October 15, 2010
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A made its new technology the centerpiece of its Sesto Elemento concept, which was introduced September 30 at the Paris auto show.
The car uses carbon fiber for the passenger compartment, the front and rear-end structures, suspension components, the interior, all exterior panels, and suspension components. Even the tailpipe is made from a carbon and glass-ceramic composite. The process, called “directed carbon-fiber pre-forming,” adds a very small amount of cobalt to the carbon fiber. The company then can robotically shoot a fine stream of carbon fiber into a magnetized mold at a rate of 6 kilograms per minute.
The Sesto Elemento concept car weighs 999kg, about 340kg lighter than the current Gallardo LP Superleggera.
September 26, 2009
BMW Lovos concept uses solar technology. The body of Lovos consists of 260 identical interchangeable particles contained in the hinges on the overall structure. These individual elements are mobile and can be closed, as fish scales, or open.
Scales operate as an air brake, and turn with the sun, gathering energy through solar cells located on them. 12 scales, closing each wheel is also functional: As soon as the car begins to move, they change their position, moving into the wheel, creating a semblance of turbines.
Extract from cardesign
September 17, 2009
‘A Drop of Water’ is a rain barrel that makes saving water really easy by providing a watering can that is automatically filled when it rains. This way, the user doesn’t have to fill the can with our precious tap water, but uses ‘free’ rainwater instead to water the garden.
With the small tap at the bottom of the barrel the watering can can be refilled after using it.
September 16, 2009
Aimed at the daily activity of putting on butter on bread, this is a functional packaging system that do without a butter knife. That will work if the butters that I normally took from the hotel breakfast table is not frozen solid…
Extract from Packaging of the World
September 15, 2009
Envi is a foresight urban dustbin, promoting composting from biodegradable waste. It makes waste into nutritious compost for the plant which it carries and lives in harmony with. The big part of the produced compost can be separated from Envi for usage in other occasions.
This project uses bio-reactive substances based on photo catalysis to accelerate the degradation process of waste, remove bad smells and polluting gas.
Extract from Behance Network
September 10, 2009
Aperitivo Table designed by Eon Ju Park from Korea, is one of the 100 shortlisted entries from the designboom competition ‘it’s aperitivo time’ in collaboration with Peroni Nastro Azzurro.
The Aperitivo Table is a simple and stylish way in which to hold your food and drink. The table looks like a tree with branches of small circles which allow you to place and remove glasses with ease – the table itself appearing like a small party space decorated by colorful drinks and food.
Extract from designboom