My name is Jan Leyssens. I'm a student Industrial Design at the university college of West-Flanders.

For my masters project I'm going to develop a new demonstrator for the expo at IMEC.
This demonstrator will contain a new product that shows the power of IMEC's solar technology and this blog (the making of the product).

Feel free to sent in ideas, remarks, comments,...

woensdag 23 december 2009

Chromium os

After a long silence (I've been studying mostly)I'm back with a small report on what's going on.

First of all I've been measuring the solar cells Joachim gave me. in full sun they are able to produce 0.6V (8A)!

Another thing I've been thinking about is the energy usage of the whole system. If we are looking at the entire system with remote desktop control, it's only fair to look at the energy the servers use as well. If I would go for remote desktop control, I might be making this whole thing to big and complicated.
That's why I went back to chromium for a minute.

I've downloaded the code, build the OS from Linux and tried it. I'm still working on some stuff, but I was thinking we might be able to create a computer with an entirely new OS, but also without all the hardware equipment.

Chromium OS is a rather static OS. It's purpose is not to store stuff on your computer and customize it to your needs. Basically it's just a really fast browser.
Keeping this in mind, we might think of using microcontrollers instead of processors and graphic cards,...
This will radically change the energy usage, and make it even smaller.

As far as the design is concerned, I came up with some nice idea's, but I'll be keeping those pictures with me till 2010 (consider it a gift :) )

merry Christmas and a happy new year,

zaterdag 21 november 2009

Long time not seen...

It's been a while since the last time I posted something on this blog, and that's mainly because I was busy...

After some crazy weeks, we decided to continue on creating the new generation computer...

Now, this new generation will be ruled by 'the internet'. This may sound vague, but I got this Google video from youtube that explains my vision exactly.

the big difference between google, windows and mac and this project is that I'll have my computer concept finished and running by may 2010. (That's because I won't be creating new Operating Systems).

Please check out this video on youtube, it explains everything I would need 5 posts for in about 4 minutes...

maandag 2 november 2009

dinsdag 27 oktober 2009

zondag 25 oktober 2009

Jan Leyssens @ Dutch Design Week - Eindhoven

in this next post you'll find back my presentation at the High Tech camping during the Dutch Design week in Eindhoven (Netherlands).

I'll have to excuse me for the bad sound. For the presentation (because you can't really see it), you can check out: :http://prezi.com/4fp79cb1rptd/

After ths presentation we had a live brainstorm session. This video won't be posted, but I'm going to make a summary with the best ideas in it. The method we used during this session is called the morphological analysis and can be found on http://www.innowiz.be/

This week I'll finally start posting some first worked out concepts as well, so keep checking, because now the project's really started.


maandag 19 oktober 2009

market analysis - solar powered products

Today I finished my market-analysis concerning solar powered products.

I ended up dividing the products in 5 different classes: solar gadgets, lights, garden, pannels and chargers.

I made moodboards so it is easier for you to check it out. Next week I'll probably put a new video online, In this video you'll be able to see me present the project on the High Tech Camping @ Eindhoven during the Dutch design Week. I'll also explain some idea's and show you the brainstorms so far.

dinsdag 13 oktober 2009

idea sketch

In this second post I'll put some idea sketches, these are loose thoughts I've had about solar power and everyday products, friday the 23st I'll be presenting the project in Eindhoven during the High Tech Camping. I'll finish my benchmark study (check out all the existing products with solar cells) later that week and after that I'll start the idea-generation.

In the meanwhile, have fun with these:

dinsdag 6 oktober 2009

First post!


More info about the solar cells can be found here:

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