D as DESIGN.
is a blog containing a personal selection of news and concepts in the fields of Technology, Science, Innovation, Art and Design.
Futuristic Travel Trailer Swivels Open To Reveal a Deck for Lounging on the Road
Romotow is manufactured in New Zealand and it’s one of the most original travel trailers on the market with a sleek, futuristic design that rotates to reveal another part of its layout. When swiveled open, it has a covered deck alongside a sleeper main cabin for four to six people. The awe-inspiring design is made possible with an automatic hydraulic system. It’s powered by a lithium battery that’s charged with help from solar panels on the trailer’s roof. The mechanism pushes the cabin outward 90 degrees, creating an L-shape and making the deck accessible. The previously hidden patio space has a teak-like appearance with plenty of room for outdoor furniture. Additionally, there’s an option for built-in conveniences like a fold-down bench seat, a table built into its rounded front, or mesh side walls to keep the bugs away.
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The Solar Mountain by NUDES (a collaborative design office founded by Nuru Karim) has been designed to be an interactive installation on the land of Flyranch which is home to dozens of hot and cold springs, three geysers, hundreds of acres of wetlands, dozens of animal species, and more than 100 types of plants. The mountain blends into the landscape seamlessly resonating the idea of a unified community and a space for people to connect. The narrative has been divided into three parts of Energy, Connect and Play. The mountain becomes a source for harvesting clean energy, lets people connect to themselves, nature and to others and it becomes a playscape where people of all age groups can enjoy either rock climbing or sliding down by climbing the steps.
It aims at providing a modular pre-fab renewable energy infrastructure. Each unit being 30M in length, 37M in width for the widest opening and a maximum height of 15M contains 182 Solar Panels of 300 Watt capacity which generates 1.2kWh/Day. The total clean energy that can be harvested from the 4 units containing 728 Solar Panels per day is around 873kWh which can be used to meet the site requirements and other activities. Fabricated by hand using recycled plywood, the entire pavilion can be repetitively dismantled and packed.
The Solar Mountain is an organic form of recycled plywood Structure with 728 Solar Panels. Each of the Solar panels are tucked within lightweight frames made of aluminum, and further reinforced by 3.2mm thick antireflection coated glass which allow the panels to perform at optimum rates while improving durability. The panels are a great pick for off-grid applications – thus, are relatively compact and are easy to mount or dismantle. Panels are easy to set up with pre-drilled holes and the pre-installed by-pass diodes minimize power drop caused by shade and provide output even in minimal light. The Daily Energy Production for the whole system is 873.6kWh and monthly is 26,572kWh.
Solar Mountain has been developed to spread about the awareness on the use of sustainable materials and having a very low carbon footprint. The structure essentially uses recycled plywood and all the components are modular and prefabricated for the ease of assembly.
Genoa, March 2021 – A team of researchers led by Despina Fragouli of the Smart Materials group of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa has created a multilayer sponge containing expanded graphite able to make sea water drinkable and to recover water from air humidity thanks to solar energy. The work, published in the international scientific journal ‘ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces’ could represent a low-cost solution to the global freshwater shortage. This was announced by IIT in a note on World Water Day.
The United Nations has estimated that around 2 billion people in the world face a shortage of drinking water and that this number could double over the next 10 years. Potential sources of fresh water supply are seawater desalination – about 96.5% of the water on Earth – and atmospheric humidity, which contains about 13,000 km3 of fresh water, 98% of which is steam. while 2% is in the condensed phase (ie clouds and fog).
In this context, IIT researchers have created a new super light and floating sponge that falls into the category of photothermal materials – which heat up thanks to the sunlight – which is able to absorb large quantities of water and subsequently recover it by evaporation quickly and starting from a temperature of about 29 ° C reachable thanks to solar heating alone. Thanks to its characteristics, the new material, using the potential energy of sunlight, generates drinking water from sea water and atmospheric humidity without the use of additional energy sources. The sponge, called Hepf (hydrophilically enhanced photothermal foam), can be used for multiple hydration / dehydration cycles and a single gram can collect up to about 2g of water in one cycle. Furthermore, if placed in contact with sea water it can remove up to 99.99% of the salts present, thus making the water suitable for drinking.
Industrial Design is a strategic problem-solving process that drives innovation, builds business success, and leads to a better quality of life through innovative products, systems, services, and experiences.
Industrial Design is a strategic problem-solving process that drives innovation, builds business success, and leads to a better quality of life through innovative products, systems, services, and experiences. Industrial Design bridges the gap between what is and what’s possible. It is a trans-disciplinary profession that harnesses creativity to resolve problems and co-create solutions with the intent of making a product, system, service, experience or a business, better. At its heart, Industrial Design provides a more optimistic way of looking at the future by reframing problems as opportunities. It links innovation, technology, research, business, and customers to provide new value and competitive advantage across economic, social, and environmental spheres.
Official definition of Industrial Design – 2015 Gwangju
Industrial Designers place the human in the centre of the process.
They acquire a deep understanding of user needs through empathy and apply a pragmatic, user-centric problem-solving process to design products, systems, services, and experiences.
They are strategic stakeholders in the innovation process and are uniquely positioned to bridge varied professional disciplines and business interests. They value the economic, social, and environmental impact of their work and their contribution towards co-creating a better quality of life.
World Design Organization
Il Product Design può essere definito come la progettazione dell’aspetto di un prodotto, dove per prodotto si intende un’ampia varietà di oggetti, materiali o immateriali. Il ruolo addetto a questo tipo di lavoro è quello del designer, quindi il significato di designer è “ideatore e progettatore”.
Se parliamo di Industrial Design ci stiamo riferendo all’estetica, ergonomia e funzionalità di oggetti che verranno prodotti industrialmente.
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