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…Audi is putting LED bulbs in their R8 headlights?

Audi R8 Headlight

When the V10 equipped Audi R8 hits the streets, it will be the first car in the world to have both high and low beam LED headlights as standard equipment. (The 2009 Cadillac Escalade Platinum will be the first vehicle in the world to offer the all-LED technology.)

You’ve probably already seen Audis driving around with LED driving lights in the grill, and LED taillights are nothing new, but this will be the first time an all-LED system is used for the headlights, and it’s supposed to use a quarter the energy of a typical halogen bulb, while providing a brighter, whiter light.

Sure, you need to put down six figures for the privilege, but at least automakers are taking steps in the right direction to utilize new technologies that are better for the environment, while being better for us in the process.

[Audi – R8]

…It’s TGI Friday: I Fell In Love With The Majesty Of Colors?

The Majesty Of Colors

I Fell In Love With The Majesty Of Colors is a rather unique game from Gregory Weir that lets you choose between five different endings depending on what actions (or inactions) you take during the course of the game.

The controls are incredibly simple, but the point is to follow along with the story and change the outcome of what happens, not to necessarily ‘beat’ the game, so the controls are perfect for interacting with your environment and letting you enjoy each part of the story.

If you’ve got a few spare minutes, then use them to play with The Majesty and see what you can discover.

[Kongregate – I Fell In Love With The Majesty Of Colors]

[Via: Auntie Pixelante]

…It’s Things Thursday: Rickshaw Bagworks?

Rickshaw Bagworks

Timbuk2 made the San Francisco Messenger Bag famous, but Rickshaw Bagworks is here to give them a run for their money with bags designed for “people who thrive on the urban experience and celebrate the creative spirit”.

The company was inspired by San Francisco, urban cycling and an intense desire to make great products, and thinks that it’s “cool – if not kind of weird – the way people grow attached to their favorite bag as though it were a pet or loved-one”. They also share a strong set of humanistic, environmental and social values that guide the way they conduct every aspect of their business.

Rickshaw Bagworks Heart

To that end, Rickshaw adorns each bag with the Rickshaw “PCQ Tattoo”, a little graphic patch on an inside tag that represents three things that are near and dear to the Rickshaw family – Passion, Craft and Quality.

  • The heart represents our PASSION for bags, bikes and our home city of San Francisco.
  • The silver needle and gold thread represent love for the age-old CRAFT of making bags by hand.
  • The five stars represent our dedication to the highest standards of QUALITY.
  • The five stars also honor the constellation of our stakeholders – Customers, Employees, Business Partners, Investors and Community – and our passion to treat each with respect and compassion.

They’ve also created a line of bags called the ZERO Messenger that are designed to follow the ‘less is more’ philosophy, with a combination of minimalist design, monopolymer construction, localized sourcing and wasteless manufacturing – a holistic approach that simultaneously unites form, function and footprint. By specially designing the ZERO bags to optimize fabric cutting, (each is made from a single rectangle of fabric) they can eliminate manufacturing waste and create a great looking product that doesn’t leave a ton of scrap material in its wake.

Plus, by eliminating material waste, manufacturing costs are kept low, and these savings are passed along to the consumer in the form of a price tag that rivals even the sale prices of other bag manufacturers.

If you’re looking for a bag that looks good, doesn’t kill the environment or your wallet, and will survive even the harshest of bike rides through the toughest of cities, then look no further than Rickshaw Bagworks and their unique line of messenger bags and related accessories.

[Rickshaw Bagworks]

[Via: Josh Spear]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Knight XV?

Conquest Vehicles Knight XV

The Knight XV from Conquest Vehicles “defines the future of the ultra-luxurious, handcrafted fully armored SUV. This one-of-a-kind, V10, 6.8-litre, Bio-fuel powered SUV was inspired by the Gurkha military vehicle and features security appointments that are unrivaled in today’s SUV marketplace”.

Designed as “an armored vehicle and not a vehicle that has been armored”, the Knight XV is manufactured using military-grade armoring materials, and sits atop a specially modified Ford super duty chassis, making parts and service easily accessible around the globe in case your tank breaks down and needs a tune-up.

The 6.8L V10 runs on E-85 if you feel like giving the environment a break, and is certified as legal in all 50 US states. 400 horsepower and 498 ft. lbs. of torque are produced by the massive engine, but don’t expect 0-60 times to wow you, because all that power is definitely going to be needed when the vehicle weighs in at over 10,000 pounds!

Conquest Vehicles Knight XV Details

Four wheel drive with locking hubs, a 4.30 ratio limited slip differential, and a 5-speed transmission ensure that you’ll never get stuck when the road gets tough, and 40 gallons of fuel in the tank will ensure that even when the going does get tough, you can just keep on going.

Inside, wool carpeting and leather seating keep the passengers comfy, while TV monitors and a full entertainment system including a PlayStation 3 keep them entertained. Plus, two forward looking infrared radar systems (one mounted front and one rear with separate screens for each) come standard on all Knight XVs sold in North America, so if you need to turn the lights down low, you can still make your way around town in complete darkness without hitting a thing.

All told, the Knight XV takes 1,500 hours to build by hand, and only 100 of them will be made for their ultra rich, ultra paranoid buyers.

Don’t expect luxury and protection like this to come cheap though, as each Knight XV will cost its owner a cool $295,000.

[Conquest Vehicles – Knight XV]

…Apple’s MacBook laptops are a perfect design study?

MacBook Pro

It’s no secret that Apple has mastered the art of design, and with every iteration of their product line, they continue to wow with small and often subtle changes that contribute to an overall feeling of amazement when interacting with their computers. Each and every piece and part has its own place in the end result, and everything feels like it should be there, rather than needed to be there.

Unibody

With the latest MacBook and MacBook Pro, Apple “Redesigned. Reengineered. Re-everythinged.” their way into one of the most stunning laptops ever built thanks to a new unibody construction that begins life as a single piece of aluminum, and ends as a computer that has been machined down to the micron, thus reducing size, weight, complexity, and opportunity for failure.

MacBook Pro Screen

Even things like the thickness of the display don’t escape the watchful eye of Apple’s designers, as they opted to use LED backlight technology across their entire notebook line, rather than the CCFLs that are standard for the industry. In addition to the fact that they take less space to create the same amount of light, LEDs reach maximum brightness instantly, unlike CCFLs, which take time to warm up.

MacBook Pro Trackpad

It’s also no secret that Steve Jobs has a thing for buttons, and specifically the removal of as many buttons as possible, so for the latest version of Apple’s trackpad, they’ve removed the buttons entirely and replaced them with a trackpad that is itself the button. Users can click anywhere on the trackpad and it will register as a click, allowing for new ways of interacting with the computer through Multi-Touch gestures that had never before been possible.

MacBook Pro Thumbscoop

Think no part is too small to escape revision? According to Apple, designers worked on hundreds of versions of the thumbscoop (the indentation that allows you to open the display) before they got it right.

If the scoop is too deep, you put too much pressure on the display to open it. If it’s too shallow, you struggle to open the display. It may seem incidental, but if the thumbscoop is well designed, it makes the difference between a bad experience and a good one.

How important was it for Apple to get the thumbscoop right? They examined their options under an electron microscope until they were happy that they had gotten it just right.

MacBook Pro Sleep Indicator Light

The sleep indicator light?

During the CNC process, a machine first thins out the aluminum. Then a laser drill creates small perforations for the LED light to shine through. These holes are so tiny that the aluminum appears seamless when the light is off.

A light when you need it and nothing when you don’t?

That’s what I call attention to detail.

And don’t think that just because Apple is obsessed with perfection that they’re willing to let the environment take a hit as a result of their designs.

Green Apple

In addition to being brighter and thinner, LED backlighting is also mercury and arsenic free, and uses 30 percent less power than a CCFL display. The circuit board? Now polyvinyl chloride (PVC), brominated flame retardant (BFRs), bromine and chlorine free.

Even the packaging has been optimized, with a reduction of 37 percent when compared to previous generations. Fewer trees used for boxes and less fuel used for transportation means a healthier environment, and when all is said and done and it’s time to upgrade to the latest and greatest, almost every part of the new MacBook line can be recycled.

Is it perfection?

Probably not, since I’m sure they’ll find ways to improve their products and their processes in the future, but until then, Apple’s laptop line is a design force to be reckoned with.

[Apple – MacBook Pro Design]

[For Designer Daily – Design You Love: A Group Writing Project]