An All-New Cube Computer

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Cube is a modular desktop PC case that safeguards your motherboards while making it easy to customize and upgrade. The model features two variations, “Slim” and “Bold,” that are built to house the Intel NUC board computer and full-size ATX motherboards respectively. Using standard components, it’s also easy to upgrade. The minimalist, monolithic shell features a frosted exterior that allows the inner workings to peek through. As an added bonus, a wireless charging lid allows users to simultaneously charge their phone simply by placing it on the top surface.

Designer: Lorenzo Mariotti

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A Hotel Room on Wheels

A winner of the 2018 Radical Innovation Award, the Autonomous Travel Suite reimagines the way users commute and adventure! The design packs many of the creature comforts of home into one sleek unit.

More like a hotel room on wheels than an RV, the ATS is entirely autonomous and works as part of a larger Autonomous Hotel Chain. To access the chain and a personal unit, one must simple input their destinations into the online system. An ATS will be deployed when you need it to ensure you get where you’re going on time and in absolute comfort. Once on board, users will find areas to sleep, lounge, wash, work, eat, and store their belongings… all while taking in the sights from panoramic windows.

Designer: Aprilli

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Drone in a Jiffy

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The Xenon Adventure Drone is an ultra-portable alternative that aims to make the setup process a cinch so you can do more playing and less assembling. Better yet, it’s simple to store and transport so it will be ready when you are.

The design is made possible by stacking sections that attach magnetically. Just snap the black and white pieces together and the drone will be prepared to fly. A third section acts as both a storage container for the drone and a launching platform that can be held in the hand. As for the control element, it attaches onto any smartphone, augmenting the display with surface haptics that provides a tactile, dynamic, flat surface, replicating a joystick. Here, users can view and control its 3-axis gimbal stabilized camera which unfolds during flight to record 4k video and photos.

The Xenon Adventure Drone is a winner of the 2018 Red Dot Design Concept Award.

Designer: Kendall Toerner

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An Armoire For Your Appetite

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Forget spending a fortune on tailor-made construction just to hide your unsightly refrigerator. The ART FRESH BAR is the first in a handsome series that aims to mimic the look of traditional furniture pieces.

In fact, it’s not even intended to be placed in your kitchen. Rather, its ultra-thin profile and fine finishes are designed to blend in with your living room, giving you and the rest of the family easy access to all sorts of snacks, beverages, and one-off items like wine and fruit. With an anticipated selection of various finishes and colors as well as customizable compartments, there’s sure to be one to satisfy any taste or use.

Designers: Chen Jia, Feng Chaoyi, Wan Lei, Wang Hui, Wei Wei, Zhu Jianping

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Companionship On Demand

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Designed with the elderly in mind, Google Mate is the first in a series of smart connected devices that aim to enhance the lives of elderly individuals. Not only useful as a light source, the base of the unit also serves a variety of interactive functions that are useful and uplifting for them.

As a tabletop lamp, it can be activated by voice or a simple touch. The light source itself can also be removed entirely and used like a flashlight for navigating through rooms and hallways in the dark. Using the base, which is a central element in the 5-piece series, elderly individuals can make calls, listen to messages, share music with family members, check out the news, set alarms and reminders, and much more! With its smart features and intuitive controls, it simultaneously encourages independence and social connection with others.

Designer: Subinay Malhotra

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Improving Your Hearing Improvement

Gone are the days of wearing clunky over-the-ear hearing aids, but Eargo aids are taking things to the next level. Their beautifully crafted buds are actually designed to go in the ear canal so they’re practically invisible.

Unique “Flexi Fibers” keep the units comfortably suspended in the ear canal without plugging them up completely. This allows healthy air flow, but also permits natural bass frequencies to pass through while the device enhances mid and high frequencies. Better yet, users can forget about replacing annoying and expensive batteries! Eargo aids can be recharged with a handy carrying case that also keeps them organized and safe.

Designer: Ammunition for Eargo

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Deconstructed Footwear of the Future

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The latest from Monterrey-based SHIFT design studio, the “F1” marks the designers’ first signature sneaker silhouette. Not to compare immediately, but it’s aesthetically akin to familiar styles like the Adidas Prophere or Nike Air Trainer 3. Unlike the aforementioned, however, it features four modular construction that allows the future wearer to get it on the action as they can pick and choose custom elements in the shoe’s construction. Signature elements of the deconstructed design include a futuristic layering of straps, robust midfoot paneling, a monocoque vamp, and custom buckle system that completes the locked-down look.

Designer: Shift Studio

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Monolith Meets Amp

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Introducing, Supernova: a 360-degree concrete guitar amp that sounds as good as it looks. The design is crafted from concrete which not only gives it a cool, monolithic look, but boasts fantastic acoustic properties as it’s rigid enough to damp driver vibrations yet not so dense as to hamper resonance.

Two drivers are housed within the body, including an up-firing tweeter and down-firing woofer that together give it a wide acoustic range. Additionally, acoustic lenses fire the sound out a full 360 degrees, meaning the amplifier can deliver great sound from anywhere in the room.

Using a smartphone, users can build sound presets as well as choose from existing amp, cab and microphone models. Choose any track from your music library to jam along, adjust the mix on the fly, tune, and record with just a touch.

Designer: Dan Salisbury

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Rotating the orbital dial turns the amplifier on, controlling the master volume.

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An up-firing tweeter and down-firing sub deliver a wide acoustic range, ideal for jamming along to your favourite track.

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Acoustic lenses fire sound out a full 360 degrees, meaning the amp can be placed almost anywhere in the room.

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The app allows for full control of guitar tone, volume, and backing tracks.

The overall mix and volume can be controlled with a single slider.

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A wireless guitar jack connects to your phone and the amp, removing the need for cables.

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Leads can still be connected around the back. Allowing for the use of effects pedals, output for recording, or line-in for jamming along.

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Illumination on the underside responds to sound.

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Jam, build amp models, tune, and record. All through the app.

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Yaaawwwn…

Did I make you yawn?! Sometimes just seeing the word is all it takes to trick us into making the universal expression for “I’m sleepy.” Inspired by this contagious phenomenon, the Slock: Go Sleep clock is a twist on the traditional alarm clock with functionality that’s actually quite the opposite.

Instead of waking you up with a blaring alarm sound, it encourages you to get to bed at a decent hour each night by making you yawn! Simply set your desired bedtime and a built-in mechanical flipbook will play an animation of a character yawning at the same time as an audio clip of a yawn plays. If that’s not enough to make you yawn and your eyes get heavy, nothing will!

Designers: Raghvi Kabra & Mathew Samuel

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Sound, Visualized

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The microphone takes inspiration from a phenomenon known as cymatics in which sound vibrations creates waves in a substance. The visual waves, seen in fine grains on a flat surface or on non-Newtonian liquid on a speaker, are often symmetrical and varied in shape depending on the frequency being resonated.

While exploring the patterns created by different wavelengths, designer Magnus Skogsfjord landed on 226Hz and noticed that the associated shape was a great fit for a standalone microphone design. It’s this frequency that gave it the name “Mike 226.” The pattern was adapted to a spherical shape to accommodate the microphone form. The result is a unique, somewhat alien, sheath that is as functional as it is beautiful.

Designer: Magnus Skogsfjord

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Image showing the phenomenon of cymatics with sand in action.

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“On the webpage for Cymatics Group I came across a full study of different patterns, and how they will repeat only in a larger scale ​​​​​on different wavelengths. It was here I got the idea to utilize one of these patterns to design a microphone. Above you’ll see a small selection of the frequencies I was looking at, and the selected pattern to be used for a further shape exploration,” explains Skogsfjord.

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“From these patterns I found pattern from the wavelength of 226Hz to be a great fit for pursuing the microphone design. And it’s this very frequency that gave the microphone it’s name: Mike 226,” said Skogsfjord. “The pattern was given a circular warp in photoshop, such that it could be traced and modeled into a spherical shape in NX, which stands as the essence of the shape exploration for this concept.”

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