Awaken from a long sleep

Posted September 12, 2010 by lalitnid
Categories: Journey and experience

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It is really a great day. After surfing the net without any reasonable reason for a long time,a reason came to my mind. I started searching about the INDI design by Mr. Sudhir Sharma- a well known image on the canvas of Indian Design-from creating experiences to help communities . This gave me an instant pulse of positive energy. While keeping myself refreshed I took a link which lead me to Pool Magazine- India’s first International Design magazine. I couldn’t stop myself from reading the first issue ( I am late but finally reached ). Read the stories of “Dabang Designers” of India. Most of my general questions were answered in the Design Magazine but not the advanced ones as I haven’t framed them yet 🙂

It is so inspiring that I started writing the blog again, after about a year. Its not just about writing but to awake myself and many alike. Also I am quite happy to see the common spirit living in all of us, is trying to prove its oneness to those who left it asleep. To show them the way to activate it and work fearlessly to help communities, using “design” as a tool, method, power, experience or whatever way one would like to perceive it.

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Concept Anyway- refined exterior graphics

Posted June 8, 2009 by lalitnid
Categories: Uncategorized

Here are few refinement of exterior graphics of Concept by reducing the size of tail lamp (red stripes) as well as including side indicators with headlamps. Also smiling front .

New Front Graphics (DRG)

New Front Graphics (DRG)

Concept Anyway

Posted November 6, 2008 by lalitnid
Categories: car sharing, Transportation

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Concept-anyway is a public car for commuters in the city. It is made to run inside the central zone of the city using electricity as a propulsion fuel. This car is a part of PubliCAR service which will be taken care by the Victorian government initially and can become a semi government body later on. User has a flexible access to these cars as well as service using different interfaces and mediums provided, for example using their own mobile phone, websites, car instrument panel or kiosk at parking spots.

It can be used by various user groups like business commuters, students, working people for their primary as well as secondary needs including shopping and cultural meetings.

Concept Anyway-Exterior

Concept Anyway-Exterior

Concept Anyway- Interiors

Concept Anyway- Interiors

The name of the car i.e. concept-anyway has its connection with the function of the car. This car can be driven in both directions by providing two steering wheels on two ends of the car. One steering is active at one time. This function gives freedom and ease of usage of the car, one can park it anywhere and can take it out without reversing it. The exterior design has taken care  to support this function from the outer appearance of the car by giving loop like shape which is asymmetry in symmetry. The driver will know about the driving position from the outside of the car itself in a very intuitive way. The car is made of two sets of similar parts which can be joined, facing opposite to each other to build a complete car, reducing the cost of the dies (same die can be used ) and other manufacturing costs involved.

Exterior Form Development

Exterior Form Development

Interior Development

Interior Development

This car can carry four persons and has dedicated storage space for each of them where they can put their Laptop bags and other stuff directly. These storage spaces are open shelf type on instrument panel itself. It also has a flexible seating system, where user can use multiple patterns for seating arrangements like facing at each other, facing in same direction, like a flat bed and many others.

The car is compact and has a length of  3665 mm and height of  1695 mm with a wheel base of 2440 mm. Li-ion batteries are under the floor with control equipments in the front and rear ends of the car. Wheels are powered by hub mounted electric motors. This car can be charged on any of the parking spots. Its interiors are flexible and simple and easy to clean and maintain. Materials used are recyclable, durable with a replaceable covering on it for cleaning.

Car Layout

Car Layout

Flexible Seating Layout ( Click on the Image to view Animation )

Flexible Seating Layout ( Click on the Image to view Animation )

360 degree View ( Click to view the animation )

360 degree View ( Click to view the animation )

Design Process:

Design Process

Design Process

CAD Development

CAD Development

Model Making Process-1

Model Making Process-1

Model Making Process-2

Model Making Process-2

1:8 Scale Physical Model

1:8 Scale Physical Model

System and service:

City Zones

City Zones

Concept Anyway

Concept Anyway

Car sharing system

Car sharing system

Flexible Parking

Flexible Parking

Service-website:

Home Page

Home Page

Journey Planner

Journey Planner

Available Car sharing options

Available Car sharing options

Available Car pooling options

Available Car pooling options

Confirming the  journey

Confirming the journey

Booking

Booking

My Journey Part-2

Posted October 19, 2008 by lalitnid
Categories: Journey and experience, Transportation

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It was about 9 am in the morning. Small and beautiful houses with brick red colored roof (this color may be different in reality…but if I imagine it in retrospective it seems as if it was brick red ) were the outcome of my first look of Melbourne outside the window of airplane. It registered a unique feeling in my heart as a image of this beautiful city and I started visualizing myself roaming around the city and exploring it inside the plane itself.

I was a part of worried mob who were waiting for a glance of their luggage which was carried down using a electro-mechanical conveyor. A hidden smile came on my face as soon as I saw a moving object which was very similar to my bag and it was the same, I collected it with a quick move and held it in my hands as if it was an old lost friend of mine. Now I was eligible to be a part of another community queue, who were not supposed to carry any offensive material with them including biological ones. Finally I cleared this stage with reasonably less time than many other of my colleagues ( may be because I had no pressure cooker, unpacked rice or similar stuff in my luggage). Vajir and I came out of the exit door and looked for Liam ( He is a nice faculty at RMIT and helped us all a lot in this whole process of exchange program) but couldn’t find him so we stayed at one place to wait for other two of us Sameer and Shweta who were still inside. After some time Liam appeared from an unknown direction. We talked about our journey, then he said Soumitri is also there with him. We met him, Sameer and Shweta came after about half an hour. Soumitri took Vajir and me with him to drop us at our temporary accommodation. It was very cold outside in comparison to current Indian weather. My denim jacket used it full efficiency to save my body from cold. On the way he talked about last years exchange students and gave us an idea about his expectations from all of us. We discussed some other issues briefly like Indian taxi drivers and their schemes of migrating to Australia, at that time I was floating in various thoughts, it was a kind of brainstorming which was happening inside me related to the 500cc Future car project( Which turned into designing a car for car-sharing later on ), sustainability, Melbourne, its culture and other many mixed thoughts. Also he asked about our future plans. I shared the same plan with him which most of us NIDians have common, like doing salaried job for few years and then setting up our own work as soon as possible. It had nothing special in it, I think special is not what is obvious but something which has surprise in it, so my plans generally follow evolutionary way, this is similar to knowing the DIRECTION not the DESTINATION. If one knows the direction clearly then destination comes automatically. We can see our life in either as aggregated way or as segregated. What I mean here is either we can connect each and everything of our life as if it is meant for a common objective of our existence or being on this earth or we can think our life for no reason. In evolutionary way of looking at things is nothing but making connection and looking into future using the backup of these connections for a vision which never dies and which is for Good. ( Honestly speaking, I am not pure enough to express like this, yet I have a hope for improvement and purification of thoughts )I didn’t discuss this all with Soumitri but It is somewhere there inside me and it is a good opportunity for me to share these thoughts with u all. One should keep asking these kind of questions to themselves as it helps one to understand one’s vision more clearly and gives strength to build them with more strength. The conversation was continued and discontinued time to time till we reached our first accommodation in Melbourne.

The Nunnery Accommodation at Nicholson Street-We were almost running to match the pace of Soumitri, he walks as fast as we run. After couple of formalities we got electronic keys to open the door, Soumitri left us there with his phone number on a piece of paper as he had to go for some important work. I liked the place a lot, as it was very warm not only because of the temperature inside J but also because of its interior layout and the way things were composed there. Smeer and Shweta also reached there after some time Initially, we were four who shifted into this 12 beds dorm. Actually I didn’t expect it to be a dorm, in fact I had an image of small room in my mind. But it doesn’t matter, as one bed in any form or height is good enough for me to sleep and recover from the tiring journey of many hours including in land and in air. Somehow we managed to retain our remaining energy to have a walk of university with Liam. We were equipped with all necessary documents like maps of University and Melbourne city. The way to university was very beautiful, it filled us with energy, roads were nice, clean and empty we couldn’t find any dust particle which we can see in heaps in India. Every information was clearly displayed, a good signage system. We crossed parks, buildings and roads to reach building-87 of RMIT University (actual address is 410, Elizabeth street ) which was shown as a workplace for us. It was our first day in Melbourne

…………………………….……to be continued

Halluc II- 8 legged robot vehicle

Posted October 10, 2008 by lalitnid
Categories: Uncategorized

On June 25, researchers at the Chiba Institute of Technology unveiled a working prototype of the Halluc II, a robotic vehicle with eight wheels and legs designed to drive or walk over rugged terrain. The agile robot, which the developers aim to put into practical use within the next five years, can move sideways, turn around in place and drive or walk over a wide range of obstacles. The researchers hope the robot’s abilities will help out with rescue operations, and they would like to see Halluc II’s technology put to use in transportation for the mobility-impaired.

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Crash Avoidance Robotic Car Inspired by Bumblebee

Posted October 10, 2008 by lalitnid
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clipped from www.nissan-global.com

What better way to advance the development of crash prevention technology than to mimic some of the best proponents of collision avoidance in the natural world? Bees.

In a surprising project that will be unveiled at CEATEC, the humble bumblebee has given engineers at Nissan Motor Co.’s Advanced Technology Center a strategic hint at how to design the next generation of crash-avoidance systems.

Robot Car BR23C

Robot Car BR23C

SAFETY SHIELD

Bee's compound eyes and detection of obstacle by LRF-technology

In flight, each bee creates its own oval-shaped personal space which in fact closely resembles Nissan’s Safety Shield concept.

But more crucially, it is the bee’s compound eyes, capable of seeing more than 300-degrees that allows the bumblebee to fly uninterrupted inside its personal space. In order to recreate the function of a compound eye, engineers came up with the idea of a Laser Range Finder (LRF).

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Control your car using your mobile phone

Posted October 10, 2008 by lalitnid
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clipped from www.ceatec.com

Introduced an Intelligent Key-equipped Mobile Phone released in September 2008


At Nissan Motor booth, an intelligent key-equipped mobile phone that combines popular intelligent key used on many of Nissan vehicles for its high convenience with mobile phone is being demonstrated. Working prototypes are available to get a feel of the mobile phone, which was co-developed with NTT DOCOMO and Sharp Corporation.
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