Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Universal Stick-on Volume Slider

Both my kids have exactly ONE toy that allows turning up and down the volume (and they own a lot of toys). Are volume sliders very expensive? Is there something wrong with the ears of the average kid? My son just became the proud owner of Bumbelbee. The yellow transformer can't transform. I know, "details" one would say, but I always thought the robot/car combo was the cool thing about transformers. Instead, it produces a sh*tload of rather incredible annoying sounds (my irritation muscles are all red and swollen after only two days) of which I only can recognize one to be the typical transformer sound (although rather distorted because of the insane volume, but then again, who cares, it can not transform anyway).

I don't really understand those toy producers. If they would add a volume slider to their noisy toy, it would be so much more appreciated by the parents and most likely live a longer life in (at least) our household. The thing is, as soon as the pile of batteries is drained, you'd rather tell your son that the robot is broken instead of re-powering it. The thought of buying a second robot in the series is the last thing that would come up in mind (which should be the most interesting thing for toy manufacturers).

I would like to give away the following cash-cow: a "universal stick-on volume slider". A volume slider that you can stick on any toy and then turn down the volume. Don't worry about cost, this device easily equals an iPhone...

Monday, December 21, 2009

In Memoriam

My Last Bulb
1880 - 2010


Bulbs are forbidden in Denmark from 2010 so therefore, I made a bulb memoriam.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

FINALLY!

Finally a company that takes serious eco-friendly initiatives: ECO FRIENDLY BIRDHOUSES!  

Birds, the days of living in eco-unfriendly birdhouses (e.g. a bird nest in a tree) are over!

Back to nature you bunch of spoiled feathery freaks! Why is it always the humans that have to point in the right direction?

And how about making some eco-friendly toxic waste barrels? The thought of having those un-eco-friendly barrels rusting on the bottom of the ocean is just terrible. It would be much better with barrels that leave no trails when being desintegrated by nature!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Bad news for trumpet owners


Although progress is going very fast in China, it still is not allowed to play your trumpet on the motor highway...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

NEW in China


Seen in China 2009: Vertical trees!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Co-writers needed



Normal bulbs are forbidden in quite some countries. In Denmark, we are forced to buy energy saving bulbs from now on. I guess it makes a lot of sense fighting global warming (although I really don't like the "forbidding" part; I'd rather pay (quite some) extra and buy a few "normal" bulbs since some lamps simply need one).

Having bought a few bulbs, I realize that there is going to be a potential huge waste of my life-time since it takes the average energy saving bulb quite some time to get up to strength. This book deals with that. I currently have thought of one way to deal with the waiting time: do 10 push-ups ("Save the planet and get in shape").

I'm looking for co-writers to help me out getting another 100 great ways to kill your waiting time. Anybody?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Urban carcass

Two months ago, a scooter was parked in the ally next to my house. Since then, it has been eaten bit by bit by vultures. Since I took this picture, it has lost the wheel as well. Obviously I should have taken a picture every day, but sometimes, you just don't feel like turning everything in your life into a project. I'll promise though that the next time I steal a scooter, I will make a nice diary

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Should I be worried?

I made this picture on an exhibition on Sustainability (environmental friendly architecture) in the Louisiana museum. I sincerely hope this was a practical joke of the exhibitors to make people think...

Financial crisis Denmark over?

The first time the financial crisis came really close to me personally when found an empty lego play corner in the Copenhagen airport. The Copenhagen airport won many prizes being the best airport and obviously, it should show all the good that Denmark has to offer in a nutshell. An empty Lego play corner told me that we were hitting the very bottom.

However last week, returning from a flight, I can bring good news: We are crawling out of the deep hole again; fresh bricks are piled up as never before!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Mobile Phone for the elderly


There are quite some attempts to create mobile phones for the elderly of which I'm not especially impressed with. They are all about functionality, not about "having a nice chat".

Read the text between the *** if you want to know about my motivation to come up with my solution:
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I recently have had the joy of actually borrowing such a phone, the Doro EasyHandle after my father in law simply had to give up. The number keys are big and easy to read and press and the volume of the ringtone is definitely loud enough. The display however is a mess. If you enter a phone number, it appears from the bottom right of the display. This obviously shouldn't be the case in a country where (especially old people) are used to write stuff from left to right. The rendering of the numbers is terrible (1 bit stuff, hard to read and poorly designed font; the only reason for doing this is cost, a good display is more expensive). When the phone number you enter exceeds 6 digits (which all numbers do) it moves the digits one line UP (this should have been down) and starts a new line from the bottom right again.
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So here is my solution: use the interface that they have been using all their life. When you are 80 years old, you might have no interest in new functionalities; all you want is to have a cosy chat.

What you are looking at is a mobile phone adapter. It adepts the normal mobile phone interface to a known interface. Inside this phone, there is a normal Nokia mobile phone with a USB port. The dial dish can be used as normal. The normal power plug is used to charge the mobile phone inside. The reason to use this phone over a normal stationary phone is because it has become much cheaper to buy a mobile phone instead of a land-line. Another advantage is that it still easily can be moved around ("mobile"). And personally, I think this wonderfully designed phone might suit my design office pretty good! (and so it does)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Herb Table


Another summer to its end and time to spend a day inside while it’s raining cats and dogs. I found these pictures I took from my herb table. It serves fresh thyme (two flavours), oregano and mint to my hungry guests on cosy grill dinners. The table is an old door from my basement (which keeps surprisingly well through rain and snow (it is its third year outside).

Friday, September 4, 2009

Coffee Balance

This coffee table is a balance; it weighs anything that is placed on the blue surface. The arm on the back swings upwards accordingly, basically a giant letter-weight. This coffee table will be excellent in any lounge but currently, my kids are weighing all their toys, books and lemonade.

I used standard components only to create this prototype (and no, I can't weld)

It can carry up to 10 kilo's, when the weight gets too heavy, the mechanism hits the door-stop (at the bottom of this picture) so the able can carry any weight.
Next steps will be:
- Instead of the blue table surface, I'm planning to create a thick layer of glass
- The weight at the end of the arm has to look better
- Improve the foot
- Get in contact with a manufacturer that would like to produce the Weight-Table

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Quiz

Find the 2,645,436 differences

Friday, August 28, 2009

Bigger is Better

Some games never grow old: Physics! (Gravity, friction, balance, action and reaction). In front my old marble game and in the back, my MEGA-Monster-Marble-Track!

Good preperation is key. The MEGA-Monster-Marble-Track allows for vast amounts of marbles being lined up. Amatures stay away, this is serious stuff...

Then a very steady hand is needed, pushing all marbles to the start point...

This is it...

Now it goes fast!

I have beaten a Nintendo DS with this killer toy many times.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

ROBOX

Robox is a series of 9 storage boxes for kids. My idea is to create storage boxes that are fun to look at. Instead of boxes with repetitive motives, Robox create big robots which can be part of kids play (my kids find it very amusing to build robots that are much taller than themselves and then knock them over while shouting super-hero stuff).
Each box is unique in print; each box has its own unique front, sides, backside, top and bottom.
The boxes can be stored on shelves. The shelves become "invisible" when all boxes are placed, creating a very decorative surface.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Man-Y-Man

Here is (are) Man-Y-Man, or at least, a prototype of it. This toy consists of 20 unique shapes that can either be used as head or body, which can be flipped vertically (so each piece is 2 heads and 2 bodies). This makes 1520 men!
Each head and body has its own name:
So combining heads and bodies, you have 1520 unique names. An example:

Want to know more? Drop me a mail.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

ROCK Radio

My ROCK Radio. The number two in my cement-audio-series. It started of being a very nice rectangular brick shape. Then I found out that a thick layer of cement shields the radio from actually receiving radio waves. With my "Now it doesn't work anyway" philosophy, I took a big hammer and created this Flintstones look, and the radio works!

In my next attempt, I will leave the interface on the back open, see if that works...
Left entry = loudspeaker, middle = antenna, right= power (I found out that plugging the power in the loudspeaker entry didn't harm the radio, and I thought no icons to point out which plug should sit where was kind of cool)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My Financial Crisis Pie


Very inspired the mirror lamp I decided to bake a cake. Currently on display in cafe Peber og Mynte.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Lunar Light


Lunar Light
100% recycled materials:

Skateboard wheels, an old adapter with dimmer, 2 wooden sticks and a 12 Halogen spot light and a huge amount of luck! (since all the parts, for some unknown reason, turned out to fit together as if they were made for it).

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Digital garbage collection

What would it mean if there was a company that collects digital garbage? The internet counts numerous old websites, old ftp archives, etc. that populate big server parks consuming loads of energy, what a waste (e.g. http://www.2atoms.com/links/links_worst.htm). Besides the energy consumption, those old files also slow you down while surfing over the internet.

You could collect your own digital garbage and put it in a trashcan and place it at the side of the road each Thursday, just like your normal garbage but then digital. Obviously files should be separated (like paper, batteries, glass, biological stuff, etc.) because we don't want to just burn everything because that would be environment unfriendly.

Could old digital files be recycled? Can they be used for anything?

Friday, June 5, 2009

Wonderful switch

User Experience, how to turn something invisible to a delight: old switches! I decided to make this lamp because of the switch. The lamp is basically a good-old-switch exhibition.

Old switches (this one from my former washing machine) are just better than new ones. They don't suffer from "as cheap as possible materials and no screws" production guidelines from current days models. They consist of many screws, solid and heavy plastics, small springs, proper joints, etc. Turning on this lamp is such a delight that I caught friends getting heavily addicted to turning it on and off continuously. When moving the button from the left to the right, you feel more resistance being built up because of the spring mechanism inside as going up a rollercoaster. And then it creates the most beautiful "c-l-a-c-k" sound (I'm considering to make a recording on put it on this blog) as closing the door of a very expensive BMW. When you reached this climax, the switch finnishes the moving-from-left-to-right travel by itself. DAMN THAT IS GOOD!
To celebrate the turning-on-the-lamp experience, I decided to spend a lot of money on a LED lamp that automatically changes colour, as fireworks on a happy new years eve.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Peg lamp

My peg-lamp consists of 180 pegs and 6 coat-hangers.From underneath, it becomes a snowflake casting wacky shadows on the wall.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Adapt

I bought a Denon midi set since I didn't feel like looking at a big surface of HIFi anymore. I found out that the better midi-sets indeed take up less space at the front, but they grow equally in depth. So basically, the machine has the same dimensions as "normal" HIFI, having swapped the front to the side.

My bookshelves are 30 cm deep (standard). I came to the following solution. I pulled out two shelves and added two sides. The sides are "fake", they don't continue in the shelves.