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“Smart Furniture”

Well not “smart” in the usual way, this is more of how intelligent design can create amazing pieces of furniture. The video shows pieces of furniture which can be used in daily use, which fold up and compress in innovative ways to save space and have the ability of make a room much bigger than it actually is :

Honda Asimo – New Features

The all-new ASIMO is now advanced from an “automatic machine” to an “autonomous machine” with the decision-making capability to determine its behavior in concert with its surroundings such as movements of people.

At the beginning of the development process, the following three factors were identified as necessary for a robot to perform as an autonomous machine, and the technologies required to realize these capabilities were developed:

1) high-level postural balancing capability which enables the robot to maintain its posture by putting out its leg in an instant,

2) external recognition capability which enables the robot to integrate information, such as movements of people around it, from multiple sensors and estimate the changes that are taking place, and

3) the capability to generate autonomous behavior which enables the robot to make predictions from gathered information and autonomously determine the next behavior without being controlled by an operator.

With these capabilities, the all-new ASIMO takes another step closer to practical use in an environment where it coexists with people.

Facade projection

“How it would be, if a house was dreaming”


BrandTable Concept

BrandTable is a concept for food courts where you order remotely from a table and pay with your phone. Neat idea. Uses NFC technology.



This project was completed as part of the Interaction Design and Electronic Arts program at the University of Sydney

Interactions for a Digital Magazine

Ever wondered how interaction design is thought out for physical objects, such as a magazine, such that the experience remains consistent across the digital platform ?

Popular Science+ is a new way of experiencing magazines on digital devices, and shows a vision of what digital magazine reading can be. Mag+, Bonnier’s digital magazine platform, is a project that began months ago in a collaboration between Bonnier’s global R&D task force and BERG, a London-based design studio.



Although this video was made nearly 2 years ago, there are very very few apps available on the market that simulate this vision. One of the apps which give a similar experience is “Our Choice” by Al Gore :

GOAB. A TV Experience Concept

At the eTv Lab at Georgia Tech, there have been lots of prototypes which use tablets as controlling screens for what a person watches on the TV. Take a look at these similar ideas from the  SYZYGY Lab at Frankfurt, and what their vision is of how in the future tablets will act as secondary devices for smart TV’s :


Philips Dynalite Dimension

The lighting division of Philips has some pretty cool ambient lighting systems for the “smart” home. All of it is primarily based on mood – based lighting systems, but the effect achieved is rather nice. The question here would really be, how efficient is such a system in a daily usage basis ?

Here are links to other related videos :

Night Time