how to educate people to conserve water? you can spend hundreds of thousands to campaign for water conservation or install the One Liter Limited faucet. designed by Yonggu Do, Dohyung Kim and Sewon Oh, the One Liter Limited faucet’s curvature form has an upper glass tube-like contraption that limits a person usage to the amount of water within it, which is of course, 1-liter.
if you have big hands and used up the 1-liter, you have to turn off the tap and wait for the glass tube to refill with water. indeed very troublesome but we will learn to adapt and our children will grow up with the notion that faucets only dispense 1-liter on each use. perhaps that’s how our future would be: having a faucet that would enforce a ‘everyday is a water rationing day’ lifestyle.
not everyone has the luxury of space at home, especially city dwellers. increasing population in the city results in smaller homes, hence everything else within has to downsize, including our bathrooms. having small bathroom doesn’t mean you have to live without the good old bathtub. what if you can summon a bathtub when you fancy and stow it away when you are not using it?
this is exactly what designer Piotr Pyrtek has in mind for the Tulip Bathtub and Shower Unit. designed with small bathrooms in mind, this unit sits compactly upright as a shower unit with a silhouette resembling a tulip flower. when you feel like a good bath, a portion of the unit flips down and you have a glass bathtub complete with underwater jets, hydromassager and programmable sequences to take the stress of your day away.
though the unit was inspired by nature, but it look unmistakably futuristic. we love it. we say built it. it is a fresh change to see ‘futuristic’ design for our everyday stuff other than vehicles. don’t you think so? we will need a tulip-inspired wash basin to go with this.
i bet you didn’t think there are other ways of using a bar soap. i, for one, didn’t even think it exist anymore. we are more acquainted with liquid soap these days, but then there is the Soap Flakes. Soap Flakes are, what do you know, flakes resulting from either grating the soap like a cheese or grind it like what you would do with a pepper mill.
there are two designs that creates Soap Flakes, the first being a pepper mill-like hand held device and the other, a wall-mounted soap flakes dispenser. the hand held version has circular grates at its bottom and turning motion results in shredding the bar soap contained within (see images below). on the hand, wall-mounted version involves pumping action which grates the bar soap inserted in the device.
the brain behind the Soap Flakes, is design grad Nathalie Stampfli. so why Soap Flakes? well, Nathalie has these to say:
Today, most of the soap we use is liquid soap, which contains a lot of water. Block soap instead is more concentrated and therefore has some ecological benefits: You don’t transport unnecessary water around. In place of plastic bottles you can simply use paper for packaging. The solid blocks can easily be piled and allow a greater space efficiency in a truck.
But what about the usage of soap bars? I don’t like the weird slippery feeling when I use them. It gives me goose bumps. And under the shower, it always slides out of your fingers. Hand soap also often gets dirty and accumulates bacteria when more than one person is using it.
according to Nathalie, the dispensed flakes falling into your hands evoke a comfortable sensation and the flakes will dissolved in water readily. sounds like a novel idea a geek like me would want to give it a go. however, i do have a couple of concerns. firstly, bar soap size may differ from country to country and secondly, i notice the weight of the bar soap works in tandem with the grating but if the bar soap becomes lesser, would grating be an issue?
i am sure most of us are familiar with robotic vacuum cleaner, iRobot Roomba which takes the chore of vacuuming the floor off our hands. but the Roomba is big and it doesn’t cover wet area such as the laundry area and bathroom, so in comes the Scooba, the newest and smallest cleaning robot from iRobot.
measuring just 3.5 inches tall and 6.5 inches in diameter, the petite Scooba not only differ in size from the Roomba but also its capability. the robot cleans your floor with its three-stage system which washes, scrubs and squeegees your floors. being tiny, means it is able to reach those hard to reach places, including under the furniture.
asides from the sensors and electronics, inside the machine is an active-reservoir that separating the fresh cleaning solution and dirty water. as the robot cleans, the fresh cleaning solution reservoir shrinks, while making room for dirty water collected during the cleaning process.
i am tired of mopping even though i have only a small area to cover. in any case, i would love to have of these.
carbon fiber has a wide range of applications. being light and strong it is extensively used in race cars and most notably, in the concept Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. however, we are not going there today (the car department)… now you can add that little strength to your bathroom in the form of the Carbon Fiber Toilet Seat. believe it. for $279 you can seat on a lightweight and yet strong material, for whatever the reasons you need light and strong material underneath your butt…
this item would probably go into the category of “things-you-buy-when-you-already-have-everything-else”. perhaps, if you are in this category, the $279 price tag probably isn’t going to be a issue. oh, make sure you have a matching black toilet bowl to go with it. we figured that it will look pretty ridiculous on a white or pink item.
being a gadget-geek, sockets are part of my life. i use the Belkin Concealed Surged-protectors to get the job done but there are two issues that always bugged me. firstly, the shape of plugs which sometime hinders other plugs from using the next socket. secondly, sometime i have more sockets than i actually requires which takes up unnecessary space. then again, what if i need more sockets but it ran out? it’s a chore and cost extra money to get another multi-outlet with more sockets in it.
looks like designers Cheng-Hsiu Du & Chyun-Chau Lin has a solution to solve the aforementioned issues that i have: a Rotating 360DEG Multi-outlet Socket. it is modular, meaning that additional socket modules can be added if more are needed, or removed if not required. keeping things neat and tidy. aside from being modular, the individual sockets are rotatable to different angle, allowing odd-sized or bulky plugs to fit in without being hindered by its neighboring plugs.
the sockets are between two stand bases which also ‘streamline’ all the cable going out from the multi-outlet sockets, thus managing your cables. this is best practical concept so far and it is one concept that i hope to see productions. maybe a concealed variant could be even more ideal. i hate to see those black plugs sticking out.
unlike the usual measuring tape that has graduations on the tape, the Reading Ruler doesn’t have them. designed by Ho Sung-Woon & Woo Moo-Bum, the Reading Ruler gives you the measurement in different units of measurement via a display on the tape measure itself.
you can even see the result in the dark. though i can’t phantom why we ever need to measure anything in the dark. maybe not in pitch dark condition but i will say, more likely for low light condition where you weren’t able to read off from a conventional tape measure clearly. strangely, we already have laser-aided measurement device to measure quite accurately for a variety of distances and this concept seems rather redundant. but the device itself is nice looking though.
WiFi and sharing are not limited to just electronic gadgets and social network sites. they have come to bathroom scale in the form of WiFi Bathroom Scales. what an apt name that tells what it does, isn’t it? this isn’t your average bathroom scale. this tempered-glass and aluminum bathroom scale is a digital scale that comes with back-lit digital display screen.
and it don’t just stop there. the scale automatically records your weight, fat mass and BMI (Body Mass Index) each time you weigh yourself. the scale then uses WiFi to send these informations to your computer or iPhone. alas, weighing has become much more complicated now that you can track the above mentioned results on a password protected website or from the free iPhone app. remember the sharing part? yea, you can even sync your results with Google Health or share them via email, Twitter or Facebook. that’s if you’re really proud of your stats. i probably won’t want to share my stats. i am too ashamed to do so.
though, i still can’t comprehend why should i be sharing my stats. nevertheless, welcome to the future of weighing. WiFi Bathroom Scales truly lets you see weighing in a different light. if you’re already stocked with the latest, technologically advanced gadgets and thinking about what’s next on the list. this could be it.
typical faucet, no matter how nice the designs are, still looks the pretty much the same. even though there are probably some square or flat items around, round and tubular constructions are still the norm. so how do you like an angular faucet that was inspired by the Stealth aircraft? yea, just imagine how the Stealth aircraft looks like and carry it over to a faucet.
well, you get an all angular faucet just like the Stealth aircraft less the stealth capability, though. we still need to see where are faucets are, don’t we? instead of the menacing matt-black radar-absorbing coating, the Stealth faucet comes in two alluring finishes: polished chrome or Steelnox satin nickel.
this awesome faucet is, not surprisingly, from award winning manufacturer GRAFF which has supplied its faucets and shower collections to many luxurious hotels and homes around the world.
one question remains: do they have a bathtub shaped like the real Stealth aircraft? or maybe the Stealth aircraft-shaped basin? cos’ I really like the complete look of stealth in my bath.
seriously, i didn’t think i would be writing about bottles. but it’s hard to give Alex Water Bottle a miss. Alex isn’t your ordinary bottle-next-door. its body can be separated (in the middle) to allow thorough cleaning of the bottle’s interior, ensuring every bit of grimes and bacterias be rid off. yea. that’s right. those who actually clean their bottles would understand how important this feature is.
another highlight of Alex is how its able to customize to your different need. need a bigger bottle? just swap out the bottom for a longer one and you have a bigger bottle. purchase a few Alex in different colors (currently, three colors are available) and you can even mix match Alex’s bodily parts to customize to your mood. white cap, stainless upper body and black lower body with pink band? done. grey cap, white upper body and black lower half with yellow band? done!
a little more about Alex. Alex is generally made of BPA free premium 304 stainless steel and coated with eco-friendly power paint (except for the Naked series – which is naked, of course. now guys, don’t get all too excited…). Alex comes equipped with Clean Seam Technology (CST) for sealing the water in. both caps and CST are of BPA free polypropylene and the strap are made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles.
you know what? life just gets a little brighter with Alex and starting from $25.95 a pop, it doesn’t sound a bit ridiculous to have a piece of Alex. i am totally sold by the idea of breaking Alex up to clean its interior. at this point if you are still confused… Alex is a water bottle not a person. i just thought you should know.
footnote: ALEX is an acronym for “Always Live Extraordinarily”