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The SOFT Rockers are made from flat MDF panels which have undergone an advanced digital curving process based on the zipshape process that was originally developed in Switzerland by Christoph Schindler. A lightweight Kuka robotic arm was used to remove portions of the structurally unsound wood to form an inside surface resembling a row of teeth. There’s nothing quite like an old rocking chair for finding your center and chilling out. Originally thought to have been developed as garden furniture, the rocker has now come full circle with the development of the SOFT Rocker by Professor Sheila Kennedy and architecture students from MIT.
The Nano UV Wand Disinfection Scanner comes with a 10-second timer switch and produces multi-wave length 185-365 nm UV light. It features a child-resistant lock for safety and comes with a rechargeable battery with an AC Adapter. Available for $159.99 and weighing 1 lbs, this 14 inches long magic wand is simply a boon to the modern household. From bathroom shelves, to kitchen surfaces to tables to almost anything; this scanner can kill all the germs. Thank god for science, we can heave a sigh of relief now! Imagine a world without germs, everything you touch is absolutely clean and germ-free.
Designed by Eun ji Byeon, the Turn Rotary Dial Faucet works through a timing system. You simply turn the dial to the time you think is most sufficient to complete your task, for example, 30 seconds to wash your hands. This device finds the perfect balance between standard fixtures and those annoying public washroom taps that give you only a burst of water. Do you remember, as a kid, seeing those environmental commercials telling you to conserve water, or having your parents yell at you for having left the kitchen faucet running? Unfortunately, wasting water seems to one of society’s hardest habits to break. However, a neat little invention called the Turn Rotary Dial Faucet might help compensate for all those water wasters out there.
Mirror TV is a regular mirror with the ability to be both a TV and a mirror. Confused yet? Don’t be. It’s a device that is composed of a two-way mirror and a flat screen TV is mounted behind it. The mirror is then polarised making it possible for the TV to show through the mirror. So, if the TV is switched off it appears as a mirror, but when switched on the image shows through. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Hold your fire, here are some factors you should consider before you go ahead with spending the big bucks. Currently available in LCD and Plasma models, a mirror TV is a functional space saver for rooms that would have a TV and a mirror such as a bedroom or living room.
When fully open and standing tall, Underneath strikes as another good looking ‘desk lamp’ but that isn’t all! See the smaller and cuter ‘packed’ version to understand that it really is meant for the desk work and is different in many other ways. By the way, this shifting of shapes isn’t just for fun. Designer Geoffrey Graven seems to have given a lot of thought to the need of small, practical solution for different light needs. Quite a few factors make it more than just another lamp. One, the stem of this light can be folded like a telescope to reduce its height. Two, the joined panels can be folded to direct light to the area you want and can also act like a mini container for the wire when fully folded.
Now you can grow plants or vegetables in your very own kitchen and you will not even have to go out for the fertilizer. Bournemouth University 3rd year Industrial Design student James Wood has designed Vedge, a product with the 20 liter wormery for the decomposition of the household organic waste. Vedge has a constant cycle for the decomposition and self sustainability to break the waste down into the rich fertilizer. Vedge is a sleek household appliance made of aluminum, zinc galvanized steel, co-extruded polycarbonate and water-based polyurethane finished plywood which has lower drawer for the compost to be collected.
Here’s some interesting App developed by Patrick Baudisch and his team of researchers at the Hasso-Lattner Institute. As you can see from the video, they have figured out a way to make the iPhone invisible. Actually, they just figured out a way for the user to put the interface on a hand thanks to “an Xbox-like camera”. Special software is able to determine where the fingers are on the palm, and transmit the commands via WiFi radio. You will notice that the video that the user in the video just touches her hand to shut the phone off. If you want to do something more complicated, that is possible, as Baudisch and his colleagues discovered how two-thirds of all iPhone users can find their apps on their palm.
Through this appliance, Electrolux has attempted to integrate its latest technology with sustainability for the environment by having a system within the appliance which purifies and recycles the water used every time, thereby removing the very need for having a water inlet. Also with a special facility for hanging it atop the dining table, the secondary function of the dishwasher, viz. provide illumination to the diners can also be availed. This helps cut down on the need for having an additional light source as well. No doubt, the Electrolux dishwasher is a very cleverly designed appliance.
Cameras are an essential part of our lives. We relive fond memories through them. This concept Polaroid camera is set to change the face of camera designs. It’s sleek and slim. The style it exudes is extraordinary. It almost resemble a PSP, that’s how beautifully crafted and thin it is. It is designed to transfer data wirelessly. It’s charger is just as charming. Hopefully it will go into production soon.
Extensive researches and programs have been implied regularly regarding water management, conservation and recycling, as threats of serious water crisis in the future has been looming over two decades. This necessity has urged Dipesh Parmar, the young post graduate industrial designer from IIT Mumbai, to design Greener Bathroom to encourage judicial use of water avoiding unnecessary wastage. The designer is presently associated with the design firm ‘Thing Design’ in Delhi