The Pez Dispenser of Public Sports!

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Whether it’s serious teams or casual players, plenty of people enjoy using public parks for their favorite sports. The only problem is lugging around tons of equipment and wasting time organizing the field. Designed with this in mind, the Adidas Sport Tower aims to take the hard work (and guesswork) out of game day so you can do more playing and less setting up.

The tower is designed to be installed on either end of a park. It contains all the necessities for playing football, badminton, volleyball and other ball sports. After checking in, the tower will dispense the appropriate equipment and ball before casting laser guides on to the field with size adjustments for different types of games. It also features an integrated net system that can be extended for volleyball. Better yet, scheduling is automated so users can check in on the Smart Tower app. The system will automatically reset when a group’s time has expired so all teams get time to play.

Designer: Andrea Rizzotto

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3D-Printed Power Protectors

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The latest from designer Kenji Abe, this clever collection of 3D printed objects aims to safeguard your plugs and sockets when you’re not using them. In a myriad of artistic styles and color options, there are different covers to keep your metal connectors covered to keep them from bending or being damaged. The others insert directly into the socket to ensure they stay free of lint or tiny fingers! Use them as organizational tools for cords and other workspace items or simply as decor that doubles to protect your power devices!

Designer: Kenji Abe

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Meet the Toast Master

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I don’t know whether the Sproaster is just plain silly or pure genius. A one-stop shop for all your toasting needs, this toaster has got a built-in knife warmer so when it comes times to put butter on your bread, it’s easier to slice and spread… and there’s nothing worse than cold butter crumpling on your toast creation.

Not only for warming up your bread and butter, it’s also a great space-saving solution for storing your cooking knife set. By combining the functionality of a toaster and knife block, it frees up valuable counter space. It’s definitely one of those designs that makes you wonder “why you didn’t I think of that!?”

Designer: Lee Joon Taek

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A Mirror for Mixing Up

Named after the material loop that connects and contains its parts, the Band mirror offers reflection in more ways than one. Users can hang it normally with the larger mirror section dangling below the white marble mount OR they can adjust it at any angle to create an alternative, striking aesthetic. This simple change challenges perceptions about placement and creates a perplexing visual for viewers and encourages them to take a second glance as they ponder its odd physics.

Designer: Pasquè Dudley Mawalla

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Style Meets Safety

A winner of this year’s Red Dot Award, the NIMB ring offers unprecedented safety in the form of one stylish, compact fashion accessory! When would you need NIMB? Whether you were having a medical emergency or being mugged, it serves as a one-step lifeline for the help you need.

At the heart of the design is an integrated panic button that sends an emergency alert through the dedicated smartphone app. It also provides haptic feedback that indicates to the wearer that the message has been sent and help is on the way. Simple, symmetrical and elegantly polished, it’s as subtle as it is reassuring.

Designer: Intec Industrial Design for NIMB

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A Modern Twist on the Typewriter

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As a writer myself, it’s easy to get behind a concept like the Typer even when I know most other people think “huh?”! However impractical it might seem, it’s symbolic of how some of the best ideas and thoughts come when we’re free of distraction. Unlike many of the modern gadgets we use to write, whether it’s a computer or smartphone, the Typer is reduced to a keyboard and printer unit. Like old-school typewriters of yesteryear, you can put down your words in pressed ink. Similarly, you’ll only have one shot to get it right! While it’s not something that everyone would lug around in their backpack, for writers, it’s a thought-provoking reminder to take time away from the screen of your electronic devices.

Designer: Jannik Götz

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Luggage With a Secret Stash

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Studio Mango and Princess Traveller are the most recent recipients of a Red Dot Design Award for their Safety luggage collection that offers some simple yet innovative solutions to give travelers peace of mind. The inspiration came from one of the designer’s own experiences in an airport when he witnessed a mom of 2 with her arms full struggle to pick up documents she dropped while holding her children. As he assisted her in gathering the belongings, he thought “there’s got to be a design solution for this!” and voila! Here it is!

The all new carry-on features a hidden compartment for storing their passport, travel tickets and other important travel documents. Not just a deterrent for thieves, it’s also a clever addition that makes accessing these necessities quick, easy and convenient. Incorporated neatly into the handle, the compartment is only revealed when the user pulls it out after the handle is extended. Great for paperwork. Even better for sneaking on snacks!

Designer: Studio Mango and Princess Traveller

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One Bipolar Light

Don’t be fooled by its skinny silhouette, the PLUSminus lamp is actually more versatile than most. Named for the “+” and “-” shapes formed by two of its primary body sections, one serves as a housing for the light source while the other allows for adjustment in multiple ways. Its position can be adjusted with the touch of a finger thanks to this unique, smooth sliding mechanism. Let go and it will lock instantly. Finished in black or coral detailing and a Carrara marble base, it’s a stylish and highly functional light source that creative professionals like architects and designers will love.

Designer: Matej Štefanac

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A Trike First for Chevy

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The latest in the intermediate car/moto crossover category is this bad boy. It’s called Knight and would be the first of its type from Chevy. It differs from other models in that it sports a hollow body space that reduces the orthographic projection area. Simply put, it hugs the road… hard.

As a motorcyclist, these 2×1 moto-trike options are hard for me to get behind. It’s like all the downsides of a motorcycle and car rolled up into one: exposure to the elements, dangerous, inability to circumnavigate traffic and so on. Still, if it came to running one on salt flats in an effort to reach top speed, I might be more inclined to ride one of these than its two wheeled counterpart just for the stability.

Designer: Wenchang Du

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Deep Sea Diving Without All the Diving

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They say that we’ve explored more in space than we have in our own oceans on earth. The RealDive concept aims to change all that with 3D-mapping meets immersive virtual reality tech. At the heart of the system is a deployable drone hub with high definition cameras and a myriad of sensors that detect and record movement in the depths of the sea.

Each is equipped with a smaller, highly maneuverable orb-style drone that can navigate away from the central hub to capture focused images on sea life subjects. The feed is then delivered in real time to users who can experience the underwater happenings from the comfort and safety of land. Either holographically projected or lived in via immersive VR, it links humankind to nature in an entirely new and technologically awesome way.

Designer: Hsiang-Fei Yu & Po-Cheng Chen

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