DailyDirt: Interesting Designs For Common Items

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A lot of products have been revolutionized by relatively simple re-designs. Velcro. The spork. Sometimes it's little changes that make a big difference. And sometimes there's just too much of a barrier to overcome for old designs to be replaced, no matter how much improvement could be gained. Here are just a few designs that you might see more often someday. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Lawrence DíOliveiro, Jun 16th, 2014 @ 5:12pm

    Gullwing: Thatís 1950s, not 1980s

    Gullwing doors were first introduced with the Mercedes-Benz 300SL in 1952. You know why? Because it was a space-frame design. And the more holes you cut in a space-frame (for pesky things like doors and windows), the weaker it becomes. So they came up with this compromise door design that didnít require as big a hole as a conventional swing-door.

     

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    Whoever, Jun 16th, 2014 @ 6:55pm

    Fake

    You know the disappearing doors are fake, right?

     

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    Pixelation, Jun 16th, 2014 @ 7:58pm

    Sedation

    Why not just start sedating everyone on the plane? That way you could stack 'em thick without complaint.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 17th, 2014 @ 12:17am

    Re: Sedation

    But then how am I going to catch up on the movies that my partner isn't interested in watching?!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 17th, 2014 @ 4:20am

    Re: Fake

    Source?

    The video looked like a pretty convincing prototype.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 17th, 2014 @ 4:31am

    Re: Fake

     

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    Justin, Jun 17th, 2014 @ 4:57am

    Car Door

    The disappearing car door isn't fake. It was a concept designed by Lincoln back in 1993. What they don't show you in this video is the equipment necessary to move the doors, which takes up about half of the trunk space.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 17th, 2014 @ 5:07am

    Re: Sedation

    Just think of the fun baggage handlers would have.

     

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    nasch (profile), Jun 17th, 2014 @ 7:48am

    Re: Car Door

    What they don't show you in this video is the equipment necessary to move the doors, which takes up about half of the trunk space.

    That's too bad, because that thing looks awesome. Might even be worth giving up half a trunk. Koeniggsegg has great doors as well if you haven't seen those.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Jun 17th, 2014 @ 9:07am

    Re: Car Door

    Electric motors have become much more efficient since then. It might be entering the realm of practicality now.

     

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    allengarvin (profile), Jun 17th, 2014 @ 10:32am

    Is it safe?

    You'll be losing that side B-pillar, or at least its connection to the frame. Can it stand up to side-impact collisions? There might also be some structural issues in roll-overs, though I guess no worse than convertibles currently face.

     

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    nasch (profile), Jun 17th, 2014 @ 11:10am

    Re: Is it safe?

    You'll be losing that side B-pillar, or at least its connection to the frame. Can it stand up to side-impact collisions?

    That might be an issue with a retrofit like in the video, but if a car were designed with these doors from the beginning, it would be no problem. Look at the Mazda RX-8 for example. It has the same large door opening with no B-pillar as these cars, it's just with conventional doors.

     

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    Whoever, Jun 17th, 2014 @ 11:14am

    Fake

    Think about the fact that the door has a glass window, which means that the door cannot bend (also, doors have to have structure to resist impact, latch properly, etc.). Now think about:
    1. Where is the bottom of the door, when the door is half down?
    2. If that doesn't convince you, think about where the middle of the door is, when the door is half way down?
    3. If that doesn't convince you, take a look under your car and ask yourself if there is room to stow a door under there.
    4. The sills provide much of the structural integrity of cars. This "door" appears to require complete removal of the sills.
    5. And finally, if this door system is so wonderful, why are there no videos with actual news reporters looking at the doors? Why are the only videos made by the company that claims to make this door?

     

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    nasch (profile), Jun 17th, 2014 @ 11:20am

    Re: Fake

    Shut up, it's cool! ;-)

     

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    Giles Byles, Jun 17th, 2014 @ 2:08pm

    Creeping hyphenitis

    No hyphen in redesign

    No hyphen in firefighting

    But looks like gull-wing can't fly without one

     

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