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The Design blog


Tron: Legacy Roller Coaster is nothing less than a virtual reality

Posted: 24 May 2012 06:10 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

American sci-fi film Tron: Legacy by Walt Disney Pictures created stir when it was released in the year 2010. Taking heavy inspiration from the themes and other elements of the film, designer Nancy Chen has come up with the Tron: Legacy Roller Coaster Design especially for the Disneyland Park.

TRON: Legacy Roller Coaster
TRON: Legacy Roller Coaster

Disneyland Park looks nothing less than a dream and has everything that one has just seen in fairy tales and is absolutely magical. The design is that of an all new roller coaster, which will be present at the Disneyland in California. Visitors got addicted to the ElecTRONica, which is a dance party theme from the movie, of course, and to give them more of TRON fever the designer came up with this attention grabbing roller coaster design.

The design comprises of various sections like Clu's tower and Tron city. The core and major attraction will be the Tron city where one can party, relax and can get entertained. The grid will make virtual world a reality with technical superiority. The tower in the design will be a dark place which will function in a strict way. If any program goes out of line, it will either be deleted or will have to fight for survival when on the game grid. The home for famous and most loved Disney characters will get a new age feel with the Tron: Legacy Roller Coaster that is bound to become a major attraction at Disneyland Park.

[Cheers Nancy]


Michael Bambino’s Tambour Table hides fugly cables and gives you hidden storage

Posted: 24 May 2012 06:02 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

The tambour door aka the shuttering system for cabinets, has revolutionized home customization with its use in the kitchen being the most remarkable. However, Michael Bambino, an industrial designer based in Brooklyn took the idea and flipped it completely on its head by creating a table that can be shut and opened via a sliding action that mimics the shuttering of the tambour doors. What even more wonderful about the Tambour Table is that allows users to retain the looks of an average work desk/computer table (the ones that come without an ugly and imposing underside of cabinets) without the user having to see a bunch of cables and wires trickling under it.

TAMBOUR TABLE
TAMBOUR TABLE

The Tambour Table comes with a unique surface that can be slid to a side to reveal a bunch of drawers and USB ports etc. on either side of the table. When you need to access the storage of the USB ports, simply walk to the table and give its top a gentle push to a side to reveal whatever treasures you may have hidden there.

The tabletop can be slid from either side though you'd still have to be mindful of whatever you have stored on top of the table since the rolling top would also topple whatever is on it overboard when you slide the surface too far off. With a single power cable coming out the back of one of the legs, you won't need to buy and hide a separate power strip to keep your gadgets powered and stacked on one single table.

Via: Design Milk


Portable and balanced stand up paddle board for easy transportation

Posted: 24 May 2012 05:58 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

If you liked the idea of the sit-on-top kayak from the skilled water craft designer Tim Niemier, then you must take a look at his latest creation. Moreover, if you are nuts about stand-up paddle boarding, then you just cannot miss this product. For ages, enthusiasts have lugged their heavy and hulky boards to faraway rivers and lakes. But this all new portable design that folds and reduces to a size of just 10 x 32 x 46 inches will surely change the way things are done in this age old sport.

foldable paddle board
foldable paddle board

This stand up paddle board is actually foldable. After bending at two separate hinges, the board can be stashed inside a carry case, and transported to where ever the spot for the waterborne exercise is located. So, the hassle of storing the board in transit is taken care of. Additionally, hauling the 50 lb folded package down to the river will also not be a bother. And once you are all set to glide on water, you can unfold the board to its full size. Clip on the binding straps after opening it up and you're all set to go.

The board is stable enough for a smooth coast over the water. This smooth motion is possible because it is built just like a hard board. Currently, it is being sold at a marked down price and the shipping charges all over continental United States are include in its cost price. Cleverly dubbed as the Origami Paddler board, this one comes to the rescue of all water babies, who found taking up their favorite sport too much of a hassle.

Via: Origami paddler


Favela Cloud is an air borne public hub proposed for a habitation in Rio de Janeiro

Posted: 24 May 2012 05:55 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

This amazing structure is a master thesis project by Kemo Usto, Thiru Manickam and Johan Kure at the Aalborg University in Denmark. Dubbed as “Favela Cloud,” this building project has been proposed for favela Santa Marta, and it draws on the social and organizational characteristics of favela itself. This novel and inhabitable design, which is very different from the standard buildings you come across, has been conceptualized for the future development of favela Santa Marta.

Favela Cloud
Favela Cloud

Blocks with a mesh like facade are floating in air and have been supported by metallic legs. Though it looks ghostly and eerie, this design is very practical and usable. The winding staircase that doesn't stand straight is quite creepy. Despite its other worldly design, the convenient and adaptable system can assume numerous shapes and sizes depending on the conditions in its vicinity. The additive system is rooted on the logic of self organization and makes space even in clogged areas.

The concept actually takes off on the arrangement of the Brazilian cobogó brick. The structure will provide shading to the space beneath and will also serve as a public center. Cultural gathering can be carried out here. Activity hubs like a library, dance studio or media space can be built here. This futuristic and flexible architectural design can transform any space into a scenic attraction. The building is truly an intelligent and remarkable way to rehabilitate a slum area in any third world country.

Via: Evolo


Wooden Golf Club iPhone Dock or how to destroy a valuable golf club and an iPhone

Posted: 24 May 2012 05:50 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Words like 'vintage', 'antique', 'heirloom' and 'collectible' have no significance for the decadent iPhone paraphernalia makers who really only seem to care about being able to turn almost anything and everything into an iPhone dock as long as there is someone dumb enough to buy such a thing out there. Part of the Fore!Wood™ Collection from the Etsy shop that specializes in wood docking stations RockAppleWood, the impractical iPhone dock basically lets you seat your phone atop a golf club from the classical wooden headed golf club making era that lasted from the 1930s right up to the 1980s and this particular baby features a genuine 1930's C.S. Butchart 4 Wood Deluxe golf club. Born in 1876 in Carnoustie, Scotland Cuthbert Stachan Butchart was a famous professional club maker that served the exclusive clientele at the Westchester N.Y.-based Biltmore Country Club.

Golf Club iPhone Dock
Golf Club iPhone Dock

The vintage club features a 4 plate brass bottom that has the words "Deluxe" indicating the genuine handiwork of Butchart. Though the modder who ruined the vintage and precious piece of golfing legend has not specified whether the club will stay put when stood on the head or if it will need to be leaned against a wall or a support structure, it has got to be one of the stupidest iPhone charging docks out there for sure.

What makes the dock even dumber is that it comes with a 6 feet ling USB cord that allows you to sync or charge your phone when you decide that the golf club charger is just not worth displaying outside and choose to stuff it in a closet! The Vintage Wooden Golf Club iPhone Dock is worth $100 when you buy it from the Etsy store.

Via: Etsy


Digital Head and Neck Massager uses modern technology for stress free life

Posted: 24 May 2012 05:48 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

In this stressful world, who minds a nice massage that undoubtedly helps relieve tension and soothes senses. Head and neck can feel sore and tired because of tension and a long day. Here to re-energize you and inject some doses of freshness in you after a tiring day is the Digital Head and Neck Massager, which will prove to be a blessing in this fast paced world.

Digital Head and Neck Massager
Digital Head and Neck Massager

The massager has fetched heavy inspiration from the famous Meridian treatment (an ancient Chinese therapy), which can be used just anywhere. The well thought design and compact size makes it portable, hence carrying it while traveling won't pose a trouble. It will unfurl a holistic experience and leave you revitalized. The product will massage various parts of the neck as well as head with the presence of air sacs and acupuncture points that provide relief from stress as well as headaches. Digital Head and Neck Massager not only relieves pain or stress, but also encourages movement of brain cells as well as blood circulation.

Blood circulation is promoted by the presence of a heating function, which also creates a sense of warmth. This releases stress as well as helps kill fatigue. Recovery of brain cells as well as calming stress levels is further assisted by embedded comforting sounds. The massager fetches all the power from four AA batteries for its functioning and comes complete with a remote control. The easy to use design is quite stylish and has an adjustable size. Digital Head and Neck Massager will bring up your productivity level and also improve your sleep, keeping you calm and fresh.

Via: Chinavasion


Amphibious boat that looks awesome and glides real fast

Posted: 24 May 2012 05:46 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

This custom made hovercraft is absolutely thrilling and looks nothing like dull and unsightly amphibious dinghies churned out usually. Created by Vaudrey Miller Yachts from New Zealand and also NZ Tenders, this one looks sporty and sleek. Dobroserdov Design from Monaco crafted its GT Tender. Apart from the driver, this boat can accommodate six people onboard. Facilities available on the craft are; a mini fridge, basin, carbon fiber swim ladder, marine audio entertainment system, deck shower and removable ski pole to make your jaunt worthwhile.

amphibious boat
amphibious boat

The reason why this 8.5 meter boat looks attractive is that some sporty features have been blended into its design. The stern is slotted with recessed tail lights while the high and low beam headlights on the foredeck help to give it a streamlined look. Also, there wasn't any need to include the exact features of other amphibious boats in this design as the client did not want to propel it on the main roads.

The need was just a boat that goes up till the shore and also something in which people could ride up to the Saint Tropez, Como lake or even Monaco without needing to get out of water. So, the task at hand was to construct a boat that could manage to pace at 15 degree boat ramps. Also, it should be able to attain a top speed of 35 knots in the sea and 6 mph when it is gliding on the coast.

When the D6 Volvo engine of the boat that is linked to the Volvo DPH duoprop moves at 28 knots, it can acquire a range of 200nm. When ashore, its carbon composite and epoxy resin built is managed by the Kohler DKW 2204T engine. The side windows add to the fun when you are gliding in it. Of course, the whole experience comes at a price of a cool euro 700000.

Via: Superyachtdesign


Insulin pump designed to monitor and maintain blood glucose level

Posted: 24 May 2012 05:15 AM PDT

Ishan Sidhu:

Around the world designers bring up innovative concepts to deal with the various issues faced by the world. Justin Pfeiffer, a graphic designer working with the Antigua group in Arizona US has come up with this remarkable project in order to make an insulin pump, which will help technology to decrease the glucose levels in the blood and increase them with alternate injection.

Insulin Pump
Insulin Pump

The insulin pump with direct options and commands will have all the features available in the currently used pumps. The glucose level in the blood of the user will be monitored by the main wrist unit, which will also give injections when needed to maintain the level. Sensors for monitoring glucose are located under the wrist watch pump control and a push of finger will pop out the control panel that slides from the inside of the watch and will lock in position.

Just like conventional treatment, the injection pad goes in every three days except for it has its own injector. The pump will have a connection spot to the injection pad as well as also have two connections to regulate the pump movement. To avoid confusion, the spaces are labelled for the glucose and insulin changes. The only thing user has to do is to force the change onto the suction needle and the pump will create automatically an air tight seal.

Via: Ten67design


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