GiraDora – a foot-powered washing machine that will change millions of lives

GiraDora – a foot-powered washing machine.

Two design students named Alex Cabunoc and Ji A You traveled from their homes in Los Angeles to Cerro Verde, a 30,000 person slum outside of Lima about a year ago. As students in the celebrated Design Matters program at Art Center College of Design, which focuses on social innovation, they had come to Cerro Verde as part of a special studio called Safe Agua Peru. Their goal? Develop a commercial product that alleviates issues related to water poverty, targeted at people who earn between $4 and $10 a day. (Video)

 

 

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The X-Pen: A carbon fiber writing tool

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The X-Pen has a sleek shape and clever design.

The X-Pen marries the incredible Pilot Hi-Tec C refill with a bomb-proof carbon fiber and machined stainless steel body to create pen that not only writes incredibly well, but looks great and will stand up to whatever you want to throw at it. The X-Pen will be one of the featured products at the 8th Annual DaVinci Inventor Showcase on Oct 13 at the Denver Merchandise Mart.

After the jump, inventor Kyle Kinghorn tells about his experiences creating this carbon fiber based pen and his successes on Kickstarter…

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Crazy iPhone cases made by the 3D printing community

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Engineer Vs. Designer, a design blog has challenged the 3D printing community to create “the most absurd 3D-printable iPhone accessory” one can imagine (and, in turn, have a chance to win a MakerBot Replicator). The result? A whole basket-load of crazy. (Pics)

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The Wing House – an amazing recycled 747 airplane house

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The guts of a retired Boeing 747 jumbo jet rests in the hills of Malibu, California.  These parts aren’t just strewn around in the hills of Malibu. They have been constructed into the “Wing House,” which, as you can see, is aptly named: the roofs used to be wings. (Pics)

 

 

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Excalibur – World’s Tallest Climbing Wall

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Towering over 121 feet in the air (37 meters) and with an overhang of 36 feet (11 meters) the Excalibur at the Klimcentrum Bjoeks (Bjoeks Climb Center) in the town of Groningen, The Netherlands, is considered to be the tallest climbing wall in the world. As long as you don’t take into consideration mountains, cliffs or other man-made structures not specifically designed for climbing.  (Pics)

 

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Hotels of the Future? The Qbic Hotel Offers a Cool and Futuristic Design for the Budget Conscious Traveler

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The Cubi is a cube-shaped state-of-the-art living space

What’s a Cubi? It is the alternative name for the accommodations provided by the line of Qbic hotels appearing in the Netherlands. The Cubi is a cube-shaped living space that is the epitome of efficiency and practicality. Not only are they totally unique in their design, but they also incorporate radical décor and furnishings too. (pics)

 

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Longmont, CO Company First to Sign Up for Smarter, Safer, Greener House Contest

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RidgeviewTel was in. But now the company is all in.

The Longmont-based wireless broadband network company that runs the citywide Wi-Fi system is the now the first team in DaVinci Quest’s planned green-renovation contest in Longmont.

 

 

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13 Story Building In China Toppled Over Almost Intact

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The collapsed building is one of 11 in the complex

In June of 2009 a truly bizarre news story surfaced. A nearly finished, newly constructed building in Shanghai toppled over, killing one worker. As can be seen in the photos, the 13-story apartment building collapsed with just enough room to escape what would have been a far more destructive domino effect involving other structures in the 11-building complex. (Pics)

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Bees Can Remember What Human Faces Look Like

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If you ever get into a tense confrontation with a bee, and then you have to back down for whatever reason, don’t try to salvage it by saying “Remember the face.” Because it turns out bees can do that.It’s long been known that bees are capable of recognizing and retaining complex visual patterns. That’s one way they’re able to tell different kinds of flowers apart. But a joint project between researchers at the Université de Toulouse and Melbourne’s Monash University has found that bees can be trained to distinguish flowers from human faces, and to recognize the basic configuration of human facial features in different contexts.

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Flying To New York? Then Why Not Change Pace And Go By Luxury Airship?

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At home in the clouds: In this image two of the airships are tethered above Hong Kong. Its developers believe the craft will offer luxury transport which focuses on comfort over speed

Towering, kite-shaped airships could herald a new era of luxury transport following today’s introduction of the Aircruise concept.
Standing 98ft taller than Canary Wharf, packing 330,000 cubic metres of hydrogen gas and capable of lifting 396 tonnes, the Aircruise concept features penthouse apartments, bars and even dizzying glass viewing floors.

Aircruise was created as the antithesis of a hurried, crowded passenger jet. London-based design and innovation company Seymourpowell wanted to rethink transport – on the premise ‘slow is the new fast’. It could ferry 100 people from London to New York in a leisurely 37 hours as opposed to the seven it takes now by airplane.

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