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Exercise total 'control' over your digital entertainment with Logitech's universal remote control

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 06:45 AM PDT

Xubair Wani:

This amazing remote is the unique combination of design, simplicity and quality features. Gone are the days when the drawer used to have a cluster of remotes for a various devices in our homes. Now you can control functions like increasing or decreasing the volume, going through channels, play or pause for all your devices with this universal remote. But when it comes to choosing a universal remote then you have a whole lot of choices available and picking up the best one can be a bit tricky. Designed for easy navigation, this one can certainly be your choice and most probably won’t fail to impress you.

Universal Remote
Universal Remote

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Universal Remote
Logitech Universal Remote

With the passage of time the electronic devices in our houses keep on increasing, so their control becomes an important issue. Nobody wants a cluster of remotes for every device. In such a scenario Logitech Universal Remote can be easily a perfect solution. Whether you want to control a TV set, play a DVD in a DVD player or listen to tracks on a music player, you can just sit back and control all these devices.

The design of this remote is quite unique as the play and pause buttons are hidden inside the remote and can be made visible only by pressing a release button, which pops the controller open. The idea behind this is to avoid the distractions to the user, caused by these buttons as they are very rarely used. The standard control buttons for the channels and volume are also replaced by swivel wheel, which is on the front side in the design of this remote. The user can change the channel or adjust the volume just by rotating the respective wheels for the volume and channel. So, this innovative remote is recommended wholeheartedly.

Source: James O’Connor Designs


Recumbent bike stores energy in flywheel for a clean ride

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 06:27 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Most of the green transport in market today is not very efficient. Hybrid engines are not so clean while the quality of storage batteries is just average. Also, their speed is very mediocre. Considering all the shortfalls with the current green vehicles, a much more efficient and eco friendly speedster was constructed using a bicycle as the base. The design was an entry at the James Dyson award.

Recumbent bicycle
Recumbent bicycle

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Recumbent bicycle
Recumbent bicycle with flywheel energy storage

There are two basic problems with bikes that prevent them from being used in everyday transit. The riders have to put in a lot of energy to move them around and their frame draws a lot of air resistance thus decreasing their speed. So, all you need to do is swap the existing model with a better frame and a more powerful energy source. The best replacement found by this design was a carbon fiber flywheel.

In this model, the flywheel is essentially the engine. This flywheel, after being charged from an electrical grid, runs at the speed of 50 kmph for about 40 minutes. The flywheel uses only mechanical energy and then gives a power of 60 kW. Also, energy can be stored for later use on the 5 kg flywheel. The contraption in its entirety consists of a flywheel, recumbent bicycle and transmission for regenerative brakes.

Via: James Dyson Award


Earthquake resistant table is a good refuge for children at school

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 06:26 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Earthquake resistant homes are quite common but what if tremors strike when your children are at school. Keeping in mind the need of a safe refuge at school, designers Arthur Brutter and Ido Bruno have crafted this table that can withstand attacks from seismic activities. The two are students of industrial design at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Their work will be showcased at an exhibit titled Design Bonanza Bezalel that will be held at the Ventura Lambrate design district in Milan. However, the project has yet to avail sanction from the world leading Structural Engineering department at Padua University in Italy.

Earthquake Proof Table
Earthquake Proof Table

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Earthquake Proof Table
Earthquake Proof Table by Arthur Brutter and Ido Bruno

The reason a table was chosen to create a refuge was because children instinctively hide under it when an earthquake strikes. Hiding under the table is also a common instruction given to children as a safety regulation. But most tables are not built for sheltering people from quakes, thus they can trap anyone hiding beneath, if they break down in a faulty way. However, this one will not crack apart even if a 1000 kg mass of steel or concrete falls over it. At the most, the top surface of the table will go twisty but it will not break down completely.

So, the children sheltered beneath, will be protected from falling objects and impactful collisions. Moreover, the table doesn't just protect those hiding under, it also comes handy when you want to dig out an escape route. A rescue team will be able to get to victims hiding under this table easily. And on the usual days when disaster does not strike, the table will be just as useful. It is a good work desk, can be cleaned easily and moving around the lightweight piece is a cinch. The stupendous design has also been nominated for the ongoing design of the year award organized by Design Museum.

Via: Dezeen


Enjoy a quick spin or sonic rapture in the revolving camping chair

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 06:26 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

You will love lounging in the all new camping chair from Revolve. Its design has been turned around quite a bit to make the piece a lot more fun when you are out in the open. The chair can swivel around by a whole 360 degrees. Now, you just have to spin your seat around to enjoy a different view of the scenery. Also, talk easily to campers parked at different spots by twisting the chair about its axis. And if you are camping out with your family, then all the kiddies will be overjoyed to have this piece.

Revolve camping chair
Revolve camping chair

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Revolve camping chair
Revolve updates the camping chair with 360-degree swivel and iPod dock

All other features from the standard camping chairs of Revolve remain the same. So, the lightweight folding chair that you carry along on hikes and camps, just got better. It is the same piece but with a bonus swivel around function. Despite all the hardware fitted in to make way for the rotating function, the chair can still be folded into a carry bag and lugged around easily. Think you've heard it all, wait a bit as this savvy chair has a lot more for you.

Who doesn't like to listen to thumping beats and musical tunes in open air? Everyone does. So, there is a proviso for this too as the chair has an MP3 dock slotted in. Moreover, with so many campers rustling about, a full amplified blast of music around you is a must. The chair doesn't disappoint here either. The boom from its dual speakers and mini amp is so very groovy. You don't have to splurge much on ordinary camping chairs as most come under $10 but this one will cost you more. If you want a model without speakers then shell out $80 while the chair kitted out with speakers costs $90.

Via: Gizmag


Check and mate to visual impairment

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 06:24 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

They say that if any of the primary five senses is lost, the remaining fortify further. Loss of sight doesn't suggest reduced metal acumen. Rather, the brain exerts more to conjure up vivid images and conceptions that may well be even more scenic than real life itself. A tribute to the same intuitiveness of the mind lacking physical vision is Duncan McKean's Chess for the blind.

Chess Set
Chess Set

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Chess Set
Chess Set for the Blind

It's a game for the blind, ones with vision defects as well as for the ones having perfect vision. Creators have made use of textured magnets which hold the pieces in places. The direction of movement of each piece is borne on the piece as a physically perceivable pattern which aids recognition. Different weights suggest different values of the pieces. The metallic steel pieces represent “white” and the hardwood pieces are for “black.”

The board is hewed out of hardwood encased with cognizable magnets for the black hardwood pieces and ceramic coated magnet for the white steel squares. The extent of cohesion each piece has to the board connotes the quadrangle it is on. The dimension of each piece is 50 by 50 by 50 mm to make it more concrete while handling. All the game pieces have been molded using various casts to give them varying weights. They are then crowned with magnets of particular shapes overlaid with perceivable patterns and eventually bonded with appropriate glue.

Source: Duncan McKean


Clock to save water.. as there is no life without it!

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 06:11 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

We understand worth of water only when the well is dry. It has been observed that most people waste maximum amount of water while taking shower and the product we are talking about here was crafted after examining the water usage pattern of the University Park South's residents. The device termed as Water Clock is a digital shower timer that works with your daily routine. It works by presenting a graph and a timer that work together to make people considerate about water usage.

Water clock
Water clock

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Water clock
Water clock digital shower timer

Water Clock is quite easy to use. You just have to put the timer around the showerhead or some other handle in the bathroom and place the graph on a tile where it is easily visible. Now your shower head will display the flow rate of water to show how much water has been used while showering. The device is waterproof tight so that water does not enter the clock.

Contrasting colors make it eye catchy and it has smooth round edges to prevent any kind of injury while taking shower or in case it drops from the shower head. Its indigo color makes it easily visible and there is a loop at its top for handy hanging. Stretchy cord allows easy and adjustable hanging. Using water clock is really a nice way to make people conscious about water usage as well as to reduce water bills considerately.

Source: Austin Collier Projects


Cinematography taken a step ahead with a revolutionary filming EV vehicle

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 06:10 AM PDT

Sahil Khurana:

Innovation in the movie industry may have come a long way, but the T3 Motion's new lightweight EV is just the feather on the cap. With a gliding promise to make the lives of the cinematographers a little bit easier, T3 improvised on their existing model of the T3 Non-Lethal Response Vehicle and refurbished the design into a standing and sitting movable model.

T3-MT electric standup vehicle
T3-MT electric standup vehicle

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T3-MT electric standup vehicle
T3 Motion launches new version of its EV for use in the film industry

The new model does not come equipped with non-lethal ammo launchers like its previous counterparts. But what makes the EV really unique, is the design and its capability in terms of moving around in closely packed areas. Furthering this, the specially crafted EV machine promises to let the cinematographers do their work even on the go.

The latest T3 entrant has been equipped with a sideways facing seat, footrests, two mounting posts for uploading the cameras and two 12 VDC batteries. So many things are all fitted into one neat little vehicle, all set to be used on the move. The EV can travel forward and backwards. When moving in the forward direction, the EV can move at a speed of 12 mph, spanning a distance of 40 miles on a single charge. Delivering a power packed performance, the T3 MT is a power packed performer and shall not let the user down at any point of time.

Via: GizMag


A swanky refuge for the apocalypse that will cost millions

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 06:08 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Judgment day isn’t going to be easy for anyone. A house will not be enough to subsist through this warfare, you will need a whole ecosystem at your disposal. Well, this swanky pad with all amenities and luxuries under the sun, will help you survive when the environment gets hostile. In fact, this extravagant pad will be a great a shelter for millionaires, who will not have to give up their lavish lifestyle while they are hiding away in here.

Doomsday shelter
Doomsday shelter

The houses with circular contours are built inside an abandoned missile silo. Each floor encased with a steel and concrete wall will have a condo. The houses are outfitted with all basic facilities like toilets, double sinks, fireplace, open kitchen, breakfast bar, etc. You need not worry about rations as the indoor farms will supply fish as well vegetables to feed around 70 inhabitants. Also, the stockpile of dry goods will last for five years. Windmills, generators and other conventional sources of power will be provided. Humongous underground tanks will store and filter water.

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Doomsday shelter
‘Doomsday shelter’ being built below Kansas prairie where millionaires will be able to sit out the Apocalypse in style

Of course a structure like this should be capable of withstanding war and so the safety features of this one will leave you astounded. The solid concrete walls are nine feet thick and go 53 meters deep under the ground! There will be security outside and on the top floor while cameras will be mounted near a barbed wire fence. In fact, the edifice can even survive atomic blasts and earthquakes. But you won't be worrying about security all the time as the place has recreation spots like pool, library and a movie theater. There will also be a medical center and school inside.

And why just the Armageddon, you can use this house as an asylum during other catastrophes also. This will be a safe retreat if plagues, wars, solar flares, terrorist attacks, riots or an economic meltdown comes about. Moreover, if everything remains hunky dory, then you can use this swell abode as your vacation home. Developer Larry Hall has built the structure in the Kansas prairie region. Some of the condos have already been sold out, so if you are thinking of booking one, you should hurry up.

Via: Dailymail


Smart Light gives a new dimension to the concept of Social Networking

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 03:02 AM PDT

Sahil Khurana:

If you're a social networking freak, then you would very well be able to understand the Smart Light concept by the team of designers Krestine Mougaard, Thor Olsen, Mikkel Proschowsky, Henriette Nielsen, Tobias Toft. Their three months of endeavor has brought forth a very unique concept in terms of utilizing and redeveloping the idea behind social networking.

Smart light
Smart light

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Smart light
Smart light as a social tool

Although, the multifaceted concept does incorporate the idea of social networking between people, it lays its main focus on the interconnection between lamps. When held alone, the lamps would be like any other lamp, dull and boring. But the moment they get connected with other lamps, they become all bright and shiny. Toft has developed the whole project as a part of an outcome where people can come and talk, or kiss and make up while sitting around these multifunctional lanterns.

These bright pieces of light can be fitted into ordinary looking structures, but the end result is definitely very pleasing. Dearly tagged as "Kommit" units, each and every lamp has been provided a different name, in order to specify and define which lamp belongs to whom. The beautiful linking of the lamps not only created a fascinating chain of lights, but it also creates a playful mood for all those who know the real value of social networking.

Source: Tobiastoft


The 'Ark'itecture to save lives... Fending off waves of life erosion…

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 03:00 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

Evading nature’s fury is impracticable. Every spot and shelter on the globe, however formidable it may be, lies under nature’s azure roof. Fleeing from manmade roofs is no escape from calamities such as earthquakes, wildfires, volcanoes, floods, tsunamis. The catastrophic events will always remain a powerful force to fight against with and saving life in such events will always remain the first priority. Working for the same cause is Moatasem Esmat of the Helwan University who has undertaken a project named as the Vth Ark to reduce casualties during natural calamities.

Emergency Ark
Emergency Ark

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Emergency Ark
Emergency Ark designed by Moatasem Esmat

To fight against tsunamis certain things need to be kept in mind for example tsunamis come not only loaded with waves but also the debris and more they travel more powerful they become. Therefore, the material to be used for constructing the ark should be robust enough to withstand waves as well as debris.

The ark works in two ways, one is by offering a robust stand on which it is placed, which acts as a higher ground surface to protect you against minor floods and other is the floating shelter form that it takes to protect you against major wrath. When up on its stand, the Ark allows water to flow through it thus reducing the flow's strength and while working as a floating refuge, it is tied to the land with adaptive chains to direct when floating with high waves. There is a provision for food storage as well as safety equipments within the Ark along with a first aid room. The whole setup is bordered with the LED lights that work as a rescue signal in case it gets masked under ruins or is swept away with high tides.

Via: Evolo


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