Wind Plays Music on the Winduino

January 26, 2010 / No Comments

The Winduino II is an instrument from the Fascination Workshop, and it utilizes the power of the sun and the wind to create music. It can be placed indoors or hung outdoors, and the instrument will start off with its surprizing musician, the air. Piezo sensors in the instrument detect the movement of air around the Winduino II, and they ...

Cut and Paste: Exhibition of Repurposed Junk at Royal Ontario Museum

January 25, 2010 / No Comments

People make a number of useful and interesting things by using material discarded as junk. Call it repurposing, upcycling or any other name, the result mostly is praise worthy. Case in point: the Cut and Paste exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum. The exhibition showcases designs/ products from Canadian designers. All of the items on display here have been created ...

Five Year Phone Concept is a Friend of the Environment

January 19, 2010 / No Comments

E-waste, or electronic waste is a big environmental problem for our gadget crazy world. A large chunk of this waste comes from mobile phones. Designer James Barber's Nokia 5 Year Phone concept seeks to reduce that problem, by having a phone made of 85% recyclable components.

Design Proposes Adding Rain Water Harvesting System to Bus Shelters

January 19, 2010 / 1 Comment

Water, as we all know is a resource that merits having every single drop saved. It is, after all, the basis of all life and experts are even predicting that the shortage of water in the future could lead to serious trouble and even wars. That aside, saving water is common sense, and there are many structures that could lend ...

Halo Concept Vehicle Uses Magnetism for Speed, Efficiency

January 18, 2010 / No Comments

The Halo vehicle is a rather futuristic concept that runs on just two wheels, and is still, more of a car than a bike. Designer Nicholas Womeldorff has kept his focus on efficiency, minimizing both drag and friction for the vehicle.

BOA Floating City Proposed for Boston

January 15, 2010 / 1 Comment

BOA is an ambitious and expensive project, the likes of which you'd expect to originate from the Middle East. Not this one though, the Boston Arcology Urban Housing design is, as the name suggests, intended for Boston. The floating structure will be built on the proportions of the golden ratio 1:1.618.

Biking is in the Air, Quite Literally

January 15, 2010 / No Comments

A lot of people would complain about insufficient bike lanes, and many others would complain about bike lanes eating into roads. Designer Martin Angelov proposes to do away with the problem, by taking the bikes off the road. And by off the road, he means into the air, on a system supported by cables. Yes, that's what the Kolelinia concept ...

Orcageno Concept Luxry Yacht is a Hydrogen Diesel Electric Hybrid

January 14, 2010 / No Comments

The Orcageno concept is a luxury superyacht created by Pharos Marine, an Egyptian naval architecture and design studio. The luxurious yacht has a length of 60 meters, and power for the yacht would come from a hydrogen diesel-electric system. Designers of the Orcageno put an impressive range of 13000 nautical miles for the vessel.

Tafoni Floating Homes Proposes Eco Houseboats

January 13, 2010 / No Comments

Tafoni Floating Homes is an idea that would keep you in sort of a holiday mood, throughout the day. The idea is to take housing to the water, living in houseboats that are mobile, don't use land and so don't require implied expenses and constructions like foundations. And the way designer Joanna Borek Clement envisions them, they're also very beautiful.

Jumping Light Skipping Rope Concept Keeps you Fit, Flashlights Charged

January 12, 2010 / No Comments

Most of the devices/ concepts that aim to use human power to generate power or charge batteries require people to go out of their way to do so. Not making people do that is what makes the Jumping Light skipping rope an interesting concept.