Thursday, 8 July 2010

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Spindle Ball Alarms!

Posted: 08 Jul 2010 01:30 AM PDT

Some designers want you to stand up to wake up, others want you to stretch but Pedro Gomes wants you to play with the toy-like Sleepy Alarm Clock! Spin the spoodle and it allows you to sleep for a wee bit longer. Overall a cute design that will fit perfectly in the children's room. What I dig the most is the fun, interactive way we can change the time by simply moving the ball back and forth.

Designer: Pedro Gomes

Sleepy Alarm Clock With Snooze by Pedro Gomes

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Starry Lights Of Origami

Posted: 08 Jul 2010 01:15 AM PDT

The Star Lamp is a very versatile piece, transforming from a tabletop, floor, hanging to a wall mount with ease. The Origami influence is quite evident in the stylish folds of the hood and simplistic layout. The translucent grey polypropylene disperses the light from the bulb to create subtle lighting for any living area. Made from two pieces of polypropylene sheet and reinforced thin aluminum legs, the lamp can be knocked down to a flat pack for easy packaging and shipping.

Here's how to assemble the lamp:

  • The lamp is assembled by pushing the tabs on the top piece through the slots in the base and locking into place. These tabs become the legs for the lamp.
  • The light socket is put through the hole in centre of the base and secured.
  • Finally insert the bulb, plug in and illuminate.

Designer: Alisha Larsen

Star Lamp by Alisha Larsen

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Coffeemaze! Better Than Any Gaming

Posted: 08 Jul 2010 01:00 AM PDT

The thing with addiction to games is that you tend to find ways and means to include them in your daily routine. Like if you have a phone, you'll download games and play on it. Same goes with computers and I needn't mention the obvious: gaming consoles! The question is how do you satisfy your addiction on a coffee break? "Oluk"! Not your conventional coffee set, but a saucy saucer with a maze, so that you can immerse yourself into 'chasing-the-coffee-drop-game!'

Designer: Erdem Selek

Oluk Coffee Cup Saucer Design by Erdem Selek

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No More Smelly Shoes, Ever

Posted: 08 Jul 2010 12:14 AM PDT

Do you have a fast life? Do your feet stink? Would you like to be center of attention in a room? Does your foot odor make your social situation poop out at parties? Well check it out! There’s totally something you can do about it now. You don’t have to buy a new pair of shoes everyday anymore. This right here’s the “UV Blower,” a machine that’ll keep your sneakers and business loafers smelling fresh every morning!

This UV Blower, as designed by Bhagvanji M Sonagra, seems like a fantastic idea to me. People that wear shoes on the regular know they’ve got a smelly situation on their feet. It just is. Everyone’s feet smell terrible when they’ve been in shoes for 8 hours of the day. Stick them on this thing right here. The UV Blower uses ultraviolet germicidal control and forced air to blow out all the nastiness and dry the shoes out. A UV light then shines from within to kill all the microorganisms that your feet have been growing all day long. You know what that means?

It means healthier feet and less foot odor. Simply.

Designers: Bhagvanji M Sonagra

UV Blower for foot odor by Bhagvanji M Sonagra

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Skate Long on Carbon Fiber

Posted: 08 Jul 2010 12:10 AM PDT

Oh man how I enjoy it when there’s skateboard and longboard designs on Yanko. This is the first feasible, ready to rock one I’ve gotten to write about in a long time. And it’s carbon-fiber! All the more excellent. This particular board is designed by Louis Bradier and aims to bring ski technology to the skateboard. In doing so, Bradier aims for comfort, lightness, and simplicity. Perfect goals for a most-excellent activity and sport situation.

Fate is not without a sense of irony. Earlier today I had a movie on, (as I generally do whilst working on internets,) it was that live-action version of the Dogtown and Z-Boys story. It’s interesting to watch the progression of skateboarding through them, as they went from using skateboards to transport them from their houses to the surf, then rode these tiny skateboards primarily in a surf-board style, then got polyurethane wheels and started riding up the wall, bouncing off the ground doing street tricks, designing their own shapes of boards, turning the sport inside-out every couple of years. It’s a great medium because there’s basically no rules for the activity and such simple boundaries for the sport. Then there’s the modern skateboarder that does all sorts of different things. One of those is just getting around. That’s the sort of thing I do. Keep a skateboard in the trunk of your car to get from the back of the parking lot to the storefront and back. This works great when your apartment complex has no off-street parking. 50 miles away to park!

So check this out: thus was born the longboard. It’s not made for tricks. It’s made for cruizin. Designer Louis Bradier has a board right here that’s made first of all for comfort. The shape of the board allows for the rider to be super-close to the ground making pushing and breaking easy, the location of the trucks allowing for a totally stable and confident ride.

Lightness, the second goal, comes from the material the board is made of, carbon fiber, allowing the whole board to be only 1.5kg. The board is also very stiff, allowing for a low absorption of energy, making it easier to go much faster and further than a conventional board ride. The edge of the board is injected polyurethane – only around the edge though so toughness can be achieved without weighing down the board.

Simplicity, the last goal, is one that’s achieved in the shape, which, if you take a look with a wonky eye, replicates the human body with shoulders, waist, and hip areas. The graphic on the bottom of the deck is meant to remind the rider of the relationship between ride and sensuality. You’ve got to have a sexy time! That pattern you see shining up at you is made by the carbon fiber, a nice checkered pattern that, when mixed with the way the grip tape is applied to the top, makes for a wild experience all the way through. Believe that.

Technical specifications: Length: 1050 mm, Max width: 260 mm, Wheelbase: 900 mm, Weight: 1.5kg, Longitudinal and torsional flex: close to none

Designers: Louis Bradier

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Yacht So Green it’s Alien

Posted: 08 Jul 2010 12:02 AM PDT

I think it’s been 10 years or more since I heard a Looney Tunes reference of this caliber. This eco-sustainable catamaran yacht goes by the name “Marvin the Martian.” It measures in at 50 feet long and is hulled of sassy white fiberglass. Designer Maria Malindretou-Vika’s (herein referred to as M.V.) goal in this project was to create a boat capable of being both autonomous and self-sufficient in energy. M.V. does this and makes one fabulous yacht in the process.

The first and top or nearly top of the list point this boat aims to make is changing the boat market. M.V. sees that only 10% of the international boat market is currently categorizable as sailboats – sailboats being the most eco-friendly of all the boats, this M.V. saw as a thing to change. Motorboats are what everybody buys, mostly because they require little to no instruction or special training to drive.

So what does M.V. do? Work on blurring the two categories.

The Marvin is a catamaran. A catamaran is any number of boats that basically have two hulls. Catamaran means “tied together” – referring to the two boats in one. This particular catamaran can sail and also motor along silently and with low gas consumption. The two hulls allows for less resistance in the water than one. That’s physics. The fiberglass hull employs vacuum infusion epoxy resins and Kevlar laminates to be both lightweight and inexpensive. The hull, with its giant deck space and 35 sq m (380 sq f) of photovoltaic panels harvests enough energy to become self-sufficient.

After saying that I feel strange saying this: propultion relies on an electric/diesel engine. All electric the boat goes 30Nm of autonomy at a 5 kn cruising speed, mixed diesel and electric it goes 87Nm autonomy at 9 kn, consuming 400 liters of fuel. LED lights can be found throughout, and openings and hatches can be found throughout the boat to allow for an air-conditioning free cabin. A total of 8 people can fit comfortably aboard, the deck has a kitchen, inside has a dinette and living room illuminated by giant apertures in the boat’s shell.

Don’t go whaling in this now, it’s just for cruising. Have fun!

Designer: Maria Malindretou-Vika

Marvin, the eco-sustainable catamaran by Maria Malindretou-Vika

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