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13 July 3
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Quadrocopters are coming …

Under - Industrial Design, Inspiration, Technology
Control of multiple quadrotor robots to cooperatively transport a payload

Control of multiple quadrotor robots to cooperatively transport a payload

Every now and then we get to see a video of these quadrocopters from the University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Lab performing new precise manoeuvres in a cooperative logic. The technology becoming mature as the time is passing and the practical use of such devices (or systems) in future is not very far – military or civilian.


Cooperative Grasping and Transport using Quadrotors

Micro Autonomous Systems Technologies (MAST) is a collaboration with University of Maryland, University of Michigan, BAE Systems and Army Research Laboratories. Our vision is to develop Autonomous Multifunctional Mobile Microsystems (Am3), a networked group of small vehicles and sensors operating in dynamic, resource-constrained, adversarial environments. While individual units may be specialized, Am3 will be multifunctional because of its heterogeneity, the ability of individual units to automatically reconfigure and adapt to the environment and to human commands, and its distributed intelligence.


Aggressive Maneuvers for Autonomous Quadrotor Flight

London’s new Routemaster

Under - Industrial Design, Technology

Whatever the critics say I find this new bus design awesome. It’s beautifully done and indeed iconic.

New Routemaster

New Routemaster

The New Bus for London is inspired by the much-loved Routemaster and will use the latest green technology when it launches in 2012.

The New Bus for London will meet London Buses’ requirements for vehicles in public service in London, including high standards of accessibility, safety and emissions abatement. In addition, it will be more durable, more fuel efficient and better ventilated. The bus will incorporate a double-deck and a platform at the rear near-side corner, so passengers will be able to get on and off easily.

New Routemaster

New Routemaster

Future of UI by John Underkoffler

Under - Design, Industrial Design, Inspiration, Media, Technology, Usability

Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos g-speak — the real-life version of the film’s eye-popping, tai chi-meets-cyberspace computer interface. Is this how tomorrow’s computers will be controlled?

IBM’s Smarter Planet – color sensitive interactive billboard

Under - Advertising, Design, Industrial Design, Media, Technology

IBM’s Smarter Planet campaign acknowledges the importance of intelligent systems in the world today. In the retail industry, for example, consumer data around something as simple as color can have massive implications around shipping, inventory and, ultimately, overall sales.

This interactive billboard is a simple and engaging virtual demonstration of how a smarter retail system can work.

PUMA Fuseproject Packaging

Under - Industrial Design, Inspiration

PUMA and Yves Béhar developed over 21 months a more sustainable packaging and distribution system in keeping with PUMA’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.

PUMA setting a great example here by giving up wasteful packaging. It would be unjust not to appreciate the efforts behind it. I wish all those super market giants come forward and stop packaging and labelling grapes, bananas and sliced apples and spend that money for something meaningful such as determining realistic ‘sell by’ and ‘best before’ dates. And, on ideas to extend the life of on-the-shelves and purchased food.

The same applies to all electronic manufacturers. Have you ever noticed how ridiculously those SD cards are packed? From cell phones to headphones, things are so superfluously packaged that I literally get annoyed when my rubbish bin is full of stuff that can easily be avoided.