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RJDJ – Reactive music
November 24, 2010, 6:29 pm
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RjDj is a music application for the Iphone. It uses sensory input to generate and control music you are listening to. RjDj is mainly consumed with headphones. Think of it as the next generation of Walkman or mp3 player where the music reacts to the sounds of your environment. Nothing will ever sound the same twice. Really mind-boggling and playful application and it’s free!

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Playpump
November 16, 2010, 6:34 pm
Filed under: biomimicry & Ecology, Product Design | Tags: ,

Water For People began implementing this solution in 2010 as a way to improve school water solutions. A spinning merry-go-round pumps water out of a borehole and up into a tank.While children have fun spinning on the PlayPump merry-go-round, clean water is pumped from underground into a 2,500-liter tank, standing seven meters above the ground. A simple tap makes it easy for adults and children to draw water. Excess water is diverted from the storage tank back down into the borehole. Capable of producing up to 1,400 liters of water per hour at 16 rpm from a depth of 40 meters, it is effective up to a depth of 100 meters.

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Siftables
September 9, 2010, 7:58 pm
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Siftables are sets of cookie-sized computers with motion sensing, neighbor detection, graphical display, and wireless communication. Siftables act in concert to form a single interface: users physically manipulate them—piling, grouping, sorting—to interact with digital information and media. Siftables provide a new platform on which to implement tangible games. The possibilities are endless. Check out the video to have an idea of how awesome these little bricks can be:

there’s also a great TEDtalk about siftables.

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Dew Bank Bottle
July 8, 2010, 2:56 pm
Filed under: biomimicry & Ecology, Product Design | Tags: , , ,

The onymacris unguicularis is a beetle found in the Namibian desert and has the most unique way of procuring water. Early in the morning, when the dew enriched fog is settled over the dunes, the beetle goes to the peak and positions its body in such a way that it helps in dew formation, and slurps up the water thus formed. Using this technique is the Dew Bank Bottle. It’s made is such a way that the steel body helps to assimilate the morning dew and channel it into the bottle immediately. That’s what you get for watching those BBC documentaries and good inspiration 🙂

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Record Sleeve is also Player
June 24, 2010, 12:57 pm
Filed under: packaging, Product Design | Tags: , , ,

A record player created from a piece of corrugated cardboard that folds into an envelope. Once assembled, a record can be spun on the player with a pencil. The vibrations go trough the needle and are amplified in the cardboard material. The players were sent out to creative directors across North America as a creative demonstration of GGRP’s sound engineering capabilities.

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Hylite
June 24, 2010, 12:38 pm
Filed under: Materials, Product Design | Tags: , , ,

Hylite, which is comprised of sheets of aluminum bonded to a polypropylene core. Why bond metal to plastic? Because once you mill off a thin strip of aluminum from either side, boom, you’ve got a metal sheet with a living hinge. It was originally developed for non-loadbearing car body parts. However, the combination of considerable flexural stiffness and extreme lightness, also makes it interesting for aviation,  transportation vehicles, autobusses, office supply, ring binders, etc.

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Trasformabili – Convertible Clothes
June 24, 2010, 12:21 pm
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Moreno Ferrari’s pioneering Transformables collection for CP Company of Italy features garments that convert into, for instance, inflatable armchairs, a kite, or a tent.

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