Taxa Outdoors has been making a name for itself over the past several years, putting NASA small-living know-how into a lineup of funky trailers. It all started with the original Cricket trailer, and the company has been going smaller and smaller with trailers and living modules like the TigerMoth, Woolly Bear and Firefly. Now it’s going in a bigger direction with the all-new Mantis, an 18-ft (5.5-m) flagship that sleeps four adults in backcountry bliss.
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Honda will debut an electric motorcycle built just for learner riders at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show. The Riding Assist-e is an electric vehicle with a low center-of-gravity and a very low seat height, but its most interesting capability is a self-balancing technology.
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Honda never passes on the opportunity to remind the world how important the Cub series has been in its history, so the legendary two-wheeler’s 60th anniversary calls for a special celebration. At the upcoming Tokyo show, Honda plans to reveal a new production model and two fresh Super Cub concepts.
Continue Reading Honda to celebrate the Super Cub at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show
While Volkswagen was exploring the Crafter camper van concept of the future, Knaus was busy moving its own Crafter-based camper van from concept to reality. After showing one of the first camper van conversions based on the new Crafter, the Saint & Sinner concept, Knaus has proceeded with the production Boxdrive camper, and it’s no longer calling it a camper van but a CUV – that is, caravanning utility vehicle. We’re not sure it breaks the mold into its own vehicle category, but the Boxdrive is a roomy, versatile VW camper van with tech in all the right places.
Continue Reading Knaus turns the VW Crafter van into a new type of CUV, a caravanning utility vehicle
Thank you Bengt,
I appreciate that. We selected an acoustically transparent mesh that has a metallic weave in it and is a dark grey which sheen vs the typical matter black. I wanted to do that to visually lighten it up a touch and really show off those chamfers. This chamfers are very intentional. When I was at Sound United I had a rule for engineering that no sounder could be taller than 2″. The trend in TV stands was bringing them lower combined with the slimmer bezels makes the available envelope to work with much more difficult. Pill shaped drivers needed to be developed, different types of arrays. Eventually we were able to get great sound out of something only 1.75″ tall, but that of course added cost and all of those sounders were more expensive.
This product is the first Polk sounder under $150. We wanted to do something to go right at the meat of the market and make something that sounded great, looked more high end, and had some patented features that are really helpful like Voice Adjust. That meant we had to go above my 2″ regulation. So the purpose of those large chamfered surfaces it to visually trisect the height of the bar. The sides have no vertical surfaces for that reason as well, and even the logo placed off to the right doesn’t allow you to visually bisect the width.
I’m happy with the result. When we started this project I was concerned that we would sacrifice design for performance and value, but I feel the hard work netted a pretty balanced solution.
So you know anybody over there who wants to give me an HTS 12, you know for “product benchmarking”?
How about looking for an Industrial Design firm with job openings for computer science or software developer? Not a career change but at least you can be involved in the product development process and get a first hand look into industrial design.
I think your plan of taking foundation classes at CSULB or Art Center (at Night) is a good plan. At the end of the day, your portfolio is what gets you hired. The advantage of going through the whole degree is the exposure to different teachers, mentors, students, projects, etc.
I thought Academy of Art was pretty expensive? Maybe it’s not, just what I’ve hear. Most private schools are going to be pretty speedy. The state programs can be a better price fit if you have residence. In Cali, Long Beach and San Jose have ID programs for example. Cleveland Institute of Art and Columbus College of Art and Design are also well known for their value to education ratio.
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