Mercedes-Benz TecDay Innovations

November 12th, 2010

Last Friday I was invited by Mercedes-Benz to their TecDay Innovations event In Stuttgart, Germany. It was a day packed with design, technology and innovations, I felt like a kid in a candy store. On one hand I could say that there was way to much to discover but on the other hand I couldn’t get enough of it. So here’re 4 highlights.

The Mercedes-Benz short-distance vehicle (NAFA). This study from 1982 was an urban and short-distance concept car. It had four-wheel steering, automatic transmission and air conditioning. You might recognize that it was the starting point for the A-Class and the smart.

I didn’t ask about the brake button, it seems a little odd no?

I also had the chance to visit the Customer Research Center. Work at the CRC focuses on three main areas: the identification of customer requirements, the generation of ideas at our Innovation Studio, and the evaluation of customer acceptance. I participated in short version of their innovation workshops. The theme was about experiencing comfort in 2020. We used a brainstomp, not brainstorm, as the creative technique to start the process. The result of my team was quite good I must say.

This is the control panel for 16 features which Mercedes-Benz tested with some customers in 2003, 4 of them are now available in some of their models.

The next stop was a visit to the Driving Simulation Center. We had the chance to try out 5 different simulators including this huge one below. There’s a car inside the dome and when you combine that with 360° projections and some hydraulics, you’ll get a pretty good real life experience.

The digital landscapes around Stuttgart.

Last but not least was a short ride along in the F 800 Style, Mercedes-Benz’s current research vehicle. The car isn’t just packed with the latest technology, it does look very nice too. Also the interior doesn’t look like anything I’ve ever seen before. It was quite strange to know that I was riding along in car that was handmade and one of a kind.

Speed Creating

October 29th, 2010

Last September, Dominic Wilcox did the Speed Creating project, he tried to make something creative every single day. The results are amazing. Here’re 4 of them:

Day 2: Pop Up Train Tray Surprise

Day11: Beach Ball Chair

Day 24: I remember you well – a tin foil bust of Dominic Wilcox at the age of 21.

Day 28: Inflated socks

found at designboom weblog


September 24th, 2010

The Replica jewelry collection by Göran Kling is an “homage to exclusive wrist watches, Swiss craft skills and cheap knock-offs.”

found at Cool Hunting

BMW R60/2

September 22nd, 2010

I don’t know anything about motorcycles except that this 1963 BMW R60/2 looks bad-ass. It was customized by Blitz Motorcycles, they left the fenders away, mounted on some offroad tires and gave it an all black look. Killer.

found via Them Thangs

Imme van der Haak

September 17th, 2010

Strange jewellery designed by Imme van der Haak.

found at trendbeheer

Kodak’s First Digital Camera

August 24th, 2010

This is Kodak’s first digital camera made by the Kodak Apparatus Division Research Laboratory in 1975.

It was a camera that didn’t use any film to capture still images – a camera that would capture images using a CCD imager and digitize the captured scene and store the digital info on a standard cassette.  It took 23 seconds to record the digitized image to the cassette.  The image was viewed by removing the cassette from the camera and placing it in a custom playback device.  This playback device incorporated a cassette reader and a specially built frame store.  This custom frame store received the data from the tape, interpolated the 100 captured lines to 400 lines, and generated a standard NTSC video signal, which was then sent to a television set.

found at BERG blog

Error Tea Towels

August 20th, 2010

I would have never thought that I would once post tea towels. Today is that day. Pieke Bergmans designed 6 tea towels for the Textile Museum in Tilburg (The Netherlands). Each one is infected by the dreaded Design Virus. Her goal is to make “personalized mass production” where irregularities are ruled in.
You can buy them for €15 a piece in blue or red at Wannekes.

Ice Me

August 19th, 2010

Erika Zorzi and Matteo Sangalli have one idea a day and put them up on their 01MATHERY tumblr. A few ago they posted their Ice Me idea. You put your jewelery in an ice cube tray, add some water and boooom … jewelery with ice cubes. Not sure if someone will still need this this summer.

found at ignant

Face Distorting Jewelry

August 5th, 2010

This is some pretty weird jewelry designed by Burcu Büyükünal.

photo by arthur hash

photo by arthur hash

found at I’m revolting

United Nude Lo Res Lamborghini Countach

July 6th, 2010

The Lo Res Project by United Nude, is an innovative design method using computer software to automatically create design options to choose from. By lowering the resolution of 3D models of products, the object becomes more and more fragmented, changing its character in the process. They’ve used this technique on a Lamborghini Countach and the result is quite nice. The United Nude Lo Res Shoe is the first product available at the United Nude stores.