My designer friends are going to appreciate the ‘0 Point Ruler’, one that gives you the flexibility to start point zero from wherever you like. The ruler is basically a pressure-sensitive touchscreen strip that has digital markings. It tanks up juice via a few good swirls around your finger and is easy to use. I love it for its innovative streak and peaceful marriage of technology.
A Clean Label is a low cost protective label that prevents you from drinking from a contaminated soda can. If we take the user scenario seriously, I agree with the notion that we tend to take swig from the can, without even cleaning it. It’s a subconscious act and yes, we are filthy…me included! This simple can-clip redesign adds a cleaning filament that swipes the can-surface clean in a jiffy. Cheers to a germ-free drink!
Designers: Meixian Su, Fengming Chen & Yujie Chen
This unique ceiling installation by Studio Bernal aims to create ever-so-subtle changes in a room’s acoustic and visual atmospheres by making articulated changes in the form of its surface. Inspired the the animal of the same name, the Manta makes adjustments in position through multi-modal input including sound, stereoscopic vision, touch, and even brainwaves, changing according to the actions of the people around it.
Designer: Studio Bernal
The PFD by Sanu K R is designed to be almost unrecognizable as a life preserver. The device looks more like a stylish bag strap or necklace but inflate it and you’ve got a functional floaty that holds the wearer upright in the water to facilitate proper breathing. To inflate, simply pull the chain the break the lock- if you do wear it as a necklace just be careful not to snag it on anything!
Designer: Sanu K R
The ZenCircus chair is a twist on the latest trend of fitness-minded furniture that makes it possible for the user to do a long list of alternative exercises like yoga positions, trapeze and balance. The hammock-style chair cradles the user in the desired position using extendable fabric that molds to the shape of the body. Use it as a hardcore workout to make you sweat or find some peace of mind in your favorite stretching pose!
Duo is an innovative tap mixer with two functional spouts. The downward pour is ideal for hand washing and the upward stream, for brushing teeth. I can even squeeze in washing face and gulping a sip of water to the list but that’s about it. What I really like is the flexibility offered without adding confusion to how the tap operates. Hot, cold, up and down…all done intuitively.
Designer: Daniel So
H-Socks make for lame product design, however if you consider them as packaging, I’d call them pretty clever. We all know how reflexology is great for relieving pain and clearing energy blocks, so if the pressure points are known, we can easily ask someone (or do it ourself) to do us the favor of a massage. Even better, how about using a pair as icebreakers? Wicked!
Quit simply, the Corner Ladder is amazing. One of those products with pure genius behind the design. Using a number of simple yet precise folding techniques, the ladder collapses to just a fraction of its size when unfolded, taking up much less room than most cumbersome ladder designs. I’ll say it again- GENIUS! Hit the jump to see it in action!
Designer: Company & Company Design Studio
Made from a singular piece in multiple materials and various colors, each Bliss table is produced by genuine craftsmanship and can be customized to be modest and subtle or loud and extravagant depending on the user’s taste. The center features an interchangeable, modular unit that further its versatility and make it adaptable to any occasion.
Designer: John Stangdell
Inspired by the wildlife of the African savannah, the GIFU lamp series is as lovable as it is super-functional as a space saving design. Each lamp arrives flat-packed, but unfold it to reveal an adorable animalian form. The clever design makes the most of each component with the wiring resembling a tail and the bulb resembling a trunk!
Designer: María del Pilar Velasco & Pau Stephens
The NR-02 gives a glimpse as to what law robotic law enforcement tools might exist in the future. The bot has an ominous look and rightfully so. It is equipped with some painful (but not lethal) weapons like tear gas shells and rubber bullets to effectively suppress militant situations. The unmanned vehicle operates autonomously using artificial intelligence and a combination of GPS and sonar to ensure law enforcement officials are out of harms way.
Designer: Kim Jun Pyo
Sagging skin, weak eyesight and aging bones are not my primary concerns for old-age. I am more curious to know if technology advancements will match my expectations. However the reality is that, as we age from this present moment, we will always be in sync with technology and its latest developments. But will the stuff that we take for granted, like a walking stick, broom or pen, keep up with our future demands? Here is a lineup of five designs that hope to make our old-age as comfortable as possible. Let me know what you think of them…