Kira Hybrid Sailing Yacht Bridges The Gap Between Sailing and Motor Yachting

A 40 meter sailing yacht inspired by performance, developed for simplicity and minimum style. The lead in the keel of the boat was adapted to become a giant battery charged by the solar cells in the sail. The owner could live in complete comfort and with zero carbon footprint.

What makes this an innovative design solution is that the Kira Hybrid Sailing Yacht is a vessel inspired by performance, developed for simplicity, and minimally styled. It is meant to bridge the gap between sailing and motor yachting, so that those who take to the winds can do so in the most comfortable, amenable and sustainable way. It is designed to have a zero carbon footprint because of its electric engine and solar sail giving the owner absolute freedom to roam the seas in complete comfort. The lead in the keel of the boat, which is regularly just used for balance, was adapted to become a giant battery charged by the solar cells in the sail. It completely redefines the layout of a sailboat.

Designer : Sebastian Campos

Kira Hybrid Sailing Yacht by Sebastian Campos

Kira Hybrid Sailing Yacht by Sebastian Campos

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NASA Z-2 Suit : Biomimicry, Technology, or Trends In Society

Nasa has released 3 designs for Nasa Z-2 Suit where you get to vote which one should be our next generation spacesuit platform. It’s an upgraded version of Z-1 suit which was named as one of Time Magazine’s best invetions of 2012, now the Z-2 takes this spacesuit design to the next level in commitment to a final flight-capable design. Basically, this spacesuit marks several milestones for NASA:

  • First surface-specific planetary mobility suit which is tested in full vacuum
  • The first use of 3D human laser scans along with 3D printed hardware for suit development and sizing
  • It utilizes most advance impact-resistant composite structures for the upper and lower torso system
  • It integrates suit-port concept with a hard upper torso suit structure
  • The most adjustable hard upper torso suit built to this date.

It’s your exciting oppportunity to suit the winning spacesuit which look unlike any other previous suit built before. The previous Z-1 suit has received so many positive response, the NASA engineers wanted to take this chance to prove that the new upgraded model will have equally memorable appearance. The decision which one of these 3 prototypes to be built is within you, the public, so vote now to give them your voice.

1. The Biomimicry

This spacesuit is inspired by an environment with many parallels to the harsness of space, the oceans. It mimics bioluminescent qualities of aquatic creatures where you can find them in the depth of the ocean with scaly skin of fish. The design features segmented pleats from shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee, there’s electroluminescent wire accross the upper torso which becomes visible in low light environment.

From : NASA

NASA Z-2 Suit - Biomimicry

NASA Z-2 Suit - Biomimicry

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Stylish Givi Motorcycle Top Box Features RFID Key Lock System

Givi motorcycle top box was designed by these industrial designers during their exchange period at Istituto Europeo di Design. This top box project is intended to be used on motorcycles and has to be realistic enough to be released in the market by the year of 2017.

At first, we came up with many ideas that would make this an ambitious target, but during the process we moved toward actual reasonable scenarios and implementing only those features which were likely be available at that time. We had a keen interest to design a product that is sustainable, using biodegradable plastics and making the manufacturing process and recycling process as easy as possible and one of the top box’s main feature and theme is configurability and customizability.

We applied these themes to Givi Motorcycle Top Box both internally and externally, thus the interior has an easy to use compartmentalization feature using elastic rubber bands, while the exterior has customizable rings that can match any motorbike. We decided to use a new lock system with an RFID key to simplify the access to two separate compartments. These compartments have separate purposes, a smaller for easy access for personal things that are essential and a bigger one that has more space. The aggressive angle of the lid was designed to fit with modern and future motorbike trends where the rear end of the bike is also angled, not flat.

Designers : Harold Baltodano, Krisztián Griz and Mina Kuchani

Givi Motorcycle Top Box by Krisztian Griz

Givi Motorcycle Top Box by Krisztian Griz

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Walking Bicycle : Faster Than Walking, Easier Than Riding Conventional Bike

Walking Bicycle, just like its name suggests, it’s a bicycle that you move simply by walking. It works just like an elliptical bike, it’s faster and more convenient than walking. There are no English description on the official site, fortunately, Arisa Katayama’s (the project leader) willing to explain it to us.

The project started five years ago when our CEO, Masayuki Katayama and a member of our executive board was discussing a new vehicle that moves by simply “walking.” The two were concerned that in the near future, people will rely more on technology rather than their own ability to walk and move around. They wanted to create something that would be more convenient and faster than walking, but easier than riding a typical bicycle. After numerous tests and samples, we invited top designers and producers to be part of the project including Tei Shuwa and Kenya Hara.

Although many bicycles are now made in China and Taiwan, our bicycle is handmade in our company located in Okayama Prefecture and most of the parts are made in Japan. We wanted to emphasize the top notch quality of “Made in Japan” products as well as the incredible talents of Japanese designers which explain a large part of why the price is so expensive.

We are currently in the process of constructing our showroom in the Omotesando area, Tokyo (a very fashionable and trendy area) and preparing for retail that will start in October (only in Japan for now.) We are hoping to start overseas retail as soon as things settle down here.

Designer : Walking Bicycle Club

Walking Bicycle by Walking Bicycle Club

Walking Bicycle by Walking Bicycle Club

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Samsung NX Mini Smart Camera with Interchangeable-Lens

Samsung has launched Samsung NX mini smart camera which the company claims to be the world’s slimmest and lightest camera with interchangeable-lens. The stylish and compact design is accompanied by stunning image quality, making this an ideal gadget for great photography. The NFC and Wi-Fi features allow you to take beautiful shots and share them quickly and easily for friends and families to enjoy in real time.

In support of “selfie” trend, Samsung NX mini features 3-inch flip up touch display camera up to 180-degree to answer consumer demands. The wide angle lens and flip up display have been exclusively designed to address our current passion for selfies, capturing user’s life in excellent photo quality. Weighing only 158g (body only) and its ultra slim design, making this camera can easily slip into any pocket or bag, capturing every moment on-the-go without any hassle. A solid metal body is combined with luxurious leatherette finish, making this camera gets the approval of design conscious shooters.

From : Samsung

Samsung NX Mini Smart Camera

Samsung NX Mini Smart Camera

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SERION E60 Yacht : A Future 60 Ft. Yacht for Long Range Journeys by Motion Code Blue

The Austrian design studio motion code: blue has released its latest design concept SERION E60 Yacht which was generated by Benjamin Julian Toth, a student of the University of applied sciences FH Joanneum for Industrial Design, Graz Austria as a diploma thesis. The topic was to design a reinterpretation of long range passage maker yachts for the next generation of yacht owners. Mc.b acted as cooperation partner and sponsor for this project.

The main goal of SERION E60 yacht is to offer you a visualization of our future motor yachts within 60 ft by combining megatrends, future markets and consumer behaviors. Aside from those aspects, this yacht also focuses on unconventional functions and innovative features within its class.

Designer : Motion Code Blue

Serion E60 Yacht by Motion Code Blue

Serion E60 Yacht by Motion Code Blue

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We Never Give Up! Sledge by Szymon Hanczar

What if one day, there’s no more snow outside due to global warming, would we still be able to feel the thrill of sledding? As a matter of fact, yes, thank you to this genius Polish industrial designer that has designed a modern sled with wheels. “We never give up!” sled won’t let you, sled addicts, suffer from greenhouse effect, it is an attractive and minimalist sled which possible to use on all types of flat surfaces. You’ll be able to experience the thrill of sledding even when there’s no snow outside.

Designer : Szymon Hanczar
Photos: Jędrzej Stelmaszek

We Never Give Up! Sledge

We Never Give Up! Sledge

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Luxury Jacob & Co Five Timezone Collection by Jacques Fournier from Horology Design

Many high-end watchmaking brands are looking for new talents for their designs in order to offer exclusive and distinctive timepieces. Jacques Fournier, owner at Horology Design Limited, is telling us a bit more about his studio and techniques.

It is rare from one individual alone to be able to provide a wide range of services from the sketches, CAD files for prototyping through to stunning photorealistic 3D images and animation package.

The designer has recently modernized considerably the Jacob & Co five timezone collection of the luxurious iconic celebs jewelry and watch brand Jacob & Co.

Designer : Jacques Fournier

Jacob & Co five timezone collection by Horology Design

Jacob & Co five timezone collection by Horology Design

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Living Roof : A Self-Sustaining Capsule For Urban Rooftop by NAU

Living Roof is a futuristic compact and self-sustaining capsule for urban rooftops. It’s been designed to cover essential elements such as a refuge to recover, plan excursions into the city, or just simply stare into the stars. The minimalist interior design allows its user to focus and concentrate along with the highly efficient enclosure provide the answer to one of the impossibility in modern lifestyle: the contemporary citizen seeks mobility but also wants to tread softly on the environment. “Living Roof” by NAU offers short-term housing unit which produces more energy than it consumes.

Living Roof is intended as an alternative to hotel rooms or temporary residence for multi-city travelers. Today’s traveler wants to experience urban lifestyle as the locals do. This project counters the trend of concentrating hotel guests in tourist ghettos by spreading individual suites throughout the city. Their location changes every 2 years to provide unexpected adventures for repeat visitors. Inside the suite, guest can find interactive guide which is completed with video preview and menu listing. This information can be transferred into a PDA or other gadgets. Checking in is a simple as inserting guest ID on an external terminal. A hatch slides open, stairway extends, and a pleasant voice welcomes guest inside.

Designer : NAU Design

Living Roof Ecological Urban Retreat

Living Roof Ecological Urban Retreat

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Urban Formation Is An Urban City Plan That Provides Calm, Green And Recreational Opportunities

The concern about keeping the future environment suitable for mankind, industrial designers always tend to blend green and nature with the futuristic architectures. Urban formation concept, an effort to humanize and programmatically decelerate the corner of 104the Avenue and 152nd street in Surrey, Vancouver Canada, is not an exception of the trend. The main focus of the project is to change the current site into a place for recreation with various leisure activities, and at the same time, making it an energy hub by transforming sun and rain into alternative energy using power generating plant. The entire area has been envisioned to be re-landscaped including a buffer system that reduces the noise from the main streets. Aside from that, this urban plan contains theatre space, recreational areas, lighting for park and space for cultural and common entertainments.

Studio : We-Designs
Team : Jasmin Dieterle, Wendy W Fok, Sue Y Biolsi, Jenny Chow, and Vasilis Raptis (Intern)

urban formation

urban formation

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Luxury WHY Wally-Hermes Yacht Redefines The Art of Living On The Sea

The WHY yacht is a concept yacht dedicatedly focused on bringing luxury living lifestyle on the sea through offering maximum durability, space and cutting-edge technologies at every single turn. The yacht is contained in a triangle shaped hull measuring 58 x 38 meter and the interior is furnished with water resistant buffalo leather with calpinage technique. Aside from the 25 meter long seawater pool on the bow, the boat creates a completely flat water surface behind it, similar to an Olympic-size pool where boarders can swim in peace. The boat is powered by a diesel electric engine and a central computer manages the different sources of energy. Moreover, about 900 square meters of photovoltaic surface panel generates a part of the energy that is required to subsist the boat.

why yacht

why yacht

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Triclo : Innovative Tricycle Concept for Urban Environment

The Triclo is an innovative tricycle concept, featuring the functionality of a paddling tricycle, while offering the outlook of a futuristic transportation means. This vehicle is designed to make room for one person only and comprises paddles with a convenient sitting arrangement. The Triclo has a steering wheel instead of conventional tricycle handles and an innovative and unique rear wheel setup. It features a shade over the driver that will let the driver protected from the sun and mild rain.

triclo vehicle

triclo vehicle

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Scarab is Delivering a Sense of Personal Space and Independece to Its Users

In this daily clogging of road and parking space it’s always the space for parking that seems to be the main issue. In such a scenario, the new urban vehicle design by David Goncalves is something that’s what the doctor ordered. The design called as Scarab by the designer is not only a concept that is aimed at occupying least road space, but also it occupies very little parking space too. The vehicle is completely collapsible and the complete process ensures that the vehicle is parked on just two wheels. A very nice thought that surely will find many takers.

scarab vehicle

scarab vehicle

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Honda FC Future Sports Car with V Flow Fuel Cell Technology

The new FC Sport fuel based car from Honda was recently displayed at the LA Auto Show is one traffic stopper. The designers have taken into their advantage the flexibility which is extended by the fuel cell powertrain as it is placed on the back of the driver. It’s a 3-seater with the styling of sports car major McLaren F1 vehicle, where in the driver is in the middle with passenger seats on side and back. The concept car is right now under study and testing to understand the full utility of the product. Though there may be a possibility of Honda releasing a full fledged version for commercial use.

honda fc sport car

honda fc sport car

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Energya : Stylish and High Performance Three-Wheeled Vehicle

New trend of three wheeled vehicles has come again because they are designed as a light and high performance vehicle. Higgins-Aubé Inc is a Canadian company who is very proud to create the “Energya”, a three-wheeled vehicle. Energya is like an open wheels race car with distinctive and cutting edge aggressive features. The engine is powered by a motorcycle engine having a six-speed sequential manual transmission. Its innovative half doors are very helpful to access to the cockpit while offering side-impact safety. So, anyone driving Energya is surely going to have a dynamically thrilling experience.

energya three-wheeled vehicle

energya three-wheeled vehicle

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