Bullet proof suit

Im kind of exited with this bullet proof that I found as an inspiration for our computer fundamentals final project.

On Toronto, a Canadian tailor is releasing a three-piece suit that can become a bullet proof suit. The company, Garrison Bespoke, believes it has combined style and safety, using lightweight carbon nanotube technology to absorb impact from bullets fired from handguns and prevents punctures from knife attacks.

The coast of this suit is a very expensive, $20.000, 00. They say that can still bruise the body, but at least save the owner life.

source: http://garrisonbespoke.com/custom-suits/bulletproof-suit/


Sergio Matos


Today Im going to talk about Sergio J Matos, he is a brazillian designer, from the northwest of Brazil. The first time that I met him was in one academic week in my city and he showed us his work. And it is kind of wonderful how he works, using regional materials and adding value with the concept.

These three product that I put in this post won awards and was exposed on Salone Satellite of Millao on 2010.


Balloon chair

This chair was inspired by a traditional festival in Brazil called São João is a party dedicated to St. John and St. Peter, and has different styles in each state. The chair was inspired by the balloons that people warned that the party would start, a long time ago.

It is made by craftsmanship, with steel coated with colored cotton yarn , giving the chair an air of exclusivity and rationality .

This is the video about the chair:



Carambola Chair (Carom fruit)

The concept comes from the shape of the carom fruit. The structure is made of steel and the outer part is made by hand using colored cotton yarns. The natural cotton is a kind developed by EMBRAPA -PB which allows the plume already born colored, dispensing chemical materials.


 Ianomani Chair

This chair has a strong connection to the culture and indigenous customs. Its concept was developed on the study of indigenous facial paintings and red band on the eyes . The materials used in the production are sustainable. The structure is made of liana apui extracted from the region of Pará (Brazil). Its extraction is beneficial to nature. This vine grows around the tree and as will developing eventually strangles the tree. The plot is made of wicker and finished with water based varnish. The ring is coated MDF certificate laminated wood. The fabric is colored cotton, a species developed by EMBRAPA – PB is born colored.

Journal 2 – Methods and Materials part 1

Coral Tools by Jinyoung Choi



 Coral tool is a South Korean product, designed by Jin young Choi as a domestic tool. This simple coral tools combine on houses steel flat head and Philipps crew drives within it’s hard plastic body and also as a tripodal stand that holds nails firmly in the center hole to help get them started, ensuring a straight hit while keeping fingers safe. It is also a corkscrew.


The totally independent tools combine in one product of four legs to comfortable and safe store. Aesthetically, is a modern and multifunctional object, which can fix in any kitchen, it has different colors and is very safe.


Tetrabox Spherical Origami Lamp




This Tetrabox Spherical Origami Lamp was made by Ed Chew, a Malaysian Designer. It was made by Tetra Brik boxes, a popular Malaysian soft drink that cames in a rectangular packet. This lamp requires approximately 450 empty packets and it is 260 mm in diameter. The boxes were unfolded and then transformed into 108 hexagons by cutting 6 strips of 6 squares, each 130mm x 21mm, to form a triangle and 6 strips of 4 squares, 76mm x 19mm, that act as knots to hold them all together. The lamp required an additional 12 pentagons made up of 5 strips of 5 squares, each 115mm x 21. The pentagon knots are 5 strips of 4 squares, at 76mm x 15mm.


The Tetrabox Spherical Origami Lamp is a good example of how designers can do recycled product and it still have beauty. Aesthetically, the pattern that the lamp transmits when it is turn on, is beautiful, magical and indescribable. Also, the color can fit in any place and the material used seems fancy and beautiful when It is put together in this lamp.




Filip is a mixed watch, phone, Wi-Fi, GPS , alarm and message reader created exclusively for parents to have control over their children prevent  then to not get lost. It can be pre -programmed with 5 phone numbers that are activated with the touch of a button. Only these numbers can call the child or be driven by it.

With the application of Filip parents can know the exactly location on the map, send messages and even create a “security zone “. This means that when the children is out of the perimeter of the area defined by the father and mother as safe , a notification is automatically sent to them. If the child is in danger, you can press the red emergency button for 3 seconds and them it will immediately send a link with the exact location for the numbers programmed recording the sound of everything that is happening.

There are other smart watches in the market with more technologies. However, Filip is perfect for child safety and for give comfort to parents. Aesthetically, it comes in several colors, it is fun, it fit in any event and with any children’s clothing.


Transportation in Brazil and my experience when I arrived in Vancouver

Some words that I wrote about Transportation in Brazil, in my city,  my experiences when I arrived here, and some difference about my city and here.

The quality of public transportation in Brazil and the protests

This article is about the protests that had in Brazil in 2013 against the horrible state of the bus,trains and subways. The public transportation in Brazil is based for the utilization of bus, subways and trains ( In my city have only bus) and the government need to give money to ‘’take care’’ of the transport and also they need to take care of urban mobility, and the existing infrastructure for transport, stations and terminals.

The big problem in Brazil ( and especially in m city and except for Curitiba)  is because the public transportation rout didn’t have a project to do it, was did randomly, and in some places doesn’t even have bus close. This happened because the process of industrialization of Brazil  was late and very fast, and influenced to the growth of the cities without an urban planning.

The transportation in Brazil is considered bad and inefficient, with expensive tickets, crowded bus, in horrible conditions (dirt, broken…) and the bus and subways are ALWAYS late, I said ALWAYS.

In 2013, had a lot of protests ( in Vancouver had too and in a lot of others places in the world) because the public transportation was in this poor conditions and they wanted to increase the price of the ticket. The citizens went to the streets, to protest against all the unfair tax and the unfair way that the government think they can hold the money for themselves.   But the thing became bigger,bigger and bigger. The police and the government start to fight against the citizens and this wasn’t the best way. In the end, they didn’t increase the price, but the other problems are still there.


I think I could right properly about each difficult of the public transportation in Brazil. About my city, unfortunately I didn’t found yet any good article for translate to you, but I have my own experience and also a project made by an Architect from there, it is a urban planning for improve the routes, that can benefit all neighborhoods  and also all citizens.

The video is here (http://www.cidadeideia.com.br/ ), all in portuguese, but I hope I can translate it latter =)  It a lot off of good stuffs there that I can use for compare with Vancouver J

So, based on my own experience, living there for 22 years ( I left Brazil when I was 22 and Im almost 24!! Off topic ~~) I HATE the public transportation in São Luis. First, there is a small island where have a family who command everyone and everything, like a dictator but the at least try to cover it and pretend that they are not with the power anymore. But after I can talk about this, the problem is because the city growth very fast and unplanned, there has a lot of bus routes, but have places that don’t pass bus. The bus stop are dirt, and only a few has seats. The bus NEVER, I SAID NEVER, is on time, or they are in advanced or they are like 40 minutes LATE, yes….!!! The bus stops are always full of peoples, that in the first stop, the bus is already full and they don’t put another bus, so, sometimes, you have to wait three or four bus to can get one, and this wait can be from 40 minutes to 3 hours!!! I’m not lying this is the reality. Some windows are broken, some chairs too. And the traffic jam! THE TRAFIC JAM. My house from my university by can, I can take 30/40 minutes, but with bus, it took 2:30 hours, because I need to change bus 3 times, and also with the traffic jam and the route that almost do a circle in the island!! The other big problem is the security, that wasn’t so insecure when I left there, but last month had a rebellion on the big prison and almost all the prisoners escaped and are in the city, killing and stealing everybody. AND THE GOVERNMENT? They are watching movies, eating delicious food, buying expensive things and pretend that nothing is happening, the local TV is also then.  With this, the security gets worse. You can’t take a public transportation or walking with cellphones, gold, anything expensive. Sad, but true.

When I arrived here, I was in love with the bus, with the punctual time of everything, with the skytrain, the security and because was everything new and clean. The bus that I took to Surrey campus had condition air!! I never wait more than 5 minutes for a late bus, and the best thing: I can send a message for 33333 and they say what time the bus will be there. The bus drivers are polite, almost all (yesterday one didn’t want to help me) help you and they give good morning/afternoon/evening!! The upass is something that I always dreamed about too, in Brazil don’t have this, student can pay half ticket, but each bus that I take there, I need to pay again, don’t have such thing like here that you pay and for one hour you can take for free other bus.

All the Brazilians students have the same to say has me, everybody like. My roommate is from São Luis too, and until he arrived in Vancouver he didn’t believe me, in the first month, every day he arrived at home amazed about the public transportation here.

I’m attaching some pictures about the transport there, and also some about my city (Although all bad things that said here, I still miss there!!)





Source: http://www.mundoeducacao.com/geografia/a-qualidade-transporte-publico-no-brasil-os-protestos.htm

Urban exploration – Super suit







For our super suit the material used was NeoShell by Polartec for the pants and jackets, this is a breathable waterproof fabric and it is also windproof. The zippers were waterproof too. And for the super scarf we choose  Dyneema, that is a cut proof fabric made by the same material as the cut matter.

 The super suit is :stylish (fitted to user), reversible, waterproof, many pockets, knee and elbow pads (honeycomb), solar panels, solar generates lights (shirt, pants, shoes), integrated water bottle and straw, smart watch (GPS, cellphone, pedometer, camera, voice recorder), and have a super scarf which turns to one bag.






Urban exploration activity and brainstorming

Our Assignment 2 for Design Thinking was for design one super suit for one activity.  My group chose Urban Exploration, that it is an activity which explore not only the typical tourist spots but also  to undiscovered or abandoned places to explore like subterranean tunnels , industrials sites an factories.


                First, we start our research about the places in Vancouver for do Urban exploration and also we found some groups of people on internet, that are participants of this activity. On November 1th we went to one urban exploring tour on UBC, but we found our first problem there. The tunnel entrance was very small and also very wet, and only one person of the group was with waterproof clothes. So, we went into to the tunnel and stayed there exploring for about 10 minutes, but was too claustrophobic and he knees were hurting, so, he comeback before arrives on the end of the firs tunnel. After, we went to exploring some abandoned house on the beach, the two of we found was closed.

So, our camping research was fail, but we were able to figure out a lot of problems of this activity. First, doesn’t have a specific clothes for this activity, is needed a lot of pockets and something anti rip to hide our things inside. Another things that is needed in this activity are: Maps or GPS, Elbow and knee pads, Face mask, Camera, Flashlight/ headlamp, Gloves, First aid, Water bottle, Helmet and Towel.

Based on these things we started our brainstorm in the same day and here goes some sketches.  The next post is going to be about the final prototype.