Tuesday, September 23, 2014
It’s good to know there’s going to be Google Glass alternative, Sony’s SmartEyeglass Concept is a transparent lens eyewear that connects with compatible smartphones to provide user with information such as text, symbols, and images right in front of user’s field of view.
This wearable device is equipped with a diverse range of sensing technologies such as accelerometer, CMOS image sensor, electronic compass, brightness sensor, Gyroscope, and microphone. Having these handy features, you can combine them with GPS location to get more optimized information to your current circumstances. Sony infuses its unique hologram optics technology in order to create a lens that has the ability to reach high transparency of 85% with thickness less than 3.0mm. The monochrome display ensures low energy consumption compared to color display, with high luminance, user can easily read text in a wide range of environments.
From : Sony
Of course all data displayed right in front of use depends on your smartphone apps, this means you have a wide range of usage scenarios. Sony’s SmartEyeglass aims to improve your life, you can walk and navigation information without checking out you phone, read/check recipe while cooking without taking your eyes off of the pan.
Sony’s SmartEyeglass Concept Looks Better Than Google Glass is originally posted on Tuvie - Modern Industrial Design
Cruising down the road through Snowdonia National Park, Chances concept vehicle takes your love of the outdoors to a breathtaking adventure. This path features challenging bends but the road surface is perfect and the view is awesome.
The idea behind this concept vehicle is to design a future transportation that doesn’t require specific skills. Some of us want to experience cruising down the road of national park using skateboard or riding a big motorbike enjoy the winding roads, however, only few would follow their hearts because most of them don’t have the skills to do so. Keeping this in mind, Siriphong Roongruengvuthikul proposes new concept vehicle that doesn’t require any training, a vehicle that teaches you how to ride in the first hour and allow you to ride without specific skills. Will you try “Chances”?
Designer : Siriphong Roongruengvuthikul
Can you imagine if our future vehicle could be driven without any mandatory skills or experience? No, it’s not really an auto-pilot vehicle but it has the capability to read rider’s ability, feeling, and focuses through wearable technology. In this way, the vehicle can choose how much it want to interfere in the driving process. Let’s just say it’s a semi-automatic vehicle and as rider gains more experience, this vehicle can gradually terminate its control while still monitoring and providing accident avoidance actively and passively.
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Glamuzina Paterson Architects designed a one-bedroom house on Waiheke Island, New Zealand, for a couple on a very modest budget.
The house at Blackpool, Waiheke stands as a black monolith in a densely populated native landscape. The brief was to design a house that was at home in the tree canopy. The architectural solution created a tower that vertically responded to the topography and allowed choreographed connections to the landscape.
Entry to the steep site is from above and you descend through dense native trees, along a winding path where you are presented with an entry porch cut into the austere form. The southern wall is conceived as a defensive wall anchoring the building into the site, and setting up a layering of the space within. The entry compresses you on arrival, followed by a sense of expansion offered by the interior double height space beyond.
The tower is a one bedroom house for a couple, and was completed on a very modest budget. The house consists of 4 interior split levels and 2 decks that allow for varying connections to the landscape, with kitchen and dining on one level and living 900 mm below. The second floor has a bedroom and bathroom with a mezzanine library on the stair landing. Ground floor footprint is 47m2 with 34m2 across the second floor and mezzanine.
The chiselled roof form, shifting floor plates and deck follow the contours of the land. The undulating north-west face responds to the enclosure of the tree canopy, negotiating the connection between interior and exterior conditions. The dining room looks across to a deck to the east and back into the double height volume of the living room.
To achieve a singular and continuous form in the landscape, black metal cladding for the exterior skin and aluminium joinery for the apertures was chosen. Recycled totara floor was used for the flooring with pine with a clearcote finish for dinning ceiling and void walls. The void ceiling has dark stained Meranti ply and black rafters.
The interior is seen as a poche cutting of the internal volume generating a series of surface conditions which articulate the program within the house. The volumes accentuates the verticality of the site, and allows differing spatial parti; from intimate to vast. The library rises up through the space to the intimate mezzanine becoming a vertical- expose of programmed structure which terminates at the ceiling rafters. The irregular and undulating north face responds to the enclosure of the tree canopy.
SB Architects designed the Hillside House in Mill Valley, California.
Nestled in the hills of Mill Valley, California, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, Hillside House has just received certification as the first LEED for Homes Platinum custom home in Marin County, and one of only a handful in Northern California.
Designed by San Francisco-based SB Architects, an international firm well-known for the design of site-sensitive resort and mixed-use projects around the world, and built by well-known green builder McDonald Construction & Development, this home is a statement of what is possible combining “high design with high sustainability.”
The four-story home – clad with beautiful, sustainable Western Red Cedar siding – is set on a steep hillside site that provides for a very vertical design with living and private zones situated on multiple separate floors. Numerous outdoor and covered terraces and balconies capitalize on stunning views of the bay and the San Francisco skyline beyond. The home’s many green aspects include:
·Western Red Cedar siding
·Energy Star-Rated Whirlpool appliances
·Kohler low-flow plumbing fixtures
·Mythic zero-VOC paints
·High-recycled content interior concrete from Concreteworks
·Sustainably produced stone veneers from Eldorado Stone
·Sustainably harvested floors and cabinetry from Plantation Hardwoods
·New World Millworks, reclaimed timber and recycled metal roofing
Every inch of this LEED Platinum custom home has been designed to maximize its sustainability, in direct response to the site, trees and views. Consequently, this home lives far larger than its actual footprint, but with an impact that is far less.
Architect: SB Architects
Photography by Mariko Reed