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Timeless GardenAn interesting concept “The Timeless Garden” designed by Francesco Castiglione Morelli & Tommaso Ceschi relies on the chemical reaction between mud and metal to power its built in digital clock. I for one have wanted to see more products like this come to light. As well thought out engineering and design should be used in ways to be less reliant on other sources of grid based power. Not all products of coarse will be able to be self sufficient, but we need to strive toward reaching that goal. Do you remember that experiment in science class of building a battery from potatoes? Well this concept is really not that much different. This I believe is still in the conceptual stages because there is no indication whether or not this product is in production. Not only is this device self powering, it also helps absorb CO2 from the air to create oxygen (like all plants do).



Mother of RiceThis is strictly a conceptual design of the perfect rice cooker by Sang-Jang Lee. Simple in design and form bring a minimalist approach to this beautifully designed rice cooker. The design calls for a touch screen display housed inside of theĀ  lid that disappears when not being used. Like a joystick you have four directions for menu options being up, down, right and left.


Anti-theft Bicycle System
Grant Howarth has designed this cleaver Anti-Theft Bicycle Security station to help combat the problem of thefts stealing anything and everything they can possible get and leaving the just the frame. This is quite a common problem in large cities like New York. Hundreds of bicycle frames are striped of their part. With no wheels or seat the owner sometimes leaves the bike frame as-is which can be very unsightly. Here’s the designers description:

Bike security that protects all quick release components. Modularity was the cornerstone of this project. Once the arms lock into place the bike cannot be moved in any direction protecting the seat, wheels and other quick release components as well as protecting the entire bike from theft.

The bike is rolled up the curved surface until its back wheel falls into a groove which prevents the bike rolling back. The “gutter”, which serves to protect the wheels, also prevents the bike from moving in any direction. Once in place the arm can be moved downwards.

The whole locking process takes less than a minute. Furthermore the product promotes safety in numbers, as the more bikes stored the greater the protection of the “pack”.

The product also [recoups] costs within 3 years through the ability to use it for advertising purposes (assuming advertising space costs in Glasgow, Scotland).

I think this is a great ideal for cities of all densities as it helps to promote more exercise and the use of non-oil dependent transportation