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Holy Cow: Firing an Actual, Original B-17 Ball Turret

The Sperry ball turret was a marvel of 1940s engineering. American manufacturer Sperry figured out how to cram a human being into a 3.5'-diameter armored sphere with Plexiglas windows, alongside 500 rounds of ammunition and with two .50-caliber machine guns sticking out of it. This ball turret was suspended from a gimbal inside B-17 and B-24 bombers...

Fri Feb 23, 2024 22:59
Core77 Weekly Roundup (2-20-24 to 2-23-24)

Here's what we looked at this week:The Twisted GOAT, a tie-down alternative designed to be faster than using rope or ratchet straps, is essentially a massive twist tie. Klein Tools' offset Locknut Wrenches are a great example of form follows function. Only 1 in 15,000 visually impaired people own a guide dog; they cost around $50,000. The...

Fri Feb 23, 2024 19:59
Industrial Design Concept Study: The DISPATCH Urban Delivery System

This DISPATCH concept for an urban delivery system is by Springtime, a Dutch industrial design consultancy with a focus on mobility. Through technological developments and our changing shopping habits, the parcel delivery market has greatly changed. We want the purchases we ordered online delivered at our doorstep and we want them now! This development...

Fri Feb 23, 2024 18:12
Zippo Turns Their Iconic Lighter into a Multi-Tool

The Zippo lighter was the original EDC item, back when cigarette marketing was truly wild:In the decades since, as these doctors started coughing a lot and cigarette smoking declined, Zippo branched out into other product categories to survive. This offering here brings them full circle, back into the EDC world, albeit in a ridiculous way. Here's the...

Fri Feb 23, 2024 17:21
A Square Kettle for Camping

Why on earth would you make a kettle square? "We have created a non-round kettle in pursuit of faster water boiling speed and stability when using a burner," explains manufacturer Sugiyama Kinzoku.A fair amount of design went into the 700mL vessel: Point 1: "The handle is neatly stored in a concave groove on the top panel."Point 2: "The lid is also...

Thu Feb 22, 2024 20:25
Another Take on the Space-Saving Bench

This Pantographic Bench is by Miguel Saboya, a Brazilian furniture designer/builder.Saboya—a man of few words, at least where his website is concerned—says only that the bench is made of sapele and linen. Saboya has an atelier in Lisbon where he takes commissions. You can see more of his work here.See Also: Shizuka Saito's Mingle Bench

Thu Feb 22, 2024 18:20

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