Here’s how NASA’s astronauts exercise in outer space

How do you jog on a treadmill in space? How do you lift weights in a zero-gravity atmosphere? Exercising in outer space sounds like a rather strange problem because there isn’t much you can do that’s effort intensive, only because things are rather effortless in a situation without gravity!

The answer to how astronauts exercise in space is ‘friction training’. An astronaut’s physical fitness is paramount to the success of a space mission, and exercise equipment can often be bulky, occupying precious space in a rocket pod. Gyms built for space are often incredibly compact, multi-purpose pieces of equipment that use inertial technology to work your muscles, giving you the perfect workout with a decreased chance of injury. Friction training can be used down here on earth too. It’s efficient, and allows you to perform concentric and eccentric workouts with minimal risk of strain… and it has the ability to be compact enough to carry around in your hand.

Meet the Handy Gym. It isn’t a piece of equipment, it’s an entire gym that is capable of exercising every part of your body. Developed using NASA’s isoinertial technology, Handy Gym gives you access to one of the most scientifically backed workout methods of all time. After all, if it’s good enough for the international space station, it’s good enough for earth, right? The Handy Gym uses a pulley system and two solid steel inertial discs. Multiple accessories allow you to work different body parts, exercising your arms, legs, core, allowing you to stay fit, bulk up, lose weight, or even recover from injuries. Handy Gym is small enough to fit into a suitcase with the rest of your clothes, or in your dressing room drawer, to be used any time you want to work out. It weighs approximately 2 pounds too, so you can carry it anywhere you please. Designed for an effective, and more importantly safe workout, the Handy Gym packs a Bluetooth module too that lets you track your progress as you exercise, while the app even guides you through using the tiny multi-purpose device to work all parts of your body. Designed for three level of intensities, the Handy Gym comes with a choice of three steel discs ranging from low to medium and high power, while its set of accessories ensure that you get the entire gym experience in a deceptively small product that was designed to be quite literally out of this world!

Designer: Manuel Montes

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Handy Gym: Portable, Powerful & Effective Inertial Training

Perform strength training exercises anywhere, anytime with this conical pulley device with NASA-based inertial technology.

Handy Gym offers functionality and efficiency comparable to expensive inertial pulleys and superior to large gym machines. This kind of strength training method is independent of gravity and it allows for anywhere resistance training without lifting even one pound… while offering stronger and safer fitness results.

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Did You Know?

Isoinertial technology was developed for NASA in the 1990s to solve the problem of loss of muscle mass suffered by astronauts after long periods in space where, for lack of gravity, they could not exercise their muscles through conventional weights.

How Does Handy Gym Work

Presented in the form of a compact accessory of a two-pound, contact accessory, Handy Gym contains two inertial discs capable of converting its turn in strength of resistance. It comes with the accessories necessary to make it portable – from your home to the outdoors, you can now workout at any time!

Handy Gym also comes with a wide variety of gripping elements that allow you to perform up to 200 different exercises and work any muscle group you want.

Benefits of the Handy Gym.

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These Twig-shaped Dumbbells will bulk you up!

When you think about it, a twig-shaped dumbbell is rather ironic, right? The word twig is often used to describe skinny or scrawny arms or legs, and dumbbells, well, they help bulk up arms. The Twig dumbbells are an innovative dumbbell design by Ji Hoon Lee. With a handle and three prongs on each side, the weight of these dumbbells can be changed simply by switching the prongs.

The prongs or branches of the Twig are individual weights. Different prongs come with different weights and you can simply switch them to make each individual Twig heavier or lighter… although they’re sure to always look visually light, thanks to their twig-like form. Wait! That’s probably the idea! To get you to psychologically lift more by fooling your eyes into thinking you’re lifting tiny, weightless branches! Pretty clever!

The Twig Dumbbell is a winner of the A’ Design Award for the year 2019.

Designer: Ji Hoon Lee

Adidas is looking for an Assistant CMF Designer

Design Job: Adidas is looking for an Assistant CMF Designer to work in Portland, Oregon

With its iconic three stripe logo that’s internationally recognized, Adidas is the world’s second largest sportswear company in the world, and the largest in Europe. Founded by Adolf “Adi” Dassler in Herzogenaurach, Germany, the company took off when Dassler persuaded U.S. sprinter Jesse Owens to use his hand made spikes at the 1936 Summer Olympics, who went on to win four gold medals. Today Adidas is a force to reckon with not just in the sportswear industry, but also the fashion and culture industry, having collaborated with big names including Kanye West to launch the Yeezy collection in 2016. Adidas is looking for an Assistant Designer (Color and Materials) to join team in Portland, Oregon.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Assist the Design team to design/market right products for the Adidas brand as part of an international design team in cooperation with marketing and development.

Key Relationships
• Marketing
• Development
• Team members

RESPONSIBILITIES

• Execute the creative vision in a product range for the category.
• Develop creative solutions to individual products.
• Work with the creative process and execute towards given targets and defined design languages and strategies.
• Execute design work according to the visual language of adidas as well as given Corporate Identity guidelines according to legal guidance.
• Verbally present product ideas and details with clarity in small groups and team meetings
• Support an efficient process and communication flow between design, marketing and development for all issues regarding the ranges and products
• Support product management and development in all issues regarding the realization of products and collections.
• Visualize ideas for products and ranges with clarity.

REQUIREMENTS

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge of fashion product and fashion design/industrial product or industrial design
• Good communication and presentation skills
• High level of creativity
• Passion for design
• Knowledge and use of Macintosh computer design software/systems (Photoshop, Illustrator)
• Fluent in English (spoken and written)

Qualifications
• Diploma or BA or MA from a college or university, major Design
• Preferably a practical experience in a design environment

LOCATION

Portland (Oregon), USA.

 

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch takes inspiration from Japanese cherry blossoms

The Sakura, or the Cherry Blossom holds an iconic role in Japanese culture, finding its firmly rooted place in Japanese tradition, art, outdoor spaces, music, manga, anime, and film. It now finds itself as the inspiration source for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch.

The torch, designed by Tokujin Yoshioka, pays tribute to the flower that literally covers the country in a pool of pink every spring. Made from extruded aluminum, the torch comes with a pipe-shaped design that branches out into five outward truncated sections to form the motif of the Sakura cherry blossom – the traditional flower of Japan – when viewed from above. The torch comes with a rose-gold tint too, to complete its appearance, giving the torch a pink hue, just like the blush-colored flower.

The torch comes made from recycled metal used in the temporary housing units that were created post the aftermath of the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Olympic medals are also being made recycled metal too, obtained from electronic waste across the country.

Yoshioka claims that the recycled nature of the torch was a way of “transforming materials that witnessed the rebuilding of shattered lives into a symbol of peace,” according to the creator, “to convey to the world the extent to which the affected areas are recovering, one step at a time.”

The release of the torch design is also coincidentally timed perfectly with the beginning of spring, and the blooming of the cherry blossoms all across the country.

Designer: Tokujin Yoshioka

Weela makes working out at home a breeze

Back in the days, working out at home was all about the Jane Fonda videos and fancy leotards. Times have changed, and with fitness being the core of smart-devices, it’s only natural to have complimentary gym equipment and apps at our disposal. The Weela Pro Gym and Personal Trainer App is a step in this direction. It is basically an efficient home-training equipment that comes with about a hundred workout programs to choose from.

I’ve tried home-training for several years and the one thing that I’ve found that works, is setting up of accountability. You need to train with a sense of purpose, and Apps with achievable goals, help you stay on course. What differentiates the Weela from the rest of the brigade is its compact packaging, making it very easy to store. This basic mat, handle and pulley system can help you get a full-body workout at different intensities. Along with this, your virtual personal coach keeps you motivated and clued into your health regime.

The Weela comes with three changeable handles that enable training the whole body thoroughly. It takes up only one square meter of space and thus very easy to store or transport from one room to another. The Weela App is very easy to use and your gateway to the hundred workout plans. Start gymming right-away!

Designers: Miikka Kurunlahti & Tuomas Lehto

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Own the Slopes With The Knot Helmet!

Second to protection from the elements and surroundings, snow-sport gear is used to express the individual’s tastes, style and most significantly, personality… and their helmet is no exception to this! This is exactly what drove the design of the KnOt Snow Helmet!

Inspired by the boldness of climbing ropes and the distinctive forms created using the Macrame technique, KnOt uses its fixation method to drive the aesthetics! Traveling through the translucent exterior skin of the helmet is a network of rope, which meet at the fastener position under the user’s chin. It uses this structure to add visual interest to the item of safety equipment, and create a product that stands out!

The ropes weave in and out of the skin, revealing its vibrant color and tactile texture intermittently, adding depth to the design and leading to a helmet that we can’t help but want to own!

Designer: Marine Demeyere

YD JOB ALERT: Nike is looking for an Apparel Computational Designer

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Nike, quite literally, needs no introduction. Often recognizable even without the name and with just the iconic tick mark (which is probably considered to be one of the most interesting and valuable branding stories in the entire design industry), Nike is known the world over for its presence and dominance (both commercially and culturally) in the sports-gear and fashion industry. Nike is looking for an Apparel Computational Designer 1 to join its team at their headquarters in Portland, USA.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Department: NXT Digital Innovation

The NXT Digital Innovation team provides a competitive advantage to our creation teams by fueling product innovation and craft. To accomplish this, we leverage the power of modern technologies, skillsets and services. We are seeking an Apparel Computational Designer I who has a strong design portfolio and demonstrated solid experience in computational design software—experience in apparel product design is a benefit. As our AP Computational Designer I, you’ll work with the apparel design team to design products and streamline product design, development and manufacturing, leveraging computational design. You’ll use computational design tools to help design great product. You will have an understanding of computational design best practices. You also are familiar with advanced digital skills such as Maya and ZBrush. In your portfolio of work, you should have clear examples of how you’ve worked on products with complex design requirements. You’ll collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams and participate in the creation of best-in-class product.

RESPONSIBILITIES

• Work hands-on to digitally design products leveraging industry standard computational design technologies.
• Learn and take direction from senior computational designers on best practices and apparel design.
• Multi-task and concurrently execute on several products.
• Partner on the product lifecycle process with the Design and Development organizations.
• Participate on multiple interdisciplinary project teams.
• Clearly communicate project status and manage priorities with leadership input.
• Ensure all deliverables are of the highest quality.
• Work in an independent fashion, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate effectively in difficult situations.
• Solid oral and written communication skills.

REQUIREMENTS

• Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design or Architecture.
• In lieu of degree, 2+ years of work experience in a similar role.
• Several examples of successfully launched products that demonstrate complex product design solutions.
• At least 2+ years experience using 2D and 3D design software
• At least 2+ years experience in computational design or advanced CAD design
• Ability to develop simple and elegant solutions to complex design problems
• Ability to collaborate as part of a multi-disciplinary team
• Must be organized, able to act independently as well as take direction, and able to switch rapidly between different projects in a fast-paced environment
• Can work with grace under pressure
• Intermediate skills with Rhino, Grasshopper and Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop).
• Intermediate skills with Maya, Zbrush, Processing
• Entry-level skills with Python, CLO3D

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

NIKE, Inc. is a growth company that looks for team members to grow with it. Nike offers a generous total rewards package, casual work environment, a diverse and inclusive culture, and an electric atmosphere for professional development. No matter the location, or the role, every Nike employee shares one galvanizing mission: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.

NIKE, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or disability.

LOCATION

Beaverton (Oregon), United States

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A Stool For Sitting and Sweating

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Don’t feel bad about having gym phobia, get your hands on the Fitness Stool! The concept explores what happens when exercise equipment meets furniture design.

Usable as an ordinary stool or stepladder, the design is equipped with a scale and an inner compartment for organizing small free weights, power bands, or sandbags used during routine exercises. With integrated handles and durable material finish, users can squat, plank, step and sweat in the comfort of their own home.

Designer: G. Sun Kim

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The folding treadmill that fits under your sofa

The WalkingPad is a winner product because it realizes that A. People are too lazy to go to the gym, and B. Houses and flats are too small to accommodate a home-gym into them. It, therefore, ticks the appropriate boxes with its innovative design and brings the gym to your home in a way that’s unintrusive yet feature-laden. This full-size treadmill folds up and slides right under your sofa or bed, occupying a space that is insignificant, only to be pulled out, unfolded, and used as a full-size treadmill.

The WalkingPad opens up into a full-size treadmill, sans the side rails. Two wheels at the front end allow you to easily roll the folded WalkingPad to and from under your sofa or bed, and setting up the treadmill is as easy as unfolding it open with a single lifting action. Once unfolded, the belt immediately tightens around the treadmill, and on switching it on, a display at the front of the product comes to life. The WalkingPad can be used in two modes. A manual mode allows you to set a pre-determined speed that your feet follow, while an automatic mode allows you to walk fast or slow, while the traction belt below your feet adjusts its speed to your gait. You’ve even got the additional handheld remote that you can use to work the WalkingPad, while a mobile app allows you to keep track of your walk and subsequently your workout… and when you’re done, just fold the WalkingPad and slide it conveniently under your couch! Having a proper, functional home-gym was never this convenient!

Designer: WalkingPad

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The Best Action Cam for Solo Skiers and Snowboarders

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Winter is right around the corner which can only mean one thing… SNOW! Here’s a little something to add to your selection of gear. The MK1 Snow Goggles not only shield your eyes from the elements while you’re skiing or snowboarding, they also capture every moment of the adventure using the latest camera tech.

The design, adapted to be able to use and control while wearing gloves, features dual cameras behind the front shield to capture 150-degree footage without the fisheye distortion of other single-lens cameras. Heart rate sensors on the temple also detect your most adrenaline-inducing moments and instantly categorize your recordings. Better yet, buttons on the side let you place markers in one press to easily go back and find your favorite moments. As if that wasn’t enough, a holographic display projected onto the shield lets you get ahead of the game and trim long videos while you go up the chairlift or take a break! DO want!

Designer: Vincent Wang

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“Paired with heart rate sensors on the temple, the MK1 automatically categorizes footage based on your heart rate BPM, making sure you can easily find all the heart-pumping content you want when you get home. TouchLens buttons on the sides allow you to effortlessly press anywhere in the zone to mark and favorite key moments for quick reference while editing,” Wang explained.

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Dual cameras hidden behind the lens captures 150° footage without the fisheye distortion of action cameras.

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An integrated holographic waveguide display allows you to quickly trim long videos while going up lifts or during your breaks, so you can skip right to editing the good stuff when you get home.

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