This is what self-driving cars would look like in an alternate reality

Taking a page from the dystopian future presented to us by the minds at Pixar through the 2008 animated hit Wall-E, Alexander Zhukovsky asked himself why electric cars look like… cars. Why don’t they look like Segways, hoverboards, or motorized wheelchairs, products that are, in theory, exactly the same hardware packaged differently. Zhukovsky’s vision for self-driving EVs are autonomous single-seaters that elegantly travel around cities and neighborhoods, on four wheels. Fashioned to look quite like the transport pods from Wall-E, each EV is a single-seater, and is literally an armrest on wheels. Sit in one, set your destination, and the EV transports you from Point A to Point B, giving you a more open experience than you’d get with a closed, windowed, roofed car. Zhukovsky’s EV is more like the four-wheel version of a Segway, except it comes with a number-plate, a boot-space to store any luggage you may have, and a seat, because sometimes standing for half an hour on a Segway can really annoy those calf muscles.

Designer: Alexander Zhukovsky

The Bone Mouse doesn’t follow ergonomic design by the book

With a profile that one can best describe as influenced by Ross Lovegrove’s iconic Andromeda Lamp, the Bone Mouse experiments with form and mass… or rather the lack of it.

This is the Bone Mouse, a mouse that’s skeletal in form, yet functional. Based off an older design of Jin’s, the Bone Mouse retains the mouse’s most crucial surface, its top, and turns the rest of the mouse into a voronoi playground. I’m not entirely sure how comfortable holding the Bone Mouse would be, but I imagine one’s fingers would easily get used to the negative spaces. In fact, they’d probably go on to become fidget-worthy, as our thumb runs up and down the hollow spaces.

Sticking to its bony, basic aesthetic, the mouse is even devoid of details like buttons or scroll-wheels. Instead, the mouse’s entire top surface is touch-sensitive, allowing you to tap, scroll, or even pinch to interact with digital elements!

Designer: Lingsong Jin

These LEGO bricks are designed to teach kids Braille

LEGO blocks have a timeless appeal. With their ability to form complex structures that only the mind can think of, the blocks help teach children the basics of construction, symmetry, form, and even color. They now also teach children Braille.

Its bumped upper texture provides quite literally the most obvious canvas for the braille language, allowing kids to, block by block, build sentences, but at the same time also read along as they go, both by running their fingers across the specially bumped blocks as well as using the printed text below each set of bumps.

The concept behind LEGO Braille Bricks was proposed by multiple international organizations for the blind, and was eventually spearheaded by LEGO Group’s Senior Art Director, Morten Bonde, who suffers from a genetic eye disorder that is gradually turning him blind. “With thousands of audiobooks and computer programs now available, fewer kids are learning to read Braille.” The Braille blocks help kids understand and learn the language enabling them to live in a more inclusive world, while also promoting brain development and independence.

The LEGO Braille Bricks will be compatible with all current standard blocks, and the fact that it comes with text printed below for people learning the language, the Braille Bricks will bring “a whole new and playful approach to get blind and visually impaired children interested in learning Braille, enabling them to develop a breadth of skills needed to thrive and succeed in a fast-paced world”.

The Braille Bricks are currently being tested in Danish, Norwegian, English and Portuguese, while German, Spanish and French will be tested in the third quarter of 2019. The final LEGO Braille Bricks kit is expected to launch in 2020 and will be distributed free of charge to select institutions through participating partner networks in the markets.

Designer: LEGO

The soul of a motorbike in the body of a bicycle

Designed to be everything from your primary mode of transport, a recreational two-wheeler for adventures, to your last-mile commute device, the Maxfoot dons many hats. With its robust-yet-foldable frame, and wheels that were designed to take on any sort of terrain, the Maxfoot MF-19 is easily shaping up to be the best, most affordable two-wheeled electric ride out there.

With its chunky 6061 Aluminum alloy frame and 4-inch treads, the Maxfoot sort of hovers in the intersection between being a motorbike and a bicycle. When you ask the makers what it truly is, the answer seems to confirm that too. The Maxfoot was made to battle congested roads while providing a solution that’s safe, energy-efficient, good for your health, and easy on your wallet. It packs a pedal-assisting rear-wheel motor with a wattage of up to 1000, along with 7-speed Shimano gear system. Powering this motor is a 14Ah battery that delivers a remarkable average of 60 miles on a single charge, with pedal-assisted speeds of up to 28mph. To make these rides as smooth as you’d expect from a motorbike, the Maxfoot houses a dual-suspension on the front and a 6-bar linkage suspension on the rear. Right up front, each Maxfoot comes armed with a 5″ backlit smart-LCD dashboard display that even doubles up as a power-bank, allowing you to connect and charge your smartphone or GoPro while on the move.

The Maxfoot’s tech specs are pretty marvelous, but two things truly steal the show. The first is its portability. The 6061 Aluminum alloy frame imparts a sturdiness and lightness to the Maxfoot, but its folding design is what truly makes it a portable solution. With two hinging points, the Maxfoot folds in half right near the seat, and its handlebars fold inwards too, making it occupy less than half of its footprint, allowing you to stow it in your house, carry it up and down the elevator with ease, or even stash it in the backseat of your car if you’re using it for last-mile travel. Its second show-stealer is its phenomenally competitive price-tag. With an early-bird price that’s lower than the retail cost of an iPhone, the Maxfoot gives you a reliable, robust, energy-efficient mode of transport that can get you from A to B in a jiffy, no matter where you are. Available across three tiers, the Maxfoot is built to be water and dust-proof, allowing you to comfortably take it for a ride in the rain, on the beach, or even off-road, and each bike comes with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty.

Designers: Charles & Gordon

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MAXFOOT is the most affordable, soft tail foldable E-Bike.

With the 1-Click foldable pedals, MAXFOOT takes space saving to the next level. It takes less than 10 seconds to fold MAXFOOT. Just fold then set aside!

An affordable premium electric bicycle that’s packed with quality. Start your daily adventures with excellence: Sleek Aerodynamic Design; Advanced Six-Bar Linkage Rear Suspension; Most Comfortable Soft Tail Design; Powerful 1000W Motor Option; Max 28mph Speed (1000W); 60mi Range Per Charge; Folds within 10 Sec; Water & Dust Proof; 4” Fat Tires for All Road Conditions; 2 Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty.

MaxFoot has zero tolerance for discomfort. The design team wanted to make sure that they don’t compromise comfort for the speed and sleek aerodynamic design. After many thoughtful plans, they came up with the final design that incorporates not just maximum comfort and style, but also the highest level of safety protection.

Main Features

MaxFoot can conquer any road you want. Enjoy a smoother ride.

Sophisticated design, suitable for both modern commuting and wilderness adventures. The Maxfoot is made for any weather condition while getting you to your destination in style.

Color Options

Four special colors in limited Metallic Collection: Violet, Sky, Ash, & Fire.

What’s in the Box.

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Sneaker customization pushed to the absolute max!

Not your average shoe-customization project, Moscow-based Ilyas Darakchiev managed to completely uplift a pair of Adidas TR7 sneakers by redesigning its outsole to look positively monstrous. Titled the ‘Beton’ project, Ilyas sought out to customize his pair of sneakers differently. While people paint shoes, switch materials, swap parts like shoelaces, Ilyas’s project was more additive, if you will. Using modelling clay and its associated tools, Ilyas added volume to the sneaker outsole, giving it a thick, eye-catching, aggressive avatar, complete with shark-teeth-inspired details at the very base.

While the modelling clay essentially was meant for a strictly aesthetic proof-of-concept, I’d imagine outsole customization, to the extent that Ilyas pushed it, should be quite possible with the correct set of tools. A resin mold, a rig to securely hold the shoe, and some high-quality polyurethane and boom! Your footwear inherits a completely different persona!

Designer: Ilyas Darakchiev

Meet the most beautiful home-cinema projector that ever lived…

How do you make a projector that looks like a cross between a telescope and an artistic, sculptural element integrated into your decor? You take a lesson from the PHOS, a home-cinema projector that I can, with conviction, say is one of the most beautiful pieces of tech I’ve seen. The PHOS, unfortunately conceptual, is the brain-child of Jacopo Mauro, who believed appliances could be made to look absolutely addictive… and he’s right. With its capsule-shaped frame, rotating cylindrical projector, use of matte metallic gradients and frosted glass, and lastly, a marble base for the perfect premium touch, the PHOS is pure eye-candy.

The projector stands vertically, occupying a fraction of the space most projectors do, and when switched on, rotates to aim forward at an angle that best suits the space it’s in. It comes with an equally gorgeous, minimal remote controller that lets you control the projector and media playback, as well as a smart-base to point your remote at, that sits in front of you. The smart-base controls the projector and beams media to it over Wi-Fi, essentially making it easier to to point a remote towards the front while the projector sits behind you. The smart-base even houses the hi-fi speakers that deliver rich sound to complete your viewing experience, while the DLP projector behind you can focus (no pun intended) on what it does best… delivering crisp, clean visuals while absolutely looking like a sheer treat for the eyes!

Designer: Jacopo Mauro

Get yourself a keychain that can charge your phone

The Mophie Powerstation Keychain gives you one more reason to make sure you’re always carrying your keys as you walk out the door. Roughly the size of a remote fob (the kind you find on car keys), the Mophie Powerstation Keychain is a small attachment for your keyring that gives you an instant 1200mAh of juice. The tiny powerbank sits along with your keys, and in dire situations, can top of your battery by as much as 50%, so you’re not struggling to book an Uber, or call your family at the end of the day on a dying battery.

The Powerstation Keychain comes with its own integrated charging cable with a Type-C jack at the end, and even packs a carabiner clip, so you can hang it by your belt-loop, or on your backpack, using it to instantly charge your Android phone whenever you see the battery dropping into no man’s land.

Designer: Mophie

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The SSD chair creating waves in the crowdfunding community

If IKEA pioneered the flat-pack furniture industry, the SSD Chair brought it to crowdfunding. You see, a lot of designs get abandoned as concepts because there’s no easy way to manufacture and sell them without having distribution channels, marketing teams, and retail partners. IKEA is what it is today only because it’s a phenomenal force of retail and has warehouses and brick-and-mortar stores in a number of countries… most independent designers do not. Creating a chair is easy. Selling it isn’t. So the guys at Tiptoe design figured out a nifty way of solving this problem. Crowdfunding and flat-packing. Crowdfunding helps reach customers and consumers in a way that’s absolutely unprecedented from a traditional business standpoint; and flat-packing helps make your design easy to ship, assemble, use, and disassemble… and that’s what the SSD is pitching.

The SSD chair stands for Simple, Strong, and Durable (and not Solid State Drive, as one might think). Designed to be an alternative to flimsy, cheap, run-of-the-mill plastic or wood chairs, the SSD Chair has a simple, classic appeal, and is made to last for decades. The SSD is strong too. Designed with a metal tubing structure that is more than capable of years of everyday use, the SSD gives you the advantage of strength as well as the comfort of having European-made plywood seats and backrests. The SSD is durable too. Designed to be sustainably manufactured, the SSD uses strong components, ethically and sustainably sourced wood, a simple design, a minimal number of parts, and even uses 80% recycled packaging.

At the heart of SSD, and our prime focus, is its design. With an appeal that is absolutely classic, I could possibly see the SSD in a Herman Miller showroom. It has a silhouette that is recognizable and iconic, and a rather innovative design that comprises of exactly 6 parts. The SSD uses two metal pipes that make up the legs and the backrest support, a wooden seat, backrest, holding plate, and a single screw that joins the entire chair together. The metal pipes come in powder-coated variants, and the wood comes in Oak, Walnut, and Ash, to complement the metal pipe’s colors. Lastly, the SSD’s packaging and assembly absolutely deserve their own separate mention. The 6-part design is flat, symmetric, and easy to ship. Putting together the SSD requires absolutely no user manual, and can be done by practically anybody with zero support. The chair takes literally less than 2 minutes to put together, and lasts for at least 20 years.

Ultimately, the SSD comes from a single designer’s vision to make furniture that is great for users, great for the environment, and greatly designed to be efficient in terms of production, shipping, and assembly. The SSD is proof that more and more designers should take to crowdfunding to make products that can positively impact the lives of users!

Designer: TIPTOE

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The SSD Chair is the perfect chair for everyday life! Designed to be SIMPLE, STRONG and DURABLE, this easy-to-assemble, long-lasting chair is made with sustainable high-quality materials.

SIMPLE: 5 parts and assembles in less than 2 minutes with one screw.

STRONG: so strong you’ll pass it on to the next generation.

DURABLE: long lasting, 100% made in Europe with sustainable high-quality materials. Not to mention the SSD chair is also elegant, comfortable, light and stackable up to 7 chairs.

The SSD chair is super comfortable. The inclination of the legs, the height of the seat and the curves and width of the seat and backrest along with the soft edges of the wood, all of it ergonomically designed.

The wood only comes from sustainably-managed European forests (certified with the PEFC label). The team partners with highly-skilled woodworkers, so every SSD chair feels like a unique piece of design.

The steel tubing is nearly indestructible and is manufactured by some of the best European metalworkers.

The SSD ships in flat pack and takes at least 3 times less space than most chairs once packed.

The SSD chair is available in 3 wood finishes (ashwood, oakwood and walnut) and 4 leg colors (Graphite Black, Cloudy White, Ash Pink and Sage Green).

Oakwood – Cloudy White

Oakwood – Graphite Black

Oakwood – Sage Green

Walnut – Ash Pink

Walnut – Graphite Black

Ashwood – Cloudy White

Ashwood – Graphite Black

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The ONOFF speaker turns a ubiquitous digital interaction into a physical product

The shape of the ONOFF speaker needs literally no introduction if you’ve ever used a gadget in the past 5-10 years. Ever been around a smartphone, a tablet, or even a laptop? Chances are you’ve seen something quite similar. The toggle-switch UI. Found in most Settings areas of apps, websites, and systems, the toggle-switch lets you switch on or off a feature… and is ubiquity makes it a perfect visual metaphor for being on or off. Yongha Yang took that digital UI and turned it literally into the most physically enjoyable wireless speaker.

Meet the ONOFF. Chances are you’ll never need a manual for using it. Its interaction is just incredibly simple and intuitive enough to grasp literally the moment you see it. The circular speaker sits inside a capsule-shaped housing, sliding left and right. When the speaker’s on the left, it’s off, and conversely, shift the speaker to the right and it switches on… just like the virtual toggle switch. The speaker rotates too, allowing you to control the volume, while LEDs inside it light up in Google Home Mini fashion to tell you what volume you’re listening at. Simple, sophisticated, and just downright sensible!

Designer: Yongha Yang

The Braille-book brings computing one step closer to inclusiveness

The minute I say the words All-In-One PC, what do you think of? A screen, right? An iMac-esque display that houses a CPU within it, and all you need is a keyboard and a mouse. The caveat with that setup, however, is that a display is literally the last thing a visually impaired person needs. The Braille-book, designed around this unique yet existing problem, merely shifts all the electronics into a keyboard. The Braille-book is an all-in-one PC that’s designed to be housed within the keyboard, and can easily be hooked to a monitor and a mouse.

The monitor, keyboard, and mouse are completely essential to the computing experience, and the Braille-book just simply changes which device takes the center-stage. The keyboard comes with ports that let you hook all the peripherals you need to it, and even packs a dynamic braille display along its base, with keys to match. Since the visually impaired constantly need to touch and feel their way around a keyboard surface to know which keys they have their fingers on, the Braille-book packs an easy alternative. The braille display at the base shifts and changes based on your typing needs, switching between alphabetical to numeric, and above it lie a row of keys that correspond to each braille unit. The user runs their finger along the dynamic braille display and when they find the right character, they press the key above it. The Braille-book even packs its own in-built speakers that improve accessibility by providing audio feedback to the user as they use the computer. Alternatively, right beside the HDMI port (for a display, if you do need one) is a headphone jack that lets you hook up headphones to the all-in-one PC for a more personal, private browsing experience. Computers, for the longest time, have developed more around the visual sense than any other sense. The Braille-book corrects that imbalance.

Designer: Youngdo Choi