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Tag Archives: Concept

Air Purifier Bike: Ride a Bike, Clean the Air, Save the Planet

Air Purifying Bike

Cycling is the environmentally-friendly way to travel. It doesn’t require fuel, it doesn’t produce emissions that contribute to greenhouse gases, and it doesn’t require electricity (which is produced by burning coal.) Taking bicycles one step further is the team from Lightfog Creative and Design with the Air Purifier Bike.

Not only does it come with all the usual benefits of riding a bike, but it also comes with a built-in air purification system. It’s a neat idea, but the specifics that the team provided with regards to the system is mind-boggling, though.

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Conceptual ‘Copy & Paste’ Tool is a Portable Scanner and Printer In One

Copy Paste

Do you copy and paste stuff a lot when you’re on the computer? It simplifies a lot of tasks and doesn’t take more than few seconds to do if you’re familiar with the usual shortcuts. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could somehow do the same in real life?

That’s what the folks behind the Copy & Paste tool are envisioning with their concept design. It looks like one of those scanning guns that cashiers use to scan the code on the stuff that you’re buying. Only this time, you’re supposed to move the device over whatever it is you want to copy and paste.

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They Could Be Real One Day: Air Bags for Your Smartphone

Smartphone Airbag

The first time I dropped my phone, it had nary a scratch on it. The second time I dropped it, the screen cracked and it was time for a new phone. The thing is, people drop their phones every day, and protective cases don’t really do much protecting, since they usually break along with the phone.

So to deal with this, the smart, creative, and kooky folks at Honda’s concept lab came up with air bags for smartphones. It hooks up with the phone’s accelerometer, which can detect when the phone has been dropped. Once it does, the air bags are deployed for a (hopefully) safe landing with nothing breaking upon impact.

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OrbSys Saves Water By Letting You Shower in the Same Water, Again and Again

OrbSys shower

Water is a finite resource. At the rate things are going, it’s going to run out sooner rather than later. Then what would become of the human race? Working with this line of thinking are the folks behind the OrbSys shower system, which encourages people to conserve and recycle water as they bathe. Of course, the water is purified before it’s meant to be used again because it would just be gross if it weren’t.

OrbSys offers ten-minute showers that only use five liters of water. Normally people use about 150 liters for a typical shower, so that’s reducing water usage by about 96%. This is made possible by the shower’s closed-loop system that purifies the spent water to drinking water level before it comes out of the shower head for it’s succeeding runs.

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Plate Cooker Heats Meals for One in a Jiffy

Plate Cooker

Life can get pretty hectic sometimes–so hectic that you might even forget to eat lunch or choose to skip dinner, simply because you didn’t have the time. But don’t use time as an excuse, because you’re going to be paying for skipping meals with poorer health. A lot of people don’t have time to cook every day, so they prepare large batches of food over the weekend to be frozen and reheated throughout the week. While fresh is still best, this alternative is better than not eating altogether.

Something that could make the cook-freeze-and-reheat process better is the plate cooker. It looks like a sandwich grill, expect it has a bunch of compartments instead of grills when you lift the cover.

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Roadless Wheel System is For All Terrains

Shape Shifting Wheel

It’s tough if you live in places where the roads are far from ideal. In areas where road conditions would make it difficult for vehicles with typical wheels to cross, the Roadless wheel system is a godsend. It’s essentially a shape-shifting wheel that can change in size and shape to fit a bevy of vehicles and to adjust to various road conditions.

Roadless was designed by Ackeem Ngwenya, who is a student in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. He was supposed to graduate last June but ran out of tuition money, so he took to Indiegogo with his graduation project with the goal of raising money to complete his studies and get the opportunity to develop Road further.

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Mini Movie Campy Packs a Theater Into a Tiny Camper

Dethleffs Mini Theater Camper

This camper looks just like a typical camper, except for the fact that it’s got an actual theater crammed into it. I kid you not–it actually has a big screen inside (well, the biggest screen that could be fit into it), along with plush chairs that’ll make you feel like you’re watching a movie in an actual theater.

Created by German camper manufacturer Dethleffs, this Mini Movie Campy was showcased at the recent Dusseldorf Caravan Salon. As you can see, they made the most out of the 12.2-foot-long (3.72-m) camper, equipping it with a huge 3D television, a surround sound system, and seven theater-style seats.Continue Reading

ALERT Staples: Every Office Needs These

Alert Staples

Everything’s all good until you run out of staples. What’s worse is when your office is truly out of staples because the guy in charge of supplies screwed things up. This happened last week at our office, and let me just say that the hour it took to buy staples was as tense as things can get in an otherwise boring office.

I’m sure it’s happened to you before: you’re stapling forms and documents, working up a good rhythm, until you hear that empty click that means your stapler is out of staples. Working to make sure that this doesn’t happen without your awareness is ALERT Staples. It’s a concept by Wei-Ling Hsu, Yu-Ren Lai, and Cyuan-Yi You, where your typical staple wires are inked with a red band at the edge.

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One Shot Transforms Into a Bike In Seconds

One Shot Bike

One Shot is the ultimate portable bike. It isn’t shaped like a typical bike, although it still rides like one. Obviously it’s not meant to be ridden on mountain trails either, judging by the size of the wheels on this thing. It is, first and foremost, a portable bike. It was designed to be used with the rail transit in mind, as the sleek design allows it to be stowed in the train when commuting.

Essentially, One Shot helps you get to the places where you need to be minus the emissions (if you were riding a car) and minus the sore legs (if you were walking or running the entire time.) It folds up easily into a trolley-type rolling case which you can lug around using the attached handle when you’ve reached the station or when you’re not using it for easy handling.

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