Lytro Light Field

Posted: October 20th, 2011 | Author: richard | Filed under: design, photography, Uncategorized | No Comments »

 

Lytro have just released the worlds first consumer Light Field Camera, a revolutionary device which enables users to adjust the focal point of an image AFTER the photograph has been taken.

Once uploaded, these captured images, dubbed ‘Living Pictures’, become interactive photographs the user can explore, clicking on the image to select the focal plane. Try it by clicking the butterfly below.

Currently there are three cameras to choose from, a Red 16gb unit, or a Grey or Blue 8gb which will ship to the US in early 2012. Each camera has an 8X optical zoom with a constant f/2 aperture, but most importantly, no delay for auto-focus so the image can be instantly captured with the press of a button.

Lytro have made an interesting product here. The resolution of their Light Field sensor is actually quite low in a world of 10 megapixel cameras, however, by making the images interactive, the pictures are tied to screen resolution – Megapixels become a moot point. Personally, I’m really looking forward to a high resolution model. The ability to refocus an image to perfect that almost perfect (static) shot would be a photographers dream come true.


Tithi

Posted: February 20th, 2011 | Author: richard | Filed under: design, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Mel sent through this brief but interesting interview with Thai designer Tithi Kutchamuch over on Habitus. Her beautiful jewellery is based around the concept of carrying a part of your home with you.  ”A Secret Friend Family” (pictured above) has the jewellery integrated with animal objects, whilst the “Vase Garden” is a series of glass vases with “flower” rings. Finally, the “All Year Rings” also caught my attention, being 12 fold out paper rings based on birth month flowers. Each month the owner assembles a new piece of jewellery for the whole year.


Conversion

Posted: December 21st, 2010 | Author: richard | Filed under: design, technology, Uncategorized | No Comments »


A few days ago TikTok + LunaTik officially became the highest ever funded project on Kickstarter – the pledge-based funding platform for all manner of creative projects. Although not a new concept, Scott Wilson &  Minimal designed two well resolved & highly desirable watch straps for the current iPod Nano. These designs were then posted on Kickstarter with a great video (below) showing the the design process, and a request for $15k from potential backers.

The project quickly gained an avalanche of pledges, eventually reaching an astounding $941,718 from 13,512 independent users eager to see the design a reality.

I especially like how Scott posted continual updates on the ongoing design process, showing colours, finishes, packaging and potential accessories. This gives backers the opportunity to offer their opinion and subsequently become more involved in the project – their investment. Recently Scott posted a video of the product being manufactured that really captures what its like visiting and working with Chinese factories – and a perfect way to show the backers their money is in good hands.

This marks the beginning of an exciting time for independent designers with good ideas. Until now, necessary capital to launch products has been difficult and time consuming to obtain. Kickstarter, basically a Threadless on steroids, gives interested users the opportunity help bring an idea they want into reality. I think by opening the design process to backers LunaTik & TikTok have now provided a successful blueprint for many future entrepreneurs.  Both designs are now available on pre-order


Inflation

Posted: December 19th, 2010 | Author: richard | Filed under: design, technology, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Recently came across this peek into Oskar Zieta’s workshop, the architect / researcher / designer known for his inflatable metal structures – primarily furniture & objects. Zieta has developed a low cost process called FiDU in which thin sheets of metal are laser cut, robotically welded, then inflated into a 3 dimensional structure.

What I find interesting is each object he creates is also research to further refine FiDU into a process which can be used for large scale applications – like building façades or footbridges that can then be inflated and assembled on site (a significant advantage if needing to get around obstructions, like doorways). In fact, it was these limitations which led to “Blow and Roll” Zieta’s installation at the V&A during the 2010 London Design Festival. Here long strips of pre-fabricated steel were coiled around an axel holding two wheels. Once in place a small compressor inflated the lengths creating graceful curves over the Madjeski Garden.

The First Rolled Steel Profile II – powered by FiDU from Zieta on Vimeo.

One length of the Blow and Roll Installation is inflated & unrolled


Flipsters

Posted: October 31st, 2010 | Author: richard | Filed under: design | Tags: | No Comments »

Ben Lipschitz & Rick Munitz have developed an innovative pair of folding thongs – Flipsters – designed to be carried in a small evening bag & unfurled when those stilettos are too uncomfortable, superfluous… or both.

The two score lines on the sole act as hinge points allowing the sole to fold over itself and fit neatly into its pouch.  Fantastic design to fill a gaping hole in the market.  Excellent work.


PostlerFerguson

Posted: September 27th, 2010 | Author: richard | Filed under: art, design, technology, Transport | No Comments »

Came across Postlerferguson today whilst stalking this years London Design Festival where they will be exhibiting their wonderful Wooden Giants (beautiful wooden “toy” replicas of three of the worlds largest container ships) and their Buoy Lamps pictured above and below.

They have a slew of other interesting work including the “Death Machine Series” – paper construction kits of mostly automatic weapons (AK-47, MP-5 etc) but also an incredible full scale Oerlikon – an Anti-Aircraft gun. Another favorite is Olympus – a full scale Concorde engine constructed in foam and card based on a maintenance manual bought on eBay for £6.


Open Innovation

Posted: September 9th, 2010 | Author: richard | Filed under: design, future, technology | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Love this video by the TAT Open Innovation project, exploring the possible future of screen technology. Stretchable screens? Yes please.


Bomboland

Posted: August 30th, 2010 | Author: richard | Filed under: design, illustration | No Comments »

Really like the work at Bombolandby illustrator Maurizio Santucci, particularly his impressive and beautiful paper cuts.

There is also an interesting video from his solo exhibition “BOMBO!” at Sieze Galerie in 2009 which shows the scale and detail of the pieces.


Wipeout RC

Posted: August 15th, 2010 | Author: richard | Filed under: art, design, Film | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Nick sent through this amazing recreation of Wipeout designed by Malte Jehmlich. A modified RC car, complete with wireless camera, is controlled from a remote arcade machine while the car tears around the track fabricated from cardboard… although I think the car might benefit having an oval skid around the outside to minimise the clunking. Loads of information on their official site, unfortunately not in English.


See Better

Posted: April 29th, 2010 | Author: richard | Filed under: design | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Founded by Swiss born Yves Béhar in 1999 Fuseproject has worked on a wide range of products from Lamps to Electric Motorcycles. Probably their most famous project is the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), a cheap, rugged, connected laptop for children in developing countries.

Extending their reach into these “Civic Projects” the studio recently completed the “Collección Escolar 2010″ for the Mexican Government; a collection of customisable, corrective, free eyewear for students aged 6 – 18 years. The brief was to create durable, comfortable, cheap and customisable glasses in a format which would appeal to the students.

The solution was to split the glasses, creating a modular upper and lower half in a range of different shapes and  colours, moulded  from the incredibly tough and flexible Gilamid Plastic. This radical design not only allows the students to choose their shapes and colour, but also encapsulates the lens reducing costly assembly processes, drastically lowering the cost of each set. Very clever.

Although its been done before, be sure to check out their NYC Helmet, another Civic Project, this time for the City Of NY. For me, the image of the helmet being locked to the bike is the clincher.