Finger Flashlight

Finger Flashlight

Chao everyone!

Just a couple of nights ago, I was working on an Arduino project with my boyfriend. Everything was dandy, until I snapped at him for hindering the light source. It was seriously no big deal in other cases, but I never realized how annoying it was to me until now. Granted, it was a really small object that we were both focusing on and I was already frustrated from the code not working. It was all good. We finished the project without any scars.

Then I came across a concept design for an¬†LED light glove. Basically, a glove that allows you to shoot a ray of light at your enemies…err…objects.

Torch White LED Light Globe by Tilen Sepic. Source.

This is a concept design by a Slovenian designer, Tilen Sepic. The purpose of this design is to “produce a working light” without having to deal with shadows. Why didn’t I have this glove during my project??

By the way, the thing around the wrist is an external battery pack. How cool is that? AND the whole glove is lined with fiber optics. You can be your own Iron Man. No joke.

Would this be helpful? Or would it more of a hindrance when working on things that are hands-on?

Until next time,

Nhi

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Therapeutic High Heels Update

Therapeutic High Heels Update

Chao everyone!

Last time I mentioned a special project that I worked on that aims to bring comfort to wearing high heels. In the beginning, I just wanted to 3D scan an existing pair since I recently learned about a program called 123D Catch, which is an awesome tool that pieces together photos of a physical object into a 3D model. It works great if you want to test it on smaller objects – say a nail polish. Instead, I opted for a different method, using the NextEngine 3D Scanner.

NextEnginer 3D Scanner

I know I’ve said “3D” a lot all ready. Bear with me ūüôā

Basically, with this scanner, you can scan any object that can fit within the rotating disk. I seriously love this scanner. It’s like having an XBox, but for designers. Depending on how accurate you want the result to be, it can take from 7 minutes to half an hour. Of course, if you want a better quality scan, you’d have to wait.

After the scan, and editing using Autodesk Maya, here’s what I got.

3D View

Wait till you see the 3D print of this shoe! It’s epic.

Until next time,

Nhi

Product Review: FineLife Products Bug Zapper

Product Review: FineLife Products Bug Zapper

Chao everyone!

The other day, I was cleaning out some of the clutter in my room – surprise, surprise – and I found my electric bug swatter! This was given to me as a birthday present, and by far, it’s the most practical gift I’ve ever received. For some reason, mosquitoes love to devour my blood. Even if I’m in a room with 5 people, I would be the one getting bites; the bites would get so bad that they¬†actually bruise and scar without me touching it.

Mosquitoes are evil!

The product I’m using is the Bug Zapper from FineLife Products.

Bug Zapper! Source.

Yesterday was actually the first time I opened the box and used it. My first impression is that it looks like a badminton racket for kids. It has one yellow button on the side of the handle that activates the electric current. If you listen carefully, you can hear a very subtle sound. On the front of the handle is a green LED light that lets you know when the electricity is on.

I have a love/hate relationship with this product. The absolute best thing is that it’s 500x better and more efficient that the traditional fly swatter.

My old fly swatter. Source.

It kills on contact (as grotesque as it sounds). I’m only a little picky about the button. You actually have to hold the button for it to continue turning on¬†instead of a switch.

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However, it’s quite useful if you want to prevent kids from using this like a toy. It’s¬†not completely child proof¬†so it might be a problem if you have children in your household.

Have you used this yet? Too bad it’s not convenient to carry around. I want to bring it everywhere!

Until next time,

Nhi

The Truth About High Heels

The Truth About High Heels

Chao everyone!

The past month and a half was crazy. I was stressing out trying to finish my honors thesis before the deadline. Last Tuesday was my defense and I’m proud to say that I’ve completed one milestone in my life!! I have been working on this topic for over two years and it’s been something that I really want to see on the market.

Today, I would like to share a little bit of my project. It’s quite lengthy, so maybe I’ll post a snippet each week?

The basis of my research is acupressure. Mainly, its relationship to high heels. Now if you’ve worn high heels before, you’d know the pain and blisters that come with these shoes. You’ve seen celebrities with foot bunions and other really distorted feet.

Bunions cause the toe to bend unnaturally. Source.

Gravity is usually the culprit – the pressure naturally points downward toward the toes.

Shoes that bring pressure downward. Source.

Recently, I found out that I’m flat-footed (which explains all the unnecessary tripping), and it’s really difficult trying to find heels that are comfortable (and chic). So….I decided to create high heels that would fix this issue!

3D printing became my best friend in the last couple of years. I can’t wait to show you some of the 3D printed shoes that I created!

Until next time,

Nhi

 

 

 

Grass balls. That you can’t smoke.

Grass balls. That you can’t smoke.

Chao everyone!

I don’t know if you are in the generation that still mows the lawn, but I know I used to be bribed by my dad to cut the grass for $1 (back then it was a good deal). After a few years, my parents replaced¬†the grass and we put the lawn mower in storage. If you hate pushing that thing, guess what I have for you today…

MUWI

Source link.

I discovered this on Yanko¬†a couple of days ago (I know…I basically live on this site). The Muwi concept is an automated mower that cuts grass and compresses the saved grass into two different types of blocks: balls and disks. It’s completely eco-friendly as these blocks can be used as something children can play with or it can be used as compost fertilizer.¬†According to the designer, Yuli Sung, this grass mower analyzes the size of the land and automatically activates.

If only this was real 10 years ago…

Until next time,

Nhi

My New Obsession

My New Obsession

Chao everyone!

Over spring break, I managed to catch up on my new favorite show, Ellen’s Furniture Design Challenge. It’s a competition for up-and-coming furniture designers and the winner wins $100,000 among other awesome prizes. This show caught my eye because…

1. I like seeing designer’s creative process

2. All that drama between which piece of wood looks better

3. Ellen DeGeneres is awesome

Even though it was a short competition, there were so many brilliant designs. Plus, how were they able to accomplish a piece of furniture in 48 hours??!! My favorite furniture designer from the competition – with absolutely no bias that she’s the winner – is Katie Stout. She uses a lot of acrylic in her furniture designs, which makes this my favorite piece by her.

Katie and Kar’s Design. Source link.

 

The ending… was….CRAZY!!¬†¬†I can’t spoil this online, just in case anyone is interested. AHHHHH!! I can’t wait for the next season!!!

Until next time,

Nhi

Sweating for Eyedrops

Sweating for Eyedrops

Chao everyone!

This past weekend, I was looking at some new eye drops. I wear contact lenses all the time and it gets really irritating after a few hours. So after awhile, I decided to venture into the world of eye drops. Have you heard of¬†the Rohto ¬†brand? It deems to have a “cooling effect,” – they are more like a burning effect, but only for a few seconds.

Rohto Ice. Source link

Then, it feels AMAZING! Of course, this is a little but irrelevant to my case since it’s not recommended for¬†contact lens. However, I still love to use it at the end of the night after staring at the computer screen all day long. It’s definitely refreshing and different.

Unfortunately, it takes me literally 10 minutes to use those drops – it doesn’t matter which kind I use – most of the liquid would fall down my face instead of into my eyes ^_^’

I found this ingenious design from Yanko, an awesome web magazine that introduces many different conceptual Рsometimes actual Рdesigns. The designers of this iDrops, Eunyoung Lee and Kwangtack Lee, wanted to create a contraption that would make the process easier.

iMeds from Yanko Design. Source link

As cool as it is, I immediately thought of this…

Eye drop Stabilizer. Source link

Seriously. The Japanese is ahead of their game! These funnels have a wider rim, allowing the user ample space for error. I would love to have one of these to try out. Would you ever use this in public?

Until next time,

Nhi