Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tempescope Tells You Tomorrow’s Weather By Physically Creating It In Your Living Room

Under normal circumstances, to know tomorrow’s weather is as simple as reading graphical representation or listening to your local weatherman. Whichever way we are using today is more than sufficient for our knowledge and it seems nothing else needed to be done, or so we thought. Apparently, a group of Japanese inventors think otherwise. They want to physically create tomorrow’s weather that you can “experience” and they are calling their invention the Tempescope Ambient Weather Display. This minimalist lit-up box is essentially a miniature weather world that pulls forecasts from a wireless connection from a PC. With the forecast at hand, the device will attempt to create the meteorological conditions within the sealed cuboid.

It uses a combination of water, ultrasonic and LED lights to form the forecasted weather like creating cloudy vapor with the combination of water and ultrasonic for cloudy day, dripping water to show that it will be raining, or with the aid of the LED lights at the top, it can depict thundering or sunshine. A rather interesting concept and novel approach to showing forecasted weather, and as the product name implies, it is designed to add ambience to your home while letting you in on tomorrow’s weather. Though it will be interesting to see how the device is going to throw out hurricane or windy conditions. The Tempescope sounds like a cool idea that may appeal to the masses, but that also depends on the number the inventors intended to put on the price tag.

The Tempescope Ambient Weather Display is still not ready for production; the inventors do have plan to bring it to crowdfunding early next year, which will have the fund to produce a professionally-finished, weather station of the future. however, if you can’t wait, the good folks have the whole nine of how to DIY one for yourself on their website, which you can download and have a go in making one if you are have you are so technically inclined.

This Avant-Garde Desk Has A Built-In Natural Amplification Sound Dock For Smartphone

We won’t start a debate on how uncluttered is an uncluttered a desk should be, but if you love a bit of music while you are at your desk, the Sound Table and Seat by South Korea-based industrial designer Jina U is one awesome idea that would allow you to enjoy your favorite tunes from your smartphone while not robbing you of the precious desktop real estate. How? Because among the expanse of acacia desktop hides a recessed smartphone dock that is actually a sound dock to a natural amplification speaker.

Presumably designed with iPhone in mind, the iPhone audio is directed through a horn under the desktop and exits the front of the desk, thereby amplifying the sound. And if we were to judge how loud the amplified sound would be by the size of the horn, then we would think the amplification could be quite substantial.

Perforated sheet, which we assume to be metal, keep the horn hidden when looked from the side. Similar perforated sheet is also used to seal the back of the single below desk shelf. The table comes complete with a matching chair and the set is constructed from a combination of copper, acacia wood and steel, harmonized by the natural color of copper, patchwork of acacia and turquoise. This unique combination lends this table and chair combo an extremely sophisticated yet, retro-ish feel.

The perforated sheet on the side is hinged and opens up to reveal the horn within and it looks like there is still space for some other stuff. Just in case, you thought the incorporation of a huge ass horn has wasted a perfectly good storage space. Honestly, I would love to have a desk like that, but unfortunately, the Sound Table and Seat appears to be a concept work with no further information other than some cool product images and size.

3d Printed Epochs Collection Pimps Up Panasonic Gm1, Improves The Grip

Other than adding colors to camera, you have to admit that camera’s aesthetic is anything but groundbreaking. You can’t blame the camera makers though, after all the camera has to be commercially viable to make any business sense in order to mass produce them. however, if German design studio, WertelOberfell‘s custom parts for Panasonic DMC-GM1 were to become a reality, then you might have a shot at changing how your GM1 look and handles. Note that we said ‘handles’, because not only does these custom parts lend an entirely new and artistic look to your shooter, it will also improve the ergonomics and grip too.

Made using a method of 3D printing, the Epochs Collection, as they are collectively called, consists of three micro structures which the German outfit refers to as “root”, “interference”, and “weave”, each so named with reference to the micro structure pattern of the individual model. Each design reflects the different ‘age’ of our time, namely art nouveau, modernism and digital. According to Design Boom, the resulting products are “strong and hardwearing enough to be used in everyday situations” and obviously, beautiful pieces, but we dare question the practicality in terms of the “everyday use”. As we all know, dust is one of the greatest foe of a camera and the various nooks may prove to be a dust-friendly home where extra care would have to be taken to keep them free of them.

However, the point is not in the design or even as an aftermarket part for that matter; it is to demonstrate “how thin and minuscule 3D printing can go, and how strength, durability and the look of the parts can be enhanced by coating them with real metals like copper and nickel“, Jan Wertel, co-founder of WertelOberfell, explains. In short, WertelOberfell just proves that 3D printing is able to achieve far more complicate objects then we thought. So, is 3D printing the future of products, or at least, parts that made up our products? It might very well be. If so, we are right to anticipate future gadgets to be much more affordable then they are today. No?

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