As the economy tanks and many friends around me are struggling to even eat I often wonder what is going to happen.  I know that the situation is only temporary and that is what I encourage others to think as well.  The joys and the heartaches of life come and go like the tides is my philosophy.  So when I’m in a bad phase I remind myself of two things.  One, that this wont last forever and two, good times are ahead.  That being said you should also do the same when you are in good times.

But what if times don’t get better or there is another downturn in the economy.  People are going to still be alive and try to provide for themselves.  But how are they going to do it?  My first thought is that when forced into a corner, people will start to do things they wouldn’t normally do.  At the onset maybe it’s alcohol, drugs or strip clubs but it progresses as times get worse and you aren’t just a customer any more.

If you had nothing would you steel?  Rob? Embezzle from the company?  How far do you think you are willing to go right now if you absolutely had to?

The first person to comment with what they would be and why will win an iPad*

*This statement is a lie, read the previous article to get the joke

So I had this thought the other day and the premise was, “What if everyone in the world could only tell the truth?”

Sounds pretty good right?  I’m optimistic that I’m an optimist and that everyone would do the right thing when really needed to but then I thought about it more.

What if everyone in business couldn’t lie, how would that change the way business was done, poker tournaments, court rooms and principals offices. How would your life be better if you had only told the truth your whole life?

It wouldn’t be better and for fear of sounding like Gordon Gekko, lies are good. They keep the fabric of our society together, our relationships and our very lively hood.

Black and white just mixed into a grey area that we call life.  Even with all of the charity and good intention, this world wouldn’t be as well off as it is if we were all perfect.  I’m thankful that I’m not constantly being mugged or that everyone doesn’t act like they just got out of church.

The people in my life treat me with respect and I’ve at least learned enough to keep people away that I think are going to take me off balance or  take advantage of me.  Hope you do the same and remember to lie.

This is amazing, I don’t expect cell phone companies liking this too much so if you get one, get it quick and use at least $40 worth of minutes asap.  I’m going to get a pre paid phone for $20 and use this from now on.

The new and improved MagicJack, is shown with a regular cellphone at the Consumer Electronics Show. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

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The company behind the magicJack, the cheap Internet phone gadget that’s been heavily promoted on TV, has made a new version of the device that allows free calls from cell phones in the home, in a fashion that’s sure to draw protest from cellular carriers.

The new magicJack uses, without permission, radio frequencies for which cellular carriers have paid billions of dollars for exclusive licenses.

YMax Corp., which is based in Palm Beach, Fla., said this week at the International Consumers Electronics Show that it plans to start selling the device in about four months for $40, the same price as the original magicJack. As before, it will provide free calls to the U.S. and Canada for one year.

The device is, in essence, a very small cellular tower for the home.

The size of a deck of cards, it plugs into a PC, which needs abroadband Internet connection. The device then detects when acompatible cell phone comes within 8 feet, and places a call to it. The user enters a short code on the phone. The phone is then linked to the magicJack, and as long as it’s within range (YMax said it will cover a 3,000-square-foot home) magicJack routes the call itself, over the Internet, rather than going through the carrier’s cellular tower. No minutes are subtracted from the user’s account with the carrier. Any extra fees for international calls are subtracted from the user’s account with magicJack, not the carrier.

According to YMax CEO Dan Borislow, the device will connect to any phone that uses the GSM standard, which in the U.S. includes phones from AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA. At a demonstration atCES, a visitor’s phone with a T-Mobile account successfully placed and received calls through the magicJack. Most phones fromVerizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp. won’t connect to the device.

Borislow said the device is legal because wireless spectrum licenses don’t extend into the home.

AT&T, T-Mobile and the Federal Communications Commission had no immediate comment on whether they believe the device is legal, but said they were looking into the issue. CTIA — The Wireless Association, a trade group, said it was declining comment for now. None of them had heard of YMax’s plans.

Borislow said YMax has sold 5 million magicJacks for landline phones in the last two years, and that roughly 3 million are in active use. That would give YMax a bigger customer base than Internet phone pioneer Vonage Holdings Corp., which has been selling service for $25 per month for the better part of a decade. Privately held YMax had revenue of $110 million last year, it says.

U.S. carriers have been selling and experimenting with devices that act similarly to the wireless magicJack. They’re called “femtocells.” Like the magicJack, they use the carrier’s licensed spectrum to connect to a phone, then route the calls over a home broadband connection. They improve coverage inside the home and offload capacity from the carrier’s towers.

But femtocells are complex products, because they’re designed to mesh with the carrier’s external network. They cost the carriers more than $200, though some sell them cheaper, recouping the cost through added service fees. YMax’s magicJack is a much smaller, simpler design.

MagicJacks next act: disappearing cell phone fees byAP: Yahoo! Tech.

Dutch police seek to explain young sailor’s trip – Yahoo! News.

What is up with young people trying to do amazing feats lately?

This 14 year old ran away from home to the virgin Islands because she was banned from sailing around the world solo.  I commend you for wanting to do it so badly and hope that this experience only teaches you to have patience but 14 is way too young.  Seriously, what parent would want their kid that can’t drive yet half way around the world in a boat by themselves?

Apparently the record for youngest solo sail around the world is held by a 17 year old and a 16 year old is attempting to break that record right now.

Row for Water.

This girl is amazing, she has ridden her bike across the US, swam the length of an entire river and is now at 22 rowing solo across the Atlantic.  Please follow her progress, it’s an inspiration.

Her Name is Katie Spotz and she first found out about rowing solo while studying in Australia and it planted a seed in her mind.

The great thing is that she’s not doing it jut for the accomplishment, she’s raising money and awareness for drinkable water in areas that don’t have proper access.

Thanks Katie, you are an amazing person for not just talking about it but for doing it.

Man marries a videogame – Plugged In – Yahoo! Games.

Why are business cards so boring?  I have always thought that they should be fun and memorable.  The first card I had done for me were designed by Anthony Dimitre and they were amazing.  They were skinny with an angle on one edge.  The print was perfect and people loved them.  This article is inspiring to see the limits people will go to brand their selves.

15 of the World’s Most Brilliant Business Card Designs | WebUrbanist.

 

Loan shark

Department of Energy

 

 

This card Grows!

 

 

Memorable and Usefull if you didn’t get the lockpick card.

 

 

 

Don’t forget this one’s in your pocket

 

 

 

 

 

Edible?

 

 

Fully working lock pick set

 

 

 

 

Lego’s

 

 

They will scratch, everyone scratches

 

 

Real usb that you can actually use

 

 

Fake pills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pop up’s

 

 

 

 

 

This is a whole new kind of canvas I’ve never seen anyone use before.  They are beautifull and temporary.

http://www.andresamador.net/index.php

 

I love tattoo’s but some people take it way too far.  Here are a few that amaze even me.

http://artsytime.com/weird-tattoos/

Look at this house, I have been in a lot of homes and see a ton of modern houses but I love the lines on this one and the use of dark stained wood on the exterior all going vertically is great.  I think it’s a terrific blend of precision and angled lines.  Plus can’t you see yourself waking up with that view and grabbing your surf board and hitting the morning waves?  I can.

Surfhouse / XTEN Architecture

By Amber P — Filed under: Houses , Selected , 

Architects: XTEN Architecture
Location: Manhattan Beach, California, USA
Principals: Monika Haefelfinger & Austin Kelly, AIA
Client: Jennifer & Nick Hall
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Art Gray Photography

   
The Surfhouse appears as an abstract block of ebonized cedar a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean in Hermosa Beach. The site is very small. While typical lots in the area measure 120′ x 40′, the allowable building area for the Surfhouse measures just 33′ x 24′. The architects approached the project by subtracting the larger program areas from a solid volumetric form that conformed to the zoning regulations and sought to maximize space, light, and views while also creating a sense of privacy and retreat for the young owners on a busy beachside street.

The domestic program is stacked vertically on the lot. Services and bedrooms are on the lower floors, with larger rooms pushed to the corners for light and views in multiple directions. The top floor and decks are completely open as continuous indoor / outdoor living spaces open to the beach and ocean. The facade is made from rough sawn, black stained cedar planks with volumetric openings at primary program spaces and a system of identical 2′ x 5′ casement windows arrayed across the secondary elevations for specific views and ventilation. The interior is all light and air, with bamboo floors and walls of glass that slide away to bring the beachside environment inside.

I love this design, look how it expands, perfect for everything from college to marriage.  It looks easy enough to transport and is beautifull.  The Ying/Yang of the structure I sure would go over with the Feng Shui crowd.

 

+ The REK bookcase by Reinier de Jong can be pulled out to expand as your book collection grows.

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+ The REK bookcase by Reinier de Jong can be pulled out to expand as your book collection grows.

I have recently become more and more interested in lowering my carbon footprint.  I think about it everytime I throw something away, I’m the guy at Quiznos that hastles teh owners to get a recycling bin for my sobe and as a benifit to being vegitarian I naturally have a smaller footprint.  I stumbled upon a posting about container houses.  

Did you know that it is cheaper to build a new container to ship goods over seas than to take it back and re use it?  So there is an abundance of woter tight containers in the world.  

So there is a new huge movement to use them for building houses.  Other parts of the world are well into the swing of this but it’s picking up in the states.  I even got the GF designing layouts.  I think it would be fun to get some blocks that are scaled down and just start stacking them to design a house.

Here is one of the more minimalist designs that I like.  I, being a minimalist and loving all things modern particularly like this style.  Perfect for a bachelor.

 

MoCo Loco: 2+ Weekend House by Conhouse.

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Designed by Jure Kotnik Arhitekt, the 2+ Weekend House is a container house with a difference – it’s made with containers manufactured expressly for housing (vs. cargo containers). “As opposed to the other container projects, which mostly feed on the excess of available cargo containers, ConHouse pushes the development of containers manufactured especially for housing and office purposes.”. The 2+ is a two-level mini housing unit composed of two stacked containers perpendicular to each other. The upper container provides a projecting roof above the entrance and also serves to shelter the back terrace. The ceiling of the bottom container is the terrace on the first floor.

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I have found myself writing a lot of business plans lately and used this resourse onece but will again for sure.  There are a lot of ways to write a business plan but reguardless of your style there are sure to be a few things in here that will spark an idea.

 

free marketing plan samples | Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing.

Free Marketing Plans

I happen to think that a marketing plan, one that you use as a plan of action, is an essential tool to guide your business to achieve your vision. That’s why I partnered with Palo Alto Software to create Marketing Plan Pro powered by Duct Tape Marketing. But, that’s not really the reason for this post.

The real reason I bring this up today is to point out a killer resource from Palo Alto that you may not be familiar with. The site is called mPlans and it’s full of sample marketing plans and other great start-up advice for just about every imaginable industry.

When writing a marketing plan you do want it to be original and authentic, but having some sample plans to use for guidance can help you get going.

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Buzz up!

Originally Posted by: John Jantsch 

This posting was written by David Cohen in Boulder who has a lot of experience with start ups.  I read this posting 3 times today to try and get as much as I could out of it.  I realize now that I have seen this happen and would like to say that I’m not guilty of it as well but I can’t.  Thanks for pointing that out and maybe I can learn from it.

 

Don’t hide behind your board : Colorado Startups.

Don’t hide behind your board

January 15, 2009

This is a lesson that first time entrepreneurs in funded companies usually learn very quickly. I’m on the board of several companies currently, and if you know me you know that I rarely take an aggressive stance. I use the magic of subtle influence, not a brick over the head.

I’ve adopted Brad Feld’s mental model and I try to think of my role on the board as one in which I work for the CEO until the CEO no longer has my support. It’s binary. If I support the CEO then I work for him or her. If I don’t support the CEO, then it’s time to find a new one or to get off the board.

Using this framework I think of my role on the board as a my conduit to make constructive suggestions. I’m very careful to make sure my suggestions are never perceived as marching orders. And I’m supportive and not disappointed when my suggestions are not taken as long as I know the management team has been thoughtful about my suggestion.

Something I’ve seen a couple of times now is a CEO hiding behind the board. This is almost always going to backfire. Here’s how it usually works: Someone on the board or the whole board has a strong opinion on an issue, and the CEO points something out as a board decision to a vendor, employee, investor, or partner. The cart is then pulling the horse – this is the definition of dysfunction. Here’s the punch line. Often, the CEO will actually agree with the board on the issue, and usually the CEO is on the board too! It’s just easier to say “well, the board decided that…”

As a general rule of thumb, a CEO should never start any sentence with “The board said …” or “The board decided…” The CEO makes the decision. Always. Presenting something to a third party as a board decision is simply going to cause a loss of respect for the CEO. Replace “The board said…” with “I’ve decided…” Parenthetically, the advice of the board was taken. So what. That’s irrelevant.

The bottom line is that the CEO is the CEO and as such should make and take responsibility for all of the decisions made by the company. This is true even in the face of a strongly opinionated board member. Magically, when they do so, they’ll almost invariably earn respect from the board members rather than losing it as they might have feared.

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The sheer man hours to build any one of these is inspiring.  This is thinking out of the box.  I especially like the book case stairs and the one’s in India.  

 

When it comes to staircases, most architects stick to the basics, putting safety and stability before aesthetics. But others strive to have both, and in some cases, their creations become the focal point of a room – more art installation than functional architectural element. Stairs made of glass seemingly float on air, and innovative wooden creations serve as book storage and seating. These stair designs that go far beyond the basic, becoming works of art, ecological wonders and a means of rediscovering the child within.

DNA Stairs

(image via: EeDesign)

Designer Geoffrey Packard is known for his highly unusual staircases, and one of the more creative of his designs is the DNA stair concept. Packer’s series of DNA stair concept is clearly inspired by the double-helix shape of the molecules. His DNA designs are made from a variety of materials including glass, steel, carbon fiber and wood. Of the design inspiration, Packers says “Helical balusters are rolled the opposite hand to give the central spine and handrail to give the DNA form.”

Deconstructible Wooden Staircase

(image via: Dezeen)

This dark-stained stunner is more than just good design: it’s part of a completely deconstructible building made from laminated timber. The idea is that it will never have to be demolished; it can be dismantled and reconstructed elsewhere should the need arise. The office building in Santiago, Chile by architect Alberto Mozó turns the idea of permanent structures on its head, since despite being easily disassembled, it has the potential to live on much longer than other buildings.

Stairs of Seemingly Floating Glass

(image via: Gizmodo)

Apple stores are known for having tons of reflective, translucent glass surfaces, and the 3-story NYC location is no different. The glass staircases are, in fact, an attraction in themselves, but unlike those in the Michigan and San Francisco locations, the 14th St. NYC Apple store features a spiral glass staircase that really makes it appear as though visitors are floating on air. If you’re a lady who enjoys wearing short skirts, perhaps you’d best take the elevator.

Monster Staircase Embedded in Stone

(image via: Flickr user Flexner)

Visitors to the Piedra de Peñol in Medellín, Colombia, had best be prepared for quite a workout on their way up. There’s no elevator available in this amazing combination of natural and man-made wonders. 649 stairs lead to the top of this 200-meter-tall granite batholith, but the view once you get there is said to be worth the extraordinary effort required.

Stairs as Art

(image via: Oyler Wu)

When Dwayne Oyler and Kelly Wu were asked to create an installation at the SCI-Arc gallery in Los Angeles, they decided to really take advantage of the space. The two, who own design firm Oyler Wu, created this exhibit called Live Wire in collaboration with engineering firm Buro Happold. The stairs link the floor level of the gallery with a catwalk above and are constructed of approximately 2,400 linear feet of aluminum tubing and rods. The installation will be up until December 14th, 2008.

Musical Stairs

(image via: YouTube)

The stairs in the Sony Building in Tokyo do more than just get you from one level of the building to another; they provide an interactive experience, playing music as you climb. Each step has its own note, and as multiple people walk up and down, a random and dissonant tune is heard. Don’t play too long, though, or you’ll get kicked out of the building. Watch the video above to get the full effect.

Stairs for a Super-Tight Space

(image via: Below the Clouds)

There are lots of space-saving stair designs out there for people living in super tight spaces. Normally, you have a choice: aesthetically pleasing, or affordable. In this case, creative Swedish architects at Stockholm-basedTAF Architect Office got to have both. These steep and narrow stairs occupy a space hardly bigger than a closet, and are made of economical pine boxes.

Stairs that Store All of Your Books

(image via: Apartment Therapy)

This incredible staircase is a lot to take in. It’s an ingenious way to store books, making it look so easy that we wonder why everyone living in a small space doesn’t take advantage of this setup. Installed in a tiny London apartment, the stairs allow the tenants to access a previously unused loft space while also creating a library for their book collection. A skylight above illuminates the staircase, making it easy to see all the titles, and the shape of each stair allows the book browser to take a seat while perusing the selection.

Stairs of Undulating Steel

(image via: International Herald Tribune)

Architect Thomas Heatherwick is renowned for his unusual approach to problem solving. That definitely shows in the stairs he designed for the flagship Longchamps store in New York City, which are constructed of continuous strips of hot-rolled steel. Since the store had retail space situated above street level, he had to find a way to draw people up. These fluid and eye-catching stairs certainly do the job.

More Stairs as Storage

(image via: Treehugger)

Some intrepid small-space dwellers save money by purchasing standalone flat-pack stairs that double as storage furniture. Apparently, loft bedrooms without built-in access are fairly common in Belgium, where creative landlords fit more people into a flat by making use of the high ceilings. This one was created by architects Voet-Theuns.

Hanging Box Stairs

(images via: Iona Marinescu)

This stair design by Blencowe-Levine basically takes a staircase and turns it inside out, enclosing it instead of having the stairs open to the space. The space-saving ‘hanging box stairs’ lead to a new rooftop studio addition in a home in the Battersea area of London.

Extremely Dangerous Looking Stairs

(images via: Neatorama)

From the looks of these stairs by Spanish designer Jordi Vayreda, you might think only cats could make it to the top. They certainly don’t look like they’d support the weight of a human. But, Vayreda confirms that they can support 200 kilograms (over 440 pounds), saying “Steel is the material which we use to construct the staircases, 100 mm thick and each of them is welded to a 250 mm thick beam. The secret is putting reinforcements to prevent the inertias that can be generated and another one is lean the beam on two walls: the front wall and the lateral.”

Stairs Made of Skateboards

(image via: Thin Air Press)

Leave it to a skateboard school to come up with the idea of using skateboard decks as stairs. The skateboards used in this staircase at the Thin Air Press were custom-made with concave on only one edge. They’re mounted to a solid aluminum beam (and, don’t worry, since this photo was taken, a handrail was added!)

Spiral Staircase Slide

(images via: Forbes and Gizmodo)

When voicemail system inventor Scott Jones decided he wanted a slide inside his home, the bids he received were too high and he didn’t like the way the designs looked. That is, until he met woodworker Rodney Miller, who devised a wooden slide design using shipbuilding techniques. The resulting corkscrew wood slide, built alongside a set of traditional stairs, is over 16 feet tall and has a 13-foot drop. Construction of the slide, wasn’t easy, as Miller attests: “I originally started working on it while it was mounted on an axle so I could turn it at floor level. Eventually I had to add onto my garage so I could work on it while it was standing up to set the stair treads accurately.”

Chand Baori Stepwell

(image via: Oddity Central)

Chand Baori is a well in India with so many stairs, they seem more like aesthetic architectural detail than functioning structures actually made for climbing. Built in the 10th century, this well was created as a practical solution to the water problem in the area – the multitude of steps allowed residents to access water in the well no matter how low the level became. It’s thirteen stories tall and has 3,500 narrow steps.

Baths & Showers Main Montage

‘Tis the season to truly appreciate a ready supply of steaming hot water you can stand in after coming in from the wind, rain and snow. For the innovation-minded, there are a host of creative, stylish new ways to bath or shower in that blessed warmth…as these 18 examples illustrate. Soak them up, and have a blast!

SilverTAG shower

(Images via: Tag)

“Hydrotherapy” is the keyword behind the arresting-looking (and arrestingly-priced) SilverTAG shower unit. Once you’re standing in place, a series of computer-controlled jets soothe and pummel you from a number of startling directions (make sure you are prepared for the one directly under your feet. If you like the look, start saving now – asGizmodo puts a price of $100,000 on each unit.

Oxygenics / RainSky / Viteo

(Images via: Rixon & Green Shortlands Ltd. and Trendhunter and Amazon and Viteo)

The SilverTAG raises a good question: from what direction should a shower fire water at you? The creators of the RainSky think Nature has it right, emulating the streaming curtain of a waterfall. Approaching the problem from the other end, the Viteo fires the water up from under your feet – but how efficient is this? In eco-conscious times, a device that has to overcome gravity will get a black mark against its energy-thrifty credentials. It might recover some ground by relying on the new practice of introducing pockets of air to pad out and accelerate the water, bringing water consumption down by a third while retaining the same look and feel – the Oxygenics Elite Skincare shower nozzle is an example of this technology put into practice.

Gessi Private Wellness shower

(Images via: 100 Percent Design)

Is it a shower or is it lighting? An irrelevant question for the futuristicGessi Private Wellness shower array, employing shifting colors for a “chromatherapeutic” spa experience. Changeable sprays complete the picture – and provide the potential for an arresting indoor or outdoor water feature (as long as that water can be recirculated, that is).

Eco Drop shower

(Images via: I New Idea)

Speaking of conserving water, one popular eco-friendly tip is to limit the time you spend in the shower. Instead of setting an alarm (or buying a waterproof watch), a more fun method of time-spent feedback is the Eco Drop: the floor tiles are a series of sculpted rings that raise themself up when you’ve moved from cleanliness to pure self-indulgence. In theory, there is nowhere to stand, propelling you out of the shower – although itmight be possible to stand on tiptoe if you are feeling rebellious…

Balance and Elegance tubs

(Images via: neoQi)

There is nothing time-limiting about the Elegance (top) and Balance“energy cocoons” from NeoQi. These are super-sophisticated bathtubs that offer bubble bath, steaming and infrared sauna functions – and for a really long soak, you can flip the lid down until only your head emerges, and doze yourself glowingly clean.

LLT Illuminated LED bathtub

(Image via: Generate Design)

But if glowing is what you are looking for, it’s hard to be the LLTIlluminated LED bathtub. $1,500 will buy you this dramatically inner-lit polyethyline tub, inset with a fully programmable multicolor LED light array (or available without, if you choose).

Rotator shower-bath

(Images via: TrendsNow)

Okay, so what exactly is this? In theory it is both bath and shower, although we suspect another more versatile definition is required. You can stand up in designer Ron Arad’s Rotator, or you can sit down and fully immerse yourself in the water-retaining curved base. Then, after a few fruitless minutes searching for the plughole, you discover that to drain the water away, the entire device tips rotates around until its disk is tipping gently forwards. See it in action here.

Stone Forest and Natural Stone upright bath

(Images via: Stone Forest and BoxArt)

Enough with all the modernism and technology. Winter is all about getting back to basics and basking in the warm glow of traditionalism. It’s also about rediscovering stone (particularly in roaring fireplaces) – and if that is your thing, Stone Forest’s hollowed rock bath and BoxArt’s upright stone tub will satisfy all your natural urges.

Banera bath

(Images via: AQ Hayon Collection)

If you’re looking for a bath tub more refined-looking than the naturalistic examples above – let is introduce the Banera. At first sight, it’s a table – and once you’re immersed in your favourite luxury bath-salts, you can lean to one end and have lunch, read a book or anything else you’d normally do at a table (non-electrically, w should add).

Ladybird tub

(Image via: Student Design Awards)

Like the Banera, the Ladybird borrows functionality from other household furnishings. In the corner of your kitchen, it will function nicely as a glossy modernistic sink until you yourself need a good scrub – at which point you lift the sink-top away, fill it with hot water and clamber in.

Stone Drops Feeling bath

(Images via: Effepimarmi)

At once cutting-edge (it’s just been released) and engagingly rustic, theStone Drops Feeling’s body is made from an array of tiny pebbles held in a matrix, the surface of which has been polished to a marble-like shine. The clear glass sides add a sexy twist! (A jacuzzi version would perhaps be too perfect).

Utopia steam sauna

(Image via: Di Vapor)

Like the Ladybird and Banera, there are shower designs that aren’t content to be one-trick ponies. The Utopia Steam Room System is, as the name suggests, a double, interconnected shower-cubicle, one containing a steam room. It’s perfect for the Classical Roman tradition of cleaning: sweat the day out of your pores and vigorously exfoliate with oils or a body-scrub before stepping into running water to wash away and freshen up.

Shower Shower and Inside bathtub

(Images via: Intelligent Consumer Producs Inc. and Gruppo Treesse)

Lastly, a few designs that should make you a touch uneasy. There’s no denying the Inside tub’s gleaming, smoothly-lined charms – or, unfortunately, its resemblance to a certain common household throne. However, we definitely take our hats off to the ingenuity of the makers of the Shower Shower – which is a device you install above your shower to clean it. The possibilities – such as the Shower Shower Shower, etc. – are endless, prompting Gizmodo to speculate that it might destroy the universe. What a way to go.

HOW IS THIS NOT INVENTED ALREADY!  I’m so impressed at the simplicity of this design.  Bravo for helping people young lass, we will be watching your progress with great interest.

Inhabitat » Student Invents Solar-Powered Fridge for Developing Countries.

Student Invents Solar-Powered Fridge for Developing Countries

by Daniel Flahiff

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Proving once again that the best ideas are often the simplest, 21-year-old student/inventor/entrepreneur Emily Cummins has designed a brilliant portable solar-powered refrigerator that works based upon the principle of evaporation. Employing a combination of conduction and convection, the refrigerator requires no electricity and can be made from commonly available materials like cardboard, sand, and recycled metal.

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Simply place perishable foods or temperature-sensitive medications in the solar refrigerator’s interior metal chamber and seal it. In-between the inner and outer chamber, organic material like sand, wool or soil is then saturated with water. As the sun warms the organic material, water evaporates, reducing the temperature of the inner chamber to a cool, 6 ºC [43 ºF] for days at a time!

After winning £5,000 from York Merchant Adventurers for her idea, Emily delayed going to college for a year to take her refrigerator to Africa for further development. She made six versions during the initial phase of production and helped make more than 50 during the trip where locals in Namibia nicknamed her “The Fridge Lady“. The refrigerator has since rolled out in Zambia, Namibia and South Africa and Emily believes thousands more may be in use as the design passes from community to community through word-of-mouth.

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Emily explained: “I set about looking at how I could make a sustainable version after asking people what luxury they couldn’t live without and one of the answers that kept coming up was ‘fridge’…I wanted to keep it really simple and so I set about researching how we cooled things years ago. The simplest method of cooling something could be seen when you look at how we cool biologically—through sweating or evaporation. That idea led me to the design and the fridge was born.”

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Emily has been inventing from an early age – she received her first hammer at the tender age of four from her grandfather who was an engineer, and she soon set to work making toys and rabbit hutches. At 16 Emily won a regional Young Engineer for Britain Award for creating a toothpaste squeezer for people with arthritis, and the next year went on to win a Sustainable Design Award for a water-carrier made from wood and rubber tubing. In 2007 Emily was named the British Female Innovator of the Year, and last year was short-listed forCosmopolitan’s 2008 Ultimate Women of the Year Competition.

“I do want to use my skills to make a difference,” Emily says. “I’m not interested in making a bigger TV or greater sound system. I want to create change for the better.” Well said. We know we’ll hear much more from Emily in the future.

+ Emily Cummins

Via Daily Mail and Ecofriend

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Michelin Literaly Reinvents the Wheel

The Active Wheel System

Before Michelin began wrapping halos of rubber around the wheels of our cars, the hoops were made completely from wood — horse and buggy style. That’s what we call a serious innovation, and the French tire maker has got plenty of ideas to keep it at the forefront of rolling technology. The latest bit of high-tech kit revolving out of Michelin’s design department is known as the Active Wheel system. Two motors, one to propel the car and another for the integrated suspension system, sit inside the hub and allow the entire drivetrain to fit neatly enclosed at each corner.

This innovative design would potentially allow for an amazingly diverse set of platforms that could be engineered to accept the same set of shoes. Depending on the size of the actual Active Wheels used, the technology could be applied to virtually any type of car. With so much going on in just the rolling-stock, it should come as no surprise that Michelin is looking for partners to help offload some of the rest of the car’s design and has just signed an agreement with CITIC Guoan Mengguli Corp. in China. Important bits like the lithium-ion battery development will be carried out in China where test-mules equipped with lithium-powered Active Wheels are already running around city streets.

The Venturi Volage

The Michelin Active Wheel inaugurates a new era in road transportation in which a car’s road, safety, energy and environmental performance achieve unprecedented levels. This is because of a miniature drive engine and an electrical suspension system incorporated into the wheel. These technologies developed by Michelin have made it possible to completely rethink the car.

The most advanced illustration of this achievement is the new Venturi Volage, which is being unveiled in a world premiere at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. Fitted with the Michelin Active Wheel, the car is a roadster that is well ahead of its time. And with good reason… With its innovative design that is free of all constraints (like the need to house an engine) and its electrical drive motor, the Venturi Volage delivers outstanding road performance, safety and comfort-all in an environmentally friendly vehicle.

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via F.M. PHENOMENAL: Michelin Literaly Reinvents the Wheel.

Michelin Literaly Reinvents the Wheel

The Active Wheel System

Before Michelin began wrapping halos of rubber around the wheels of our cars, the hoops were made completely from wood — horse and buggy style. That’s what we call a serious innovation, and the French tire maker has got plenty of ideas to keep it at the forefront of rolling technology. The latest bit of high-tech kit revolving out of Michelin’s design department is known as the Active Wheel system. Two motors, one to propel the car and another for the integrated suspension system, sit inside the hub and allow the entire drivetrain to fit neatly enclosed at each corner.

This innovative design would potentially allow for an amazingly diverse set of platforms that could be engineered to accept the same set of shoes. Depending on the size of the actual Active Wheels used, the technology could be applied to virtually any type of car. With so much going on in just the rolling-stock, it should come as no surprise that Michelin is looking for partners to help offload some of the rest of the car’s design and has just signed an agreement with CITIC Guoan Mengguli Corp. in China. Important bits like the lithium-ion battery development will be carried out in China where test-mules equipped with lithium-powered Active Wheels are already running around city streets.


The Venturi Volage

The Michelin Active Wheel inaugurates a new era in road transportation in which a car’s road, safety, energy and environmental performance achieve unprecedented levels. This is because of a miniature drive engine and an electrical suspension system incorporated into the wheel. These technologies developed by Michelin have made it possible to completely rethink the car.

The most advanced illustration of this achievement is the new Venturi Volage, which is being unveiled in a world premiere at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. Fitted with the Michelin Active Wheel, the car is a roadster that is well ahead of its time. And with good reason… With its innovative design that is free of all constraints (like the need to house an engine) and its electrical drive motor, the Venturi Volage delivers outstanding road performance, safety and comfort-all in an environmentally friendly vehicle.




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Talk about innovative, why can’t these floors get bigger and make sidewalks in NY made out of them.  It would at least power the street lights.

 

Inhabitat » Energy-Generating Floors to Power Tokyo Subways.

 

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When the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) decided to invest in alternative energy sources, it only had to look to its users for the perfect source of energy. Recently the company decided to update their Tokyo Stationwith a revolutionary new piezoelectric energy generating floor. The system will harvest the kinetic energy generated by crowds to power ticket gates and display systems!

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Piezoelectric flooring is a technology with a wide range of applications that is slowly being adopted in the race to develop alternative energy sources. After all, human power is readily available in pretty much any area with heavy foot traffic, such as a dancefloor, or a tourist attractions. Naturally, we were excited to hear that JR Eastwill be installing these systems in the floor of one of busiest subway stations on the planet.

JR East has been trialing these systems for the past year. They have recently improved and expanded the system by changing the floor covering from rubber to stone tiles, and have improved the layout of the mechanisms to improve energy generation. The total amount of floor-space will add up to around 25 square meters, and they expect to obtain over 1,400kw per day – more than enough to power their systems.

+ East Japan Railway Company

Via Tech-On

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Can’t you just see this in your kitchen and there are a few people working around it for a big dinner?  It’s beautifull and ellegant.

 

 

Inspired by automotive design, the new brand Altreforme was launched at Design Miami by Valentina Fontana. Altreforme specializes in elegant and extremely sculptural furniture in aluminum that ranges from 1.25 to 8 mm in thickness, so the pieces are lightweight and sinuous. Shown above is Mariù by Aziz Sariyer, a curvy console table. Sariyer is also the designer of the Cioccolata bookcase and the Liquirizia seating, shown after the jump along with Monza, a racetrack-inspired mirror by Valentina Fontana.

+ altreforme.com

 

Mariù – detail

via MoCo Loco: Mariù by Altreforme.

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Inspired by automotive design, the new brand Altreforme was launched at Design Miami by Valentina Fontana. Altreforme specializes in elegant and extremely sculptural furniture in aluminum that ranges from 1.25 to 8 mm in thickness, so the pieces are lightweight and sinuous. Shown above is Mariù by Aziz Sariyer, a curvy console table. Sariyer is also the designer of the Cioccolata bookcase and the Liquirizia seating, shown after the jump along with Monza, a racetrack-inspired mirror by Valentina Fontana.

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Mariù – detail

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