Project #4: Part 1

April 26, 2010

Honda U3-X Vehicle

The vehicle itself doesn’t seem to go much faster than a normal person walks. It needs to be on a very flat and clean surface to use. It doesn’t seem to be all that comfortable to sit on. But the futuristic look and movement of the vehicle inspire us with thoughts of the future, and what kind of devices we will use in the future. For me in particular, it strikes me as being very Jetsons-esque. All that aside, the vehicle seems to be quite useless.

Digital Tattoos

These “digital tattoos” that will go under the skin and powered by our own blood could very well be the new hip body disfigurement fad. Like the Honda U3-X, doesn’t seem to be all that more efficient or useful than something like a watch or other devices of that nature. It seems to be something that just seems very futuristic. People seem to be quick to accept and adopt technologies regardless of the efficiency if it is something that is cutting edge or futuristic.

Circular Bookshelf

Again, the issue of efficiency and usability come to mind for me when I see something like this. The inventor of the bookshelf says that “the bookshelf is not ideal for long trips, but we can’t think of a better solution if you need to, say, move down the street”. You are supposed to be able to walk with your book collection as you read. Of course, that would be very difficult and the books, unless the exact right size would probably shift and fall out after attempting to move this giant hamster wheel. But it is an interesting solution to making a giant book collection more mobile.

Arm Friendly Pillow

This is pillow is in contrast to the bookshelf in that it solves a very specific problem, sleeping on your arm, in a very direct and efficient way, meaning that there is room in society for these very specific and particular devices. I personally can see myself using this as I usually sleep on my arm.


This is also similar to the Arm Friendly Pillow in that it is a very simple and direct solution to a problem. This “chair” was inspired by a picture of an Ayoreo Indian using a device similar to this. It’s a very simplistic and primitive solution, but it is none the less effective.