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創意慳電燈泡 令室內灑滿陽光

September 15, 2011

Solar bottle light brings sunlight into thousand household

小學時在科學堂上我們都學過光穿過水時就會出現折射,美麗的彩虹也是因着雨後放晴令空氣中的水珠折射陽光而成。在巴西有人利用這個簡單的科學原理,以汽水瓶製成一款「慳電燈泡」,安裝在天花板上,將室外的陽光通過折射到室內,。不知道它可會把彩虹帶到房間中?

這款「慳電燈泡」由巴西一位工程師發明。製作時只需在1.5公升的汽水瓶中注滿清水,並加入少許漂白水,安裝在鑽了洞的天花板上,洞的圓周等同水瓶圓周。當陽光穿過水瓶內的水產生折射時,陽光就會灑滿一室。在白天所產生的亮光足足有50瓦,比一般慳電膽足足亮一倍,且連一度電也不消耗。現時這款燈已由MyShelter Foundation的 Illac Diaz引入到菲律賓,供過千居住鐵皮屋、無電力供應的貧民家庭使用,也為當地製造了更多就業機會。他們發現,這款燈泡兩年才需更換,相當耐用。

一般人一向認為太陽能發電很昂貴,但其實只要動腦筋,利用常見的科學原理,就可發現令生活更好的方法。願我們都可做一點點,令世界更光更亮。

延伸閱讀:

CCTV-9 report: Solar bottle lights in the Philippines
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBWi3NtND68&feature=player_embedded#

How to Make a Solar Bottle Light Bulb
http://www.pinoybisnes.com/business-ideas/how-to-make-solar-bottle-light-bulb/

將這項發明帶到菲律賓發揚光大的Illac Diaz(Social Entrepreneur; Executive Director of MyShelter Foundation; Founder of Pier One Seafarer Center)http://greatergood.i.ph/blogs/greatergood/2010/04/07/illac-diaz-social-entrepreneur-executive-director-of-myshelter-foundation-founder-of-pier-one-seafarer-center/

給祖母的最好禮物 A GOOD gift for grandmama

May 8, 2011

  在母親節送些什麼禮物給媽媽最好?不如為母親、祖母或外祖母設計一些適合她們的用品吧!

  英國設計師Gregor Timlin的祖母十分喜歡親自下廚,為家人炮製美食。不過,不是每個祖母都可行動自如,隨着年紀增長,有的甚至不能自行進食。在英國就有多達七十萬長者患有老年痴呆症(dementia),患者除了記憶、理解及語言能力會下降,更會逐漸喪失自我照顧能力。當中三分一人需入住安老院。Gregor 在探訪長輩時發現,大部分餐具都只迎合一般人,長者食用時卻很不方便,於是就設計出一系列讓天下祖母吃得有尊嚴的餐具。

  • 杯碟採用對比顏色,碟邊色調又與桌子顏色有鮮明分別,不怕看不清食物位置

  •  碟子週邊較高,食物不易跌到桌上,更有保暖塗層,方便慢慢吃,也可讓看護將碟子捧到長者面前,使他們聞到食物香氣
  • 有保暖外層的杯子,可輕易握住,取代附有兩個杯耳給小孩用的杯 

  學習和合設計,造出一份最有意思的禮物,現在就報名“MaD x設計點生活”!詳情請瀏覽www.MaD.asia.

What should we give to mum on Mother’s Day?

          Having been visiting relatives who live in care homes for years, UK designer Gregor Timlin notices that a lot of the tablewares, crockery and even tables are designed for the average people only.  Staff have to spoonfeed the elderly and mop up after each meal.  He came up with a range of utensils that seek to allow elderly to eat with pleasure and dignity. 

  • Plate with contrasting colours to help visually-impaired people to see the food clearly
  • Plate with high-lipped profile to help get food onto spoon
  • Double-skinned ceramic cup for easy grip

          Make an inclusive design gift, apply for “MaD x DESIGN.LIVES” NOW! 
          For details, please go to www.MaD.asia.

延伸閱讀Extended reading:
Gregor Timlin on Eating, Design & Dementia
http://www.gregortimlin.com/2009/eating-design–dementia/ 

BBC: The utensils keeping frail eating
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8453177.stm

聽得出的美麗 Seeing beauty with your ears

May 7, 2011

三歲花女在世紀婚禮上掩耳,一臉不悅的照片令她瞬間全球知名。也難怪她啊,軍機表演的噪音的確吵耳。

Photo: Reuters

我們往往在噪吵時才發現耳朵的存在,寧靜時又可有用耳感受美麗的生活?

倫敦產品設計師 Christina Biliouri 就發明了一系列高低不同水杯,杯身連接的管子和玻璃球就如共鳴箱一樣。
喝水時杯身傾斜,水位不同,譜奏出千變萬化的樂音。

視障人士即使看不到水,也可聽到水流動的聲音。
健視的人也體會到用耳去留意身邊的美麗。

延伸閱讀:http://www.christinabiliouri.com/#1034983/the-sound-of-the-drinking-line

想學到更多設計思維?立即報名參加”MaD x 設計點生活”吧!

詳情可瀏覽網頁www.MaD.asia

Three-year old bridesmaid Grace van Cutsem stole the scene when she showed her displease at the royal wedding.  Perhaps the sound from the massive crowds and the spectacular Royal Air Force flyover was a bit too much.  Very often we notice the existence of our ears in noisy environment.  Have we ever felt the beauty of small things with ears?

A London-based product designer Christina Biliouri came up with an experiment using glasses of different heights.  The nicely-designed volumetric tubes and bubbles of different volumes function like sound boxes.  When we drink and tilt the glass, we hear beautiful aural effect and playfully interact with the water.

With this collection of drinking glass, visually-impaired people feel the flowing water, others learn to hear the beauty around us.

Extended reading: http://www.christinabiliouri.com/#1034983/the-sound-of-the-drinking-line

Want to learn more?  Join “MaD x DESIGN.LIVES” to realize your ideas.

For details, go to www.MaD.asia.

窩心設計 飲得開心

May 6, 2011

Small things that change everything

即使不懂設計,都可以想出改變生活的好嘢。

原來飲管最初出現時是用玻璃造的,十分笨重!後來雖然改用浸過石蠟的紙,卻很易裂,又不衞生。加上直身設計令個子小的孩子往往不夠高喝。把飲管摺曲,飲品又流不過。美國人Joseph Friedman看見小女兒喝汽水時苦惱不堪,就決定要做些事。他把飲管改良,令其中一部分有摺紋,可向任何方向屈曲。不但小孩喜歡,連臥床病人都可用它來輕易服用藥物。

這款飲管於1938年發明,直至今天,我們依然在用,生活更方便,不再”忟憎”。

立即到www.MaD.asia報名參加“MaD x設計點生活”,發揮創意思維,構思做好嘢好點子。

Now we have drinking straws in all sorts of fancy designs.  Do you know that the first drinking tubes were actually made of glass?  Even though straws made by paraffined manila paper came along later, they cracked easily and were not quite hygienic. And the straight shape makes it even more frustrating for little kids; they have to bend the straw to drink from a tall glass.  One day an American called Joseph Friedman saw his little daughter having trouble drinking with her soda straw.  He came up with an idea and made a flexible plastic straw which has a corrugated section, allowing it to bend to any angle easily.  Not only little kids are fascinated by it.  Bed-ridden patients could have medicine much more easily with this flexible straw. 

Flexible straw was invented in 1938.  And we still benefit from this seemingly simple design.  Cool, huh?

Unleash your creativity, go to www.MaD.asia and register for “MaD x DESIGN.LIVES” now. 

多少少同理心 多好多好生活

May 3, 2011

Empathy brings GOOD LIVES

一般裇衫口袋都在左胸前,如果你慣用右手,就可能沒有發覺,這個設計對左撇子來說實在是個煩惱──放東西拿東西時左手都要“拗”得好辛苦,到最後還可能被迫放棄不用這口袋。但其實只要把衫袋設計在右胸上,問題便可以解決。同類的例子還有很多,例如間尺、剪刀、後褲袋等等,只要在設計時加點同理心,不需要是專業設計師都可以想到解決方法,可惜在香港這種想法仍未流行。

上圖這款剪刀不論左、右手都可參可輕鬆使用。其實,人人都可以實驗和合設計,如果你都想試下,就快啲參加“做好嘢實驗室” 的“MaD x 設計點生活”,網上報名:www.MaD.asia

Normally front pocket is sewed on the left hand side of a jacket.  It’s convenient for right-handers, but not so for those born left-handed.  Using the front pocket may become such a pain that they may simply have to stop using it.  If only the pocket is sewed also on the right side, their life will be so much more easier and happier.  The same is true for rulers, scissors and trousers back pockets.  If you’re unhappy with the current design of these products, you can make a difference with your empathy and creativity.  It’s too bad that this kind of thinking has not sunk in yet in Hong Kong.

The pair of scissors shown above is friendly to both right-handers and left-handers.  You can also experiment on inclusive design.  Hurry up and register for “MaD x DESIGN.LIVES” now!

‎”好”設計/產品—-誠意推介!

April 1, 2011

增加親子時間的Dance Shoes

由芬蘭的COMPANY(COMPANY是公司名!)設計的Dance Shoes,舒適之餘又可以同小朋友齊齊跳舞!Happy together!!!

more info: http://www.com-pa-ny.com/products/tanssipage.html