These days presented on the Eurobike in Friedrichshafen the Korean mandoo „footloose“ is an example of an innovative aproach to create new bike architectures by not using direct chain-driving force, but simply transforming pedalpower into electric energy .
This technique comes along with a simple and quick one-pivot folding mechanism and in human simplicity design, avoiding sharp edges and greasy parts.
A scientific research on color, design and technology assisted Mondo, manufacturer of rubber floorcovering, to determine a color palette that follows both aesthetic aspects but also the psycho-physiological effect of colors on the final consumer.
Thus, for example, for use in the „Healthcare for children“ areas colors with low contrast ratio were chosen, producing a soft, glowing color effect and giving the impression of unlimited space.
This helps children become accustomed to the treatment room and build confidence.
For educational use, the research focused on the relationship between saturation and brightness. The colors should be darker from preschool to university, the saturation values are however lower in preschool.
The matched colors are organized within a system, depending on the application, according to color families. There are 30 solid colors, 30 speckled colors (Grain) and 12 specially designed pattern (Decors). These provide a huge set of combinations and provide the space an individual character…
Japanese art student Takashi Masubuchi from the Tokyo University of the Arts used petroleum based paint products to create his senior thesis exhibition project ‘Drip’. Therefor he climbed up onto a gigantic cube of styrofoam and dips slowly and carefully black or white paint onto the surface. The acidic paint ate its way through the styrofaom cubes and creates surreal organic forms that look like from outer space and mimic the process of decomposition.
Till recently, flat panels have been the dominant format In the history of solar-harvesting technologies. However, scientists and manufacturers are constantly exploring novel formats that will exhibit certain benefits over flat panels.
Barcelona-based Rawlemon has developed a technology called β.Torics that uses large, fluid-filled glass spheres to harness sunlight. The company claims that this technology can concentrate sunlight up to 10,000 times, increasing energy efficiency by 35% over conventional photovoltaic technologies. Although still in the prototype stage, β.Torics suggests new building-integration possibilities, such as bulbous curtain walls or bubble-shaped rooftop collection systems.
Hyper-Matrix is an installation created for the Hyundai Motor Group Exhibition Pavilion by the media arts group Jonpasang for the EXPO 2012 Yeosu Korea. Thousands of stepper motor controled 30x30cm cubes can be moved out of the facade individually. Combined with the projection these floating tactile pixels must create an amazing experience for the audience!
Corning, the inventor of the famous IPhone „Gorilla Glass“ has invented Willow Glass, an ultra-slim flexible glass, which could revolutionize the shape and form of next-generation consumer electronics.
What makes Corning’s Willow Glass so unique is that its thinness, strength and flexibility means that displays can be ‘wrapped’ around devices or products.
In theory, this could lead to watches or bracelets with touchscreen capability. The glass is processed at temperatures up to 500° C, which is essential for today’s high-end displays. It is also a processing condition that cannot be supported with polymer films., means that the industry can implement a ‘roll-to-roll’ process, similar to how newsprint is produced. This is something that has previously been impossible to do until now.
Willow Glass will also support thinner backplanes and color filters for both organic light emitting diodes (OLED) and liquid crystal displays (LCD) in high-performance, portable devices such as smartphones, tablets, and notebook computers. The glass’ natural hermetic properties also act as a seal for OLED displays and other moisture and oxygen-sensitive technologies.
Formfantasma is known to produce both beautiful and unique objects, which incorporate unusual material use and usability. Here, they have worked with a team including glass blower Massimo Lunardon and charcoal burner Doris Wicki.
To produce the Charcoal collection, all the designers spent a some days in the forest surrounding Zurich with Mrs. Wicki where they customized wooden pieces and burnt them using traditional techniques deeply rooted in Swiss tradition. Then they created a series of sculpted pieces to be fitted in hand-blown containers — including some textured ones blowed inside burnt branches.
Designed specially for an exhibition dubbed ‘Confrontations’ at the Weil Am Rhein Vitra Design Museum, these beautiful functional objects are traditional yet innovative.