Category Archives: Design

BMW Gina

A car with flexible skin and movable metal structures beneath. Theoratically, you an better customize the look of your car, it is scratch resistant and it probably costs less to change the entire “cover” too. But the best part is that it also consumes much less energy to manufacture these compared to full metal casings. Safety is not an issue because crash damping and structural integrity is handled by the frame. Love the lights.

Kinetic Sculpture

The Kinetic Sculpture is a metaphorical translation of the process of form-finding in art and design. 714 metal spheres, hanging from thin steel wires attached to individually-controlled stepper motors and covering the area of six square meters, animate a seven minute long mechatronic narrative. In the beginning, moving chaotically, then evolving to several competing forms that eventually resolve to the finished object, the Kinetic Sculpture creates an artistic visualisation of the process of form-finding in different variations.

via artcom

Sixth Sense by Pranav Mistry

What’s fascinating about this project is less of the technology than the new form of user interaction that takes advantage of the unique capabilities of this wearable device. The later half of the talk gives a preview of some of these gestures Pranav have designed.

TED Talk
Website: http://www.pranavmistry.com/projects/sixthsense/

The Eco Zoo

Online 3d has always been mired by long loading times or unresponsive interface. The thing that caught me was how the author of this site, Masayuki Kido, has taken that apparent limitation and used it to his advantage by combining low poly models with a beautiful cut out style. The illustrations, character designs and witty dialog are are wonderful too, leaving me wanting for more after exploring all the sections. Of course, expect nothing less from the winner of the FWA Site of the year 2008.

Check it out at http://ecodazoo.com/