Spitting socket

Are you sickened by the amount of power that’s consumed by all of the electronics in your life? This outlet regulator sure is, and it’s certainly not going to hold back any of its feelings. A working concept designed by RISD student Conor Klein this device lets you know when your electronic gadget has had its fair share of juice by physically spitting its greedy plug out onto the floor.

via:: inhabitat


Robot #4: needy one
March 13, 2010, 1:39 pm
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Robot 4 is part of a series of robots perceived by Dunne & Raby. Over the coming years, robots are destined to play a significant part in our daily lives — not as super smart, functional machines, nor as pseudo life forms, but as technological cohabitants. But how will we interact with them? What new interdependencies and relationships might emerge in relation to different levels of robot intelligence and capability? These objects are meant to spark a discussion about how we’d like our robots to relate to us: subservient, intimate, dependent, equal? Robot4 is very needy. Although extremely smart it is trapped in an underdeveloped body and depends on its owner to move it about. Neediness is designed into very smart products to maintain a feeling of control. The idea presented here can also be applied to ‘normal’ products. The user will develop a relationship with a product if this prodyct is dependent of the user. And therefore the user will not cast it away as easily as we do now with our out-of-style products. >video

via: Dunne & Raby

Cardboard kids
February 17, 2010, 4:04 pm
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Realistic, life-size cardboard cut-outs of children are being used in a Northeastern Ohio neighborhood to slow down speeding cars. Mike Wood of West Salem, Ohio says he originally started printing life-size posters of grandchildren for their grandparents. The darn things look so real, he found they also effectively slow traffic to a safe speed. Mr. Wood is now selling the fake children props for $60 a piece. People are stopping to buying these cardboard cut-outs of children and he is even getting calls from police stations and neighborhood associations.

via:: trendhunter

Contrail bicycle chalk drawing
January 26, 2010, 1:40 pm
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Contrail is a concept bicycle device that attaches above the wheel of a bike and covers the bicycle wheel with a layer of chalk. The chalk then creates a trail or mark on the surface of the road, turning the bike into a sort of large drawing utensil. The concept, developed by Pepin Gelardi of Studio Gelardi focuses around the idea of safety in numbers. By using this device, bicyclists will have a clearer path on which to ride safely and out of the way of vehicular traffic. At the same time, as more bicyclists using the Contrail go over a line created by a cyclist before them, the line gets brighter allowing drivers to clearly see a marked bike path where there might be none.

via:: doobybrain

Supermarket Cart – Charity Awareness
January 26, 2010, 12:33 pm
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This awareness action consisted of three different child faces of ethnic backgrounds: Asian, Black and Indian. The mouth had an opening just where the coin to release the supermarket cart is inserted. Each coin would symbolically feed a child. Under the image, it says ” You can feed a child for two days with what you spend renting this cart.

via:: thecoolhunter

Wind to light

this experimental site-specific installation illustrates alternative, sustainable ways of harnessing energy that will explore the power of the wind in the city, visualising it as an ephemeral cloud of light. the installation is custom built, using 500 mini wind turbines to generate power, which illuminates hundreds of mounted leds, creating firefly-like fields of light, with wind visually interpreted as electronic patterns across the installation. wind around the southbank generates the power, creating a unique and thought-provoking light art piece that will delight all ages.

via:: coolhunting

The world’s deepest bin
November 25, 2009, 12:28 am
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To throw rubbish in the bin instead of onto the floor shouldn’t really be so hard. Many people still fail to do so. Can we get more people to throw rubbish into the bin, rather than onto the ground, by making it fun to do? See the results here.

via:: the Fun Theory