Folding Plug by Min-Kyu Choi


Folding Plug

Via Dezeen

Min-Kyu Choi has designed a beautiful solution to a fairly complex problem. He has managed to create a plug for the UK three-pin plug system that folds flat. Even more impressive, the plug can be used while folded flat, so he also created a hub that can power three flat plugs at once. You can check out more photos and descriptions at Dezeen, and the head to Min-Kyu Choi’s personal website.

Folding Plug Unfolded

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AutoCAD for OS X Survey

imac-autocad-mockupA couple days ago, Mac:Design (a new site by Develop3D) posted an article speculating about AutoDesk’s potential development of AutoCAD for the Mac OS X platform. Yesterday, Yanko Design followed up with a quick link to the AutoDesk survey about moving the software to the platform. You can also take the survey to contribute your opinion.

It seems like it’s certainly in the cards, especially following AutoDesk’s development of AliasStudio to the Mac platform. The AliasStudio move is huge for many product designers. Having AutoCAD for OS X would open up the platform for a number of other creative and technical professionals. With tools like SolidEdge, iRhino3D (in development) and AliasStudio, the platform is becoming more viable as a product development environment than it has been in the recent past.

[disclaimer: the image on this post is nothing official, I just threw it together for illustrative purposes.]

Via: Mac:Design and Yanko Design

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AliasStudio Coming to Mac

Autodesk AliasStudio

Any product designers fond of the Mac OS X platform will appreciate how monumental this is. In their Manufacturing 2010 Products Webinar [you can access the full webinar here], Autodesk has announced that they will be bringing the AliasStudio line of surface modeling tools to the Mac platform. Core77 transcribes the announcement as follows:

According to product line manager Thomas Heermann, they’ve been building a Mac version for about a year and a half “when [Apple] started shipping really good hardware”, and expect to ship it along with the new Windows version in early April.

Now that Apple is running Mac hardware on the X86 architecture we’re seeing more developers port their previously unavailable software packages to the Mac platform. McNeel has been beta testing a Mac version of Rhino (my personal surface modeler of choice at the moment) for a while now, but it’s not ready for a full release yet. It will be interesting to see if the Mac version of AliasStudio really matches up to the concurrently released Windows version. There are a number of other 3D modeling packages available on the Mac platform already, and Core77 gives a decent summary of options on their site. As a product designer that prefers an OS X work flow, I’m excited to see so many industry standard software packages making their way to the platform.

Via: Core 77 + Autodesk

Samsung’s Solar Cell Phone

That title has some nice alliteration doesn’t it? For the past few years I’ve had this goal in the back of my mind to take at least one of my electronic devices completely off the grid. Optimally, a solar charger for something like my laptop or cellphone. While such chargers do exist, they just haven’t been practical or cost effective enough for me to make the jump. (5.5 years of college didn’t lend itself to experimental spending either)

Samsung Blue Earth Phone

Samsung is delivering a device with the potential to prove the practicality of a device that can exist completely off the grid. Their “Blue Earth” phone is a touch screen phone with a solar cell on the back, taking up nearly all of the surface area on the back of the device. Samsung has really pushed the “green” theme far on this one. If the name isn’t enough, there’s also a calculator that will help you figure out what quanitity of resources you’ve conserved through your actions. Beyond superficial names and questionably gimicky applications, Samsung has made a serious step toward conservation by making the phone’s casing out of recycled plastic bottles, and they ship the phone in completely recycled paper packaging.

I hope that this concept doesn’t die with this model. I’d love to see effitient solar panels popping up on the backs of all sorts of devices. (Can I get one on a laptop lid please?) It’d be great to be able to set my phone face-down on the table on a coffee shop patio and get a little charge boost.

The Samsung Blue Earth phone will be shown February 16th at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

(via Inhabitat Blog and BusinessWire)

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Raise Me Up – Easy Plugs

I saw this over at the Yanko Design Blog. A very clever solution to a problem that I think we all probably experience, but don’t really consider fixable.

Raise Me Up

Raise Me Up is an electric powerstrip designed to make it easy for one handed operation. Normally you would have to brace a powerstrip with one hand while pull the plug with the other. Raise Me Up uses a simple lever switch to connect and disconnect plugs.

Designer: Yoo-Kyung Shin

Via: Easy Plugs – Yanko Design