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The Design blog


Vision Glasses take on Google’s Project Glass with minimum stake

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 05:30 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

While developers at Apple are hard at work trying to get Chinese workers to work longer hours for less pay as they race against time to unleash the latest versions of the iPad and the iPhone upon the world, Google is trying to pull ahead in the smart computing race by bypassing the tablet/ smartphone trend altogether. Finally Google's conception of vision glasses has taken the form of inception. Google has recently showcased the prototype of its hi-tech glasses, dubbed the Project Glass, which can be worn on the face like regular goggles, though their real function is to serve as a really cutting edge camera and social search tool.

Google Vision Glasses
Google Vision Glasses

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Google Vision Glasses Concept
Google Vision Glasses Concept Look Cool as They Replace Phones for Good

Taking the mighty Google on, designer Federico Ciccarese has created a similar new concept device for Business Insider and has named it Google Vision, which could well be the poor man’s version of its expensive counterpart- Google's Project Glass. The new augmented reality goggles is a solo lens gizmo that would house a discreetly located camera near it. At the back of the head, the edge of the glasses would feature traditional Android buttons. The pair of glasses also comes integrated with GPS tracking, voice command and an Android 4.0-based user interface that helps users take pictures.

Like other media-based pairs of glasses, Google Vision too displays all kinds of info right in front of your eyeballs including album info when you're using the glasses to play music, Google Plus social stats, latest emails and Google Maps. We're a bit thankful that Google doesn’t have a tie-up with Facebook and Twitter just yet!

Source: Ciccarese Design


Greek Goddess of the Dawn brought to life in stunning metallic sculpture

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 05:29 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

If you're a sucker for scary metallic sculptures based on ancient mythology, then you're going to simply love this awesome Eos sculpture created by Corey Collins a metal artist. Eos is the Greek goddess of daybreak or dawn though the sculpture is distinctly "darker" in its outlook. The sculpture was made using a range of metals like cast iron, sterling silver, galvanized stainless steel as well as galvanized tin which came in the form of miscellaneous metal parts and pieces, old coffee cans, nails and screws, bolts, propane bottles, thermoses, horse shoes, tractor and motorcycle parts, RR spikes, old scissors, tools, plow blades, watches, hatchets, locks, radiators caps and even leaf springs sourced from a 1953 Dodge Ambulance.

Eos - Greek Goddess of the Dawn
Eos - Greek Goddess of the Dawn

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Eos - Greek Goddess of the Dawn
Eos - Greek Goddess of the Dawn by Corey Collins

To create the create wings and hair on the life-size sculpture, over 200 pieces of flatware were used. The dissembling sculpture can be transported and stored in two parts though as a whole it measures 30 inched from feet to knees and has a wingspan of 88 inches.

The fab piece of art is retailed by Florence, Colorado-based Nan Sullivan who owns the Etsy shop named the The Pink Sink. The sculpture sells for $8,700 though you'd have to shell out another $1,500 for shipping and handling.


Life size robots make the unlikeliest of all Beatles impersonators

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 05:27 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Called the Hubos, this band of humanoid robots is one of the most unusual bunch of, er, people (?) that ever tried to cover a famous Beatles song. Not only do these robots called Hubo+ play instruments, dance, and walk, they can even sing songs with the help of a voice synthesizer. Design student Matthew Prockup from Drexel University, Philadelphia created the special set of musical instruments that consists of three bespoke instruments made from large pipes called “Hubophones” and a regular drum kit.

HUBO robots
HUBO robots

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HUBO robots
Life-size robots ‘Come Together’ for Beatles impersonation

A team of developers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Technology (KAIST) developed the HUBO robots which were improved and customized by researchers at Drexel University which programmed each robot to actually play the instruments and sing the songs instead of having them be controlled by a human to do the same. The front of each robot's head flashes the lyrics to a song when the band is playing though the interface normally features a few specially created graphics to serve as their "face." The Korean-made robots were taught to jump, run, walk, dance and play by American researchers in a bid to allow robots to handle the kind of movements humans are used to doing in the course of their normal lives.

The team behind the Hubo+ robots state that just like robots have become very commonplace in the manufacturing process since they have been "taught" to do so, they can also be programmed to take on some common human movements that would allow them to do the dishes and do other chores around the house which could be a tremendous development for the elderly and the disabled living alone.

Via: Daily Mail


The Orb design by SmallFry keeps wax warm for maximum limits

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 05:26 AM PDT

Sahil Khurana:

The multi faceted orb is back, this time in the form of a spa therapy heat energizer. In most cases, the masseur and the spa therapist need to make frequent trips to and fro trying to keep the temperature maintained for the heating wax. Keeping this in mind, the client's time often gets compromised, leaving the therapist with little or absolutely no time to provide uninterrupted attention to the client.

SPApliance Orb
SPApliance Orb

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SPApliance Orb
SPApliance Orb from Smallfry

Basing the innovative idea of the Orb SPAliance, the designer has actually initiated the creation of a multi dimensional, aesthetically pleasing device which can keep wax hot for a maximum of one hour. Many would wonder about the benefit of the orb to the therapist as well as the client? The answer is pretty simple- both enjoy undivided attention, making the idea a success right from the beginning to the end of its creation.

The orb has been carved out of Polypropylene and POM, making its structure 100 percent user friendly, and portable. The portable device can sustain a heat temperature of up to 120 degrees C, making it a well in demand device variety. The device has been marketed, devised and crafted by SmallFry and they are hoping to capitalize on the sales of this wondrous product.

Via: SmalFry


Thermoelectric PowerPot can charge up your devices during treks and camps

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 05:25 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

What if you need to make a call when you are camping in the middle of the woods and your phone is out of charge? Maybe, you reached a scenic spot while hiking up a hilly slope and you want to draw its sketch on your tablet right away. Savvy entrepreneurs David Toledo and Paul Slusser might just have a solution for such situations with their new innovation, PowerPot. Even though funds are still being collected to commercialize this product, you must take a look at its handy features.

PowerPot
PowerPot

This is a really thoughtful gizmo because heavy campers and road trip nuts usually make a stop when they need a snack. And with these thermoelectric cooking pots, they can easily charge up their gadgets while they rustle up a bowl of instant noodles or cook a pot of bubbling stew. The makers also envision using the product to juice up emergency lights or as a source of electricity in third world countries that do not have a developed infrastructure.

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PowerPot
PowerPot uses cooking heat to power campers’ devices

The product known as PowerPot works on a simple principle applied by most thermoelectric materials. The temperature difference or temperature gradient in these devices can generate an electric current. The base of these pots is made from fireproof thermoelectric materials. When they are placed on a source of heat, a temperature difference is created between the top and bottom of the base, which is capable of generating voltage. A USB cable which has a waterproof power regulator and is also flame resistant supplies this current to your gizmo's. Also, LEDs on the cable light up to tell you when the current is available.

The smart gadget comes in various sizes: the 5 watt PowerPot V and the 10 watt PowerPot X. The 12 ounce model V intended for backpackers boasts of a hard-anodized aluminum body that has folding rubberized handles. While, the two quart PowerPot X is a full-fledged cooking utensil that can be placed on a gas range. The smaller V series can power up any two small devices like LED lights, music player or a mobile phone. While, the X version can even juice up heavier gadgets like tablets. The pots are very convenient to handle as they have sealed electronics and absolutely no moving parts.

Via: Gizmag


Bubble Speaker provides a modernistic approach towards exemplifying the music

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 05:24 AM PDT

Sahil Khurana:

The bubblistic sound of the multifunctional Bubble Speakers is just superb. The design is just so interesting you would just not want to take your eyes away from this unique prototype. The idea incorporates a very ideal situation set of speakers which come in handy when you need them the most, in the outdoors.

Bubble Speaker
Bubble Speaker

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Bubble Speaker
indoor and outdoor Bubble Speaker

Enjoy playing sound from these genuinely crafted multifunctional speakers, all thanks to the way they have been put together with each other. Guaranteed to pique the interest of the listeners, the bubble speakers allow you to connect your phone via the Bluetooth feature included in the speakers. This is not all, for they are user friendly and come co joined together, letting you accommodate them in the smallest of enclosures.

The round devices have been fixed with an on off button, and run primarily on a set of AAA batteries. Further, as soon as the batteries run out of power, they change colors, indicating their diminishing power. An ideal contraption for those who wish to connect their mobile devices and listening to music on the go. All you need to do is switch on the Bluetooth in your phone, blare the music and place the device near these neat speakers. The end result is the music will start blaring through the magnetic set of modernistic speakers.

As of now, the whole concept is yet to roll off the production table. But one thing is assured, as soon as it does, there will be a multitude of takers, all queuing to lay their hands on this fabulous creation.

Via: Ash-ID


Bounce Chair brings the goodness of an exercise ball to household seating

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 05:23 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Even though a majority of the world's population doesn't really like doing crunches at the gym, most of them love to relax sitting on top of an exercise ball since it's so comfy and bouncy. Designer Pedro Gomes has created the Bouncy Chair for folks that simply love the experience of sitting on an exercise ball. The innovative product looks to promote health and well-being by forcing the user to maintain an optimum posture. This can be a really effective way in which people with bad posture can re-train their bodies into sitting with their spines in the right alignment.

Bounce Chair
Bounce Chair

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Bounce Chair
Bounce Chair by Pedro Gomes

The Bouncy Chair stimulates a pleasurable seating experience for the user without being an imposition in any way. The chair replicates the sense of one sitting atop an exercise ball which automatically makes users assume a straighter, more confident posture so that they don't slouch.

The chair is manufactured using reclaimed and sustainably sourced materials which make it a great green option for people looking for quirky standalone pieces that are eco conscious as well. The chair thus not only recreates the sense of one relaxing in between a workout but also stimulates a dynamic relationship between man and the objects he is surrounded with in his home.

Source: Pedro Gomes Design


The floating hotel is a haven for ardent swimmers and deep sea explorers

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 05:22 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

One look at this massive futuristic expanse drifting in the middle of the sea and you will be left floored. The designer has really created a neoteric piece by combining unstructured elements with a fluid outline. This structure is actually a state of art hotel and the three segments jutting out in water are actually three ships. It is built on a master thesis from the Warsaw University of Technology. The thesis called "Three Spirits" was created by Filip Kurzewski and its ultra mod design has taken off from his sketches and drafts.

Floating Hotel
Floating Hotel

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Floating Hotel
Floating Hotel for Ocean Exploration

The three ships are like independent units and have a unique ambiance. So, this hotel can easily accommodate preferences of a wide scale of tourists. The first ship has a ballroom theme, the second will have a casino setting while the third one pays tribute to the silver screen. The third ship is actually a hotchpotch of different styles with focus on activities like film shows, drama, stage performances and inter alia. Implementing this project was quite a challenge and naval architects were consulted to put the plan in action.

At the meeting point of the three ships is a common water area where guests from all the three hotels can loll around. Water babies will absolutely love this spot. The diving capsule over here is the star attraction. You can also go scuba diving. And if you are really adventurous, then you will love dipping deep into the water to check out the coral reef and wrecks. The center is well equipped for all swimming, diving and exploration buffs. A set of boats will be sent over to guests to take them to any recreation site desired. They can make a stop anywhere on the ship and plunge into the water for a scuba diving quest.

Via: Evolo


Electrolux Cloriex to keep a check on calories, fats and proteins

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 05:22 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Eating fast food and not keeping a check on calorie intake can lead to obesity. The saddest part being that city dwellers are slowly moving away from the habit of eating healthy, which is making them put on weight. This can lead to a lot of health issues and not eating the right kind of food can make them deficient in terms of taking in essential vitamins and proteins. Milan Rankovic has designed the Electrolux Cloriex that vows to keep a check on all such unhealthy practices.

Electrolux Caloriex
Electrolux Caloriex

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Electrolux Caloriex
Electrolux Caloriex by Milan Rankovic

The ingenious design is actually furnace, which will be perfect for those who are always in a rush and can't take out enough time to cook fresh meals. Caloriex will plan your diet for a week or month, while letting us control fats, proteins and calories. The main menu has an option to check the number of calories in the meal we have prepared, which will be quiet beneficial if you are on a diet or want to stay in shape. The presence of a calendar in the design will make it easy to maintain a record of what all meals were cooked in the last few days and also calories in that particular meal.

Electrolux Cloriex can be used to prepare three meals at the same time, which is quite impressive. This has been made possible because of the presence of an individual heater inside every tablet-brass that lets a user set three different temperatures at the same time. The useful kitchen tool can be connected to the internet, which makes it possible to operate it via phone as well as a computer. So, when away from home all you have to do is order Cloriex to cook your lunch/dinner till the time you get back home.


Centrifugal Cleaner makes cleaning large water bodies simpler

Posted: 06 Apr 2012 05:21 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Cleaning a large water body is a time consuming and tedious process that requires the use of many different kinds of heavy machinery and a system of boats and water crafts. However, this new water cleaning equipment called the Centrifugal Cleaner looks to make the process a lot simpler and more effective. The Centrifugal Cleaner derived its form from the silhouettes of the marine species like the squid that navigate through the water forcefully yet slowly. With built-in assemblies, the flat-bottomed vessel is perfect for cleaning water bodies in mass recreation resorts like water parks, lakes, water reservoirs and coastal zones.

water area cleaner equipment
water area cleaner equipment

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Water area cleaner equipment
Equipment for cleaning of water area

The Centrifugal Cleaner uses a jet propulsion device to thrust itself through the water with a proper gearbox mated to the engine that allows the driver of the cleaning vessel to vary the craft's speed and navigate through any kind of water body with ease and comes with a system of nets to capture and collect debris floating through the water. The vessel processes the water through a water intake where a grid captures and retains the debris and allows the biomass and water to pass through. Removable soft containers allow the Centrifugal Cleaner to dispose of the collected garbage with ease.

The cleaning vessel also comes fitted with a set of sensors that indicate when the garbage bags are full to their maximum capacity and informs the vessel operator of the fact by flashing a light at the operator's control panel. The driver can then bring the vessel back to the shore, unload the garbage back, reload it with an employ bag and go in for another round of cleaning.

Source: James Dyson Award


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