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Motorola Serenity to create a perfect balance of mind, body and soul

Posted: 09 May 2012 05:53 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Designers are being forced to walk that extra mile to come up with creations that can please today's tech friendly generation. Keeping the demands and modern lifestyle in mind, Adam Cassino has come up with Motorola Serenity that vows to uplift the mobile experience and make it all the more happening for generation X.

Motorola Serenity
Motorola Serenity

Modern lifestyle is very demanding, which leaves people with very less personal time. Young people are always on the move and want everything available around them in a compact and easy to access way. The mobile phone concept will come clubbed with a lot of applications, which will keep you in touch with the world, entertain and keep a check on your health at the same time. The brilliant touchscreen concept will try and strike balance between mind, body and soul, leaving people in a relaxed state of mind.

The face of this circular product has been divided into three different segments that clearly represent the body, soul and mind. The mind slot will let you access your emails, appointments, schedule and messages, while keeping you connected with others. The body part will make it easy for you to keep a track on your workout routines, diet plan as well as various recipes. Keeping you entertained and letting you indulge in leisure activities will be the soul mode that will inject some fun moments.

Motorola Serenity can change shape depending on the application being used. Its pocket, desk and massage modes will offer much more than an everyday mobile for a truly exhilarating experience. It will help organize the day in a much better way and also help soothe those frazzled nerves as you get to extract some time for yourself. Motorola Serenity is durable and very light in weight. It has a crisp display, while the scratch proof sapphire crystal (forming its top layer) adds to its beauty. From acting as an alarm clock to cooking meals and shopping companion to a messenger, the flexible design will blend seamlessly in the life of generation X.

Via: Adam Cassino


Intra-home Portable Communication Device makes intercoms fun and friendly

Posted: 09 May 2012 05:50 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Be it our homes or our workplace, intercoms have become an indispensable part of our daily lives. However, their unappealing and industrial looks prevent them from being becoming a part of the decor or serve as a decorative object. This is where a gadget like the Intra-home Portable Communication Device by designer Christopher Santos can serve as a real breath of fresh air.

Intra-home
Intra-home

The device is created in a friendly and desirable form that will allow the gadget to be placed on a work desk, a kitchen counter or even on the mantle. The device comes with Wi-Fi connectivity that allows it to be placed virtually anywhere in the house or office and doesn't need to be mounted to a wall with a wired unit. The Intra-home Portable Communication Device also doubles up as a glowing lamp light that can function as a mood light or a night light.

A soft rubber button placed at the top of the device lights up to indicate an incoming call. Decal touch sensitive buttons located at the left and right sides of the device serve as volume buttons and the egg-shaped device features an incoming call speaker and microphone to facilitate two-way communication. The Intra-home Portable Communication Device also comes with non-skid pads on the charging dock. The device features no exposed electrical components which make it safe for use even when there are small children at home.


REAX Reanimation System makes a paramedic’s life easier

Posted: 09 May 2012 05:44 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Created by Swiss designers Lars Imhof and Marc Binder, the REAX Reanimation System is a CPR device that allows paramedics to optimize the process of resuscitation during search and rescue operations where the patient needs to be transported via means other than a standard ambulance. Winner of the Red Dot Award for a design concept in the Protection category, the REAX Reanimation System allows rescue teams to continue the resuscitation process while moving the victim to a safe location.

REAX - Reanimationsystem
REAX - Reanimationsystem

Based on the thoracic pump mechanism theory, the CPR device ensures that blood flows more evenly and efficiently into the brain and compresses the entire chest to extract reserves of blood stored in the liver and lungs. As opposed to a manual cardiac massage that focuses primarily on boosting blood flow through the heart when it is squeezed between the spine and the sternum, the REAX Reanimation System allows paramedics to attend to a patient's other injuries.

REAX Reanimation System allows paramedics to attend the injured even during the transportation from the accident sites. By placing the flexible back panel at the victim's back and adapting it to the upper body, the process of resuscitation can be continued without hindrance. The CPR device ensures that the patient's brain continues to receive oxygen during cardiac arrest though automated massages at regular intervals.

Via: Red Dot


Jason Jahnke’s Slide Lamp redefines minimalism for light fixtures

Posted: 09 May 2012 05:35 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

We at DesignBuzz come across dozens of desk lamp designs every hour, though there are very few that actually impress us with the freshness of their form. The Slide Lamp by designer Jason Jahnke is one such concept that doesn't rely on the traditional silhouette of what a desk lamp is supposed to look like and brings the regular lighting staple into the dimension of a standalone sculpture.

Slide Lamp
Slide Lamp

The Slide Lamp comes with an aluminum base that can be anodized or brushed according to the customer's specifications. The L-shaped 3D base allows the lamp to occupy minimal space on a surface and fits in beautifully with modernist and minimalist interior schemes. However, what really sets this lamp apart from other such designs in the market is its innovative vertical lighting structure. The designer offers the piano "lamp shade" in either mahogany or oak woods that can be matched to the base chosen by the customer.

The shade is lined with a series of LEDs that light up in sequence as the user moves the slider control upwards or downwards. This allows the user to customize the intensity of the illumination according to their needs and save energy as well. The design was one of the entries at the 2012 Core77 Design Competition, the Dwell+DWR Live/Work Competition and the 2012 BraunPrize as well and we certainly hope to see the Slide Lamp in stores soon.

Source: Jason Jahnke


Twist Connect goes from a QWERTY messenger phone to MP3 player in a single twist

Posted: 09 May 2012 05:33 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

In an industry increasingly fixated on creating smarter apps for smartphones, Mexican cellphone manufacturer Nyx Mobile is trying to bring the fun of interacting with a phone's body back to cellphone users. Christened the Twist Connect, the cute cellphone comes with a revolving lower half that twists to provide users a full QWERTY keyboard on one side and a set of dedicated music controls on the other.

Nyx Mobile Twist Connect
Nyx Mobile Twist Connect

Music controls integrated into a cellphone’s body have only been available with the dedicated music player ranges of cellphones (Sony Ericsson’s Walkman series being the most comprehensive of them all) though no manufacturer (not even our ever so ingenious manufacturers in China or Japan) have thought of offering a phone with a full QWERTY keypad as well as a full set of music controls. What makes the phone even more attractive is the fact that despite the full keypad and music control keys, it manages to remain petite and slim.

The Twist Connect is also fitted with a 2 mp camera, Nyx's own messenger, SMS/MMS capabilities, Bluetooth, push e-mail, video capture, a whole lot of social networking widgets, FM radio and an 8GB memory card slot. The phone supports Quad Band 850-900-1800-1900 MHz and is fronted by a 2.2" LCD screen. The dual Sim phone also features a pair of stereo speakers that are revealed when the phone's music interface is twisted to the front which definitely adds to the experience of the charming little mp3 phone.

Via: Engadget


iThrone iPhone Dock and Sound Amplifier is a real work of art

Posted: 09 May 2012 05:30 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

iPhone speaker docks are a dime a dozen in the market but very few of them actually look good when the phone is not docked in them. The iThrone iPhone Dock & Sound Amplifier by Los Angeles-based Unicorn Design Studio looks to provide an alternative to the problem via an aesthetically pleasing design that is as functional as it is sculptural. To user the iThrone as a charging stand, simple plug in your phone's charger to the device and dock your phone.

iThrone: The almighty iPhone Dock & Sound Amplifier
iThrone: The almighty iPhone Dock & Sound Amplifier

To enhance the sound from your iPhone’s speaker, simply place the phone in the cradle, sit back and relax as the iThrone naturally enhances the original sound of your Apple device without distorting it. What makes the iThrone iPhone Dock & Sound Amplifier such a great companion to your iPhone is the fact that it allows you to make video calls completely handsfree and can be adjusted at an angle that perfectly frames the view of your face.

To counter the problem of an empty dock sticking out like a sore thumb in an otherwise carefully home or office, the iThrone iPhone Dock & Sound Amplifier's sculptural structure has been designed to look like a miniature regal throne. The tasteful, minimalistic and artistic design of the iThrone accentuates the decor and looks just as good with the iPhone cradled in it.

Via: Kickstarter


Fitness Watch to monitor you workout seamlessly at the gym

Posted: 09 May 2012 05:22 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Of late, people have become all the more health conscious, which is evident from the numbers of fitness centers that have cropped up in recent years. In a hope to make the workout experience all the more satisfying, Andrew Dapore has designed the Fitness Watch that will trigger fitness lovers to move that extra inch for a rewarding experience.

Fitness Watch
Fitness Watch

It is seen that people join a gym with a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades after a few days or months due to the lack of proper guidance or the much required motivation. This where the Fitness Watch will prove to be of great help and account for a more engaging experience that many of us might have been longing for. It will be connected to the gym's network, which will in turn carefully keep a check on your workout regime and guide you accordingly. This will let a trainer flexibly tweak your workout plan according to your condition and personal goals.

The design has an easy to read and very simple display. Normally, it becomes difficult to operate a gadget with sweaty hands but nothing like this will arise when using the Fitness Watch. Your workout will be monitored effortlessly as all the machines in the gym will have add-on sensors. These sensors will help track your workout as the watch will pick signals from the equipments automatically and display the results on the screen. Apart from this, the watch can also be used outside the gym, as the built in GPS will record the distance, speed, time and add it to your profile at the gym. The built in proximity sensors on the heart rate strap can count push ups and pull ups for a better experience.

[Cheers Andrew]


Carry boost for smartphones in your pocket

Posted: 09 May 2012 05:19 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

A portable charger for your smartphone that you can take wherever you go is one heck of a convenient invention. You don't have to daydream about owning one as you will be able to buy it soon. Brookstone has actually come with a compact fuel cell charger that you can carry around anywhere. The device from Lilliputian Systems can juice up all electronic gadgets that can be connected via USB cable.

Smartphone charging in your pocket
Smartphone charging in your pocket

The source of power in the nifty charger is a cartridge. This plastic and butane cartridge is replaceable and can provide juice several times before it runs dry. To be precise, one cartridge can juice up your mobile about 10 to 14 times. Also, the empty cartridges can be recycled easily through municipal recycling programs. The fuel cells are roughly the size of a smartphone while the cartridges are as big as cigarette lighters.

In fact, Brookstone is the first retailer to sell such a portable USB power source and this was a huge leap for Lilliputian Systems as well. A lot of effort has gone into making the portable fuel technology marketable. Although such devices have been developed by other companies in the past, they have not been very successful. Most of the former products used ingredients like sodium borohydride or methanol, which was akin to carrying a lithium ion battery around.

You might think that owning such a hi-tech piece is surely going to come at a cost; but that is far from the truth. The cartridges will cost you a few dollars, close to the amount you shell out for a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Additionally, the cartridges and fuel cells can be easily purchased from stores, Brookstone catalogs and online as well. Most teens, business travelers, busy office goers and college students will find the product really useful.

Via: Cnet


VI Palazzo ENI presents an energetically sustainable design

Posted: 09 May 2012 05:12 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

UNStudio has come up with a brilliant design for the headquarters of ENI Foundation, which is a non-profit organization. The foundation has been actively working towards global governance as well as sustainable development. The architectural firm made sure that the design has elements of both traditional and contemporary era, making it all the more eye appealing. Christened the VI Palazzo ENI, it will be situated in San Donato Milanese just outside Milan, Italy.

ENI Foundation Headquarters
ENI Foundation Headquarters

ENI Foundation has many offices in various cities of Italy, which triggered the studio to fetch heavy inspiration from the historic as well as traditional forms of the Renaissance Palazzo. They picked the beautiful ides of horizontal looped systems and incorporated it in a very modern design. The staggering spatial organization will comprise of green spaces that will be unified with the open air courtyard placed internally and the overall circular design. Such open spaces will account for a number of everyday activities, keeping everyone engaged.

The simple yet effective design of the VI Palazzo ENI, with its horizontally spread structure, will create a better relation between people and their work at the headquarters. The Dutch firm is leaving no stone unturned to incorporate energy saving and sustainable ideas in the design. In less than a decade, the building will be able to input energy in the local smart grid. This will work in favor of people staying in the neighborhood.

Via: Evolo


DUO 24 watch tells time of two different zones simultaneously

Posted: 09 May 2012 04:15 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Do you often travel across the globe? If you do, then you surely know how draining it is to keep track of time of two different places. You can easily lose track of what time it is in another place after a heavy jet lag or while you are bustling to get work done during the day. If the scene sounds familiar, then here is a nifty gadget that can make this task easier for you. Time across two different zones, local as well as an additional time zone, is displayed on the dial of this watch.

DUO 24
DUO 24

The startling traits don't end here. The watch actually shows time across two different zones using just one hand for each precinct. This is the first ever piece in the entire world that works on such one hand mechanism. Reading time of two different zones will be a snap. Look at the dial closely and there are two sets of numbers looping around the periphery of the dial. The outer band features bold numbers while the inner dial has small sized digits. The 12 hour display on the outer circle has been used in UNO for more than 25 years. There is a slight gradation from here and at the base of its slope the second time display of 24 hours has been impressed.

Telling time from this piece will be a cinch. The two time zones can be differentiated easily due to the slight incline that separates them. Furthermore, the inner time scale has half of the section bright while the other half stays dark, which indicates day and night in that time zone. Thanks to this artificial horizon, all you have to do is glance downwards and you can tell easily whether it is day or night in that region. The wrist strap is one the finest vegetable tanned pieces ever. The €348 watch manufactured in Germany has a 3 ATM water resistance and two year warranty.

Via: Botta design


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