user approaches the mirror, an additional sensor triggers a welcome screen and a three dimensional spatial content is projected in front of the viewer.

The user thus finds himself more immersed in the display that he is interacting with. The Infiniti Interactive Mirrors can be used to display a range of dynamic and still photographic images as well as motion graphics and flash animation. For the Infiniti brand, it provided a seamless and almost surreal way to promote the look and feel of their vehicles though the system can just as easily be used in other applications as well.

Source: Nikolai Cornell


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