A Smarter Stethoscope | Star Magazine

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After 200 years without change, the U Scope finally introduces some much-needed improvements to the stethoscope!

First, the chest piece is ergonomically designed to perfectly fit both the patient’s body and physician’s fingers. The ear piece is designed so that air doesn’t escape from the diaphragm, resulting in incredible sound quality and a sharp reduction in sound decay. For convenience, the design easily folds to a compact size capable of fitting in one’s pocket or coat. Better yet, physicians will experience enhanced comfort thanks to a 30% reduction in pressure of the ear pieces.

In lux finishes like champagne gold, white, silver, and black, there’s one to match and enhance every doctor or nurse’s scrubs or white coat!

Designer: Classico

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A Slice of the Universe on your Wrist

When I look at the Cosmos, I feel like a sailor, steering a ship through not water, but infinite space. The Cosmos is an incredibly exquisite watch with dial designs you won’t have seen anywhere. Each dial is made to look different, yet perform the same function, making it effortless, and an absolute delight to read the time.

The Cosmos’ dial design really shines through with its meticulously layered approach. Intricately cut sheets of razor thin stainless steel form the dial’s rotating hands, or rather discs. However, these are no comparison for the two sapphire rings that bear markings for the hours and minutes. Their impeccable, clear finish make the numbers and markings look like they’re suspended in the infinite cosmos, hence the name. The rotating dials support this design philosophy with their orbital movement, making the Cosmos perfectly embody the confluence of Space and Time!

The Cosmos hides sheer craftsmanship under its beautiful outer surface. Aside from the precisely cut and sand-blasted stainless steel dials, the sapphire rings are assembled with immense dexterity. The hour ring is screwed in place using four embellished screws… an incredibly difficult task, given how susceptible sapphire is to cracking. The watch boasts of a bezel-less design with a double domed sapphire window on the outside. This gives the watch an immaculate appearance, complementing the two other sapphire rings below. Beneath all this sits the Miyota 9015 which powers the Cosmos with perfect Japanese-engineered accuracy. The inner mechanics can be viewed from a window on the back of the watch. The Cosmos comes in three glorious variants, namely Steel, Rose Gold, and for the dreamer, PVD Blue. If you love the idea of having a bejeweled, sapphire-layered intergalactic art-piece on your wrist, the Cosmos may just be the perfect watch for you!

Designer: Zelos Watches

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A Smart Shaker for Dummies

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I love to cook, but I’m not one of those skilled chefs who can eye their ingredients. Unfortunately, all that pre-measuring adds plenty more time and work to my preparation. Designed for novice cooks like me, that’s where the Smart Shaker comes in handy!

This innovative cooking tool take the guess work out of measuring salt, pepper, sugar or spices. Whether it’s just a pinch or a tablespoon, users can preselect the required measurement from a convenient touchscreen located on top. Once selected, they can easily dispense the perfect amount with just a push. You’ll get it right each time, save minutes, and have less to clean up!

Designer: Pasque Dudley Mawalla

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A Smartphone You Can Ride In

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Imagined for the year 2030, this far out family vehicle is more like a smartphone on wheels! It features large, interactive screens on almost every surface – each capable of being customized to display whatever the user chooses whether it be maps and messages or weather and road conditions. There’s even a rooftop screen for displaying a message to anyone peering above!

The “deformable” design also adapts to the family’s ever-changing needs. Going on a road trip? The cargo area can grow to accommodate luggage. Adding a new family member? The interior can expand to make room for more! Its sliding doors, open rooftop sunscreen, and ample interior space are treated as an extension of home, so users feel comfy whether they’re commuting or vacationing.

Designer: Dennis Cheng

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A Speaker on the Fluffy Side

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As you might infer from the name, the “MarshMallow” speaker is wireless audio inspired by everyone’s favorite fluffy confection! It’s shaped smoothly, clad in cushy padding and covered in a super soft fabric. It also featured a scooped button that is oddly addicting to press! Not only will you love playing your tunes from just about anywhere, you won’t be able to keep your hands off it!

Designer: Jeongchun Lee

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A smart hanger that recommends clothes based on the weather forecast!

What if, instead of your phone telling you hours before you head out that it may rain, your hanger, upon which your umbrella rests, gives you a reminder?? It makes a world of sense, because not everyone remembers the notification that pops up on their phone amidst the hundred others that do through the day… but if your clothes hanger told you to take a scarf with you, or to wear something summery instead of an overcoat, that’s much more effective.

Presenting the Take-Off, and idea that literally took off in an IOT ecosystem in Melbourne. Designed with a flipboard display, the Take-Off is a clock/temperature-reader/forecast-based-fashion-advisor. The flipboard, aside from displaying the time, also shows you the temperature outside, and when you’re about to step out, will recommend clothes that best compliment the weather outside. The flipboard has a pretty detailed catalog, covering topwear, bottomwear, footwear, and miscellaneous other accessories, from sunglasses to beanies to umbrellas. The level of detail given to forecast representation is pretty neat too, for example, the Take-Off can tell you if it’s raining, about to rain, or if there’s a storm outside, just by showing you an open umbrella, a closed umbrella, or an overturned umbrella!

The Take-Off is an IoT device, but its beauty lies in its physical-over-digital nature. The flipboard is undoubtedly a playful element, while it also consumes lesser power than a traditional display. It, however, doesn’t undermine the Take-Off’s efficacy. The product still displays the time and the temperature in Celsius and Fahrenheit, aside from being your forecast fashion guru. What’s more is that the device works over Wi-Fi to stay on top of things, while also connecting with your phone to know when you usually step out, so that it can recommend apparel to you just as you’re getting ready to step out!

Designer: Take-Off

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A Space-Friendly Solution to Poor Quality Air!

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During the winter months in China, the quality of the air can diminish as the haze simultaneously worsens, and with this brings the need for Fresh Air Ventilation systems or Air Purifiers. However, these can often take up noticeable, and often valuable space within the room, and this problem continues when it comes to storing the device. But this certainly isn’t the case with Plant.

Plant is what happens when two products, a Fresh Air Ventilation System and Electric Curtain System, collide… and the resulting product is brilliant! In addition to the space-saving form, its function and user experience has also been greatly considered; both the primary filter and Carbon Filter, which introduce fresh air into the room, are concealed behind a magnetic lid, making the replacement process quick and simple! Control of the device is achieved through an intuitive smart app, which not only allows for adjustments to be made remotely, but also displays live data regarding the air quality.

Designer: Colt Chow

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A Speaker with a Surprise

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“Atelier” is a hybrid entertainment system that marries high end audio and television into one elegant unit. According to designer Kwanjun Ryu, it’s first and foremost a speaker to appeal to younger generations less concerned with TV.

Created to rest close to the floor, it’s capable of delivering multidirectional, high-def sound that will envelope the user in their favorite tunes or talk radio. With the press of a button, a 32″ screen automatically raises to reveal a full HD color screen. This means, when it’s not in TV mode there’s no blank, black box cramping your room’s style! The removable fabric front and back can be custom colored as easily as picking a Pantone paint chip. Simply swap them out as your look grows and changes!

Designer: Kwanjun Ryu

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“It slowly goes up with spiral spring structure. Display is only visible when it used. Click once to turn on the TV, and TV will turned off when you click it again,” Designer Kwanjun Ryu told YD.

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“TV’s back side needs to look neat, because it no longer exist in front of the wall. Atelier has perfect symmetry form. You can feel beautiful shape in any direction.”

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“You can select color of fabric like picking pantone color chip. And also, there is color code behind the fabric part to input.”

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“Not like other TV, Atelier is designed to play ultimate sound. Small tweeters are arranged to front. Big two woofers are in the bottom of it’s body to reduce full scale of product and to make better sound.”

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“Same language with TV design. Click the top part when using TV. Click again to turn off the TV. Main body always show the buttons related in Audio.”

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“Atelier will make your own space to atelier. Atelier is the new TV that has different viewpoint on TV. Not as aggregate of technology, But comfort electronic furniture.”

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A smart home built on Good Design

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Taking inspiration from the 10 Principles of Good Design laid out by Dieter Rams, this range of gadgets for the smart home employ the classic and immortal style of man who shaped Industrial Design into what it is today. These gadgets (ranging from a Power Hub, to a Thermostat, Smoke Detector, Music Player to even a Security Camera) strictly maintain a pure, no-nonsense approach as far as aesthetics are concerned. I’m reminded of Braun in the 60s!

Designer: Nermin Hasanovic

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A Smart Blanket for Better Baby Development

“Kangaroo care” is just as it sounds – the practice of keeping newborns close because babies develop best when they are safe and sound in their parents arms. When they cuddle, parents and babies co-regulate their temperature, breathing and heart rate. Nothing works better, even for the tiniest and most vulnerable premies. The results are improved bonding, better brain development, reduced stress, deeper sleep, and better immunity, just to name a few.

Unfortunately, there are times when moms and dads simply can’t embrace their baby. For these moments, there’s Hugsy! It’s a smart blanket that mimics a parent’s presence – such as their warmth, smell and unique heartbeat. This means kangaroo care can continue any time or any place, even outside the hospital!

Designer: Sylvie Claes of Hugsy

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Hugsy is a 2017 Red Dot Design Concept Award winner.

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