Ever thought that one day you’ll be cooking on a device just like a table cloth inside your house or even outside, in your very own backyard? This ingenious cooking device, was designed by Sara Laczo, a young designer from Hungary. Being a product oriented to Philips’s design language, Sara had to create a feminine, simple and natural shape, but not too futuristic. It’s very interesting that from all the cooking accessories that are present in an everyday kitchen, Sara picked up the table cloth for her inspiration. The simple shape of the table cloth and its ability to be spread on a table, were the starting points. The Magic Table, as the designer named it, is composed of layers, stacked one on top of the other to create the perfect cooking tool. It has an edge that can light up to interact with the user. When the light is red the magic table is switched on, the light is blue when the product is on, but the cooking surface is not hot and when the light turns orange the product is warm, but the cooking surface is touchable.
Around this lighted edge, the designer has fitted a tangible edge. This has been colored in oxide green to create a contrast and is made from PVC or silicone. Cooking on the table magic is like having a mobile kitchen which you can push in the backyard to cook on a sunny day. The next layers are the Teflon coating and the heaters. The Teflon ensures that the food won’t stick to the surface making it easier to clean. The heaters are made from silicone and are arranged in such a way that can be heated up separately. The operating temperature is up to 260 degrees Celsius, pretty awesome for a 1,5 mm thick heater. The wire grid is built in the insulation, this insulation is a silicon foam and has a grid etched in its surface for the wire grid to fit perfectly.Going further though the layers, we find the Teflon insulation. This is the most important part of the device, as this gives it the ability to be folded or bended. The device has attached on one of the corners an operational panel. This panel can be fitted when the user wants to use the device and remove it after he/she has done cooking. The panel has a touch screen interface so the user can easily adjust the time and temperature.
The always present in a contemporary kitchen, the table cloth, has been redesigned and given a new role. Sara also won the second prize given by Philips Design Department in Amsterdam, Holland with the Table Magic, design that was submitted to the Quick and Healthy Cooking category.
The new concept designed by Dutch designers Arthur Rottier and Peter Jongman can be defined in one word as “refreshing”. They call it WoonBox and it is revolutionary in combining the basic necessities which are identified in regular household. This device has a shower, toilet and a kitchen in a compact box like structure. Apart from being chic, it is mobile, mechanized and easy to set up. This makes it perfect for offices, parks as well as for locations wherever temporary set up is required. So surely it is a brilliant idea which takes care of all your basic needs.
Designed to serve as temporary residence in places where permanent homes are difficult to locate, Woonbox can be set-up in spaces like offices and parks as makeshift measures. Woonbox would also come in handy for the poor and homeless as well as the class of populace that cannot afford large permanent establishments.
At the very moment the Abyss watch arrived, the white box package gave me a positive feel about it which got enhanced by revealing the even more appealing black leather covered gift box. When I completely unpacked the watch, I saw this stylish, innovative and cool all-black appearance that was hard to see appropriately from the images on the website. Read the review after the jump.
The solid dark face of the Abyss watch may sometimes seem irritating (we certainly are not used to wear a blank watch, right?) but the experience of wearing a watch that is likely to be the most unique among others would really worth it. However, a simple touch on the dark screen can immediately turn it into a nighttime sky with 60 sparkling LEDs. I couldn’t take a photo when the animation stop and the watch display the time, because my camera keeps capturing the moving LED unlike TokyoFlash watch, which I was able to capture it easily. I think it has something to do with frame/light speed, I don’t know much about the technical terms for this. Also, the screen becomes active after every half an hour automatically to show the time.
Counting time is easier than it seems. The swirling LEDs indicating hours are having white color and bigger than the blue LEDs that represent minutes. Adjusting time doesn’t require any special button or skill; the adjusting menu can be accessed by few seconds of continuous touch on the surface of the Abyss watch. It took me awhile to understand this, since there’s no button at all. Just read the included manual.
The black belt of Abyss watch is made of faux snake skin textured leather including 7 holes for a range of wrist adjustment. It requires one CR2016 watch battery which is best known as button cell, silver button cell, or coin cell batteries that we can see in usual electronic watches. Moreover, it comes with a 12 month warranty that can offer you some confidence when making purchase decisions.
I think all range of people can stylishly wear the Abyss watch, but the size seemed a bit bigger to me to call it a perfect girlish watch.