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The Design blog


Video games and movies become lifelike with AV Video glasses

Posted: 28 May 2012 04:55 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

This smashing technology will make even the biggest of high definition screens melt like ice in the hot sun. Yeah! That is possible. Also, you won't be heading out to the cinema that often to catch the latest 3D flick. Your craze for this too will just fade away. This hot shot technology brings to your living room full sized images, which will be in action right next to you, alive and kicking.

AV Video Glasses
AV Video Glasses

The contraption that makes this unbelievable view possible is a humble pair of eye glasses. These sleek glasses have to be worn over the head and then a small screen will flap out covering your eyes. That's just like the glasses you see in sci-fi flicks. Remember the shades that the old doc from Back to the Future wore. Coming back to the point, these glasses will flash a virtual screen in front of your eyes, which will have a whopping 36 inch display.

Put on these AV Videos glasses whenever you want to watch a movie or a video game. You won't be a spectator anymore but instead a part of the happenings rolling onscreen. All characters are alive and breathing whether you are glued to the Xbox360, PS3, Wii or your DVD player. This doodad works with all AV devices.

Wear these light and comfortable glasses for as long as you want. Hours will pass by and you won't feel a thing. Its advanced LCoS screen will not hurt your eyes. There is no software installation required and the setup process happens in a jiffy. You can swivel the goggles up and down smoothly. Moreover, the blast from its audio speakers creates quite a pitch.

Another piece of good news is that all this doesn't come at an unreachable skyrocketing cost. The glasses will actually cost (about $215) less than a brand new television! Technology is surely getting larger than life. Duh! Don't just stand there with your jaw agape. Go ahead and grab one right now.

Via: Chinavasion


Helicarrier Blu-Ray Case can hold your entire Avengers movie collection

Posted: 28 May 2012 04:54 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

The Avengers was undoubtedly one of the most refreshing superhero loaded movie to have hit the theaters in a long time even though most of the movie was pretty predictable drawing sighs and applause only for the antics of the Hulk. However, the instant classic went down as an instant must have superhero movie as well and we weren't at all surprised that someone used the form of the Helicarrier (SHIELD's flying base that hosts the Avengers as they are brought up to speed with the impending doom that awaits humankind in the movie) to create a Blu-Ray disc holder case.

30-disc Avengers Helicarrier case
30-disc Avengers Helicarrier case

With space for as many as 30 discs, the Avengers' Helicarrier inspired Blu Ray Disc Case is a very rough copy of the carrier depicted in the movie and its creator intends to refine it much further with additional detailing making it a much more authentic collectible. By increasing the space in the carrier's main hull, the disc holder's capacity could be increased to 50 discs which would be more than enough to store your original copies of all your favorite /Marvel comic-based movies.

The Helicarrier would also boast of features like removable wings that would serve as individual cases with the case standing in at 12″ tall and 26″ long and possessing a 16″ wingspan.

Via: Dvice


Sustainable street light presents an intricate blend of biological sculpting and automation

Posted: 28 May 2012 04:52 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

A bunch of metallic flowers drooping down. Alien pods nesting on an elongated base. A lot of chubby balloons tied up together. No matter how many times you look at this sculpture something new will come to your mind. Its function, in any case, is quite obvious. This is a street lamp that has a futuristic, neoteric and natal design. Complex and biological forms like this are fast replacing the clean cut and streamlined designs that were in fashion up till now.

Solar Tree
Solar Tree

The design dubbed as solar tree has been crafted by Ross Lovegrove. Its sculpture like beauty gives a new dimension to the shape and form of street lights that have looked dull and unsightly so far. The urbane and striking design will totally transform the look of future streets and cities. The way this design is sturdy and mechanized but also aesthetic and delicate is quite extraordinary.

Solar panels as well as LED lights have been outfitted together in it. The light can illuminate for three days nonstop using only solar power. It also works with grid technology. The Al system slotted in it is programmed to switch LED lights on at night automatically. The intensity of the luminescence can be adjusted depending on energy level of the batteries or the irradiation in its surroundings.

The unit shown in the picture above has been put together for the UK installation at St. John’s square in London. It stands there until late September this year for the Olympic and Paralympic games. The piece churned out for Artemide will also serve as an exhibit at the Clerkenwell Design Week 2012. It has six solar panels and four large sized lights. There are also 20 stems and 10 grass like stalks jutting out.

Via: Designboom


Son-X Octavia perks up children’s play ambience around outdoor swing sets

Posted: 28 May 2012 04:48 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Most games and videos restrict children's activities to indoor settings. However, encouraging children to go out in the open and get physically active is very important. And it looks like a new playful product designed for outdoor environments might do just that. This groovy product called Son-X Octavia will pep up any play environment and transform it into a joshing and bubbly gathering. The contraption is essentially an interactive sound system that can be clasped on swing sets in a playground.

Solar-powered Son-X playgrounds
Solar-powered Son-X playgrounds

Three different recordings will boom out from the device. The fun filled sound recordings that are very much like a series of gags and hoots will be set off after a child spends sufficient time on the swing. After the first sound goes off from the coconut-esque contraption, the second series begins to play in some time, and this sequential system goads the curiosity of children urging them to spend more time outdoors.

The three sounds that liven up the play ambiance are actually an applause, concert whoopee's and thumping beats. Furthermore, the sound emitting device is actually fastened with a downward orientation on the chain of a swing so that the blast from it is maximized. The solar powered wireless piece doesn't let any messy cables loiter around making the surroundings safe for children's use. Additionally, the easy to install device will have upgrades coming out in the future, which will be available on USB drives.

Manufacturers have kept in mind that the target market is modestly budgeted schools and so the contraption will not cost much. The piece available for $624 or €499 is mostly being sold via B2B connections. The item is currently being shipped to many schools throughout Europe. The innovation of this contraption goes to say that the digital movement is spreading out into fresh and green settings beckoning children to come out and play.

Via: Son Xplay/ Engadget


CLIMAWARE Cryothermic Elbow Wrap makes pain management easier at home

Posted: 28 May 2012 04:44 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Cryotherapy (the use of cold temperature) and Thermotherapy (the use of hot temperature) have been a popular anti-inflammation and pain relief remedy for ages and remains a favorite amongst professional athletes dealing with sports injuries on a daily basis as well as home user looking for at home cure for pain and inflammation management. For people dealing with sports related traumas, post- operative soreness arthritis and joint pains, hot and cold temperature therapies are highly advised as a safe, trusted, easy to operate and well-established option recommended by both patients living with inflammation as well as medical practitioners. The CLIMAWARE™ Cryothermic™ Elbow Wrap is one such home pain management system that makes easing achy elbow joints easier which is otherwise a chore in itself.

CLIMAWARE Cryothermic Elbow Wrap
CLIMAWARE Cryothermic Elbow Wrap

Generally an inconvenient and time‐consuming process, the traditional Hot & Cold therapy however is also one of the most beneficial for the region and the CLIMAWARE Cryothermic Elbow Wrap comes with an intuitive Touch Controller and Cryothermic Nanotechnology embedded throughout the wrap that makes the globally patented design so easy to use at home. An ideal long‐term solution pain management, the temperature of the CLIMAWARE Cryothermic Elbow Wrap varies between 2°C to 45°C that ensures that the user's skin is never exposed to an excess of cold or heat. Alternate heating & cooling cycles can be automatically set with both heating and cooling levels being set at four adjustable levels via the interactive touch-based controller. The user‐friendly design of the CLIMAWARE Cryothermic Elbow Wrap allows it to be very compact and portable and whole wrap stand at ~130 grams without including the weight of batteries.

Created using bio-compatible materials, the state of the art design of the CLIMAWARE Cryothermic Elbow Wrap uses Lithium Polymer batteries that last up to four hours per full charge. The design uses a moist-heat pad specially designed for the wrap to supplement the application of moist heat, provide maximum contact comfort and optimum compression through the ergonomic design. With washable parts, the CLIMAWARE Cryothermic Elbow Wrap retails for around $235.

Via: Climaware Online


Seesaw bench makes transforming furniture look good

Posted: 28 May 2012 04:43 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

Ever since the '60s, transforming, multifunctional and modular furniture lines have been rather popular with the masses looking to save space and use their home furniture for more than one purpose. While the sofa bed, transforming coffee tables that can also be used as storage and other witty items, we have seen over the years have all been very functional in their own way, we must say that none of them appear to have been as good as this seesaw bench.

Transforming Seesaw Bench
Transforming Seesaw Bench

The handiwork of rather imaginative artists Dirk Ploos van Amstel who perhaps find it hard to contain in inner child against the stark realities of adulthood and its responsibilities, the wooden bench looks and works just like any ordinary bench until you pull its top apart and nudge the legs together and use it as a memorable bit of playground equipment.

The artist has not given any details regarding how much weight this bench can withstand both in bench and seesaw mode. It is not known whether it is actually safe for use by anyone over the age of 13. Judging by the delicate looks of it, we are guessing half the world's population under six years of age struggling with obesity would not be able to use it to play with (that is why they make seesaws in steel BTW). However, it still does make one heck of a bench where kids can sit and play the seesaw games on their Wiis, Xbox 360s, or PS3s.

Via: Gizmodo


The new motorized laptop brings a revolution to your personalized computer

Posted: 28 May 2012 04:41 AM PDT

Sahil Khurana:

With the Motorized Laptop, never again would you have to make manual adjustments to the screen. The whole concept has been devised by designer Tobias Toft, who designed this ingenious idea for his final project at CIID.

Motorised laptop
Motorised laptop

By fitting in a motorized device into the laptop, Toft has been able to control the angle of the lid, making it open and close automatically. This is not all, for he has even installed an Arduino board within the computer's machinery, which has further been coupled up with a Servomotor letting the computer do wonders. The motherboard of the laptop and the motor make the contraption do wonders. This piece of machinery has been rigged in such a way that it brings about a revolution in the way technology has been modified to serve our needs.

The whole programming has been done on the Open Frameworks software and it allows the laptop to automatically figure out the position of the user. In turn, the webcam and the microphone of the computer move the lid around by judging the position of the user's face. The touch sensor's make the experience all the more lightheaded and interesting. The creativity of the designer reflects in every bit of the designing involved and makes everything stand out in the best of ways.

Via: Portfolio


Miniature replica of Tokyo crafted from paper looks delightful and enchanting

Posted: 28 May 2012 04:33 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

Are you really fond of doll houses and LEGO land? Did you spend hours gaping at Toyland printed on the cover of Noddy? If yes, then you should take a look at this marvelous miniature town created from paper. The craft brings to life the city of Tokyo. The artist has primarily fashioned the identical topography at the Asakusa district of Tokyo. The colorful landscape with all its charming niceties will steal your heart away.

City of Tokyo Entirely From Paper
City of Tokyo Entirely From Paper

The artist behind this wonderful creation is Yumiko Matsui. The talented craftsman is surprisingly a self taught artist. The only training she's had is the hours spent with her aunt, who was heavily into paper crafting, and made miniature houses from papyrus sheets. The NYC based but Osaka born artist wanted to showcase the cherished memories of her home town and the nostalgia made her fabricate Tokyo as she remembers it from colored paper.

That is right, only colored paper has been used to make this setup, which was pasted together with water based glue. Of course, the skill of folding paper came handy while crafting the marvel. The layout has the buildings, market place, roads and even little gals from the city. The Denpo-in street is lined with houses and shops. Details like traffic signals, zebra crossings, high rises, tea houses and the vendors selling food are really endearing. The toy gals are actually known as “Shibuya girls.”

What's even more overwhelming is how the artist has got the entire lifeline of Tokyo just right. Moreover, an exhibit made only from paper deserves special attention. Without a doubt, that is a very eco friendly undertaking, isn't it? The whole neat and clean arrangement makes it hard to believe that a down to earth and simple methodology like paper crafting was used to build it.

Via: Inhabitat


Retro Rubik to replay melodies of yesteryears with a lighting touch

Posted: 28 May 2012 04:27 AM PDT

Sahil Khurana:

The Rubik's cube has been a mystery ever since its evolution. How one is able to match the sides all in one go remains to be a well concealed thought which will take ages to be explored. However, the ergonomic design by designer Subinay Malhotra is loosely based on the concept of a Rubik's cube but with a different functionality.

Retro Rubiks
Retro Rubiks

Subinay has developed his idea as a sofa side lamp, using nothing but reclaimed wood, metal and cassettes. There is a socket which has been fixed for adding your phone. The socket can not only charge your phone, but also play songs through it. The lamp's upper part can rotate, giving it a very functional yet retro look.

The designer lamp is apt for placing alongside any sofa sets in the living room. Further more, the chic retro look and the reclaimed version of the whole concept is what makes it truly stand out of its own accord. The design is not only very eye appealing, but also incorporates a new concept in its wake. An ideal addition to any person's home. You have got to try it to believe it. Enjoy the flavor of flowing music through the lamp as it rotates on its internal ball bearings, giving out soulful notes of your favorite numbers.

[Cheers Subinay]


Spaceplates Greenhouse functions as a classroom and growing space

Posted: 28 May 2012 02:20 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

South Bristol Skills Academy situated in Bristol, UK, has got an all new image in the form of a special class room that will also act as a growing space for its horticulture students as well as teachers. Christened Spaceplates Greenhouse Bristol, the one of its kind greenhouse has been designed by Anne Romme (an architect from Copenhagen) in association with artists from N55 (a Danish group).

SPACEPLATES Greenhouse Bristol
SPACEPLATES Greenhouse Bristol

Just like a greenhouse, even this design will unfurl a suitable environment for growing different kinds of plants, which may not survive in natural conditions that these are not used to. The environment inside the glass membrane is controlled and varies from the conditions that exist just outside its surface. The design is heavily based on the geometry of sea urchins, in which the geodesic grid present on the sphere is used to arrange the hexagons.

Spaceplates Greenhouse Bristol will prove to be quite beneficial for horticulture students and teachers, who are a part of the university, as it will let them grow as well as study the anatomy of different kinds of plants without the fear of alien climate conditions that may vary all through the year. The glass structure will be used all year round to grow plants and for seeding for outdoor gardens adjoining the area. The eye appealing structure has been fashioned out of 4mm laser plates that have been laser cut. The boarders of these aluminum plates are curved and locked together. It also comprises of acrylic windows that are fixed with EPDM rubber, like the ones found in old cars.

Spaceplates Greenhouse is quite rigid and light in weight. The self supporting structure is modular in nature and comprises of a lattice and plate design. Thin plates rule the design as it is a pure plate structure, which deletes the possibility of the presence of any additional structural elements. The mechanical assembly has been made effortless because the bent nature of plates, which is quite simple at the same time. The best part being, this attention grabbing structure can be put together using simple hand tools and without the need of any special machinery. The user designed structure comes smothered with minimalist details. No doubt it has a thin shell, but overall it ranks high on the strength graph. Being a pure plate structure, it looks very elegant and neat.

Efforts are being made to develop it further and incorporate insulated structures in the system. Seeing the benefits of Spaceplates Greenhouse in Bristol, an exactly same design will be made at Prags Have in Copenhagen. A good way to learn and give plants a suitable growing climate, the Spaceplates Greenhouse is sure to be of great help and learning arena.

Via: Bustler


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