Category: Technology

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“Available in Classic Black or Vibrant Red, BookBook brings three levels of security to your prized Mac. First, the hardback cover and spine provide solid protection from the rigors of the road. Second, the vintage book design disguises MacBook for superior security. And third, the stylish case protects you from being like everyone else because BookBook is totally original, just like you.”

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‘ With its compact design and elegant shape, the portable keyboard is especially perfect for guys who need to travel a lot. An integration of foldable and light-weight element to provide you with more convenience, is its distinguishing feature.



If you are known to be clumsy, then a glass house is definitely not the ideal home for you. But for the rest of you folks who love this fragile material so much that you would be willing to live in a house made just from glass, the concept house designed by Santambrogiomilao group is definitely the perfect residence for you. Besides a love for glass you must also be willing to give up all your privacy as the unique concept home is made from ‘extraclear’ glass. Once you are used to having no privacy at all, you can enjoy the view of the world on a 360 degree axis. The glass home is a collaboration between founder Carlo Santambrogio and designer Ennio Arosio featuring a series of iconic furniture pieces, beds, sofas and bookcases, along with architectural elements such as staircases and kitchens.




The Greenwich Mean Time is up for a stiff competition from the Mecca. The Muslim community worldwide is all set to synchronize their watches with a giant clock in the Islamic holy city of Mecca. Bearing a resemblance to the Big Ben tower the 2000 feet tall monument will feature a four-faced clock and will run on Arabia Standard Time; three hours ahead of GMT. Towering over the holy Kabaa in Mecca, Saudi Arabia at a height of 1,972 ft, will sit atop a massive skyscraper which when completed will be one of the world’s tallest buildings.

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  • Monza is one of the most expensive detailing centers in Dubai providing ultimate quality services. Monza target only luxury cars like Lamborghini, Ferrari and Bentley and provide such services as polishing, paint correction, interior cleaning, leather reconditioning, paint protection, interior protection, and headlight restoration.

    The Monza name is derived from the Monza race circuit and city in Italy. This theme must be presented in new brand identity.

    Photos of cars by Richard Thompson.

HTC Evo 4G

  • The Brief: Friendly Performance

    As a consumer-oriented Android smartphone, Evo needed a friendly personality to differentiate from its Windows-based business-oriented counterparts. However, being slated to be the world’s first 4G superphone, it also needed to hint of performance and features. The design uses a crossover between a strong, chiselled shape and a soft, pillow-like back surface to achieve this hybrid personality. Reveals and detail callouts give added depth and notions of a powerful inner core.

    Split Lines: A Problem used as an Opportunity

    Battery door split-lines are normally put on the sides of a phone to try to hide them because they look cheap and undesirable. I thought the split-line could be a nice design element if proudly used on the back surface instead. This gave the phone an added flavor of technical crispness and made the sides look clean and solid, reducing the associaton with cheap, molded plastic products.

  • Visual Slimming: SmartPhone on a Diet

    Additional requests for a bigger battery, integrated kickstand, 4G antenna system and bigger speakers made the phone look thicker than desirable. We added a high-contrast split on the side as a visual trick to maintain a thin, sleek aesthetic. This also created an impression of a thick slab of display glass that wraps to the sides and a back housing that had a sheet-like gesture, which was a fresh aesthetic.

  • Big Camera Component: Feature Emphasis & Problem-Solving Through Form

    One of the biggest challenges was to include an 8MP camera – it was a huge component. While it was a requirement to highlight this key feature, it shouldn’t feel unnaturally big or loud. To create this balance, I needed to find an aesthetic solution that would somewhat mask the component size, and one that would look honest and purposefully ‘camera-like’.

    This led to a spherical design that partially protrudes the outer surface of the phone. It created an interesting and iconic character akin to an eyeball sitting in a socket. I liked that it had the notion of the phone as a housing for powerful, intelligent, internal components.

  • Examples of the variant implementation of the EVO camera signature, clockwise from top-left: HTC Wildfire Red, Wildfire White, the Google Nexus One and the Droid Incredible. (Note: All phone designs by HTC design team)
  • Becoming an HTC Signature Camera Detail

    The EVO camera solution proved to be a visually effective solution for wrapping big camera components. At the same time, it was a good balance between being iconic and honest. It has subsequently been adopted (and evolved) by HTC, and reapplied on several production phones – becoming a signature camera detail of the HTC 2010 design language.

  • Developmental sketches of the kickstand feature
  • Final Production Version

    Evo was launched by Sprint on June 4th, 2010. The full black version as the default and the white-black version shown here as the special edition. It broke first day sales records for Sprint and also became Best Buy Mobile’s best selling device. On June 19th, 2011, Evo broke the ‘5-million units sold’ milestone and became Sprint’s best selling device in history, as well as HTC’s most sold phone ever.

  • Flatten

    After the huge sucess of the first generation folding Arc Mouse (by One & Co.), Microsoft wanted to take the next leap – ‘How do we design an ergonomically generous and comfortable mouse to flatten completely for travel and storage?’

  • The Problem: How to Get from Flat to Volume

    Microsoft came to One & Co for explorations of different ways and mechanisms to get a mouse to transform from flat to an ergonomic shape. The key challenges were firstly, for the flat state to be as thin as possible and secondly, to find a way to have the ergonomic state stay rigid and not flatten out during use.

  • The Ideal Solution: Go from Flexible to Rigid

    The optimal, simplest user experience would be a solution that would bend and magically stay in a rigid arc shape. It should feel effortless – without any hook systems or extra steps.

  • Quick & Dirty Solutions Exploration with One & Co Team

    As a team, we explored a variety of mechanical-principles and material properties-based solutions that could be used to tackle the flat-to-arc transition. Some ideas were demonstrated as quick mechanical models that the client Microsoft team could interact with.

    * Note: The mechanical solutions shown above are not mine alone but borne out of teamwork

  • Sketch Exploration with One & Co Team

    Some ideas were illustrated as sketches, capturing some initial aesthetic directions as well. At this point, most of the ideas either still required too many steps for the transformation, or did not provide enough rigidity in the ‘arc’ state.

    * Note: The sketches shown above are not solely mine but borne out of teamwork together with Cory Worth (project lead) and Jonah Becker (owner), they are included to show the holistic thinking process behind the project.

  • The Inspiration: Bimetallic Strips & Differential Expansion

    I remembered the phenomenon of bending bimetallic strips that was taught in middle school science classes and imagined that the same principle of differential expansion could possibly be the solution to the mechanism that would cause the mouse to go from flat state to an ‘arc’ state.

    Translating the Bimetallic Principle into a Mechanical Prototype

    Inspired by the possibility afforded by the example of the bimetallic strip, I tried to envision how the same principle could be used to create the flat-to-arc transformation. The illustrations below explain how the mechanical principle was conceptualized and developed.

  • Using the logic of the arcing of the bimetallic strip, if two layers were bonded at one end and then bent, the bottom layer would slide out, as if longer than the upper layer.

    If there could be a way to secure the relative positions of these two planes when arced, it would be able to hold the arc shape rigidly.

  • Making use of this phenomenon, I imagined a simple locking mechanism in the form of a raised dome. When the layers have been bent so much that dome slides past the end of the upper layer, it would snap into place and lock over the rear edge of the upper layer. This would prevent the reverse sliding, and thus create the rigidly locked arc position.
    To unlock the arc, the only requirement is to apply sufficient force to straighten it such that the friction at the locking edge is overcome, allowing the upper layer to ride over the dome
    This simple locking solution allowed me to quickly proceed to build a mechanism model that could demonstrate the principle. In fact, based on the same principle of arcing sliding planes, any other forms of locking mechanism that are more robust for mass production would also work.
  • The quick-&-dirty ABS model to demonstrate the principle of the twin sliding planes in creating a lockable arcing mechanism.
  • Proposing the Solution

    The ‘bimetallic-strip-inspired’ mechanical concept was presented to the Microsoft ID team. To ensure that the concept’s potential could be more thoroughly evaluated, quick rough sketches were used to communicate the
    excitingly sleek proportions that could be afforded by this new mechanism.

    The real clincher was when the client got to interact with the mechanism model made quickly from ABS sheets, it generated a lot of excitement about its possibilities. It seemed that the Microsoft team felt they had on hand the very solution to create the magical arc transformation they sought to find through One & Co.

  • Production Engineering Development by Microsoft

    My role was completed after contributing the final mechanical concept which led to the bending and automatic locking mechanism. It provided Microsoft with the mechanism inspiration for their engineering team to resolve and develop for production.

    The images above (created by Microsoft) show the eventual production version still based on the bimetallic-inspired mechanism. Microsoft’s engineering team made numerous improvements including replacing the snap-lock with a magnetic lock. Credits to them for pulling off such an amazingly complex task.

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The Microsoft industrial design team, led by Young Kim and Monique Chatterjee, brought the mechanical concept through to production, and were responsible for the final product aesthetics and production resolution.

Steampunk inspired mechanical cell phone designed by Richard Clarkson combines digital technologies with rotary dial system.

Modern phones have come to define us, but who and what defines these objects? Are we happy with generic rectangles with touchscreens or do we want something tangible and unique? With this design, Richard wanted to incorporate more feeling and life into smartphones.

The Nokia Oro (Oro means gold in italian) is a smartphone running on the dying Symbian Anna operating system. It has a 3.5 inch AMOLED touch display, a home key mad of sapphire crystal. The Oro comes with a special edition of the Nokia J Bluetooth headset also having a 18 carat gold plating. Two colours will be available. They are called Nokia Oro Light and Nokia Oro Dark. The backside of the phone has a leather wrapping to keep the cost down. From the press images, it seems like buyers of this phone also will be able to have a monochrome theme in real gold.

Nokia Oro has a GPS receiver and it will be shipped with Ovi Maps for car and pedestrian navigation. But those buying such expensive handset will probably not be flashing the device in public just to find quickest way to La Rambla street.
Nokia allready owns Vertu. A manufacture of luxury mobile phones. The Nokia Oro brand will compete directly with the Vertu brand.

According to the BGR, the iPhone 5 may launch in August, not September that has been reported before, and as we mentioned previously it is expected to be a major update over the existing iPhone 4 with a new design.

If the rumor turns out to be true, Apple could hold an iPhone 5 event in the beginning or middle of August, and it will apparently go on sale in the last week of August.

We don’t have any specifications as yet, but as we reported earlier, Apple are expected to use the new A5 processor that is found in the iPad 2 in the iPhone 5, and it is also supposed to feature a new design with a teardrop style casing, this ties in with what This Is My Next reported back in April.

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Double Research & Development Co. has developed a five finger input device for complete hand recognition. Called “amenbo”. This new five finger mouse has the capability of tracking each and every minute movements of fingers and thumbs along with the capacity to recognize the pressures exerted on mouse by fingers and sending the same to the computer.

The fingers are all linked by a flexible printed mesh base, that is made stretchable to accommodate a variety of different sizes of hands. A special sensor is attached to each finger, so it can identify which finger on whose hand it is, and even if you lift your fingers off it can follow them from beginning to end. Amenbo enable us to utilize entire hand simplifying the process. One can integrate major operations and finish at one click of Amenbo.  Amenbo –  innovative  input device for sci-fi style computing.