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Model Ikea

13 Jul
Shoshanna's Room

Planning a room with Ikea site?

I do not know if there is, please reader, more than a Stiod, this will be a request!

You know the most famous Swedish girl, Ikea, has so cool solutions for a relatively low cost when it has to do with furnishing.

The company has, by the way quite helpful softwares to planning, but it does not always help! At least not to me, who has not the sharpest mind in the world. What if, this Ikea girls furnishing had its own model pieces. I don’t know if it would need to be Ikea who sold it, though there is some potential there. But it could fit also other chains such as Mio or whoever sells furniture worldwide. One could have a standard scale, like the model railways things, but a little bigger.

I know architects use some things, but to my knowing they use to make such things by themselves, or am I wrong? I heard of people who even uses Lego to do the work. Please, too much abstraction to me!

Imagine if you had it as ready to use models or even if you could build it home, with your children or your partner or …  in a hobby-like afternoon? A-ma-zing!

So, if you know about something like this, please, comment, or if you don’t let’s hope some “mind behind the things” reads this post and hear our voices>

 

Related links:

Ikea Hackers

Stiod Sharing – Creating togethet

22 Jun

Stiod has been in Lund, Sweden, and now want to share a presentation that do has to do with our site.

It is about making the world better – by doing what Stiod does – share ideas, be they stupid or brilliant.

http://bambuser.com/v/3928675

Toilet seats with springs

18 Jun

Again a stiod I thought of my own – despite I’ve see some fancy version (here) from Japan on youtube, some weeks ago – was thought of before me and has indeed a patent registered. A step further to come to existence though.

My concern toward the toilet seats come from long time ago when I shared an apartment with two boys. They would never fold back the seat top after using the toilet seat. When you get married that comes also to happen sometimes – though seldom home by me.

It is not a good problem if you are wide awake and your toilet room is warm and nice. Take it when you are sleepy in the middle of the night, and the toilet is a heck of a cold place to sit, that can be a distress to marriage. You crawl out bed and snail into the toilet room, roll out your pajamas etc and sit in a freezing cold porcelain. Someone forgot to pull down the soft warm seat to its place.

The invention will help you to save your marriage by not needing to scream of surprise for the cold bottom and not complaining everyday about the same thing. Your fine toilet seat should come with springs, that help the boys to have it up while they need it but will slowly and nicely pull it back to its due place after being left loose.

The patent text I read here.

The picture above is another version that focuses more in the toilet lifter. (here)

 

 

Stiod Sharing: Choosing your flight neighbor.

13 Jun
English: JetBlue Airplane in Flight over Houston

(credit: Wikipedia)

Peter is taking a long distance flight. He’s very happy because he just got a promotion in his job, proposed his girlfriend and they are going to get married soon. He’s absolutely good and his life is walking towards perfection. Just have to tell that to everybody.

Jean is taking a long distance flight. He’s very busy, has lots of work to prepare before his presentation only four hours after landing. He opens his laptop, starts a dozen spreadsheets and tries to create the powerpoint slides so perhaps he has time to take a shower before rushing to the company headquarters.

Maria and Manuel are on vacations and took their kids to travel. They take the same long distance flight as Jean and Peter.

Ana Maria and Manuel’s daughter, happen to sit together with Daddy and Jean. Mommy, Teddy and daddy are in the seat behind her.

While Ana tries to play with her little brother, she kicks Jeans laptop accidentally. Later, Teddy cries because Tony, the middle brother stole his toy. Peter can’t hold his happiness and has to talk to the mother and the father who sit next to him, just the aisle separating them. The father is irritated with the kids crying, the guy talking and the long flight, starts complaining to Jean.

Do you want your seat neighbour to be like-minded, share hobbies with you or speak a specific language? 
Do you want to chat, or to rest while flying? Join SeatBuddy to make the best of your flight time.

Is this scene familiar to you? Hardly ever am I in the role of Peter and not seldom do I meed some kids family in flights and the likes. Now you can avoid these not friendly travelers.

Peter can choose a department in the plane where people are friendly and want to talk about free topics. Jean can book a silent department while Maria and Manuel… well, they will wait until a family department is created – Perhaps it will need some doors to hold the possibility of a silent department in the same plane.

The idea comes from the Latvian air company Air Baltic. The passengers will have the possibility to choose their neighbors. You can choose your travel mood or join the community SeatBuddy from their website. It will take your facebook information to match your profile to other passengers’.

Stiod Sharing – “Loss Goggles”

3 Jun

People have been trying to help us all losing weight by all means. Taking away our food. Lessening the amount of food. Reducing the taste. Creating satisfaction pills.

This Japanese team decided going a bit more creative. Eyeglasses that makes the food look bigger. Allegedly the glasses will help you losing weight, by magnifying only the food in your hands. It seems the food gets 50% bigger. And you will eat less of the food.

It seems the thesis that you eat with your eyes is being confirmed. The researchers just don’t know what is it that make people eat less wit the food sized being virtually increased.

It looks good. Wonder how long will it take to my stomach get used to less food, instead.

The idea of controlling your TV from the couch – the remote control

23 May

Calm down, I shall not try to invent the remote control. Definitely. That has been a while I plan rendering a salute to great ideas that are part of our daily lives in such a way we don’t think even they’ve been ideas of somebody’s.

Recently  – last Sunday – Eugene Polley passed away. Have ever heard about him? An extraordinary and visionary man who has 18 patents. He was the one who first executed (or had?) the idea of controlling a television in a wireless basis. Can you wonder what took him to his project? Well, I suppose it was a sweet and comprehensible laziness – that was it. But the invention created also safety – by replacing the wire controls that were used before his invention – and comfort.

A remote control's infrared seen as near-infra...

When the remote control was invented there were only a couple of  TV channels. Yet, Polley thought he would enjoy more his TV experience if he did not need to stand up for shutting up those annoying advertisements.Laziness is the mother of invention. He has to be rendered a tribute for thinking beyond the fences.

Ironically, the news of Polley’s passing away coincided with my remote controls being out of batteries. My finger tops are bleeding aching tired 🙂 of pushing thousand times the buttons of my TV and cable adapter. I don’t know how often people needed – or dared –  to change channels in the fifties, but there is so much s..t on TV nowadays, you have to zap very often. And more, that is much easier typing 702 if you are watching a program on 40 than pushing the channel button over 600 times. Apocalyptic invention!

There were good and bad side effects of remote controlling TVs, I wonder (and I am still waiting someone giving life to my remote controlled stove!):

Arguable bad effects:

  • Carpet industry lost some customers.
  • Hand physiotherapists lost patients (think of my fingers today)
  • Bladder problems due to many no-cut sessions on HBO

Possible good effects:

  • Advertising became less nagging (ops, almost forgot some shoptime etc.)
  • Gym got more clients (fattening after sitting the whole Sunday in front of TV)
  • Cuddling time became longer ❤

If you pardon me, I will zap for some news about the strike in the subways and trains in SP. Please check the links below for some more detailed texts about Eugene Polley’s geniality. ✜

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