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Cigarette-AMG Electric Drive Concept, super-motoscafo di grande potenza da Mercedes-Benz

August 10, 2015 Leave a comment

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Una vera e propria supercar, con la sola differenza che al posto dei pneumatici pronti ad incollarsi all’asfalto troviamo una carena altamente performante pronta a volare sulle acque.

A presentarlo è stato il reparto tecnico AMG di casa Mercedes-Benz in collaborazione con Cigarette Racing. Il nome di questo prototipo considerato come il più veloce al mondo è Cigarette-AMG Electric Drive Concept ed è spinto da un gruppo di propulsori in grado di erogare la potenza di 2.252 cavalli, con una coppia massima di 3.000 Nm.

Ciò che stupisce però è la sua velocità massima che, considerato l’impatto sull’acqua, è davvero strabiliante: ben 210 km/h raggiungibili in meno di 1 km.

Fonte: GoLook.it

Arcadia 100, new concept flying-bridge by Arcadia Yachts

April 30, 2015 Leave a comment

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Arcadia Yachts unveils full details of A100 and its all new convertible fly-bridge

Arcadia 100 features a new concept flying-bridge, convertible into a sheltered third-deck, completely closed and protected by the side windows that can be raised up electrically to meet the hard-top

Arcadia Yachts widens its 2015 range with the new Arcadia 100′, with Hull #1 currently under construction. With a length overall of 31.06 meters but 29.29 meters waterline and 7.75 meters beam, unusual for yachts of similar size, Arcadia 100 offers a remarkable GT (internal volume), positively influencing the living space on board. Like her larger sister Arcadia 115’, this new entry as well features a third deck and is built according to Arcadia’s “family feeling” style that makes all Arcadia models immediately identifiable.

THE GREAT INNOVATION
Arcadia 100 features a new concept flying-bridge, convertible into a sheltered third-deck, completely closed and protected by the side windows that can be raised up electrically to meet the hard-top, exactly as it happens for the cars. Therefore the whole upper-deck area becomes much more flexible and usable with any weather condition, being air-conditioned in very hot climes or bad weather, or left open and aired if needed, as per any traditional flying-bridge. On the third deck are fitted the wheelhouse, a lounge with sofas and coffee tables, wet-bar and, externally in the aft, a sun-deck.

NPL HULL AND PERFORMANCE
Arcadia 100′ has a semi-displacement hull, NPL type. This kind of hull is named after the National Physical Laboratory of England where tests were conducted to determine its shape for the best ratio of length to beam in terms of hydrodynamic efficiency. Studies were implemented by Arcadia’s technical department prior to adopting the NPL as Arcadia’s hull, resulting in excellent sea keeping qualities and noise reduction, for exceptional comfort. This advanced hull, together with the light Arcadia superstructure, allows very satisfactory performance with low-power engines. It significantly reduces fuel consumption and related running costs compared to other yachts of similar dimensions. Actually the new Arcadia 100′ with two engines by 1,000 hp each reaches a maximum speed of about 18 knots, and offers cruising speed perfect for long distance day trips. Actually, at 16 knots, the fuel consumption is apx. 230 lt/h and at 14 knots this decreases to about 150 lt/h. At economical cruising speed, suitable for night navigation and long range cruises (8/10 knots), the consumption drops down to less than 50 lt/h. The Arcadia 100 cruising range is also favoured by low generator usage thanks to the electrical energy supplied by the solar panels that cover almost all of the superstructure.

ADDITIONAL ENERGY FROM SOLAR PANELS
Solar cells of latest generation are integrated between external and internal surface of double-glazing panels fitted on top of the largest part of the superstructure. This advanced and ecological system supplies enough power to run many equipment and electrical systems, like refrigerators, water circulation, toilettes, lights, A/V, electronics, while recharging batteries. Lets say, the power needed on board while at anchor, excluding the air conditioning, is supplied “free of charge” all day long by the solar panels system and convertor rather than the generators. It results in a significant saving of diesel oil, less pollution and more comfort on board thanks to the substantial reduction of noise, vibration, no gas emission while enjoying your time close to the swim platform. Each double-glazing panel contains a special gas named Krypton, which guarantees a high thermo-isolating coefficient, up to 18° of thermal cooling between interior and exterior temperatures, the equivalent of a 20 cm brick wall.

COMFORT ABOARD
The comfort aboard the Arcadia 100′ is the product of the high level of attention the yard has dedicated during construction to lowering of noise and vibrations, by the use of solutions optimizing the diffusion of these natural phenomenon and reducing their perception by guests to a minimum. Also the lack of steps, in order to obtaining flash decks on each level as a habit in all Arcadia Yachts, facilitate the circulation on board and allows a sense of comfort and continuity that is unusual in yachts of this size.

LAY-OUT AND INTERIORS
The yard proposes many internal layout variations, either four or five cabins, to meet the requirements of the majority of owners and ensure the proper comfort and privacy expected on yachts of this size. However the yard is available to develop custom interiors and different finishing solutions in order to satisfy the buyer’s expectations on every Arcadia model. The Arcadia 100′ standard version has the full beam owner’s suite amidships on the lower deck, with the bed offset to starboard facing forward. Behind the bed are the washroom with bathtub, sanitaries and twin sinks, and the dressing room with adjacent vanity area. To port we find an area to relax in, with armchairs and side- tables. All the features are integrated in a spacious environment, illuminated by large openings in the hull. Forward we have two twin cabins with their own washrooms, and then the V.I.P. Cabin. The latter has a queen size bed, a large private washroom with a separate area for the sanitaries, a vanity zone, and abundant illumination.

Other optional versions for this Arcadia 100 offer the owner’s suite afore on the main deck, opening directly on the private sun-deck, convertible in dinette, on then bow. In this case, if needed, the suite on the lower deck can be divided into two identical guest cabins by means of a folding wall, to increase the number of rooms. In both versions the crew area is spacious and finished with care; the yard has always kept crew comfort in high regard.

On the main deck, the grand living area directly connected to the cockpit, features both salon and dining zones, creating a single, bright and airy space, characterized by the transparency of the vertical side crystals and the solar panels on the ceiling. The whole living area on the main deck can be transformed into a “patio” on the sea thanks to sides sliding doors and gunwale balconies, creating an amazing “al fresco” zone with an unique sea view. The yard is proud of this distinctive solution, found only on the A 100′.

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Abifloat, new concept of ‘floating villas’ by Christian Grande

February 24, 2015 Leave a comment

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ABIFLOAT – MODULAR SUSTAINABLE FLOATING VILLAS

Christian Grande, award-winning yacht designer (Picchio Boat, San Lorenzo Yachts, SACS Marine super ribs) and creator of the 2011 style-icon bicycle ‘Italia Veloce’, launches the new concept of ‘floating villas’, modular and sustainable.

An overview of the project

The proposal elaborates on the creation of floating housing units, to be built in modular chains of constructive and compositional elements for the housing envelope.

New conceptions of living close to nature and modular housing are this projects distinctive elements, characterized by attention to detail, personalization of external and internal habitats and the infinite possibilities given by modular construction: from single one-room units to actual villages articulated on several levels. All these concepts are floating and designed to integrate into the surrounding landscape.

Technical details

The key element of this project resides in the total standardization of structural elements, systems and finishings, with the sole exclusion of aesthetic variations or later functional personalizations.

The project specifications are articulated by means of simple dependable systems: buoyancy reserves, sandwich technology for walls using recycled plastic and honeycombed baffles in straw, cork or particleboard, the latter to guarantee thermal insulation and light weight.

Other exterior finishing materials are also contemplated, adaptable to different contexts and uses. For example: wide teak planks for exterior coverings with details in aluminum, roofing with either PV panels or corrugated sheet. Sizes and finishing are therefore available for any use imaginable: housing, recreation, guest accommodations or commercial uses.

The load bearing structures are tested for up to two horizontal levels and composed of stringers and posts in aluminum, with the possibility to flexibly host electrics and climate controls by means of a system of standardized joinery.

Flooring is also conceived to host electrical and plumbing systems, with hollow sections to guarantee thermal and acoustic insulation.

The floating module system

The primary structures for the system are floating 6.5 meter by 3.25 meter modules, designed as modular reference points for the installation of the various superstructures. Stability is guaranteed by the shape of the floating elements and by the possibility to use the modules as housing for both electrical and plumbing systems and and housing for larger systems such as pumps, compressors, waste holding tanks, and so on.

The housing element is designed to be enlarged horizontally as far as can be technically allowed by linking base modules, and vertically up to two floors.

The distributive system and walkways are created by means of special dock and gangway modules, railings and small bridges, all derived from the base modules. These allow the creation of guest accommodations, vacation villages or dynamic commercial centers, all with the possibility to expand, while respecting the environment and the landscape.

A further innovation is the possibility to modify the housing agglomerate in the future by changing the size, varying the layout or substituting exterior finishings. Modifications would be relatively simple and inexpensive.

The possibilities are noteworthy, and would allow an equilibrated urbanization of the marine environment, with sustainable and non-intrusive operations that are also removable (the system has been designed to be transportable by trailers on land) and even self-propelled, by equipping the base modules with electric outboard motors and thrusters attached to the linking elements.

Customization and the environment 

The strength of this system is its uncommon flexibility and simplicity in installation. This foreshadows a new conception in sustainable living, the possibility of many different uses, and the even greater potential for sustainable growth.

The house boat project was conceived to offer a high potential level of customization for interior and exterior finishings. The residential user can have a lot of fun not only in configuring the ideal living space, but also in selecting energy efficient furnishings and home automation systems. A custom made retreat looking over a bay could be characterized by non-intrusive exteriors that would let the house blend in to the surrounding environment, while the interiors could be minimal or hi-tech.

Suburban rhythms, but always connected!

The future owner will be able to determine the final uses for his floating modular villa, deciding whether to be connected to the multimedia information and data networks or to live in complete isolation from civilization.

Whichever the case, the floating villa is designed to become a completely suburban habitat for those who who can afford to live at slow rhythms and without time constrictions, because it gives us the possibility to live fully emerged in the surrounding environment, with its rhythms and mutations. Situations and sensations that have become rare and forgotten will become possible and part of the daily routine: floating houses, adaptable to changing circumstances, could become schoolrooms for infants or resorts hidden away in nature, where we can cultivate culture and passion and transmit these sensations to our little ones.

Scenarios for residential and commercial use

This already futuristic project takes many scenarios, residential or not, into consideration. For example, thanks to the inherent technological content of the standard modules, it is possible to create a floating house that is simultaneously a remote office and a living unit, fully equipped with with all the necessary technological amenities, and even romantically ideal for writers and artists who are searching for relaxing and contemplative environments that favor creativity and imagination. Even with recreative or commercial use, the possibilities that the standardized system provides are multiple and permit a large degree of customization both in terms of floor layout and finishings and systems.

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Mercedes-Benz BIOME, missione futuro alla scoperta della mobilità di domani

February 18, 2015 Leave a comment

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Missione Futuro: alla scoperta della mobilità di domani

  • La mobilità del futuro spiegata ai bambini 
  • Propulsioni alternative, collegamento in rete, materiali e design
  • Workshop dedicati alle scolaresche 
  • L’impegno di Daimler ad andare oltre la vocazione commerciale con iniziative concrete, culturali e sociali

Come ci muoveremo in futuro? A questa avvincente domanda risponde in chiave ludico-divulgativa una nuova esposizione Mercedes-Benz. L’evento Missione Futuro, ideato per bambini di età compresa tra i sei e gli undici anni, illustra gli incredibili sviluppi e le molteplici possibilità della mobilità futura. Dopo Berlino e per la prima volta fuori dai confini della Germania, Missione Futuro arriva oggi a Milano, al Mercedes-Benz Center di Via Gallarate, 450 dove sarà visitabile fino al 24 aprile.

Missione Futuro risveglia la curiosità dei bambini nei confronti della ricerca  e permette di sperimentare la mobilità del futuro, le forme di alimentazione e le energie alternative, l’impiego di materie prime rigenerabili nella progettazione di automobili e il collegamento in rete di auto e infrastrutture. Missione Futuro propone argomenti di stampo scientifico e tecnico, rendendoli divertenti e facilmente comprensibili.

Mercedes-Benz BIOME 

L’esposizione permette a bambini e visitatori di confrontarsi in modalità interattiva con argomenti quali elettromobilità, collegamento in rete, materiali e processo di design delle automobili, con la possibilità di sperimentare direttamente dal vivo e imparare divertendosi. Al centro dell’esposizione  un concept rivoluzionario, probabilmente destinato a circolare su strada  in futuro: la Mercedes-Benz BIOME. Un prototipo di origine interamente organica, realizzato da semi diversi, completamente ispirato alla natura. Anche se si tratta ancora di ipotesi future, la sezione dedicata alle materie prime rigenerabili illustra quali siano i materiali naturali impiegati già oggi nell’industria automobilistica.

Nell’area tematica dell’elettromobilità, adulti e bambini possono acquisire informazioni sulla produzione di energia, sul relativo immagazzinamento  ed utilizzo, per poi arrivare addirittura a produrre autonomamente energia. L’area dedicata al collegamento in rete e alla sensoristica spiega, invece, come l’auto stia diventando protagonista sempre più attiva della circolazione  e sia in grado di tenere perfettamente sotto controllo l’ambiente  che la circonda.

Particolare attenzione è riservata anche all’interazione tra automobili. Nell’area espositiva riservata al design, il visitatore può conoscere le dieci fasi  che portano alla realizzazione di una Mercedes-Benz. I piccoli artisti in erba possono, inoltre, esprimersi in piena libertà con l’album da disegno  e con il tablet e gestire così le funzioni dell’abitacolo del futuro avvalendosi soltanto della propria gestualità.

L’esposizione è stata realizzata ispirandosi ad un sistema assemblabile derivato dal mondo dell’infanzia e rispecchia il carattere ‘work-in-progress’ tipico  delle tematiche riguardanti il futuro. I futuristici tramezzi ecosostenibili  in legno riportano grafici presi in prestito dalla street art. Personaggi carismatici accompagnano i visitatori attraverso i diversi argomenti  e gli oggetti esposti. Per trasmettere le informazioni ad ogni singolo gruppo vengono utilizzate delle stazioni di ascolto, mentre gli articoli interattivi invitano i bambini ad un’esplorazione attiva.

Workshop Genius

Genius, la giovane knowledge community di Daimler, integra l’esposizione  con workshop di argomento tecnico a cui le scolaresche prendono parte subito dopo la visita all’esposizione. I giovani visitatori possono così subito mettere  in pratica nei workshop le impressioni raccolte durante la visita. Acquisiscono nozioni più dettagliate su una delle aree tematiche e sono coinvolti in prima persona. Così, ad esempio, durante il workshop ‘Elettromobilità’ bambini  e ragazzi costruiscono un motore elettrico. L’apprendimento esperienziale riveste un ruolo di primo piano. I workshop di tipo pratico sono concepiti  in funzione della fascia di età di appartenenza: i moduli ‘Design’ e ‘Materiali’ sono rivolti a bambini delle classi dalla prima alla quarta della scuola primaria, mentre i workshop ‘Elettromobilità’ e ‘Guida sicura’ sono rivolti agli allievi delle classi quinte della scuola primaria e delle classi prime della scuola secondaria di primo grado.

Obiettivo della knowledge community è risvegliare l’entusiasmo di bambini  e ragazzi nei confronti di scienze naturali e tecnica. In questo modo Genius risponde in modo costruttivo, con una soluzione a lungo termine, al calo  di interesse dei più giovani nei confronti di argomenti tecnici, mantiene viva  la passione per l’automobile e la mobilità ed aiuta a formare futuri lavoratori specializzati ed ingegneri. Con questa iniziativa il gruppo Daimler e Mercedes-Benz sottolineano ancora una volta il proprio impegno ad andare oltre  la vocazione commerciale con iniziative concrete sul territorio volte  alla formazione ed allo sviluppo culturale e sociale nei Paesi dove operano.

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Tankoa S801, latest project for an 80 meters by Tankoa Yachts

December 24, 2014 Leave a comment

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TANKOA S801 – THE LATEST PROJECT FOR AN 80 METER TAKES SHAPE

Tankoa Yachts – the “boutique shipyard” based in Genoa – announces a new addition to their range with the presentation of the S801 (80m) concept, confirming their markedly innovative stance in the super and mega yacht sector.

With the S693 just about ready for delivery to her owner in July 2015, alongside the S701 and the S501 projects, the sophisticated design work continues on the latest and largest of the yard’s models – the S801.

The first 80-88 meter platform model

Tankoa S801 is a concept design based on an 80 meter long platform, extendable to 88 meters. She will have a beam of 13.50 meters, with a 2,500 gross tonnage in its 80 meter version.

The main deck will take advantage of the yacht’s full beam, providing maximum volume in this size segment.

Tankoa S801 will feature four decks plus a sun deck. An enormous main deck lounge will welcome guests aboard, while the five VIP cabins with in suite baths will be located in the fore part of the main deck to maximize silence and comfort (in line with the 70 meter design philosophy).

The owner’s gigantic suite will be located on the upper deck aft section. His apartment will consist of a grand “bedroom” with two walk-in closets, a massage zone, private SPA/Sauna, personal office and a spacious bathroom.

These amenities are just part of the initial proposal for S801 as the shipyard will consider fully custom designed layout.

Just like sails in the wind, the decks float as if suspended between sea and sky

Code named “Golden Wings”, the S801 is Francesco Paszkowski’s vision of Italy’s most famous and beautiful ship of all time, the Amerigo Vespucci. Her superstructure seems to be literally suspended in mid-air, an interpretation of how the sailing ship would appear if her rig was shifted aft.

The reference to Amerigo Vespucci is an excellent way to pay tribute to one of the greatest Italian maritime explorers of the world.

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Glamping Architecture, nuovo concetto di camping dallo studio ArchiWorkshop

August 9, 2014 Leave a comment

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Progettato dallo studio ArchiWorkshop, il Glamping Architecture mira a lanciare l’idea di un nuovo concetto di camping, glamour e moderno, in grado di attirare una clientela di fascia alta verso queste sistemazioni turistiche che da anni sono adatte solo a coloro che più riescono ad adattarsi all’ambiente senza troppe esigenze.

Ciò su cui si basa il Glamping Architecture è per primo il basso impatto ambientale, affiancato ad un design all’avanguardia e soprattutto alla massima unione con la natura, ciò che da anni insomma le tradizionali sistemazioni nei camping già permettono, ma stavolta con una rivisitazione degna di attenzione.

Per ora, il primo villaggio al mondo ad adottare questa nuova idea dei ragazzi dello studio ArchiWorkshop è appunto il nuovo ‘Glampsite‘, un camping nei dintorni di Yang-Pyeong, una zona remota della Sud Corea. Di seguito eccovi alcune immagini che lo ritraggono, mostrando l’efficacia in fatto di design di questa nuova e interessantissima idea che speriamo possa espandersi rapidamente fino ad arrivare in Italia.

Fonte: GoLook.it

iPhone 6 Pro, nuovo concept per la nuova generazione del melafonino Apple

June 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Apple-iPhone-6

Non è passato molto tempo dal lancio dell’iPhone 5S ma, per i designers più audaci, è già tempo di immaginare la nuova generazione del melafonino che, stando ai rumors, arriverà dopo l’estate 2014.
Il concept di cui parliamo in questo articolo è la realizzazione di Michael Muyunda e Ran Avni; il dispositivo prende il nome di iPhone 6 Pro e la sua caratteristica principale è quella di avere uno schermo ”avvolgente”, in grado di garantire un’esperienza d’uso ancora più unica e in pieno stile con la tecnologia Apple.
Tra le sue caratteristiche troviamo una fotocamera da 12 megapixel, processore A8 equipaggiato da 4Gb di RAM e batteria da 4200 mAh.

Fonte: GoLook-Technology.it

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