Aging Never Looked So Good!

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It might not be relevant to you NOW, but one day, there’s a good chance you might need a walker, my friend! The unfortunately reality is that most of today’s walkers are… well… hideous. But, just because you’re old and decrepit doesn’t mean you don’t care how you or your walker look! That’s the idea behind Iris.

The Iris walker was designed with as much style as functionality. It’s lightweight, easy to use, easy to fold, and completely practical all while having a slim silhouette, tasteful colors, and a fashionable built-in bag for any goodies you need on-the-go. Unlike those big, bulky, grey contraptions, it erases the stigma associated with aging and failing mobility.

Designer: Reut Meiri‏‏‎

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( H/T: Yanko Design )

Adventure-ready 3D Tech | Star Magazine

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Designed for sports enthusiasts from skiers to cyclists, PLUS is a modular camera/light system that allows users to relive their experiences in stunning 3D. During the day, users can record their adventures and when it gets dark they can use PLUS to illuminate their way.

Capable of being mounted almost anywhere, these interlocking blocks can be attached to anything from helmets to handlebars. Its small size makes it easy to carry in a bag or even a pocket. If you regularly use a bicycle light, you’ll always have your 3D camera handy!

Designer: Jeongdae Kim

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( H/T: Yanko Design )

Aerial Grand Prix! | Star Magazine

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Today marks a big day for drone tech. Amazon, the e-retail giant, conducted its first successful drone delivery today, giving one lucky customer their consignment completely via a drone. Drones, no matter how much you love or hate them, have come a long way in the past decade, and If you were to ask me what the coming decade would look like, I’d give you a simple answer. Drone NASCAR. Or NASDAR?

nepdesign seems to share that very outlook, and have given us a taste of the drone racing world with their Racing Drone concept. Designed with a sort of 360° streamlined shape, these drones are about looking badass, and slicing through the air with absolute speed. In fact, to make them do that with greater efficiency, nepdesign has even visualized a carbon fiber variant. Although how would you make a racetrack for something that flies in the air?? Hmmm…

Designer: nepdesign

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( H/T: Yanko Design )

Age-old healing meets modern tech.

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The Zero Degree inhaler is a modern twist on the ancient practice of aromatherapy to revitalize body and mind! Unlike slow absorption or ingestion methods, the design utilizes dry inhalation because it’s the quickest way to deliver stimulants directly to the brain. Its pocket-friendly, compact size also makes it a lot more convenient. With just a simple twist, air is able to enter through openings located at the back of the inhaler & flow past its unique blend of herbal extracts. No matter where you go, all it takes is a few deep breaths for total stress relief of the mind and calming of the body.

Designer: Sketch Design Consultants

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( H/T: Yanko Design )

Air that’s perfect to breathe

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Writing about design can sometimes teach you a couple of things. For instance, today’s product is something I’ve encountered for the first time. An Air Washer. Air washers (from what I read up) are basically humidifiers, but they work as dehumidifiers too, and they also purify the air you breathe. Usually placed as a 2-in-1 solution, an Air Washer is perfect for situations where air purity and climate control are paramount.

The Air Washer designed by Dongwook Yoon and Junyoung Hong aims at making a sculpture out of the appliance, given its niche market. Made to fit into the house it belongs in, the product goes for a geometric style, going for a shape that’s a cross between an ellipsoid and a cuboid. The controls on the top are minimal and display-centric. A secondary display on the white body comes alive too, allowing you to know the temperature/humidity level just in case the upper display is out of sight.

I personally love a few of the design choices. The secondary screen shining through the plastic adds quite a wow-element. The overall design does (to me) resemble a laundry hamper, but that’s something I’m willing to overlook, given how clean the product looks otherwise. After all, that’s what a purifier SHOULD embody, right? Cleanliness.

Designers: Dongwook Yoon & Junyoung Hong.

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( H/T: Yanko Design )

Aerodynamic Audio! | Star Magazine

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This Beosound Wireless Speaker concept looks like it’s waiting to be cast in a SciFi movie, but no, it isn’t a UFO. It’s a pretty neat hi-end audio speaker with a cut-out in the center that spews beautifully delicious tunes in a 360° radius. The Insides show a massive all-in-one driver with a great deal of circuitry, hinting at its digital audio prowess. The outsides, however make the speaker look like it’s speeding faster than the speed of sound!

Designer: Myeonghoon Lee

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Airbending with Audio | Star Magazine

Wayback Machine

The TILT speaker takes on a new aesthetic and I for one find this very interesting. The speaker looks like a musical instrument, rather than a techy product, and personally it’s a great direction. It makes the speaker look like it knows what it’s up to! The wooden construction and the random circular pattern grill give the TILT its quirky avatar, but it’s not just that. The TILT’s speciality is that it can switch between unidirectional and omnidirectional. Face the TILT upwards and you have a speaker that throws out 360° of well-balanced audio, but if you want something more channeled, just tip it over and the speaker focuses audio in a single direction. Simple, isn’t it? Have a house party when you want to, or a personal music environment when you need to!

Designers: Candice Daley and CPUT

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