With the advent of technology, the simple art of writing notes using pen and paper has literally gone down the toilet. Look at us, always with a stylus or on a keyboard, but never with a pen in hand! The Exchange is an innovative device that bridges this gap. It allows you take digital notes with a special pen, and can store it or let you share it with others in real-time.
Designer: Jeff Brown
Forget your heavy, bulky, ugly tools and check out the Tool Pen! No larger than a stylus, it’s the all-in-one, slim and sleek alternative to cumbersome screwdriver sets. Designed to use on the go, its sleek shell houses a variety of bits in one easy-to-access unit. Lightweight, inconspicuous and compact, you can throw it in a bag or even carry it in your pocket for those unexpected moments when things need a little tightening. Check out its many uses —>
Working in tandem with a user’s smartphone, Sensbloks are an array of interchangeable sensors that can collect a variety of parameters and alert the user. For example, the first is called “Atmoblok” and allows you to monitor air quality, UV index, temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure data which are relayed to your phone for easy deciphering. Possibilities for other applications are endless! Smoke alarms, security systems, motion detection… you get the idea!
We’ve all forgotten where we parked the car at some point, but if you’ve ever forgotten where you’ve locked up your bike then you know it can be an even worse nightmare trying to find it! No alarm to trigger. Hard to spot amongst other bikes. Not fun! Until now… the 24h FROLIC: Bluetooth Bike Bell + App is an ingenious addition to your bicycle that’s actually a GPS locator in disguise. It uses Bluetooth Low Energy tech to pair with your phone. Once the signal has been broken it pins your bike’s location on a map. Just pull up the app to locate!
Designer: Andrew Spitz & Ruben van der Vleuten
And it’s not your wife! It is the Holme! A culmination of all the pros of a remote control and a Smartphone, the device eliminates all the cons seen individually. For example the remote is more specific and does not host WiFi while the Smartphone is very intuitive has Internet connectivity and Bluetooth. As the designer puts it, we are in a digital era and our homes are getting digital as ever! This has to be the next step in user innovation.
Designer: Chengtao Yi
MoovBox is a portable synthesizer that aims to revolutionize music listening by introducing an active approach to mixing audio while on the move. Like the iconic Moog, the MoovBox makes it easy to modify notes- simply adjust any combination of the 7 knobs by rolling or sliding. Better yet, users can compose or add layers of their favorite string, wind or percussion instrument by using natural gestures. Need some guitar? Use your fingers to play like a fret board! Horns? Key and blow like a trumpet!
Designers: Roberto Maurizio Paura, Francesco Mammetti, & Gilles Traditi
If you’ve flown with luggage then you’re familiar with the fear of your bags being too heavy when they weigh them at the kiosk. There’s no quicker way to start a sour day of traveling than with a hefty overweight-luggage fee! Finally, this clever design takes the stress out of over-packing. Integrated directly onto the luggage, the handle doubles as a scale so the user can make sure they’re not exceeding the weight limit. Simple… and genius!
Designer: Selma Durand
Nope, the entire bunch is a multimedia device that can scan codes to play videos, or show off pictures and create an interactive way of reading analog books in our digital world! The speakers of the system are visible at the bottom and function by revolving the cup. The cup holds the pens on the desk and recharges the multimedia pen via induction.
Designers: Miriam Schmitt, Christopher Prenzel & Julian Schwarze
Just when you thought the iWatch concepts had died a natural death, we spied yet another concept that is based on the current Apple iOS7 and other “leaked” information. Take a look, drool a bit and get back to normal life!
Designer: Edgar Rios
As useful as our smartphones are for reminders, calendar management and other organization, sometimes it’s still just better to write things down! That’s the inspiration behind the MemoCase. Built-in to it’s surprisingly slim shell is a small space perfect for keeping note paper and a small pen. Not just for notes, the discrete container makes a great hiding spot for money, cards or photos too. The “door” is also perfectly placed to prop up your phone when open.18 Genius!
Designer: Kate Zhang
Ramotion is an agency that typically provides exciting mobile solutions and endeavor to make remote collaboration as comfortable as possible. This time around they have got me for their iPad Pro Concept! Detailed and extensive, their proposal has me vying for the concept, which is an intersection of two product lines – “MacBook Pro and iPad Air.” Have a look….
The ‘Station reported device’ is both a guide dog and Marvel’s ‘Dare Devil’ rolled into one wearable gadget. This concept is designed to assist visually challenged persons for a safe commute. It employs EVTSS technology to send electrical signals to a person’s brain to create 2 dimensional visuals of oncoming vehicles and possible obstacles. The multitalented device can also guide a person to the nearest bust stop, select a bus route, scan the buses with its inbuilt camera and alert the wearer when the right bus comes.
Designers: Liang Wenshan, Zhengmu Fang & Liu Junming