Archive for January 19th, 2010

Inspiring: Compenion – Innovative Design For Your Computer

Yanko Design displays the work of Designer Felix Schmidberger who has designed a sustainable prototype for the Personal Computer of the Future.  This Computer is called Compenion and is based on the current needs of a tech savvy market. The product is sustainable and is created using OLED technology. It comprises of different touch screens put together.

Yanko Design describes Schmidberger’s design and states that, “Based on a personal computer that accompanies you through your day and context-oriented docking stations at personal spaces like in the office or at home. Those stations are matching the needs of the user in their particular surrounding, like home entertainment in the living room or conferences and multi-tasking at the office.The computer itself is a OLED-touchscreen slider, with a second hidden touchscreen underneath. This way, it gives you a similar working experience as with a 2-monitor setup. It is controlled per hand or via a “senstylus pen”, that you can use like a normal pen or twist it and use it as a 3d-sensor remote, with a sensor field under the thumb for precise menu controls.”

I hope that this computer is manufactured and launched into the market. If that happens Felix Schmidberger’s design will change the computer market forever. We all know that there are talks of making smartbooks, making netbooks smaller, thinner etc. etc. but this design is a step ahead of all other innovative products in the market right now.

images from Yanko Design.

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Eco-friendly Jump Rope with Flashlight

Designers at Yanko Design always come with cool eco-friendly concept designs. Like the Solar powered radio, now Yanko Design’s designers Hyun Joo Lee & Eu Tteum Lee have come up with the concept for a Kinetic Jump rope that saves energy and doubles as a flashlight. The coolest factor is that you don’t need any batteries to power the Jump Light, the Flashlight gets powered from the kinetic energy produced through your jumps.

Yanko Design states that, “With all the energy you expend while jumping rope, imagine using some to power a handy torchlight fitted within the skipping rope handles. Torchlight in any form is a good idea, but the cool quotient in this Jump Light comes from the fact that you won’t need any batteries to power the bulb. It simply runs by converting the kinetic energy from your jumps to electric energy. Now if that isn’t motivational enough for you to skip just a bit more!” This is a unique concept as it saves energy, is geared towards a healthy lifestyle and enables us to explore more ways of designing sustainable products.

images from Yanko Design

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Exclusive: YPI KIDS – Making dreams come true through Photography

We have all heard the expression that “a photograph is worth a thousand words”. But have you ever wondered when exactly is a photograph worth a thousand words? Is it when you take a photo of a kid and a mother cherishes it for life? Is it when you photograph a wedding and give someone beautiful memories? Is it when a journalist photographs dying people in a war? Or is it something that gets printed in National Geographic? In my mind the answer to this is that it’s any photograph that touches your soul and speaks out to you – a photograph that is meaningful and you can form a connection with. YPI KIDS or Young Photographers Initiative is a therapeutic photography program that enables children who are at “at-risk” or suffering from cancer live their dreams through the magic of photography.

The Young Photographers Initiative (YPI KIDS) was started by Paul Denckla in 2006. The purpose of the program is to introduce children to the magical world of photography. YPI KIDS works on different projects and through those projects lets children capture beautiful memories. Paul explains the mission of YPI KIDS and states that, “Its mission is to expose children to the magic of photography and the ability one has to capture his/her feelings, aspirations and dreams in an image while instilling a sense of empowerment, fulfillment and self-confidence in each participant.”

I met Paul at the Boston Pecha Kucha where he introduced the audience to the projects at YPI KIDS. I have never seen anything as captivating as his presentation. The photographs revealed the stories, passion, pain and joy of kids who had endured so much. They reflected hopes and dreams and the desire to hold onto so much in life. These photographs showed the courage that these young photographers had and the brave smiles they had put on for the camera. The YPI KIDS initiative is definitely one of a kind and it does make a huge impact in our society. Often we neglect the little things in life but the lens of these young photographers captured the essence of small, mundane everyday things and presented them in a new light. YPI KIDS gives everyone hope – it gives the kids an opportunity to hold onto their beautiful memories, it gives us (the audience) an opportunity to see their world and appreciate it.

images from Project Tomorrow 2008

image on top right corner taken by  14 year old Max Carrasco

Second image by 16 year old Caitlee Carrier of her mom & siblings

Third image by 12 year old Kate Smith of her mom Sarah Snyder

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