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In the world of creativity, if you're not starting a fire, then what's the point? So, we've created a portal to celebrate the most revolutionary and thought-provoking ideas we're seeing in the world today. Some are ideas we've recognized from others and we're tipping our hats to, and others are ones we thought of (go figure). Either way you cut it, you won't find a dull moment here, and hopefully we've inspired you to start your own fire.
If you dream of a world where people use air-powered umbrellas to fight the rain, you can wake up. The future is now. To be honest, the umbrella is one of those gadgets that hasn’t really been updated much in the last 200 years. Sure, technological advancements have allowed them to become easier to handle and more durable, but overall, it’s pretty much the same deal. But a new Kickstarter campaign has launched an idea that changes the umbrella game completely. It is called the Air Umbrella and it makes use of the airflow to form an umbrella without a visible cover.
Put simply, the gadget releases air that pushes the rain away. Currently, there are three sizes of the Air Umbrella available: small, medium and large. You can also fit two people under the Air Umbrella. The air umbrella will be ready to launch by December 2015. Head over to the Air Umbrella Kickstarter page to find out more.
What Sparks Our Fire: Engineers that strive to bring innovation to the most basic objects.
Would you consider investing in an invisible umbrella once it becomes available?
We all know the advantages of motorcycles over cars. There are easy to park, take up less space in the garage, require less gas, and tend to be much cheaper. One major downfall is the number of passengers or belongings a bike can carry each ride. Since we are in the age of high-tech design innovation, it is no surprise someone had the excellent idea of how to tackle one of the issues…
Meet EQUS, an electric cargo motorcycle created by three designers that allows you to bring along a variety of goods on your commute, while running errands or just out for a spin. The bike’s structure was built in reverse with a remote steering designed around a convenient cargo area between the rider’s seat and the front fork. The cargo section can carry objects of different shapes, volume and weight. And you know what’s even better? It’s environment-friendly.
The team wanted to develop a vehicle that would contribute to better mobility in large cities while allowing riders to bring everything of importance with them. Get all details about the unique EQUS design, colors available for purchase and different features here.
What Sparks Our Fire: A bike that maximizes convenience and functionality while reducing your carbon footprint.
What do you think of EQUS and if you could add an additional function, what would it be?
As kids, we all loved playing with Play-Doh. We could let our imaginations run wild to build, mold, cut, flatten and create anything, yes anything. Well, thanks to the people at inventables, a technology company based in Chicago, you can now make those childhood dreams a reality. Inventables has developed the perfect technology, Carvey, a successfully funded Kickstarter project expected to be in full production by Fall 2015.
Carvey is quiet, clean, easy to use and can carve your project in 3 simple steps.
Make your design with the integrated softwaresoft
Choose your material (wood, plastic, foam, wax, cork soft metal, etc,)
Click “Carve” and let the machine do the work until it achieves your desired form
Here is a list of items you can easily make with Carvey: jewelry, wooden sunglasses, street signs, can openers, etc. Fell free to watch the video of Carvey in action here.
What Sparks Our Fire: A 3D machine that is easy to use and can help us turn ideas into real objects in under 5 mins.
We’ve witnessed a lot of innovation in the tech space over the past few years from mobile devices to computers. In most cases, the hype surrounds around Apple and Samsung. But, today, HP is gearing up with innovation from the future and, they call it HP Sprout.
The HP Sprout is an intriguing 23 inch Windows 8 desktop computer with a projector that scans physical items and turns them into digital in a few seconds and allows you to manipulate the images using your fingers on a touch-sensitive mat. Think of like placing an object on front of your computer and in just few seconds, you have the object in the screen ready to be used for design purpose. How cool? This exactely what the Sprout lets you do. Beyond that, there’s also a wireless keyboard and mouse for more traditional navigation if needed. Get to know the Sprout beyond words by watching this amazing video below.
Sprout debuted November 9th and can be ordered on the HP website.
What Sparks Our Fire: A device that has the power to change the way people create.
Are you excited about the possibilities Sprout holds for creators?
In the world of branding, logo design is a key pillar of the company’s identity, therefore, when it comes to crafting the right logo, one needs to be creative and invest a large amount of thought and hard work. The first feature of a good and effective logo is that it can immediately grab the viewer’s attention. A good way to do so is by giving viewers a puzzle to solve. Everyone likes puzzles, right? When viewers get the hidden message behind the logo, there’s this instant little satisfaction feeling, and gets them talking and sharing. But most importantly, chances are they will never forget.
So, if you’re a graphic designer or an entrepreneur looking for some logo ideas and inspiration then, this post might be for you. Today, we are sharing 12 logos that have hidden symbolism you may have not noticed before. Some are obvious, others are not, but all of them are interesting when you take a closer look. We’re sure you won’t forget them once you see them. You can find the full list on Just creative.
What Sparks Our Fire: Powerful brands that translate their core ideas through their logos.
Do you have any other cool logos to add to the list? Feel free to share.