Just heard on the radio: The Federal Transportation Safety Authority has asked members of the public to submit ideas to make airport check-in lines run more rapidly and smoothly. Process is also design. AND friends, there’s also a $15,000 prize [ details ]
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Google is exploring what fully self-driving vehicles would look like by building prototypes. This new driverless car is built from scratch. The prototype, described as ‘fully self-driving’, is designed without steering wheel or pedals, as it should be able to operate safely without human intervention says Google.
The car is capped at a speed of 25mph and its sensors can detect objects from up to ‘two football fields’ away. I’m not sure how I feel about no steering wheel or brake. [ more ]
At first glance I thought these were toys. Well, for some they are toys – adult gifts to keep tabs on each other. Originally designed for parents, bleepbleeps are also for seniors and special needs. Very smart and cute. Here’s what bleepbleeps say about Sammy Screamer: ‘This is Sammy Screamer, a movement sensor that connects to the bleepbleeps app. Place Sammy on an item that you want to monitor – could be a door, a bag or a stroller. Get a notification on your phone if the item moves – i.e. the door opens, the bag gets tampered with or the stroller gets moved. Use the bleepbleeps app to set Sammy’s sensitivity and choose how loud you want him to scream.’
sammy screamer app
ultra stan | ultrasound pregnancy scanner, seriously
olivia p sticks | ovulation tester, obviously stan and olivia know each other
master bates | male fertility tester, omg!
lilly loco | gps device
bleepbleeps reached their goal for sammy screamer on [ kickstarter ] and the family has grown thanks to stan, olivia and mr. bates.
the bleepbleeps | very connected devices
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An innovative bike light that does not need to light the way as much as to make others aware of your presence. Lucetta is set of two small magnetic bicycle lights. Easily attached to several different parts of a bicycle, the two small lights – white for the front, red for the rear – are switched on and off with just one click.
Made up of two small magnetic lights, the Lucetta is the new, essential light for your bike. Easy to attach to any bike, the two small lights – 1 red and 1 white – switch on with just a click and are guaranteed to stay securely in place even on the bumpiest street. You can select a steady beam, a slow or fast flashing light by simply clicking the light on the bike. When you reach your destination, remove the lights, join them together and slip them in your pocket ready for your next outing.
• Includes: white front LED light + red rear LED light
• Steady light / slow flashing / fast flashing modes
• Wide angle for best visibility
• Run-time: up to 40 hours
• Available in 3 colors: black, red, white
• Power supply: 2 x CR2032 batteries per light
• Intensity: 15000 mcd white / 4000 mcd red
• Batteries included
designer: emanuele pizzolorusso
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above> a smart design competition in a very smart venue | galeria 1 messe frankfurt
Companies from 29 countries entered Design Plus 2014. To be accepted the entries may not have been on the market for more than two years and must meet high expectations with regard to function, design and sustainability. The jury selected 30 products from 24 companies from ten countries. Three Design Plus winners were also showcased in ‘solutions‘, an exhibit about innovative functionality.
mu | toyo ito | alessi
tea-jay on the rocks | flöz industriedesign | blomus
fissler bionic | professor thomas gerlach via 4 design gmbh | fissler [ solutions winner ]
lucetta | emanuele pizzolorusso | palomar [ solutions winner ]
to go | niels kjeldsen | stelton
georg | christina liljenberg halstrøm | skagerak denmark
[ products 2014 ]
[ jury ]
Designer: Mark Braun, Berlin
Design trade: Volker Hohmann, Ikarus Design Handel GmbH, Gelnhausen, Germany
Design Management: Hugo Macdonald, Studioilse, London
Design Teaching: Hubert Kittel, Burg Giebichenstein
University of Art and Design Halle
Design press: Stefan Nilsson, Trendgruppen, Stockholm
Design manufacturer: Philipp Mainzer, E15, Frankfurt/Main
Sponsor: Andrej Kupetz, German Design Council, Frankfurt/Main
Sponsor: Julia Droege, German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Frankfurt/Main
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Google Glass was really introduced without much thought to its use. Probably because it doesn’t have to worry making money out of the gate. As a result there are more skeptics than believers. 2014 should convert many to the promise of ‘enhanced POV real-time visualization’ that’s now in the marketplace. Example, I just discovered [ Recon Snow2 ]: Many, me, ski for the thrill derived from falling a little out of control but these glasses conjur up a different motivation to hit the slopes. Note the emphasis on motivation as in what motivates one to use a product. That’s why Glass is perfectly tied to fitness because fitness for many, me, requires a great deal of motivation, passion, competition and fun.
DesignApplause is not a fitness destination but folks, this is the last week of the year and we know how almost empty the health clubs are this week and then packed in January and February. By March much of the motivation to ‘work’ has moved on. But just maybe Glass will be a life-changer. Stay fit, my friends. Happy New Year.
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Here is something new from the designer(*) of the Nest thermostat. Meet the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm. Burned the toast? Nest Protect won’t just start yelling at you. Before turning on a loud, howling alarm, Nest Protect gives you an early warning we call Heads-Up. Nest Protect lights up yellow and speaks with a human voice. It tells you where smoke is or when carbon monoxide levels are rising. This gives you an earlier warning if there’s an emergency, or allows you to silence Nest Protect if it’s just a nuisance alarm, like an overly enthusiastic toaster.
AND Silence alarms with a wave. No more frantically swinging towels at the smoke alarm to quiet it down. If there’s a nuisance alarm, just stand under Nest Protect and wave your arm to hush the alert. It does a lot more [ details ] Starting in November available for pre-order and will be available in 5,000 stores across the United States and Canada.
(*)Tony Fadell, 44, who turned his frustration with “unloved” domestic products into a mandate to “make them smart and save lives,.” Tony is now the chief of Nest. At Apple he led the team that created Apple’s original iPod and iPhone,
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