Posts Tagged ‘ Power ’

Don’t Plug Your Socket Into A Wall, Plug It Into A Window.


Granted that the current ‘Window Socket’ features European plugs, it is still an idea so fabulously simple, it’s slightly amazing that we haven’t seen one before. Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, the charger sticks to a window and draws solar power to an internal battery, which enables one to either plug small devices into the outlet right there and then, or save the stored power for use during night-time hours.

Kyuho Song & Boa Oh “tried to design a portable socket, so that users can use it intuitively without special training.” It sticks to a window with a suction plate that encircles the solar panel, and a basic outlet feeds the converted solar power to a device—and that’s pretty much it. As the designers point out, this is a charger/converter that can be used anywhere there’s daylight, particularly where there is restricted use of electricity, such as outdoors or on a plane.

At present, the Window Socket is still a concept, but in the near future the designers hope to increase its efficiency, energy storage and charge time. The battery on the Window Socket is very small, at 1000mAh the stored power might be about enough to charge a mobile phone, particularly if it were a USB outlet rather than a standard one, but it won’t be enough to power household appliances. And while it can provide 10 continuous hours of power on a full charge, it presently takes about 5-8 hours to fully charge. But even that can’t completely take a way from it’s awesome, simple design.

Solar Blinds That Charge Your Phone?


The Rolar Blinds do three things. They harness the energy of the sun, they cut the glare of the sun out during the day, keeping your indoors ambient, and they look absolutely gorgeous while they do the above two.

The Rolar Blinds stand at the crux between new-age photovoltaic printing techniques, a rise in demand for solar panels, and absolute graphic beauty, as they explore printing solar cells in manners that almost feel like graffiti, but with a more direct purpose, i.e., charging your devices. At the bottom of the blinds rest the cylindrical weights that come with a USB port that let you charge your devices or your power-banks by simply plugging them into the curtain and leaving them on a table nearby or the windowsill as you tap into the solar system’s largest (free) power source.

The cylindrical members (battery packs) are even detachable, allowing you to carry your power with you. However, the convenience of the Rolar Blinds takes second place to its graphical beauty that bring art and technology together beautifully and seamlessly.

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An Energy Solution Better Than Solar Power?


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When it comes to energy solutions in developing regions, the resources require to invoke real change are usually sparse.  The designers at Therefore worked on a gravity powered lamp in their spare time over four years. The London-based design firm is expecting the light to cost less than $5 to manufacture at scale. Once a family purchases the light, they’ll be able to keep it running at no additional expense.

They’ve got an Indiegogo campaign up now to help fund production of the first lights for testing—show them some love.

Irina Shayk


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This Russian model sure knows how to rock a bikini; she’s been heating up the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition since 2007, including a 2011 turn on the cover. But it was her 2014 July/August Maxim cover that brought us to our knees.

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Irina Shayk (born January 6, 1986), sometimes credited as Irina Sheik (Russian: Ирина Шейк),born Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova (Russian: Ирина Валерьевна Шайхлисламова), is a Russian model and actress known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue between 2007 and 2015. She was the cover model for the 2011 issue.

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Shayk modeled the Armani Exchange spring/summer 2010 campaign.She also starred in Kanye West’s “Power”, directed by artist Marco Brambilla.She was on the cover of Ocean Drive and GQ South Africa for the August issue.She ranked first in the “50 Hottest Russian Women” list by Complex magazine.

She made a change from swimwear to high fashion with a spread in Spain’s Harper’s Bazaar and landed the cover of Elle Spain for their November 2010 issue. Glamour Spain awarded her “Best International Model of 2010”.(Spanish: Mejor Modelo Internacional).At the end of the year she was pictured nude in the GQ Spain December issue; however, she claimed that she had not stripped for the photoshoot, and that the magazine had digitally altered the images to remove her lingerie

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2015 Lexus RC-F


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After BMW recently debuted their BMW M4 coupe, it only seems fitting that their Japanese rival would release its class contending model. Equipped with a 5.0 liter V8 engine, the exact power output is still unknown at this point, but there are some things we do know. A 8-speed paddle shift automatic transmission sends roughly 500 horsepower (some early reports say 460 hp) to the wheels, which should provide an impressive 0-60 mph time.

BMW i8 Electric Super Car


BMW group has unveiled the production version of their first purely electrically powered super car, the ‘BMW i8’, at the international motor show (IAA) 2013 in Frankfurt. The plug-in hybrid combines the dynamic capabilities of a super car with fuel consumption and emissions you would normally expect from a small city car. Featuring a passenger cell made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW twinpower turbo hybrid system, the high-performance EV develops 231 horsepower from its 1.5 liter combustion engine that drives the rear wheels, while a separate 131 horsepower electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers and a top speed of 120 km/h. The high-performance electric car can fully recharge in 1.5 hours from a 220-volt level 2 charger, and boasts up to 94 mpg in combined fuel efficiency. The motor derives its energy from a lithium-ion battery centrally mounted in the vehicle — which creates a low center of gravity for even more efficiency. It also works to provide an additional power boost to assist the gasoline engine during acceleration.

Classic 1957 Maserati 250S


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A classic mid-century Maserati has been restored to perfection for a showing at the RM Auctions London exhibition this September. This 1957 Maserati 250S is one of just a few ever constructed, a vehicle that represented the best of the 200S series that was popularized on the amateur racing circuit. Unlike the smaller 200S, the 1957 Maserati 250S was powered by a hefty 230 horsepower inline 6 engine that raced to 161 mph against professional-class competition. The 1957 Maserati 250S was produced for a handful of racing pioneers from the middle of the last century. Several were built for Jim Hall and Carroll Shelby, the latter of which is one of the most recognized names in American motor sport history.

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2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT


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Someone might be disappointed that the engine power to the XKR-S has not changed. But the body has changed – it added carbon lollipops, splitter under the front bumper, deflectors around the fenders and rear delivers large wing. Maximum speed remains limited to 300 km/h. The acceleration takes it from 0 to 96 km/h in 3.9 seconds. Power transfer to the road to remain in charge and ZF six-speed automatic electronically controlled limited slip active differential. Another novelty is carbon-ceramic brakes, used by Jaguar for the first time. The front wheels have a diameter of 398 mm, rear 380 mm – thanks to them reduced unsprung masses by 21 kg. Jaguar offered only 25 pieces (five in Canada and rest in USA).

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Customized Audi R8 Razor GTR


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In the skiing world Jon Olsson is known for innovating new tricks, in the automotive world he’s known for taking supercars through weather that might make some SUV drivers cringe. Olsson took delivery of his newest toy, a full-carbon PPI Automotive Design Audi R8 Razor GTR sporting his signature roof box. The R8 V10 sports a complete carbon fiber widebody that weighs in at a scant 1,320 lbs or so. In total, the PPI Design transformation shaves over 550 lbs from the R8′s body, while power upgrades from PPI and Statis should have Olsson’s car over the 710-hp mark. He also opted for a set of ADV.1 wheels for each corner of the R8.

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Porsche 911 Projection – “Motionless Driving: Evoking Emotions from a Standstill”


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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.

A Way To A Wind Powered Future.


The simply named Road Lights is a system of wind generated lane lights powered by the wind of vehicles whizzing by. You’ve all felt it before, that wall of air as a car passes by. Why waste it? The energy captured by the system illuminates a series of pegs 50-100 meters in front of you to lead the way. Eco-friendly (yes I’m still using that phrase) and a perfect opportunity for a really creative car commercial.

Dancing People.


My primary job consists of making people dance.  So obviously seeing people dance is something I thoroughly enjoy.  But this collection I stumbled across by multiple photographers of the most popular styles of dancing, totally blows my mind, check the method of these photos of dancers doing what they do best.

Hublot King Power Carbon Fiber Cathedral Watch.


To mark the 2011 Baselworld Fair Hublot is presenting a world first, with a minute repeater watch featuring two “Cathedral” type gongs, a tourbillon and column wheel chronograph, with carbon fiber bridges, in a case made from carbon fiber.  This is a perfect illustration of “Fusion” between great watchmaking tradition and the technology of the future.

Kanye West SNL Performance.


This Saturday, Kanye West tore down the SNL stage with his performances of “Power” & “Run Away.  Check both of the performances below.