The HP Connection

The HP Connection

In a brief by Raymond RJ Wong, Lead Industrial Designer at Hewlett-Packard, design students were asked to come out with creative solutions that improve real time communication in a social environment. Here is a look at one of the outcomes where 3 communication tools of tomorrow, 3 HP VISIONS were created.

0 Designers: Romain Guillame & Léo Marzolf

Guided Commute For Visually Challenged

Guided Commute For Visually Challenged

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.

0 Designers: Liang Wenshan, Zhengmu Fang & Liu Junming

The Incredible Shrinking Speaker!

The Incredible Shrinking Speaker!

SSSSSpeaker by aiia transforms a utilitarian gadget into an interactive and entertaining object – bringing music experience to the kinesthetic level every day. This compact silicone funnel-shape speaker provides up to 8 hours of rich 3-Watt sound, while the innovative form of the SSSSSpeaker expresses its functionality. When folded, it’s no larger than a hockey puck, making it easy to carry or throw in a backpack. Do want!

0 Designer: aiia

Hot-Key Board

Hot-Key Board

For someone like me, who regularly uses half a dozen 3D and 2D software, remembering each one’s hot-key shortcuts are a nightmare. The ikeyboard might be able to bring back my kindred from the verge of hot-key induced mental breakdowns. This keyboard turns hot-keys into cool keys by displaying them right on the keyboard itself.

0 Designers: Various

Touchy-feely Hearing Aid

Touchy-feely Hearing Aid

Conventional hearing aids come with a lot of short comings. Loud noises making the wearer feel irritable, the awkwardness of wearing bigger sized hearing aids and many more. The CLOSE is an attempt at an alternative system to provide speech input to the hearing impaired by means of tactile sensations.

0 Designers: Zhengmu Fang, Liang Wenshan & Liu Junming

Sound Solution

Sound Solution

It is an irony that the very properties that makes a noise cancellation earphone desirable, can also deem it hazardous. Even though it feels nice to get disconnected from the chaos and din of the streets, the feature also renders you deaf to possible warning sounds such as the honking of a car or a bicycle bell. The ‘Master Your Sound’ earphones are designed to provide the best of both worlds with a feature to turn noise cancellation on and off at will.

0 Designer: Ye Yuan

Be tangle-free until we're cable-free!

Be tangle-free until we’re cable-free!

Until we go completely wireless, earphone cords and mobile phone charging cables are must haves… which means tangles and knots aren’t going anywhere soon either. The Pop-up Cord Wrap aims to resolve the problem of cable management so they stay organized and tangle-free for easy access. The design contains 3 compartments for different sized cables. Made entirely of rubber, it pops up so cables can be coiled and pushes back to store them neatly. Whichever layer you need, just pop it out!

0 Designers: Various

Safe Ejection

Safe Ejection

The Maru is a flash disk that has an in-built safety feature that ensures that the drive is safely ejected – always! The LED ring indicates when the stick is in use and when it’s safe to eject it. This intuitive feature of push-to-remove eliminates the various cumbersome steps one has to take while safely removing a hardware from the computer. Sweet!

0 Designer: Ahmet Burak Aktas

Waaaaay Wireless

Waaaaay Wireless

Simply called Circle, this minimalistic charger/speaker combo combines the best in Bluetooth and Qi technology to form the ultimate wireless docking station. Just throw your Qi-enabled smartphone down for instantaneous power and immediately activate your tunes for 360 degree streaming sound — all without ugly, cumbersome cords!

0 Designer: Jae Young Jang

Passive iPhone Amplifiers

Passive iPhone Amplifiers

Passive phone amplifiers reminds me of gramophone speakers from the past. The coming together of present day smartphone technology with old school charm of passive amplifiers is an intriguing mix. The Megatono line of passive iphone amplifiers from ECOtono changes this equation by bringing in contemporary colours and forms into their products. This vibrant set of passive speakers look much modern when compared to the rest of its kind that deliberately dons the old school look.

0 Designer: ECOtono

Mini-Wonder of the Tablet World

Mini-Wonder of the Tablet World

Since the introduction of the tablet, an ever expanding number of games have been built for finger tapping, scrolling, and pinching fun…. but it seems something is lost in the lack of tangible exchange found in old-school board games. Until now! The first ever of its kind, DICE+ is a pair of electronic dice that combines the uncertainty and fun interaction of traditional board games with the endless possibilities offered by tablets. Hit the jump to see it in action… then get your’s here!

0 Designer: Mindsailors

On My Fingertips

On My Fingertips

Love the idea of my index finger serving as a phone and the Nokia FIT. Hands-free Headphones is all about that! Crafted from soft silicone and flexible rubber, the phone is waterproof and has basic functions of texting and talking. Notifications are received through vibrations and the ergonomic design makes all the buttons accessible. Take it along for a dip in the pool or keep it wrapped around the finger, as the phone is extremely lightweight.

0 Designer: Issam Trabelsi

Macro Photography Made Easy

Macro Photography Made Easy

Inspired by the simple magnifying glass, the ODC Camera provides both new and seasoned photographers with an easy and intuitive way to record images and details that aren’t easily visible to the naked eye. Simply use the circular viewfinder to hone in on your subject in real time and start snapping away. Now you can get down, dirty and close to make macro the digital way!

0 Designer: Chao Gao