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

Spray the Right Way

Spray the Right Way

Maybe it’s because you were groggy in the morning, or maybe that you didn’t have your glasses on… whatever the reason, we’ve all accidentally sprayed ourselves with hairspray, perfume, cologne or something like it! The Free-Hole Spray bottle and nozzle ensures that never happens again! Six holes are arranged around a silicon button. When pressed, the malleable button covers all the holes except for the one in the direction you’re pointing.

0 Designers: Various

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

Boat Blade

Boat Blade

The blade in a boat engine is sharp enough to hurt sea creatures and humans, alike. Weeds and plants too can wreck it. The Air Booster is a redesign that removes the propeller blades and uses air pressure to move the boat. A safer out look no doubt, but will it work? That is the question!

0 Designers: Gangyoon Chang, HoYeon Kim, Kiwon Lee & Jiman Lee

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

Vernacular Versatility

Vernacular Versatility

This architectural accomplishment takes inspiration from traditional Korean Hanok houses that are defined by their wooden structural systems, curvy tiled roofs and strong formal gestures. The core structural element is known as Gagu – the point under the roof where column meets beam and girder without additional fasteners like nails. Using new modeling software, these traditional elements are merged with modern know-how to create a high-rise structure to meet contemporary purposes that also pays homage to the iconic, historically one-story residences.

0 Designer: Yong Ju Lee

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

When Efficient is an Understatement

When Efficient is an Understatement

The NTNU student team’s entry for the Shell Eco Marathon can travel nearly 1000 miles on the equivalent energy of just one liter of gas! How is that even possible?! The answer is with a calculated blend of electric battery tech and ultra-lightweight materials. Its monocoque shell is constructed around a carbon fiber frame, helping the vehicle to weigh in at an unbelievable 154 pounds! The final design is an ideal fusion between aerodynamics, lightness and contemporary car design. Watch it come to life —>

0 Designer: NTNU Team

Glow-in-the-dark Buoy

Glow-in-the-dark Buoy

The Solar LED Lifebuoy makes perfect sense in a rescue scenario. It’s basically a simple lifesaver with some solar tech applied to it. The benefit of the concept is that incase you’re overboard and with this lifesaver around you, spotting you in low lights will not be an issue. Moreover the solar tech takes care of the battery charging part.

0 Designer: Xianlong Wen

Cook Like A Fakir

Cook Like A Fakir

The Yacht uses the principle of electro-magnetic induction as maglev feature for automatic cooking. Presently, the induction cooker uses magnetic field to heat pots containing iron. Adding the maglev feature (departure mode), this new concept levitates a pot using magnetic force. Awesome! Just like a levitating fakir!

0 Designer: Lee Dawi

Distinctive Dimmer

Distinctive Dimmer

Toss out your industrial light dimmer for something a little more tech-y and fun like the Aurea! This contemporary dimmer users touch-screen technology and intuitive controls to give users the flexibility to customize their lighting. Use a single touch for on/off or trace a finger over the spiral to dim on 1 of 6 strengths. Its size and styling aren’t for everyone, but look no further if you’re simply in the mood for something entirely different!

0 Designer: Eduardo Rincon-Gallardo Martinez

Light Bending Work Lamp

Light Bending Work Lamp

The Light Screen tabletop lamp combines modern style and tech to illuminate your workspace. Transparent acrylic is used to disperse light when you need full illumination while focused fiber optics direct a more intense spotlight where you need it. On or off, its futuristic sculptural form will compliment any ultramodern workspace.

0 Designer: Ujwal I.K.