PHOTOTROPE SHIRT FOR NIGHT RUNNERS

The illuminated shirt was created by a Dutch designer Pauline van Dongen using LEDs and foil with the purpose of improving safety for runners on public roads and pathways. The garment is made from technical jersey embedded with washable strips of the low-energy lights and sections of reflective “prismatic” foil material that curve around the body. Pauline wanted to create something runners would wear regardless of the safety issues:

I used to wear a light bracelet around my arm to be visible at night, but I always felt that it looked quite stupid and it didn’t feel comfortable at all. As a designer working in wearable technology, I thought I should know how to improve it.

The garment made its first public appearance at the Nike We Run Amsterdam event on 16 May, where a team of participants led by the designer wore the shirts to complete a 10-kilometre route. Pauline is currently working on adjusting the design to make the shirt suitable for mass production.

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Via Dezeen

SONY LIGHT BULB WITH A BLUETOOTH SPEAKER INSIDE

Sony Japan has just announced the LED Light Bulb Speaker, which screws into a standard light bulb socket inside any overhead light fixture or lamp and can pair with any Bluetooth device. The brightness of the light coming from the bulb and the volume of the music from the speaker can be controlled via a smartphone app or an NFC remote.

According to Sony the goal of the gadget is to allow for the audio equipment to be put into locations in the home, where normally it is hard to put audio equipment. The bulb will be available in Japan from May 23 for the cost of ¥23,880 (or about £127).

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Via Designboom

LED SMART SHOES

Functioning both as a customizable lighting system and a musical instrument/audio-visual controller Orphe is a smart-shoes system designed for performance. Japan based No New Folk Studio had advanced motion sensors, 100 full-color, serially-controlled LEDs, and a wireless module (patent pending) embedded into the sole of each shoe.

Orphe users are able to choose the colours they want to wear using applications on their smartphones or other devices to customise the LEDs.

Finding a way to make shoes that have batteries and a host of electronic components inside them has been very challenging, but through close collaboration between a traditional shoemaker and our engineers we’ve been able to achieve a minimalist design that functions well both as an interface and as footwear. 

The project is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo.

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Images and video courtesy of No New Folk Studio

Unfolding Kinetic Lights That Bloom like Flowers

Shylight, a kinetic light fixture that opens dramatically during a 9 meter fall, was designed by Amsterdam based Studio DRIFT:

Certain types of flowers close at night, for self-defense and to conserve their resources. This highly evolved natural mechanism is called nyctinasty, and inspired Studio Drift to create Shylight, a light sculpture that unfolds and retreats in a fascinating choreography mirroring that of real flowers.

Trying to answer the question of how can an inanimate object mimic those changes that express character and emotions Studio Drift, after 5 years of research, found the final form to express their idea. Shylight looks alive because of its unpredictable, natural-looking movements. A collection of Shylights were permanently installed at Rijksmuseum.

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Images and video courtesy of Studio DRIFT

SALT yacht by Lujac Desautel

SALT is a project created by Lujac Desautel, an architecture student at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts, as an entry to a young boat designers competition. The idea behind it was to enable people to see the water while sitting in a yacht, which the designer made possible by borrowing elements used in architectural practice. SALT accommodates three dining rooms, five cabins and multiple crew sleeping areas and measures 55 meters in length which is the same height as its main mast.

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Images courtesy of Lujac Desautel

Furniture that wirelessly charges devices by IKEA

With smartphones being such a natural part of our lives, we want the charging part to become a natural part of our homes. As a result, we’ve created a collection of wireless chargers that make charging a lot more available, yet a lot less obvious (goodbye messy cables!)“, says Swedish furniture brand IKEA.

Induction-charging stations have been incorporated into lamps, bedside tables and desks from IKEA‘s latest collection, which will allow to wirelessly charge devices simply by placing them on top of an integrated pad.

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Kinectic Sculpture

Jewellery that turns veins into power source

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Naomi Kizhner is an israeli graduate student experimenting with jewellery that can tap into the human body to generate electrical power. Some people will find this creepy but the wearer’s blood will flow through a small wheel inside the device and generate electricity.

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“There are lots of developments of renewable energy resources, but the human body is a natural resource for energy that is constantly renewed, as long as we are alive.

“I wanted to explore the post-humanistic approach that sees the human body as a resource… Will we be willing to sacrifice our bodies in order to produce more energy? My intention is to provoke a discussion.”

Check the video below.

LumiLor Electroluminescent Coating

Fantastic paint technology coming out of the American motorcycle customisation scene. Electroluminescent paint.

ZAHA HADID HOUSE FOR NAOMI CAMPBELL

Capital Hill Residence was commissioned to Zaha Hadid by Russian billionaire Vladislav Doronin for his supermodel girlfriend Naomi Campbell. The project is located on a north-facing hillside in Barvikha, Moscow. The house features 2 spatial components: one merging with the hillside, another floating above the ground with dynamic views overlooking the forest.
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Images courtesy of ZHA