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Good Thinking

The Nomadic Chair is built for portability over comfort

Spanish designer Jorge Penadés believes that our idea of what makes a piece of furniture a luxury item has now changed. In a press release, he explains how luxury is "not anymore a matter of comfort." Instead it's being able to "decide where you want to have a moment of peace, a chance to escape from hectic activity of contemporary lifestyles." This philosophy is in plain view with his Nomadic Chair, which sees comfort reduced to a minimum to increase its portability.Read More

Children

Rubber band gatling gun fires 800 "rounds" per minute

With its Rubber Band Machine Gun, or RBmG for short, XYZbot hopes to bring a new level of firepower to living room warfare. The wooden, battery-powered gatling gun is capable of unleashing devastation at a rate of 800 rounds (well, rubber bands) per minute and, should its crowd funding campaign prove successful, it'll ship as a build-it-yourself kit you can put together in half an hour.Read More

Environment

Zeoform: The eco-friendly building material of the future?

Australian company Zeo has developed and patented a glue-free process that creates a strong, versatile new building material out of just cellulose and water. The resulting hardwood-like material known as Zeoform can then be sprayed, molded or shaped into a range of products. And it's not just trees that stand to benefit – Zeoform also promises an eco-friendly alternative to the use of plastics and resins. Read More

Home Entertainment Review

Review: Troubadour headphones from lstn

Ask a tone-head what makes his Fender Strat or Gibson Les Paul Goldtop sound so good, and there's a good chance the top answer will be "the wood." The acoustic benefits of wood are well known, yet many audiophiles enjoy their music through headphone drivers encased in plastic and metal. Californians Joe Huff and Bridget Hilton believe that this simply won't do, and have created a line of wood-flavored audio products to add that certain something to our personal music enjoyment. The lstn Bowerys are in-ear earphones, the Fillmores are on-ear headphones and the Troubadours are over-ear headphones, and all of the models are offered in beech, cherry or ebony. Gizmag was sent a pair of beech Troubadours for review, so let's find out how they performed.Read More

Architecture

Research suggests a wooden future for skyscrapers

Skyscrapers dominate the skylines of our major cities, offering more urban density and greater flexibility than smaller buildings. However, concrete- and steel-based tall structures require huge amounts of energy for their construction, which comes at a significant environmental cost. This can be mitigated by incorporating technologies such as solar power, passive cooling systems and efficient lighting into the design, but what if we could go even further and build skyscrapers using sustainable materials? Herein lies the impetus behind recent research into the efficacy of wooden skyscrapers. Read More

Music

Laser cutter carves music files onto wooden records

Not too long ago, Amanda Ghassaei from Instructables caught our attention when she constructed several playable records with a 3D printer. By sending raw audio data through a custom script, she was able to automatically generate 3D designs for a printer to follow – albeit with crude results. Recently, Ghassaei programmed a new code that let her substitute the 3D printer for a laser cutter to carve functional records from wood and other materials.Read More

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