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Click n Cook is the utensil that changes at a click

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(image credit: Quirky/Click n Cook) Quirky Click n Cook Modular Spatula System | US$39.99 | www.quirky.com

remember what we said about simple inventions that makes our life easier? well, here’s an ingenious invention that does just that. introducing the Quirky Click n Cook Modular Spatula System, a spatula system that has just one handle but five different spatula head attachments. need to stir the pasta? switch to the slotted spoon attachment. need to flip a burger? pop out the slotted spoon attachment and click on the extra-wide slotted spatula to do the job. need i say more? it’s simply awesome.

all parts of the Click n Cook Modular Spatula are made of food-safe plastic and of course, they are dishwasher-safe too. the Click n Cook Modular Spatula system comes with five detachable spatula heads, an ergonomic handle and a compact, two-part stainless steel block. invented by Fred Ende, created through Quirky, Inc‘s brand of social product development and input from a community of thousands, Click n Cook is the new-age multi-functional cooking utensil. we are glad that this wonderful product made it to production and is now available via Quirky web store for $39.99. i gotta have one of this.

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power up your taste bud with heavy duty salt+pepper set

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(image credit: Fred & Friends) Fred & Friends Salt+Power Shakers | US$11.99 | www.worldwidefred.com

we all love a good salt and pepper shaker, even though we don’t use it at all. we figured, a good pair will spruce up the otherwise monotonous dinning table. well, here’s a pair from Fred & Friends Spring 2011 catalog that takes on the form of D-cell batteries, which will juice up your food with salt and pepper instead of electric power. it even has a transparent slit at its side to keep your juice, i mean the salt or pepper, in check. sweet. just don’t get mix up with your real alkaline batteries. the Fred & Friends Salt+Power Salt & Pepper Shakers cost $11.99 a pop and is available at popdeluxe.com.

One Liter Limited faucet limits your water usage

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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.

via Yanko Design

RIMA desk lamp is most futuristic lamp we have ever seen

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(image credit: Dreipuls) Dreipuls RIMA Desk Lamp | US$tbc (concept) | www.dreipuls.de

showcased in the imm Cologne in January is this much talked about red dot award-winning RIMA desk lamp by Dreipuls. this futuristic lighting contraption consist a series of 65 LED connected to a processor and lighting on/off is controlled by sliding the rings horizontally, much like a curtain rail ring system.

the RIMA desk lamp allows user to create one or two separate lighting areas with a total length of 90-cm and user can position the light anywhere along the strip or decide how ‘big’ the light is going to be et cetera. it is truly the world first ‘user definable’ lighting system. very futuristic indeed.

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the ‘treetop’ diner is the coolest diner we ever seen

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a treehouse is every child’s dream playground, perhaps because it offers a hideaway sanctuary for a child to play out his fantasy either in the backyard of the house or for those adventurous at heart, at the fringe of some forested area. the dream of treehouse isn’t lost when we grow up. take for example, this awesome twenty-foot treehouse in Okinawa, Japan modeled after a life-size banyan tree – albeit it not being a real tree but a concrete structure complete with a restaurant nested among its branches, an elevator within its trunk and a spiral staircase at its back for accessing the restaurant.

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the restaurant in question is the Nana Harbor Diner which specializes in locally grown and organic foods. this magnificent treehouse restaurant is located within the, what do we know? a Banyan Town shopping center! which is near the entrance of Onoyama Park.

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fancy a robot to knot up your tie? Why Knot? does just that

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i hate tying ties as much as i hate clipping my nails. often, i wish somebody would invent something to tackle these simple yet frustrating chores. thank goodness for people like Seth Goldstein, who must have shared the same perspective as myself, designed and built a machine that solve this seemingly minute issue. the machine, aptly named ‘Why Knot?’, looks more complicated than it is to knot up a tie but it certainly works beautifully. hmmm, did i see a bicycle sprocket, chain and pedal there? very intriguing and applaudable project. Continue reading fancy a robot to knot up your tie? Why Knot? does just that

designer turns iProducts into a collage of Steve Jobs

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while Steve Jobs is again away for medical reasons, designer Charis Tsevis has built an perfect illustration of this legendary CEO of the Cupertino company, fusing him with the many iProducts that Jobs was credited to have a hand in – ranging from the revolutionary iPod and iPhone to the less than successful eMac (remember how the market like to put an ‘e’ in front of every tech product? yeah, this was one of them – from Apple). Continue reading designer turns iProducts into a collage of Steve Jobs

Line Block gives a new way of cable management

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(image credit: Junbeom So, Lee Ji Eun, Yi-Seo Hyeon, Heo-Hyeoksu & Jeong Minhui)

before electro-induction becomes a reality for wireless power without electrocuting us, we have to make do with other means of physical cable management. besides the traditional cable trunking, here’s a rather innovative solution to manage the clutter in the form of Line Block Cable, designed by Junbeom So, Lee Ji Eun, Yi-Seo Hyeon, Heo-Hyeoksu & Jeong Minhui.

the Line Block Cable has a ‘C’ channel cross section which allows one or more cable to ‘sit’ on top another and only splitting out near the socket. a neat solution for now and also has the potential of wrecking the cable organizer industry. however good it is, it is still near perfect as we have yet to resolve those cables coming out from the different devices located at different height and position in the same locality.

well, you know what they said: a picture worth a thousand words. that said, check out some pretty self-explanatory images after the jump on how the Line Block Cable works.

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Lilypad is a floating city ready to fight the rising tide

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it is said that the global water level will continue to rise, putting those residing in low-lying areas at risk of being displaced, thus becoming refugees of climate change. it may sound like something that will only happen in a movie like 2012, but this unpleasant prospect might well be very real. it is certainly not too late for us to think into the future and crack our brain to think of how we will cope with such calamity. one, and possibly the only solution to counter such rising tide scenario would be a floating island or city and Vincent Callebaut Architectures‘ concept, Lilypad, is a completely self-sustainable floating Ecopolis that is intended for such purpose.

capable of housing up to 50,000 people within its 500,000 m2 surface and sub-surface area, this stunning floating architecture of the future drew its inspiration from the highly ribbed leave of the great lilypad of Amazonia Victoria Regia. Lilypad is designed to be a zero carbon emission city through the integration with all forms of renewable energies such as solar, thermal, wind, tidal energy et cetera. the double layer skin of this amazing architecture is made of polyester fibers covered by a layer of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), which would react with ultraviolet rays and absorb atmospheric pollution via a photocatalytic effect, thereby purifying the air.

we have not seen a lot of floating city but from the few concepts that we have witnessed, the Lilypad is perhaps the most breathtaking and phenomenal concept to date. needless to say, this won’t be happening anytime soon as Callebaut has designed the Lilypad with a vision set in 2100 which, judging from the recent drastic climate changes in recent years, could be a little too late. nevertheless, we hope this stunning work would receive the attention from designers, architects, private and government institutions from around the world and hence, set forth to provide a practical solution to the climate change refugees.

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BIG puts a ski slope on a waste incineration building

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skiing down the side of a waste incinerator might not be a dream of every avid skiers but this particular building unveiled by Bjarke Ingels Group or BIG integrates a ski slope into a waste incinerator building which brings skiing vacation right into the urban landscape. the building, dubbed the Amagerforbraending or AMF in short, is expected to be located between the industrial and residential sectors of Copenhagen.

the AMF looks a mountain itself and would features ‘recycled synthetic granular’ materials in place of snow and there’s no ski-lift here, instead, the skiers would take a ride in an elevator which runs along the smoke stack to reach the summit. while on their way up, the skiers will be treated to a view of the interior workings of the waste incinerator which wouldn’t be a pretty sight. but what do i know? remember what we said about mountain? well, the facade is wrapped in modular grid of planters and windows that are accented with greeneries, making the architecture looks like a mountain in the city.

the roof will supports three slopes of different gradients and therefore, accommodating skiers with a broad range of experiences. the AMF will features more than 1500-meters of ski runs, which includes a terrain park.

having personally been involved in waste incinerator in the past, i can’t help but to wonder how the foul smell that usually associated with a waste incinerating plant, will be curbed. while concept is limited by our imaginations but the practicality, in this case, presence of foul smell remains a gargantuan task to be dealt with. even if, as the concept touted to be, carbon dioxide and water vapor would be the only two elements being discharged into the atmosphere.

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