The innovative products that we bring to the table in this issue of HOT are pushing the envelope to unexplored realms of technology. What makes these innovations stand apart? Read on to find out.
Modern lifestyle is a dynamic concept. It is all about enhancing the experience of living in an urbane sophisticated set-up. Naturally technology plays a vital role in this experience. One the one hand is the germ of an idea, which sets the ball rolling. Idea of how to improve an experience that will augment the standard of living of an individual becomes the starting point. And on the other hand is the technology that facilitates the completion and realisation of this idea. We look at such innovations that are all set to improve modern living.
This isn’t a pun on the concept of ‘Port Key’ coined by author JK Rowling in the Harry Potter series. On the contrary, this is the stuff travellers dream of. Banking on the growing mobile accessories market, LG has introduced a rollable wireless portable keyboard. The ‘rolly’ folds up along the four rows to create an easy to carry stick that fits into one’s pocket as easily as any purse or briefcase.
Sporting a 17 mm key pitch, the foldable keyboard is made of sturdy polycarbonate and ABS plastic. It has two arms that physically support SmartPhones and tablets. When the keyboard is unfolded its auto pairing function connects to two separate devices at the same via bluetooth 3.0 with the cleverness to toggle among the two with a key press. It is powered by AAA battery and is available in silver and black. The LG ‘rolly’ keyboard has been rolled out to tech enthusiasts this September in the US.
The ‘drive’ watch is the brainchild of designer Gus Petrikas. The timepiece has to be worn along the arm to keep it upfront for the driver’s use while driving.
The ‘drive’ concept comprises precision machined aluminum unibody and hard, thick leather straps, which deliver the idea of vintage clubbed with a racing spirit. Foregoing the digital revolution, Gus has made use of analog dials that bring back the warmth, longevity and durability needed to keep up with tough environments like the garage. Gus is a co-founder of a 3D visualization start-up called Surfake. He likes to dabble in a world of imagination in his spare time, which then leads to creation of contemporary masterpieces such as the ‘drive’ timepiece.
The mighty pen
Innovation heralds the dawn of a new age for writers. The French brand orée has introduced the orée stylograph, a unique pen that records as it writes. It is a pen which is actually a gadget in disguise. The precision ballpoint pen crafted in an ergonomically shaped copper body records whatever you write, which is stored in its in-built memory system and which then can be transferred to your other devices. The pen comes with a triangular grip that converges into a round tip, finished with a wooden cap. The copper body has a contemporary matte finish, and comes with a 0.7 mm ball point cartridge that can easy be refilled.
The ‘stylograph’ functions autonomously without any plug or SmartPhone access for up to two full days after the writing task due to its embedded memory and battery. The content stored inside the pen can be transferred to both iOS and android SmartPhones with Bluetooth pairing. It can be recharged by plugging the braided micro USB cable provided into any computer, power bank or USB power outlet. The orée stylograph comes with a leather cover notebook. This device is stylish and convenient and is likely to change the way writers work in this modern age.
If the word caravan summons the image of large wooden carriers flanked by camels and horses on either side, look at this image and think again. We are in the 21st century and like everything around us, the concept of caravan, too, has undergone a dratic change. But nothing can be as drastic as the sleek and sexy Sealander. Innovative and beautiful, the Sealander is a mobile caravan that can be used on both land and sea.
Light-weight structure, the Sealander can be transported around easily on land by hooking it behind a small vehicle and hauled to its destination. To see how smoothly it operates on water, all you have to do is fasten the outboard motor to the stern and lower it into the water. The Sealander comes equipped with a sink and a table with a seating capacity for six people. What’s more, you can enjoy an enhanced experience of sailing in the sea thanks to its adjustable sunroof. Laze around sunbathing with your friends during the day or cosy up with your partner as you stargaze through the night inside the comfy interiors of Sealander. The sea is a-calling – get onto your Sealander and cruise away.
For the love of music
ROLI, an award-winning technology company, has unveiled the Seaboard RISE – a universally accessible, expressive MIDI controller that empowers musicians to do more with a keyboard than ever before. Imbibing the key aspect of ROLI’s previous innovation, Seaboard GRAND, the new device features patented SEA Interface technology, which remodels the keyboard as a pressure sensitive, continuous surface that responds to even the subtlest gestures. Playing on its unique ‘keywaves’, musicians shape notes with unprecedented expressiveness, modulating the character of sound in real time with simple movements of the finger.
The Seaboard RISE exemplifies a fast-growing new category of hardware and software sometimes called Expressive MIDI (more technically referred to as Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression, or MPE) devices. Seaboard RISE is the first Expressive MIDI device to offer an easy-to-use multi-platform synth, the first with an integrated user control panel, and the first to perform wirelessly with an integrated battery and Bluetooth over MIDI. With its Equator technology, the Seaboard RISE’s five primary dimensions of touch and gestural control – strike, press, glide, slide, and lift – are easily and independently mapped to a wide variety of sound parameters. The Seaboard RISE is priced at $799.
There are ideas that make living more sustainable, and then there are ideas that take the concept of sustainable living to wholly new level. Ecocapsule is result of ideas from the latter category. Work on the Ecocapsule started in the 2008 when the architectural studio Nice architects participated in Andes Sprout Society idea competition to design small housing unit for artists. Ecocapsule v1 was bearing three pivotal design features: round shape to minimise energy losses, water collection capability and mobility. Technology was not advanced enough then for the creation of independent houses.
In 2014, the prototype of the Ecocapsule was complete. It was designed as a self contained system which is able to sustain long periods of time without external resources. Some of the features of Ecocapsule are the dual power system containing high efficiency solar cells and silent wind turbine to produce energy. Produced energy is stored in the batteries to power all onboard systems. Thick layer of efficient thermal insulation and energy recuperation significantly reduce thermal losses. The round shape helps in collecting rain water and series of membrane filters are allowing filling tanks from any natural water source. Bio waste is collected in the composting toilet. Built as low energy house, the Ecocapsule is poised as a frontier dwelling to be used by people who need to stay in the nature for long time such as scientists, photographers, rangers or extreme tourists. Easy mobility, containerisation and long term energy independence make the Ecocapsule a new chapter in sustainable living.