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06 Sep / The Moving Tropism Well Fountain
The Tropism Well by UK-based Poietic Studio is a revolutionary version the commonly known water fountain. Sensing the approach of an individual the well begins to lean automatically as water is pumped into the stem, pouring enough water to fill a glass. An elegant sculptural installation piece, The Tropism Well is both beautiful and intriguing. It is also unashamedly functional, existing simply to quench your thirst. Watch the motion of the Tropism in the video after the pictures.
Through the synthesis of nature and technology, these structures explore the relationships we have with objects and spaces that surround us on a daily basis. The simple gestural connection creates a stimulating and symbolic moment. The Tropism Well uses natural laws of physics to function. Once it has seen you, the gentle bowing motion is created simply by moving water up and down the stem.
05 Sep / Salto. The chair with no end
Salto is imagined as unusual chair. Chair with no screws, no begin and no end. It’s relatively easy to make and it has been designed according to anthropometric mesures so it can fit everybody.
Salto is completely self supportive, but it has been designed in a way that whole construction remains “elastic” and responsive to the weight of user. So, constuction it’s self is very soft and comfortable.
Form of SALTO chair is very original, and it can fit in any space or the enviroment.
05 Sep / Ferrari V4 Superbike Concept
Israeli industrial designer Amir Glinik has come up with an incredible Ferrari motorcycle concept using a modified engine from the Ferrari Enzo supercar. Using drive-by-wire technology, the V4 superbike features hand controls adapted from an F-16 fighter jet and buttons based on those found on the steering wheel of Ferrari’s Formula 1 racecars. Other controls for the sound system and trip computer are located on an all weather touchscreen.
“Vintage and modern Ferrari projects influence my design,” Glinik notes. “It’s a mix of what I find to be the best Ferrari lines with the latest technology I could think of in terms of engine, gear and driving management.” He has also made a version in bright yellow. As far as how fast it goes and how much the bike would cost, we can only speculate about very big numbers in both cases. We have no idea if Glinik’s V4, which he’s been working on for the past few years, will ever reach the production stage, but we think he’s got a real winner here.
04 Sep / Ferrari Testarossa
Few Ferrari introductions could match the polarizing effect of the Ferrari Testarossa upon its unveiling at the 1984 Paris Motor Show. A Motor Trend poll of automotive design chiefs elicited reactions from “I hate it” to “exciting, aggressive, and awesome.”
The marketplace sided with the latter. Buyers lined up for Ferrari’s 512 BBi replacement, and Testarossa-inspired bodyside strakes and outrigger mirrors soon appeared on new models from other automakers and became staples of aftermarket catalogs.
The Testarossa was named for Ferrari’s famed sports-racing car of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Its groundbreaking styling was a response to engineering requirements and a backlash against the conservatism that blanketed Europe and Italy’s automotive manufacturers during the most of the 1970s.
For much of that tumultuous decade, automobiles were reviled as a waste of natural resources. The continent’s growing socialist and communist influences meant displays of material wealth were increasingly scorned. The goal of individual achievement at work was questioned. Terrorism became a growth industry in Italy and Germany, and the power of unions increased tremendously. Automotive design and engineering progress suffered.
That changed in Italy in the early 1980s with “The March of 40,000” when Fiat’s workforce rebelled against the unions’ clout. Organized labor’s pull slowly diminished over time, and Italy heaved a sigh of relief. With the lid off the kettle, creativity was free to boil. The result was what Sergio Pininfarina called “an exaggeration in flamboyance.”
That may have described the Testarossa’s astonishing looks. But there was engineering and wind tunnel testing behind the ebullient shape. The track, for example, was much wider at the rear than the front for stability and handling. And the straked air intakes fed radiators efficiently located at the sides rather than in the front as on the 512 BBi.
The Testarossa was roomier, more refined, and comfortable than the 512 BBi. It retained a flat-12 engine of 4942cc, but added four-valve heads and other mechanical changes for an output of 390 horsepower on European cars, 380 for U.S.-spec versions.
04 Sep / Harman Kardon Soundsticks III
When PCs evolved from office workstations into entertainment centres, they turned from beige boxes into minor works of art. PC speaker designs are rarely as engaging, but one exception is the Harman Kardon Soundsticks III set.
This third-generation design isn’t particularly different to the original, which was developed in collaboration with Apple with an eye to making it blend in with the curvy first-generation iMac. Those iMacs look dated now, but the Soundsticks III speakers are as appealing as ever – an achievement for something that resembles a robo-jellyfish accompanied by a duo of see-through Subway sandwiches.
That’s due as much to the high-quality finish and superb attention to detail as the innovative concept. An LED bathes the subwoofer in a subtle white glow, while the accompanying cables are decked out in silver; even the internal wiring in the satellites looks smart. The touch-sensitive volume buttons maintain the sublime minimalism but aren’t practical, and we can’t believe that adding a headphone output would have spoiled the design.
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03 Sep / Logitech Washable Keyboard K310
LOGITECH has launched a full-size keyboard you can throw in the sink, soak and wash alongside the dishes and cutlery. “From a light dusting to a deep soak, this washable keyboard is easy to clean and easy to dry,” Logitech said of its washable keyboard K310.
Costing $39.99 online, the K310 can be submerged in up to 30 cm of water, has drainage holes on the back and has its letters lasered on so they won’t fade with repeated cleaning. It’s an answer to the ever present threat of E. coli and staph due to the build up of months of food crumbs and other unsavoury organic material inside a keyboard.
This problem was highlighted graphically in 2008 when British microbiologist James Francis compared the build up of bacteria inside keyboards to that on toilet seats and recorded that in some cases keyboards were more dangerous.
Logitech’s keyboard however can only be washed by hand with mild detergent, and the water temperature cannot be more than 50C. Throwing it into the dishwasher or washing it in the backyard pool is out as its attached USB cable is not waterproof.
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The iTypewriter is a typewriter for the ipad.
Users can enjoy the old feeling of typing and also the lastest technology. Even though the elder users who have never used the computer or ipad, they can use this familiar typewriter and type in the familiar operation way.
For some specific group of users, this product provide an easier way to type on the ipad. People could be able to recollect old experience and memory by familiar appearance and haptic feedback. Instead of stroking on the screen with no feedback, this product can reflect a strong haptic feedback.
User can experience the physical strength transfer from the keypad and the movement of each key.
03 Sep / Kitchenaid mixer Egmont Arens
In the first quarter of the 20th century America’s Midwest experienced its own industrial revolution, resulting in the birth of the nation’s now-unravelling car industry. But Henry Ford was not the only industrialist of the time…
Just down the road in Troy, Ohio, the engineer Herbert Johnson was working on designs for the kitchen. In 1919 his work would result in the first KitchenAid food mixer – and it’s still being made there by hand today. Its innovation was the ‘planetary action’, where the beater moves one way and the drive shaft the other.
The design was tweaked in 1937 by Egmont Arens and that redesign is now part of the company’s ‘Artisan Collection’. It has become one of the most iconic kitchen designs of the 20th century. The red colour is new for the KitchenAid’s 90th anniversary.
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