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The future is now: The Volkswagen XL1 is a 2-person limited production diesel-powered plug-in hybrid produced by Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Niedersachsen, Northern Germany. It was designed to be able to travel 100 km on 1 liter of diesel fuel, while being both roadworthy and practical. To achieve such economy, it is produced with lightweight materials, a streamlined body and an engine and transmission designed and tuned for economy. The concept car was modified first in 2009 as the L1 and again in 2011 as the XL1. A limited production of 250 units began by mid 2013; pricing starts at €111,000. The Volkswagen XL1 plug-in diesel-electric hybrid is available only in Europe and its 5.5 kWh lithium-ion battery delivers an all-electric range of 50 km, has a fuel economy of 0.9 l/100 km, and low emission. It was released to retail customers in Germany in June 2014. More:


“Kirk und Spock wiedervereint” im neuen TV Spot von VW (2014)

Captain Kirk und Mr. Spock tauschen Raumschiff Enterprise gegen Volkswagen e-Golf und XL1 - Volkswagen TV spot about 2 new electro cars. VW is located in Wolfsburg, Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) in Northern Germany.


The Tea Calendar, one of the winner for Cannes Lions 2013 by Haelssen & Lyon


"The tea calendar, which enjoyed triple digit circulation, underlines Hälssen & Lyon’s role as a tea development innovator. The results? Excellent tea and overwhelmingly positive feedback worldwide! The response rate is almost 50% and many new deals have since concluded. Tea calendar news is still spreading in all relevant blogs, generating valuable PR. The tea calendar is the most successful promotional campaign since the company’s 1879 founding. Consequently, Hälssen & Lyon will develop additional products based on the tea calendar’s creativity. This success proves that a good calendar can impress both the eyes and the taste buds, day after day."

This is definitely one of the best advertisement I’ve seen.


Artist Izumi Akinobu Captures Miniature Worlds in Bottles

Tokyo-based artist Izumi Akinobu creates amazing miniature worlds encased in cute glass bottles. Izumi is an architectural model designer by day and a craft artist in her spare time, and she sells her delicate Tiny Worlds in Bottles through Etsy. Hit the jump to check out some of her most amazing works - like this cute paper bike under a tree - and remember that smaller and greener is always better!


Filipino Teen Creates Shoes That Can Charge a Phone by Walking

A 15-year-old with an insatiable thirst for science has developed shoes that can charge your phone or any USB-powered device by simply walking.

Angelo Casimiro lives in the Philippines, a country still recovering from last fall’s Typhoon Haiyan.

"A lot of people are still suffering from poverty," he says in a YouTube video in which he demonstrates his invention. Some people have no access to electricity, he adds. For them, "a simple source of light is big," he says.

Now Angelo is creating a new way to generate power. He placed two pairs of physio-electric discs on the insole of each shoe. The discs produce energy when any type of pressure is placed on them. That energy is then channeled to a USB port, which an electronic device can plug in to.

"My insole generator does not use coils, motors, magnets, or anything that involves moving parts," he explains. "We have a pair (of physio-electric discs) mounted back-to-back. When you make back-to-back pairs, you’re able to harvest twice the power." (Read more)



DESIGN: ‘Reactive Dynamism’ by Anna Petrou

It’s always a good day when you come across fairly unknown but truly remarkable and brilliant design work in the juggernaut land of Tumblr! Anna Petrou's semester design project titled 'Reactive Dynamism' is on our radar today.

She’s built dynamic “second skin” which articulates a wearer’s need for personal space by responding to and exaggerating his body language. The piece changes position depending on the movement the wearer makes with each arm.

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