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The LeverAxe: You’ll Wish You Could Chop Wood All Day With This Physics-Exploiting Axe

23 Apr, 2014 by in DESIGN
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Chopping wood is one of those things that people love or they hate. There’s a reason why professional lumberjacks are nearly as ripped as professional bodybuilders…throwing a heavy object over and over again is one heck-of-a-workout. Regardless if you’re a professional lumberjack or a ‘casual woodsplitter’, the Vipukirves (Finnish for LeverAxe) is without a doubt something that makes everybody’s job easier and more fun.

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Behind the Design: Watch an Old Jeep Spring Leaf Get Reforged Into a Knife

23 Apr, 2014 by in FAB
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When it comes to choosing people who you might want to be hanging out with during an apocalypse, leave it to those who are masters of upcycling…especially those who are also skilled in making crude weapons. Knife maker Trollsky of Poland recently uploaded a video to YouTube that shows his process of turning a leaf spring from an old Jeep into a sort of machete/knife hybrid. While there is little other information on Trollsky other than his library of other knife making videos on YouTube, it’s safe to say that his skill at turning rusty old metal into something useful is nothing short of a delight to watch.

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Pyro Board: An Audio Visualizer Made From 2500 Individual Flames Using Simple Rubens’ Tube Physics

22 Apr, 2014 by in FAB, ROCKIN'
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For the science and audio geeks out there, you might already be familiar with a Ruben’s Tube. Invented by German physicist Heinrich Rubens in 1905, the tube uses flames to demonstrate the relationship between sound waves and sound pressure that is passing through the tube. It is also commonly used at hard rock concerts where flames are an absolutely necessity.

The Pyro Board from Aarhus University School of Engineering student Sune Nielsen and his pals uses the same principal of the Rubens’ tube to create an incredibly awesome audio visual display in a condensed package. Can we get an Instructable or a Kickstarter project Sune?

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‘Better’: Apple’s Short Film Illustrates a Cradle to Cradle Product Lifecycle in Honor of Earth Day

22 Apr, 2014 by in CULTURE, NEWS
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Having been criticized about their contribution to e-waste in the past, Apple has been working tirelessly to reverse their image and set themselves more in line with what is the environmental equivalent of their design ethos. Released by Apple in honor of Earth Day today, ‘Better’ aims to show Apple’s commitment to putting the Cradle to Cradle sustainability model in action.

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Behind the Design: Hand Carved Fishing Lures

22 Apr, 2014 by in FAB
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For the past two years, John Kiminas has been pursuing his dream of making fishing lures for a living. Having absorbed as much information as he could over this ‘research and development phase’ as he calls it, he is finally bringing his handmade lures into the world starting with a Kickstarter launch. Thankfully for us, he also shows us just how a lure goes from a solid block of wood to a finished product.

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SolidSmack Radio | Ode to the Trumpet

22 Apr, 2014 by in RADIO
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This week’s Spotify-powered SolidSmack Radio Playlist brings an entirely new face-smack of great music to help propel you through those laborious, tedious design tasks for the next few days. This week we’ve put together a solid list of tracks featuring some great use of the trumpet. We’ll start with ‘Fake Empire’ from The National and work our way through some Cat Power, Typhoon, Beirut, Of Monsters and Men, and others before wrapping up with ‘Dress Up in You’ from Belle & Sebastian.

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Vooza: Video Shorts Spoof Startup, Crowdfunding and Designer Culture

21 Apr, 2014 by in CULTURE
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In case you haven’t seen it, Silicon Valley is in it’s third week over on HBO and is definitely worth a watch…if only because Office Space is on at least one of your top ten movie lists. If HBO isn’t your thing however (note the first episode is free on YouTube)–and you still want to have some laughs at the expense of start up culture–the collection of shorts over at Vooza intelligently pokes fun at everything from crowdfunding concepts to product pitches and business card exchanges to product launch videos.

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Piamo: A Portable Espresso ‘Portafilter All-In-One’ For Pulling 30-Second Shots In Your Microwave

21 Apr, 2014 by in DESIGN
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Talk to any espresso connoisseur worth their weight in Stumptown Hairbender grounds and you’ll likely get into an argument about the ‘best way’ of pulling a proper espresso shot. Truth be told…it is an exact science that is hard to replicate outside of traditional espresso-craft tools. Despite this, the market for on-demand coffee is still a thriving market with the likes of everybody from Nespresso to Keurig churning out new products seasonally for those who can’t make it to their corner coffeehouse. The Piamo presents itself in an interesting category by allowing the instant-gratification of on-demand coffee with the choice of your own coffee…all from the convenience of the microwave.

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CYLO: Balancing Performance and Function to Create the Ultimate Urban Bicycle Design

21 Apr, 2014 by in DESIGN
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Gone are the days where a simple bag attached to a pre-existing road or single-speed bike is the norm for urban bicycling. These days, the niche market for urban bicycles has never been stronger nor demanded as much attention. With projects like the Oregon Manifest gaining more attention (and a sponsorship from the Levis Commuter Collection), it comes with little surprise that independent designers are also using this as an opportunity to throw their own designs out there. One of the latest designs to come out of the urban bicycle movement comes from former Nike Design Director Eric Duvauchelle and his brother Antoine in the form of CYLO, which aims to bridge the gap between performance and function for today’s demanding urban bicyclist.

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Comparing a $50 3D Printed Hand to a $42,000 Prosthesis…From Somebody Who Has Used Both

21 Apr, 2014 by in FAB
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It’s no surprise that among those who are the most excited about the near-future of additive manufacturing possibilities are those in the medical field. Whether it’s a neurosurgeon who is experimenting with on-demand customized skull implants or a five-year old who is suffering from Amniotic Band Syndrome, the power that a $2,000 mini-factory yields is truly revolutionary in this industry alone. But while a 3D printer may be able to create anything on-demand, it is not without it’s own material and design limitations…especially when comfort, strength, and reliability are of the utmost importance for most medical products. In this recently-released video from 3Duniverse.org however, we get an intimate look into why a 3D printed hand just might be a better solution than an existing prosthesis costing tens of thousands of dollars.

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