Monday, August 11, 2014

Barisieur: An Alarm Clock That Wakes You With Freshly-Brewed Coffee

There are a majority of people who are useless in the morning until they get that beloved cup of coffee. You’ll find many that are irritated even by the slightest of acts unless they get their coffee. Therefore, it made sense to come up with something that could deliver you a cup of coffee as soon as you get up (Alfred for Bruce Wayne). That is where Josh Renouf, an Industrial designer, based in UK comes in with his latest gadget known as the Barisiuer.

The Barisiuer is an alarm clock that has been designed elegantly and is capable of kickstarting your day by providing you with a cup of coffee that has been freshly brewed right on your bed. In words of the creator of this amazing alarm clock; ‘It eases the user into the day with the subtle movement of stainless steel ball bearings that boil the water through induction heating, accompanied by the smell of freshly brewed coffee.’
The Barisiuer comes equipped with a drawer compartment that is designed to store the ground coffee beans and sugar along with a tube for a shot or two of milk.

The whole assembly can be filled the night before. Renouf gives it the name of ritual for you to send signal to your ‘body and mind that it is time to unwind and relax.’ We, on the other hand, are more interested in waking up to the sweet smell of coffee.

The gadget is still in development stage, however, speculates that it will be priced somewhere between $250 and $420. A pretty cool gadget for your bedside, isn’t it?

Kit Bike - A Bicycle In A Bag

We all would love to commute via bicycles if given the chance to do that, why we don’t do it is rather quite simple; it is too damn hard. You can’t really move freely around if you have a bike to take care of that you can’t park somewhere without worrying about it being stolen. This is where the star of today comes in – a full size bicycle that is capable of folding down into a bag and can be assembled when needed in less than ten minutes.

We usually find commuters trying to manage to fit their folding bikes on trains, however, with this particular model they will be able to carry it in a small backpack that is about the size of a tyre. Once the commuters are out of the train, all they need to do is to assemble the bike and they are good to go. A number of hollow aluminium tubes are joined together by employing twist joints. Wheels get attached to this assembly as well and the chain makes use of a rubber belt drive system that has been strengthened by carbon. In order to apply brakes, all you need to do is to stop pedaling.

The invention comes from an Indian creative agency by the name of Lucid Design. The creative director at this agency, Amit Mirchandani, says; ‘Conventional bikes are awkward in every way except when you ride them. We thought what if there was a bike that was so small, it fit into a bag you could carry as a backpack? What if when you assembled the bike, you got a full-size bike that was comfortable to ride? We felt we could make one simple, minimal and cool – unlike folding bikes that tend to be complex in their engineering and construction. The Kit Bike was designed to do all these things and make problems of shipping and travelling with a bike a thing of the past.’

The result was the invention of Kit Bike. Wheels of the bike are stored in separate sections of the bag whereas the remaining 19 parts are stored separately. Mr. Mirchandani is from Bangalore, India and is 35 years old. In his own words; ‘Assembly and disassembly would take 10 minutes or less. At the moment it’s still a prototype so we are not sure how much it will be to buy but it should weight similar to most aluminium bikes.’

Motorola’s Digital Tattoo Will Let You Unlock Your Smartphone With Ease

Smartphones have become a crucial part of our everyday life and life has become really dependant upon them. As is with anything, the next feature that needs to be tackled is that of security and we have seen a number of approaches to smartphone’s security being used; pin code, pattern locks, face detection and the fingerprint scanner. However, with the progress that is being made, it is no surprise to see a better approach to this; the Motorola’s Digital Tattoo.

The gadget was initially aimed for the Moto X users and is essentially a temporary sticker for the skin that can be removed at any time. When the user swipes his/her phone onto the sticker, the smartphone is unlocked automatically and frees the user from the need to enter pin or pattern.

The idea was put forward last year at the ‘All Things Digital Technology Conference’ and is now finally out in the market. The project is a brainchild of Google and VivaLnk and makes use of NFC (Near Field Communication) technology which makes the exchange of information possible wirelessly. The company states that the tattoos are about the size of a coin and have been designed to last for five days and work in shower or even during physical activity. As per Motorola, the gadget will make locking and unlocking of smartphones fast, safe and less stressful.

As per the ad; ‘An average user takes 2.3 seconds to unlock their phone and does this about 39 times a day—a process that some people find so inconvenient that they do not lock their phones at all. Using NFC technology, digital tattoos make it faster to safely unlock your phone anywhere without having to enter a password.’

A pack of 10 tattoos will cost $10. So, are you willing to spend that much (roughly $70 per year) just to save the effort of entering your pin?

Selfie Toaster Will Let You Toast Bread With Your Selfie On It

With this entire selfie craze getting famous, it was only a matter of time before such gadgets were introduced. You’ve all heard, probably, about the Vermont Novelty Toaster Corporation that became famous for the toasters that printed Jesus on to bread in a barn located in rural Vermont. The company has introduced a new kind of toaster; your very own selfie-personal toaster.

This novelty toaster will basically allow users to burn their images on a piece of bread. Imagine eating bread slices with your roommate’s smirk burnt into it. The product will cost $75 and works by lightly grilling the bread to a golden brown while outlining the image by burning it a bit darker.

The idea is for the customers to upload a picture of themselves to the firm Burnt Impressions server that works from Danville. The firm then makes use of Photoshop and a plasma-cutter to create a metal plate with the picture’s impression on and this plate is then installed in the toaster. The toaster, usually, takes about 10 days to get assembled.

According to the President of the company, Galen Dively; ‘this is a first in the novelty toaster world. Before, setup fees and large minimums effectively limited personalised toasters to larger companies, corporations and individuals with deep pockets. We are creating a whole new market; personalised impressions on toast available to all. We finally acquired the machinery needed to make it happen. Gone are the days it cost me £890 ($1,500) just to add one new design to our catalogue. We are now limited only by our creativity.’
The selfie toasters, as per the claims by Mr. Dively, are doing quite well in the market even without any promotion so far. In Mr. Dively’s own words; ‘The response has been great.’

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