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Tourbillon Cell Phone

To those who know what a Tourbillon mechanism is, you’re very smart. For those who don’t, it’s the mechanism used to power many 19th century watches, without the use of electronics…Got that? Also, it’s now in a cell phone.

Image from watchismo.blogspot.com

The not yet released Celsius X VI II cell phone incorporates Remontage Papillon technology, meaning it runs mechanically, no electronics. That’s right, none.

Image from celcius-X-VI-II.com

This complex, hand finished, 550 mechanical-part mind bender uses a mechanism that mimics the movements of a butterfly in order to power the phone. Complicated? Yes. Functional? Completely.

Image from watchismo.blogspot.com

The inner workings of the phone are not only attractive to look at–it bares almost all–but the mechanism is powered simply by opening the phone. Seems easy enough now, doesn’t it.

Image from watchismo.blogspot.com

Three years in the making, this otherworldly piece of modern machinery is set to release in a few days at the prestigious Baselworld, 2010.

The complex simplicity of the Celsius makes it very attractive and we can’t wait to see it in action.

– Tim Morse

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Hydro Floors

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Personal indoor pools will always be at the lap of luxury, but Hydrofloors will take it to the next level.

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The pool pimps at Hydrofloor designed a ‘walk on pool.’ Not like walk on water, but a the floor actually sinks down and fills with water at the touch of a button.  Hello future, technology, you are so nice to us sometimes… In effect you can go from dance party to pool party in less than an hour. Not too shabby.

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And the nice thing is, when you aren’t using the pool it blends in with the rest of the floor, making it virtually unnoticeable.

Image from hydrofloors.be

The “nearly invisible” system can be adjustable to whatever water level you like, you want a wading pool, done. A swimming pool, done. You can even adjust different parts of the pool to different heights, shallow end for the kiddies and deep end for the adults. Just be sure that after you elevate it, you give it some time to dry out before you break out your dancing shoes…

-Tim Morse

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Playing red light, green light in the shower?

 

photo from waterpebble

After a long day, most, if not all of us, look forward to having a long hot shower—the kind that turns you into a prune. Just thinking about it can make you sigh with want, but too much of anything, is never good. That feeling of guilt for spending an hour, or more, in the shower sets in, and you wonder, how much is too much?

photo from waterpebble

 Introducing the Waterpebble, a small translucent device shaped like a pebble, monitors water going down the plug hole when you shower. It memorises your first shower, and uses it as a benchmark for the coming ones. Then the LED illuminates, and is pretty much like a traffic light telling you when to get out. Green, enjoy that hot beating water, yellow get ready to wind it down, aka, get that condition out of your hair, and red, turn the tap off stat!

 From that moment on, Waterpebble automatically fractionally, reduces your shower intake, shortening your showers, basically it’s a no brainer: set it, and forget it. Not too bad huh…

 Say goodbye to wrinkly fingers and toes!

-Melissa S.Robinson

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Ok Go, the viral video music machine!

In Grade 6 science class we built a Rube Goldberg machine. The trick was to achieve a simple task, like getting a ball from Point A to Point B, in a very complex way, using mostly chain reactions.

The band Ok Go, famous for their Grammy award-winning treadmill video “Here it Goes Again”, has spawned another viral video for their new song, “This Too Shall Pass”. This time, the band got help from the engineering company, Syyn Labs, to assist them in twisting their upbeat music with technology to create the ultimate Rube Goldberg music machine.

As the tempo picks up, a piano is dropped and shatters, a shopping cart spills all of its contents, rainbow flags make you think of Feist’s hit music video 1,2,3,4 for all it’s colourful cheer. It’s a winning science fair project turned wacky art experiment, using every possible garage and attic item found. Then, SMASH, a hammer hits a T.V. playing their famous treadmill video, in tune with the lyrics, “Let go of the old, this too shall pass” (Ok Go, what are you trying to tell us?). It even includes a car, and one of the band members flying into a stack of cardboard boxes as one part of the chain reaction. Black umbrellas are raining from the sky, yellow balls are bouncing all over the place, colourful paper airplanes are zooming from the ceiling and a bunch of silver garbage bins have toppled over. It’s chaotic, but somehow systematic, it’s brilliant. It ends with the band members being splattered with more paint and all of the engineers who worked on the project cheering from the loft above. Woah! I click ‘replay’, there were a few things I missed.

It took several months to build the machine that is featured in their four-minute long music video. To make the project even more challenging, the machine had to be built on a shoestring budget, span two floors of an old warehouse in Los Angeles, and, of course, be in sync with the song’s beats and lyrics.

The video had its world premiere on YouTube on March 1st and has already had well over 2 million views. More awards to come? We think so.

-Otiena Ellwand

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Laser Watch

What would be the slickest way to answer, “Do you have the time?” Obviously, the answer is with lasers.

Image from yankodesign.com

Watch designer Jihun Yeom has designed a geek-sheik faceless watch that uses laser beams to create time hands: red being minutes, blue being hours.

Image from yankodesign.com

To activate it, simply touch the sides of the face. So unfortunately if you don’t have a free hand, you can’t activate the time, rendering it an accessory.

Image from yankodesign.com

This watch is visually stunning and could set the standard for watch design this year. We can’t wait to see it hit the streets.

– Tim Morse

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Kidrobot gets revamped

photo from Dezeen

Kidrobot. Need I say more?  For those who are not so familiar we won’t hold it against you, but don’t let it happen again *smiles*. Kidrobot is one of the creators of the Mummy and Dummy dolls. They are seven inch tall, blank, vinyl figures which are the cutest things known to man.

phtoo from Dezeen

 

The dolls have been tweaked by lighting designer Marcus Tremonto, who was inspired by science fiction and video games. No longer are they the cute loveable figures we have come to know and love, they have an edge now. They are urbanized.

photo from Dezeen

 

Lightbotz, which are the Mummy and Dummy dolls new name, are getting their arms ripped off and spewing blood, they have been caught peeing, listening to their i-pods and giving onlookers the death-ray.

photo from Dezeen

 

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-Melissa S. Robinson

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