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The Design blog


Braven bluetooth speaker, handy device for entertainment on the go

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 06:27 AM PDT

Mukesh Bansal:

Here comes another cute, handy and portable gadget for all tech lovers. You will just love it for its affordability, stylish look and functionality. These latest collection of Braven Bluetooth speakers are not only apt for listening to your favorite tracks on the go but also works as your phone charger. The amazing combination of features will take your entertainment, music and work to a next level. Let’s peep into the product features and specifications till we use it.

Portable Bluetooth Speakers
Portable Bluetooth Speakers

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Portable Bluetooth Speakers
Portable Bluetooth Speakers Can Also Charge Your Phone

The little device comes with exciting features for your enjoyment, work and games. Now you don’t need to worry about your mobile battery span during your long trips. The gadget is by your side to do the magic. Just recharge your phone as and when required and make your trips and international destinations more fun, joyful and effective. There is no chance you will miss connectivity to your friends and colleagues with your mobiles always on. The latest news, cricket scores, awards and celebrity gossips, there would be no dearth of the web world even when you are far off.

Chatting, games, work assignments or Facebook, get ready for the 24 X 7 entertainment with the smart appliance. And not only for utility purpose, the model also enhances your style quotient and lifestyle. Unlike other usual Bluetooth speakers it boasts of clarity, music quality and advanced features. The gadget geeks will surely not mind shelling off for this useful and fashionable product. Stylish and luxurious device also calls for it’s protection and safety and for that there is a Bluetooth case. It can prevent the charger-cum-speaker from wear and tear and scratches while en route. Good in quality, great in looks and features, the young generation will surely set the eyes on it.

Via: Gizmodo


Smell time with the amazingly designed Fragrance Bomb

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 06:14 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

What if you come to know what the time is by smelling a certain kind of fragrance? Sounds weird! But, it is very much possible with the awe-inspiring Fragrance Bomb. Don't worry the product is not a bomb that will explode, but is a clock that explodes various kinds of fragrances instead of blaring and sharp tones when the alarm is set.

Fragrance Bomb
Fragrance Bomb

The concept design is only one of its kind and will make sure that people don't have to look towards the clock again and again to read time, as different types of smells will intimate a person the time of the day so that they can act accordingly. The clock looks has a cylindrical form and one side is perforated to expel various kinds of smells, while one surface has a display that will show time in a digital format.

Fragrance Bomb
Fragrance Bomb

Fragrance Bomb has been crafted out of plastic while the handle has been made using aluminum. The screen is touch sensitive and will be used to set the alarm time. The clock can be filled with cans of gas, which can be replaced when exhausted. The astounding Fragrance Bomb will let out smells like that of a food when it is dinner time and a sweet scent when it is time to meet your sweetheart.

Fragrance Bomb concept is bound to fetch a lot of attention as it will change the way we see a clock.

Via: Cargo Collective


Parasite urban lamp with photovoltaics reduces energy consumption

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 06:13 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

A product that uses energy sparingly and lowers its wastage is the need of the hour. And in these times of keeping up appearances, one also has to come up with an aesthetically pleasing design. The problem becomes even more keen when it comes to photovoltaic's as the main hindrance with these is the process of assimilation. Well, it looks like the right combination of functionality and visual appeal is just around the corner.

Parasite
Parasite

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Parasite
Parasite by Mark Beccaloni

This urban lamp bypasser makes use of a new PV cell system fabricated by Spectrolab. These cells are not your run of the mill chargers but have been transported all the way from outer space. Their power is derived from the nanotech wafers of gallium arsenide, which is a cutting edge material totally different from the standard silicon photovoltaics.

They work just fine in atmosphere. Furthermore, if they are adequately refrigerated, then they can support a light intensity of up to 1000 suns. This happens when the power is concentrated further with a Fresnel lens. The light can be rested at an angle that maximizes collection of energy. The relaxed and neutral position of 30 degrees ensures the greatest energy intake.

Hence, the design of Parasite can rightly be called thoughtful. The triple junction PV cells actually take over its host and then disable it. The LEDs in the framework, which have a third level integration PV, don't consume too much energy. The light can easily be affixed to scaffoldings eliminating the need to replace light poles. The piece is created by London based industrial designer, Mark Beccaloni.


Robotics give ‘touch me not' the ability to flee from its threat

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 06:13 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Contraptions that allow humans to interact with plants or their environment are steadily gaining popularity. Plants like "touch me not" that react on human touch have always fascinated people. Well, a new creation called "jurema action plant" actually uses this ability of the plant to create a new gadget. Created by Ivan Henriques, a multimedia artist from Brazil, the product gives the plant a chance to run away from its threat rather than respond to it by closing up.

Robotic action plant
Robotic action plant

The Shepherds of Stuff, a student and graduate show held by the royal academy of art The Hague showcased this piece at the Milan Design Week 2012. The stupendous break through actually gives the plant a chance to escape threat, just like human beings. The gadget applies the concept that plants are capable of deciphering electrical signals and can also respond to them.

Robotic action plant
Robotic action plant

Although plants don't have nerves like animals to identify the sense of touch, when electric signals are transferred to their cells, they do react to the stimuli. Henriques applied this ability of plants to read electromagnetic fields and developed the "hacked wheelchair concept," which is actually an interactive bio machine. The contraption is portable and also contains a watering system for the plant.

The Mimosa Pudica is a really sensitive plant and the specie reacts whenever it perceives a threat in its surroundings and responds by closing up its leaves. Even if you touch it slightly with a finger, the plant interprets the action as a possible danger and reacts by closing up. This protective reaction of the plant is detected by a signal amplifier, which sends out a communication to move away from the location of the stimulus.

Robotic action plantRobotic action plant by Ivan Henriques

Via: Design Boom


Flash Dock integrates a smartphone holder with DSLR for trouble free clicking

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 05:53 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Flash-Dock is a savvy device that merges your smartphone with a DSLR. The handy contraption has been fabricated by applying a simple and nifty trick. Right on top of the DSLR camera is a cobra flash socket that can hold onto your smartphone tightly. So, there is no need to hold the camera in the other hand, stuff it in your pocket or balance it on the edge of a jagged rock while you are taking shots out in the open. Capturing photographs becomes a lot easier as the new invention allows you to stay hands free.

Flash-Dock
Flash-Dock

Plus, you can now send out pictures from the DSLR directly to your smartphone. But this can be done only if you have Eye-Fi SD cards with a Wi-Fi capability. The process of photo transfer becomes really hassle free with this add-on. Additionally, the whole transfer happens real fast and you won't fritter away hours sending out shots to your smartphone.

Flash-Dock
Flash-Dock

This will be a big relief to people who don't have time to transfer snaps after a long holiday. They won't regret not having time to collate all snaps and can hit work the very next day without cribbing. Professional photographs will also love the feature. They won't have to spend too much time doing routine tasks like transferring snaps. Most of all, every lazybone out there will simply be kicked about the idea.

Flash-Dock
Flash-Dock

The camera costing $40 has other handy features too. The device makes geotagging a lot simpler and the feature can be implemented in two ways. One is to save GPS files on your smartphone. These files can then be integrated with photo descriptions, which are then used for geotagging. You can also transmit GPS information from your smartphone to the camera using Bluetooth.

Via: Chip chik


HTC One TE tablet with Android 5.0 can make rivals wide awake

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 05:53 AM PDT

Mayank:

HTC fans were not happy at this year's MWC. They expected a rumored tablet to be announced at this event, but the company launched only smartphone HTC One. It was disappointing for people because after the release of Jetstream in September 2011, they were expecting a tablet. Nevertheless, we have good news for all those disappointed fans. Designer Hasan Kaymak has created a concept tablet referred as HTC One TE that features a 10.1-inch SLCD2 display with a resolution of 720P (resolution: 1280 x 800), quad core processor and stunning Beats Audio.

HTC One TE Tablet
HTC One TE Tablet

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HTC One TE Tablet
HTC One TE Tablet Runs Android 5.0, Comes With Beats Audio and Quad Core CPU

The tablet runs on Android 5.0 Jelly Bean that has a future version of HTC Sense UI. It has an 8-megapixel camera with flash and video recording facility, Gorilla glass 2 protection and Wi-Fi b/g/n at 60 GHz. Interestingly it will also sport a micro HDMI port for audio or video transmission to TV or projector. Do not expect any Beats headphone with it because last week HTC announced that they would stop shipping that with any device.

As you can see from the pictures, the design of this tablet is similar to HTC One series, especially the back panel. It is expected that the tablet can give a tight competition to iPad and other major tablets available in the market. Right now, there is no news about its production, release or price. As soon as the company releases any of the details, we will update you about the same.

If HTC puts the design in production, everybody will welcome it with open arms because it has powerful specifications and stylish design. Apart from that, the tablet has been designed by famous designer, Kaymak who has created many concept smartphones that could even fight with flagship handsets by most of the manufacturers.

Via. Concept-phones


AudioSense, an acoustic product for people with hearing loss

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 05:12 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Music is enchanting, but people suffering hearing loss cannot savor the magic that comes tagged with it. Bringing the same experience in lives of such people is designer Julia Stuxgren with AudioSense. The amazing product can be used by people with normal hearing as well.

AudioSense
AudioSense

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AudioSense
AudioSense by Julia Stuxgren

AudioSense will rev up the experience of enjoying music as it will help connect sound with warmth, visual stimuli and vibrations. Normally, people with hearing loss tend to listen to music at a high volume which can prove to be of great disturbance for other family members as well as neighbors. Moreover, the music listening experience if incomplete as a person may not be able to register all the tunes. A person can face the same problem even while using a headphone. The only solution is to combine a headphone with a hearing aid, which has been very well done in the case of AudioSense.

The design is hollow, which will let people with hearing difficulty to use a headphone while wearing a hearing aid. It has been made sure that the sound does not escape the device, which has been achieved through direct sound technology. AudioSense comes complete with a backpack that will make the listening experience complete as it is based on heating coils and vibrating motors. The backpack will swap the music into vibrations as well as temperature shifting. The straps of the backpack come embedded with heating coils that raise and drop the temperature according to the intensity of music.

AudioSense is surely unique and will enrich life of people with hearing loss, making sure they don't remain deprived of such a beautiful experience.

Via: UID Projects


Technology from NASA being used to sanitize air in crammed public zones

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 05:12 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Air purification is a basic necessity in current times. Congested public zones like airports, hospitals and malls are filled with impure air as a lot of people make a stopover at these places day in and out. This drastically increases carbon dioxide levels in the air. In fact, this air could contain disease causing bacteria and virus passed on by others. So, cleansing this air is definitely a priority.

Fresh Air
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Fresh Air
Fresh Air by Anna Maria Laterza

And it looks like a savvy device created by Italy based industrial and graphic designer Anna Maria Laterza can actually cleanse out this polluted air for you. The device known as Fresh Air makes use of a patented technology developed by NASA, specifically the NASA-TM-101768, and utilizes a combo of technology and nature to cleanse out air. It essentially consists of a conical structure with ivy plants wrapped around its exterior. The basic theme of the device is to multiply interaction between humans and the natural environment using electronic devices like Arduino.

The device applies a simple mechanism to purify the air in its vicinity. It can clean out air present in 40 square meters of space around it. The polluted air is purified using leaves, roots, water and a fan. The air also passes through a dehumidifier slotted in the base. The clean air given out by the plant contains 53 percent more oxygen, thus is really healthy.

As a matter of fact, the device doesn't just clean air, but also dries it. Apart from the obvious functional benefits, the little planters look really chic standing in any public zone and can greatly enhance the aesthetics of their surroundings. The plant brings in an element of nature into the manmade interiors. In fact, such decorative plants are known to have position physiological as well as psychological effects on people passing by.


Revamp your workout wardrobe with aesthetic appeal

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 05:11 AM PDT

Shallu Sharma:

Good news for fitness freaks who always wanted to have fitness equipments in home but hefty machines with bulky setups restricted them. Huge fitness machines could be a downside if you don't like compromising with aesthetics of your house or live in a compact space. But the exercising bike that we are going to discuss in details here will bring end to all the above mentioned problems. Christened as the Vela, this sleek modern exercise bike gives indoor exercising pleasure with projections to simulate a digital racing zone.

Vela exercise bike
Vela exercise bike

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Vela exercise bike
Vela exercise bike doubles up as living room decoration

The creative design from Lunar Europe’s Munich office was first revealed at the 2012 Milan Furniture fair. The main aim behind the design was to create an efficient exercising machine that could act as a magnificent sculpture when not in use. The exercising bike works best in both the forms. The beautiful projections projected by this cycle trainer around the bike results in pepped up training experience.

It's a nice choice to let the world know about your passion for healthy lifestyle through outstanding aesthetics. Now no more running to gyms or looking for jogging roads as Vela will make thigh burning exercises as easy as never thought before. Prices are not yet out but fitness freaks are really looking forward to own this Light cycle fitness sculpture.

Vela exercise bikeRevamp your workout wardrobe with aesthetic appeal

Via: Ubergizmo/ Dvice


Mantis Design Workstation allows six different orientations to perform tasks effectively

Posted: 17 Apr 2012 05:09 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

A workstation normally tends to consume a lot of space, which can prove to be a bit of trouble in case there is some space crunch. Keeping modern times and city life in mind, designer Nick Carnie has come up with the Mantis Design Workstation that can be folded away when not in use. Industrial designers need a lot of tools to come up with creative designs and the workstation will effectively bow down to all the needs that crop up to perform a task.

Mantis Design Workstation
Mantis Design Workstation

Mantis will make sure that each task is carried out in an effective way as it allows six different orientations, which means the design is transformable. It is obvious that the product will not be used 24×7. When not in use, Mantis can be folded into a flat unit. It will only consume 90 mm space as the workstation sticks to the wall. This will free a lot of space that can be used for various purposes or simply when extra space is required. The main hub comes fitted with a button, which when pressed raises the lower surface of the product. The support is operated by the depressed motor, which in turn places the lower surface parallel to the ground. The lower surface takes a sturdy position as it gets locked by the motor and the struts. Mantis gets into a functional mode and can be exploited as an apt location for soft models crafted out of paper or cardboard. The lower surface's top part can be used while cutting and in turn creating soft models, as it is a self healing cutting mat.

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Mantis Design Workstation
Mantis Design Workstation by Nick Carnie

The top part of Mantis has a latch that when released it sits nicely on the lower surface that has been placed in a horizontal position. This third orientation acts as a digital work surface as the main as well as secondary screen can be used as a digital desktop. It has a touch screen that will make numerous software driven interactions possible. So, organize files and dates in a stylish manner with the huge touch sensitive screen. Various tasks can be performed by positioning the main screen and top surface in different ways. It can be tweaked in a way that will position the screen at an angle varying from zero to 85 degrees. The screen can be operated either by using free hand or with the help of a stylus. The main screen can be further used for a different set of functions. Mantis comes fitted with LED lighting that illuminates the entire width of the workstation. The brightness can be further adjusted as per the whims of a user with the help of a switch that is touch sensitive.

Mantis Design Workstation can be used for making presentations and even during meetings. The product will save space while unfolding a lot of useful features clubbed in the same space.

Source: Artdes.Monash


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