I am fascinated by all things design, well SOME THINGS DESIGN. My A.D.D. suits the many talents I have and enables me to learn about all sorts of seemingly unrelated topics that all point back towards Design. Enjoy
"Table with a built-in ice bucket. The concept behind The Dine table is to create a relaxed and friendly environment for people to hang out. Its neutral presence gives it the capacity to adapt itself to any kind of situation. It can be used anywhere, from someone’s home, to a restaurant, a hotel or other types of commercial establishments, as long as the idea is to provide a cool and relaxed moment. The built-in ice bucket at the center makes it accessible to everyone, keeping the beverages cool the whole time. The ice bucket can be removed or the cork at its end can be pulled out to drain it, making it easier to reuse the water to other purposes."
This is a company that is making nail polish/ varnish that will change colors when coming in contact with a date rape drug. To use it, just dip your fingers in your drink and it will let you know if your drink has been spiked.
Within the next 10 years, we will be 3D printing our own clothes.
Meet OpenKnit, the first open-source clothing printer.
As noted futurist and self-proclaimed technology oracle Ray Kurzweil said at Google’s I/O conference yesterday, the 3D printing hype, while partly a result of the boom-bust-recovery theory of capitalism, should be taken seriously—at least for the sake of fashion.
In less than ten years, you’re probably going to be able to print your own open source clothes for a few cents, he told the audience, presenting more upward trending graphs than a keynote at a hot air balloon convention.
And he’s probably going to be right, as he has been with many of his other educated guesses about what the future will hold for us, technologically speaking (three quarters precisely correct predictions, he said).
WoodSkin is a fascinating new composite material that looks like lovely patterned wood, but moves with the flexibility of a sheet blowing in the breeze. Its plastic nature allows it to function as a stylish, organic-looking skin for projects that might otherwise be built with standard, flat materials.
Tech from Korean company Mediafront has produced video displays that are completely transparent. Demonstrated with commercial possibilities such as vending machines and refridgerators, it is easy to see how this tech can be used for new media art.
Here are some short videos of the tech in action - the first two were taken by my new favourite Japanese tech blogger, Kyoko Omi:
Kyomo’s videos were taken at a cutting-edge tech show in Japan called CEATEC - you can see more here [Japanese]
If you’ve ever moved into a new place without furniture or anywhere to hang your clothes, you’ll appreciate the Arara Nômade. It’s an all-in-one solution for organizing clothes packed into one compact box.