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Floating Olympic Lanes to ease traffic congestion during 2012 London Olympics

Posted: 02 Apr 2012 06:29 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

2012 London Olympics is about to get another piece of recognition with plans to come up with Floating Olympic Lanes, which will be constructed on the very famous Thames River. The plan was unveiled by London Mayor Boris Johnson and has been designed by Dowling Jones and Stone, a studio based in London.

Floating Olympic Lanes
Floating Olympic Lanes

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Floating Olympic Lanes
Floating Olympic Lanes by Dowling Jones and Stone

The emergency plans to come up with such a design have come up just to make sure that traffic remains under control and moves smoothly during the games this summer. The Olympic lanes and other traffic plans have fetched heavy criticism, which forced the Mayor to unveil a plan like this in a hurry. These floating lanes are being designed specially to be used by official cars that will run during Olympics. The structure will be of a temporary nature and will be made at an expense of a whopping £12 million.

The floating bridge will have an access junction at the Tower Bridge, which is a world famous 118 year old structure. This will be responsible for allowing an easy access to the river road, which will fetch a lot of attention once it is completed. The access junction will stretch from Wandsworth to Limehouse and will be a beautiful sight as it moves along the water. London has been thrown with transport challenges and the Floating Olympic Lanes is a great way to keep traffic flowing.

Via: Dezeen


Tastemaker Pilaf turns Middle Eastern cooking into a precision art

Posted: 02 Apr 2012 06:26 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

The Pilaf is a staple dish in most Middle Eastern homes and variations of it are eaten regularly in almost all rice-eating cultures of the world. However, cooking a pilaf or another rice dish that is made with more than one ingredient often requires one to hang around in the kitchen while the meal is being cooked since rice cookers do not provide the same satisfactory result as an open pot cooking process. The Tastemaker Pilaf Rice Cooker by designer Fulya Certel aims to help people who want to cook rice dishes get the job done via an automated rice cooker that delivers optimum results each time.

TASTEMAKER PİLAF
TASTEMAKER PİLAF

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TASTEMAKER PİLAF
TASTEMAKER PİLAF by Fulya certel

The body of the cooker is made using plastic injection molding method. LED light indicators give the user a visual indication of the cooking status and the pot come covered in Teflon to keep the thermoduric plastic and glass inside safe. The cooker is composed of four main components with an electric supply port, a wall mounted unit, a cooking pit and a cover that doubles up as a measuring cup. Depending on the amount of food and taste preference, the cooker can automatically set the temperature, time and cooking program.

Once you have filled the cooker with required food contents, you can even set it to cook via an online app so you can get a hot meal when you get home. What makes the Tastemaker Pilaf Rice Cooker really special is the fact that the wall mounted unit keeps supplying electricity to the cooker even after the meal is ready to keep it warm until the user is ready to have it. The cooking pot used in the unit is designed to be completely dishwasher safe and the cover of the cooker can be used both as a measuring cup as well as a serving dish.


Camping with a 'New Zeal’

Posted: 02 Apr 2012 05:36 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

Alps plus glaciers plus helicopters plus luxury is equal to camping. Ehh! Yes, that would be the appropriate reaction to such an amazing equation. But this is neither a baseless aggregation nor some fiction. It's a rather a much delectable combination of adventure and novelty. New Zealand is beckoning you with a new thrill, a camping experience like never before, which is much more than mere tents and sleeping bags.

Minaret Station
Minaret Station

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Minaret Station
Minaret Station is New Zealand's first luxury tented camp

Termed as Minaret Station, these stunningly luxury tented camps, first of its kind are located at the head of the picturesque glacial valley in the core of the Southern Alps. The place is accessible only by helicopter adding to its worth and beauty. Minaret Station treats fortunate ones with great level of comfort and style never seen or experienced before in the mountains of New Zealand.

Guests are treated under luxury embedded canvas in fully furnished suites featuring wall to wall sheepskin carpets, private deck with hot tub, king beds and endless hot showers. On-site facilities like "Mountain Kitchen" with fully stocked library, cozy living area, beautiful dining room, open fires, on-site private guide and most interesting, a first class chef would make anybody crave for the trip to these mountains.

It's an amazing place for adventure lovers as you can experience the life of country farming, hiking the trails, facing wild animals on the nearby slopes, etc. Exploring the rugged Fiordland West Coast via helicopter, walking around fishing rivers or simply reading a book on your private deck would be complete fun. Next time you plan to spend vacations in New Zealand, no need to think twice. So board those choppers campers, glacier ho!

Source: Minaret Station


Experience a microgravity environment with Moonwaka

Posted: 02 Apr 2012 05:35 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Getting used to microgravity environments is not easy. Controlling movements in such settings can be tricky and first time travelers will definitely need assistance with it. So, a Netherlands based designer of Indian origin, Satyendra Pakhalé, has crafted a device called Moonwaka to aid you. The sleek long device that looks like a hockey stick is also extremely functional. The clever design will definitely familiarize you with lunar settings.

Moonwaka micro-gravity object
Moonwaka micro-gravity object

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Moonwaka micro-gravity object
Moonwaka micro-gravity object by Satyendra Pakhalé

In such an environment, the angle of your vision keeps changing, so you need help with your hand eye coordination. For this the device incorporates the view finder, which marks changes in angles by 35 degrees to 15 degrees. While the Grip Force Control (GFC) makes walking on the moon easier. The stick like shaft has a unique mass volume distribution system that stays upright even in microgravity environments. You will get a tight grip on the handle fixed on the top. There will be hardly any chances of your hand slithering from the handle or the stick skidding at any point while walking. Moreover, the engraved markings help one keep tab of the distance covered.

Because of all these nifty functions fitted in, the device gives you a feel of what hiking on the moon will be like. So, it will make traversing on the surface of moon a lot easier. The device was developed for a Netherlands based moon life foundation. The initiative believes that in the future exploring the surface of the moon will become quite common. So, this device which helps people get accustomed to microgravity environments will come handy when they plan a voyage to the moon.

Via: Design Boom


DoubleTwist Player app, a smart alarm clock for Android users

Posted: 02 Apr 2012 05:34 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Waking up every morning as the ear piercing alarm goes off is the most unpleasant way to start your day. Here to change the whole experience is DoubleTwist with its alarm clock that has been specially designed for Android users. The app is simple and yet very pleasing, which doesn't need any loud praises and speaks for itself.

Alarm clock for Android
Alarm clock for Android

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Alarm clock for Android
DoubleTwist releases an elegant alarm clock for Android

DoubleTwist Player app comes draped in simplicity, which is unlike streaming app and music syncing the developers have earlier come out with. The alarm functions like any other in this category and can be set for multiple and recurring alarms for both weekdays as well weekends. One can also custom label the alarms and can choose for gradual volume increase instead of waking up in a shocked state.

DoubleTwist Player app has aesthetically appealing mechanical as well as analog clock styles. A user can choose their favorite tunes, which will be played when the alarm goes off. This makes sure that users connect with the music being played that will definitely etch a smile on their face as they get prepared for a beautiful day ahead. The simple software is compatible with Android 2.2 and anything above it. The most unique trait is the presence of a sleep cycle that will suggest wake up times optimal for an individual.

If you want to wake up in style with the help of your Android device, then at $0.99 the DoubleTwist Player app is a must have.

Via: The verge


Spiky headphone warns trespassers ‘not to disturb’

Posted: 02 Apr 2012 05:33 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Music buffs don't like to get disturbed when they are engrossed in their world of sonic rapture. So, Joe Doucte has come out with a perfect set of headphones for all those who like to lose themselves in the world of melodious notes and thumping beats. Not only does this headphone block you out from everything around, it also sends out a clear cut message to all trespassers i.e. to leave you alone when you are tuned into your audio equipment. The headphone has an extraordinary and striking look to match with the unique thought that went into its making.

OneSense Headphones
OneSense Headphones

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OneSense Headphones
OneSense Headphones by Joe Doucet

The spiky headphone comes in a vibrant red color and has to be worn not on your ears but around your eyes instead, just like you would wrap a blindfold over your eyes. It makes quite a statement and looks absolutely smashing. The spikes jutting out all over the surface lend it a brutish appeal. The spikes and red color used in the design have been inspired from the illustrations of defense and warning seen in nature.

Dubbed as OneSense, the thought behind the marvelous creation is as unique as the product. Most of the technological contraptions today keep all our senses engaged. As a result, there is hardly time to breathe in this hi tech age where gadgets beep, ring and bleep every second. Sometimes, the racket is so much that it turns into a bedlam. But, this product is something different and represents restful serenity and tranquil calm over all the chaos and commotion prevalent in present days. It isolates the wearer from all sights and sounds in their surroundings and creates a peaceful retreat for them.

Via: Mocoloco


Non Electronic City Information Center to encourage social interaction

Posted: 02 Apr 2012 05:32 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

A city information center plays a vital role when it comes to gaining insights about the area. Keeping this in mind, Pouya Bagheri from Melbourne, Australia, has come up with the Non-electronic City Information Center, which will prove to be beneficial for both residents as well tourists.

City Information Station
City Information Station

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City Information Station
Non-electronic City Information Station by Pouya Bagheri

The design will blend perfectly with an urban set up and has been designed keeping in mind the social spaces present in Iran. It will prove to be a space where people can socialize as well as exchange information easily. The Non-electronic City Information Center, as the name suggests, has been designed in a way that will not need any computers or modern electronic gadgets to fetch information. Stress has been laid on presenting every piece of important information in a physical way, which includes printed graphics rather than digital or electronic versions that are ruling the globe at this point of time.

The design elements have fetched quite some inspiration from Persian motifs, which will give a very modern appeal to the overall design of the city information center. The top of the design has a sign/ symbol in colors green and yellow, which moves with the help of wind energy and not electricity. The vibrant colors attract attention and give the space an eye catching identity. This will help people interact with each other and exchange information. But, smart design of the information center will make sure no one sticks to the place for long just to make sure it doesn't get crowded and create a hindrance for people walking by.


James Cameron helps design the Deepsea Challenger to explore underwater world

Posted: 02 Apr 2012 05:30 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

James Cameron is still riding high on the massive success of the global hit Avatar though the Hollywood A-lister is devoting a better part of his time these days in helping design a submersible vessel weighing 24-tonnes. The deep sea explorer is designed to take scientists almost everywhere under the sea. The craft is designed to navigate under the surface of the earth vertical like a sea horse though it is deployed into the water horizontally. With extensive input from the Hollywood director, the craft was designed and developed by Design + Industry, an Australian industrial design firm.

Deepsea Challenger craft
Deepsea Challenger craft

For its maiden voyage, the tiny spherical cockpit played host to Cameron who was equipped with a muesli bar and a banana for the trip since the craft needed to be fitted with a lot of high tech gear to make it fully operation in deep sea conditions. The submarine was heralded to eh base of Mariana Trench, the deepest spot on the earth's surface and the craft was geared for relative ease of use and comfort of travelers and the cockpit layout was coordinated to incorporate minimal weight and maximum safety within the restricted space.

Deepsea Challenger craft
Deepsea Challenger craft

To simulate the cockpit layout, many mock ups and prototypes were developed and built by Design + Industry with the Acheron Project's team headed by Ron Allum. To ensure optimum maneuverability when Cameron reached the incredible depths and during accent, the vessel was designed to shrink and expand and the entire cockpit design was designed to handle these extreme pressures.

Complex control assemblies, condensation, fire proofing management and other technical challenges were dealt with using leading edge design tools and materials and the project was finished in record time thanks to the labor and focus of the highly skilled Australian manufacturers.

Deepsea Challenger craftDeepsea Challenger craft

Via: Core77


A cup warmer that runs on power sopped from your computer

Posted: 02 Apr 2012 05:17 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Although it looks like a stovetop and works like a hot plate, the mechanism of this range is nevertheless very interesting. People who need their caffeine shots muggy while working on their PC will absolutely love this gadget. Plus, the equipment will also come handy if you treat yourself to a bowl of steaming hot instant noodles or piping hot soup often. The gadget ensures that your potations do not go cold while you are busy working on your PC or answering calls on your phone.

USB Gas Stove
USB Gas Stove

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USB Gas Stove
USB Gas Stove Cooking with Laptop Power

Making the contraption work is really easy. Just connect it to your computer via a USB port. The temperature can be tweaked between 40° and 70° Celsius using the adjustable thermostat. The disc embedded inside the warmer looks like a burner but is actually an LED light. The absolutely delightful looking gizmo is available in bright splashes of blue, red and orange and is available for $21.

Furthermore, it can also be used as a two port USB hub. There is an on/off button so you can turn on the power and switch it off anytime. A USB cable is included in the shipping package, which will easily fit into any USB port. The contraption measures 4, 15, and 16 meters along the sides. However, before making the purchase, you might want to get a second opinion or consult someone who has already brought the piece. The current streaming out from a PC might not be enough to warm up your drink.

Via: Technabob


Rado R One Limited Edition watch opens up new dimensions in time

Posted: 02 Apr 2012 05:16 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

The Rado R-One Limited Edition was launched at Baselworld 2012 and the company claims that the design is a huge departure from convention and tradition for them. Part of the Swatch Group, Rado have chosen intergalactic travel as the theme behind this watch design and is powered by one of the smallest movements currently in existence. The futuristic and funky black watch looks to present a vision of the earth's atmosphere as seen from outer space and features a cluster of triple round chronograph sub dials around the dial face.

Rado R-One
Rado R-One

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Rado R-One
Rado R-One Limited Edition watch

Incorporating a power reserve of 37 hours and one of the smallest ever made, a Swiss-manufactured mechanical automatic six-hand 10 ½ ETA 2094 chronograph movement powers the Rado R-One. A user-friendly interaction of space age circles and straight lines focuses the dynamic of the dial design's into a combo of gentle curves and stretched rectangles.

A futuristic straight line links 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock and matches the blue luminous hands while the black high-tech ceramic highlights the applied steel of the round counters. An operational “cockpit” is provided to the chronograph steel pushers and steel, ceramic-capped crown. The circular path of the number markings are followed by a date window that lies halfway between three and four o'clock.

A domed sapphire crystal and high-tech ceramic is used to make the ultra scratch resistant case of the Rado R-One. To echo the visual theme a fine grey line marks the black rubber strap of the watch that comes with a high-tech ceramic black cover on the titanium three-fold buckle strap ends. A time-capsule like protective surface is created by the watch's wooden presentation box which is offered with each of the 300 watch in the limited edition run watch.

Via: Watchuseek


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