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Pond Sound Installation being used as a voice recorder for a musical production

Posted: 10 Apr 2012 06:36 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Convincing people to contribute their voices is not easy but this attractive trial voice recording installation could achieve the task. The prototype has been installed in the city of Umea. The object created is striking and will entice a lot of participants into making a contribution. The whole setup will look friendly, with tools placed all around, thus people will throng to it. So, the metaphor of a pond that attracts attention easily, has been used to describe the installation.

POND Sound Installation
POND Sound Installation

Three conical microphones will be fitted in the holes along the rim. You can lift off the microphone or make the recoding while it is fixed. All sounds will be visualized as pebbles and after completion of the recoding these pebbles will sink to the bottom of the pond. The pebbles will be shaped according to the volume, duration and pitch of the voice recorded. You can even hear the recoding when you place your ear near the rim. A great thing is that you can take home a sample of your recorded voice and listen to what it sounds like. Your voice will be given out on a printed post card.

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POND Sound Installation
POND Sound Installation by Siri Johansson

Getting inputs will be easy as the installation will go around the city. It will essentially consist of a plug and play system that is easy to transport. The design can be such transported without any problems and can fit into different environments like offices and schools easily. The installation will also be available online and this web platform will also display the dates when the installation will tour the neighborhood.

After all voices are recorded, the entire collection will be riveting. It will be marvelous to see how each recording contributes to the whole. All voices garnered by the system will be used by the composer Anders Lind in a musical production. The production will be staged at an event held in collaboration with Umea European Capital of Culture 2014. The project aims to promote voice experimentation and also aims to demonstrate the uniqueness of the entire contribution.

Via: Sirijohansson


Go for better gaming with the new Locus Gaming Table from Geek Chic

Posted: 10 Apr 2012 06:22 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

If you are a tabletop gaming fanatic, then you can't help but eye the very striking and artsy Geek Chic tables. So, when you see their new Locus gaming set you will be left fixated with awe. Techies, gaming freaks and poker nuts will go mad when they hear what this one can do. Along with the standard inclusions, this table's terrific add-ons will leave you floored. With a touch of a button, a hi-end multi-touch screen darts out. Press the button again and the screen slips back inside.

Locus Gaming Table
Locus Gaming Table

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Locus Gaming Table
Geek Chic Debuts New Locus Gaming Table

There are two ways of working out all the controls on this gaming table. You can either use the remote or two simple buttons slotted on the right. Running games and their viewing angles will get better with the piston control. Though the piston lies flat inside the wooden frame, it comes straight up very smoothly. You can play poker with your entire gang! The table automatically locates all players involved in the game. You just have to cup your hands on the cards to reveal them so chances of your pals peeking and getting a glimpse is out of the question.

The table easily fits in multiple players at a time due to the Mesa Mundi software it holds. Also, its software can be upgraded. So, if you get bored stiff of doing the same stuff, just buy the add-on's. Stuff like object tracking will be available when you buy an advanced version of the software. The chunky table weighs 300 pounds so is a heavy-duty piece. Although you will shell out a cool $5500 for this piece, you will have to wait about 5-8 months before it is delivered to you!

Via: Nerd Approved


VHS coffee tables are an exclusive way to relive the olden days

Posted: 10 Apr 2012 06:10 AM PDT

Sahil Khurana:

In the modern era of Bluetooth, Blu Ray and streaming videos, VHS tapes would be a misfit. However, what makes their existence a pleasant memory is the VHS coffee table designed by Amsterdam T76. It has not been made out of real tapes, but the idea has been inspired from the tape's layout and design.

VHS Coffee Table
VHS Coffee Table

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VHS Coffee Table
VHS tape coffee table

The table has been made out of Indonesian teak wood and includes three layers of solid wood. The names of the movies have been etched on the wooden veneer and exude very exclusive warmth with its dark paneled outlook. This is not all, for the table even includes windows which you would normally see on the face of a VHS cassette also.

The names of some movies have been made priceless, all thanks to the way the names have been inscribed on the wooden tables. The table costs around $1980 and measures 49″ (W) x 25.5″(D) x 16″ (H). The beauty of the table is unmeasured, as it shows off neatly the real strength and beauty of the coffee table. The reels and handwritten titles add their own little charm to the extensively carved wooden table designed especially to add a subtle charm to the coffee table.

Via: TechnaBob


Electronic park guide for a Danish park makes navigation real fun

Posted: 10 Apr 2012 06:05 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

The aim of this project was to create an easy to use navigation interface for a park in Denmark. The device would serve as an electronic guide, which helped visitors plot a course and obtain relevant information about the park. Everything from locating restrooms, tracing walking routes to recovering information about animals would be possible with this device. The device can easily be used even when the climatic conditions are not very mellow. Also, one would be able to handle it easily even with their gloves on.

Electronic guide
Electronic guide

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Electronic guide
Electronic park guide

The device consists of the resistive touch screen as the primary interface with an ergonomic border around it. Large buttons have been embedded on the touch screen and other buttons have been placed strategically to help with smooth navigation. The menu and navigation items are very detailed. Language selection choice is also available. Searching and browsing with this piece will be a cinch. This design is the brainchild of the Danish design engineer, Mikkel Proschowsky.

The project was taken up as a part of the "Design for Interaction" course and it required creating a physical prototype of the design. While the design was being finalized, about three prototypes were created. The first prototype was created out of paper. A map was printed on a piece of paper, which was then cut out and made to look like a tablet. The second prototype was a foam cut out on which a printed paper was glued to showcase the user interface. While the third prototype, which integrated all the UI features, was made in Flash.

Via: Cargo collective


Family Day Superyacht to take you on a foolhardy yet comfy expedition

Posted: 10 Apr 2012 05:47 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

With explorer yachts like Big Fish coming into the picture, people are looking past luxury cruising. They are going back to the bygone fad of using yachts to explore uncharted destinations, desolate locations and hidden corners of the globe. So, marine enthusiasts and trailblazers of the choppy seas will love the concept of Family Day, which is a unique combination of an exploratory liner and luxury pleasure boat. The spectacular piece comes from Dutch studio Joachim Kinder Yacht Design.

Family Day
Family Day

This explorer yacht combines the thrill of adventure along with a luxurious leisurely layout. The spacious deck area houses a 12 meter long pool. Use the elevator to alight on the deck in style. The rear end will hold three cantilever balconies so that you can enjoy the view when you are sailing. If the cruiser has so many groovy features, then the lodging also has to be equally mind blowing. It has a main state room along with four family staterooms. Also included are six guestrooms and 15 crew cabins. The vessel has enough space for your family, additional guests and even crew members. All in all, the family yacht can accommodate about 52 people onboard.

Family Day
Family Day

The liner looks super-duper grand stretching its 110 meter long hull amidst the cool blue waters. Its main superstructure is humongous and looks quite rugged due to the steely shield and modern axe bow it has. The space inside will be well planned allowing people to move about effortlessly. Natural light will illuminate the staircase. Two custom motorboats on board will be designed just like the yacht and will measure about 20 meters. And hold your breath, the boat also has a helipad on which you can land safely and also take off.

Via: Super Yacht Design


Give ‘air’ to the farmer in you... Raise a farm within your kitchen

Posted: 10 Apr 2012 05:28 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

Raising a farm is no mean feat. It's no less work than nurturing a child. A very generous amount of dedication and physical labor goes in before you can even begin to spot the tiniest results. This is the reason why farmers are only farmers and nothing else. They must give their all to feed the millions of us. Nonetheless, there are urban folk who nurse a little farmer in them but due to constraints like time and space, keep the little guy suppressed. Nay more! No sickles, no harvesters, no soil. Wait, no soil? Yes, you heard it right. Let air be the sole nurturer of your "Kitchen Farm."

Kitchen Farm
Kitchen Farm

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Kitchen Farm
Kitchen Farm by Guanyun Wang

Welcome to Aeroponics, the practice of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil. Kitchen farm is a compact and contemporary design to grow vegetables under your kitchen roof without soil or sunshine. The key component of the Kitchen Farm is the air filter system. It is a system responsible for keeping away unfavorable and detrimental elements.

Being indoors, another great advantage of aeroponics is that it discourages insect breeding during plant growth. The Kitchen farm utilizes two bars of LEDs along with a reflecting board which ensures that light reaches all the vegetables inside evenly so as to aid photosynthesis. So suppress your gardening instincts no more. Soothe the farmer in you as well as your tummy with the crunch of fresh veggies. Let the sowing begin!

Via: Cargo Collective


Citylight harnesses your workout to illuminate streets

Posted: 10 Apr 2012 05:26 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

Creativity blended with reusability is the need of the hour. We get to see so many energy efficient and creative designs everyday and adding to the list is the CityLight Street Lamp that uses human energy as its power source. We all love to burn fats by using fitness equipments in public parks but never thought of using this burned energy in a better way. But where there is a will there is a way and some imaginative designer came up with the interesting design for the greater good. It has also been awarded with the Green Dot Award.

CITYLIGHT
CITYLIGHT

Citylight is a hybrid system that has been designed especially for urban areas. It works on human power as well as electricity. The traditional bulbs have been replaced by energy saving LEDs to reduce energy consumption. These lamps are located in public areas and come attached with outdoor fitness facilities that can convert human power to the lighting system. There is an interactive linear lighting pattern to indicate if the lamp is being charged up with human power and it also tells about the current battery status of the lamp.

CITYLIGHT
CITYLIGHT

To keep check on the calories burned and contribution towards lighting, the pole displays a monitor. This project is a step forward to save public energy spending by making good use of human kinetic energy. This innovative idea solves the dual purpose by helping people to stay fit and healthy and motivating them to participate in the green exercise to light up the streets.

Via: Green Dot Awards / Treehugger


Digital music extravaganza gets communal with Jukey Jukebox

Posted: 10 Apr 2012 05:23 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Bad music or tunes that are not to your taste can be a killjoy at a party. Another common party pooper is when few people take control of the jukebox and play only the songs they like. Others have to push through the crowd or put up with it silently. Another problem with current music technology is that most digital experiences are designed to be remote. They do not encourage social interaction. Likewise, most digital music devices are designed to be used in seclusion.

Jukey
Jukey

But all these drawbacks are taken care of in a new design called Vim & Vigor. The exteriors of this device, spattered with vibrant colors, are totally out of the world. Try to operate it and you will be left staggered. There are absolutely no buttons on the surface as all operations are controlled by manual actions. Lay the device sideways to turn it on, rotate it to rewind and fast forward melodies and just swipe left or right to set the volume.

Jukey
Jukey

The contraption is really handy when you are throwing a party. Everyone present can share music stored on their phones and gizmos and have it playing out loud. Not only this, there is an auto mode that plays music by filters and a voting based system that helps DJs settle on which tracks to play. Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi slotted on the machine make all these exploits possible. The product is still a concept but Vim & Vigor is open to collaborating with any company interested in producing the device.

Via: Fastcodesign


Deck your bathroom in fluidic luxury

Posted: 10 Apr 2012 04:21 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

The way water flows, only water knows. No shape unachievable, no space too narrow to fit into. There's a grace about it which is quite transcendental. This "Hydro resilience" and grandeur of the elixir of life has been captured to sublimity in the Aqua luxury vanity sink. Designed for high end luxury apartments to succor the love affair between home aesthetics and the elite, the Aqua vanity sink draws its design from well, water in motion. The various churns, twists and curls water gracefully sports while finding its way down have been captured and personified to effect in the form of the beauty that is the "Aqua Vanity." Let's "flow" down deeper into the opulent, fluidic design.

Aqua Luxury Vanity
Aqua Luxury Vanity

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Aqua Luxury Vanity
Aqua Luxury Vanity by Esan Rahmani

The main aim behind this stylish design was to showcase vanity as the main attraction through its sculpted form and articulated elements. Its pleasing flawless shape has been inspired by the flow of water and swirls it creates while flowing. This elegant motion has been captured and transformed in three-dimensional form with refined iteration of the route.

The piping has been done in a way that adds to its beauty and is expressed as a separate element. The most fascinating part of this sink is that its structure creates an illusion of moving forms through space. This has been done achieved by paying immense attention towards material strengths, colors and form. The shape and style of the design speaks for itself and is best to adorn high-end residential apartments.

Aqua Luxury VanityAqua Luxury Vanity by Esan Rahmani

Via: Esanrahman


Gorgeous prefab house promises a sustainable and comfy refuge

Posted: 10 Apr 2012 04:20 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Usually manufactured houses are too expensive to acquire for common users, however, designer Eric A Hoffman has come up with a cost-effective prefab dubbed “LightBox House” that promises a sustainable and comfy refuge to dwellers. The skin and bones structure has a contemporary and simple design. The clean cut elongated building has a long rectangular window pared out at one end. The space inside is well managed and all rooms are spacious and laid out thoughtfully. It has many cozy leisure spots like a bar, sun deck and picture window. Some other utilitarian additions are the covered car port and the built in workspace. Ribbons of light are used to lead people from one spot to another. Its open floor plan is a breath of fresh air.

LightBox House
LightBox House

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LightBox House
LightBox House by Eric Hoffman

This prefab abode is a good choice if you are looking to safeguard your future as prices of fuel as well as power will increase steadily over the years. The structure incorporates sensible and flexible solar PV panels. Orientation for the PV panels is taken care of by adding an aluminum and glass store window on the front. The solar array in the house also turns into a sun shade for the patio. The house is absolutely safe and sturdy as professional experts were consulted to design the project.

Land area is becoming scarce for the burgeoning human population so the savvy idea of maximizing floor space by incorporating the building system at the core is absolutely great. A helical pier foundation system has been used to station the house. This is a beneficial feature for a prefab house as their location of construction is usually unknown. Very little work will be required on site and the house can be constructed easily.

Source: Hoffmanea


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