Ruben van der Vleuten: designer in progress. Focussing on industrial design and currently studying at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID). We really like his ideas, especially Skube and Blind Maps. Very smart inventions.
Rethinking home audio and understanding how and where people share music was the jumping point for creating Skube. We are moving more towards a digital and online music listening experience, current portable music players are not adapted for this environment. And sharing music in communal spaces is neither convenient nor easy, especially when we all have such different taste in music.
The result of this exploration is Skube, a music player that allows you to discover and share music and facilitates the decision process of picking tracks when in a communal setting.
It is a fully working prototype through the combination of using Arduino, Max/MSP and an XBee wireless network. It accesses the Last.fm API to populate the Skube with tracks and scrobble, and using their algorithms to find similar music when in Discover mode. Then using Applescript, we get Spotify to play the music. It uses XBees for the wireless communication between the each Skubes and to the computer using custom software that manages all this.
Blind Maps is a navigation system for the iPhone. The concept focuses on the visually impaired, and explores a device to improve their ability to discover and navigate confidently through a city. By connecting the device to an iPhone, the user receives real-time tangible feedback on the route through a braille-like interface.
This is project is the result of a 36 hours project at CIID together with Andrew Spitz and Markus Schmeiduch.
We have some Pictoplasma books over here, so we definately like it if they bring out something new. Order the book here if you like it.
Now this is a nice toy! This car gives you the original ‘pull back toy car’ feeling. It makes you wanna play! This is a great and sportive design.
We like the red details, the phat rims and the black part on the back. Everybody was thinking this car would be named Audi RS1, but now Audi named it A1 Quattro, it’s surprising for this brand. The car will be available next year. Oh, and there will be only 333 made.
“Hey Audi, can we do a test in this car and make a nice video + photo + text review of the A1 Quattro on this blog?” 😉
@ Our readers: What do you think about the design of the Audi A1 Quattro???
Images by Carscoop.blogspot.com
Before moving with his parents form Warsaw to Paris at age 16, Krzysztof often visited his grandmother in her 800-square-foot apartment. Shortly after her death in 2005, then 25-year-old Krzysztof returned to Poland and moved into her home, which was filled with a hodgepodge of wooden furniture accumulated since the late 1940s, when his great-grandparents moved into the apartment. Though Krzysztof wanted to modernize the space, he “didn’t want the old life of the apartment to disappear completely.”
With Warsaw architecture firm Centrala, Krzysztof arrived at a compromise. Together, they dismantled the apartment’s old doors, tables, bookshelves, and chairs, and used them to build a 12-by-10-foot “free standing unit—dubbed the Hardbox that contains a kitchen, toilet shower, bathtub, and fold-out guest bed. The rules: No panel could be the same color or shape, nor could they alter design details like moldings or keyholes. Even the doorpost lined with faded pencil marks tracking Krzysztof’s height as a growing boy was incorporated into the piece.
In a world where things that should be saved are all too often lost and those that should be replaced aren’t, the Hardbox strikes an admirable balance of sentiment and modernity.
Visit the Centrala website
We also like their project called Ermitaz, definately have a look at that one too!
We at Koodoo recently discovered MCZ. An Italian company that makes all kinds of modern heating systems with great looks and modern futures.
Have a look at ‘Scenario’ for example. Image and sound by Loewe, heating by MCZ. Together in one modern housing (painted black steel). This is a very good idea to combine heating and multimedia to provide rest in the design of your living room.
This one, the ‘Toba’, even won a design award this year. It’s a Pellet stove, it saves you a lot of energy and also looks very good.