Posts by Stephen Holmes

Aston Martin - The world of branded products gets louder

Published 15 July 2014

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Article tagged with: automotive, aston martin, audio, speaker, hifi, audiomoda

The Aston Martin Zygote - a branded wireless speaker for the more discerning petrol head

This month, in conjunction with the seemingly brand-new Norwegian audio brand AudioModa, Aston Martin has released the Zygote - a home speaker packed with the latest wireless technology, and looking a bit like an oversized pebble*

We’re all aware of the branding power a prestige car marque has and the depths to which a marketing department will delve to rake every last penny of it’s worth.

Most of us are able to recognise the prancing horse, the three-pointed star of Mercedes, the double-R of Rolls Royce - all of which from actual cars, or from the landfill sized mountains of horrible branded tat, usually adorning F1 fans or stuffy old car club types.

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Dassault Systèmes - private cloud, new industries and UX-led design key to its future

Published 11 July 2014

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Article tagged with: catia, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, cad, enovia, cloud, dassault, bernard charles, bernard charlès, reseller

A future so bright it needs sunglasses? CEO Bernard Charles was in high spirits as he addressed the Dassault Systèmes global partner conference

Dassault Systèmes (DS) has made bold statements in its time, but now it’s openly gunning for a bigger chunk of the software market, its CEO Bernard Charles, trumpeting: “We have taken a very different strategy… Which is going to change the world of design”.

In the midst of its annual reseller and developer event, the clearest insight to how DS’ latest strategy is shaping up was given: ‘the Cloud is your future, you need to change your mindset, you need to invest in it like we are’.

DS boasted that its investment into developing all its software to work on the cloud has ran to over a billion dollars - a surprising amount considering it has hardly been the software company shouting the loudest about moving its products on to it.

Assisted by this shift, DS is looking to encompass new industry sectors - worth a potential $32b.

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Ariel Ace - tailor-made for motorcycling performance

Published 02 July 2014

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Article tagged with: automotive, cnc, motorcycle, cnc machining, atom, motorbike, motorcycle design, ariel, ace

The Ariel Ace reportedly offers customisation levels never before seen by a motorcycle manufacturer

Makers of the ridiculous, somehow street legal Aerial Atom stripped back race car, are now taking on the motorcycle market with the Ariel Ace.

We’ve covered crack motorcycle manufacturers KTM hitting the road with four pieces of rubber in its X-Bow car, but now we’re equally excited to find Atom developing its relationship with Honda and creating two-wheeled designs.

What makes it even more interesting is Ariel’s proposed customisable ‘bespoke build service’ that will impact every bike that rolls of its production line in Crewekern, Somerset.

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Personal transport - Yamaha strips back the three-wheeler

Published 01 July 2014

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Article tagged with: design, automotive, engineering, london, transport, honda, city, zoomer, yamaha, tricity

The Yamaha Tricity could be the three-wheeled personal transport of choice for the next generation

Before the hover bikes of tomorrow arrive we still have to get around our bustling, tight-fit cities, Yamaha believes it has the solution with the Tricity.

Yamaha’s three-wheeled scooter, like the Piaggio and Peugeot models that have preceded it (becoming the staple choice of chic city dwellers and London Bobbies alike) allows for more stability and safer narrow-angle cornering at speed.

Unlike it’s podgy European counterparts, however, it is super light (152kg!), featuring a trick leaning twin-wheel front suspension system, and an aluminium alloy four-stroke engine to lose a ton of weight.

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Future Tech - 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing International Conference 2014

Published 30 June 2014

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, rapid prototyping, prototype, manufacture, engineering

The 2014 edition is sure to throw up some exciting developments in 3D printing

Taking place on 8 - 9 July is the UK’s definitive conference for 3D printing - the 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing International Conference - and while some feel it lacks for colourful fluff that adorns most other tech events, it is strictly at the business end.

For us, because we actually care about the direction in which the technology is moving, it influences the way in which we view the coming glut of 3D printing developments for designers, and be assured that everyone there speaks their mind.

There’s a great speaker line-up, and although we expect to have a lot of the science-laden banter making us feel like we brought a MA knife to a EngD gunfight, the likes of Phillips, BMW and enough cutting edge university research means something impressive is about to go off.

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Upgrade your meeting room with an interactive whiteboard

Published 30 June 2014

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Article tagged with: design, collaboration, collaborate, whiteboard, steljes, meeting

Digitally enabling your standard whiteboard could add a whole new element to your group design meetings

Getting the team around the design office whiteboard is still one of the best ways to collaborate on a project, but now might be the time to move it - like your workflow - into the digital world.

It can be a costly change - 84”, 4k, E-LED, multi-touch displays are simply stunning, but beauty comes at a price - so Steljes has brought in a more cost effective option that the majority of design bureaux can benefit from.

The SMART LightRaise 60wi2 interactive projector turns standard whiteboards into digital workspaces, giving four touch/dual gesture capability and includes SMART MeetingPro software to annotate over presentations.

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HP launch PageWide large format printing - a clue to its 3D printing future?

Published 26 June 2014

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, hp, objet, stratasys, large format printing, page wide, lfp

HP’s new page-wide inkjet printing technology could be key to its 3D printing ambitions

Inkjet Large Format Printing (LFP) technology is changing fast with HP launching the prototype of its first page-wide inkjet machine that will transform the 2D printing market.

Using a scalable number of printheads that nest together in one long line, when launched in the second half of 2015, HP’s 40” PageWide-branded colour inkjet machine will print at the same speed as its monochrome laser printers rivals.

If you’re not aware, that is seriously quick for accurate full colour, and given that the wait for such technology was based around getting the chemistry and mechanics right, would it be wrong to expect this ability to transfer to a 3D printer?

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