Google Project Tango

Computing giant Google has just announced Project Tango, a prototype 5″ smartphone and developer kit fitted with advanced 3D scanners. The sensors not only track motion but can actually create a visual map of spaces using 3D scanning. Google feel that advanced computer vision techniques combined with 3D scanning will revolutionise immersive gaming and indoor navigation.

This new technology could have far reaching implications for the design world, the measuring tape, a stedfast tool used by architects and interior designers alike could soon be made redundant by this rapid method of measuring a room.

In its announcement, Google asks: “What if you could capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your phone before you went furniture shopping? What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? What if you never again found yourself lost in a new building?”

Watch Google’s launch video below:

 

 

Lotus C-01 Super Bike

Lotus, the legendary sports car manufacturer have just announced their first foray into the motorcycle industry. The C-01, developed in conjunction with Kodewa over two years, combines a powerful V-twin engine with distinctive body styling designed by Daniel Simon. Built from carbon fibre, titanium and space-grade steel the Super bike will be available in a number of liveries and limited to a production run of only 100.

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Dr Colin Kolles of Kodewa stated: “We set out to create a bike that isn’t just great to ride but also represents a piece of art in motion. Over the years I have seen my fair share of style over substance, what this bike brings to the market is a unique combination of both: state of the art technology with a truly jaw-dropping aesthetic.”

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The Design of the bike is incredibly reminiscent of the Light-Cycle deployed in Disney’s Movie: Tron, unsurprisingly the lead designer, Daniel Simon worked on the movie to help develop the bike. Rousseau Design were involved with the movie also, and were commissioned to design and build the Tron suite at the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden to help promote its launch.

http://www.lotus-motorcycles.com

UFO Spotted Over Rio De Janeiro!

Around half a million spectators gathered amongst Rio’s five beaches to witness the flight of this mysterious UFO. As the craft approached, everyone rushed towards the water, buzzing with excitement.

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However the incredible illuminated craft’s origin was less Martian and more West London, Cinimod Studio to be precise. Fabricated from aluminium and suspended from a blacked out helicopter the installation was truly a sight to behold.

Remotely controlled by SMS and powered by a 6kw on board generator the UFO was illuminated by a vast array of individually controllable Color Kinetics LED nodes. Cinimod in collaboration with White Wing Logic developed their own network of bespoke ‘beacon’ lights to envelop the circumference of the ship and produce the magnificent sparkle of light around the main UFO structure.

Torn Lighting

Here is a new concept in lighting design, lights that appear to be torn out of the walls. You simply mount them and match the finish of your walls to them to give the appearance that the light emanates from a tear in the wall.

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Billy May, the designer behind the “Torn Lights” was inspired by some of the surfaces we see every day: pealing wallpaper, a poster slipping slowly away from a surface or even chipped paint.

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Unfortunately these lights remain merely a concept, however Rousseau Design are more than happy to listen to any design ideas you may have, and help bring that concept to life.

Click here to Visit the Rousseau Design Website

Images Taken From: http://www.coroflot.com/billymay/Torn-Lights

The Door: Reinvented

Artist Klemens Torggler has reinvented the door in the most extraordinary way:

It is called the Evolution Door and Torggler has produced a number of variations, one features origami-esque triangles (above) that fold out allowing the door move, and another system uses pivoting rods that rotate two panels (below).

Currently the door is only at a prototype stage but comes in glass, steel, and wood versions.

Rousseau Design are specialists in design and manufacturing, and are able to bring your creative project to life.

Click here to visit the Rousseau Design Website

 

The Santa Catcher – Light Installation

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Chris Moulder, from Atlanta, brought his Mother home this incredible lighting installation for her front yard in Jacksonville to celebrate Christmas.  The piece entitled the Santa Catcher uses 7500 fairy lights and around 400 ft. lbs. of pulley torque. Built in his Atlanta workshop the compound form is not a result of cleve CAD, (Computer Aided Design) rather the piece was created by hand.  Lights that detracted from the overall look of the piece were coated with plastic to keep them hidden when nighttime comes and the installation is brought to life.

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Sculpting In Light – Paul Friedlander

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Paul  creates incredible Illuminated artworks that really have to be seen to be believed. You would be forgiven to think, based on the first two images, that his work is nothing more than CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) but in reality they are a beautiful collision between science and art.

In fact the way he constructs his kinetic light sculptures is really quite simple. Friedlander projects white light onto rapidly spinning/rotating string. This causes the vibrating string to appear invisible, and the white light becomes visible in the most magical of ways.

Images taken from Friedlander’s own website 2014.

Toledo Metro Station, Napoli

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This is the magnificent Toledo Metro Station in Napoli, completed by Spanish Architecture firm Oscar Tusquets Blanca.

The Balancing Barn

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Built by maverick architects MVRDV this barn is a fine example of contemporary architecture.

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The balancing of the barn has half its mass hanging over a hillside.

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A swing dangles from the floor like a little punch line beneath the mirrored underside of the barn. The kitchen is on solid ground and the bedrooms run along the corridor. The living area is located in the section that is in free space and has a glass floor. The Balancing Barn has received numerous awards for its architecture. Its interior design is top notch too. The exterior of the barn is covered in reflected tiles to bring the color of the changing seasons to the structure. From the living room you will find huge windows with amazing views of the English countryside. There is much in the way of quaint villages and nature reserves in the surrounding area to entertain you during your stay.

Interactive Light Sculpture

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New Jersey artist Joshua Kirsch’s interactive sculpture, Concentricity 96 was on display at the Grand Rapids Art Prize. The wildly futuristic device presents the viewer with a glowing white handle that can be moved in any direction resulting in a fantastic, close-quarters light show. Reed switches embedded in the sculpture’s circuitry sense the magnetized handle and translate its movement into a massive array of 96 red/white LED lights. Over four years Kirsch estimates he’s spent nearly 800 hours on the piece, machining almost all of the aluminum and steel components by hand.

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