Using a handheld packing tape dispenser gun that has been modified to
fold, extrude, and cut tape into tubes, a team of researchers from the
Hasso-Plattner-Insitut (HPI) at the University of Potsdam has created a method
of transferring computer-generated wire-frames to the real world.
Dubbed the "Protopiper" by its creators, the device is not only capable
of producing full-size outline objects, it is also able to produce
hinges, bearings, and axles to give them opening doors, drawers, and
movement just like the real things.
Many guitarists are also gear-head collectors and will likely have more than a few instruments lying about in a spare room, basement studio or loft conversion. The tidier among us may even have our most-used axes lined up and ready to rock in a guitar rack. But a rack in the living room? Unlikely. However, DRS Racks' modular storage system may just be attractive and practical enough to take center stage in the home's main living space.
Parisian purveyor of luxury feline furniture Meyou takes the view that if you bother outfitting your house with nice furniture, the effect shouldn't be ruined by tacky cat toys. With this in mind, the firm recently unveiled its plush beds for discerning cats and their indulgent owners.
Have you ever wondered how the height of kitchen units is determined? It is, of course, by ergonomic average, which, though logical, means they can end up being the wrong height for many people. The new Baselift device lets you raise or lower kitchen units to suit your height.
If you've ever fancied making your own furniture, now's your chance. PlayWood allows users to design and build pieces of furniture using special connectors and other materials of their choice. It's possible to make everything from chairs to tables to storage solutions.
If you've ever assembled flat-pack furniture, you'll know it can be more time consuming and difficult than, frankly, it should be. Not so with FoldSmart's flat-packs. The British firm says assembly is tool-free and the task can be completed in under 5 minutes.
Living space in Hong Kong can be expensive, which isn't really
compatible with a student lifestyle. Campus Hong Kong, however, provides
affordable student accommodation by way of Tetris-like planning. Its
rooms squeeze in four students, with beds, desks and communal
People who travel for business will know that a mobile office could make life a lot easier. Belgian design firm Five AM thought this, too, so went about creating its own mobile office from an old caravan. Not only is the dojowheels a workspace, though, it can also be transformed into a place to sleep.
Having previously released the WoodPuck charger made of bamboo and a Qistone+ wireless power bank that looks like a zen stone, London-based Fonesalesman is following in Ikea's footsteps by integrating Qi wireless charging technology into its planned FurniQi furniture range. The company was at IFA with a prototype bamboo side table that is set to be the first FurniQi product.
Pressures on space and money are making space-saving apartments increasingly popular. New Convertible Spaces apartments in Melbourne, Australia, are one such example. Movable walls can be used to open up a living space or cut it in two to create a bedroom area with a pull down bed and storage units.