Friday, September 24, 2010

The Future of the Book

Via Fubiz.

The future of the book - 3 forward-looking concept products.

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The Future of the Book: "

Après la proposition de redesign des distributeurs à billets, le studio Ideo vient de lancer cette vidéo qui présente les expériences et innovations autour de l’avenir du livre. Plusieurs valeurs ajoutées à venir pour les lecteurs connectés les-uns aux-autres. Explications dans la suite.




Previously on Fubiz


Bamboo Cycles

via Fubiz


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Bamboo Cycles: "

Une idée du designer-industriel mexicain Diego Cárdenas avec ce vélo urbain Bamboocycle. La structure du cadre est entièrement formée avec des éléments écologiques en bambo, recyclable. Un design efficace et léger avec des possibilités de personnalisations. Plus de photos dans la suite.












Previously on Fubiz


Intimacy Dress

Via NextNature:

Very interesting!

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Intimacy Dress: "

The Intimacy dress takes our notion personal space to a next level: the closer someone approaches, the more transparent the dress becomes. As such, the garment becomes a sort of second skin that allows the body to become an ‘interface’. As the interaction is similar to known interfacial body functions like blushing, one can anticipate the interaction to function on an intuitive level.

The dress is comprised of a flexible e-foil, which becomes transparent when slightly powered. The project is being developed by Studio Roosegaarde in collaboration with V2_ as an exploration of the relationship between intimacy and technology.


Puff Data

via popupcity

Great stuff! I am just worried about that neat cloud breaking off on speed-bumps..

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Puff Data: "

Over the last months we’ve seen plenty of smartphone apps that stimulate good behavior, for instance the new Nike+ GPS app. This is Puff, a caroon cloud-shape car accessory that is able to visualize the amount of pollution a car is producing. The cloud’s color changes dynamically, depending on CO2 emissions. Green indicates the lowest rate of pollution, red the highest. An accompanying iPhone app on the dashboard visualizes the drive data in real-time. The idea for Puff was developed by Amateur Human, an open platform for designing, showcasing and sharing playful design objects that accessorize our relationship to the environment.

“Puff is attached to the frame of the car or to the tail pipe. The lamp is light weight and thus well below the 50 pounds you can apparently safely hang from the exhaust pipe. The lamp itself is detachable, so you can take it inside with you whenever you leave your car at the curb. (…) The app also logs the drive data allowing you to keep track of various information such as how much total CO2 you’ve emitted during this trip or during all your trips with Puff, what is the average rate of emission, the total number of miles driven and the average MPG. It also estimates how much NOx, CO and hydrocarbons you’ve released into the environment.”

Puff shapes can be customized to fit individual styles. Amateur Human is searching for people who own or use a car, live in the New York area, and would like to try Puff and tell the developer about their experiences. Click here for contact details. Bonus: click here for an interview with designer Karolina Sobecka!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Animated Pedestrian Traffic Light


Things that have been like that for ages... now changed radially... Loving it!

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Animated Pedestrian Traffic Light: "


It’s time to say goodbye to the old pedestrian traffic lights, coz you’ll see a little boy inside the light to guide your way in the near future. Designed by Korea based Li Ming Hsing, the new pedestrian traffic light features a graphical human limbering up his muscles and joints when red, but looking on both sides of the road when the light turns green.


Designer: Li Ming Hsing


New Architectural Glass Reduces Bird-Strikes


Great to see innovation that benefits only non-humans! Wow!

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New Architectural Glass Reduces Bird-Strikes: "


Unlike humans, birds cannot see transparent glass and they’re always in danger of flying towards such “open areas” at a high speed. So to reduce bird-strikes, glass specialists from Arnold Glas have invented a new type of glass that features reflective UV coating. Although practically transparent for humans, the UV reflective coating is clearly visible to birds and therefore helping them to avoid the obstacles.

More Information Here


Creative Horsey Bicycle


Hope this will be commercially available soon! I want it.. maybe in black to suit my stallion? :)

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Creative Horsey Bicycle: "


Bicycles play an important role in our daily life: they offer an eco way for transportation, our body benefits from exercises of pedaling, and according to designer Eungi Kim, the bikes can also become lovely pets. Having that in mind, Kim created “Horsey”, an attachable bicycle ornament, to make your bikes look horsey. So next time you’d like a riding on the horseback, you can simply start a travel with your bike.




Designer: Eungi Kim


Siding Bench For the Public


Again, fantastic rethinking of public urban spaces.

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Siding Bench For the Public: "


One person needs merely one bench and two friends can share one bench, but what if there’re more than three people looking for a seat at the same time? They need the Sliding Bench. Designed for public places like parks or squares, the Sliding includes a set of chairs can move on the bars to meet the users’ different needs. As a result, you can still have a private space in the public place.




Designer: Mutlu Kılınçer


Arc Shape Crosswalk, Ergo Crosswalk


Really cool rethinking of the urban space - also the aspect of traffic safety.

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Arc Shape Crosswalk, Ergo Crosswalk: "


Having noticed that people seldom walk straight through regular pedestrian crossings, Korean designer Jae Min Lim designed the ‘Ergo Crosswalk’ that features an arc shape to help the pedestrians take a much faster shortcut.


The following information is from the designer:

“When people cross roads, they tend to take the fastest shortcut. They sometimes do it intentionally, but mostly it is an unconscious act. This kind of action violates the traffic regulations and sometimes threatens the safety of the pedestrians. The ‘ergo crosswalk’ is a design that makes people follow the law, as well as consider their habits or unconscious actions. It will encourage pedestrians to follow the lines of the cross walk and protect them from any potential danger. If regulations cannot force people to follow the law, wouldn’t it be more reasonable to change the law and fulfill the main purpose of keeping the safety and convenience of the pedestrian?”





Designer: Jae Min Lim