Monday, April 30, 2007

Bicycle in Suitcase - The Real Deal

There were already some concept of foldable bicycles out there, but finally one seems to be reaching the production lines and is turning into market reality, as you can see by the picture bellow.

All the information I could gather about this bicycle is that it will be made in China, named “Joice” and its brand seems to be Sun. Also, there are reports that the MSRP for the product is believed to be $ 399.00 and it will reach the market later this year.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Squid USB Thumb Drive

Yet another funny USB thumb drive by SolidAlliance. The squid thumb drive holds up to 512Mb.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

BMW Designed Boeing 787 VIP Business Jets Unveils Interior Concepts

If you are a couple dozen millions dollars short and cannot get a A380 Private Jet, you can try to contact Boeing and the BMW Group DesignworksUSA to get a deal on the 787 VIP.

The concept was exposed last week in the Hamburg Aircraft Interior Expo 2007.

BMW Group DesignworksUSA unveiled its Boeing 787 VIP cabin concept at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2007 in Hamburg last week. Boeing Business Jets approached BMW and challenged it to create a conceptual 787 aircraft interior for a fictitious affluent, Russian client in his mid-thirties. BMW says it designed the interior to cater for an owner who spends a significant amount of time travelling across the globe and needs an aircraft that can function as a second home with luxuries providing “for the enjoyment of life”. The team came up with an interior with semi-translucent walls and residential type furniture that lets space “visually continue around it”.

World’s Most Expensive Shift Knob

If you spent US$ 1.4 millions in a Bugatti Veyron, you probably would like to give your very own touch to the car, after all, you do not want to be like any other regular millionaire that bought one of them, you want to add your touch.

If you are rich enough, here is your treat, a shift knob made with 10 ounces of white gold and 30 karats of diamonds.

The price? Only US$ 150,000

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

CIS Solar Tower

Built in 1962 in Manchester(UK) to host the British insurance company CIS Ltd. head quarters, the CIS Tower was suffering the from its 40 years exposure to pollution.

The building, that was the highest in Europe when was built and still is the second highest in Manchester, had millions of little mosaic tiles covering its windowless fa├žade, but due to time and pollution, these tiles were falling down. A long term repair was needed.

Gary Thomas, Head of Property and Facilities, had the idea of turning the building in a giant solar panel in 2000. And in 2004 the transformation began.

A few years, 7244 photovoltaic panels and £ 5.5 millions (around $ 11 millions) latter, the 400ft building turned into a giant solar power plant that generates 390kW, 181,000 units of renewable electricity each year - equivalent to the energy needed to full power 55 homes for a year.