The invasion of the PowerClix Mechs has begun..at 2014 Toy Fair NYC!

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POLYMECH, REPTILEMECH and TERRAMECH, have begun to invade the universe in search of neodymium!

Botzen Design in collaboration with Guidecraft has expanded it’s popular PowerClix construction line with the introduction of three new dramatic Sci-Fi magnetic play sets, that turn ordinary PowerClix into fantastic robot invaders from the other side of the galaxy where builders’ imaginations can run wild with fun invasion mayhem. Help the Rahila Mechs scour the universe for their neodymium life force!

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PowerClix®, is the 3D Building System from Guidecraft that lets you explore and build endless models with the easy click ‘n connect system.  The super-strong magnetic force creates a quick connect for fast, simple and powerful 3D modeling. With the 2nd Generation Mechs, you can explore, build and create a fantastic array of creatures utilizing the original PowerClix® magnetic system, coupled with a collection of new click • clip • create pieces, all with excellent high detail weaponry that will be sure to delight the casual fan as well as the hard core Sci-Fi collector. Mix and match with original sets, or with other Mechs to create hybrid creatures. Ages 7+.

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Botzen designed the Rahila Mechs in a period of 6 months from concept to production for Guidecraft. Mechanized robot vehicles of all kinds were conceptualized and sketched by Eric Strebel at his design studio in Southfield, MI just outside of Detroit. Development also involved digital sketching, 3D modeling and 3D printed parts. After the initial concept development phase was completed the Mechs were refined with some rapid prototype development before handing off to the manufacturing group for final mock ups and production.

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To see all of the Mech’s, come meet us at the 2014 New York City Toy Fair at the Guidecraft booth #2835 February 16th – 19th.  Eric will be available for interviews Monday February 17th and Tuesday  February 18th.  Please contact Kris @ 810-338-7407 to set up an appointment.

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Eric Strebel runs an Industrial Design studio called Botzen Design located in Detroit MI. Eric has worked on designing the Powermat wireless charging hubs for Homedics, sunglasses for Bauch & Lomb, vehicles for Ford Motor Co., monsters for Clive Barker,  drink/water bottle refill station for HAWS Co., EL Shutter Shades for LIT, as well as toys for Guidecraft. Currently he consults for various companies around the globe and teaches Industrial Design at Wayne State University in Detroit.

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Botzen Design is an Industrial Design studio in the Detroit area, specializing in product design and development, and computer visualization.  We design consumer products ranging from hard to soft goods and can guide you through the design and manufacturing process. We also have in house rapid prototyping and 3D printing capabilities.

Botzen Design, Inc., Detroit Michigan

www.botzen.com

email: info@botzen.com

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“LIT” Shutter Shades

World first Wireless Electroluminescent shutter shade glasses designed by Botzen Design for Lift Audio

Botzen Design announce the “LIT” shutter shades, the first in a series of wireless sunglasses designed for Lift Audio. Born in the explosion of the electronic music scene, LIT glasses by Lift are stylish and fun illuminated glasses that help bring the party to life. Debuting at the 2013 Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas……Previous  “EL” sunglasses required a hard wire to a hand held battery power pack. The new redesigned Lit shutter shades incorporates the battery, USB charger and electronics in the sunglasses themselves, an industry first!

The sunglasses were designed from sketch concept to prototype over a period of about 4 months in collaboration with Lift Audio culminating with “A” side 3D data for the customer to take to engineering manufacturing with

Eric Strebel who runs an Industrial Design studio, Botzen Design with inhouse 3D printing capabilities called Botzen Design in Detroit, MI.  He has worked on designing the Powermat wireless charging hubs for Homedics, sunglasses for Bauch & Lomb, vehicles for Ford Motors, monsters for Clive Barker and most recently a drink and water bottle refill station for HAWS Co. Currently he consults for various companies around the globe and previously taught Industrial Design at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Botzen Design, Inc., Detroit Michigan

www.botzen.com

email: info@botzen.com

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Old School White prismacolor pencil Industrial Design “ID” sketch on black paper tutorial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 9 2012

Detroit based Industrial Designer Eric Strebel demonstrates a design sketching tutorial using a black piece of paper and a white prismacolor pencil. This technique has been used since the earliest days of Industrial Design by pioneers such as Henry Dreyfuss and Raymond Loewy to quickly show a design idea or concept. Eric shows how to start the sketch and describes what ellipsis to use and how to get the perspective just right. The sketch is finished with simple shading and a drop shadow highlighting the bottles top. Music is by Brothers and others Saxaphone Quartet. There are several other Industrial Design tutorials available on Eric’s YouTube channel. You can subscribe to the channel to follow Eric and future Industrial Design tutorials.

YouTube link: White pencil bottle sketch tutorial

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Eric Strebel who runs an Industrial Design studio called Botzen Design in Detroit, MI.  He worked to design the Powermat wireless charge pad for Homedics, sunglasses for Bauch & Lomb, vehicles for Ford Motors, monsters for Clive Barker and the Solar Vox Ultra personal charger. Currently he consults for various companies in the Detroit area and around the globe and teaches Industrial Design at Wayne State University. He recently placed third in the Local Motors Shell Game Changer contest with the Willow Run-A-Bout for the city of Amsterdam.

Botzen Design, Inc., Detroit Michigan

www.botzen.com

email:  preorder@botzen.com

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WILLOW – ECO Three Wheel Run-A-Bout

Electric powered ZERO emission Run-A-Bout

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb 15, 2012

Willow: A three wheeled electric Run-A-Bout for Amsterdam is made from laminated wood creating a sturdy cost effective frame featuring a front hub-less wheel basket and recycled airless tires that highlights this unique design. Storage baskets in the front and rear are made of native European willow using local flexible manufacturing. This two-seater is a great little electric powered vehicle with independent rear suspension in the back that is designed for stable handling.  Willow: Uses local sustainable materials. Great care was given to use wood, metal and natural fibers. Virgin plastics are avoided at all cost, only the wheels are made from recycled rubber.  Vehicle management such as charging and navigation are handled via an app on your smartphone.

This Run-A-Bout is designed for use on smaller streets in tightly knit communities such as Amsterdam.  An alternative to the traditional bike, you can use this vehicle to zip around town to your destination quickly and easily,  parking is as easy as a regular bike!  The Willow is currently entered in the Shell game changer contest at Local-Motors. To vote for the Willow and see more, follow the link, register on the Local Motors website and vote for the Willow, keeping in mind that 5 is the highest!  Don’t forget to leave a comment about what you like about the Willow. Hurry, voting ends March 4th at 23:59 (GMT)

http://forge.local-motors.com/pages/project.php?cg=8454

Willow is designed by Eric Strebel who runs an Industrial Design studio called Botzen Design in Detroit, MI.  He worked to design the Power Matt wireless charge pad for Homedics, sunglasses for Bauch & Lomb, vehicles for Ford Motors, monsters for Clive Barker and the Solar Vox Ultra personal charger. Currently he consults for various companies in the Detroit area and around the globe and teaches Industrial Design at Wayne State University.

Botzen Design, Inc., Detroit Michigan

www.botzen.com

email:  preorder@botzen.com

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Solar Vox Ultra – Personal Solar Charger

Solar Vox Ultra: “Your Personal USB Solar Charger”

Come and see it at Maker Faire Detroit

“Your Solar Life Line” ™

Personal Solar Charger For Handheld Devices

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 26, 2011

The Solar Vox Ultra will be making it’s debut at the Maker Faire in Detroit Michigan, this weekend July 30th and 31st come and check it out! We will be in the Push Mill area!

This is a personal solar charger for handheld devices such as:  cell phones*, smart phones*, iPods, PSP’s and DS’s. and any device that use “AA” batteries

The Solar Vox Ultra is compact in design and has been optimally designed to recharge your USB supported handheld devices. It can recharge up to 4 standard rechargeable “AA” batteries found in stores through out the world and is USB enabled and compliant.

Designed and intended to be manufactured in Detroit, MI, the Solar Vox Ultra is a fantastic “green” product and is environmentally friendly. It is not a “Design for the Dump” product as many of today’s products are.  The solar panel has a life span of well over 10 years. The device uses user replaceable “AA” batteries and no proprietary connectors. The Solar Vox Ultra uses standard USB connectors, so you will not need any additional USB cables to charge your device, simply use the USB cable that came with your device.

The designer, Eric Strebel, runs a product design studio called Botzen Design in the Metro Detroit area.  He has worked to design the Power Matt wireless charge pad for Homedics, has designed sunglasses for Bauch & Lomb, vehicles for Ford Motors as well as designed monsters for Clive Barker. He was also recently the winner of the “Wildest” concept in the Local Motors Terra Prix contest. Currently he consults for various companies in the Detroit area and teaches Industrial Design at Wayne State University.

We listened to the feedback we got from the original Solar Vox, redesigned and came up with the Solar Vox Ultra. We drastically reduced the bulkiness of the original and increased the battery capacity.  At only 4cm thick the Solar Vox Ultra is a great product for global citizens in today’s world with demanding mobile power needs, environmentally conscious individuals, techies, outdoors-men and people who are interested in a functionally designed solar charger. Additional uses could include but are not limited to: “AA” battery back up, traveling, camping, fishing, hiking and backpacking.  Usage in emergency/disaster areas and developing countries with limited resources.  It would be an indispensable life line in time of need such as earthquakes, floods or power outages.

Weight: 9oz/255g without batteries

11 oz/ 311g with batteries

Size:      4 cm x 16 cm

We are currently seeking angel funding, preferable Michigan based.

Friend us on  Solar Vox Facebook  or  Like our Solar Vox Ultra our page
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Product images available at: http://www.botzen.com/Botzen_home/Botzen_Design_Inc..html

* may or may not work with iphone 3GS and some older motorola cell phones.

Botzen Design, Inc., Detroit Michigan

www.botzen.com

email:  preorder@botzen.com

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Solar Vox – Personal Solar Charger

Go green this year!  We need your help to bring this invention to market!  This product is great for the environmentally conscious individuals and sportmen.  You can use it when you are camping, hiking and at outtings.  Even in situations when there is no electricity due to power outages!

This product can be packed anywhere.  Attached it to a backpack to capture the rays of the sun while walking, set it in the boat when you are fishing or mount it in your vehicle.  Out on a day trip with the kids and they run their batteries down in their handheld games….no problem, with the rechargeable batteries already charged in the unit you can swap out the rechargeables that are dead and the kids are happy again!

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Check us out at Kickstarter:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2101341124/solar-vox-personal-usb-solar-charger

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