Tag Archives | Industrial Design

Revamping Pilates Equipment

For years I’ve been interested in Pilates and this year I finally got started doing floor pilates [and BTW it really works].  The pilates machines have always looked so antiquated…until now!  Balanced Body has re-designed the pilates machines and they are awesome.  Here’s an example of taking an old machine and enhancing the user experience….beautiful!  I’d love one in my house.

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Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone

Just ordered my new Pebble….it will be shipping in September 2012….can’t wait!!!

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It’s a pen, it’s a stylus!  It’s what I want!

LunaTik Touch Pen from MINIMAL on Vimeo.

They make watches too.

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Tilting Teacup

Brilliant design and functionality!  What more can you ask for?  I do love a nice cup of brewed tea, from loose leaves and this cup makes for an easy 2-step brewing process. Tilt the cup one way for brewing [the leaves have their own little compartment], then tilt the other way to strain and drink.

The mug has been designed to fit into your hands. Tipcup has this in several plastic styles and Uncommon Goods offers it in the white and black plastic.

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DIY: Out of a Frying Pan and into a Bird Feeder

About a year ago I had found this funky square frying pan out on the street. The odd shape attracted me, yet the aluminum metal made it not the greatest frying pan. Fast forward to this year; I wanted a bird feeder and thought about the old frying pan.


A trip to the hardware store [one of my favorite places to shop] gave me the bits and pieces I needed.

$1.19  1 -5/16″ threaded rod
$ .99  3- 2″ diameter washers @.33/ea
$ .57  3 -5/16″ nuts @.09/ea
$ .14  1-5/16″ cap nut
$3.17  Total Cost


Step 1: Removing the old lid knob
This actually proved to be the most difficult step of the whole project.  However, after some strong wiggling with the pliers, it popped off and left a small hole in the lid, from which I began.

Step 2: Enlarge the hole on the lid
I used a simple drill-bit holder [not professionally recommended, but it worked] to enlarge the hole left by the old lid knob.

Step 3: Prepare lid
As I wanted the lid to remain as a roof, I put the threaded rod into the hole and capped the outside top of the lid with the cap nut.  Then, I added the washer up into the inside of the lid and secured that with another nut.

Step 4: Preparing the bottom of the pan
I measured to find the exact center of the bottom pan, marked it and pounded the drill-bit holder to create a small hole.  This was easy, as aluminum is lightweight. I then used a series of drill bits [from my tool box] to further enlarge the hole until it would allow the 5/16″ threaded rod to pass through the bottom of the pan.

Step 5: Drainage
I pounded a few small holes into the bottom of the pan, to allow for any rain/snow drainage-again using the drill-bit holder.

Step 6: Screen lining
To keep the birdseed from falling through the drainage holes, I cut a small square of lightweight screen to line the bottom of the pan. Again, I poking a hole into the screen lining to allow the rod to pass.

Step 7: Attaching the bottom pan
I put a nut onto the threaded rod, then a washer, [just as I had done for the lid in Step 3] positioned the bird feeder onto the slotted perch [the old air conditioner shelf] and -from the bottom- threaded on the washer and the last nut.  I tightened the nuts-to fit snug and straightened out the bird feeder.

Step 8: Fill the feeder and wait.

I often see cardinals flying up and down our street, so I’ve added extra black sunflower seeds in hopes of attracting them to the feeder. I also hope the old air conditioner shelf will serve as a landing pad and dream the hungry birds will soon be perched up onto the edges of the frying pan and have a nice meal.

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Jawbone’s UP Release

I follow Fast Company and this is one of those things that is just so fabulous, I wished I had thought of it.  UP by Jawbone is a really revolutionary invention. You put on the wristband and then check in with your smartphone to check on: eating patterns, sleep cycles and exercise.  It costs $100 and will be available at Apple, Target, AT&T stores, and Best Buy.

Travis Bogard, Jawbone’s VP of product development sums it up perfectly, “Health isn’t about going to the gym three times a week. It’s about the thousands of little decisions that you make during the day. It’s about what you do in between those ‘healthy times.'”

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Aeroshot: Pure Energy

So, Aeroshot might be something that would help me before yoga [as opposed to drinking coffee].

  1. Pull open
  2. Puff in
  3. Push closed

100 mg of caffeine. Anytime and anyplace. Sign up for your free sample code!

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Bike Shelf

Someday, I’ll have the perfect wall for this type of bike shelf.

Bike Shelf

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Goodbye Visionary

We need more of what Steve had. He saw something that was simply better than what had preceded it, and he was willing to gamble based on that instinct. That required an ability to think first and foremost as someone who lives with technology rather than produces it.

Steve Jobs

Jobs is perhaps the greatest user of technology to every live. He was able to think first and foremost as someone who lives with technology rather than produces it.

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Make Eyewear

3D Eyeware

About a year ago, maybe longer, I was hunting for a unique wedding gift for some designer friends and happened upon Shapeways: a 3-D printing service.  I played around with their online design tools, however opted for a beautiful glass pitcher.  David Minich was shopping for eyewear and used Shapeways to create his own business: Make Eyewear. David creates infinitely customizable eyewear.  The beauty of rapid prototyping is that you can design just about whatever you want, then print it on demand.  What could you make with this type of technology?


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