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Introducing SIHH 2013— Piaget Emperador Coussin Men’s Wristwatch, the ultra thin minute repeater. In fact, the thinnest self-winding minute in the world. Since the brand itself represents the best in wrist watch industry, the 9.4 mm thickness in Piaget Emperador continues to inspire the collectors. Nevertheless, this edition keeps the 407 individual components despite a thickness approximately equal to 2 US nickels.
Interactive artist Gabey Tjon a Tham has created a light installation in which lights dance to music and spiral in different forms. In the piece Repetition At My Distance, the blue lights are transformed into beautiful twists that change shape as they move, sparking a new era of mobile 3D art. The art form in the future may adapt to reacting with other lights, voice and other inputs.
There are a total of 16 dancing streams of light that change with the vibrations of the speakers, varying the speed, brightness, and synchronization as the lights dim and brighten. The lights even move independently and others they all synchronize together. At some points some of the lights disappear while some remain on and still moving.
Take a look at nicely crafted portable Wireless Speaker System that accompanies solid bass and excellent treble with added optimal quality and audio effects. The Bluetooth technology is the core of innovative gears these days, so don’t think about a sound system that doesn’t even have a wireless control. With integrated audio 3.5mm jack, this speaker system is good for wired music players as well. Play the music on demand right away and enjoy the soul soother.
This interesting chair, Parbolica created by designer Stefan Heiliger. The powerful shape of this “reddot” winner makes the swivel armchair a fantastic object in your living room, which you round off with the covering combination of your choice. The inverted dish-shaped foot is finished in brushed aluminum. With its asymmetric shape, Parabolica offers the user three different moments: reclined and relaxed, sitting “normally” or working with the armrest as a worktop. The multiple award-winning Parabolica has various covering options available for outside, edging and inside.
Acknowledging the first generation of Sea Hawks in 1940s, Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk Collection is remarkable combination of classic style and modern technology . First introduced in 1980 the Sea Hawk features anti-clockwise bezel, helium valve for professional divers, fully waterproof steel case that can hold up-to 1500kg of pressure. Pictured above is a brushed steel, mechanical Movement GP3300, octagon bezel and easily readable dial.
The guys over at Porsche seem to have the technology and the power in their all new Motionless Driving Experience. The new 3-D projection mapping technology is spectacular and they create a four and a half-minute long video that shows their all new 91 Carrera 4S in all its excellence. From the rain to the snow, and even the sunsets and sunrises, this 3-D model leaves nothing to guess.
Designer Paul Cocksedge introduces his next smartphone speaker simply dubbed the Volume. The speaker carries the same elegant simplicity as its vinyl counterpart, which is a horn like shape allowing users to hear the music however they prefer. Mid-air for ambient listening is the most popular choice, but there is also the option for more directional sound which can be achieved by using its angled foot on a flat surface.
Joachim Garraud is a Frenchman, alien enthusiast, computer nerd, DJ and producer extraordinaire. Known for his impressive audiovisual shows and high-end production, Joachim has always been drawn to two things in his life: music and technology. Read the interview after the jump.
“When I was young, I learned to play piano and drums. In ’84 there was the first software on the computer, that was a fusion between my two loves, music and technology. Making the fusion with these two things was like, wow… This is exactly what I want to do! I want to make music with my computer.
“The first track I made, was a real techno track because there was only cheap sounds. Short, because there was no memory. In mono, because there was no stereo, and using only 8-bits, so the sound was like ‘qsh qsh qsh qsh’.
“Even if the quality was bad, I was so excited to use this kind of tool to make music.”
As with many, DJing for Joachim was about being able to share his passion for music. It may not have been in the spotlight or on the festival stage yet, but it was just where he wanted to be.
“At the beginning, being a DJ was not very sexy. The DJ was in the basement and nobody could see him playing, but I was very excited to be a DJ in the dark, I was excited to share my love and my passion of the music.
“Before being able to play my own tracks as a DJ, there were two different jobs. There was the producer and the DJ. Today, these are completely linked. If you want to be famous as a DJ you have to be a producer, and you have to play your own tracks.”
Serato Video is now one of the pillars of Joachim’s performance. It’s another way of making the show bigger, the fans more excited and the experience special.
“There is a very strong link between video and audio, you need to be synchronized, but keep the DJ spirit and control everything by yourself. With this kind of technology, you can be flexible as a DJ but as massive as YouTube. When you see a huge crowd, dancing, hands in the air on your own track, you have so many good vibes, after that you cant sleep.”
INOX Park Festival in Paris, is Joachim’s pride and joy. It’s a place where he gives back to his fans, tests out new show ideas and experiments.
“Every year I produce an outdoor event in Paris. This is the third edition of INOX park. It’s my baby, it’s my own festival. Producing my own festival is very important for me, for many reasons. It is a way for me to transmit my passion to the new generation. INOX park is the best place for me to do an experimental show.
“This is the first time I am doing a 3D show, with mask.”
With so much going on – Video, Audio, Lighting – it’s important that he gets out in front and makes a connection with the crowd. Whether it’s shooting a smoke cannon into the front row, playing his keytar or dancing, Joachim loves to perform.
“I am very proud to say that I’m a showman. That’s why I started playing keyboard. You make a direct link, unique with people, and they freak out. On top of that, you are going to be able to play audio and video synchronized, it makes people hypnotized by the show. To deliver more than the classical DJ, I’m very excited and very proud of that.”
The Space Invader, now an iconic feature of Joachim’s brand, is an important part of his identity as a performer and something he personally connects with.
“This icon is very close to my music, there is no question of religion, racism, it’s like universal, it’s for everyone. On top of that, I like all the stories about alien space invaders, it’s linked to my passion of the machine.”
Joachim’s other passion in life is his family. DJing hours aren’t always suited to family life but it’s important he tries to find balance. Now, Joachim lives in Los Angeles, where he is still hard at work producing and planning his shows.
There’s still so much to learn and so much new technology to take advantage of. It’s what drives Joachim, and what excites him about the future.
“I try to keep the balance right, between family and business, but this is very hard. One month ago I moved to L.A. with my family, because I’m going to produce much more music with American people.
“I’m very excited by the future, thats why I love technology, there is something more to learn everyday, it’s very, very exciting.”
Philips Lumiware Color Changing Coasters produce a constant light that reflects in the drinks. The tropical and beach style surface is entirely scratch resistant. The LED lights are battery-powered that take last more than 10 hours before getting completely drained. And thanks to Philips for adding a wireless induction charger for hassle-free recharging.
Afla Romeo always fulfills the promise of stunning cars. Featured one is the 4C model, which is set to release in this year. First appeared in 2011 Geneva motor show, the 4C has a quite sporty look with wide bonnet and a slightly raised back. It is said, under the hood this car houses a 200hp engine. Together with its 2000 pound light-weight and sleek design 4C is expected to hit 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds.
Many new, unusual state laws will take effect when the ball drops at midnight and millions of Americans ring in the New Year, including one that will limit the number of cats in a household.
Turns out 2013 will be unlucky for cat lovers in Wellington, Kan., where the city will be restricting the number of cats in a household to no more than four.
The law was put in place after 231 cats were sent to animal clinics in 2012, Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath told the Wellington Daily News.
“Those are cats that go to the animal clinic, they’re there for the allotted time and then, unfortunately, they are euthanized,” Heath told the newspaper.
Another unusual law taking effect at midnight is Public Act 97-743 in Illinois. This law imposes a fine of $1,000 on anyone who pops a wheelie on a motorcycle while speeding. While this law might upset some motorcyclists, the state is now giving them a free pass to go through red lights.
Motorcycles are often not heavy enough to trigger magnetic sensors at traffic lights to inform them a vehicle has pulled up. Motorcyclists usually have to wait for a car to pull up before the light turns green.
The new bill states that after a “reasonable” amount of time, the motorcycle could pass the red light if the coast is clear. The law doesn’t apply to cities where the population exceeds 2 million people.
Illinois is also imposing a law cracking down on those who posses, sell or distribute shark fins. For those that haven’t looked at a map lately, Illinois is nowhere near an ocean.
Come 12:01 a.m. in Concord, Mass., plastic bottles will be considered contraband. Concord will be the first town in the nation to outlaw plastic bottles.
As of Jan. 1, it will no longer be illegal to flash your headlights in Florida to warn drivers about a speeding trap set by police.
In California, more than 800 laws are about to take effect, including one that allows driverless vehicles on the road. But a human must be present in the passenger’s seat of all computer-driven cars.
As for those Californians who are still driving, you can now whip out your proof of insurance on your smart phone if police pull you over.
Those who love deep fryers in North Carolina need to take into consideration that it’s a misdemeanor to steal used cooking oil, according to Torbett’s Grease Law. It’s a felony if the value of the stolen grease – or the grease plus its container – is worth more than $1,000.
If you want to stay out of trouble in Kentucky, don’t release pigs into the wild. The state’s growing population of feral pigs has caused officials to slap a fine on any person caught releasing hogs into the wild.
From a sundial, to a water clock, to the rings of a tree, we have developed our ability to measure time from the resources around us. Italian watchmaker Ab Aeterno draws on the beauty and richness of the Australian landscape to create their collection of wooden watches. As a combination of modern Citizen movement technology and ageless materials (the brand’s name means from time immemorial) these are timepieces that are both organic and precise. Crafted from 100% natural sandalwood, each watch is hypoallergenic and, thanks to the wood grain, visually unique.
The future is here. The age of flying cars may not be, but hovercrafts are no longer a concept too far from reach. Chicago based design initiative Mercier-Jones aims to create the future of personal transportation today. All signs point to it as they unveil the first look at their remarkably inventive hovercraft. Futuristic, stylish, and most importantly, functional, the Mercier-Jones Hovercraft open-air vessel is ready to take flight on land or a body of water near you.
Drawing inspiration from a slew of luxury vehicles and supercars, the Mercier-Jones Hovercraft boast a low profile hull along with an aggressive front end and side thrust ports. Traveling on a cushion of air just about surface, the hovercraft seats two comfortably in its highly sophisticated frame featuring carbon fiber and alloy wheels fueled by a hybrid-electric drivetrain. Manufacturing will take place just outside of Chicago.
Snowball Blaster is the ultimate weapon you’d like to strike snow with against your enemies. The snowball blaster is quick at launching and shoots up-to 60 feet away.
Inspired by the Jaguar E-Type (1961-75), design studio Skyrill and Marin Myftiuhave developed a beautiful concept car called the “Jaguar XKX.”
Sweden based Humans since 1982 teamed up with Australian engineer David Cox to accomplish this mind bending clock concept. This artistic clock re-contextualizes time in a mix of old and new, analogue and digital. The clock is made of 24 two-handed analogue clocks. Six clocks make up a number, each of them displaying either one of its corners or one of its sides. All 24 clocks create one giant display similar to that of a digital watch. This work is notable for its digital/analogue format and the choreography that takes place between the minutes.
California Roll House Korean designer Christopher Daniel of Violent Volumes is a futuristic concept of a prefab home designed to be assembled and disassembled in record time. At times, the simplest form with least manipulation from its original form can offer visual amenities and adapted solution to the context. California Roll prefabricated house takes this methodology to create its morphological adaptation to its environment : desert. Homogeneous exterior material which provides high grade of energy efficiency and reflects heat from the sun covers the entire surface except for glass panels which is electronically controlled to change its transparency.
To sustain its challenging structural stand, carbon fibre truss frame under neath the exterior material holds the entire architecture. Hydraulic powered automatic doors and security system is used for main entrance door which allows less spaces to operate the door mechanism. California Roll house features these latest technologies applied to architecture which breaks the boundary of product or vehicle design and architectural design which brings more mobility to living spaces. Plain surface on the ground extended from exterior surface provides paved area for out door activities which requires flat and artificial surface different from desert sand surface. As well as surface on the ground, inside of exterior shell is covered with fibre reinforced plastic panels.
This is a completely homemade mouse made of real NES controller bit and pieces. It has two red buttons on the front with scroll-wheel on the left side.
Dj BrainDeaD & Pioneer Israel in a special collaboration, demonstrating the new Pioneer DDJ-SX Controller. Industry’s first 4-channel performance DJ controller/mixer for Serato DJ software. Performance DJ controller with pro-level build quality, oversize jog wheels featuring CDJ-type on jog display. There is also a 8 soft-touch rubber controller/trigger pads per deck for loop/sample. It also includes Serato DJ software featuring 4 decks, dual deck control, slip mode, sync-able sampler and high-quality FX. And can be used as a stand-alone 4-channel mixer to connect CDJs and/or turntables.
Adnan Alagic, Bojan Kanlic and Amila Hrustic won the competition for the design of the looping bridge five years ago while studying at the Academy of Fine Arts. Called ‘Festina Lente’, which in Latin means ‘make haste, slowly’, the looping bridge spans 38 metres over the Miljacka river and loops-the-loop in the middle to create a shelter with two seats. ‘The basic idea of the bridge is the union of the secular and spiritual,’ explain the designers. ‘The loop on the bridge is a symbolic gate,’ they add.
Check out these audio equipment fused with sneakers. In what is probably one of the most unique and impressive projects taken on, artist NashMoney has fused sneaker components with a pair of Nike Air Force 1 Lows. This pair of sneaker was meticulously cut, dissected, and fused with parts shown in the photos after the jump.