Fraser Pyke

Product Design Engineer, POD Active
Geelong VIC 3220, Australia

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  • "I just did a quick CAD sketch to understand how it all moves. I think the tension of the canvas caused by you sitting in it will stop the chair collapsing backwards. Also the legs are spread wide enough that your center of gravity (ass) will remain inside them.Yes you can probably fall out of it if you try hard enough but the same could be said about most chairs.Honestly this looks like a heap of fun to sit in. Its probably even more fun to watch someone sit in it for the 1st time.Hats off to Dan Svarth!"
    on: Dan Svarth's Unusual Rocker-less Rocking Chair
  • "I believe the process is Carbon3D's EPU material.https://www.carbon3d.com/industries/consumer/Very cool stuff the way they can tune the density of the structure in different areas.Also lots of potential for use with scanning technology to create a perfect fit for a customer in things like helmets, impact protection.There is more information about their materials in the link above."
    on: More Comfortable Bike Saddles, Courtesy of 3D Printing
  • "You plug your car into the sponsored charging station.The charging station communicates with the car and it instantly begins projecting the sponsor's commercials on the car's dash, radio and headlights.You walk away, it stops charging."
    on: Audi E-Tron Concept Uses Headlights to Project a Videogame You Can Play While Car Charges
  • "I can't wait for my butler to break this out at the next polo match we tailgate."
    on: A Gift You Won't Be Receiving This Holiday Season: Rolls-Royce's Push-Button Automatic Champagne Chest
  • "Is the wrap around grill texture of the Loft a wood laminate too?It looks like the platter of the Loft's turntable is also wood.The gloss finish and highly figured wood It is very busy. Perhaps a matte finish or a wood with less contrast in its grain would calm down the design.I also don't like the narrow footprint of the legs, it looks unstable and top heavy. The record storage also looks like an after thought and I agree would be very inconvenient to use.I would rather see the form continue to create a cabinet below for record storage and that can sit on some shorter legs."
    on: Yea or Nay? Wrensilva's Retro Hi-Fi Stereo Consoles
  • "I love the photo on the boat. It makes no sense."
    on: Crash Baggage: Damaged-Look Luggage from Italy, for Peace of Mind While Traveling
  • ""This is a $418 luxury "designer" leather tissue dispenser that YOU have to open and load with a stack of tissues."If you can afford a $418 tissue dispenser, you can afford to pay someone to fill it while you sadistically sit back and watch as they struggle to keep the unboxed tissues neatly together."
    on: The Weekly Design Roast, #22
  • "Very neat. the interior looks very homely and comfortable which is what I'd want while I sat stuck in busy city traffic.I love it all except the optional weather shroud. Surely they could have made weather proofing part of the charging port design. I almost feel like they had a solution but it didn't quite work so they made a tarp to throw over the top?"
    on: Honda Releases Ultimate City Car, All-Electric, Not for Americans
  • "I like it.I've seen similar things in some restaurants in Xiamen China. They use QR codes and I think you can even pay for your meal through your phone too. I think it runs through Wechat, but I might be wrong.The NFC chip is a much better interface than a QR code, no need to open a camera app etc.The bit I don't like is how it encourages a table of people meeting face to face to start the exchange with their faces in their phones:"What are you thinking of ordering?""Oh, sorry I haven't looked yet. Stacey sent me a funny snap chat" "
    on: A Signage Design Win: No-Contact Menus Becoming a Thing
  • "It's very cool. I used to work at a company that produced clothes pegs, they used a similar process for counting pegs so each bag had the correct amount. A conveyor belt took the pegs from the floor up into a hopper where they were slowly scattered onto a large segmented circle. Think of a large pizza. Each segment had its own scale and a very fast trap door. When a combination of segments hit the desired weight their trap doors opened dumping the pegs into a chute and down into the bagging operation. I imagine the same process is used for lots of small loose items and probably food like candies etc too."
    on: Fascinating Design for a Machine That Helps Food Packagers Hit Target Weights for Multiple Items
  • "Did anyone else not realise the scale of these pods until they saw the 4th image with the chair inside? With all those images of them opening at the top, I thought they were some sort of bar fridge sized locker for keeping your stuff in and safe from sniffling strangers?I also don't get it. Rain is correct that if you can work in these you can work from home. And if your corporate overlord doesn't trust you enough and needs you in the bull pen, I can't think of any existing office space I've been in that A. has a high enough ceiling to accommodate these pods or B. a door wide enough to wheel them in."
    on: What is the Point of These Architect-Designed, Anti-COVID Sealed Cubicles?
  • "I agree that there isn't much difference between this and a regular tool box, multi compartment bag, etc as far as functionality goes.One benefit the zippered compartments have over a tool roll is the ability to hold small items such as fasteners, socket heads, anything that isn't your traditional long narrow form that tool rolls hold so well. I did a motorbike ride across Australia and used a Fox Deluxe Toolpack. It was the best of both worlds with one compartment having elastic loops perfect for spanners etc a large zippered compartment where I kept cable ties, fuel hose, electrical tape. It had two small compartments which had fuses, racing wire and some small tools like a valve puller.I guess what I'm trying to say is I see this working for the user who wants to bring their tools and all their consumables and fasteners in one soft package. It would be better if it had traditional tool roll loops to hold spanners etc as well as one or two large zippered compartments for small or odd shaped items. Excuse me i need to contact a bag maker in China..."
    on: Tool Rolls with Internal Zippered Pouches, Yea or Nay?
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