The Darwin Chair, designed by graphic design Stefan Sagmeister is 200 chair designs in one chair. The top of the chair covered with large sheets of paper, each with their own unique design. If you’re tired of one design or it gets dirty, just flip the paper to the next one. The designer recommends leaving all the papers on the seat and then ripping them off or flipping them over the back to change the pattern on the chair. BUT personally I think it needs to be done the opposite way- starting with all the papers behind the chair because if you spill water or (more likely) beer on this chair, it will soak through all the papers. So I think you’d just want one under you, or a stack of ones you’ve already used. Either way it’s an interesting chair design.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
This might look like an uncomfortable couch to sit on but it sure looks like fun. Whether you’re a vintage video gamer or 80′s lover, there’s no denying that a Space Invaders Couch would be the centerpiece of your gaming room or if you married a nerd- your living room. Conceptualized by Igor Chak, this couch is not being produced and probably never will. But hey, one can dream, right?
If you've got an ultra exotic car - like a Pagani Zonda R, Shelby SSC Ultimate Aero, Bugatti Veyron Super Sports, etc., this $10,989USD car wash just might be for you. Gurcharn Sahota will "work for up to 250 hours on a single car and use gear such as a kit of 100 cleaning solutions, a microscope, wax priced at over $12,000 per tub, and a special paint gauge to leave cars perfectly spotless.
Every now and then I’ll spot someone riding a bike in the middle of the night and most of the time it’s almost impossible to see them. Part of the problem in my area of the world is that it’s usually on a very dark back road and the reflector is so small it’s easily mistaken as nothing more than a mailbox with a reflector on it. If you want to do a little something extra to make your bike stand out this is one tutorial you should check out. Before you do put these on your bike you might make sure that it’s not illegal. The whole thing is a 10 step process that might take you a little bit of time. In addition to that it’ll probably cost you around $130 for all of the necessary parts, at least that’s what it cost the person that did this particular bike. The guide is a little complex, so if you’re not experienced with wiring you may want to enlist some help. You can read up on the project by going here.
Friday, July 30, 2010
A few days ago I stumbled over the job opening at Adidas for a wearable electronic designer but it seems Adidas is making already first low-tech steps towards more interactive fashion enhancements. Glow-in-the-dark printing on fabrics is not really a high tech matter but as far as I can judge this, such fashion experiments came only into fashion – so to speak – since wearable technologies in general pushes fashion technology into new territory. Stella McCartney used glow-in-the-dark in an aesthetic pleasant way to design a range for Adidas. The Stella McCartney collection includes Ruched-shoulder jackets, drawstring shorts and lace-up running shoes. Colors and pattern prints are nice and have been in use for many (hundred) years in fashion design as well as beads and other eye-catching elements attached or integrated into fabrics. But all these elements and colors are static, once you choose the print and color it stays there for ever (as long as the season lasts). Adding (re)active materials or technologies make the emotional color and pattern play more interesting, changing it’s appearance triggered by our surrounding environment, when light or temperature or humidity changes the appearance of our clothing will change in reaction of it. Glow-in-the-dark printing is a first step into a more (re)active future of fashion design.
The Going Green at Google has been part of Google energy division with prime commitment for establishing carbon neutral enterprise back in 2007. And recent info is about the wind power green energy deal that will help to keep Google and U.S from the fossil fuel addiction. And Google has signed a long term contract of 20 year deal with an alternative energy company NextEra Energy for this particular purpose. NextEra will be responsible in supplying 114 megawatts to Google’s energy division for the next 20 years.
- Google Energy will not use the wind energy directly but will instead sell it back to the main grid, increasing the amount of safe and clean energy on the market. The proceeds from that sale will then be used by Google to buy Renewable Energy Credits to help offset their own carbon footprint. They will begin purchasing from the wind farm on July 30th.
- The energy that NextEra is providing to Google will come from a wind turbine farm in Iowa. This deal with Google will help to protect the future for wind energy and NextEra Energy and Google hope that it will give incentives to major energy buyers to buy from the renewable sources instead of more dangerous and polluting sources of energy such as coal and gas.
Beside the wind energy deal with NextEra Energy, Google has also made investment into several other sector of green energy industry, including mega giant electric cars program known as RechargeIt and a multi-million dollar investment in geothermal technology which is aiming to harvest energy from deep beneath the earth’s surface. Perhaps it is a precautionary measure taken by Google in order to prevent future energy fluctuation cost while make little contribution to be more eco-friendly in near future, this major steps will also help United States to overcome fossil fuel problems in the long run. Will you join the green steps?
Exciting news form NVIDIA. The new NVIDIA 3D Vision Pro has reached the next level of 3D stereoscopic with a further three dimensional graphical capability that supports large scale visualization environment. The 3D graphical interface also supports video walls and collaborative virtual environments (CAVEs) in its 3D Vision Pro technology. NVIDIA 3D Pro system will require a corresponding NVIDIA Graphic Processing Unit that runs on either a Linux or Windows XP, Vista or 7 based system. A display or projector that supports 3D technology and application that support Quad Buffered Open GL stereo or NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D driver.
- “With their launch of a professional 3D solution, this technology can easily move beyond the entertainment viewing experience for individual consumers,” said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research. “By providing large scale visualization capabilities and remote management capabilities, NVIDIA is pioneering 3D technology for the enterprise, opening the door for professional users and large scale visualization system integrators to utilize 3D in ways not thought of before.”
However, in the process, users will need to have active shutter glasses that support NVIDIA 3D Vision Pro system, which also released by NVIDIA for separate purchase. The shutter glasses have rechargeable batteries that will give enough power for up to 20 hours of continuous viewing. Meanwhile, NVIDIA 3D Visio Pro shutter glasses will be usable up to 150 feet away without any problem of blind spots, transmission issues between multiple system and crosstalk. NVIDIA 3D Vision Pro system will likely benefit designers from all cross of industries and especially useful for those dealing with large scale of product’s mock-up such as automotive, engineering or other complicated buildings or project structures that need 3D drawings for better presentation details for the stakeholders. Expect NVIDIA 3D Vision Pro available by October this year.
- NVIDIA 3D Vision Pro’s Shutter Glass = USD349
- NVIDIA 3D RF transmitter hub = USD399.-
We've featured the genius architect known as Jay Shafer before, but here's a tour of his 100-square-foot home, which includes "tiny chairs, a tiny fireplace, and a tiny loft with a tiny window which serves as a tiny bedroom."
- He's been living in the above house since 1997 - this tiny tour was filmed in 2007 - but he's still actively building new postage stamp mansions today.
Recently Samsung has presented two brand new photography devices - an HD camcorder and a Wi-Fi camera. Its first gadget is an HD camcorder called HMX-E10 and the second product is a Wi-Fi digital camera called ST80. In the image below you can see the company's high-definition camcorder that captures video at a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 at 30 frames per second. Besides, you can use the camcorder to make 8-megapixel photos. The camcorder also features a 2.7-inch LCD touchscreen, HDMI output and USB connectivity. The recorded video you can store to a microSD card. The 270-degree swivel lens allows you to shoot video from any angle. Samsung is expected to launch its HMX-E10 HD camcorder in September. The device will be available in white and black versions and its price will be $ 199.99. The new ST80 Wi-Fi camera from Samsung boasts 14.2 megapixels, a 3-inch WQVGA touchscreen display and a 3x optical zoom. Samsung ST80 has Wi-Fi combined with DLNA technology, which makes the process of uploading and sharing photos much easier. The camera is also to be launched in September, having a price tag of $ 249.99.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Having two custom tires with large dimension of 18×13-inches, you could now witness a similar to Batman Batpod Custom Motorcycle dubbed PS-Pod on the Road. PS-Pod is an abbreviation of Pankaj Shah BatPod, inspired after watching the Batman movie, Pankaj Shah, the original creator of PS-Pod hired some motorbike gurus lead by Dave Welch at Chopper City in United States to build him the type of BatPod he wants to ride. And obviously, there are no weapon attached to the PS-Pod or else, Pankaj Shah would be detained by the police department, don’t you think so? Unlike BatPod, rider of PS-Pod could sit in a chopper bike rider manner, a practical approach for modern BatPod? At least it won’t make you look dumb-dumb when waiting for the traffic lights! Pankaj Shah’s PS-Pod is made from all metal bodywork and no fiberglass material is being used. You will find a mounted drivetrain from a Aprilia Mana 850. No info if Pankaj Shah would like to auction his PS-Pod.
An impressive 75-inch large 3D ready HDTV was unveiled by Mitsubishi during a press conference in Tokyo, Japan. The new 3D-ready HDTV is dubbed Mitsubishi LaserVue 75-LT1 and will need a mere 305 Watts to run the set of LaserVue 75-LT1 TV. According to the press conference info, Mitsubishi will be using its Laser technology, one of the most advanced tech, on LaserVue 75-LT1. The laser technology is capable to provide more vivid color, comfort and more eco-friendly and impressive images. Other mentioned features including 38.4cm thickness, dimension of 169.1×38.4×106.4cm, 71.0kg, 1920×1080 resolution, Digital TV Tuner, 5x HDMI input, 1x HDMI output, 1x D-Sub port, 3x S-Video port, 2x 10Watts speakers, 2 pairs active shutter 3D glasses will also be included in the bundle. Expect it will be available in Japan market by August 21st this year. No info on pricing and availability for overseas market being revealed yet. Price: JPY750,000.-
Generative Wardrobe by designer Alex Dodge is a concept study that explores various wearable technologies to form a complete system from head to the toes. Starting with a highly futuristic head cap called ‘Sleep Talker‘ envisioned to allow the broadcasting of one’s unconscious experience = dreams on social networks. Facebook with a dream status update – how does this sound? Haptic-Synth is an undergarment type of thin shirt embedded with with an array of Haptic-Synth ‘cells’. Each cell contains a compression touch sensor coupled with a miniature haptic feedback actuator. The Haptic-Synth shirt acts as gesture based input and feedback device for the complete wearable technology system. A light, cross-seasonal jacket called Wearable Interface explores the possibilities of embedding mobile technologies in a ardent serving as CPU for future wearable technology systems. The jacket’s on-board processor with connections to USB ports, GPS, accelerometers, microphones, temperature or photo sensors, can be trained and programmed to interact with a range of other devices. Last but not least interesting is the Powerstep, a pair of nicely design shoes converting mechanical energy via piezoelectric ceramic components inside the sole into electric current with each step.
How about a solar cell one-fourth a grain of rice? The new invention made by scientists at University of South Florida has the exciting story to tell us… The scientists leader at University of South Florida, Xiaomei Jiang said, the greatest advantage of the cell’s size is its versatility. Unlike the delicate, wafer-based solar cells, which can not be fitted on all surfaces, the new miniature cell could potentially be used as paint or other fluid solvents. Jiang told Reuters, “Because it is in a solution, you can design a special spray gun where you can control the size and thickness. You could produce a paste and brush it on.” This might not be the thinnest photovoltaic cell in the market, compare to the one-fifth human hair diameter solar cell by Sandia National Laboratory we have mentioned yesterday, thus, this is one viable candidate for easy application photovoltaic component. The team of researchers say that 20 of these cells are enough to generate 7.8 volts of electricity! Imagine you could actually brush it up to a plastic panel and build your own photovoltaic solar cell panel out of it, wouldn’t it be a great system for the future? Or perhaps you want to transform your outer walls into photovoltaic cells panel, you simply need to paint it over. According to info unveiled, the cells are “build primarily from abundant and green components carbon and hydrogen, and it’s believed that their efficiency could double in the next year.”
Considering that there will probably be an increase of electric vehicles on the road in the next few years, it’s nice to see that the Evatran Plugless Power Station is already thinking of ways to improve the charging process for these electric cars. It works with the user installing a shoebox-sized adapter in the car, which works as a wireless power receiver. The car with this apparatus gets near this power station’s parking block, and the charging takes place. When I say “gets near”, I mean that the car probably has to park directly over this parking block. Only a distance of two inches is allowed, which is dangerously close when dealing with under-the-car devices like this. At least it is better than the in-touch charging devices like the Powermat. Another bug in this particular process is that the Plugless Power Station only operates at eighty percent capacity, but hopes to achieve ninety at launch. Clearly, what is going to sell this product is the time it will take to charge an electrical car wirelessly vs. the time it will take to do this with a plug-in wire. If Evatran can do it even ten percent faster, it will be worth the investment from electric car drivers. The company hopes to launch this by April 2011, with a $800 pricetag.
Panasonic has aready launched a number of HD camcorders (including Panasonic HDC-TM700K and Panasonic HDC-SD60K) but recently it presented the world's first high-definition camcorder able to record in 3D. The model is called HDC-SDT750 and in order to film in 3D it makes use of a sophisticated double lens, with the lenses being located side by side. The spokesman for Panasonic, Barnaby Sykes, mentioned that the camcorder acts similar to a human's brain, converging two images together to make one three-dimensional picture. It would be interesting to note that the images recorder on Panasonic's new camcorder can be played on 3D TVs. One can view the images using so-called active shutter glasses that open and close over each eye in an alternating pattern at a speed of 60 times per second. These glasses trick the brain into thinking that it is seeing one image in 3D. In reality each eye of the viewer sees a somewhat different view of the same scene. It is possible that in the near future the lens system used in Panasonic HDC-SDT750 3D could allow people to make 3D video calls via the Internet. It is worth mentioning that the camcorder boasts a number of other interesting features, including face recognition, smile shot function and stabilization function. With the smile shot function the camera can detect a smiling face and automatically capture a still picture. Using the stabilization function, the user can smooth out camera shake. In addition, by removing the 3D lens you can use the camcorder as a standard 2D model. The company said that its new 3D camcorder will hit the market this September.
The Guava Family GoCrib Inflatable Crib is an inflatable travel crib/playpen for kids. The big advantage the GoCrib has over other travel cribs (Pack n’ Play, etc) is that it is extremely lightweight (about 7 pounds) because it has no metal parts or large plastic components. For comparison, the Pack ‘n Play GoCrib Inflatable Crib weighs well over 20 pounds. The GoCrib folds down small enough to fit in the included backpack with the pump. Which leaves your hands and arms free to….hold your baby:The mesh sides unzip so it can be used as a play area for slightly older children too. The rigid inflation and wide base keeps it sturdy and in place. The pump inflates the crib in less than one minute. Packed up, it’s small enough to fit in the overhead luggage compartment on an airplane. Great for traveling whether it’s long distance or just to the local park or beach.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Throat Microphone also known as Laryngophone, is a walkie talkies with two hyper sensitive throat sensors that will pick up the sound from your throat vocal chord vibration and capable of reducing background noise up to 90 percent level. Throat Mic Users will be able to make a verbal conversation with barely having to actually speak out or say out aloud. You will be able to use the Throat Microphone on Kenwood, Icom, Maxon, Motorola and Vertex walkie talkies. Throat Mic is engineered using high impact polycarbonate construction, thick gauge polyurethane wiring and heavy duty spring designed with four pin mini din connection points, you will also find a clip-on PTT button for push to talk feature and a mini Velcro PTT button. Price: approx. USD35.88 [ you could buy Throat Mic here ]
Cyborg R.A.T. 7 is a PC base gaming mouse designed to fit the needs of professional gamers with three interchangeable palm rest. Cyborg R.A.T 7 gaming mouse is designed with 5600 dpi twin-eye laser sensor for more accuracy of reading and pinpoint the X and Y axis up to 6 meters per second. Weighing a mere 6 grams housed in a lightweight metal chasis, Cyborg R.A.T 7 gaming mouse will fit perfectly on your palm. Cyborg also equipped the gaming mouse with 3 interchangeable palm rest and 3 interchangeable pinkie grips. Other features including 5 programmable buttons, 4 custom dpi settings, 3 Cyborg Modes and the Precision Aim Mode. You could also adjust the length of the mouse and also a Thumb Panel that capable for moving forwards, backwards, and pivots outwards. Price: USD99.99 [ Buy Cyborg R.A.T 7 gaming mouse here ]
Cruzer Blade is the smallest USB Flash Drive from SanDisk. Cruzer Blade USB flash drive is designed with a size not bigger than a Paper Clip, weighing approximately the same as a penny. SanDisk Cruzer Blade USB flash drive is designed to provides high portability storage of 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities. A neat companion for netbooks or handheld computers for your mobility needs.
- Cruzer Blade 2GB = USD14.99
- Cruzer Blade 4GB = USD21.99
- Cruzer Blade 8GB = USD38.99
- Cruzer Blade 16GB = USD77.99
Apple’s Magic Trackpad is a new multi-touch (actually only detect up to four fingers) trackpad that will let users scroll, zoom, rotate, swipe and navigate. Designed with built-in battery, Apple Magic Trackpad also supports bluetooth feature for up to 33 feet wireless connection. Claimed to be the first Multi-Touch trackpad created for Mac desktop computer, Apple Magic Trackpad uses same Multi-Touch technology on the MacBook Pro. You will experience swiping through pages online feels just like flipping through pages in a book or magazine. Price: USD69.- [ you could pre-order the device from Amazon here ]