Archive | February, 2011
10 Feb

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CLIMUNS: An innovation for safety and sanity’s sake.

9 Feb

The Climuns is a new and exciting product for those involved in any removed or potentially dangerous outdoor environment. Originally designed for climbers of all skill levels, the Climuns frees climbers to take greater risks and allows them to consider the possibility of solo adventures with less worries about being completely removed.

The motivation behind the Climuns is complete freedom. As we become more technologically inclined, it becomes harder for the modern member of society to really let go. The Climuns acts as a cushion for the transition and merging of our lives in civilization and as individuals outside of the civilization. The Climuns further frees modern adventurers by being completely solar powered and biodegradable. It is a product that is ethically as well as socially liberating.

AND SCENE.

8 Feb

[Here’s Seth Godin’s take on why scenarios are important]

Scenario

Empathize:
You are living in a crowded city. You are constantly surrounded by music and lights and the security of millions of people. This is comforting. Safety is found in civilization. The transportation, however, is driving you crazy. You are sick of walking on dirty sidewalks and crowding into smelly subway cars. The honking, the swearing, the squealing. You, your significant other and 4 of your friends decide to go on a hiking trip to the mountains about 2 hour north of this city. There’s a great climbing range and a variety of camping/hiking terrains. It’ll be great.

Envision:
Your significant other is sick, but insists you go on the trip. It’ll be great to get some quiet reflecting time. You are, however, mildly worried about being 5th, about having to tag along on only things either couple wants to do, and about making sure your loved one is feeling better. There is a significant lack of cell phone service on the mountain, and your concern for keeping in touch leads you to your local electronic store. There has to be something more solid than BBM.

Plan:
The salesperson at the Electronic store says that everything in their stock is probably not water/rock proof enough for your adventurous trip. The warranties don’t usually cover acts of mother nature. He does, however, direct you to Eastern Mountain Sports, in another part of the mall. The salesperson there (a bit of a granola, it seems, says they have just the thing. A waterproof, steel re-enforced satellite connector to civilization. He says if you want to get away, if turns off and isn’t very noticeable on the wrist. But if you’re tuck under a rock or yearning for some tunes, the CLIMUNS is the missing link for you.

Execute:

Tie your knots, loop your harness, pull your body up. As you make it halfway up a 6-hour climb in the middle of the Shawangunk Ridge, you

a) Remember you left the stove on at your friend’s cabin down in town

b) Slide 15 feet down before your anchor catches, gashing your leg deeply

c) Start having a panic attack and get trapped on a narrow ledge

If you fit into A:

No worries! You can call or text any number from your Climuns! Just pause when you feel safe, turn it on, and as it’s been charging in the UVB rays all day, you can reach anyone who can safe the cabin and kittens residing inside!

If you have the misfortune of being closer to B:

You can still call for help using the Climuns! Or, if you’d rather not end your day but want to tough it out, you can use the ClimuNet function to connect with climbers nearby and maybe borrow some first aid supplies.

And if C sounds about right:

You can sit on that ledge (if it’s safe!), and press the music function on your Climuns, which should not only calm, but energize you. You can put up to 32 gb of your personal music collection on your Climuns and if you have wireless headphones, set them up, if not, it will play from speakers right off your wrist!

There are some real-life scenarios which have inspired climbers and outdoorsmen everywhere to think about innovative products for safety and sanity’s sake…

Don’t let this be you:

(Based on a true story)

Ted: ideas worth spreading.

8 Feb

I was hesitant about TedWomen (it seems like it would create a divide rather than bridge one), but this is excellent.

Bridging gaps between the social and the individual is the heart and soul of SignDeclimb!

This blog is fantastic.

8 Feb

Well designed, well written and I love this perspective on life things.

 

Cloudy with a chance of clarity?

4 Feb

So is this blog exploring the ideas behind my design? Is it my reflections on this product as a whole? I don’t even know. I thought I understood the syllabus but clearly I’m missing something…

In other interesting news, Eric and I must have learned from the same tutorial, because what he showed us in class was literally what I worked on this afternoon, I was just much less intelligent about it.

 

I would post what I got done today but unfinished, it actually looks kind of dirty. More to come.

Future = Art + Science?

4 Feb

I am absolutely in love with this website, and since I don’t know whether I’m supposed to present my blog or another… Here’s what I’m thinking about most often when I read blogs likes Core 77. Design should be a balance of analytical thought and creative process, otherwise its totally ineffective. SpaceCollective combines the two for me as well.

“Amidst the attention given to the sciences as how they can lead to the cure of all diseases and daily problems of mankind, I believe that the biggest breakthrough will be the realization that the arts, which are conventionally considered ‘useless,’ will be recognized as the whole reason why we ever try to live longer or live more prosperously.” -John Maeda