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Disaster House is designer flatpack crisis shelter

Disaster House is designer flatpack crisis shelter

With hundreds of people in the UK evacuated from their homes thanks to flooding, and the memory of natural disasters in the US and elsewhere still fresh in our minds, it's no surprise that designers' thoughts turn to sustainable, straightforward sources of shelter in times of crisis.  Gregg Fleishman's contribution is the DH1 Disaster House, consisting of multiple interlocking panels of resin-coated European birch.

 

NAVIsis demo pen computing solutions at CeBIT

NAVIsis demo pen computing solutions at CeBIT

So you've bought into the Tablet PC lifestyle but you can't afford to buy an actual Tablet PC... or maybe you're wondering just how much you'd actually use the pen after a lifetime of mousing.  NAVIsis would rather like you to look to their add-on products, then, which promise to bring the joys of ink to your desktop or laptop.  They're at CeBIT showing off the LaptopTablet, a chunky little bar that clips to the side of your notebook's screen and monitors the position of a special pen, and that will work seamlessly with certain versions of Vista's inbuilt Tablet PC functionality.

Ecopod recycling bin solves cramped kitchen crisis

Ecopod recycling bin solves cramped kitchen crisis

Having recently moved into a flat with someone obsessed with recycling, the thorny subject of needing various bins has come up several times.  Me, being of the minimalist persuasion, would prefer one simple bin - probably slender and stainless steel - whereas they would like a number of colour-coded glass/paper/aluminium/cheese bins that would take up a whole bloody wall of the kitchen.

Navisis transforms LCD to TabletPC form

Navisis transforms LCD to TabletPC form

Navisis of Korea has developed the EZ-Canvas, espousing the very practical and original idea of turning the LCD into a Tablet screen, doing away with the need for a mouse in the process. Navigation is made via the stylus and the EZ Station. This development should come in handy for aspiring digital artists who want to make that leap from paper to a digital platform.

iPhone 6 may have “secure element” for mobile payments

iPhone 6 may have “secure element” for mobile payments

One of the biggest drawbacks of the iPhone is the inability to pay for things via mobile. There’s no NFC capabilities in iOS, and it’s not clear if that’s on the way or not (though some believe it is). A new report suggests Apple is working with various credit card companies to hammer out a mobile payment option for future devices, and it could be the most secure method available.

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