Volkswagen Terrafine Is A Vehicle Designed To Run On Any Terrain Without The “Bad Boy” Feeling

Niklas Palm found his inspiration in the design of Chris Craft’s boats and the American east coast. He created a vehicle that allows the driver to run on any terrain without leaving marks, as a traditional off-road vehicle would do. The traditional off-road digs its way up the hill, scratches the rocks and especially pollutes nature due to its internal combustion engine. The name of the Terrafine comes from its actual capability to keep the earth fine. Because of its shape and suspension system don’t affect rocks and ground. The main idea of the concept was to create a vehicle that could do less damage, even none at all, to the environment is driving in.

The incredible suspension system allows the Terrafine to climb any obstacle, adjust height and even to tilt the vehicle forward for a better view. Due to its uncommon suspension the ride feels like is not on the ground, but on water. In the creating process the designer, Niklas Palm, found an interesting way to create a paper model of the body. The idea came to him during a visit to the 2008 Paris Motor Show, where he found the Renault Ondilious, the front grill of the car inspired him in the way to produce the paper model. The concept is fitted with an electric engine giving the vehicle an extra point for being Eco-friendly. The shape of the vehicle and the simple yet complex suspension, the rimless wheels and the roof free body make the Terrafine an extremely light vehicle. This important weight loss allows the driver to ride without leaving such a long lasting foot print on the environment it goes in.

Designer : Niklas Palm

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Color Elite Helps User To Identify Any Color Conveniently and Efficiently

Color Elite is a very useful gadget for designers as it integrates the traditional paper swatches into the modern e-paper technology. User can update the application of this device for the latest color information, the color recognition system would add a great value to any designers in various industries. Color Elite concept will drastically reduce the use of paper swatches and save the users from the trouble to conduct color researches. Using this device, user can identify any color and contrast more conveniently and efficiently.

Designer : Tommy Chen Liao-Hsun

Color Elite by Liao Hsun Chen

Color Elite by Liao Hsun Chen

Color Elite adopts the advantage of e-paper technology in compliance for promoting global environment protection and for enabling the technology and environment protection to mutually benefit and for creating a future of terminating paper-consumption and promotion for global environment protection indefinitely.

The “Color Elite” features the e-paper whose the overall thickness is less than 19mm and the advantages of elasticity, portability, abrasion-resistance and temporary storage of images of e-paper technology, all contributing the uniqueness of e-paper. Moreover, the specifications of e-paper monitor characterize equipping with a touch-control monitor, a power switch ON/OFF on the lateral side of the product, the relatively more solidness of base due to the installation of 3.5 double-purpose plug for data transmission and electricity power recharging with a design consideration of fully fitting for the users’ swatches operation and full development of product functions.

The Color Elite integrates digitalized swatches contents into a single operation platform and also can function the “Color Scanner” extremely important for conducting color contrast in which such a mechanism can enable color design staffs to dominate any color ubiquitous in life and to conduct a color conversion the most similar to the system to enhance working efficiency.

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Hollow touch-control e-paper monitor

Its unique “hollow touch-control e-paper monitor” feature can enable the “Color Elite” to transform into a swatch plate of single color in case of disconnection with the color scanner.

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Conducting color contrast

A super slim character of e-paper can eliminate distance gap while conducting color contrast between the swatches and the product and can make this product to be operated and used as easily as traditional paper swatches.

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Flexible operation

The flexible operation can allow the users to make product portfolio to the extreme extent. this product can allow the color designers to create effects as magic as possible due to owing the original functions of color contrast of tradition swatches and color scanning for conducting color search and durability, storage of each page image and easy portability.

G2 Greencycle 2nd Generation Improves Bicycle’s Functionality and Load Capability

The G2 Greencycle 2nd generation is a project that draws from a two-year research study, to challenge current design practice to transform human-power transportation design. A culture-centric approach is used to shift design thinking and practices away from the ongoing unsustainable production of goods and services that are unfit for the human conditions in poor countries. Poor countries need and depend on this mode of transportation for a wide range of uses.

Designer : Paulus Maringka

G2 Greencycle 2nd Generation by Paulus Maringka

G2 Greencycle 2nd Generation by Paulus Maringka

Pre-design information gathered from observation, interviews and participatory design approach of target users and bicycle manufacturers in Indonesia provided a good understanding of bicycle use in relation to the user’s needs and wants in their natural environment. This information provided insights on how low income users modify their bicycles to maximize their personal needs.

This knowledge was later used to explore a series of new bicycle concepts and bicycle accessories to increase the bicycle’s FUNCTIONALITY AND load capability aimed at improving the user’s way of life. G2 is currently in the top 20 finalist of the 2011 International Design Bicycle Competition (IBDC).

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G2 Greencycle 2nd Generation by Paulus Maringka

The G2 Greencycle 2nd generation incorporate the following optimum features:
1. A splayed rear wheel base to provide a stable surface for heavy load storage/ carrying which conventional bicycles don’t have.

2. The ability to convert back to a two wheel configuration style when the terrain requires tight negotiation – like a narrow pathway through a padi field or poor road conditions as commonly found in Third World countries.

3. Provision for a basic frame for further customization depending on the user’s needs and wants, such as a hawker’s stand.

4. A splayed rear design has given an opportunity for a further fixing point for additional attachments.

5. An attachment that has a dual purpose as a wheel barrow for loading goods and as a trailer for carrying goods.

6. An S-frame shape instead of a diamond frame shape to free up and create as much space for loading.

7. A strong central core acting as an anchor for other attachments, such as a people carrier.

8. A stronger wheel design.

9. The main frame components made from environmentally friendly composite bamboo based materials which can be molded to produce the desired form.

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Tuvie has received “G2 Greencycle 2nd Generation” concept from our ‘Submit A Design‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their design/concept for publication.

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