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We all know alkaline batteries are really bad for the environment if you don’t dispose of them properly. The right thing to do is send them to special recycling centers but hundreds of tons end up in landfills where their toxic innards seep into the earth. Perhaps a good solution is the Energy Seed, an LED lamp post powered by trashed alkaline batteries.

The idea is to encourage people to throw their batteries away into the Energy Seed. There’s a slot for nearly every size battery. The unit combines any left over juice from all the batteries to power a super efficient LED ring.

Of course once the bins are full, we’re left with the same original problem. Somebody has to collect all those spent batteries and recycle them.

Designer: Sungwoo Park & Sunhee Kim

 

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‘towards a poetic morphology’, a temporary installation by the europe-based artist network the cloud collective,
fills a small room with a landscape of letters, together forming robert walser’s poem ‘oppressive light’.

the piece was installed at la fabrique, a former textile printing factory, for the 22nd international poster and graphic design festival
of chaumont
 in france. in the work, a small opening pathway invites visitors to explore the letters and forms, in a windowed room
whose ambiance constantly changes with the sunlight and weather outdoors:

this arrangement in space– strongly affected by sunlight, time and weather– allows the text to slowly detach itself
from its intrinsic meaning and to let form, typography and composition take over. the snowy landscape becomes malleable,
thus creating a multitude of meanings for the observer.

 

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nintendo‘s ‘wii u’ console was just announced at E3 2011, alongside a multi-input game controller for the device
that doubles as its own screen for both gaming and navigation of websites or other media.

the new tablet-sized controller features a 6.2-inch touch screen, framed by traditional button controls (A/B/X/Y buttons,
L/R buttons, ZL/ZR buttons, and two analog circle pads, alongside power, home, start, and select). a built-in gyroscope
and accelerometer permit the gesture-based interaction that defines the game system, while a rumble feature and stereo
speakers provide feedback. the controller also features a camera and microphone.

at 1.8 inches thick, 6.8 inches wide, and 10.5 inches long, the ‘wii u’ console is backwards compatible with all wii accessories
and games, loading 12-centimeter high-density and wii optical discs. up to four wii remote controllers can interface with the device,
which supports HDMI audio and video output, up through 1080p.

together the new products offer new ways of interacting with wii games. the system is designed to switch seamlessly
between viewing on a an external screen and on the controller itself, and in fact a monitor is no longer necessary
for wii devices to interact with one another. in addition, in a golf game, for example, the ‘wii u’ controller can be played
on the floor to simulate the virtual golf ball and the ‘roughness’ of the grass or sand surface, while a wiimote is used as a club.

 

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apanese designer kaori aoi creates home products under the moniker innocent blue.  driven by modernist optimism,
her designs feature novel ways of integrating more light into the home.  an oversized ring-turned-lamp,
‘ring light’, for instance, subverts expectations of scale as well as a diamond’s natural light source.

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andrea claire studio is a new venture of andrea claire lighting, which has been producing custom lamps since 2004.
based in williamsburg, brooklyn, andrea claire studio started in 2010 to specifically develop and launch a new line of bespoke,
green lighting. ‘constantin’ is the first of several designs in development. merging the latest three-dimensional rendering technologies
with a commitment to hand-crafting techniques, the constantin line features a proprietary method of forming bamboo over metal frames
and armatures finished in brushed brass, satin nickel, oil rubbed bronze, or chrome. the studio will work closely with its clients to
produce chandeliers that meet specific size and finish requirements while drawing on the unique vocabulary of shapes, materials,
and the hanging systems it has developed.

More info here: Designboom!

‘flexbook’, a concept device by taiwan-based designer hao-chun huang, offers portable, multi-use computing
within a single device. the concept was shortlisted from over 1000 designs in our recent designboom competition
a life with future computing‘, organized in collaboration with FUJITSU.

with a waterproof keypad and 21:9 screen, ‘flexbook’ is designed for portability and range of use among the constantly connected.
featuring a flexible structure with a center joint, the laptop can be folded into a range of configurations, while a 180-degree
swivel touch screen offers different configurations of viewing,  including a laptop and tablet mode.

the design lets the device’s shape reflect its functionality: folded as a book for reading e-books, a tablet for browsing
newspapers or in crowded environments, or a laptop when preparing typed documents. ‘flexbook’ is also easily
portable, serving as its own case when folded it in half.

the device is further customizable through the availability of easily swappable rubber skins, which huang envisions
available for purchase online where users can select their own colours and patterned textures.

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a concept by japanese-born, italy-based designer sono mocci (shunichi yamamoto), ‘nesting pc virtual tablet’ is a combination
tablet and data visualization interface with automatic battery charging and data syncing. phones, memory cards, CDs, USB ports,
and I/O cables can be plugged directly into the device, where they will show up as images on the touchscreen for easy manipulation
and access. the design was shortlisted from over 1000 concepts in our recent designboom competition ‘a life with future computing‘,
organized in collaboration with FUJITSU.

the 13-inch concept tablet features a dedicated dock for mobile phones. when inserted, a visualization of the phone onscreen
works in the same manner as would the device itself, permitting dialing, calling, texting, and other use. the loading of disk media
or flash drives offers a similar intuitive functionality. integrated charging eliminates the need for AC or outlet-specific adapters
for these kinds of devices.

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the work of US-based designer rené wooram lee, the ‘bento’ computing system concept integrates
a notebook, tablet, and smartphone into a single modular device, expanding the possibilities of networked use
while extending the life cycle of the product and providing easy portability of each component. ‘bento’ was shortlisted
from over 1000 designs in our recent designboom competition ‘a life with future computing‘, organized in collaboration with FUJITSU.

a laptop with 15″ OLED screen serves as the structural base of the design. when used as an integrated system,
the 11″ tablet and 4″ phone sit in shallow depressions, flanked by a solar powered lithium-ion battery and a 1TB SSD drive.
when charged, the tablet and phone can be removed and used wirelessly, or utilized independently as individual devices.

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spanish architecture studio espai MGR‘s ‘habits make us blind’ is a photographic series of work which addresses
the vacant lots in downtown valencia, which they pass everyday.

architects’ own words:
‘…like an invisible metastasis generated in the heart of the city and extending to all its arteries. neighborhoods that,
although having huge potential, lay unused, not promoting a good means of sustainable development.
we recognize this as a typical theme in the central neighborhoods in valencia. sometimes, the tourists are the city’s
inhabitants pay attention to the issue at hand for a moment because secondary problems stemming from those spaces
implied affect us directly. however, in most cases, they are only a part of daily way of life. this photographic body of work
aims to call people’s attention to these neglected spaces. it demands the recreational use of these vacant lots as seen through
the eyes of a child, by filling them with impossible constructions, surrealistic installations in line with the problem. (…)’

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newly founded push pop press  has just released the first digital book created
through its innovative publishing platform, currently in beta with select clients.
backed by rodale inc. and featuring additional content by melcher media, the ‘our choice ‘ application
is an interactive digital version of al gore’s book ‘our choice: a plan to solve the climate crisis’.

available for the iPad and iPhone, the nineteen-chapter book expands the possibilities of the digital form,
combining truly interactive and multimedia content with an intuitive touch interface.
lacking any kind of control panel, navigation through the book is controlled exclusively
through common touch gestures, scrolling, pinching, and moving onscreen content.

Al Gore’s Our Choice Guided Tour from Push Pop Press on Vimeo.