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    iBike, The Apple Bike Concept

    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.

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  • Access Control Robot is the future of security

    Human error is by far the biggest cause of intelligence failure and security breach. Late at night I find my apartment watchman fast asleep on the bench, I’m sure many of you must be facing a similar situation at work or home, where vulnerable human tendencies gave way to security threats. The Access Control Robot is an intelligent robot that can be used as a gatekeeper. With features like face recognition and ID scanning, the bot is capable of filtering the people at access point. It even has the capability to read papers, and note down and track the vehicles exiting and entering the premises. With the given status if red-alerts and terrorist acts, it’s always better to be armed and ready. The Access Control Robot is a small step in enhanced security for modernized office buildings, office, bank and private villa etc.

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    Circle Phone has designs of the retro past

    I don’t know why do designers like to live in the past. Modern times have dunked the old rotary styled phones for the sleek futuristic options, and now futuristic designers are delving into the time warp to come out with inspired phones. The Circle Phone for some reason also has the tag line of Love To Backwards; don’t ask me why! The designer ½ð ÀÖ has been clearly inspired by the old dial phones, thus his creation Circle Phone is built on this ancient concept with modern twist. The keypad is located all around the rim of the dial. The receiver and the transmitter have been place at opposite ends of the phone (how innovative! Pun fully intended!)And it comes along with a charging base that allows you to juice up from there.

    Packard Bell MP3 Player and Surround Sound System Concept

    The MP3 player with a 4.1 Surround Sound System sounds like any run-of-the-mill gadget. This misconception lasts only till you don’t view this Packard Bell concept by Vincent Palicki. In this design the MP3 is in the form of a small remote that has a hollow to one side. The controls are situated on this end. When you want to hook it up to the surround sound system, all you have to do is place the hollow end of the player on top of the system, where a toggle receives it. Essentially the system has two contractors to plug the MP3 for transferring your music, recharging the player etc. You can even use the sound system as PC speakers and as an autonomous HiFi.

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    3DION Washing machine concept for Arcelor

    The saying goes…too many cooks spoil the broth; however this does not apply to the creative minds of Vincent Palicki, Jean Hong and Antoine Harpages. We this team sat down for some serious ramblings, they conjured up such an exquisite design for a washing machine, that you wish you could get your hands on one pronto. The 3Dion is WiFi enabled intelligent machine conceptualized for Arcelor. Dispensing the right amount of detergent, to diagnosing the idea program for the wash load, this fully automatic machine does everything. Although not specified I feel the WiFi capabilities is to allow users to remotely start a wash program via their mobile phone or net connection. The machine sports a very smart led indicator with an ergonomic interface and incorporates materials that makes the machine less noisy when working.

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    Swarosvki Swan Mouse is elegant and graceful

    It’s the winning entry for the Crystal Vision competition, and rightly so because this Swarosvki mouse designed by Jeremy Doherty, Simon Doherty, and Dareen Doherty is simply divine. The pink crystal set amidst a porcelain white backdrop looks alluring and regal. The concept is best defined in the designers’ own words:

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    Sony MP3 player concept is designed only for women

    There is a reason why I like Vincent Palichki very much, he now only designs some of the most useful house hold items like coffee pots, or phones. He has gone the extra mile to design a Sony MP3 player for women…so that includes me! Mr. Palichki this is a very cheeky way of scoring brownie points with women, but here they are well deserved. The soft rounded contours just like a woman’s curves. The pale translucent coloring and the minimal red trimmings, give the player a classy look. The very thoughtful Mr. Palichki, also has included a soft covering for the player (how did he know that we like taking care of our things in this way!) and has designed very comfortable looking earbuds as well. I’m sure they won’t get in the way of our earrings, because that is what normally happens! Well till this one doesn’t jump off the drawing board, lemme just lust after it in the picture!

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    Buggati SAV Concept car

    Vincent Morin has just won my vote for a promising designer. I like him not for his name, and neither for his renderings…I love him for conjuring up a Buggati SAV, that looks classy and magnanimous as this. Now you must understand, that I have no inkling as what was in going on in Vincent’s head while he was designing this beauty, as he has left no clue or trail for me to sniff. What I can decipher is that beast has some gorgeous wheels, and the compelling front view of the car is simply breathtaking! I for one would love to see this move from the drawing board to the production line. That I can’t afford it is a completely different story.

    Electric Dauphin is a City Vehicle Concept

    The roads are getting narrower and the pavements, congested; how does a person get to work and back without the fuss of traffic and overbearing pedestrian? Well, Segway could be an answer, but wouldn’t that be too reckless for an office-go-er? How about the Electric Dauphin conceptualized by Ricardo Baiao. This really cool vehicle is a concept that requires minimum fuss. It juices up power via the electrical mains, just like how you would charge your mobile phone! In about six hours of charging you get a top-up; which I feel is pretty damn good! In the designer’s own words, “The Dauphin was designed to be a smart vehicle with a high rate cost efficient and not to harm by any way the environment.” This means you’ll have an eco-friendly baby in your hands!

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    Motostyles Moto Boom and Moto Tattoo add a dash of funk

    There are two kinds of mobile phone users:
    One- who just use it to make and receive calls
    Two- who use it as an accessory to make a style statement!!
    I belong to the latter category and like every girl, I think of various ways to pimp up my phone. Motorola totally understands the need for owning a great phone that not only functions well, but also is high on the glam-quotient! Johannes Holl designed the concepts for Motostyles, Moto Boom and Moto Tattoo. Besides being individualistic, the phones display the potential to personalize the skins of a Moto in a very unique way.

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    • Meet the Team


      Geetu Gupta

      Contributing Editors