Loose Change

General Design, Innovators & Creators, Product Innovation, Prototyping

When it is broken down to what it actually costs to product coins from the US mint, it is ridiculous.

Considering no company would sell a product for $100 that costs $240 to manufacture, why are coins still being produced in the same fashion?

Among other things, this article suggests removing the inner core of each coin (in the fashion of a donut), sacrificing the portraits and sparing $58 million a year in production.

http://www.core77.com/blog/materials/the_us_mints_production_materials_problem_nickels_cost_11_cents_to_make_heres_our_design_solution_24527.asp

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IHHS 2013 Part 2

Animations, Graphic Design, Innovators & Creators, Photography, Prototyping

Chicago is a-buzz with all of the new products showcasing at the 2013 International Home and Houseware Show.

With over 13 miles of aisles, 60,000 attendees, and 775,000 square feet of exhibit space for vendors, #IHHS13 is packed with all of the latest and greatest in design!

DavisonCreators was there as doors opened on Saturday, viewing all of the newest materials, vivid colors and best products before they hit store shelves. Here are a few things we saw along the way:

* http://www.housewares.org/blog/index.php/2013/03/welcome-to-the-2013-international-home-housewares-show/

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Take a Closer Look: The Future of the PC

Product Innovation, Prototyping, Upcoming Inventions

Who knew these small pen-like devices were actually the future of the personal computing experience?  Thanks to the abundant developments of Bluetooth technology, you may soon be able to carry an entire PC (keyboard and all) in your pocket.  The devices project both the keyboard and the monitor on a flat surface, allowing the user to engage in any task that a modern desktop computer would allow them to.  With this breakthrough in technology, we’ll soon be saying goodbye to our laptops!

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Cardboard Bike Prototype

General Design, Photography, Prototyping
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Images: REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Izhar Gafni, 50, is an expert in designing automated mass-production lines. He is an amateur cycling enthusiast, who for years toyed with an idea of making a bicycle from cardboard. “I was always fascinated by applying unconventional technologies to materials and I did this on several occasions. But this was the culmination of a few things that came together. I worked for four years to cancel out the corrugated cardboard’s weak structural points,” Gafni said.

Source of post: http://industriesunited.posterous.com/a-cardboard-bicycle-and-a-mission
Source of pics: REUTERS/Baz Ratner — http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/10/16/israeli-inventor-creates-cardboard-bicycle-that-can-change-the-world/

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The Popinator

General Design, Industrial Design, Product Design, Product Innovation, Prototyping

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You’ll never eat popcorn the same way again once you feast on each kernel shooting out of the Popinator.

Source:  http://www.popcornindiana.com/popinator-project

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