The biodegradable Bamboo Phone

2008-02-29 0 comments
One billion handsets produced globally each year and only 10% recycled. Average mobile phone user replaces their handset every 18 months. This has a big impact on the environment; 36kg of CO2 is used to make one 90g phone. To reduce the impact of the mobile phone it's time to rethink the materials mobile phone are made of and the manner we recharge them.

The bamboo degradable mobile phone
The bamboo is a degradable mobile phone. When the battery, antenna and print board are removed the case can be placed in compos and a few weeks later the case will begin to disintegrate. Inside the case are bamboo seeds, these will start to grow and feet on the case. After a few months the will turn in to bamboo plant which compensates the impact manufacturing process the bamboo phone has on the environment.

The case of the bamboo phone is made out two materials. Number one is a bio-plastic which is derived from renewable raw materials such as corn. Number two is bamboo which is a grass and can grow two feet or more a day. When it's harvested, it need not be replanted, because it will grow a new shoot from its extensive root system. So bamboo renews itself readily, unlike hardwood trees, which, once cut, are gone forever. Bamboo is an endlessly renewable resource.

The inefficient recharging of the mobile phones has also an impact the environment. We could save enough energy in one year to power 60,000 European when 10% of the mobile phone users turn off the electricity supply to the chargers after use. The bamboo mobile phone can be recharged with muscle power. The phone is equipped whit a cranking charger; a 3-minute cranking session gives the phone enough power to make one call. This means the bamboo phone never runs out of energy. The phone is also equipped with a monochrome display to ensure maximum energy efficiency.

Green gadget
The use of materials and the possibility to recharge the phone whit muscle power give the phone a very low carbon footprint and reduce the impact on the environment. This makes the phone "a green gadget"


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Speaker designing competition entries - C4D

2008-02-27 0 comments
The team over at the C4D Cafe forum recently had a challenge to create a rendering of loudspeakers and some of the entries are just jaw dropping. All of them are impressive.

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Illumination water taps


Water Ball Ripple Sink

The Ripple faucet creates a new, fun way to interact with water. Drawing inspiration from surface ripples, the faucet creates a strong visual relationship between the two. On top of the frosted ripple surface sits a metal ball. An array of electromagnetic sensors detects that ball’s position. Moving the ball in or out from the center controls water pressure. Moving it around controls temperature.

The surface glows red or blue to denote how hot or cold it is. The two separate channels combine the hot and cold water to get the perfect mix. Don’t worry about scalding yourself tho. The water in the hot water channel isn’t actually hot until it’s ready to be mixed via flash heating.


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Sony PFR-V1 Headset simulates ''Speaker in near your ear''

2008-02-26 0 comments


Sony redefines the world of sound with its new 2007 PFR-V1 Personal Field Speaker that mimics audiophile grade front-facing speakers. First in the industry (and the world) to separate bass from mid and treble frequencies so that users can hear even better sound. Bass sounds are reproduced through a new "extended bass reflex duct" which extends directly into the ear canals. Mid and treble frequencies are projected through the two unique looking spheres towards the ears just like a pair of two perfectly positioned speakers. Result? An extended frequency playback of 35Hz to 25KHz, with better frequency separation. The new, and one-of-a-kind "Personal Field Speaker" PFR-V1 comes with ultra large drivers of 21mm (newly developed by Sony) for superb sound reproduction. A new flagship headphone, or should we say, speaker-on-your-head on the market.


  • Impedance: 16 ohms at 1 kHz
  • Mass: Approximately 7g (the cord/code excluding
  • Frequency Range: 35-25,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 93dB/mW
  • Max input: 60mW
  • Power Source: 2 x AAA batteries
  • Playback time: Approximately 45 hours
  • Cord/code: 1m
  • Plug: Gold plated stereo mini- plug
  • Weight: 93g

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Toaster Phone - Concept

2008-02-25 0 comments
It's the work of Renata Quintela, an industrial design student in Brazil. From that, you can ascertain that this is a concept - but certainly one with potential. How does it work? Well, that's not clear from the product page, but we can guess that the 'toast' phone goes into the toaster unit for charging, popping up when a call comes though. The toast features all the buttons needed for calling, plus the earpiece and mic and as it's a toaster, there's obviously two of them.

[Coroflot via Techdigest]

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Nokia Morph - a concept phone with the use of nanotechnology

Nokia Research Centre (NRC) and the University of Cambridge have developed a nanotechnology concept device, called the Morph, which was introduced today. The new device will be on display in The Museum of Modern Arts (MoMA) in New York, from February 24 to May 12, 2008.

The Morph is intended to demonstrate the flexibility of future mobile devices, in regards to their shape and form allowing the users to transform them according to their preference. It also suggests that transparent electronics and self-cleaning surfaces might be what the future holds.

Parts (elements) of Morph could be commercially available for use in other mobile devices within 7 years. Due to the initial high price for manufacturing those, they will be suitable for high-end devices.

See concept Video


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Cassette MP3 Player - Stand Alone or Car Cassette Player

The Cassette MP3 Player plays even in a car cassette player but not only 12 hits but a lot more as it uses a built-in SD/MMC card slot for up to 2GB of songs in MP3 format at a bit rate of 32-256 Kbps. It doesn’t have its own memory and that’s why it is available at only $22.45.
It features a standard 3.5 mm earphone jack, USB connectivity, repeat playback mode, Windows compatibility and is powered by a built-in 450 mAh Li-Ion battery.

The Cassette MP3 Player measures 63 x 102 x 11.5 mm and can be controlled using the seven interface buttons.

  • Memory:

  • No internal memory
    External Memory: Compatible with SD/MMC card (max.2GB)
  • Music Format: MP3

  • Bit rate: 32-256Kbps
  • Earphone Jack: 3.5mm
  • SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio): >75dB
  • Output of earphones: 2 x 10mW(32Ohms)
  • USB: 2.0
  • System: Compatible with windows 2000/xp
  • Battery: Built-in 450mAh lithium battery
  • Dimension: 63X102X11.5 (mm)
  • Manufacturer Ref.: 5G8YYLNJJ9F2

  • Other Features:
  • Use like a normal cassette in a car cassette player or cassette player
  • Use as a stand alone MP3 Player
  • Repeat playback mode
  • 7 button interface
  • Recharge by USB cable

  • Accessories:
  • User Manual
  • Earphones
  • USB
  • Power Adapter

  • Manufacturer and Origin: China
  • Login for Wholesale discount price

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Edge - Concept Phone

2008-02-21 0 comments

Concept phone by Chris Owens


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