It’s time for another new angle on the USB power-packing accessory universe, this time with one that stays in the wall socket and conserves energy. You plug this little nubbin in to the power socket, wait for it to pop up like a turkey, and grab some power. This accessory stops taking power from the socket once it’s charged up, allowing that power then to filter through its two USB ports to your smart devices.
Other than the power collecting abilities, this device isn’t all that unique. With the pop-out action, this device becomes indispensable. I’d certainly like to have a handful of these for heading out to a tech convention or even sitting around the apartment – wouldn’t you?
Designer: Joey Lu
There’s a lot to be said about taking a perfectly simple aesthetic gesture and turning it into a guide for the public. In this case it’s a couple of laser beams stopping humans or vehicles from crossing paths at the same time. This design by HOJOON Lim goes by the name Guardian and will bring a perfect stop to a crash that could have been near you.
Designer: HOJOON Lim
A pair of European space telescopes have captured the aftershock of a devastating supernova —a snapshot in time of a star's explosive death.
The new supernova photo combines views by the European Space Agency's infrared Herschel Space Observatory and X-ray XMM-Newton X-ray space telescope to reveal W44, the remnant of an exploded star about 10,000 light-years from Earth.
"The supernova remnant is the result of a massive star that reached the end of its life and expelled its outer layers in a dramatic explosion," officials at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, a U.S. partner in the Herschel mission, said in a statement. "All that remains of the stellar behemoth is the spinning core of a neutron star, or pulsar."
The pulsar, called PSR B1853+-1, shines in a brilliant light blue hue in the upper right of the new photo. Astronomers suspect the pulsar is about 20,000 years old and nested inside an expanding shell of hot gas that reaches temperatures of several million degrees, ESA officials added.
The supernova remnant and pulsar glow an eerie blue in X-ray images from the XMM-Newton observatory. Infrared observations by Herschel also revealed pockets of warm gas around the supernova remnant where new stars are forming.
According to ESA, "a number of compact objects scattered across the scene map the cold seeds of future stars that will eventually emerge from their dusty cocoons."
The W44 remnant is located inside a dense region of star-forming clouds in the constellation Aquila, the Eagle, and is among the best examples of supernova remnant interacting with its parent cloud, researchers added.
The Herschel Space Observatory is the largest and most powerful infrared telescope ever flown in space. It launched in May 2009 to scan the cosmos at infrared wavelengths. ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray Observatory launched in 1999 to probe the universe in the X-ray range of the light spectrum.
Vmo is quite a clever way of combining Voice Memos with QR Codes and Smartphones. Basically its a way to mark and capture data, be it voice or visual, and then revisit it at a later date. Essentially this means, if you are in class and taking notes, you may also want to record the lecture, so you tab and the recording using a supplied QR Code Sticker (that nestles sweetly in an allocated space in the smaprtphone jacket), scanning the code and readily accessing it later. The video below explains it all.
The designers explain, “The market strategy is to set a range of Vmo sticker prices depending on the file size (i.e. length of voice recording). In a nutshell, we actually sell the web space bit by bit, which store the info or voice on the net. Cloud service plays the main role behind the scene. We view cloud service as a potential market. Focus on realizing users’ dreams and let them “taste” vocal memories wherever they are, whenever they want by means of cloud service connection. Vmo is not merely an amazing product design but a whole new cloud service design strategy.”
Advisor: Prof. Ching-Hsing Luo
Designers: Sheng-Hung Lee & Chan Wai Yeh
Herbow is a rain shelter and a window herb garden. A very unique and unconventional combination, but one that works! Given the way counties like Japan have been upping their efforts in going green by growing creepers and other such plants on their building’s external walls, to lower internal temperatures and conserving electricity, these kind of gardens suit the urban landscape perfectly.
Herbow is a window planter ‘tray’ that enables people to grow small crops outside their windows while shielding their interior space from the rain. By swinging Herbow upwards, it becomes a window shelter that blocks the harsh sunlight and the rain. At the same time, the plants are watered and grow naturally. An eave has been designed to extend over the shelter to stop water falling through the gap between Herbow and the window frame. Holes on two sides of Herbow allow for drainage of excess water.
Herbow is a 2012 red dot award: design concept winner.
Designers: Hsu Hao-Po, Chang Yu-Hui & Chang Chung-Wei
I consider apps as a necessary evil, I need them to be productive and at the same time they drain my iPhone at the most unexpected times. A power backup or portable recharger has become a compulsion for people like me. However design sensibilities often keep me away from dodgy chargers that juice up the iPhone and iPod but at the cost of ugly looks. When I spied the clever Plug Battery Charger, I was totally tickled by its take on the plug! Sweet!