Sony Student Design Workshop: Print Odor on Postcards

photo of gadget to print odor on a postcard

Food for thought in innovation

Zhu Jingxuan, a junior in the Fashion & Art Design Institute of Donghua University, loves gourmet food and travel, which inspired her to invent a curious device she calls a food printer.

It’s a combination of camera, smell extractor and printer. During a trip, when people enjoy delicious and distinctive local food, they can use the device to take pictures and collect the aroma simultaneously and then print them postcard-style. Posting the cards to family and friends enables them to share a good eating experience visually and aromatically.

“I spent several months designing it,” said the 20-year-old student majoring in industry design. “What I completed was just an idea and draft sketch. Without the help of Sony’s designers, I could not have made the model.”

Zhu’s food printer concept design won the “most-fun” award of the sixth Sony Student Design Workshop. The annual design contest was launched by international electronics company Sony Corp in 2006 and aims to erect a platform for Chinese university students to undertake industry design, inspire their creative potential and support China’s innovations and inventions industry.

Very cool: both the gadget and Sony’s efforts to engage young minds to shape the engineers of the future. We need to encourage those that are going to give us our gadgets in the future.

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The Latest Leap in Computer Control via Gesture

This new device lets you control you computer with 3d movements of your hands. Pre-order leap for just $75.

The Leap technology is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market — at any price point. Just about the size of a flash drive, the Leap can distinguish your individual fingers and track your movements down to a 1/100th of a millimeter.

Setup is just as intuitive. Plug the LEAP into a USB port. Load the Leap Motion software. Do a quick wave to calibrate. That’s it. In minutes, you’ll be able to interact with your desktop using natural hand and finger movements.

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Omega Heavy Duty Low Speed Juicer

I haven’t jumped into juicing myself. I have thought about it and mainly haven’t done so out of laziness. In looking at options I think the Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Dual-Stage Vertical Single Auger Low Speed Juicer looks very nice.

I like the convenience of just drinking healthy stuff. The slow juicers seem to capture a greater yield of juice (based on reviews I have read). Reviewers also seem to think greater nutritional value is retained (I am not sure how much credence to give this claim). I do think losing the fiber is a bad part of juicing though.

Omega J8003 Nutrition Center Single-Gear Commercial Masticating Juicer (this is a bit slow but very good for wheat grass and leafy green vegetables). Both have 10 year warranties.

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Small Solar Panel for Recharging Your Phone, Tablet, Digital Camera…

2.0 Watt 6 Volt Panel: ightweight, monocrystalline solar 2 Watt panel for $25. They are waterproof, scratch resistant, and UV resistant. This one is designed to charge USB battery for handhelds (for iPhones…).

They also offer a Spark Tablet Case which includes solar panels and a battery. The solar panels charge the batter and the battery can be used as power for the tablet (iPads and other tablets).

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Asus Padfone: Tabet with Plugin Phone

Smart phone from Asus that plugs into a 10.1″ tablet that runs Android. It looks kind of cool but honestly doesn’t seem that special. Still, even just the size of the tablet is good.

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Macro Lens Band for Phone Cameras

Easy Macro Cell Lens Band [link broken so it was removed] is a neat tool to let you have macro photo capabilities on you camera phone. Only $15.

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This lens will transform your cell phone photos from meh to awesome by giving you stunningly sharp details. See the curious detail of your own eye, get a close-up of the sprinkles on your ice cream cone or see what an ant’s face really looks like!

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Self Balancing Enclosed Motorcycle

Very cool. I believe small cars and easily hourly rentable cars are going to dramatically increase in use in the future. This may well be one option. It looks fun.

The C1 is fully electric and gets 150 miles per charge. Lit Motors has target price is $13,000 with production starting in 2013.

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