75 posts tagged design
Supersonic Jet Ditches Windows for Massive Live-Streaming Screens
Spike Aerospace is in the midst of building the first supersonic private jet. And when the $80 million S-512 takes off in December 2018, it won’t have something you’d find on every other passenger aircraft: windows. The Boston-based aerospace firm is taking advantage of recent advances in video recording, live-streaming, and display technology with an interior that replaces the windows with massive, high-def screens. The S-512’s exterior will be lined with tiny cameras sending footage to thin, curved displays lining the interior walls of the fuselage. The result will be an unbroken panoramic view of the outside world. And if passengers want to sleep or distract themselves from ominous rainclouds, they can darken the screen or choose from an assortment of ambient images. But this isn’t just a wiz-bang feature for an eight-figure aircraft. While windows are essential for keeping claustrophobia in check, they require engineering workarounds that compromise a fuselage’s simple structure. And that goes two-fold for a supersonic aircraft. An airplane is stronger sans windows, which is one of the reasons why planes carrying military personnel or packages fly without them. Putting passenger windows on an airplane requires meticulous construction — the ovular shape, small aperture, and double-pane construction are all there to maintain cabin pressure and resist cracking while flying 500 mph at 35,000 feet. (via Supersonic Jet Ditches Windows for Massive Live-Streaming Screens | Autopia | Wired.com)
Romolo Stanco’s e-QBO is giant monolithic cube that harnesses solar energy to power an integrated communications hub. The cube is wrapped with building integrated photovoltaic panels, and soaks up sunlight all day long to power public lighting, videomapping installations, cell phone ports, and an internet hotspot. The project was developed by TRED, an innovative Italian practice dedicated to merging high technology and design.
Can the human brain design a perfect object?
Merel Bekking wants to create the perfect design. But instead of looking to ratios and formulas, she’s peering into the human mind to find it. “I want to investigate if it is possible to make a perfect design based on brain activity,” Bekking says in a video describing her work. She’s already begun with a small group of 10 men and 10 women, using an MRI machine to determine what design elements they prefer the most.”As a designer, you have to make a series of decisions,” Bekking says. “And the three most important ones are shape, color, and material.” By presenting an array of those three elements to her subjects during a scan, Bekking found a preference for the color red, the material plastic, and for shapes that were closed and appeared organic. Bekking hasn’t yet created the perfect red, plastic, closed-organic shape, but she plans to present a series of “perfect everyday objects” at Milan Design Week in early April. (via Can the human brain design a perfect object? | The Verge)
Finnish designer Saad Alayyoubi, AKA SaGaDesign, hasn’t just created a perfectly good stand for your iPad, but in fact, a work of art. The €161 (£136) miniature muscle-man, reminiscent of the Greek titan Atlas, not only looks impressive, but uses every bit of his 3D-printed strength to hold your iPad at the perfect viewing angle.
As mentioned on the product’s Shapeways page, it also appears to defy gravity as the mini man holds an object that is much taller than him. The product, named “Sisu” roughly translates to “determination” or “grit.”
London designer and researcher Shamees Aden is developing a concept for running shoes that would be 3D-printed from synthetic biological material and could repair themselves overnight. (via Protocell trainers made from 3D-printed protocells by Shamees Aden)
Artist Paints Photorealistic Morgan Freeman Portrait With a $7 App on His iPad
UK graphic artist, Kyle Lambert, recently showed how powerful digital painting apps have become. Working from a photograph, Lambert used a painting app, his finger, and an iPad to compose an almost photo-perfect portrait of Morgan Freeman. The piece took Lambert 285,000 brush strokes and over 200 hours using the Procreate app. If you ever doubt the power of exponential gains in information technology—Procreate is available in the app store for $6.99. Maybe you’ve seen Lambert’s video. Its 10 million YouTube views meets and exceeds the definition of viral. But if you haven’t, it’s worth a few minutes of your time: (via Artist Paints Photorealistic Morgan Freeman Portrait With a $7 App on His iPad | Singularity Hub)
JAC Motors’ Harmonious Eco-Friendly Efficient Infrastructure or H.E.F.E.I. is hands down the most attractive concept of the bunch, and isn’t so much a car as a cog in a larger mobility network. It shares power with other vehicles on the grid, so when one car is idle, it can wirelessly transmit energy to other vehicles. Naturally, it’s autonomous — a theme with nearly all the creations this year — and its massive air inlets are just begging to suck in Bambi and her entire herd. (via Outlandish Concept Cars Inspired by Nature (And Probably Some Drugs) | Autopia | Wired.com)
Glass diagnostic tools use honey bees to sniff out cancer
Portuguese designer Susana Soares has created a series of glass diagnostic tools which use trained honey bees to detect if a patient has cancer. The “Bees” project draws inspiration from research indicating that “sniffer bees” can be trained to detect specific odors such as explosives, or in Soares’ case, cancer. We’ve previously seen a similar idea where researchers used sniffer dogs to detect lung cancer and help develop a cancer-detecting electronic nose. And although bees can only be trained to detect a single odor, research by Inscentinel suggests that their abilities are just as good, if not better than their canine competitors. “Bees have an acute sense of smell and can be employed as a flexible and rapid biosensor for biochemical molecular odor recognition,” says Soares. “Bees can be easily trained to target a wide range of natural and man-made chemical odors including the biomarkers associated with certain diseases.” The bee training can take as little as ten minutes to complete, involving a simple process where the bees are taught to identify a specific odor by being rewarded with a water and sugar solution. The bees then associate that specific scent with food and will thus always seek it out in future experiments. (via Glass diagnostic tools use honey bees to sniff out cancer)
Anonymous utility buildings dot our cities, keeping the other buildings humming — but they’re almost never part of the aesthetic fabric of the urban scene. Taking this into account, we were excited to see this unique power plant clad in beautiful Delftware tiles. Designed by Dutch architecture design firm Cie in collaboration with artist Hugo Kaagman, this new Combined Cycle Energy plant (CHP) in downtown Roombeek is an extraordinary ode to the past and a celebration of modern infrastructure. The building has been named Stadshaard (which translates to ‘city hearth’), to honor the source of the city’s light and heat. (via Gorgeous Dutch Power Plant Clad in Delftware Tiles! | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building)