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Skoon, an easy carry water purifying backpack for developing nations and travelers

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 06:44 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Clean water is precious and there are many across the globe, especially in developing nations like South Africa, who have to walk miles every day to fetch water. But, there is always some or the kind of issue related to uncontaminated water that leads to various kinds of water borne diseases and even cropping up of life threatening situations. In an attempt to make sure that consumable water is available even in poverty stricken areas, designer Pang Teh Say Chun has come up with the brilliantly designed water purifying backpack named Skoon.

Water purifying backpack - Skoon
Water purifying backpack - Skoon

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Water purifying backpack - Skoon
Water purifying backpack - Skoon by Pang Teh Say Chun

Carrying water till the house can also prove to be a real pain as people normally walk for miles together with heavy containers either placed on the head on firmly held in the hands. This may affect the posture and trigger joint pains, cervical, spine problems as well as lower backaches. Skoon solves both the problems of providing clean water and correcting the posture. The water purifier has been crafted like a backpack, hence can be easily carried on the shoulders with a strap. It won't strain nerves, joints or muscles as the weight will be distributed evenly on the shoulders and waist.

The design comprises of parts like a water collection bag, plastic sand filter, light bending panel and a water container. Before the water enters the container, it needs to go through sand after it is collected in the bag by applying pressure. Once the collection bag is full, a user needs to connect it to the sand filter with the help of a hose. The water falls into the container after passing through the filter when pressure is applied by kneeling, sitting or pressing the bag. Water sediments as well as suspended particles are collected by the sand filter that has a portable nature. The water collected after this is clean enough to be disinfected via solar energy. The filter is easy to use as well as wash to remove the filtered sediments.

The outside of the backpack water filter comes swathed with a light bending panel, which aids solar water disinfection. It is an effective method to obtain clean water and doesn't cost much. Adequate sun exposure, while carrying water home will disinfect the water without much struggle or any added steps. Intensity of the UV rays is increased which in turn brings down the total time required for disinfection. Most of the microorganisms are inactivated as water passes several times through solar focus points. Carrying Skoon on the back won't be uncomfortable as frame has been crafted keeping in mind the shape of human spine. Weight is distributed on the hips as the straps are consciously placed around the hip area.

Skoon will prove to be very useful in nations where getting access to consumable water is difficult. The portable water purifying backpack has a well crafted design and vows to keep water borne diseases at bay.


Green Wheel hydroponic garden produces groceries inside your home

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 06:41 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Originally developed by NASA as a hydroponic system for supplying food to astronauts traveling in a rocketship, this system has now been adapted for use in daily life also. The system essentially consists of a wheel, also known as a rotary garden, on which food crops can be grown. The garden supplies fresh ingredients and herbs that can be used for making salads. The system is efficient and highly dependable. It supplies ingredients on a continual basis.

The Green Wheel
The Green Wheel

Aesthetically though, the garden was given a facelift before it was adopted domestically. The stunning structure that holds a mesh along the periphery and flickering lights will look awesome standing inside your house or out in the balcony. A tubular light piece is suspended in the center. Also, the inside of the circle bears perforated vases. The plants are actually arranged around the main light source on the inside of the wheel, which looks delightful.

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The Green Wheel
The Green Wheel by DesignLibero

An engine is hidden inside the wheel rotates plants around. The plants get irrigated automatically with a pump and water reservoir. The perforated inner wheel holds the vases and cover vases. The coco fiber present in the vase supports the plants and its roots. In fact, the whole system is really easy to manage as it can be controlled with an application ready for download on your smartphone or tablet. You can regulate the temperature, water level and intensity of light with this app.

As you have a supply of produce right at home, your visits to the supermarket will be reduced drastically. Additionally, all ingredients used for cooking will be garden fresh. Moreover, it allows a wide variety of harvest to be grown inside your home. Furthermore, this eco friendly structure is a better choice over traditional gardens. It helps to save energy and conserve resources. As your trips to the market will decrease, you will be cutting down on cost of transportation as well as packaging. Also, the lights are arranged at the center of the wheel, which trims down its lighting consumption.

Via: Design Libero


The Being Lamp.. being smart and efficient!

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 06:36 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Move over hi end switches and remote controls because gestural commands are here. Designs are getting more and more user friendly and the latest addition to this set is the lamp designed at Zhejiang University, which has also won the coveted red dot award. The enterprising team that engineered this lamp consists of Cai Jianxing, Shuai Yingbin, Chen Chao, Wei Chengyuan, Tao Ye, Wang Qi and Prof. Ying Fangtian.

Being
Being

You won't have to operate a switch or rotate a regulator to turn on this lamp. The illumination from the piece can actually be controlled by hand gestures and the process to do this is really easy. Just place your hand on top of the lamp and it will light up. It will shine brightly retaining this glow even when the hand is moved away.

Being
Being

Now, if you wish to tweak its illumination, you have to rest your hand over the lamp again. Just raise your hand higher when you place it over the lamp for the second time and its illumination will dim out. The gleam keeps diffusing as you lift your hand higher up until it fades out completely. Thus, the intensity of light the lamp oozes out can be altered.

Another great feature of the lamp is that it can easily adapt to its surroundings by growing bigger in size or shrinking down. The folds on its surface can contract and also expand, thus its size can easily be altered. To change the size, just place your hand on top of the lamp and lift it higher. The girth of the lamp will shrink and it will acquire a slimmer outline. So, along with the size, the shape of the lamp will also undergo a change.

Source: cccwk


Steampunk cameras to add “S”punk in your photography

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 06:26 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

Photography is an art in itself, but when it blends with science, fiction and fantasy in the form of Steampunk art, it gives a whole new dimension to the camera work. Steampunk has already been acknowledged by geeks and gamers, but fusing the retro Victorian era attributes with creative modern art here is a pictorial of creative Steampunk cameras that aspire to evolve into the punky lifestyle.

Steampunk camera
Steampunk camera

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Steampunk camera

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Steampunk camera

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Steampunk camera
Steampunk camera


Energy efficient Purifi Pan traps smoke and releases fresh air into your surroundings

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 06:18 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Fumes and smoke rising from utensils while one is cooking can be quite a bother. In most cases, along with the smolder, a strong whiff that can choke people is also given off. This creates quite a nuisance in your cookery. Well, it seems that a new cooking utensil called purify-pan can bail you out of this hitch. The energy efficient pan has a green design that will keep the air in your kitchen clean and fresh.

Purifi Pan
Purifi Pan

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Purifi Pan
Purifi Pan by Hong Ying Guo

Most houses do not have a proper fume extraction system so buying a range hood would not solve the problem. So, Purifi-pan definitely seems to be the easier way out. An air purification system is integrated into the pan and any fumes that can clog the air go through this purifier first. The extractor, cleverly placed close to the rim, takes in fumes and releases fresh air outside. Additionally, the pan is also energy efficient as heat from the stove is reused for its working and hence no extra supply of energy is needed.

The pan has quite an eyeful design and will look comely resting on your countertop. There is an on/off switch at the base of the handle that also holds its battery. The pan comes with a lid and is made from high quality plastic which is very dense and also temperature resistant. The pan can easily be cleaned in a dish washer as its electronics are wash proof. The arc shape of the air purifier also has a purpose. It leaves some space around the rim so that you can move the ladle around freely.

There are two models of this pan, which have the air purifier on the right and left respectively. Thus, both right as well as left handed people can use the pan effortlessly. Also, the pan comes in three varying depths. The shallowest one is the flat fry pan while the deep fry pan is more cavernous. The stir fry pan is the deepest and it bottom half looks almost like a wok.

Source: Hong Ying Guo


Enjoy marine exploits and extravagant stayovers at the Solar Floating Resort

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 06:16 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

This oceanic dwelling is partly a yacht and partly a submarine! Now that all the deep sea explorers and marine life enthusiasts are reading attentively, let's leak out more details about this amazing yacht cum hotel. This is truly a revolutionary concept in the hospitality as the floating abode is actually a resort for six people. Serving a lump-sum of exclusivity along with dollops of lavish comfort and underwater scenery, this retreat is a haven for people who are downright nutty about aquatic life and marine habitats.

SOLAR FLOATING RESORT
SOLAR FLOATING RESORT

Conceived by the Italian industrial designer Michele Puzzolante, the main structure comprises a tower at the center. Balsa reinforced fiberglass has been used in its construction. This lightweight yet sturdy material is heavily used in the naval industry. The twenty meter long main building consists of a main deck and lodging quarters. Cutting edge techniques of industrial design as against traditional architecture have been used in its construction. The advanced materials and systems used make it possible to integrate vacuum insulation, eco friendly applications and aesthetics into the same arrangement.

The floating capsule, done up in pure Italian style, accommodates two double bedrooms and two single quarters with private bathrooms. Its teak deck has a semi circular lounging area along with six daybeds and Jacuzzis. There is a stylish dining area and a large kitchen. But the high point of the structure is the glass enclosed bulb submerged fully underwater that holds a 360 degree view of its surroundings. Six armchairs have been provided in here so that you can kick back and enjoy the scene that gets illuminated by spot lights when the sun goes down. Watch dolphins, sharks, exotic fishes and marine turtles live in action from here.

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SOLAR FLOATING RESORT
SOLAR FLOATING RESORT by Michele Puzzolante

All parts required to build this structure are made in the factory and are then transported on the site of construction by land, air or sea. Manufacturing cost is cut down significantly as the entire job is divided into repetitive tasks using molding technology. The building actually has two skins, which hold technical devices like wiring, piping and insulation in between them. In fact, its fifteen millimeter exterior is even stronger than a twenty centimeter thick stone wall. Moreover, this abode is perfect if you want to live in marinas connected to the front beach.

The building also boasts of several green credentials. It is self sufficient in its energy needs and does not pollute the surroundings. The vacuum insulation between the two skins of the building helps to maintain temperature within and reduces dependence on air conditioners or heaters. The photo-electro-chemical cells (PECC) embedded in the skin provide power and also help in the operation of its propulsion system. These PECC's actually absorb solar energy even in low light or cloudy conditions and convert it into electricity. In fact, they can also absorb energy from artificial lights, which aids in recycling energy and prevents its wastage.

This eco friendly, energy efficient, spacious, posh and hi-tech Solar Floating Resort is a totally a divine indulgence for all oceangoing fanatics.

Via: MPD Designs


Handcrafted iPad stand made from carpenters tools

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 06:15 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

You don't have to be skilled at woodwork or carpentry to construct this iPad stand. Interestingly, you don't even need conventional building supplies to make it. Instead, what you need is the standard tools any carpenter uses. You heard it right, this marvelous iPad dock being sold at Etsy, is actually made with tools like a wooden dowel, screwdriver and a couple of hammers. Only repurposed tools have been used and its exterior looks quite mechanized.

Repurposed Tool iPad Stand
Repurposed Tool iPad Stand

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Repurposed Tool iPad Stand
iPad stand Handmade from repurposed tools

The piece with an easygoing quaint appeal is actually a handmade piece. It's refreshing lure is very different from the factory made pieces flooded in the market. Various practical and thoughtful add-ons make it really usable. The angle of the iPad can be easily adjusted. Moreover, you can also dock your phone in the portrait or landscape mode. And if you are willing to dabble in a bit of craft yourself, you could make this piece on your own too. The clever creation of Docks4iPods is being sold for $95.

It will look damn cool with rustic or industrial settings. And if by chance, you happen to have steampunk pieces in your abode, then this swell addition will compliment them immensely. Most pieces with impeccable finishing are so neat and clean that they end up oozing out an utterly feminine vibe. But this one is so damn masculine. And all the women out there please note, the piece will make a great gift for your guy friends.

Via: Gizmodo / Etsy


135 degree Heaith Wheelchair, a great blend of comfort and design

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 06:13 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Wheelchairs help people move from one spot to the other, but don't really come tagged with a lot of comfort making the user feel all the more miserable. Denghua Yang has designed the 135 degree Heaith Wheelchair, which can be adjusted according to the user's posture in turn ensuring complete comfort.

135° Heaith Wheelchair
135° Heaith Wheelchair

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135° Heaith Wheelchair
135° Heaith Wheelchair by Denghua Yang

Normally, the back of a wheelchair is always fixed and cannot be moved. In this case, a user can adjust the back to the most comfortable position for performing different activities while sitting on the wheelchair. It is easy to use the wheelchair and will also kill the monotonous look that comes tagged with this medical device. The user friendly product is aesthetically pleasing and will unfurl a great reclining comfort.

135 degree Heaith Wheelchair is easy to operate and the compact structure is visually appealing. It doesn't look like an everyday wheelchair that can depress just anyone at first sight. A user can operate it without much difficulty which is facilitated by the linkage structure. It will let a user recline to the most comfortable posture, which is not possible with a conventional wheelchair. Along with this, even the pedal can be adjusted to 180 degree that will kill any kind of discomfort. It can be turned 360 degrees, thanks to the placement of front and rear wheels that have a telescopic structure.

135 degree Heaith Wheelchair comes tagged with a lot of flexibility, which is very important when a person is confined to such medical equipment.


Bikestop: Bikerack Workstation offers you a unique workplace

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 02:03 AM PDT

B.Sameer Kumar:

How would you like to convert your bike and the area that it surrounds into your own personal workplace? Well, if you are really someone who spends a lot of time on the campus and could do with a little stand that allows you to secure your bike and work on your laptop at the same time, then the Bikerack Workstation is for you. Instead of separating the parking place of your bike and that little space where you take out your books or your laptop to get a bit of work or study done, this ergonomic unit combines both to offer you a comfortable desk to work on.

Bikerack Workstation
Bikerack Workstation

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Bikerack Workstation
The purpose of this project was to examine and redefine the modern workspace

Crafted from laser cut steel and wood, it comes with an 'O' ring that helps you secure your bike. The seat of the bike can act as your workstation seat as your bike slides in right alongside the desk. There is also a comfy foot pedal that helps you stand with a lot more ease. Obviously a few of these can be installed across university campuses to ensure that students have an easier time as they draw out their laptops or books to quickly catch up on some stuff.

The surface tops of the desk can be crafted according to taste and you can use materials that last long to ensure that you would not have to replace them on a regular basis. The idea of the Bikerack Workstation is something we can totally get behind as its design is practical, sound and feasible.

Via: mc82


Mea Cuppa to relieve your stress at work

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 02:00 AM PDT

B.Sameer Kumar:

Work pressures can really get the better of you at times and sometimes this can have a real adverse affect on your health. The worst part of it is that if you are really engrossed with what you do, you do not even realize the slide that you are on. And quite often this pent up frustration, anger and stress can even lead to some bad arguments back home. And for those working at a call center and listening to angry and complaining calls all day, the pressures of work are only greater. India and China are probably the biggest markets for call centers in the world and so it is no surprise that an Indian, Prasanna Venkatesh, has designed the Mea Cuppa.

Mea Cuppa
Mea Cuppa

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Mea Cuppa
Mea Cuppa by Prasanna Venkatesh

This concept coffee mug is designed to fit in with the rest of your office decor and does not stand out in any unusual fashion. But it is crafted from organic-transistor based nanotechnology and that allows it to instantly change shape at the press of a button. You can use to cup as a band that offers a relaxing massage, an exercise tool for your forearms and shoulders, a medical unit that monitors your heart rate and when you just want it to sit still on your table as a cup, then it can even turn into a digital photo frame.

Apparently you can also use it as a simple gaming device. But we are not so sure how that one would work as you would need a screen for that. Obviously the idea is pretty far-fetched at the considering the technology that is needed to craft the Mea Cuppa. But we are pretty sure a lot more people can use it apart from the call center employees. Till then we suggest smashing a couple of keyboards to get rid of all that stress…

[Cheers Prasanna]


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