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The Design blog


The B1 Outdoor Light for camping as well as interior aesthetics

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 06:44 AM PDT

Manupratap Naruka:

For the ones looking for lights/lanterns that can be handy while outdoor camping and can be used as attractive interior lights, the B1 Outdoor Light is just the right option. It comes with an in-built charging station, battery and plug. It is actually an LED light that has stackable and portable individual lanterns. One can attach or detach the individual lights as per the use. It acts as a perfect light source when it comes to traveling, camping or outdoor activities.

B1 Outdoor Light
B1 Outdoor Light

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B1 Outdoor Light
B1 Outdoor Light by Kyle Thacker

The B1 has foldable legs at the base that can be spread to pin down its stakes to the ground, making it stable and useful even in windy outdoor conditions. The best feature about this device is perhaps its self charging capability. When the battery runs low, the lanterns attach themselves to the charging station at the base of the device, which has additional battery and a plug. Also, it is bestowed with an SOS feature useful in emergency situations.In camping, the device can work as a central light or as a detached lantern, as per the requirement. The strap provided along with the light makes it easy to drop around the neck and carry.

Not only outside, the B1 can act as superb interior light as well, thanks to its smooth, sleek and stylish design that enhances the interiors’ attractiveness. Its presence gets even more useful in situations like power cut. With such a handy design and useful characteristics, the B1 Outdoor Light is not meant for a certain class of people. For the young and old alike, its an immensely valuable device, both outdoor and indoor and certainly an object of envy!

Source: Kylethacker


Flightless birds give new wings to your iPhone

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 05:53 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

We have grown listening to the phrase that a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush. But its new geeky version says that two birds on the table are better than any other speaker for your iPhone. Yes, you read it right! The palm size portable speakers, christened as "Wrenz", are the latest innovative speaker design by Gavio. The avian-inspired speakers have all its connection ports hidden cleverly behind the tail of the bird. They are juiced up by rechargeable Li-ion battery that can power it up to nine hours.

Wrenz Portable Bird Speaker
Wrenz Portable Bird Speaker

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Wrenz Portable Bird Speaker
Wrenz Portable Bird Speaker is All Tweeter, No Woofer

If you are looking for more aesthetic appeal, than you can encase the speaker inside an aluminum birdcage for adding a sensational touch to the place where it is kept. Its flowing design and finely crafted work exhibits modern living. But timeless smooth design doesn't mean any compromise can be made with the sound quality, after all its main function is to transmit sound therefore Wrenz comes fully equipped with features to bestow rich sound quality.

The aesthetically attractive slick speakers come wrapped in biodegradable packaging making them appeal to the "green" buyers. The only concern that might act as a buzz killer is the price tag of $79, which seems pretty high for these mono speakers.

Via: Technabob/ iphonesavior/ Mygavio


Scallion skyscraper gives sustainable nourishment to the tropical architecture

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 05:42 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

More and more architectural designs are taking off from nature inspired forms. One latest addition to this set is the Scallion skyscraper. The form of this high rise has been deduced from the Scallion plant generally found in coastal regions. The unique feature of the plant is that its roots spread out deep into the sea for its nourishment needs. The shape of this skyscraper has been drawn from this stretched out form of the coastal plant.

Scallion skyscraper
Scallion skyscraper

As the design is grabbed from a coastal plant, this unique high rise has also been crafted especially for tropical climatic conditions. Its outline will really suit places located between the Tropic of center and Tropic of Capricorn. It is also a good design for coastal areas. Furthermore, most of these areas are known to be windy. So, accordingly, the fluid and curvy design of Scallion skyscraper will also minimize the flow of air greatly.

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Scallion skyscraper
Scallion skyscraper by Pouyan Mokhtarani

Cutting edge construction technologies and architectural inventions have been deployed to make this building. It practically reaches for the sky and holds a residential area as well as recreation spots within. The main body, which coils into an airfoil shaped surface that faces the sea, is where the residential wing is located. While, the roots that extend out from the towering frame accommodate the leisure facilities like the green island and the yacht club.

Moreover, the entire structure is roiled in hi-end and luxurious amenities. There is a pool on the roof that doubles up as a helipad. The bottom floor of the pool can be lifted above by three hydraulic jacks in just two minutes to reveal a helipad. The yacht club boasts of a lavish hotel and a boat berthing facility. On one side, there is also a sea resort from where you can enjoy the scenic view and relax in harmony. As if this wasn't enough, the gigantic and marvelous structure has also been outfitted with sustainable technologies. The wind turbines can produce1500 kWh of power. The RED Solar shaded balcony, which that has about 30 high quality solar panels, can generate 1400 kWh of energy. The top of the wind gate holds a solar water heater which supplies warm water for showers, baths and other needs. This awe inspiring structure has been designed by an Iran based product designer, Pouyan Mokhtarani.


Automated kiosks do away with the chore of visiting post offices

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 05:23 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

The age old and customary system used at the United States Post Service will go through a complete overhaul. Now, every time you want to send out a post, you will not have to go all the way to the post office. An automated and unmanned kiosk will make things really convenient for you. Dubbed as Mailpoint, it will change the face of the conventional postal system. The interface is easy to understand and approachable. It has a stamp dispensing facility and also a parcel storing unit.

Mailpoint
Mailpoint

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Mailpoint
Mailpoint is a revolutionary postal service kiosk

Using the device is a cinch. Just select form any one of the multiple options on the touch screen. Enter the weigh and address for the shipment. Then, a box will be dispensed in which you can place the items you want to send out. Place this package inside the mini elevator and press the done button to finish the task. The box is then carried to the storage unit. All posts are collected later by delivery vehicles for distribution.

Don't worry about the storage getting packed as a multi level basement is used for stockpiling. A mini elevator takes the mails under the ground and the posts are arranged in here by robotic arms. There is also a solar panel outfitted on the top. The device is not only easy to maneuver but also sustainable and saves energy. This system will make things a lot simpler for the current postal system also in which the number of delivery points had multiplied significantly.

Source: Wooyonglee


The slick west meets the grace of east… The Koshi iPod speaker dock!

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 05:22 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

Japan is known for their razor-edge technology and resilience. No matter what hits them, they teach the world how to bounce back. From manmade havocs such as nuclear warfare to natural disasters such as erupting volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis, what hasn’t Japan risen back from! Probably this is a testament to their clarity of thought, peace of mind and undying regard for nature, which makes the nation what it is. From Japan comes an elegant piece which is symbolic of the Japanese culture and beliefs.

Koishi iPod Speaker
Koishi iPod Speaker

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Koishi iPod Speaker
Koishi iPod Speaker by Danny Lee

The Koshi iPod speaker is the technological manifestation of a pebble with all the character nature imparted it- simple, natural, irregular and pacific. All these traits also find significant ground in an ideal Japanese lifestyle. It’s a deep rooted Japanese belief that nature is most beautiful and that same merit is highly evident in this commendably designed iPod speaker dock. Going through the specs of the product, the Koshi iPod speaker is built out of polycarbonate and aluminum, which makes for grace as well as sturdiness.

The subwoofer casing is hewed out from medium density fiber wood. The legs are stainless steel augmenting to the elegance. The speaker as well other electronics are composed using materials such as urethane, woven propylene, aluminum coated propylene, steel, butyl rubber, aramid and the like. The device does perfect justice to your aesthetically groomed iPhone. The discontent of a style and design mismatch will never cross your aesthetically inclined mind.

Via: Cargo Collective


The closed cycle society for a comfy spaceship voyage between planets

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 05:17 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

In the future, shuttling between planets will become a common exploit. So people are working on efforts to make this long and wearisome journey from one planet to another a lot simpler. And this rocket by UK based industrial designer Mark Beccaloni has been designed to make the journey comfortable and easy. The ship will minimize strain on the human body when it is in transit and will hold all amenities required to meet people's basic needs.

Closed cycle society
Closed cycle society

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Closed cycle society
Closed cycle society by Mark Beccaloni

Firstly, the design excludes windows as they clash with the dome shaped silhouettes. There will be a reasonably good supply of air inside, thanks to the discovery of biomass production systems. Additionally, a huge chunk of the floor space was taken up by computers earlier, but now these brilliant mainframes have drastically reduced in size, thus making way for a comfy and spacious living area on the jet. The capsule can also be used as fuel tanks and storage space onboard.

Food will also not be an issue on this ship. Instead of carrying dry goods and canned fare, there will be provisions to grow food on the space bound shuttle. In fact, plants in low gravity conditions grow out to be larger and more nutritious. Some studies have found that tomatoes that grow in zero gravity conditions are 10 times larger and hold 30% more vitamins per volume.

In fact, people will be able to go about their lives as usual while they are on this craft. They can watch a movie, go jogging on a magnetic mattress and also sip on a coke. Mankind has taken up similar space bound feats even before. The technology will be perfected in the near future and then manned voyages to outer space will become a common feature.


Give flame to your childhood wheels with the Cadillac baby stroller

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 04:14 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

One unspeakable reality that we all might have faced in our adulthood is that toys always appear better when we grow too old to play with them. We are discussing this in context of custom-made Cadillac baby stroller that will surely make you envy kids. The baby stroller is a scale model of '60 with nice white wall tires, under body lighting, exceptional pin striping, etc. The interior is nicely decorated with slick red baby seat. That's not all! There a button that makes the stroller shoot flames and make doting parents flaunt their choice. The idea of giving flame to your childhood wheel is really fascinating. Isn't it?

Custom Cadillac baby stroller
Custom Cadillac baby stroller

You can even buy fiberglass pedal car shells from the market and create your own baby stroller but of course it demands a lot of hard work, sweat and tears to form an ultimate baby stroller resembling the one that we are talking about here. But if you are really looking forward to craft one, then you can acquire fiberglass pedal-car shells for only $199.99. If you are not a Cadillac fan, you would never want to see your kid strolling in a Cadillac stroller. Don't get disappointed, there is an alternative for this too. You have a wide variety of choices ranging from '32 Ford roadsters to '52 Mercury convertibles, not to forget '41 Willys Truck shells. Now make your kid stroll in the baby stroller of your choice!

Via: Auto Blog


Tactile V.16 mouse blends nature and technology into a piece of art

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 03:35 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

"Unique by Nature" is an apt tagline for this spectacular mouse dubbed the “Tactile V.16.” After all, its one of a kind design and appealing look is quite pioneering. The piece with woody exteriors and metallic add-ons fuses together nature inspired design and hi end technology. This uncanny combo of earthy and new age is quite rare. Moreover, the age old design of a mouse has been improved enormously and the manufacturing process of this piece applies sustainable techniques.

tactile V.16: Bluetooth Laser mouse for PC and Mac
tactile V.16: Bluetooth Laser mouse for PC and Mac

The piece made from natural materials looks absolutely exquisite as fine craftsmanship has gone into it. Cutting edge procedures have been employed to craft the mouse. Furthermore, high quality wood has been used in the construction. The mouse is available in many different colors like brown, beige and subtle tones of red. The exterior looks glazed due to the layer of ceramic on top. Its unique curvaceous shape is inspired from natural elements like the Minke whales in the North Atlantic and steep hilly slopes.

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tactile V.16: Bluetooth Laser mouse for PC and Mac
tactile V.16 a computer mouse, it convinces with modern laser-technology and the comfort of wireless connectivity via bluetooth

Design of a standard mouse has been enhanced quite a bit and made more functional in Tactile. A standard mouse has a scroll wheel in between the right and left click keys but in this one the scroll key has been fitted at the side. Operating the mouse becomes so much easier now as you can roll the wheel easily with your thumb and this motion exerts lesser strain on your hand. A rolling movement comes naturally to your thumb, so this particular addition is definitely a clever one.

The outline of this mouse is ergonomic and it is designed to be in accord with the natural movements of the human body. It exerts minimal stress on your palm and lower arm to keep the Repetitive Strain Injury Syndrome at bay. Its built is sturdy and functioning is unbeatable. You can easily use it for mundane tasks like navigation and playing games. Plus, it works smoothly even with graphic design applications and computer aided software. The latest laser technology has been embedded in this pointing device. For user convenience, it also slots in wireless connectivity and Bluetooth.

Keeping in mind the fact that the device will be controlled by hand for long hours, the gadget is treated with only natural substances. So, the contraption will not pass on toxins or chemical pollutants to your skin. Absolutely no additives, chemical solvents or synthetic coating was used in the piece. It is treated only with natural waxes, oils and shellac. The jacket of ceramic layer on the exterior is anodized. Also, RoHS-compliant aluminum alloy is used in the piece. Moreover, the ergonomic mouse uses the wood sourced only from FSC certified timber companies to support green initiatives.

Bluetooth Laser mouseTactile V.16 mouse blends nature and technology into a piece of art


The Green Wave Bus Stop unfolds a breezy design

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 03:04 AM PDT

Sahil Khurana:

The new Green Wave Bus Stop is here to make things all the more easier and user friendly. Being a concept in tow, the design of the bus stop is more like a green wave and incorporates an eco-friendly touch to it as well. Designed by Austin Frankel, a budding industrial designer from New Orleans, LA, USA. The bus stop is set to provide the maximum amount of light to its users even at night, all thanks to the inset solar panels attached on the flip side.

Green Wave Bus Stop
Green Wave Bus Stop

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Green Wave Bus Stop
Green Wave Bus Stop by Austin Frankel

Including a concrete form and a paneled canopy, the Wave Bus Stop stands completed. The pleasing design of the bus stop is very different in its approach and caters to a person's every possible desire and need. By this, it is simply said, the design has been crafted to provide maximum coverage from rain and the sun when in need. The side has been fixed with slits so that bikers can park their bikes when not in use.

The curvy design of the bus stand is what makes it truly appealing. The bench has been fixed to the ground, deriving its maximum support from a series of three rods, fixed to the ground completely. The bench is the main flowing part of the canopy, lending it a very hip yet a classy touch. Indeed, the green color of the stop accentuates every nook and corner of the happening bus stop which is just waiting to be developed into a reality.

[Cheers Austin]


Cutting edge 'Time Splitter' watch to woo geeks

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 02:56 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

Taking the puzzle created by Lloyd in his childhood to the next level, a watch design named as "Time Splitter" has been crafted. Time Splitter's bizarre yet attractive display might look complicated in the beginning but after understanding the trick it becomes quite easy. It features both a time mode as well as a date mode. To view digits in any of these modes just combine first and second figure and third and fourth figure in every row to compose 4 digits. The bizarre part of its display is it gives the appearance of 8 incomplete digits split in half presented vertically.

Time Splitter
Time Splitter

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Time Splitter
Time Splitter Watch Design Cuts Time In Two

The watch features a robust strap crafted from an animal friendly manmade material. It is USB rechargeable and can be easily recharged by connecting via a computer. To read time you just need to learn how the digits are displayed and what digits are formed on combining half patterns presented in rows. Once you get this, reading time would become a cake walk and people will remain wondering how you managed it.

The tricky design of Time Splitter will definitely appeal to science-fiction and puzzle lovers. Geeks who enjoy "out of the box" things would love to flaunt it as their style statement. At first this puzzling display gives an impression of being really tough to understand but with time you will start enjoying the trick.

Via: Tokyo Flash


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