Archive for August, 2008

The One Minute Recharging Nano Battery

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 27, 2008 by edwinconan

Toshiba’s ‘NanoBattery’ Recharges In Only One Minute

Toshiba Corporation today announced a breakthrough in lithium-ion
batteries that makes long recharge times a thing of the past. The
company’s new battery can recharge 80% of a battery’s energy capacity
in only one minute, approximately 60 times faster than the typical
lithium-ion batteries in wide use today, and combines this fast
recharge time with performance-boosting improvements in energy density.


To Make Hybrids Louder, oh, dear

Posted in Design Studio Icarus Project with tags , , , , on August 23, 2008 by edwinconan

Motor Authority » California studying ways to make hybrids louder

Oh, good, there are people start to concern about the pedestrians, and try to make hybrid cars noisier. And their anwser is to use speakers and microphones, some even want the hybrid to sound like a V8.

To me, this is a super daft idea, i mean to protect pedestrians is good, but to make a hybrid car louder is stupid, just look at that hybrid car on the picture, do you want that thing sounds like a V8?

To drive a Toyota Prius hybrid car is already embarrassed enough, the image you are sending out is that:
1. You are an environmentalist and hippie
2. You are stupid and convinced by Toyota marketing people and believe their scam that to drive one of their dreadful Prius you can save the planet.
3. You have no taste of aesthetic what so ever, there is no difference between you and the blind person you gonna run into.

I don’t understand why people buy Toyota Prius, it’s a typical scam, toyota is using our concern about environement to sell us rubbish and make loads of money. To make that Prius as “economical” as possible, toyota goes to the ends of the earth, literally. The nickel they need to make the battery comes from a mine in Canada, to seperate the nickel from the mine, it will produce a lot of acid rain, ok, doesn’t matter, then they load the nickel to an enormous cargo ship and sent it to Europe to refine it and then sent the nickel to China and turn it into a sort of foam then sent them to Japan to put into the battery in a Prius car. Think about those, how much environment damage have they already done in the process of produce a Prius?!!! Ok, if that sounds fine to you environmentalists, and you finally spent a lot of money and bought one, the life of the battery is short and the maintainness cost is higher than normal car. Ok, if that still sounds fine to you environmentalists, and you finally finish the car and through it away, the battery in the car will continue to poison the planet, the poison will go to the water, the soil, the fish, the food, many people will be poisoned and dead. A recent study shows that in the long term, a Prius does more envirnment damage than a Land Rover Discovery. In conclusion, the planet is killed, and the people are killed, just so you environmentalists can buy a Toyota Prius and pretend that you are nice people and concerned about the environment.

Frankly, I can’t see anything good about that Prius. It looks rubbish, it costs a lot, it is slow, it doen’t handle, it uses more oil on a motorway than a V8 M3 because at a high speed the tiny little petrol motor has to work overtime to keep the speed, and what does “using more oil” mean? it means more pollution and more money. In the end, it is not econormical at all.

And now those environmentalists and hippies are starting to worry about the pedestrians, oh, my god, you’ve already killed lots of people and will kill more people at the distinct moment when you sign your Prius bill, it really doesn’t matter if you kill one or two more pedestrians. And further more, do you environmentalists think that we normal people want to see and hear a rubbish looking Prius passing by with a loud speaker with a fake V8 engine noise boardcasting that you are a gay, a pretender, an evnironmentalist, a murder and you want more noise pollution?

If you are a turly concerned about the environment and people’s lives, just don’t buy a hybrid car, go and buy a Land Rover Discovery, so that the planet is saved, the pedestrians are saved, and you will live happier and feel better and people around you will think you are an hornest man and they will love you.

Pitch 1#

Posted in Methods In Design Research & Practice with tags , , , , , on August 20, 2008 by edwinconan

Edwin has always been interested in cars since the moment he knew there is
a thing called car in this world. He always dreams about designing a car. But
to become a car designer, it takes more than just a habit of collecting pretty
images of cars, which he does everyday.

The knowledge he has at the moment is not enough. He would like to know
more about how automotive designers in different countries design cars;
the methods they use when designing a car and the design stories behind
their cars. Also he would like to know about the new technology and new
materials in automotive design to make a car more sustainable, and what
would the car of the future look like and how people will use the car in the future.

Then he would like to design a car and submit to a competition. If the lightning
strikes the same person for a second time, he may get another red cup.

How to run your car on water? Hydrorunner

Posted in Design Studio Icarus Project with tags , , , on August 20, 2008 by edwinconan

Our Technology – Hydrorunner – Double your Gas Mileage While Keeping it Green!

Hydrorunner’s hydrogen on demand retro-fit system is designed for any ICE
internal combustion or Diesel Engine. We create Hydrogen(H2 Gas) through the
process known as electrolysis or “cracking water” as it also known with no catalyst.
This is important to note because many catalysts that are used can cause
internal breakdown overtime of key engine components. The electrical current is
generated from the OEM’s unused power in the alternator. Note: no special
alternator is necessary to create HH gas. The HH gas is then pulled in by the
throttle plate vacuum into the intake manifold via the HYFSL (Hydrogen Fuel
Supply Line). The HH gas assists the combustion process with the onboard fuel
in a more efficient burn. This is achieved with the assistance of the secondary
computer which controls the flow of the Hydrogen that has been specifically
preprogrammed for that make and model.

Some thoughts about My Proposal

Posted in Methods In Design Research & Practice with tags , , , , , on August 13, 2008 by edwinconan

I’m going to call my Project “Project EC” or “ProjECt”. Alright it may not be that creative, but as it’s so often that nearlly all my projects have names with “EC” in it, such as my Edwin’s Cardboard Officechair (ECO), my eLight (Light Design), My Edwin’s Carbon Fiber Ring (EC Ring). EC can refer to my name Edwin Conan, or Edwin’s Car, Eco Car, or whatever. Anyway, in order to design a car, can be a sports car, a supercar, a muscle car (at the moment i’m doing one), an off-roader, a van, a truck, a roadster, a speedster, a bus…. whatever car i’ll end up doing next year, there is research needs to be done, although as a car fan, i’ve been collecting car information everywhere since the age of 3, there’s still lots of bits that are missing, or rather not in depth, and there are loads of new technology coming out these days that i missed or heard of but not look into it deeply again.  So i’m looking at different car stories, history, also materials, manufacturor, design briefs, designers and new technology and so on.

5 Names of Cars

Posted in Methods In Design Research & Practice on August 13, 2008 by edwinconan

Here is a list of 5 iconic cars (I’d love to do a lot more if i have more time)

1. Citroen 2CV (1948)

Citroen 2CV Wikipedia

There is eternal beauty in this car’s simplicity, and there was nothing ugly about the cost-effetiveness of the car desgined to being the typical French farmer into the motoring age.


2. Volswagen Beetle (1938)

VW Beetle Wikipedia

When Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany, he told the country’s automakers that he wanted a car that people could buy for 1000 marks that would travel at speeds up to 100km/h ont he autobahns he would construct, average more than 30 miles per gallon, be easy to maintain and could carry four or five occupants. He even went so far as to suggest such a car should be shaped like a beetle because of that insect’s steamlined shape.

Between, 1946 and 2003, Volkswagen built more than 21,529,000 of them


3. Austin / Morris Mini

Mini wikipedia

The Mini is a fuel-efficient car that is 4 feet wide, 4 feet tall, 10 feet long and yet comfortably hold 4 people and their luggage. British answer to the Volkswagen Beetle and Fiat Topolino.


4.Lamborghini Miura 1966

Lamborghini Miura Wikipedia

Inspired by the Ford GT40 (now Ford GT), the Miura astonished showgoers at the 1965 Turin Motor Show where only the chassis was shown, with multiple orders being placed despite the lack of an actual body. Later, Marcello Gandini from Bertone, who would later go on to design many of Lamborghini’s cars, was chosen to design the body. Both body and chassis were launched five months later at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. It was a sensation, with its flamboyant bodywork and unusual engine and clam-shell opening hoods on both the front and rear of the car. There was a small trunk located in the very rear of the tail behind the engine.


5. Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang Wikipedia

The Mustang had the most successful car launching in automobile history, selling, in its first eighteen months, more than one million cars. The Mustang created the “pony car” class of automobiles — the sports car’s “long hood, short deck” design. It spawned competitors, the Camaro, inspired imported coupés, the Toyota Celica and Ford Capri. The Mustang remains in production after four decades-worth of stylistic and technologic revisions.

There are much more….

Fiat 500

Jaguar Xk120

Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic

Alfa Romeo 8c 2900

Chevrolet Corvette

Citroen DS

Ford Thunderbird

Ferrari 250GT

Jaguar E type

Shelby AC Cobra

Aston Martin DB5

Porsche 911

Ferrari 365 Daytona

lamborghini Contach

Dodge Viper

McLaren F1


Audi Quattro

Nissan Skyline

5 Names of Furniture Products

Posted in Methods In Design Research & Practice on August 13, 2008 by edwinconan

1.”Chair One” – Konstantin Grcic of Magis Design

Magis Design was founded in 1976 in northern Italy. In 1994 one of the first product designed by Andries and Hiroko van Onck was the Step ladder. It was also the same year Bottle by Jasper Morrison and the Lyra Stool was launched by Design Group Italia.

Through the years Magis had collabora

ted with designer like Stefano Giovannoni, Jasper Morrison, Michael Young and Konstantin Gricic which all have shaped the product range of the brand. Today Magis is an innovation house with fun design and leading edge technology, constantly seeking technological sophistication for its products. Included in the Magis collection are Bombo, Bottle, Air Chair, Chair One, Deja Vu, Dog House, Nuovastep, Flo and Stool One. Chair One is Made in Italy.


2. Red-Blue Armchair – Gerrit Rietveld 1917-1923

In 1917 Gerrit Rietveld designed the Red Blue

Chair, which signaled a radical change in architectural theory. This chair was originally constructed in a natural wood finish, but in 1921 Gerrit Rietveld began an association with the De Stijl movement that led to the distinctive painting of this revolutionary chair. Gerritt Rietveld’s unusual furniture designs led to several housing commissions, which he invariably designed in a Neo-plastic style.


3. Wassily Chair – Marcel Breuer 1925-1926

The Wassily Chair (Wikipedia), also known as the Model B3 chair, was designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925-26 while he was the head of the cabinet-making workshop at the Bauhaus, in Dessau, Germany. Despite popular belief, the chair was not designed for the non-objective painter Wassily Kandinsky, who was concurrently on the Bauhaus faculty. However, Kandinsky had admired the completed design, and Breuer fabricated a duplicate for Kandinsky’s personal quarters. The chair became known as “Wassily” decades later, when it was re-released by an Italian manufacturer who had learned of the anecdotal Kandinsky connection in the course of its research on the chair’s origins.

This chair was revolutionary in the use of the materials (bent tubular steel and canvas) and methods of manufacturing. It is said that the handlebar of Breuer’s ‘Adler’ bicycle inspired him to use steel tubing to build the chair, and it proved to be an appropriate material because it was available in quantity. The design (and all subsequent steel tubing furniture) was technologically feasible only because the German steel manufacturer Mannesmann had recently perfected a process for making seamless steel tubing. Previously, steel tubing had a welded seam, which would collapse when the tubing was bent.

The Wassily chair, like many other designs of the modernist movement, has been mass-produced since the 1960s, and as a design classic is still available today. Though patent designs are expired, the trademark name rights to the design are owned by Knoll of New York City. Reproductions are produced around the world by other manufacturers, who market the product under different names.


4. Mr Chair – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 1927

Mies van der Rohe’s tubular-steel cantilever chair known as the “MR” Chair was designed in 1927. Since it’s inception it has been one of the most esteemed icons of the modern movement in architecture and design. It’s continued success is largely due to its relaunch by the Americcan furniture company, Knoll Associates, in the 1940s, when it became established as the most desirable chair to offset the purism and high status of modern interiors. It still retains that reputation today.


5. Chaise Lougue LC4 – Le Corbusier 1928

This Le Corbusier chaise longue was presented to the Salon d’Automne in Paris in 1929. Its chrome plated upper structure rests on a black iron base. The broken line of the lounging top is elegantly contrasted with the amply curved support . Le Corbusier’s inspiration for this chaise longue was the Kangaroo sofa that possessed unconventional curves to conform to a person at rest. The Kangaroo day bed was designed in 1830 here in the United States in the state of Virginia. The stability of the upper structure, at any angle of inclination is ensured by friction against the rubber covering the pedestal crosspieces. The LC4 Chaise Longue is included in the permanent design collection of The Museum of Modern Art.