Helio is an innovative DAB Radio concept from Bold that features eco-friendly solar panels to produce the required energy from sunlight. It comprises functional Grätzel panels that works inside better than outside and their textures are envisioned to be transparent, giving an alluring appearance. Hello gives back radio its traditional captivating ability in the current age of miniaturization for electronic items. Evoking the esthetic of tube amplifiers, Hello showcases cells with complementing color and directions to capture most of the spectrum of light. This project will be able to give radio back an appearance as it used to in a more efficient and functional manner.
Here’s short description about Grätzel panel :
“There’s a revolution going on in solar energy, which is about to become part of our daily lives in unexpected ways – appearing with multiple forms, richly coloured and with multiple functions. A new generation of solar cells has been born : thin, coloured, translucent and even flexible. The source of this revolution is EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), where Professor Michael Graetzel, inspired by plant photosynthesis, began to use molecules from colorants to transform the sun’s light into electricity. His work drew heavy praise from the scientific community, resulting in a World Technology Award. While many other technological developments have followed, designers need to take advantage of the extraordinary potential of these “dye-sensitized” solar cells. It will ultimately be up to them to fully explore the possibilities of this form of solar energy – to render us conscious of the significance of this major change.”
Designer : Léa Longis, Photographic credits to Véronique Huyghe.
we have featured Echoes of a Nearby Future before, this time, Andries van Overbeeke wants to introduce you to the second part, he even made a cool storyline for this project. You can read his explanations below.
As an artist and designer it is my task to visualize what is yet to be seen. To explore ideas that linger in the community and listen to the friction people experience with the status quo, and the desires they feel for the direction of development. In ‘Echoes of a Nearby Future’ I distill something tangible out of the discussions about the future of Formula 1.
This time we take on the car of Red Bull, a brand that lends itself perfectly for an extreme, badass concept. A matte black jet fighter inspired beast, branded with large patches of contrasting sponsoring. I think my Williams concept was more realistic, however one of the functions of art is the exploration of boundaries of what is possible. If specific traits or details on this Red Bull concept go too far and are unrealistic, we have established something very important: we now know what is impossible. Be careful though. Classifying something as ‘impossible’ should require quite some thought and imagination. History shows that there have even been occasions where people were proven wrong…
The storyline of Echoes of a Nearby Future Part Deux:
There once was a time when the racing world was ruled by savage beasts. They were captured just before the snowy season, when noble brave men had one winter to tame this creature. After months of championship battle, a handful of the best animals were kept for another winter of training, while the others were set free again.
The mixing of the creatures in the wild with their variety of genes gave rise to diversity at all levels. Every hunting season new species were discovered, with unseen traits that were often invincible and sometimes remarkable. We have all heard the myth of the hexapod.
But somewhere along the way, things changed. Once beloved peculiarities were now seen as monstrosities. The eccentric ones became freaks, and were put down and hunted down until none were left.
Where we once witnessed battles like Dhalsim vs Blanka, these days only one species is left. But not without risk. Although it is strong, lack of genetic diversity leads to weaknesses that can wipe out a whole species at once. There is an ongoing ailment involving nasal deformation, causes by living in the standardized cages.
We must set them free. Legend goes that in the remote untraveled fields, savages still roam. Let life find a way.
Don’t like it when your earphones dangle around your neck? Well, Urbanears can help you with that. Its brand new Bagis earphones offer the ear pieces that can snap together to wrap around your neck while not in use. Simple design yet clever. These earphones feature a fabric and TPE cord to prevent tangling.