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Mercedes-Benz to use particulate filtration tech on gasoline engines. Tesla drops price of its mobile charger by $ 100. The Volvo Concept Truck uses 30 percent less fuel.
Milan’s annual design fair Salone del Mobile always provides a platform for a vast diversity of talent—whether you visit a booth of a major player like Kartell or a little guy showing her first full collection, the range of offerings at this giant exhibition fairground promise something for everyone. Over 300,000 people visit the Salone del Mobile each year and as the anchor event for Milan’s Design Week, it is the main show for anyone who is interested in the trends and ideas that will dominate interiors in the coming year. At this year’s show, highlights included strong debuts from emerging studios at SaloneSatellite, the premier exhibition space for young designers, as well as high production installations from companies like Carl Hansen & Son and Artek.
As a bonus, we even took a short tour of the other, more fantastical and traditional side of Salone (needless to say, it was head-swirling, garish and eye-opening).
Mobile phones. The world is addicted. Life as we know it has ceased to exist. Nobody even has time to stop and smell the roses anymore. And now you don’t even have to, because thanks to these colorful mobile phone cases you can carry the flowers with you wherever you go!
The cases, which are made by HouseOfBlings and are available on Etsy, contain real pressed flowers and come in a variety of vibrant designs.
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The side of a freight truck, with its expansive surface space, has great potential for massive artistic expression. This becomes all the more clear as the Truck Art Project transforms these large vehicles into mobile galleries whose exteriors display contemporary paintings. The open road hosts these unconventional artworks, utilizing a network of trade transportation routes that roll across Spain and bring art to places where this type of unexpected work is rarely seen.
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Last year we showed you this cool crane that folds into the bumper of your truck. This year we’ve spotted another neat power lifting device, this one completely mobile, which allows a single user to effortlessly hoist and transport up to 390 pounds.
Developed by Australia’s Makinex Construction Products, the PHT (Powered Hand Truck) has a clever cantilevered design and a simple 12-volt linear actuator driving the strut. Here it is in action (note that the Makinex rep is using the product’s original name, the OneLift):
There’s also an optional forklift attachment:
After seeing this, I now feel bad for my local UPS guy and his outdated handtruck. Since the PHT folds flat, it could conceivably fit into his truck, but I suppose this isn’t really designed to hold a bunch of stacked boxes.
You can learn more about the PHT, and where to get one, here.
The 112-square-foot habitable Life Pod built by inventor Michael Weekes comes at an affordable price and includes 100 square feet of living space, a full-sized bed, a shower, sink, a microwave oven and even a compostable toilet.
Michel Weekes built the 8-foot diameter Life Pod dome in 10 weeks using Luan plywood covered with TPO-thermoplastic polyolefin.
The 1,200-pound dome is a 13 1/2-foot long structure designed according to the Golden Ratio principle of proportion found in nature.
It offers 100 square feet of ventilated living space, a bed, kitchen, shower and sink, with a ceiling fan and oil burner heater powered by 110-volt electrical power obtained from an electrical outlet.
Two guys from Brisbane, Australia have taken it upon themselves to found a charity – Orange Sky Laundry, that offers a free mobile laundry service to the Australian Homeless. They’ve now officially been washing clothes for a month.
Childhood friends Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi came up with the idea last year, fitting out an old van nicknamed Sudsy with a generator, water tanks and two large washing machines and dryers, taking to the streets in their home town of Brisbane.
“We wanted to improve the hygiene standards of the homeless so we came up with this crazy idea of building a free mobile laundry,” Mr Marchesi said.
“We bought two washing machines and two dryers and put them in the back of a van and started driving around parks and drop in centres and washing and drying clothes for free.”
Surely a noble cause and inspirational as well. So are you going to open a laundry service like this in your city? Also, don’t miss “San Francisco’s Homeless Get Showers-On-Wheels With Transformed Old Buses“, “Canadian Kids Are Tying Coats To Street Poles To Keep Homeless Warm This Winter“, “This Guy Gives Homeless People Free Haircuts — And Changes Their Lives For The Better” and “A Fashion Designer Is Making Coats That Double As Sleeping Bags For The Homeless… And They’re Made From Abandoned Festival Tents”
Patrick Schmidt quit his job, bought a 1990 school bus from a California church, and aimed to create a skoolie: a school bus that’s revamped for non-school purposes. When he first bought the bus in March, he decided to name it “Big Blue” and then drove it to his parents’ Las Vegas home.
With help from his dad, Schmidt tirelessly worked to transform Big Blue into a mobile tiny home. After removing the roof, the interior, and changing the insulation, the father-son duo installed solar panels, a bed, kitchen, dining area, toilet, and air conditioner by reusing and recycling as much as possible. In August, Big Blue was complete and ready to transport Schmidt on his 10,000-mile road trip spanning 30 states
Despite downsizing, the skoolie enthusiast has had an incredible couple of months filled with adventure.
“My plans are to stay in Florida until March, then most likely find my way back slowly to Vegas, and up to Seattle to live again for a while. Find some land to park on,” Schmidt told Metro, when discussing his future plans. “That’s kind of the life I’ve imagined for myself. Ride around, travel, find temporary work, and see where to go from there.”
Scroll down to see Big Blue’s transformation and Schmidt’s ensuing journey.
Earlier we saw that loading logs into containers is still a primitive process. But thanks to Finnish forest machinery company Ponsse, the process of creating those logs is super high-tech.
Ponsse’s Scorpion King is an eight-wheeled monster designed to “endure tropical heat and arctic cold, travel without destroying the terrain and briskly climb the steepest slopes.” That’s because it’s designed to get to and cut down trees down in tricky areas. And Ponsse has developed a “cut-to-length” method whereby the trees are stripped of their branches and cut into logs of precise length on the spot.
To achieve this, they designed a fairly terrifying saw-wielding robot koala bear suspended from the end of a massive boom arm. Watch as it outstretches its greedy little arms, eagerly embracing and mutilating one arboreal victim after another:
Ponsse’s official product video for the machine, below, gives you a better idea of the design work that went into it. The hydraulically-balanced cabin self-levels, and the articulated chassis can handle challenging terrain. Especially cool are the in-cabin shots, where you can clearly see how well the machine has been designed for panoramic visibility and see the digital readouts used by the operator. It’s also amusing that, from the operator’s perspective, it kind of looks like the koala bear is defecating, well, logs:
This is the most fun-looking thing I’ve seen all summer, but has one of the world’s worst soundtracks. Please turn your volume down before checking this out:
That’s the Tarzan Boat, a “mobile floating water park” used by Navy SEALs for training. Okay, not really. It’s a recreational platform aimed at “resorts, marinas, camps, hotels and private dock owners,” and the manufacturers are calling it a moneymaker—not just for them, but for the buyer. They reckon the attraction will bring in “$ 3,000 to $ 5,000 a day,” and they aim to help you monetize yours:
This isn’t just a boat, it’s a business …and we want you to be very successful because it is our report card to the world. We don’t charge franchise fees or any payments after your purchase, so our reputation is based on your success and we are going to be diligent to make sure you are a hit.
Remember, that Tarzan Boat is designed for commercial use, projected to gross $ 3,000-$ 5,000 a day. We show you the operation of handling customers, payment, location, traffic flow, training your staff, free marketing methods and keeping your overhead very low.
The turn-key “Business Package” runs a cool $ 63,700, while those looking to buy one for personal use can knock five grand off of the price.
I say go for the monetization. Furthermore, going back to my earlier thought: I suggest you set one of these up near the Naval Special Warfare Groups base outside of Virginia Beach, post advertisements everywhere claiming you use the Tarzan Boat to train SEALs, and see what happens.
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Video conferencing continues to catch on as a way for enterprises to do business, and is becoming increasingly important to certain verticals like healthcare and education. At the same time, video conferencing continues to be expensive to implement, especially for organizations which try to put in room-based systems. It’s that market video conferencing company Vidyo is trying to take on, with a lower-priced software solution to hardware-based incumbents.
And to do that, Vidyo has raised yet another round of funding, this time $17 million. That brings total funding since the company was founded in 2005 to $116 million, with the financing coming from inside and outside investors. Triangle Peak Partners was the lead new investor in the round, joining previous investors such as Juniper Networks, QuestMark Partners, Menlo Ventures, Rho Capital Partners, Star Ventures, and Four Rivers Group.
Vidyo’s year-over-year billings grew 68 percent in 2012, driven by strong enterprise sales, but also by rapid growth in a few important verticals. Sales were up 77 percent in both the healthcare and education verticals, and Vidyo expects more sales in those markets as time goes on. In fact, it just struck a deal with education consortium Internet2, which should help get its video conferencing software and equipment even more widely adopted in universities and partnering K-12 public schools throughout the U.S.
The idea behind Vidyo is not just to enable new organizations to build off of its video conferencing equipment, but also to allow them to use existing hardware to connect with others. Since its technology is software-based, it can enable customers to use Cisco, Polycom, and Lifesize, as well as other H.323 and SIP-based room systems, Microsoft Lync clients, and the iPhone, iPad, or other mobile devices to connect with one another. Earlier this year, it also rolled out a virtualized video conferencing product which will enable customers to turn up video conferencing on off-the-shelf equipment.
Vidyo has more than 250 employees now, with 13 offices around the world. It also has a bunch of patents — 26 issued and 56 pending — behind its video conferencing technology. With the new round of funding, it plans to continue growing its tech team and expanding worldwide.
Looks like Baidu and Zynga are the most recent victims of a bogus press release stunt. This morning, a company called PR*Urgent put out a notice saying that Baidu — known as the “Google of China” — wanted to acquire Zynga, the social gaming giant. It claimed Baidu offered to pay $10 per Zynga share in cash. But a PR representative for Baidu has categorically denied the news. “Baidu had nothing to do with this news release,” he told TechCrunch.
The release recalls an incident from November last year, when a press release agency called PRWeb distributed false news that Google would be buying WiFi technology company ICOA for $400 million. The news was picked up by a lot of outlets (including TC, I hate to admit), but both companies debunked the news, and PRWeb apologised for the hoax. Like PRWeb, PR*Urgent offers a “free” distribution service.
As with the Google/ICOA incident, it looks like the Baidu/Zynga news may have been put out either as a prank, or an attempt to boost Zynga’s stock price, or lower Baidu’s.
Zynga closed Friday trading at $3.19 per share, and is up 3.45% in pre-market trading. Baidu closed Friday at $86.43 per share. Both Zynga and Baidu will be reporting their quarterly earnings this week, Zynga on April 24, and Baidu on April 25.
The bogus release claims that Baidu’s interest in Zynga was based on its foray into real-money gambling. That strategy finally saw its first launch earlier this month, in the UK. There are further rollouts expected in Europe, Asia and the U.S., as Zynga looks for further ways to monetize its gaming platform amid overall growing competition in social and mobile gaming.
While most rubbish like this isn’t worth reporting, we’re putting this out because at this moment, the release is coming up near/at the top of Google News searches for both companies.
And if you know anything about Baidu’s business — strong on search, but looking to grow that by going big on mobile, increasing moves into gaming and other content, and international growth — there’s just enough of a kernel of truth there to give some pause to people browsing if they don’t bother to look a little deeper.
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Internet use in China has surged in recent years, with more than 42% of its 1.4 billion people logged online. As of 2012, the country boasts 564 million web users — a 10% jump from the year before — and it’s a number that will only continue to grow.
The following infographic, created by web development firm MWI, details China’s rising Internet class and the business opportunities it will create.
For example, China’s mobile Internet users increased from 69.3% at the end of 2011 to 74.5% last year, according to a report from the China Internet Network Information Center. As of 2012, the country also has 309 million microblog users and 242 million people who shopped online. Read more…
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Put on a pair of these magic underpants called Fundawear, and you’ll be able to feel your lover’s touch from anywhere on the planet
Fundaware is a clever combination of a smartphone app and tiny vibrating motors sewn into female lingerie and male underpants. It accomplishes the task of “transferring touch across vast distances,” said the project’s technical director, Ben Moir in a YouTube video:
Commissioned by the Australian division of condom company Durex, Fundaware uses tiny vibrating actuators similar to those that give your finger that buzzing “haptic feedback” on smartphones. The intensity of Fundawear’s vibrations correspond to the movements of the person’s finger touching the smartphone screen from afar Read more…
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If you have a spare $15 million, this gold- and diamond-encrusted iPhone 5 could be yours.
The handset, which is inlaid with 600 flawless white diamonds and includes a gold-plated antenna and back panel, was crafted by the Liverpool, England-based Stuart Hughes. In addition to this iPhone’s impressive gold and diamond encrusting, the handset’s Home button has also been replaced with a rare 26-carat black diamond, which itself is worth $14.5 million.
Hughes’ previous “iDevice bling” products have included a $2.5 million gold-encrusted iPhone 3G and a gold-plated $8 million iPad 2. The above iPhone 5, however, seems to take the cake in terms of both cost and design. Read more…
Cell-phone users are all too familiar with that sinking feeling you get when opening up an extravagant bill.
Hidden fees and additional charges can rack up, especially when you’re not keeping track of expenses. But now, wireless customers have a solution to “bill shock.” Back in 2011, major U.S. wireless service providers agreed to send free alerts to subscribers whenever they incur roaming fees, as well as when they approach or exceed limits on voice, data and text usage, according to the Federal Communications Commission.
The alerts, which apply to current and future mobile-phone plans as of Oct. 17, 2011, aim to help subscribers avoid unexpected charges, and better monitor use of their phones. Check out the video, above, for more details. Read more…
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You may want to be Facebook friends with your doctor, so you can ping him or her a quick question or maybe an image of a bug bite for an online diagnosis. But the question being asked by the medical community is, should your doctor be Facebook friends with you?
The American College of Physicians (ACP) and the Federation of State Medical Boards issued a policy statement in the Annals of Internal Medicine addressing best practices for physicians in the digital environment
As more doctors are using social media in both their personal and professional lives — and more patients want information in a digital minute — there hasn’t been formal guidelines for how this online relationship should proceed, until now Read more…
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