How does an ambulance reach a victim in a road/highway accident when there are more than a dozen cars stuck in a traffic jam between the ambulance and the site of the accident? Up until now the only solution was to drive in the opposite lane, weaving through oncoming traffic to get to the victim. A band of Korean designers created the Median AMB, a special ambulance that can directly reach the point of the accident without getting affected by the traffic congestion created by the accident. The Median AMB sits on the road divider/median and drives up and down the highway almost like a monorail. It features sliding doors on both sides, seating for a driver and an assistant, and an area for a stretcher that holds the victim. The Median AMB drives down the dividers, right to the victim’s location, picks them up and brings them to a proper ambulance that can take the victim to the nearest hospital.
Citroën seems to have it the nail on the head by calling its Ami One a ‘disruptive all-electric object’, and not a car. Barely 2.5 meters long, the Ami One stems from an idea that traveling is an activity, and a car should only be as permanent as the need of that activity. The video above makes a pretty bold claim by saying that YOU choose how long you want (to rent) your car. Five minutes, five hours, five days…months , or even five years. This sounds like a gimmick, but think about the fact that there are people who book taxis and ubers or take public transport, versus people who own cars. While one demographic focuses on the trip, the other focuses on ownership. The ability to own/rent the Ami One based on your needs or your belief system easily appeals to everyone.
The Ami One positions itself as a need-based vehicle that can cater to both car-owners as well as people who would otherwise opt for public transport. If that wide approach wasn’t enough, Citroën claims that (according to European legislation) the Ami One can be driven without a licence by people as young as 16 year olds, opening the Ami One to youngsters as well as foreigners or people without licenses. With a maximum speed of 28mph (it isn’t built for speed), the Citroën is a four-wheel equivalent of riding an electric bicycle, making it relatively safer than your regular four-wheeled speed demon, while also justifying the fact that it can be driven without a license. The car’s rental system ties itself to your smartphone. Scan a barcode and the car is yours. In fact the phone even extends to become your car’s dashboard, with a dedicated slot to place it in. The Ami One even packs a wireless charging surface for your smartphone for good measure.
The Ami One comes with an incredibly compact design (ideal for two passengers) and a zero-emission, zero-sound electric drive. With an aesthetic that’s edgy yet friendly, futuristic yet realistic, the Ami One is an unabashed people-pleaser. Citroën imagines a future where cities will be abuzz with these small, safe, and useful-to-all NEVs, and is all set to debut the car… ahem… disruptive all-electric object at the Geneva Motor Show next month!
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The bane of air-travel, aside from noisy children and overpriced peanuts of course, is the fact that you’re stuck in an uncomfortable chair with practically no cushioning and hardly any leg-room. The economy class of an airplane is designed to be just that… economical. It sacrifices comfort, the need of personal space, and probably even its share of functionality just to make sure it can host as many passengers on the plane. We justify this mild discomfort because “it’s only for a few hours, right?”
In collaboration with Airbus, Benjamin Hubert of LAYER Design has developed what may just be the future of the economy class. An 18-month long project, Hubert’s transformed the very idea of the economy class without compromising on the quantitative nature of economical travel. Introducing smart fabrics that fit futuristic possibilities into a single sheet of cloth, and a thin, strong frame that holds everything together (along with a pretty remarkable tray system), Hubert and Airbus’s design, titled ‘Move’, allows seating to remain thin yet comfortable, and even makes accommodations for entertainment, storage, and even the so-far-unsolvable problem of legroom. The result is seating that occupies less space, but doesn’t let that be perceived as a con. It makes up for everything with top-notch design, engineering, and technology, allowing the economical class to feel classy.
THE SEAT – MATERIAL
The Move employs a smart textile seat cover (polyester wool blend – for heat regulation, robustness, and tactility – with integrated conductive yarn) that’s mounted on a robust aircraft grade aluminium and carbon fibre frame. “The knitted seat cover has zones of various density knit that offer different levels of support to the body. Throughout the journey, the Move seat automatically adjusts based on passenger weight, size, and movement to maintain optimal ergonomic comfort”, says Hubert. “This is made possible by passing current through the conductive yarn to vary the seat tension. The passenger can make additional adjustments to the seat based on personal preference using the Move app. The Move app can also be used to engage different seat modes, such as ‘massage’, ‘mealtime’, or ‘sleep’.”
THE SEAT – COMFORT
With a set fabric that can change density, flexibility, and even temperature, the Move doesn’t need to worry about integrating foam panels for cushioning, and even ditches the reclining mechanism. The reclining mechanism helps chairs feel more relaxing by changing one’s posture. However, a posture change also results in the eternal legroom problem. “The position of the seat is fixed – which addresses the issue of ‘legroom rage’ caused by passengers unnecessarily reclining on shorter flights”- instead, the chair’s fabric possesses the ability to learn from your posture, build, and body temperature, helping you sit in a way that feels comfortable to you. This could mean heating the chair up or cooling it down… or even tightening the fabric near the kidneys for greater lumbar support, or relaxing the overall textile for a more hammock-like feel.
THE TRAY TABLE + STORAGE
The Move also integrates a display and tray unit on the back of each seat. The display unit delivers key information, and even comes with an optional In Flight Entertainment module that can fit in its place. The tray unit combines functionalities too, serving as an emergency exit map when closed, and a fully height-adjustable tray when opened out. Right under it is a pocket to store your belongings, and the Move even comes with a sleeve to store laptops and tablets underneath the seats (between individual chairs). The laptop sleeves come made with a pressure sensitive yarn too, reminding you to collect your belongings while deboarding the plane.
Move’s design is quite a departure from the usual defensive design of economical class seating which sort of acts as a psychological reminder that the Business Class is better and more desirable. Hubert uses a beautiful gradiented fabric to make the plane’s interiors more eye-catching, feeling more like a theater and less like the waiting room at an ER. Height adjustable armrests let you go from compartmentalized to bench-style seating, and the headrests even curve inwards, providing a great pillow to rest your head against, while also allowing you to get that private, cocooned feeling. My favorite detail is the fact that they even come with the seat number embroidered/printed directly on the headrest so you’ll never find yourself struggling to locate your seat by constantly holding up your boarding pass to double check for your spot! And it does all this without altering or tinkering with the orientation or the layout of seats, but rather just upgrading the seat as a singular unit.
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The Pacum literally saves more space than it occupies. The tiny handheld vacuum allegedly packs more punch than a Dyson, allowing you to seal and store your clothes in air-tight bags, eliminating any pockets of air that may take up space in your suitcase. The Pacum comes with an attachment that lets you vacuum-pack your clothes, storing more inventory in the same space, making packing more efficient and economical. Clothes that are vacuum-packed stay wrinkle-free and fresh for longer too.
The Pacum’s small size gives it the advantage of portability too. Barely the size of a power bank, the Pacum works on a battery and charges via USB Type-C. It can be stashed in any bag, backpack, drawer, or even placed on a desktop, looking unsuspectingly like a power-bank or a Bluetooth speaker. Plug the adapter (or the Padaptor, as they call it), and the Pacum becomes an air-guzzling machine. It compresses bags 25% more than most branded vacuums, and does the job at 4 times the speed. It can be used to pack clothes efficiently for travel, for long-term storage (to prevent them from developing mold, mildew, or moths), and can even be used with food to either preserve them, or to prepare them for processes like sous-vide cooking. The Pacum works in two pump modes. The Eco-mode saves energy, while the Super-mode saves time. Once it’s pulled all the air out, the Pacum stops automatically too, saving energy and also letting you know when you’re done.
While this hand-held device works great at sucking air out, the Pacum can even work as an inflater-pump. A simple switch in air-direction lets you use the Pacum to inflate various things like sporting equipment, inflatable furniture, and even toys. Clearly designed to be more than just a one-hit wonder, the Pacum isn’t just made for efficient clothes packing. It allows you to vacuum pack food, as well as inflate toys, sporting equipment, and even furniture… Plus, with a little bit of practice and a Mayku FormBox, you can use the Pacum as a vacuum-forming machine to make molds and prototypes too!
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