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Yea or Nay: Full-Face Safety Goggles?

Core 77 - Mon, 2022-05-23 12:34

Remember those full-face sunglasses? During the height of the pandemic, Joe Doucet designed this full-face Vue Shield:

I don't know that they offer any protection against COVID, but I'm wondering about their efficacy as a more comprehensive version of safety glasses. I'm thinking about some of the messier operations on this farm (I've had duck poop splatter into my face more than once) or certain shop operations, where errant chips can shoot up under your safety glasses. These are said to be fog-free, and I wonder how comfortable they are to wear for long stretches.

I bring this up because although these ran $80 in 2020, which is well beyond what most of us are willing to spend on safety glasses, they're now selling the Men's Vue Shield (which features tint) for just $5.

If the clear ones come down in price as well, I'll give these a harder look.


Nail-Clipping Aid for Non-Compliant Cats: The Mofumofu Mask

Core 77 - Mon, 2022-05-23 12:34

Is there anything worse than trying to clip the nails of a pet that hates the procedure? I've not found a good solution for my dogs, but feline product company Cross Clover reckons they've cracked it for cats. Their Mofumofu Mask, when placed on a cat, causes that cat to "suppress excitement and become quiet," they claim.


Lined on the inside with gauze for comfort, the masks are made from organic cotton, in case your cat refuses to wear conventionally-harvested cotton. And Cross Clover being a Japanese company, there is an extensive fitment guide, so you can determine which of the four available sizes is right for your Frisky.

These run ¥2,365 (USD $18.50). If there was any evidence these worked for dogs, I'd be putting in an order.


A "Chairless Chair" for Factory Workers

Core 77 - Mon, 2022-05-23 12:34

You may never have heard of it, but German manufacturer Noonee claims that "nearly all major car manufacturers" use the company's Chairless Chair.

Targeted at factory workers (and, oddly, farriers) of up to 265 pounds, the exoskeleton allows the wearer to quickly transition from standing to something approximating sitting, with much of the load taken off of one's body.

It does indeed look easy to use (though it requires training):

The company says it takes just 30 seconds to don or doff. It presumably takes a bit of practice to hit that speed—here's what's required to get the thing on:

The Chairless Chair, which is now on their 2.0 version, costs €2,190 (USD $2,312) each, and the company also offers financing and leasing options.

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A Tiny Copper Tape Measure

Core 77 - Mon, 2022-05-23 12:34

In 1994, mechanical engineer Tom Clawges drove a BMW 5-series, and found that "the stock cup holders in that particular model were absolutely worthless." Clawges designed his own, and used his knowledge to have it manufactured, figuring other dissatisfied BMW owners might want them too. "They were well received and we sold quite a few," Clawges writes. "Then BMW contacted us and wanted to sell them throughout their dealerships in the US. Within 3 months, we made it on their top-10 list of the most back-ordered aftermarket accessory, ever."

Clawges quit his day job as an engineering program manager and started TEC Engineering, to design and manufacture automotive accessories. This gradually morphed into TEC Accessories, as Clawges found the same thing that current manufacturers of phone cases know: Having to re-tool every time a new model comes along is a pain in the neck. He thus began designing for a more stable market. "Most EDC gear is timeless," he writes, "whereas the shine of automotive accessories will fade as the model year does the same."

Today TEC Accessories sells dozens of little EDC gewgaws, some of them Kickstarted. Most EDC stuff is lost on me, though a TEC object that caught my eye is this positively tiny tape measure made of copper:

It comes with a 1m/3-foot tape, as well as a backup tape you can install yourself if the first one gets knackered.

I have no use for such a thing, but find it a handsome little object I want to touch. I don't think I'd ever use it in my (wood) shop, but if I did more sewing, I'd probably find it handy on the cutting table.


This Octo Finissimo Ultra Watch is Just 1.8mm Thick

Core 77 - Mon, 2022-05-23 12:34

This is Bulgari's incredible Octo Finissimo Ultra Watch, which is so thin it looks like reality's warping:

The sandblasted titanium watch is just 1.8mm thick, and the band is even thinner at 1.5mm.

"Octo Finissimo Ultra watch with mechanical manufacture ultra-thin movement, manual winding, regulator display, BVL180 caliber, 28'800vph (4hz) and 50 hours of power reserve. 40 mm case (1.80 mm thick) in sandblasted titanium, tungsten carbide main plate, hour and minute regulator displays in black PVD hands, second wheel with black index indicator, winding and time-setting wheels in stainless steel, stainless steel ratchet engraved with a unique QR code linked to an exclusive NFT artwork, sandblasted titanium bracelet with an integrated folding buckle."

The exposed mechanisms look amazing, but I'm disappointed that a large chunk of the display is taken up by that silly QR code and its purpose. As Bulgari explains: "A unique QR code engraving offers the ability to connect to a NFT and the metaverse, bridging the mechanical world with that of a digital dimension."

Then again, I say "I'm disappointed" as if I could actually afford to buy one of these. It's limited edition and they're only making 10 units, price unlisted.


Single-Shot Injection Molded Cotton Swab Alternative

Core 77 - Mon, 2022-05-23 12:34

Imagine releasing a product today with the name "Baby Gays." 100 years ago, that's what the world's first mass-produced cotton swabs were called. (The name was later changed to "Q-Tips.")

How to Make Baby Gays

Cotton swabs consist of two parts: The spindle and the absorbent stuff at the ends, typically cotton. The spindles are typically made from either paper tubes, extruded plastic tubes, or wood. Adhesive is applied to the tips, which are rolled over a sheet of cotton that gets cut off after enough material has been deposited. Here's a vid if you want to see it in action:

Interestingly, Poland-based industrial designer Maciej Glowacki writes that cotton swabs are made differently in his region. "The swabs available [in our] market are produced in two stages: injection molded and then flocked," he writes. "In order to obtain the right parameters of the smear, specific flocks are needed, and therefore also proper machines for their application."

This production-intensiveness led to supply problems during the pandemic, as Glowacki learned from medical professionals at his job. (Glowacki works for Sygnis, a technology solutions company with medical-industry clients.) Swabs were needed for COVID testing, and demand quickly outstripped supply. He thus set out to design an easier-to-produce swab, called CRN_01, that could be produced in a single shot.

"[CRN_01] has a one-step production process, faster and cheaper – just [injection] molding."

"In the spirit of biomimetics, the form of the swab was inspired by the hummingbird's tongue, adjusted to collect nectar from flowers. The designed grooves and cavities allow for collection and deposition of large amounts of sample material, thus ensuring testing efficiency. Moreover, due to the lack of flocks, CRN_01 swabs 'give back' for testing more of the collected sample than regular swabs."

"The project passed diagnosticians' verification, and the first injection mold and production series were already made. Years of experience with advanced 3D printing and design for injection molds allowed me to create a project in the spirit of 'rapid prototyping.' Less than two months passed from the idea to the implementation of the first series of swabs and more than a week of it was taken by the process of intricate electro-drilling of the mold."

Glowacki's CRN_01 was selected as a finalist in this year's Make Me! Design competition at the Lódz Design Festival.

A Metal and Leather Add-On Drawer for Drawer-less Desks

Core 77 - Mon, 2022-05-23 12:34

The trend right now is for sleek, minimal desks with no drawers. But people still need storage, which has led to aftermarket add-on designs like Zenlet's Rack Series and Otis Racks"

Zenlet's Rack Series

Otis Racks

The latest we've seen is this Extended Drawer, by industrial designer Taku Yahara.

It's large enough to hold a laptop, and then some.


The structure is metal, with the top part clad in leather. It clamps to the underside of the desk via two user-tightened knobs.

While what we're seeing here are undoubtedly renderings, Yahara writes that it went into production last year, by client Melco Holdings Inc.


New Shifter Interface Design: Genesis GV60's Crystal Sphere

Core 77 - Mon, 2022-05-23 12:34

Designers at Hyundai and its luxury spin-off, Genesis, have been doing some interesting things lately, but I'm iffy on this one. This week Genesis began U.S. sales of their fully-electric GV60...

...which has a new design for the shifter that they're calling Crystal Sphere. Down in the center console, where the driver's right hand would fall, you see this thing:

When you get in the car it starts to glow, and when you turn the car on, it does this:

So now you've got your shifter, R-N-D, with a P button in the center.

I understand the luxury buyer wants something different and special, but I think glitzing up and motorizing something as crucial as the shifter is a bridge too far. What happens if you need to put it in neutral when the car's off, like if it breaks down and needs to be towed? What happens if you turn the car on and for some reason the Sphere doesn't flip over? Genesis' designers have actually thought of these things—and released this 4-minute instructional video on how to use the Sphere, even if it goes wrong:

So…you're supposed to manually force the Sphere to turn when it's broken? Or you're not? They show you how to do it in the video, while warning you that it may not be the appropriate course of action, depending. I think that's either poor messaging, or someone important in the design process who was supposed to make a hard decision avoided making that decision.

The vehicle has only just gone on sale in the U.S., so I'll be curious to see what user feedback is in a few months' time.


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Core 77 - Mon, 2022-05-23 12:34
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The CoreCap Bike Computer Slides Into Your Bike's Steerer Tube

Core 77 - Mon, 2022-05-23 12:34

Fancy a bike computer, but don't want the bulk? The CoreCap is a minimal alternative that slides right into your mountain bike's steerer tube and looks like it was meant to be there. "Easy installation with no tools or modifications to your bike," writes Core Bike Components, the startup that developed the product.

"Fits all MTB forks. Each CoreCap comes with 3 lengths of bottom bolts that allow you to install it on forks with steerer tubes reaching from 15cm-30cm. No special tools required – simply remove your existing top cap and star nut and slide the CoreCap in place. Take the bottom bolt with the protective cap and screw it to the CoreCap device from the bottom of the fork. You're all ready to go!"

As for what the computer computes, you can choose from a host of functions to place on up to five preset screens, which you scroll through by rotating the dial around it:

Here's the pitch vid showing it in action:

The CoreCap has been successfully Kickstarted, and there's still 41 days left to get in on it. At press time there were still a few Early Bird units left at $273, but you'll have to be a bit patient: Units are expected to ship by April of next year.


Alternative Footwear Lacing System Designed for Those with Cerebral Palsy

Core 77 - Mon, 2022-05-23 12:34

CP Football Boots are a concept by industrial designer Yoosung Kim, who's currently pursuing his Masters of Product Design at Switzerland's ECAL. Kim learned that players in South Korea's CP (Cerebral Palsy) football league often struggle with their footwear. When shoelaces come untied during the game, players for whom it is difficult or impossible to tie laces must signal the referee; play must be halted while the coach comes out to tie the player's laces.

Kim therefore designed this lacing system, which a player with CP can grasp and draw across their feet, pressing the Velcro closure into place:

If you're wondering how Kim was able to work up such pro-level footwear prototypes: Prior to enrolling at ECAL, Kim already had an undergraduate ID degree and worked as a footwear designer for both Le Coq Sportif and Japanese brand Descente. He enrolled in ECAL, he writes, "to study long-lasting and sustainable design, after seeing that too many unsustainable products are being made each year in the fashion industry."


Clever Design for an Ultra Lightweight Camping Air Pump: The Schnozzel Pumpbag

Core 77 - Mon, 2022-05-23 12:34

This is incredibly smart design. The Schnozzel Pumpbag, by camping gear manufacturer Exped, is about as simple, low-tech and lightweight as you can get. For campers with inflatable sleeping pads, you can either add weight to your kit by carrying an air pump, or you can inflate the thing with your lungs. If you go with the latter option, the moisture from your breath will fill the sleeping pad, which can lead to bacteria and mold.

The Schnozzel Pumpbag is a lightweight sack made of 70D ripstop nylon, and it allows you to quickly, easily inflate your sleeping pad without introducing any moisture. It's lighter than a conventional pump, and earns its keep twice as it can also be used as a compression sack to carry your sleeping bag.

Here's how it works:

I also like hearing the guy say "Schnozzel."


Sortmate Modular Sorting Bins, for Those Who Still Bother Recycling

Core 77 - Mon, 2022-05-23 12:34

My wife and I recycle religiously, even though it doesn't work. I'm not sure why we bother. In any case, our local situation requires dropping various items off at three separate facilities, with the recyclables separated into seven categories: Glass, hard plastic, plastic films, non-aluminum metals, aluminum, paper, and cardboard. We don't have enough bins in the house, so I wind up consolidating items and doing the final separating before we load the car.

A better solution has been created by Design Studio Manade. The Paris-based consultancy designed this Tribu system of connectable and interchangeable bins, with the option to color-code the lids as needed.

I like that they come in different sizes (plastic films take up way less space than say, glass vessels). The white bins and colored lids can be had in polypropylene or ABS, and the black units are made from recycled and recyclable polypropylene. If, you know, you still feel like that makes a difference.

The bins are manufactured and sold by Magnuson Group, who has rebranded them Sortmate.


Brilliant "Amazon After" Concept Would Help You Sell, Recycle or Donate Unwanted Items

Core 77 - Mon, 2022-05-23 12:34

This is a brilliant idea from design consultancy Amron Experimental. Called "Amazon After," the concept is based on the real fact that Amazon has a record of everything you've ever bought from them. They know how much everything cost, and they can figure out how much everything's currently worth. What if you no longer needed those items? What if you could sell them for extra cash? Or donate them to somebody who needed them? Or from an environmental standpoint, what if you had something containing a potential environmental disposal hazard, like a lithium-ion battery, and wanted a safe way to dispose of it?

In Amron's vision, Amazon After and Alexa would handle all of that for you:

I think Amazon would be crazy not to run with this.


Incredible Custom Aluminum-Clad Motorcycle

Core 77 - Mon, 2022-05-23 12:34

This amazing, rideable work of art was created by Wayne Buys, a South-Africa-based custom motorcycle fabricator.

Buys' shop is called FabMan Creations, and though it's based out of his home's garage, as you can see he's got world-class skills.

The bike is a BMW R nineT, but nearly every inch of it is shrouded in aluminum Buys fashioned with his own hands. And incredibly, according to a feature in BikeExif, he executed the build without having a design to work off of: "It's…worth noting that he worked freeform, without a single sketch, render or template—and that his metal-shaping skills are self-taught."

Buys, the interview reveals, figured out how to work aluminum ten years ago "through trial and error—hammering the panels out on a tree stump and planishing them by hand." The skill he developed in just a decade, then, is pretty staggering.

The bike build, which Buys calls "Storm," was commissioned by a client. Much of the original stock bike is there beneath the cladding, though Buys did have to make some modifications and adjustments to suit the form. If you're a motorcycle guy or gal interested in the technical details, check out the full article at BikeExif.

Castor Oil Delivers Eco-Friendly 3D Printed Orthosis

Design News - Mon, 2022-05-23 03:23
Sculpteo and Daniel Robert Orthopedic debut the first eco-responsible, custom-made 3D printed orthopedic orthosis.

A Shaker Hand-Operated Laundry Machine Agitator

Core 77 - Sun, 2022-05-22 10:36

Earlier we looked at a human-powered laundry object, the Breathing Mobile Washer. Here we see how the Shakers tackled this, with this object in the collection of the Shaker Museum:

"Simple but sophisticated mechanism for a washing machine operated by hand. Mechanism constructed of cast iron and various species of wood. The operating handle and vertical supports are oak, the hanger dowel is beech, and the hangers and agitator assemblies are white pine."

Image: Shaker Museum

Image: Shaker Museum

"By rocking the handle or lever up and down, the iron shaft is rotated back and forth. This reciprocating motion is transferred to the two agitators by wheels held by projections from the shaft, one above and one below, which are housed in openings in the pine agitator hangers fitted with iron liners. As the wheels move back and forth along their arcuate path, the agitators are forced to swing back and forth in directions opposite each other."

Image: Shaker Museum

Image: Shaker Museum

Image: Shaker Museum

Image: Shaker Museum

Image: Shaker Museum

I understand why they chose strong, robust oak and beech for the uprights and dowels, respectively, but the choice of white pine for the agitators puzzled me; maybe for the light weight? Pine is also the easiest to work, so perhaps the agitators are the parts that wear most quickly and need to be replaced most often. I'm also curious as to what type of oil they sealed the pine with to protect it, but the museum doesn't say.

Also note: The object shown here is only the agitator. The museum does not have the attendant tub it would have been placed inside.


Three Different Design Approaches for an Automatic Basketball Return Device

Core 77 - Sun, 2022-05-22 10:36

Here are three different design approaches towards the same goal: Returning a basketball to someone taking practice shots, so they don't have to chase the ball each time.

The oldest of the three designs (judging by the video quality) is this simple, plastic Ballback Pro:

This SKLZ Kick Out does the same thing, but appears to be more robust. The trade-off is it also seems to use more plastic, and complicates supply chain needs by adding webbing straps and hooks:

You can get a closer look at it in this video review:

The two devices above both require a ladder to install (unless you've got an adjustable backboard). That basically limits your use of the device to the hoop you have at home, unless you're willing to carry a ladder around. This third approach, the iBallReturn, was designed by an engineer to be portable, so that you could bring it to any court and install it yourself, from the ground:

Well, engineers gonna engineer.

Of the three approaches, I like the minimal use of materials of the Ballback Pro ($20).

The more substantial-looking SKLZ Kick Out appears it might last longer, and return the ball with a bit more accuracy due to the shape of its funnel, but the trade-off is higher cost ($50).

The iBallReturn seems like a very inefficient use of materials to me, and it should be noted that it never made production; it was a failed Kickstarter with a high expected retail price ($189).

By the bye, the Ballback Pro was carried by Dick's Sporting Goods for the past ten years—until recently. Last week an Iowa-based news channel revealed that Dick's had severed the relationship with Ballback Pro manufacturer Kelly Plastics, then contracted a Chinese manufacturer to make them a very similar object, that Dick's claims does not violate the Ballback Pro's patent.

A Dick's move

Webinar Tomorrow: How To Nail Perfect Lighting Setups in Keyshot

Core 77 - Sun, 2022-05-22 10:36
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Hertz Adding Insane 900-Horsepower Shelby Mustangs to Their Rental Fleets

Core 77 - Sun, 2022-05-22 10:36

You know the cliché about people who have near-death experiences, but survive and start living wild, to make the most out of life? Maybe the same thing applies to rental car companies. During the pandemic they were so desperate for cash that they started selling off their fleets. But now that travel is back, Hertz is reinvigorating their periodic and nutsy Rent-a-Racer program.

The company has announced they're adding Ford Mustang Shelby models, the GT-H (white, above) and the supercharged GT500-H (black, below) to their fleets. These are muscle cars with 5.0- and 5.2-liter V8's that make 450 and 900 horsepower, respectively.

For $400/day, and with a 70-mile daily limit, traveling salespersons and whomever else can now step off of a plane and get behind the wheel of one of America's most powerful production vehicles. How that person will actually wind up at their satellite office, and not living their best lives while trying to outrun State Troopers on the nearest expressway, remains to be seen.

The Shelby's will be available to rent this summer.