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After launching the LG Display curved OLED televisions with 4K capability, this year’s offering is sure to make headlines. LG has a mind-melting 55-inch ‘wallpaper-style’ set that is a very thin 0.97mm and weighs only 4.1 pounds. As OLEDS don’t need backlighting,the actual components are not contained within the TV itself. The “mat” can be hooked up on a wall using a magnetic foundation, allowing the ever-present TV to practically disappear altogether.
No dates as to “when” this new development might hit first-adaptors..

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Coming to Europe and Russia later this year, the new Philips DesignLine 2013 TV comes in 46- and 55-inch screen sizes, has a LCD display sitting behind the front glass sheet with active 3D technology for Full HD 3D, wifi and smart capabilities. It also sits casually on the floor, floating above the ground in a sleek display with ambient background light for added mood. No price has been disclosed yet, however…
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Suspended from branches or on legs, it takes camping to a different level, literally.
It is 3m (9.84 ft) in diameter, weighs 120 kg (264 pounds), and features analuminum frame covered with waterproofed white tarpaulin and mosquito net windows. Lugging it to that beachside oasis might prove a little daunting but well worth it, although the price tag might also be a hindrance at 8000$…

Rain Shield is a Red Dot award winner designed by Lin Min-Wei and Liu Li-Hsiang, two taiwanese students with vision and ingenuity. Using a flat, portable pop-up tent structure, it miraculously emerges in an instant and has none of the usual archaic components and can be redirected towards fending off driving wind and rain. RAINSHIELD

Professor Andrew Mills and Dr Michael McFarlane, from the University of Stratchclyde, Scotland has come up with an ingenious invention with this colourful paper bracelet that changes from yellow to pink when UV rays have reached safe limits. The acid in the paper degrades and changes colour. There is a range of bands depending on skin tones and their limits. Swedish-based Intellego Technology is commercializing it with a launch for spring 2013. The simplest ideas are often the best, after all.

Like a scene out of Total Recall, the BCI (brain-computer interface) has been developed to the point where they can be found in novelty or spywear stores. Scientists have taken an off-shelf version and shown it has the capability of hacking the brain and pulling details straight from your mind.
University of Oxford, California Berkeley and Geneva gathered computer science students. They were briefed as being part of a security experiment but nothing else. A series of banks, maps, PIN # and such were displayed and by following P300 brain signals, the scientists were able to deduce where they lived and their banks by reducing the random data by up to 40%.
This coupled with information-prying technologies like smartphones, energy smart meters and naturally, Facebook , reveals an increasingly disturbing capability to monitor almost everyone and the relative simplicity of more sophisticated attacks with even pedestrian technology. Food for thought.


Graphs showing performance of the BCI test using three different data-response classification techniques with the dashed line displaying the correlation of random guesswork (Image: Martinovic et al.)

As space becomes an ever diminishing resource in our cities, multi-functional and transformative furniture becomes of upmost importance. Enter the “Klapptischbank Up Up Up” which provides an all-in-one dining solution that makes it easy to store or take in transport to the outdoors. This fold-away model, when opened out, sits 70 cm (28 inches) wide, 130 cm (51 in) deep, and 75 cm (30 in) high. When closed it’s just as wide and its height increases to 125 cm (49 in), but it’s only 25 cm (10 in) deep! Hallelujah!

Google has sold interactive glasses for $1500 (only) during its annual software conference in San Francisco to first adaptors. If all goes well, a less expensive version of the glasses is expected to go on sale for consumers in early 2014. While wearing these glasses, directions to a destination or a text message from a friend may appear directly before your eyes. Conversing with friends in a video chat, take a photo without taking out a camera, phone or even buy a few things online as you walk around. JUST DON’T DRIVE DOING IT.

Isabelle Olsson, lead designer of Google’s Project Glass, talks about the design of the Google Glass during the keynote at Google’s annual developer conference

Not exactly the most aesthetically pleasing garment around, it is nevertheless a HUGE hit this summer as the Japanese avoid air conditioning and other mod cons amid power shortages in Japan after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Two electric fans in the jacket can be controlled to draw air in at different speeds, giving the garment a puffed-up look. But this has not deterred those happy to be cool rather than “hot” when it comes to fashion.The fans in the Kuchofuku jacket are connected to a lithium-ion battery pack that lasts for 11 hours on a single charge, consuming only a fraction of the power used by conventional air-conditioning.A standard air-conditioned jacket sells for around 11,000 yen ($140).


Country: New Zealand
Designer: Sam Evans
School: Massey University

Electrolux declares its 2010 Design Lab winners. This year has been focused squarely on MOBILITY. That is the buzzword for just about everything these days for the modern day nomad…
Above, the heat grenade (No. 5) that resembles an aluminum egg and unfolds elegantly to a heat induction hob in black glass run on paper thin batteries. Nice.
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It’s a sad day when I think something so mundane is so important, BUT IT IS!  This little baby can shave 25% of those thrilling moments ironing.  Nuff said then.

The oversized, non-stick titanium soleplate has an elliptical shape with pointed ends. It is also slightly curved outward – this assists in making side-to-side movements smoother and allows you to remove wrinkles in any direction. According to Panasonic, this unique iron can reduce ironing time by 25% over Panasonic conventional corded irons that only move in one direction.

The iron is designed to create a natural ergonomic movement for the user and the multi-directional functionality is particularly useful for those tight areas like shirt collars and cuffs. Additional steam vents on the soleplate also help to reduce ironing time. It features 3-way auto shut-off with a stay-clean vent system and anti-drip system.

The Quick steam/dry iron – model NI-W750TS – just took out a 2010 Innovations Award in the Home Appliances category from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) which runs in conjunction with CES 2010. Dan Silver, Director, Home Appliance Group, Panasonic Home & Health Company said, “We are proud that the unique new design of the Panasonic 360° Quick Iron has been recognized by the CEA for its engineering, aesthetic qualities and useful features – as we were dedicated to improve the ironing process by redesigning the conventional iron.”

The 360° Quick steam/dry iron is available from Panasonic for US$49.95 and will be on display at the CES Innovations 2010 Showcase. Pressed for time?  Panasonic’s award-winning 360° Quick steam/dry iron could he...Pressed for time?  Panasonic’s award-winning 360° Quick steam/dry iron could he...

ASUS' Waveface Ultra is designed to provide information anywhere, anytime
ASUS' Waveface Light can be used as a tablet or a traditional keyboard

ASUS' Waveface on display at CES 2010

ASUS – once known mostly as a motherboard manufacturer – has chosen CES 2010 to introduce some innovative laptops and futuristic concepts. Not content with showcasing a laptop designed in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen’s chief designer, it has also introduced three Waveface design concepts. The range includes a portable device worn on the wrist, a widescreen display that is both an entertainment center and internet portal and a touch-sensitive machine that can be used as a single-screen tablet or conventional keyboard – all designed by ASUS to allow the user to fully embrace the digital life…perhaps even by using one’s own physiological and emotional state as a source of data. Well, I did say “futuristic concepts”.

The definition of extravagance - the iPhone 3GS Supreme
by Darren Quick

Goldstriker International, a company which specializes in dipping mobile phones in gold and platinum, appears to have snatched the title of world’s most expensive mobile phone from the iPhone 3G King’s Button with the creation of the iPhone 3GS Supreme. Priced at £1.92 million (approx. US$3.14 million) this is one phone you definitely wouldn’t want to leave on a bus…Before you go reaching for your Titanium credit card, you should know the iPhone 3GS Supreme was commissioned by an anonymous Australian businessman from the gold mining industry.
And I thought we had left all of this rotten excess behind!