Earlier this year, Samsung revealed their line of QLED TVs, but what was more interesting was a feature that relied on the QLED’s accurate color representation and an algorithm that literally made your Samsung TV disappear into the wall behind it. Aptly referred to as Samsung’s Ambient Mode, this feature allowed the TV to go from being a big black square when switched off, to a subtle, elegant frame that was barely visible. The algorithm created by Samsung could exactly generate an image of the wall behind it, creating a believable illusion that the TV could practically ‘disappear’ when not in use. The Ambient mode featured a gallery of themes to choose from, allowing the screen to display floating weather updates and even scenery that complimented the space around it. Partnering with Dezeen, Samsung launched its Ambient Mode Design Competition to crowdsource a few more themes. Here are a few that blew us away!
These themes all capitalize on the QLED technology that allows for near-accurate color representation. The designs create illusions of floating objects and extended spaces, giving your smart television much more than the ability to be a screen that plays back TV shows and movies. Some of the Ambient Mode themes turn the television into a painting, some into art pieces that give notifications or tell the time, while others transform the screen into a whiteboard of sorts. Some even allow the TV to behave like a mirror or a window into an imaginary room, showcasing how far televisions and displays have come in the past few years! The entries for the Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode Design Competition will be on display at IFA 2018 in Berlin.
Designs Courtesy: Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode Design Competition
The Chuck, a Red Dot winning bookshelf, ticks all my boxes for innovation and design. It’s simple in its construction, easy to use, fun to interact with, can store books/media of different types and sizes, has the capacity to look strikingly different every time you make a change to it, and is very capable of being the most interesting piece of furniture in your room. With two metal members on either side holding together six strips of wooden veneer, the Chuck bends and flexes as you place books on/between the veneer sheets, creating undulating waves of wood that store your books, CDs, plaques, and objets d’art.
The way these items are placed on the wooden slats affects the overall form of the bookshelf, literally turning it into an installation that transcends traditional furniture, and that’s unique to your arrangement style. Items can be placed vertically, or horizontally, or sometimes even diagonally on Chuck, giving you the freedom to express yourself not only with your book collection, but also with the way you arrange them. The Chuck also has no defined constraints for how big or small the books need to be, giving you more freedom and flexibility (literally too) to use the storage it provides, and in doing so, create a piece of art from a humble piece of furniture!
It’s great to see Motorola going strong with its modular ecosystem. The Moto Z is truly a landmark moment in Motorola’s history of creating smartphones and should definitely go down in its hall of fame along with the Razr, Aura, and the FlipOut, for just being daring enough to go against the tide and do something refreshingly different, a trait we really miss in today’s bandwagon market.
The 5G Moto Mod comes from a collaborative effort between Verizon, Qualcomm and Motorola. A slim device that snaps to the back of your Moto Z3, the 5G mod is literally a modem that gives your phone low-latency, high-speed internet, taking over the current cellular connectivity of your phone to give it a dramatical boost by helping it tap into the carrier’s 5G network.
Touted as the network of the future, 5G is all set to revolutionize the way we interact with internet-connected devices. Devices using 5G can send over large amounts of data at much faster speeds, allowing for more connected experiences as the number of IoT devices increase in our lives and begin ‘talking to each other’. 5G is also going to boost the adoption of AR and VR in our daily lives, allowing phones to generate and receive large amounts of content and data. While currently still in its developmental stages, the 5G network should be mainstream by the next year, and the Moto 5G Mod wants to be one of the first few products to ride that wave, providing an unparalleled experience to its users.
The Moto Mod is currently only compatible with Verizon’s 5G network, with the ability to support data transfer at speeds as high as 5Gbps (which is five times faster than the fastest LTE connection today). Of course, with high data transfer speeds also comes significant battery drain, which is why the mod also packs a 2,000mAh battery inside it, providing your phone with the additional juice it needs. Given that the 5G network only works with data, the phone will still use its primary cellular connection for calls, relying on 5G just for internet connectivity.
All set to debut in early 2019, the Moto 5G Mod is one more great product in Motorola’s modularity eco-system. From a projector, to a smartspeaker, to even a polaroid printer, Moto Z’s modularity program is one of the most interesting things happening in the smartphone industry today. Keep up the good work, Motorola!
The words “Do you have a charger?” are the new “Do you have a pen?”. Twenty years ago, people would forget to carry pens around with them (and they still do) and the technology race that followed thereafter has us begging for chargers and charging cables instead, when our phones, our literal lifeblood, run out of battery.
The charging cable wasn’t really designed to be an accessory you carry around with you. Phone companies make batteries that last a day only so that your phone doesn’t have to be tethered to a power source, but what do you do when you’ve stepped out of the house only just to realize you haven’t really charged your phone? The problem only gets worse when you realize you’re at a friend’s place, but they don’t have the charger you need because they use a phone running a different platform. A San Diego based company named Nordic Union wants to solve that problem by identifying the most effective route… what if we got people to carry charging cables with them?
In comes the NILS, a small USB-based charging cable that was designed to be more than utilitarian. Sitting around your wrist, the NILS looks like a stylish bracelet, with its braided-leather design, but it conceals within it, a Kevlar-based charging cable. Made to be a fashion accessory with a strong functional purpose, the NILS is a bracelet when you want, and a charging cable when you need. The USB and charger jacks dock into one another, forming a metal pendant of sorts at one end of the bracelet. Pull them apart, and the bracelet turns into a cable that you can use to either transfer data, or to juice your smartphone.
Available in a variety of colors, the NILS uses vegan leather around its exterior, giving it waterproof/water resistant properties (so you could step out in the rain with your NILS bracelet and that wouldn’t be a problem). The USB buckle uses a magnetic closure to hold it in place, while the cable itself comes with a Kevlar weave, making it practically indestructible. The NILS also comes in two sizes (2 models and 5 sizes)… a smaller variant wraps around your wrist, while the larger variant, NILS Duo, circles the wrist twice before clasping together. Available in MicroUSB, Lightning, and the increasingly popular USB-C options, the NILS showcases a wide variety of colors too, allowing you to own multiple bracelets to go with your style statement… and given that you’re more likely to wear the NILS as a fashion accessory, it automatically means you’ve always got yourself a cable to charge your phone wherever you go!
Bicycles have always been the healthier way of commuting, but there’s still a long way to go to make bicycle riding as safe as sitting inside a car. Bikes are fast, but incredibly quiet, and given their size, they aren’t as visible as a car with its flashy headlights, taillights, and loud horn. So in a world that desperately needs to re-embrace cycling as a way of commuting, the FLECTR 360 Omni wants to provide a small-footprint high-impact solution to make bicycling safer.
The FLECTR 360 Omni are superiorly engineered adhesive reflector panels that provide 360° coverage. From wherever a car headlight may hit the bike, FLECTR 360 Omni will grab the driver´s attention making the biker visible with a stunning glow. Designed to be mounted on the rims of a bicycle’s wheels FLECTR 360 Omni requires no electronics, battery, or upkeep. The FLECTR 360 Omni lights up your wheels by reflecting the headlights of all vehicles around you, making you visible to avoid collisions. The panels kick in immediately when it starts getting dark and one’s visibility begins reducing, eliminating the need to remember to switch it on. It simply works when necessary and remains inconspicuous in bright daylight. The 360 Omni comes in a unique parallelogram shape that fits well over any sort of wheel rim, and FLECTR also includes cutting guides to help trim its size to suit your wheel-type.
The breakthrough for the 360 Omni is its use of metalized cube-corner prisms for reflectors rather than relying on simple glass bead technology. The prisms help reflecting light more efficiently back to the light source, turning it into a bright shine on your wheels. Weighing in at just 2 grams, the FLECTR is lightweight and has a zero impact on the bike’s performance or aerodynamics. The FLECTR 360 Omni lights up when the bike’s static, creating distinct, visible patches of light, but things get even more interesting when you’re riding your bike. FLECTR´s rotating, pulsing and moving reflections light up the entire rim, dramatically increasing one’s visibility, making bicycling much safer.
FLECTR 360 OMNI wraps razor-thin around your rims and from wherever car headlights are approaching, it grabs the driver´s attention. All around, without exception.
360 degree visibility. Multi-direction reflectivity increases your safety.
Non-static light patterns. Rotating, pulsing and moving light grabs extra attention.
No air drag & no dynamic imbalance. With a set weight of just 2 grams, FLECTR 360 OMNI leaves your wheel´s performance unaffected.
Custom reflective film technology. Unique 3D conformable film with reliable bond & dirt-repellend surface.
One size design. With a simple cut along the integrated cutting aids you adapt FLECTR 360 OMNI to your rims.
Microprismatic technology. Highest possible reflection from thousands of metalized cube-corner prisms. Forget about simple glas bead reflectors.
How it works. The arched profiles of modern bike rims offer a perfect base for an adhesive wide-angle reflector as there are multiple plains for reflection. The two-piece FLECTR 360 OMNI wraps around the rim from both sides and overlaps onto the rim vertex. The advantage: gap-free reflection from all sides.
Are reflectors better than electric bike lighting? Reflectors have a big advantage over electric lighting – they do not require maintenance and are still there for you even if your lighting fails. But both, reflectors and bicycle lighting form a system and should always be used together. You decide how much safety you need to feel comfortable cycling.
Taking the art of origami out of the limitations of paper and bringing it to fabric, Angela Wang’s Origamei project makes outfits and clothes foldable to the extent that they occupy a small fraction of the space they would if opened out. The Origamei project has two purposes. One, to make fashion much more accessible, using the art of folding as a method to reduce a clothing item’s spatial footprint… and two, Origamei sees itself as more of an empowerment tool, as most clothes do, helping women dress in clothes that feel comfortable and make them feel confident. The fact that you can carry these clothes around in the palm of your hand, or even stash them in your clutch or the glove compartment of your car, means that the very confidence and self-esteem that you get from wearing good clothes, is made portable too.
The Origamei comes in three different styles, all for three different scenarios. The Momo, or the t-shirt dress is for casual wearing, either at home, or to meet a friend at a coffee shop. The Yuri caters to a much more social atmosphere, even serving as a formal dress, perhaps for business or an interview. The Kiku, or the tent dress, is for letting your hair down. A perfect summer dress, the Kiku is ideal for a day at the beach, or a classy date in the evening. With Origamei’s patented folding technique, you can fold down all three dresses to a built in pouch (clutch) that’s slightly bigger than your smartphone. The outfits come with seam lines that indicate how they’re to be folded, and the fabric they’re made from is wrinkle-resistant (so your outfits always look crisp and wrinkle-free), lightweight, stretchable (10% Spandex), breathable, and moisture-wicking, making sure you look good as well as feel good.
Ideal for traveling, the Origamei can sit either in your bag, or glove compartment, or even strap to your backpack, using its discreet carabiner clip. Also built with an accessory pouch (for jewelry to dress up the style of the dress) and even hand pockets (a rarity and a necessity in women’s fashion), designer Angela Wang hopes that the Origamei will help empower women live a more minimal fulfilling lifestyle, by allowing them to chase their dreams and follow their heart with a compact outfit for any occasion anywhere on the go, anytime. The next step? A compact, foldable, effortless range of Origamei outfits for men too!
The Origamei dresses offer us women everything we want in a dress, with the versatility to carry it anywhere, anytime. It fits comfortably in the glove compartment of your car, hangs perfectly on the strap of your beach bag, tucks nicely inside your backpack, or even stows away discreetly in the side of your purse, Origamei gives women the option of carrying a beautiful dress without the hassle and worry of excessive clutter or overpacking for a business trip or a fun getaway.
Origamei’s patented fold technique makes packing light, compact, and efficient. With it’s wrinkle-resistant and breathable fabric, deep hand pockets, discreet keyring, and minimal style, it’s no wonder women who have worn our dress absolutely love it.
Three Styles for anything life throws at you. Origamei Foldwear is all you need if you’re an On The Go (OTG) woman.
Taking the watch and mildly altering one small yet crucial detail, Rinat Aruh and Johan Liden designed the Blend Watch… a watch without traditional hands, but with a design detail that creates the perception of them. The Blend uses the subtractive color model to create color compositions that tell time. The subtractive color model is basically how we get all our pigments (for example cyan + magenta + yellow = black), and the Blend uses it rather inventively to create blocks of color. Instead of relying on two hands to tell the time, the Blend uses two sheets of tinted transparent plastic with hands cut out of them. When placed over a white watch face, the layered sheets showcase a combined color, while the hands appear as the individual colors that were used to begin with. With each passing hour, the watch face creates colorful compositions that get really interesting especially when the two hands align, to reveal the white dial underneath!
The Les Angles Structural Seating brings the dynamic surfaces of the outdoors, indoors. Designed in a way that doesn’t look like furniture, but behaves like it, the structural seating add a different flavor to rooms by giving people the impression that the floor underneath is alive, and is breaking through the monotony of flatness to turn into a terrain-like surface you can sit on.
The Les Angles are made from 100% wool fabric and may look edgy, but are actually quite comfortable to sit on. Comprising different elements that take on different functions (like a backrest, a cushion, the Les Angles can be arranged on the floor or even on a wall, allowing a room to look practically alive and dynamic… because traditional furniture is much too boring!
The thing with mice is (and I speak from experience)… people who do use mice, absolutely can’t work without them. The trackpad is a poor alternative to the chunky, grippy design of a mouse, and after I spend a third of my day touching digital elements on a touchscreen, and typing on a godforsaken touchscreen keyboard, the mouse, in all its tactile glory, feels like functionality-heaven.
Inspired by the formation the hand makes during a natural handshake, Logitech’s MX Vertical wants to be the chunky mouse your hand falls in love with. Tilting at an angle of 57° off the horizontal plane that is your table, the MX Vertical feels halfway between a mouse and a joystick. It can be held onto for hours, being maneuvered without strain, and is even easy on your wrist too, shifting the movement from side-side to up-down. Built with the regular left and right click buttons and the scroll wheel, the MX Vertical ups the ante with two more buttons for your thumb, and another button on the top. It even comes with a rubber gripping area with this subtle texture that looks absolutely welcoming! The only perceivable disadvantage? The lack of an ambidextrous design… but maybe I’m being a little pedantic.
Using algorithmically generated data (the same data used by NASA), the SpaceTime Coordinates Memento is a snapshot of the exact planetary arrangement on any given day, be it a birthdate or an anniversary, or even a promotion. Artist Govy collates scientific data that accounts for planetary movements, being able to plot back the exact position of each and every planet in their dance around the sun on any given date. That data turns into a piece of concentric art which gets etched onto either wood or acrylic, turning a plain circular disc into a planetary portrait for a special date.
Planetary positions are just like fingerprints… they’re quite literally one in a million. On any given day, in any month or any year, the nine planets (if you count Pluto too), are rarely in the same position relative to one another. Thus, with each day, the planets find themselves in unique formations that don’t occur for millennia. Each day, the planets create a unique piece of choreography, which the Memento captures by etching the pattern onto a wooden or acrylic plate.
Unlike the Memento’s 3D printed discs from last year, the current series uses precise laser engraving technology to capture the art-pattern. Available on Bamboo and Walnut in the wood series, and on Fluoro Blue, Green Glass or Clear for the acrylic line; the Memento comes as a 25mm, 30mm or 35mm disc, and can be worn as a pendant or strapped to a bracelet, or even mounted on a platform like a trophy or framed like a medal. Simply the most thoughtful and personal gift you can give to either yourself or a loved one, the STC Memento is ideal for capturing birthdays, anniversaries, first moments, or even personal achievements! It helps highlight the event by showing you that time and space come together to create unique fingerprints of your unique memories!
Commemorate a birth, wedding, first kiss or the moon landing! Every date in history has a different and unique planetary alignment. SpaceTime Coordinates (STC) is a precise depiction of the Solar System. Take a moment to meditate on the significance of life itself and our place in space.
Custom Made with Science & Lasers
STC’s new collection of Mementos is laser cut and engraved, and this technique brings new materials they are very excited about: Acrylic and Wood!
STC designs are the most precise and accurate on the market because they rely on the same data that is used by NASA to predict eclipses or to compute spacecraft trajectories.
They can calculate the precise position of each planet on its orbital path, given any particular date in time. In fact, theur Orrery is so accurate, it has been featured by OpenNASA!
The four dimensions (x, y, z, and t) are used to represent a particular location in time and space, also known as the 4th dimension, which might come handy if you ever stumble upon a wormhole or a tear in the fabric of the Universe.
Bamboo is a material with natural variation, such as lighter or darker wood grain. The Bamboo sheet is made of five layers of veneer (thin slice of wood). Bamboo is 100% renewable and sustainable.
Walnut Premium Veneer has an MDF core with real wood veneer (thin slice of wood) on each side which is sanded smooth and finished with a clear coat. It has a high grade appearance, the grain direction will change the overall appearance depending on the light direction.
Acrylic is hard and stiff as plastics go. It is sensitive to stress concentrations sharing a certain fragility with glass. Avaliable in Fluoro Blue or clear. Acrylic is non toxic and recyclable in some areas.