In this day of advanced technology and vegetarianism, the concept of smashing a piggy bank has undergone a drastic transformation. This has been highlighted by the advent of new-age designs that sees actual miniature banks or ATMs being designed for kids. However grownups too need incentives to save for more serious stuff than an ice cream binge. Shimmy with diamonds and rubies or new Cocktail Dress; whatever the reasons, Daniel Loves Objects! (that’s what the designer is called) has come up with this totally grownup way to save. The Plant a Diamond features Crystal LED that literally grows a diamond once you’ve saved sufficient pennies.
Arturo Millan is one hell of a cross branding expert. How else would you explain the Microsoft and Peugeot connection? Imagine designing a car for Peugeot on the lines of the Xbox theme! How original! His concept involves surfboards as well that bear the Xbox branding. I suppose all this suggests that our friend is a total gaming freak and simply adores the console. Good for Microsoft and Peugeot; what a wonderful connection!
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It sounds like a crazy idea, but if scientists from US and Israel have their way, Cinderella of the next-gen will be doing her chores in a ecological home grown from tree roots. The ingenious ‘tree-homes’ use advanced techniques of airoponics, where plants are grown without soil. If you don’t believe this story then just stick around for another decade, because that’s when the first prototype of this house will be ready. Plantware, who already have dabbled in creating bus-shelters, park benches and traffic lights from their unique growing techniques, is backing the project. Get a load of this; the house will be constructed from actual tree roots to any design specification and come equipped with a host of eco-friendly features such as solar panels and wind harvesting fans. The self-sufficient abodes would draw their energy from clean energy sources and recycle human waste into valuable nutrients for the living trees.
Everybody is raving about the Peugeot Design Contest, which is a platform that gives young innovative designers to show-off their talents and skills. Of the 29 finalists, I have my personal favorites too and have complied a Top 5 list. Some of them are here because of their specs and other are here purely for their looks. Hope you agree with my list.
5) SVP by Mickael Soubabère (France)
This French designer believes in the essence of family and that they should travel together. He is also concerned about the environment and the ecology on the whole. He understands the need to be mobile plus has the sensitivity to take into account the carbon footprint. The SVP is a car concept that works on solar energy. It uses photocells for charging the car but also relies on a backup namely hybrid electrical plug. The design also takes inspiration from a mother’s womb where the unborn child is most comfortable. Hence the interiors of this car reflect this idea. Like a protective cocoon, the car is small built and easy to park. Automatic doors, folding windscreen and a threshold the height of the sidewalk are the key features of this design.
Samsung or as fondly called Sammy, has treated us to many new designs and concepts in the past. A true innovator of style and technology, Sammy now embraces new frontiers and dishes out state-of-the-art products that always find a place in our homes and hearts. Although they do have some pretty neat phones in the market, the top-spot has always evaded their endeavors. Korean design company Moto, has developed their take on the Samsung SDI AMOLED phone. AMOLED or Active matrix (AM) OLED displays stack cathode, organic, and anode layers on top of another layer. AM OLED pixels turn on and off more than three times faster than the speed of conventional motion picture film – making these displays ideal for fluid, full-motion video. Expecting the AM-OLED market to grow to US$4.6 billion by 2014, this phone would be a wise move for Sammy. Seen here is the phone in various hues and all of them look delightful.
Quite disgruntled with the pieces Nokia has been dishing out, Symbian Freak-Chris has designed his own concept of a Nokia phone. The Nokia N-XT is his take on the Nseries smartphone. In this he incorporates a display that can both slide and swivel, touting the device as a smart-video-photo-projector-phone. Here are the specs of this whish-list concept:
* 4.1 inch full-touch display with a Wide-VGA resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and 16 million colors
* Symbian S60 5th Edition Touch interface
* 8-way D-pad
* quad-band WCDMA connectivity
* 8 MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens, optical zoom, auto focus, face detection, xenon flash & dual-LED flash and video recording (WVGA at 30fps)
* Dedicated graphics processor unit (GPU)
* A-GPS and compass
* Built-in DLP 720p projector
* Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
* Audio & Video players
* FM radio and FM transmitter
* 3.5mm audio jack
* 24GB of internal memory plus microSDHC support
* 1,800 mAh battery
Here’s a look at the Mercedes-Benz Concept Fascination. It will be making a debut at the Paris auto show next month. The video here showcases typical car show stuff: light electronica over moving pictures in which the car itself never moves. Apparently this car is based on the lines of the next E-Class family. More scoop on this concept after it arrives to the show.
A bunch of Islamic phones have been designed by the company called Per Design; the set of PDAs look divine…literally. Not much around to write about them except that there are four variants designed. Apparently the phones have been based on the understanding of Islam and religious elements were used in the design theme. It proposes to be a handy device when one is on the pilgrimages. The month of Ramadan is on, so maybe a few devout will benefit from it.
With the advent of the iPod, somehow the industrial standard with MP3 players has been conformed to the rectangular stance. The only cylindrical form that found little success was probably the Sony S203F. The Cicle.Cute C2 design holds a candle to this design but unlike the Sony, is designed with its own personal dock. Designed by Qiu Kelei, this “Three Wrap Music Player System design” is pictured in a bright blue form. It comes with earbud and the dock seems to integrate its own speakers and function keys as well. Although nothing much can be deciphered for the moment, this desing for an MP3 player catches one’s eye more for its looks than tch-specs, in any case.
What goes on in an individual’s mind while designing a portfolio is quite difficult to comprehend; did Venezuelan designer Juan Pablo Zamora want to cash in on the Apple fame? Did he want create his take on the company, or is it a convenient piggy-back? It’s a tough spot, but I guess, the way designers are going about spoofing just about any thing with a big company name logo, makes me wonder about the inspirations? The iBike clearly wants to hitch a ride on the Apple name, thus the glowing logo on the black bike. However, giving the devil the due, it’s an interesting concept. I love the wheels of the bike; Juan has done a good job, doing away with the spokes.