Archiv für Mai 2010

MIT unveils solar panels printed on paper!

12. Mai 2010 - 18:14 Uhr

What if you could simply staple solar panels to your house rather than hiring a professional installation team? That’s not as far-fetched as it sounds — MIT researchers have figured out a way to print thin film solar cells on paper using a process that resembles a standard inkjet printer. If they’re able to gear efficiencies up to scale, the development could revolutionize the production and installation of solar panels.

MIT’s new semiconductor-coated paper features carbon-based dyes that give the cells an efficiency of 1.5 to 2 percent. That’s not incredibly efficient, but the convenience factor makes up for it. And in the future, researchers hope that the same process used in the paper solar cells could be used to print cells on metal foil or even plastic.

Of course, paper solar cells are a long way from commercialization. MIT researchers say that the technology is still in the research phase and it could take years before being commercialized. And once it is? There’s no telling how it could revolutionize the home solar industry, which currently relies on pricey professional installers to set up panels.



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A shoebox apartment with super-sized versatility

12. Mai 2010 - 18:09 Uhr

Gary Chang takes compact living to the extreme with his 330-square foot Hong Kong apartment that squeezes in over 24 different room configurations.

Meet Gary Chang, a Hong Kong architect who transformed his pint-sized living space — a cramped 330-square foot apartment typical for densely populated Hong Kong — into a super-efficient, 24-room bachelor pad with the help of an ingenious system of sliding walls, panels, and gizmos.

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Radio Ball – an exploratory device

12. Mai 2010 - 18:06 Uhr

The interaction designers at Teague have unveiled their newest experiment: The Radio Ball, a geodesic sphere that offers a new way of exploring radio channels.

Designed by Benoit Collette and Adam Kumpf, the Radio Ball attempts to add some haptic novelty to the process of finding a radio station. Each facet of the ball corresponds to a different radio channel. To change the channel, you simply rotate the ball to another face. Tiles that plug into the gaps allow you to mark those that you like.

As they write:

Touchscreens make devices simple and sexy, but in doing so, they also become visually similar, haptically monotonic, and uninviting to natural discovery. Thinking back to the days of old analog radios, the magic of finding unexpected stations in the midst of fuzz was both enchanting and evocative.

For sure, interesting!

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For all the bike Lovers!

5. Mai 2010 - 23:58 Uhr

Copenhagen Parts proudly presents: the Bike Porter – an integrated handlebar and basket.

Old-school basket weave is fine if that’s your thing, but what real choice is there if you care about how your bike looks, and your style is more urban than country cottage? What if you ride a stylish single-speed but you also want to carry bags and groceries? Our response? The Bike Porter.

The Bike Porter combines cool aesthetics with practical function without corrupting the clean, simple lines of your ride.

By integrating the basket into the handlebar, the Bike Porter offers a sublime transport option which works as part of your bike as well as introducing an evolution in style.

More info here





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GE LED light bulbs

5. Mai 2010 - 23:20 Uhr

GE is preparing to release two new energy efficient LED light bulbs designed for commercial usage.
coming in 7 and 10-watt models, the new energy smart LED lights have white light emitting diodes that are ideal for spot lighting without extra wasted light. while LED lights can easily replace the overall glow of the common incandescent light, these new designs match high wattage, high lumen output halogen lights. the bulbs can achieve this quality of light with tremendous energy savings that can be up to 80 percent compared with a standard 45-watt incandescent bulb. thee bulbs will also last 10 times longer, with an expected lifetime of 20,000 hours. environmentally, the  LED lamps contain no lead or mercury.

The expect price is around 30 / 40 euros for each bulb…

The race for Led light bulbs is, for sure, on!! Are they worth it ? Are they too expensive?




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Instant is Back in the game!

5. Mai 2010 - 18:43 Uhr

The new Polaroid 300 Instant Camera has everything you loved about instant photography back in a fun and one-of-a-kind Polaroid way. With four lighting settings and an auto-flash, your photos will be perfect every time. Take the 300 Instant Camera with you to capture the fun instantly.




you can order it here!

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marek bereza: multithump

5. Mai 2010 - 18:38 Uhr

Multithump is a special multi-player version of marek bereza’s music sequencer iphone application thump. this special installation for seeper was installed at the v&a museum in london and executed in a tabletop format with graphics by david sweeney. the project utilizes a square grid like other music sequencers, but is manipulated digitally by the multiple users. the table set up allowed multi-touch interaction from the users, who are able to manipulate the sounds by pressing the squares on the grid. each user is assigned different sounds so that the culmination of all three created a balanced composition.

via: designboom


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Citroën Metropolis Concept

5. Mai 2010 - 18:33 Uhr

Citroën has revealed the spectacular new Citroën Metropolis Concept – a sleek and muscular concept car that pays homage to China’s extraordinary development. Created by Citroën’s international design team – based in Shanghai since 2008 – Citroën Metropolis will be on show in the French Pavilion at the Shanghai World Fair from 1st May to 31st October, 2010.

via Fubiz







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UK pavillion at Shangai Expo 2010 by Thomas Heaterwick

5. Mai 2010 - 18:26 Uhr

Here are some images of the impressive UK pavillion at the Expo 2010. For sure the result is amazing and impressive, but where does sustainability stand in this construction ?



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Nike Music Shoes

3. Mai 2010 - 18:03 Uhr

Nike Music Shoe is an awesome ad for the Nike Free Run+ shoe.

In the video you can see Hifana doing a live performance by using the shoes as controllers. By bending the flexible sole of the Nike Free Run+, they can control different sounds

Tomoaki Yanagisawa of 4nchor5 la6 was responsible for the hardware part. He added flexible and accelerometer sensors to the shoes.

Daito Manabe of Rhizomatiks did the sound programming with Max.

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