Fraser Pyke

Product Design Engineer, POD Active
Geelong VIC 3220, Australia

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  • "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?
  • "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
  • ""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
  • "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 think a fairer comparison would be between this electric pick up and the Canam Defender or Polaris Ranger. I can't speak for America but these are becoming popular in Australian Rural communities especially with aging farmers who can no longer swing a leg over a quad bike but still want something small that they can get around in, get in and out quickly to open gates etc and still carry a small load. Driving between narrow orchard rows where a conventional truck might be too wide would be a great application for these. The main Con for us with the Defender/Ranger is they are currently not road registerable. So for farmers who's property may span a public road this small road legal get about would do the job.I'm interested to see how these go."
    on: China's $9,000 Electric Pickup Truck is Coming to the U.S.
  • "I second Evan.I work with plastic and composites but am always happy to learn. I would be interested to learn about the basic rules or techniques for accommodating wood movement."
    on: Today's Urban Design Observation: Falling Apart at the Seams
  • "These are great.I've taken to watching it on my laptop with the brightness turned up. Its really helped to see what is going on.I also went back and paused on the note Arya found.It is the one that Sansa was forced to write and send to Rob way back around the end of season 1. it goes something like, King Robert is dead. Our dad committed treason by trying to steal the throne from Joffery, 7 gods I love Joffery so much. The Lanisters are ace, they treat me so well. Come down to Kings landing and bend the knee to King Joffery."
    on: Game of Thrones Recap: "Eastwatch"
  • "I can highly recommend these Beco Poop bags. They use a biodegradable plastic for the bag a recycled card core and very efficient (possibly recycled) packaging. Not to mention they are "bear sized" for when your dogs really unload."
    on: A Dirty, Rotten Package Design Trick
  • "I love this, I can get behind any idea that helps connect people (especially inner city dwellers) with nature. The way it allows people to easily observe the bees and watch them build their hive is a great concept. In saying that I've got a few questions and concerns.1. This seems like a product targeted at non beekeepers. So my natural question is where do I get bees from?2. The window hose seems like an afterthought. Surely you could put a connector or even a 10c hose clamp on the hose to stop it pulling out and remove the flap all together. The flap seals off the hive or the window unit, what about the bees that are at the other end of the hose. ie. The hose comes out of only the window unit, now you have a hive of bees with a hose that leads into your living room instead.3. When the unit is outside how close can you get before the bees start kicking up a stink? The guy in the video says how great it is to see the bees up close. There is also a shot of him at 2:42 standing next to the hive with a bee on his forehead, that's too close for me thanks.Rain I don't expect you to know the answers but this feels more like a early concept than a product ready for market."
    on: The Beecosystem: A Modular Indoor Honeybee Hive With Outdoor Commuting Tube
  • "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf3T-gWUp7ARussell Coight has been showing us Aussies how to do it for years."
    on: Off-Road Problem Solving: How to Free Your Stuck Vehicle Using a Spare Tire, or a Polyester Sling
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