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Dutch designer Tim Vinke portable office concept packs all your office furniture into a portable two-wheel cart. Take Kruikantoor apart and you’ll end up with a shelf, a desktop, a chair for yourself and another to entertain business or personal contacts. A power strip that resolves into one extension cord out of the unit is on hand for your equipment.
No info on weight and durability was available as of this writing.
Kruikantoor might be the right thing for entrepreneurs who haven’t raised enough capital for office space. Though we doubt any coffee shop would eagerly welcome hordes of these carts into their premises.
Whatever the case, the portable office needs an improvement or two—gear towards true mobility and independence.
For instance, instead of relying on external power, maybe the desk can come with its own battery supply, rechargeable after an entire day of productivity? Most probably the only thing Kruikantoor will power are laptops and other low-power items like cell phones and media players—there’s simply no space for heavy-duty items like printers and desktops.
On top of that, why not equip the desk with its own 3.5G or 4G hardware? This would allow users to go online, without looking for a Wi-Fi hotspot to leech off from.
Kruikantoor is clearly in the mock-up stages, so we might have to wait for a while (or forever) for the product to hit the market.
Tags: Kruikantoor, Mobile Office, Tim Vinke
The New Evolta robot, powered by Panasonic’s Evolta batteries, the world’s longest-lasting AA alkaline battery cells, is shown during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan. The Evolta robot will attempt to cycle the same racing course the 24 Hours of Le Mans uses in France next month.
Panasonic Corp. hopes the “Evolta” robot will circle the track for 24 hours, the same length of time as the famous Le Mans endurance race—and setting a new Guinness Book of World Records mark for longest distance traveled by a remote-controlled robotic vehicle.
“It’s quite difficult. It’s 24 hours and that’s hard for the battery and also hard for the robot itself,” said Tomotaka Takahashi, who created the robot.
“It’s almost impossible to expect 24 hours of nice, calm weather. There could be a shower or wind. We found a lot of insects coming in front of the headlights, so they could be another problem.”
To navigate around the track the robot will follow an infrared beam emitted by a buggy that will travel in front of it through the 24 hour period.
The Le Mans circuit is just over 4km long and the robot’s speed should average about 1.3km per hour. That means it should manage about 6 laps of the circuit in the time allowed.
The stunt follows a challenge last year that had a version of the robot climb a rope strung from the bottom to the top of The Grand Canyon. It accomplished the task in just under 7 hours.
Tags: AA alkaline battery, Battery Powered Robot, Evolta, guinness book of world records, LeMans, Panasonic, Record
French artist Pierre Matter has a steampunk sensibility when he pounds out these copper sculptures, exploring Gothic themes while mixing up man and machine in a postmodern maelstrom. He’s been creating these crazy sculptures for the past couple of decades out of copper, aluminum, resin and other metals, and the suckers are big—some weighing more than 1.5 tons.
These sculptures are not something you’d want to have sitting in your living room, but the prize-winning work has been deemed good enough to occupy prestigious galleries around the world. Speaking of galleries, click through our gallery below for more examples of Matter’s work, some of which might be NSFW if you’re working in a church or nursery school.
Tags: aluminum, Arts, French artist, galleries, MATTER Pierre, Sculptor