Must Run with the Beat, Yamaha BodiBeat Review

Must Run with the Beat, Yamaha BodiBeat Review

Runners know music can provide that extra oomph to make that last mile. The right music can relax us, put us to sleep, or heal us, so it makes sense it can also energize us. The Yamaha BodiBeat is part DJ, part heart monitor, and part trainer to keep you at your peak performance during workouts. Armed with new running sneakers and a snazzy outfit, I strapped the BodiBeat onto my arm and took to the Los Angeles jungle. My review after the jump.

0 Designer: Yamaha

Move Over Grand Central, WTC Transport Hub Revealed

Move Over Grand Central, WTC Transport Hub Revealed

Last week, the Port Authority of New York, New Jersey, and Santiago Calatrava released revised renderings of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. I’ve always been enamored with the grand hubs of Europe so it’s about time we got something new.

0 Designer: Santiago Calatrava

3D Software and You!

3D Software and You!

One of the most important tools in a designer’s arsenal is software. We receive loads of questions about what software to use but like any other tool, it’s only as good as its master. There are a number of industry standards but we want to hear from you – what 3D modeling/rendering solution do you use? I started with Lightwave 3D in the 90′s, then took on the daunting task of learning Maya. Today I use Modo exclusively. Most of these packages have free learning editions students can download. What about free open source solutions like Blender? Any others?

The Wonders of Concrete

The Wonders of Concrete

Ahh, the wonders of concrete.  A technology invented by the Romans continues to astound me with what is possible.  In the case of dupli.casa, it is the perfect, seamless material for the whizzy computer shapes coming from the office of Berlin architect Jurgen Mayer H.  What makes this project noteworthy is that it shows a powerful grasp of shapemaking, and it never feels like you’re sitting in a big sculpture that someone grudgingly cut windows in.

0 Designer: Jurgen Mayer H.

Ghost in the Machine

Ghost in the Machine

Place both elbows to the railing, place hands to skull, hear airplanes, bombs, and air-raid horns fill your eardrums the same as if you were there, Dresden Germany, 1945. Markus K has designed a different kind of memorial, one that allows the person visiting to not only stand in the place where history happened, but to hear and experience it as well.

0 Designer: Markus Kison

iPhone Laptop? Wait WHAAAT???

iPhone Laptop? Wait WHAAAT???

OLO Computer updated their site with a mysterious laptop with what looks like an iPhone as the trackpad and OS X on the screen. Now I’m only thinking out loud but the iPhone, tho powerful, isn’t powerful enough to run a full blown version of OS X. Does OLO know something we don’t know or are they just reaching for pie in the sky? Care to ruminate?

0 Designer: OLO

Make an Avatar!

Make an Avatar!

One of the new features on our site are the Gravatars that appear when commenting. Gravatars are globally recognizable avatars. They reflect who you are so why not make one? It’s fast, free, and easy. The cool thing is you just sign up once and every time you comment on any blog supporting the Gravatar service, your avatar will appear! So go! Make your Gravatar and come back here to leave a comment. I want to see all of you!

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Alien Inspiration

Alien Inspiration

In 1999, Lithuanian designer Jonas Jurgaitis was captured by aliens, upon his return to earth, he immediately began to sketch out a sofa design that he was told to pass along to us here on earth. Appearing more like dreadlocks cut from the head of The Predator, the sofa, is truly out of this world. Sure to get a second look, “Alien” the sofa, is a great contrast of molded polyurethane on a plywood frame combined with a hi-tech fabric.

0 Designer: Jonas Jurgaitis

A Phone That's Not Afraid to Mess with Water

A Phone That’s Not Afraid to Mess with Water

Among the grievous wrongs done by touchscreen technology, the worst is its disregard for tactile feedback. Without the pleasant sensation of a button being pressed, we are woefully incapable of using any gadget without complete visual attention. This Nokia concept tries to right this wrong by using a small pump to fill a substrate beneath the screen that gives our fingers something to feel and press. Maybe now I can finally type out these posts while driving to work without having to put my coffee in the cup holder.

0 Designer: Rune Larsen

Grocery Bag Chic, Moukisac Review

Grocery Bag Chic, Moukisac Review

Walk into any supermarket today and you’ll see a new trend. People are bringing their own shopping bags. With plastic bags labeled as the evil accomplice to the environmental problem, a number of companies have taken it upon themselves to design grocery bags durable enough for hauling while remaining questionably stylish. After all, being “green” is now a message people want to project so shopping bags have had to evolve into accessories. I’ve been using the Moukisac shopping bag for the past few months and it promises utilitarian chic.

0 Designer: Marie Naubert [ Buy it here ]

Trashing Batteries for Brighter Sidewalks

Trashing Batteries for Brighter Sidewalks

We all know alkaline batteries are really bad for the environment if you don’t dispose of them properly. The right thing to do is send them to special recycling centers but hundreds of tons end up in landfills where their toxic innards seep into the earth. Perhaps a good solution is the Energy Seed, an LED lamp post powered by trashed alkaline batteries.

0 Designer: Sungwoo Park

Leave Thee a Stain on Thy Bike Thief

Leave Thee a Stain on Thy Bike Thief

In nature, things that are sharp, or colorful, or hard, are a lot less likely to be eaten by bears. Bears will eat salmon instead of porcupines or cacti (supposing they have cacti available.) This is also true of bike thieves and bike locks. There are plenty of relatively excellent bike locks out there, but how many of them explode? The Smart Lock – It Explodes.

0 Designer: Michael Lambourn

I Want Your MP3s for the Rest of My Life

I Want Your MP3s for the Rest of My Life

Liberty Fearns presents the Twinned MP3 player: two devices that act as one. After they’re broken apart, they’re activated: both MP3 players hold the same playlist together… forever. Together forever and never to part / Together forever we two / And don’t you know / I would move heaven and earth / To be together forever with you.

0 Designer: Liberty Fearns