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Wooden carbon copy of 1955 Mercedes Benz is a cool choice for bachelor pads

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 06:15 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

This is a marvelous wooden carving that automobile junkies will love to own. A spitting imitation of the 1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing, the auto has been crafted by a German artist based in Duisberg. It comes at a whopping price of five thousand Euros. The vintage facade of the car goes with the dated style the sculpture is fashioned on. While, the staggering price is worthy of its classy finishing and fine make. Wondering how the piece will look stationed inside your pad, here is some inside dope on the sculpture.

Wood Mercedes-Benz
Wood Mercedes-Benz

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Wood Mercedes Benz
Mercedes Benz Is Made Entirely Out Of Wood

Even though it is a wooden statuette, every detail is carved out thoughtfully and in detail. One look inside and you will be left amazed. The seats, clutch, steering wheel and operating gear on the dashboard is whittled out to perfection. The wooden luggage placed inside looks real neat. Moreover, not all add-ons of the car are stationary. The doors open ajar and the front wheels can actually be steered. You can also sit inside this all wooden auto as the seats are real, which is undoubtedly a thoughtful addition. Off late, motorheads are doing a lot stage their passion for automobiles. People who are insanely mad about their wheels are also parking them inside their home instead of the garage, especially if they own a pricey motor. And keeping a roadster or its replica inside your house is totally a guy thing that hikes the cool quotient of your home when you have a date over. Remember, British agent Tom Hardy's home from the latest romcom “This Means War." So, unquestionably, this sculpture will find a lot of fans amongst the automobile nuts out there. Also, vintage buffs will be drooling over the piece.

Via: Jalopnik


Swiss Roombox turns your car into a mobile home for modern nomads

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 06:05 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Not everyone who likes to go out on road trips, camps and hikes has the moolah to splurge on an expensive RV. Even if you have the cash, a mobile package that delivers the same benefits will surely interest you. Good news awaits all outdoor enthusiasts as the manufacturers of Swiss Roombox have come out with such a product. Essentially a bundled package, this product contains all the essentials that you will need when you are touring across the country. It is really easy to haul this box like attachment consisting of two modules around. It can be mounted on a car or laid out while camping within seconds. The box consists of cables, articulated arms and pulleys that can be unpacked into different layouts.

Roombox
Roombox

The box opens up to reveal a full kitchen setup consisting of a sink, dual burner stove and cookware. The kitchen sink has an outdoor shower curtain that you can draw whenever you need a quick soak. Enjoy an open air meal by pulling out the tables and chairs that can be configured in various ways. Also, you need to catch up on your snooze every now and then if you've been driving for hours. Keeping this in mind, the box also slots in a 6 feet wide flat bed which can accommodate two people at a time. Just throw a mattress or a sleeping bag on the top to convert this into a cozy sleeping surface. However, this feature can only be used in roomy cars with folding rear seats. A Swiss Army knife has also been included in the package to pay tribute to the contraption that inspired Roombox's nifty design.

If you want a cool beer to go with the sizzling barbecue you are having out in the open, just look into the additional supplies that come with the package, like the refrigerator. The amazing unit has a lot of accessories for fussy campers like kitchenware, toilets, mattresses and even organizers. Pieces with larger storage spaces are also available if your car is spacious enough. So, if you plan an impromptu trip over the weekend, you won't be fretting about not having enough time to put together all your camping gear. With Roombox, you have access to a readymade kit for your spontaneous outdoor trips.

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Swiss Army-inspired modular camping box turns your small car into an RV

Also, you are better off with your own water and power supply when you are touring the country. So, there is a 6.6 gallon fresh water tank and also a 7.7 gallon waste water tank in here. Mobile devices can be charged with the 230 volt or 110 volt power inverter that also has a USB connection while the 12 volt power system embedded with switches slots in a water heater and a water pump. For any additional gear, there is a 12 volt plug. The only prerequisite is an electrical connection with a cable linked to the battery of your car.

But the setup is slightly pricey and will cost at least $8833. One needs to take a look at the measurements before making the purchase to make sure that the box will easily fit inside your car. However, there is sometime before the product rolls out in U.S and is only available in Europe right now. Moreover, a smaller and cheaper model called Easy Tech will also be coming out in 2012.

A single unit that allows you to cook, wash utensils, bathe and sleep will definitely find a lot of takers. Plus, you can buy additional accessories to go with the piece if you are a heavy camper. Along with a full utility setup, the package also has benefits like shielding you from rough weather and wildlife. The unit is a good pick for small car owners whose vehicles are not powerful enough to tow a hitch. It works very well with compact vehicles like station wagons, vans and cars.

Via: Gizmag


Citadel Skyscraper to carry cities providing residential space from land to the sea

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 05:49 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Architectural marvels are not only limited to land, but with architects exploring different spaces have moved towards water bodies as well. Citadel Skyscraper, designed by Pavlo Zabotin and Victor Kopeikin, is a fine example of utilizing all new territories for humans. The amazing structure is a union between a skyscraper and a residential tank. The structure will create a harmonious environment, which will also safeguard the island from the inside against anthropogenic as well natural conditions.

Citadel Skyscraper
Citadel Skyscraper

Citadel Skyscraper will comprise of residential units that are self supporting and these different units placed in the sea will also be able to interact with each other on the shoreline. Such an interaction will result in the formation of a defensive chain that will function underground and also on the surface. The design will ingeniously provide fresh economical nodes inside the territory of Japan. But, all this will have no link with the cities and will be solely focused along the coastline. Such an arrangement makes it possible to divert a part of the population, which will be a major relief for the cities of Japan bustling with people all around. The functional area will allow the city space to concentrate on other social and economic functions, like institutions, companies and enterprises.

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Citadel Skyscraper
Citadel Skyscraper by Victor Kopeikin and Pavlo Zabotin

Earthquakes are synonymous to Japan, which arise due to Tsunami when waves can even touch a height of 50 meters. The seismically active zone in Japan creates a lot of problems. Catering to this problem will be a single sheet of planned skyscrapers that will be placed at a distance of 2-3 kilometers along the shoreline. Such an arrangement will protect the entire island from the effects of such natural disasters. These skyscrapers will stand strong against high waves as they will be connected a system of drainage channels as well as breakwaters. The modern design of Citadel Skyscraper will unfurl a safe environment and will not step back when it comes to providing protection against forces of nature.

The entire system of Citadels is connected to each other and is divided in a way to provide three vital functions. These will function as residential units, will lend protection against natural disasters and act as a protective shield for the coastal zones. The structural system has been given a metal frame system, which is very sturdy and can withstand various environmental conditions. The 500 meter building will have a 1200 meter foundation depth, which makes sure that it can face shocks and tremors without much difficulty. The self sustaining construction will harness energy of the tides, which is quite commendable. Apart from this, drinking water supply will be autonomous through boreholes, while the ground floors will have live fish tanks.

Via: Arch Daily


BMW i8 Spyder promises a futuristic ride smothered with dynamism and beauty

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 05:45 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Concept cars seem to be rolling out at a fast pace, keeping the upcoming New York Auto Show in mind. BMW has come up with a third concept under its sub brand BMWi, which is based on the BMW i8 that made a debut last year. Christened the BMW i8 Spyder, is a great combination of cutting edge technology and lightweight construction that is bound to leave auto lovers wheezing. With an aim to give a sneak peek into the future of technology, the concept comes injected with the same vivacity that its variant came with last year.

BMW i8 Concept
BMW i8 Concept

The aesthetically appealing silhouette will give it instant recognition. The upcoming BMW i8 Spyder will be a combination of two varied power sources on the front axle and the rear wheels just like plug in hybrid found in its earlier version. The front axle house a 131 hp electric motor, while a turbocharged three cylinder petrol engine has been placed on the rear wheels that can come up with 223 horse power. This makes the coupe produce a total horsepower of 354 and 405 lb ft torque, which gives it enough power to jump from zero to 60 mph in as less than 5 seconds.

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BMW i8 Concept
BMW i8 Concept Spyder

The style coated ride snarls like an angry beast when the paddle is pressed and can touch a top speed of 155 mph, giving it all the possible traits. The concept can cover a distance of 19 miles on just electricity, after which the gas engine will turn on to recharge the onboard lithium ion batteries. These batteries need just two hours to get fully charged when plugged to a domestic power source. The fuel economy by the petrol engine is pretty remarkable at 94 mpg.

The overall length as well as the wheelbase of i8 Spyder is a little shorter than the i8 coupe. The 'V' hood is of semi transparent nature and opens out from the flat bonnet's front end and goes towards the windscreen. The airflow will be guided over the passengers' heads, thanks to the spoiler lip in the frame of the windscreen. The headlights placed in the front of the awe amazing coupe come complete with laser light technology killing away all the darkness when used. The rear oozes style as well with a striking rear diffuser, U shaped rear lights and 3D air outlets.

The inside matches up with the sexy outside skin and is an assortment of carbon, leather, plastic plus use of bright orange and white hues. The luxurious inside of the two-seater concept will unfurl comfort like never before. The cockpit features a steering wheel that has all the control elements and a central information display. Apart from this, it also brings the steering column as well as the instrument panel on the same platform. The dynamic inside has a low seating arrangement and everything is just in place, which puts forward a memorable driving experience. The presence of a 22.4 cm or 8.8 inch screen will clearly put on show all the required information.

BMW i8 Spyder will not be available anytime soon, but a teaser at the New York Auto Show will be enough to make it a ride people will long for.

Via: Dexigner


New Vegas themed Nike Dunks.. put on your dancing shoes for real!

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 03:13 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

The concept

Remember those jazzy sneakers in vogue in the late '80s and early '90s that came with built in lights? A lot of us had those as kids and a few adults too patronized the short lived trend. And it seems that the demand for high tech shoes like those is making a grand comeback though this time shoe designers are hitting the general population of the world with shoes that have iPods built into them. This particular pair of sneakers developed by designers Jacob Patterson and Emmanuel Abor are known as Fallout Vault Dweller Dunks and come with an iPod Touch built into them for some reason.

Vault Dweller Dunks
Vault Dweller Dunks

The inspiration

Inspired by the theme of the popular video game series Fallout, the Fallout Vault Dweller Dunks come complete with soldiers painted on the side and a torn up design that show off a sense of ruggedness and a spirit of survival. These shoes were created for a post apocalyptic future where sneakers and iPods would be the rarest of all human necessities. We're not sure whether people in this grim future world would have access to the internet and/or music download sites like the iTunes store since all other forms of audio players need to have been wiped off the face of the earth to makes someone want a pair of shoes to play their music on, but just in case humanity survives a global nuclear fallout, having a pair of sneakers that can play music should sure ease the trauma of witnessing the end of civilization as we know it.

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Fallout Vault Dweller Dunks by Jacob Patterson

The design

To fit the theme of the Fallout universe, the Fallout Vault Dweller Dunks come with an iPod Touch slotted in the tongues which is completely customized with Fallout-related music, apps, themes and sounds. On the sides, the shoes feature a painted on Ranger from New Vegas on the right shoe as well as a soldier from Fallout 3 in Power Armor on the left shoe. Plugged into the tongues of the shoes comes a custom speaker sculpture that looks like an undetonated nuclear bomb sitting amidst rocks and water devised by EL which allows the iPod to unleash the full force of the mellow soundtrack from the game.

The fabulous

Even if having a pair of sneakers that play music from a video game series (with a post apocalyptic theme no less) can get your beaten up and dunked in a dumpster by the other kids at school, the Fallout Vault Dweller Dunks are a surefire way to get noticed and remembered in high school (even if it means being remembered as the weird guy/gal who wore musical sneakers). For the designer, the implications of having made such a pair of shoes are a little less stark and the endeavor that took the pair a year and half to complete bodes well for the custom shoe range by the artist.

The target

Needless to say, Jacob Patterson's Fallout Vault Dweller Dunks are targeted at the most dedicated gaming enthusiasts and memorabilia hunters. We also see the geeky pair of sneakers being a huge hit with high school goers struggling through adolescence and maybe even a few gents having a hard time dealing with mid-life crisis.

Related trends

1. Sound-producing sneakers

sound-producing sneakers
sound-producing sneakers

Created by artist Alex Nash who also goes by the name Nashmoney, these amazing pair of sound producing shoes were modded from a pair Nike Air Force 1 sneakers. The shoes were fashioned to represent the theme 'Inspired Ingenuity' at a Havana Club creative competition. The shoe for the left foot comes fitted with gadgetry to act as a speaker while the right foot of the shoe is fitted with audio controls and the amp.

2. Hi-tech MP3 shoes

Hi-tech MP3 shoes
Hi-tech MP3 shoes

This pair of high tech shoes makes your butt toning shoes look like beach sandals. With a built in set of tweeters, volume controls, speaker and a CD-ROM, the concept shoe definitely takes music credentials seriously. Though iPod fanatics may be a little disappointed with the fact that the shoe cannot play the files on your flash drive and you'd have to dust off your collection of CDs to use this shoe, the concept shoe does provide a great alternative to having to carry around an mp3 player when you go jogging.

3. Code M Shoes from Dada

Code M Shoes
Code M Shoes

Dada footwear's shiny “Code M” sneakers are built for the 21st Century lifestyle and for fitness fanatics that just cannot live without their music. With built in controls, the shoes can be "charged" using a USB cable and you can blast your favorite tunes right from the shoes' built-in speakers or you can keep your music choices discreet by using a pair of wireless headphones too.


Finger Stylus designs to ensure a gentle tap on the touchscreen

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 03:12 AM PDT

Ankit Endirus:

Everyone these days uses a touchscreen device irrespective of the size of their hands and fingers. But if your fingers are not as petite as you would like them to be, then there is definitely a probability that you will face difficulty while using tiny keyboard that pops on the small cellphone screen. Of course, nothing could be done with the size of the fingers but yes, using a stylus can make your typing a breeze. There are many types of styluses available that work with various touchscreen devices. Here is a list for you.


Steampunk Solar Nightlight: Ergonomic design coupled with vintage style

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 03:11 AM PDT

B.Sameer Kumar:

One of the rare aspect of design and art is reusability. Not every artist can work conveniently with discarded materials and turn them into something useful. It does take a special skill and imagination to turn the unwanted into the usable. The Steampunk Solar Nightlight is an example of how creatively you can transform electronic waste that surrounds us into an interior decorative. That's not it! You can also add a touch of novelty by going Steampunk in the process.

Rechargable Steampunk Solar Nightlight
Rechargable Steampunk Solar Nightlight

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Rechargable Steampunk Solar Nightlight
Rechargable Steampunk Solar Nightlight

Steampunk designs are very popular and are a big hit when executed in a proper fashion. This one might not be the most glowing example of the particular style, but it still can still make heads turn. The design of the Solar Nightlight is simple enough and all you need for this is an LED light bulb, a photovoltaic panel and a Light Dependant Resistor (LDR). Add a battery that can store energy during the daytime that could be used at night and you are good to go.

Of course, you will need to put them together and with a little bit of guidance or even basic knowledge in electric circuits, you can get it done pretty easily. While this particular Nightlight takes the Steampunk route, you can add a style of your own to the creation. With LDR on board, the lamp will switch on automatically once daylight starts to fade. The design is simple, ergonomic and free from hassles of cables, making it appealing for use.

Via: Instructables


Retrolicious Model T inspired electric saloon car is great for sightseeing

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 03:10 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

The Model T is something of an icon when it comes to open wheeled saloon cars that were in vogue during the early years of personal motoring and we're not surprised to see the trend make a grand comeback in the new millennium as well. This saloon car concept by Ukrainian designer Mi Otra is a great case in point and the electric car can be a great city vehicle for tourists and sightseers.

Electric car
Electric car

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Electric car by mi-otra

The body of this saloon car is crafted in sheet aluminum with polyolefin or waterproof vinyl being used extensively in the open concept cabin of the vehicle. The vehicle is powered by a 21.3 kW Perm-Motor PMS-156 that has a peak power generating capacity of 46 kW and a 73.2 Nm max total twisting moment.

Offering more than 6000 revs per minute, the motor stays good for a range of around 80 kilometers on a full charge when the vehicle is operated at a cruising speed of 70 km/h. The battery pack on the vehicle consists of six 12V units that can be fully charged up in 8 to 9 hours. The electric car has a kerb speed of around 650kgs though that doesn't deter this nifty little two seater from reaching maximum speeds of 100 km/h.

[Thanks Mi Otra]


Wooden MP3 offers a natural storage for your digital music

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 12:42 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

You sow it, you reap it, you shape it and you play it! Wood has been the "mother material" for crafting many exotic musical instruments. From dulcet strings to thumping percussion, wood is the resonant wizard behind the enchanting and enthralling tones. Small wonder that now it should play role in today's "tech born" devices of music listening. From Germany comes an mp3 player crafted in wood. It is aimed at capturing the imagination of very young listeners. Well "wood" it? Let's see.

Hörbert
Hörbert

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Hörbert
Hörbert is the portable mp3 player for kids - made of wood

The beautiful wooden cabinet encompasses a portable mp3 player specially designed for children. The product has been designed in the Baden-Wuerttemberg state capital and its specialty is that it has been crafted using non-toxic materials with a lot of manual work. The materials used to craft this cute mp3 player include anodized aluminum, stainless steel and four local species of wood. Quality has not been compromised at any point of its design.

The interior of mp3 box is well equipped with all the needed things. Adults can open the back wall and insert SD card and swap battery without using any tools, making it safe for children. The buttons, switches etc. are very roust keeping in mind the target group that would be handling this product. Music player also come with ear protectors for the same reasons. Soft sound with limited volume of piano and forte could be maintained with a switch located inside.

This mp3 player can be transformed to a complete disc jockey for your kids with its nine colorful selections of buttons to produce different plays and music. Rewinding and jumping back buttons are also available that could be used without any trouble. The portable mp3 player weighs around 950 g and is quite sturdy with rugged switches and volume controls.

Source: Hoerbert


Digital Dice+ takes lowly board games into the new millennium

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 12:14 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Mathematical geniuses out there may have perfected probability theories and formulae that can predict the likelihood of a certain set of numbers appearing when a random number generator is used but that hasn't taken anything away from that any game which used the traditional dice does. Even though the cubes with numbered faces are not geared to do much other than indicate a number or a set of numbers when rolled up, no one has ever thought of improving their design and the only change we have ever seen in a set is having die with softer edges.

DICE+
DICE+

However, GIC a Gaming startup, thinks it's about time dice were given the new millennium makeover and have come up with a set of, and wait for this, digital dice that come fitted with Bluetooth connectivity, cheat roll detection software and LED backlights. Dubbed Dice +, the futuristic random number generator will also be compatible with most cellphone and computer operating systems including, Windows, Linux, Symbian, Android and iOS though the company hasn't yet specified the default platforms for the dice and whether they will be offered with any particular set of digitized board or casino games.

The Dice+ will be launched at the E3 later this year and the digitized cubes are expected to be retailed for around $30-40.

DICE+DICE+ digital chance cubes rolling out at E3

Via: Engadget


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