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'NoVelo' Human Powered Vehicle

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Tim Turrini-Rochford, a student from the University of South Australia, who has designed a human powered vehicle, called the NoVelo.  It is a hybrid vehicle powered by human movement and electric power. the vehicle is based on the body of a velomobile but features additional electric motors for high speed commutes. The vehicle uses parallelogram linkage that allows it to tilt through corners. The fairing combination of a horizontal and vertical airfoil to better aerodynamics and allow the NoVelo to hit a top speed of 50kph using the built-in 300W hub motor.
"'Novelo' uses a parallelogram linkage that allows the vehicle to tilt through corners. A small movement of the steering handles turns the front wheels that in turn changes the weight distribution and cases the vehicle to tilt. When the steering is centred the vehicle returns upright. This results in Novelo being able to corner faster and with more stability than current velomobiles, as well as having a much smaller turning circle. The tilting mechanism allows the centre of gravity to be higher, resulting in a vehicle which is more visible to other road users and hence safer.
The fairing uses a combination of a horizontal and vertical aerofoil to provide both outstanding aerodynamics and stability in windy conditions. The estimated Cda (measure of aerodynamic performance) would result in a speed of 50 kmph from just 250 watts of power, less than two light bulbs. This energy can easily be provided by the user or through an in built 300-watt hub motor or both.
The fairing is manufactured from a sandwich of Kevlar, flax fibre and foam honeycomb. Kevlar is used for its impact absorbing characteristics and flax as a renewable alternative to carbon fibre. Both materials are easily moulded into complex shapes and allow the internal frame to be moulded into the fairing in a monocoque process removing the need for an internal space frame and reduces manufacturing time and assembly steps.
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Tandem USB Connector by Yi Fan Lin & Hong Yih Chu

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Tandem USB Connector designed by Yi Fan Lin & Hong Yih Chu. This design has won an iF Concept Design Award 2010. Tandem USB's grooves and curves allow for all cords to exist in harmony, good idea!

Outlet Pattern Design

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Outlet Pattern Design by illustrator Ziemowit Maj.
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Hedgehog

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Cool Hedgehog, and cool design!

X Tape

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X Tape by Jeong-Min Lee & Hyoung-Min Park of mmiinn - a design collective based in Seoul, South Korea. It looks like hinges, COol!
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Cool Motorcycle Helmets by Good

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Cool Motorcycle Helmet Designs by Good. I love them!
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Eraser USB stick

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Designed with a purpose for everyday use, these eraser/usbs are meant to serve as a constant reminder of your memories.

Wheel Umbrella

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Wheel Umbrella designed by taiwanese designers yu-ting cheng, yu-hsun chung and shaw-chen chen.
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The Ultimate Zombie Killer - Rocket-Propelled Chainsaw

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This is a design for the powered chainsaw launcher. A circular saw launcher for kill the zombies. Thanks to unrealitymag.
"It’s the greatest weapon possibly ever conceived, the RPC, or Rocket Propelled Chainsaw. Yes, it is EXACTLY what it sounds like, and provided you have an unlimited amount of chainsaws, you’ll be the zombie killing champion of the post-apocalyptic world."

Coffeemaze by Erdem Selek

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The Coffeemaze designed by Erdem Selek. Play the coffee-drop-game on a coffee break!

Top Hat Trash Can

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Top Hat Trash Can by Rafael Morgan.
"We also know the top hat as part of those old school magician shows.
Unfortunately this top hat is not a magical item and you probably won´t take a white rabbit from it...
Although, it will make your trash disappear!
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Inside a Mac

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Inside a Mac by Federico Mauro, big pic

icon phone by Elium Studio

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This icon phone is cordless phone & Internet radio designed by Elium Studio.
Featuring Wireless DECT VoIP, Hands-free facility, HiFi ringtones, SMS text messaging, HD Sound, Stereo speakers, Portable radio, Huge choice of Internet radio stations, Colour screen etc.

Design Week Beard

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The cover of the 1st July issue of Design Week features DIY beard + moustache papercraft set by graphic artist Kenn Munk.

Quirky's Pivot Power

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Pivot Power is an adjustable flexible power strip that fits your 'all' adapters. On sale, here.
Price: $25   |   BUY