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A New York based designer,Hlynur Atlason, has designed Yorky – a versatile light that inhabits a dimension between the familiar and the foreign.
While its sculptural and whimsical shape evokes memories of an animal-like creature, Yorky is a very versatile and practical light that can sit or lay on a table at different angles to illuminate varied surfaces or hang from its leash on a wall. Whether a reflector bulb, an energy saving fluorescent or a classic Edison bulb, Yorkie’s wide conical shape accommodates a variety of bulbs for different applications. “Yorky’s purpose is beholden to its’ owner: As a companion in everyday adventures, a fixture on a wall or sitting on a shelf with discipline and poise.” Made of silicone, Yorky is safe, flexible, and comes in three playful colors: white, yellow and pink.
15 Feb / Mini Peaceman. A bigger mini
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the MINI Paceman arrives on the block. With all the driving excitement of a Sports Activity Coupé, athleticism an elegance in equal measure, and an undeniably urban edge, this ground-breaking addition to the MINI stable rides comfortably on the intersection of design and functionality.
Choose from four strong engines and endless exterior and interior customisation options to configure the MINI Paceman to suit your design aesthetic. And with room for two more people in the back, you can take your friends out for a spin too. Or shoot off to the horizon and leave the urban jungle behind.
Utility meets artistry in this uniquely proportioned MINI. Ample ground clearance, semi-command seat position and an optional ALL4 all-wheel drive system all add to the practical side of the MINI Paceman. While this athletic new coupé handle anything you throw at it, its remarkable silhouette makes it look like modern art. Except it would be a waste to keep this car on display. It’s way too exciting to drive for that.
The distinguished MINI Paceman commands attention without looking like it’s trying. Elongated doors, sloping roofline and rising shoulders create elegance and athleticism, and brand new horizontal taillights give your pursuers something to look at as they try to catch up. Highly customisable, the MINI Paceman is available in eight body finishes, two roof colours and six light alloy wheels in four colours. So unleash your creativity, and make your MINI Paceman even more unique than it already is.
The design story continues inside as elegance, athleticism and lounge atmosphere go toe-to-toe. If you hadn’t picked up on this street machine’s sheer length, the elongated ellipse that runs along the interior doors should do the trick. Personalise your MINI by choosing from a huge range of interior combinations, including six different upholsteries, three Colour Line options and four interior surfaces materials. No matter your style, you’ll find a design combination to match.
“The paltry few bucks I spent on this magnetic knife rack, from a local restaurant supply store, was well worth it. Having my most commonly-used machine repair tools easily identified, easily accessible, and most importantly wall-mounted above the workbench that can get out-of-control cluttered with machine parts, is a vast improvement over hunting and digging.”
Chicago-based product design firm MESH (formerly known as TT Design Labs) wants to do the same for your everyday carry and/or desktop items. Their JustMount is a little round-edged magnetic box that mounts to your wall and holds whatever’s got metal in it. For your phone, there’s a little buy-in required—you’d need to pick up their TidyTilt magnetized case if you want to hang your iPhone—but for anything else that’s got metal in it, you might find the JustMount handy for keeping things off of cluttered horizontal surfaces.
When looking at the problem of bird populations shrinking in urban areas due to loss of habitat, Nethlerlands-based product designer Klaas Kuiken was struck with the idea of improving a common bird home: residential roofs. In consultation with the Vogelbescherming (the Dutch bird association) Kuiken designed a ceramic birdhouse that adheres to the ubiquitous roof tiles found throughout the country. The house contains a removable basket to aid in maintenance after mating season and is made with materials that can resist extreme cold in the winter. First designed in 2009 the birdhouses have finally gone into production and 100 are now available for sale.
Quentin’s Debaene’s hypothetical ”AIRBLOW 2050″ umbrella concept is worthy of James Dyson himself… at least to the extent that the French design student hopes his design will be deemed so: it looks like he’s entered it into the British innovator’s eponymous annual awards program.
Once Debaene had identified the fabric portion of the umbrella as the root of all of its problems, the solution was clear as day: to get rid of the bulky, easily inverted membrane entirely. Instead, a vacuum draws air through the telescoping shaft to deflect raindrops around a small radius of the device, creating an invisible overhead barrier to the elements. (Besides describing what it does, its somewhat dubious name seems to be a play on “Airblade.”)
It’s certainly an elegant—albeit fanciful—solution, though I would question the decision to incorporate the motor and air intake into the middle of the shaft, where it might be held close to or against the user’s body. (On the other hand, it might be cool if it could stick to one’s jacket for a hands-free anti-precipitation device.)
A lot has changed since 2006. Social networks rule. Smartphones are no longer a luxury for the geek elite. And every kid knows the word “app.” So maybe it’s only natural that each of these ideas worked themselves into Lego Mindstorms EV3, Lego’s first major refresh of the Mindstorms line since 2006. If you aren’t familiar, Mindstorms are Lego’s programmable robotic parts–a brain, motors, and sensors–that interface with their Technic line.
“Children today don’t perceive robots as industrial machines. A robot is something of a character. It has a personality. It could be humanoid or an animal, but certainly something with a mind of its own,” technology concept lead Oliver Wallington explains. “People might say ‘iPhone–that’s the way Lego fashion should go!’ But really, when you build an iPhone into a Lego Technic model, they just clash. We have to complement the models.”
So while the Mindstorms kit is intended to fuel infinite creativity, it’ll be marketed with five “character” designs, which were partly inspired from Lego’s conversations with children themselves. One design is a snake, while another is a humanoid, while yet another is a rover-like tank. The idea is to appeal to almost any child’s particular interests, using characters as a gateway into creation. “The play, look, and feel has been modeled for children,” global project lead Camilla Bottke adds. “But the hardware has been made to also embrace adult users.”
So Mindstorms walks an interesting line of approachability and depth and youth and maturity. It’s designed very intently to be playable within 20 minutes without anything more than a few nonverbal instructions, what the company calls a “Christmas morning” appeal. It helps that Mindstorms now include IR sensors (allowing simple remote control). Additionally, each Mindstorms block holds the basics to programming–a single setting–that can be activated on the body, while the rest of the options lurk on a computer. So a motor can be set to start and stop, or aimed in a particular direction, right on the brick.
Mindstorms EV3 will be available in the second half of 2013 for $350.
Fixed-end shelving defines the boundaries for your books with no flexibility – bookends on longer shelves, however, always feel somehow additive, sometimes fall over when moved (or stationary), and may not mingle well with your collection. There had to be a middle path – and here it is.
From creators Colleen & Eric, “Your books are no longer in danger of toppling over. Over-sized wing-nut allows bookend to slide into place and be secured wherever it’s needed. Offered in Beech, Walnut and Oak. Water based stain and all natural Shellac finish. Aluminum cube and wingnut powder-coated.” Right now it remains a prototype, but unlike many more far-fetched and high-tech concepts, this one is a very reachable reality for the designers if there is enough interest in their work. You can vote for the Shelf to get into production here.
Zoybar is an open R&D Lab for academic, hobbyist, and commercial developers to easily create music instruments and applications.
Our innovation model considers every user as a potential unique developer creating a “Decentralized R&D Lab” that grows rapidly in different directions. One of the most popular and powerful feature of Zoybar is its collaborative nature as a social network for music instruments innovation.
The collective intelligence co-creates endless modifications along with new music instruments that would have never been produced by traditional innovation and business models.
We believe that only open decentralized approach can provide tools for the different needs and abilities of these scattered vast users. We provide physical and virtual platforms as creation tools for developing new music instruments. The end instruments are in the users hands, making each user a unique developer that can share ideas, solutions and even sell their own applications and instruments to other users of the community.
As part of the design and production process, the Zoybar Hardware is manufactured only by demand, with no over production and minimum waste. Our decentralized production process and the modular components system were designed to accommodate flexible productions scales with variety of solutions.
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