Concept Airship – floating hotel

10 02 2010

Seymour Powell has developed concept plans for a giant luxury airship – the Aircruise. The scheme is funded by Samsung Construction and Trading. The Airship is 265m tall 270 tonnes, and looks like a skyscraper when docked. It would be able to fly at an altitude of 3500m and would cruise at 100-150Km/h. It’s powered by hydrogen but lets ignore the risks involved with that as it is a concept and it looks cool.

It would take about 37 hours to go from London to New York, which is a long time but it is a floating hotel with a penthouse apartment. Just don’t take Rob’s mum with you as you would be bored after a few minutes, that’s if she can fit into it.

For more info have a look at the source
http://www.seymourpowell.com/#/case_studies/34/

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Solar Energy Storage by Ming-Ching Hsueh » Yanko Design

1 10 2009

Very cool Solar Energy Storage Concept

Solar Energy Storage Concept

Solar Energy Storage Concept

The practical application of Some Shine Solar Energy Storage System is quite simple. You hang up the cool looking Solar Curtain on your window, and keep the battery-pack hooked to the base. It soaks in the solar energy during the daytime, stores it and uses it to replenish your gadgets at night. Hook up your stuff via the USB port and you’re done for the night.

http://www.yankodesign.com/2009/10/01/sun-shine-and-a-curtain/





Flight Pictures « 1337arts

16 09 2009

Flight Pictures « 1337arts.

A group of MIT students seeking to share the artistic aspects of science with others. On Sept. 2, 2009,  launched a digital camera into near-space to take photographs of the earth from high up above.





Fontplore

28 07 2009

A new interactive table similar to the Microsoft Surface, but this one is for searching and exploring font databases. Using this table you have the option browse, preview, compare and print the fonts you are interested in. The advantage of exploring like this compared to a computer screen, you can use the larger screen table and invite your client to join you over a coffee, plus it looks damn cool!

Fontplorer

Fontplorer

Check out the link for full details including a video of the UI. http://www.fontplore.org/

Thanks to http://rufdog.wordpress.com/ for the link





Erasing Darkness

20 07 2009

Steffen Kehrle and Julia Landsiedl have designed a new light device for Moree.

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Dimmer switches don’t work with energy saving bulbs. The light cuboid produces a comfortable light tint and can be slid continuously out of the aluminium body, producing the same effect as a dimmer switch.

Very innovatiove solution, and it looks good whilst creating a pleasant mood light that can be pushed out of its aluminium shell smoothly.

The only issue I have with it is the cable sticking out the side.

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Technical Data:
Shell from anodized aluminium with silver or champagne colouring, anti-slip feet; easily moveable lightcube, consisting of glasslike plastic (PMMA); Light source: energy saving bulb, max. 15 Watt/ E27; Size (closed): 380 x 131 x 208 mm, extendable to a total length of 680 mm.
Certification: CE





Palm Pre – is it doomed already

4 06 2009

pre_hero_dialpadPalm are launching their new smartphone on 6th June, but how successful will it be?

Multitouch display, more gestures than the iPhone, a replaceable battery even a full qwerty keyboard, but still i can’t help but feel it’s a little late entering into the market. I am intregued by it and would like to have a play with it, but will not be rushing out to get one to replace my iPhone.

Not to forget they are releasing this new phone 1 week before the Apple WWDC 09, did the marketing team not think about this? What is the media going to be more interested in? a single product from a desperate company or a burst of innovation and new announcements from Apple. Just imagine if it’s Steve Jobs himself that comes on stage with a brand new iPhone, the Pre will be burried so deep in the media feeds nobody will even remember it.

Which brings me to the article i wanted to share with you all, from Business Week

Palm: Likely to Stumble with Pre

And the best quote from the article:

If you can afford to spend $199 on a phone in this economy, would you purchase a phone that’s been in the marketplace for two years, has sold more units than the Motorola Razr, and is supported by tens of thousands of available applications, or would you purchase an unproven phone from a company teetering on the brink of extinction, or at least irrelevance?





Secret rooms – Car elevator

11 05 2009

Not enough space for all your cars, or just too precious about your car and want to make sure it’s safe? Why not get a secret room built for it with an elevator?

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This creative custom car elevator by Cardok (based in Bristol UK) turns a residential patio into a hidden parking space, which is safer than a locked garage, and looks great too.

It is operated by remote control and takes about 30 seconds to reveal your additional parking space.