Saturday, May 7, 2011

because he is muslim

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Refined Electric Bikes

Electric bikes are beginning to improve in power and efficiency and no longer appear obviously electrified. The NEO family of bikes represents an evolution that’s rugged, easy to operate and for the most part, driven by technology transparent to the rider. The battery and control mechanism have been moved to the down tube improving center of gravity and looking less conspicuous. Easily removable and can be recharged at home.

Designer: Javier Cuñado

Puzzle Chair

The Pallares chair by designer Carlos Cordoba is the result of a research to develop new materials from natural fibers. Each chair is composed of 3 identical parts cast from a natural fiber tetera and polyester resin composite. The interchangeable parts can snapped together like puzzle pieces for easy assembly, disassembly, and storage.
Designer: Carlos Cordoba

Monster On Rescue Mission

Monash student Damien believes that by 2025 our urban infrastructure is going to be under considerable strains, which is why our streets are going to be jam-packed with traffic most of the time. Providing speedy Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to victims will require funky reconnaissance and first aid vehicles like the Re:Veive. Agile and nimble, its soft silicon body houses a quadrapedial hydraulics system that allows it to navigate through traffic by literally standing up and walking thru.

Thanks to the hydraulics system, it can even traverse dividers and operate under flood conditions. The in-house communication set up allows it to coordinate with ambulances and other essential services. The modular interior design allows medical supplies to be quickly, sterilized, refitted and easily tailored to any EMS task.
The car looks super awesome, but my question is…are we still going to have killing traffic in the future? Have we not learnt anything from our infrastructure mistakes now?
Designer: Damien Armelin
Re:Veive Emergency Reconnaissance & First Aid Vehicle by Damien Armelin

When Riding A Bicycle Just Isn’t Green Enough

If you’ve ever felt the urge to attach a fender to your bike just so you can wrap it in environmentally-aware bumper stickers, then you might like the Green Shadow. Developed by Mr. Onuff Studio for a video game, the bicycle still stands as an interesting study in form and function, presumably tracking mileage, heat rate and calories through the handle-bar mounted LCD. While only intended as illustrative work and not for actual production, I can only imagine a real version would incorporate fresh ivory, baby seals or endangered pandas to help snag that valuable pro-earth, anti-animal demographic.

Designer: Mr. Onuff Studio

Locksit – Bicycle Security by Jack Godfrey Wood

Locksit is a design-against-crime influenced saddle that immobilizes the bicycle and avoids the need to carry your saddle around with you. Cyclists now only need to take one lock with them (to secure the frame and front wheel) making cycling and parking easier, quicker and more convenient.
1: Unlock lock to release U-bar. 2+3: Push pins inwards to allow seatpost to pivot about the hinge. 4: Place U-bar around the tyre and rim of the back wheel. Insert U-bar into its socket and lock using the key. The bicycle is now immobilized and the saddle secure. 5: Lock the frame and front wheel to an immovable object. Bicycle is now secure.

Lighting The Oceans With Wave Power

The Wavelight concept coverts mechanical energy captured by ocean waves into electrical energy to illuminate a series of LED lamps. Each lamp is tethered to its neighbor with a weight anchored to the sea floor. The lights are designed to attract attention for rescue operations or to warn passing ships to steer clear. A very intriguing design but are LEDs powerful enough? What happens if the anchor isn’t long enough to reach the sea floor?

Designers: Zhang Yakun, He Siqian, Zhu Ningning, Chen Chen & Mu Zhiwei
Wavelight by Zhang Yakun, He Siqian, Zhu Ningning, Chen Chen & Mu Zhiwei
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