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Refrigeration Without Electricity
July 26, 2010

Adam Grosser talks about a project to build a refrigerator that works without electricity -- to bring the vital tool to villages and clinics worldwide. Tweaking some old technology, he's come up with a system that...

Custom Gecko Coffee Mug
July 23, 2010

  I've been fortunate enough to work on several recent custom product concepts for a famous US auto insurance company. When Kevin Silver came across an opportunity to present promotional ideas, we sat down one day to brainstorm on some cool concepts.  They were specifically looking for a custom ceramic coffee mug that incorporated their famous gecko. I sketched some designs of how I envisioned the gecko to be climbing the edge of the coffee...

Awesome and realistic 3D Physics Engine
July 22, 2010

A physics engine is computer 3D software that provides an approximate simulation of certain simple physical systems. This video shows one of the most realistic engines I've ever seen. It's called Lagoa Multiphysics 1.0 and was created by Thiago Costa and essentially simulates real-life physics in a completely realistic way. This demo shows a piece of charcoal breaking and spreading as it hits the...

Reminder Pocket Pill Case
July 21, 2010

Its a busy world out there.  Things to do, people to see.  And you don't always remember to take your pills.  Or in the case of your grandma, she just plain forgets.  This unique pill case was designed for that very reason.  It features a programmable alarm built into the cover to remind you to take your meds.  To access the medicine, simply push the release button on the underside and slide the case out.  The living hinge of the lids are...

Flameless Rechargable USB Lighter
July 19, 2010

Nathan Gabriele is one of our design collaborators here at The Product Farm - and also the designer behind our Stand Up Stapler. Besides creating beautiful products for KitchenAid at his day job, Nathan always got something new up his sleeve. This unique USB rechargeable cigarette lighter has received a lot of attention around the web. In lieu of lighter fluid and a flint, this lighter uses resistance coils to create heat. It’s the same technology...

PC World : Wall Mounted Renderfarm
July 19, 2010

Kevin Hall, Dvice: The ultimate PC case mod: 6 powerful PCs in one glorious case The first thing I did when I saw this setup was look at my own wall and see where I could fit one, too. Then I grabbed a napkin to clean up all the drool. Up above is exactly what you'd see if you walked into the lobby of designer Fredrik Perman's office in North Carolina: six powerful computers, all consolidated into one wall-mounted case. Perman, along with his...

Get ready for SPARKcon 2010! - Sep 16-19th
July 15, 2010

Although I have not had the chance to attended in previous years, I'm really excited about SPARKcon 2010, which will take place right here in the Triangle. For 4 days, Raleigh’s Fayetteville St, public spaces, clubs and stages will be filled with art, music, dance, film, fashion, design and more. SPARKcon showcases local cultural richness through an open-source approach to collaboration and cross pollination. It’s completely grass-roots...

Bringing back forgotten engineering from the 50's
July 13, 2010

The initial idea of our unique utility strength stand up stapler came when I visited a neighborhood yard sale. I found a "hand vice stapler", commonly used in industrial settings, dry cleaners etc. The interesting thing about them to me was the hinge location. A normal stapler has a hinge at the furthest end from the staple mechanism, while the hand vice staplers hinge is more centered. We based our concept around this in an effort to make our...

Follow safe handling instructions of raw thinking
July 13, 2010

When I started The Product Farm in late 2007, I wanted to make a creative stand and differentiate myself from competitors. To promote my new business in a unique way, I had the idea of printing up some red T-shirts, then package them into butcher style foam trays, tightly vacuum seal them together with business cards and a small printed introduction of the company. I utilized the make belief labeling on the packaging to further promote my...

Making the USB Scent Flower™
July 13, 2010

I've been designing, developing and producing products for what I would consider a long time. It wasn't what I went to school for, nor was it what I wanted to be as a child (I wanted to illustrate and draw cartoons for a living), but once I was introduced to industrial design by chance in 2002, I knew right away that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Creating professional 2D/3D artwork for six years prior, my skills seamlessly...

Please visit our Facebook page!
March 3, 2010

As my first post on The Product Farm's new website, I wanted to take the opportunity to promote our Facebook page. It's been up for a fairly long time now. Before I created the page I was pondering if it was worth it or not, but decided to go for it after I actually received my first contract lead though the famous social networking site. It took a few hours to pull everything together, adding content and image galleries and so on. It didn't take...