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Make your business a runner line 'Renner'

Posted: 07 Apr 2012 05:57 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

Gadgets are a good source of leisure and diversion. You can play games, surf the web, make audio and video calls, get creative and so forth. But now there's a new dimension to your "digital pals." Apparently a Brazilin Enterprise by the name of Renner has introduced a customized gadget which will not only entertain customers but will also enhance brand image, instill loyalty and make shopping a matter of enjoyment. Presenting Renner's mp3 player and barcode scanner bundled into one.

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Shop to the Beat
Shop to the Beat by Carla Pestana Lemgruber

Back in 2007, Renner was struggling with brand image as regards middle and upper middle class. What was wanted was not to attract newer customers but retain the old ones. So to augment to the personal touch and make customers feel more welcome, Renner decided to hand out a customized mp3 player cum barcode scanner. The buyers would carry this while shopping in the store. It consists of a touch screen panel and a portable mp3 player with the barcode scanner function integrated. Along with this, the customer will also get to pick a very comfy handbag right at the start of shopping. On entering the store, people can log on to the Renner website via the touch screen and can select their favorite songs and playlists. This content is then transferred to the device.

A noteworthy feature is that the website is capable of suggesting music according to the type of brand one shops for. For instance, if the brand has a young and popular feel to it, then the website will suggest contemporary and energetic music. Coming to the barcode reader, people often end up disappointed at the checkout counter on discovering that they have exceeded their budget. Well, no more! With the Renner device, customers will get to know of the price of each and every commodity as and when they remove it from the shelf. The barcode scanner can even calculate EMIs in case one wishes to pay in installments. Putting all these features together, what you get is less stress and more quality time.


Bicycle Lock Dock, a smart locking system for bikes to prevent theft

Posted: 07 Apr 2012 05:56 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Bike thefts are very common and most cycles are prone to damage while they are parked outside. This is mainly because most of the parking or locking stations for bikes are not secure enough. Bicycles parked out in the open are usually susceptible to burglary. The crime slaps damages worth a staggering $1 billion annually in United States. So, looking for a viable solution is definitely a concern. Also, the lack of safe parking amenities deters people from using bikes more often.

Bicycle Lock Dock
Bicycle Lock Dock

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Bicycle Lock Dock by Douglas Schaller

But, what if you could park your bike anywhere outdoors and lock it away safely. This will actually be possible with the all new Bike Lock Docks. Not only does this locking system protect your bike, but it is also not bound to a single spot. This means that you can use it practically anywhere you take your bike. Now, ride your cycle to any place you want without worrying about it being stolen.

The smart gadget comprises a conical light from which tentacles emanate out. It has many useful features. Its LED lights provide luminosity while you are docking it. So, you can easily park it in remote locations and dimly lit spots. Also, the clever intuitive rack design allows you to park the bike in multiple locations. The savvy gadget is a result of a project by master's students from UC Berkeley.

The smart locking system does away with yet another hindrance that comes in way of increase in bike usage. It is because of reasons like these that number of bike users do not multiply sufficiently even though cycles are really eco friendly and easy on the pocket. Hopefully, such secure systems will encourage the pursuit of bike riding in the future. Increase in bike usage means that there will be fewer cars on the road and this trend will be really beneficial for the environment.

Source: Douglas Schaller


Now the wind around you will flow musically

Posted: 07 Apr 2012 05:54 AM PDT

Sahil Khurana:

The wind has a voice now, all thanks to the Acoustic Wind pavilion Aeolus. The spiky organ may seem like a few pipes thrown together to form a contraption, but in reality the device is a musical organ all ready to give out elaborate musical notes.

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Aeolus is a giant stringed musical instrument

As per Greek mythology, Aeolus means the ruler of the four winds. Deriving its cue from this concept, the musical organ converts shifting patterns of the wind into resonating, melodious sounds. Hearing the organ's sound, one would feel as if the wind is singing especially for you. The design is actually a giant harp, and the wavering sound of the wind brings forth the quality of the wind in the sculpture's pipes.

The acoustic wonder is an optical wonder, and incorporates a very pleasant sight within its bosom. Comprised of a series of hollow stainless steel tubes; when one stands below the contraption, you can see through the multiple holes in the tubes. The amazing sculpture is for sale and is all set for adoption. People can view this fascinating beauty at the Canada Square Park in Canary Wharf from 27th March to 10th May 2012. Seeing is believing, for the true beauty of the multifaceted sculpture is best viewed when seen in reality.

Via: Dvice


UV rays purify water for victims in need of relief

Posted: 07 Apr 2012 05:54 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Sourcing clean water becomes a big problem for victims of natural disasters. Camp sites are usually strewn across randomly amidst the rubble and all sources of water around are contaminated. But at the same time, providing clean water to victims is very important. Despite this predicament, victims of January 2010 Haiti earthquake could have a supply of clean water. An easy and effective way to supply sanitized water to these victims has been worked out thanks to the efforts of Edward Jones, Jacques Africot and Madeleine Dautriche. In this system, a very simple mechanism using UV light is applied to purify water. These UV rays can exterminate all the bacteria and viruses present in the water. The pump carbon filter cleans out the water and also pre filters it for UV purification.

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Portable Water Purification

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Portable Water Purification
Portable Water Purification designed for Haiti earthquake victims staying in refugee camps

The device is essentially an elongated box. It has wheels just like a suitcase and can be rolled around easily. The built of the handle is ergonomic so you won't have a problem dragging it over rough terrain. Its tires are not air filled but instead flat free. Hence, chances of them going flat and interrupting the urgent aid operations are almost nil. This easy portability allows the device to shift base easily and it can be transported without any problem from one campsite to another.

To use the device, just lock in an empty bottle and the UV light will purify its contents. While, the smaller survival items purify the side compartments. Use the handle to pump out dirty water. The control panel has an easy to view 45 degree angle and there is also a dynamo handle at the back. Fill out a bottle with clean water using the Spigot. And if you need to cleanse yourself, just use the soap placed in the slide out tool.

Via: Deng Design


The cosy eco friendly micro house made from household junk is small yet snug

Posted: 07 Apr 2012 04:50 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

33-year old father of two Derek Diedricksen is a carpenter by profession who has become something of a YouTube sensation thank to his video series called Tiny Yellow Home. What makes this series and his work so remarkable is the fact that Derek's creations are micro homes built from household junk that range from 24 square feet to just 4 square feet in size. Moveable by a single person like a wheelbarrow, each of these homes are made from scavenged materials like sheet metal, empty glass jars, parts of washing machines, discarded kitchen cabinets, old storm windows, shipping pallets and a lot of other junked items from everyday life.

Eco-friendly micro houses
Eco-friendly micro houses

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Eco-friendly micro houses
Eco-friendly micro houses by Derek Diedricksen

The homes are not only bijou, they are also super eco friendly and cost less than $200 to make. Each home is fitted with basic functions like a petite storage, a few windows, ventilation and a flat bed to sleep on; they don't really have a lot of space to move around in. However, the carpenter has put in a lot of decorative elements in each of his creations to make up for the lack of space inside.

The portable shelters started out as a backyard project which the carpenter initiated to see if he could build a homeless shelter for less than hundred buck though his smallest creation, the Hickshaw is intended to serve more as a tent alternative for festivals.

Derek's experiences are captured in ‘Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts’, a graphic instruction book that he authored on the subject of building micro homes. The book sold around 1,500 copies and its first edition was hand assembled in the carpenter's living room!

Via: Daily Mail


Hasselblad 4HD 40 Camera relaunched in a special limited run Ferrari Edition

Posted: 07 Apr 2012 04:29 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

As covetable as the Hasselblad 4HD-40 Camera is on its own, it can still be made more desirable and the limited Ferrari special edition trim of the model does just that. The medium format camera from the Swedish camera manufacturers was originally released in 2010 and the company is releasing it in a limited run version with a Ferrari logo on the special sealed glass-topped box. The 40-megapixel camera features Ferrari's signature Cavallino Rampante icon and is offered in the Ferrari “Rosso Fuoco” color scheme. The limited-production camera displays shooting information on the camera grip LCD up top on a 3-inch color display.

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Hasselblad 4HD-40 camera

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Ferrari edition hasselblad 4HD-40 camera

Both the LCD display and the viewfinder offer alignment via an electronic level. Other special features of the camera include an ultra-focus optimization system, a natural color solution, a digital lens correction and Adobe and Apple image interface-compatible custom raw file format that is proprietary to Hasselblad. At 33 percent, lossless image compression is enabled by a .3FR (3F RAW) format. The Hasselblad 4HD-40 Camera has a variable shutter speed that can be set to a max delay of 4 minutes and 16 seconds (256 seconds) and a minimum delay of 1/800 of a second/

The camera is can shoot between ISO 100 and 1600 and can be synced directly with Google earth and can even tag all images for altitude, time and GPS coordinates via ‘global image locator’ that tags all outdoor images. The camera features a fixed 80mm kit lens and is compatible with an HTS tilt/shift adapter frame, extension tubes and all 5H system lens. The special limited run Ferrari Edition Hasselblad 4HD-40 Camera would be retailed for a price of EUR 21, 499 (approx. USD 28,100 ) and just 499 numbered units of the camera will be produced.

Via: Design Boom


Mobile Lorm Glove helps the deaf and the blind to use cellphones with ease

Posted: 07 Apr 2012 04:27 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Mobile phones have become quintessential to the modern lifestyle but for the deaf and blind using a mobile phone doesn't come that easy. However, the Mobile Lorm Glove created by designers Gesche Joost, Ulrike Gollner and Tom Bieling from Design Research Lab allows the deaf and blind to use mobile technology to connect with other cellphone users and communicate with regular people.

Mobile Lorm Glove
Mobile Lorm Glove

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Mobile Lorm Glove
Mobile Lorm Glove Helps Deaf Blind Communicate Via Mobile Devices

A tactile signing language called Lorm which is used by people with hearing as well as sight impairment is used in the glove. The lower end of the glove is fitted with pressure sensors that can decipher Lorm sign language in text and speech that can be used to send messages over a mobile phone. These visual and audible messages would be supplemented by audio and visual input in the future though for now, the glove can allow the deaf and blind to "read" or "hear" messages received by the mobile phone that is translated by multiple vibration motors at the back of the glove.

These tactile feedback patterns allow the user to send and receive messages discreetly and liberate them from having to rely entirely on audio feedback when using a cellphone. The Lorm Glove allows the deaf and blind to engage and communicate with the sighted and hearing world with confidence.

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Via: Dvice


Album Art makes interacting with music fun again

Posted: 07 Apr 2012 02:48 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Playing music on smartphones, iPad-based music players and players like the iPhone Touch is great and makes music playing simpler but there is still something to be said for the thrill that interacting with an old fashioned music player brought. From the punching of various buttons to manually adjusting the equalizer, the music players and boom boxes of yore made music playing more interactive than it is today. The Album Art Music Player by designer Oded Gov brings interaction back to the music playing experience.

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Music format by Oded Gov

The player is meant more for domestic use and features a Wi-Fi connected player with a micro projector that can be placed on a table or any other flat surface to allow the user access to their music on the web. Info about albums and compilations are stored on dial-like components that can interaction wirelessly with the main player when placed close to it. Individual dials contain information about individual albums or compilations.

Once the dial and the player are synced, the projector displays the information about the album and the track being played in between the player and the dial. When the dial is moved closer to the player, volume is increased and moving it away lowers it. By rotating the dial in either direction, users can navigate through the album or rewind or forward the track being played. Since the player sources its music from the internet, it allows users to access newer versions of the track and live versions etc. which allows users to stay updated with their favorite music.

Music formatMusic format by Oded Gov

Source: Oded Gov


The boombox implanted in Sonic Walk stays put even when you are exercising

Posted: 07 Apr 2012 02:15 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

A common hitch with most headphones is that it is not easy to move around with them. Either they keep sliding off or their wires get tangled every now and then. At the most you can walk around wearing them but it is not possible to run, jog or exercise without tugging or pulling at them. This can be thoroughly bugging, especially for hardcore audiophiles, who only get time to listen to music when they are on the move or working out. However, the purposeful design of the Sonic Walk addresses all these issues. Sporty users and people who zip around a lot will be able to manage the contraption effortlessly.

Sonic Walk
Sonic Walk

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Sonic Walk
Sonic Walk: part backpack, part headphones, part boombox

The gizmo basically consists of a strap-on shoulder attachment. From the front, it looks like you are wearing a backpack, but you are actually carrying around your own boombox. So, the design completely eliminates wires that create hassle. The strap fits tight on your shoulders and doesn't fall loose easily when you move around. The rapture comes from the two small speakers attached to your shoulder straps. As the speakers are just inches away from your ears, all sonic tunes can be heard loud and clear.

Its sleek design comes in various sizes and has different kinds of sport specific systems attached to it. For jogging and running, the 300 series Lighting measuring 8.5 oz is a good choice. Pick the medium sized 600 series Sierra for outdoor activities like hiking, biking and camping. And if you want to dash around on you motorbike, then the contraption will stay tethered as long as you keep the speed below 60 mph. The smart gadget will cost you at least USD 90.

Moreover, this gizmo designed for listening to music on the go, has many other handy add-ons. The LEDs embedded are very useful during the night as they increase visibility. You can stash away things in its hydration pockets and pouches. Actually, various models of Sonic Walk come with different types of utilitarian accessories. Although similar such products have been marketed before, the design of Sonic Walk is a much more user friendly and ergonomic. So, strap it on and enjoy the blast.

Via: Gizmag


Lifelike spiders made using seized scissors

Posted: 07 Apr 2012 02:08 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

Art is universal but appreciation is subjective. One man’s magnum opus is other man’s object of repulsion. One may deem their creation as ingenious but others might consider it strange, ineffectual or simply creepy. Bet you haven’t used that last adjective quite often while scrutinizing an art form. But you just might this time around. An artist by the name of Christopher Locke has employed scissors confiscated at airports in making creepy spider sculptures that are crafted with the skill to make spider haters’ skins crawl in disgust. Lucky for you that these are just the miniature minions and devoid of life otherwise squishing these steel devils would’ve become a nightmare for the haters.

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1 comment:

  1. cool demonstration! eventhough HTML5 audio player might not pack all of the features it works well.. it let’s iOS folk hear the mp3, tho the player will launch in a new webpage; and to return to your original page, html5 music player

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