The Manta Mouse takes inspiration from the Manta Ray, with its wide, stingray-inspired design. At the very center is a bulbous volume forms the bulk of the mouse, the part your palm rests on, while the rest of the mouse skirts around the side. This side-skirt essentially works as a cushion for the base of your palm, promising to give your hand a comfortable place to rest as you operate the mouse. The mouse’s finish looks like blackened cork too, so you’ve essentially got yourself a mouse that isn’t rigid, bulky, and uncomfortable. It’s almost like a recliner chair… for your hands!
Curved when you want, flat when you need, the Arc Surface mouse by Microsoft follows a format it set a long time ago. The mouse comes as a flat, remote-ish shape and can bend/curve/arc into an ergonomic mouse when needed. When you’re done, the mouse unfolds and becomes flat again.
The Arc Surface mouse, however, has a key difference that makes it rather useful and advanced. It ditches the clicking keys and scroll wheel for a touch surface, much like Apple’s Magic Mouse. The surface lets you perform right and left clicks, but its capacitive-touch property also lets you scroll sideways, vertically, and just generally navigate with precision and intuition. And when you’re done, the mouse flattens into a remote-ish form that’s rather easy to slip into bags without occupying any bulk!
Look at the Hemisphere and tell me it isn’t adorably eye-catching. The mouse’s name pretty much tells you all you need to know. Its design is a perfect hemisphere, unlike most organically-designed computer mice, and features the standard two click buttons and a scroller, but laid out in the mouse’s half-sphere design.
The mouse has, for too long, been bound to ergonomics-influenced design. I am, by no means, bashing ergonomics, but different mice appeal to different people. There’s no one-glove-fits-all design for computer mice. The Hemisphere takes advantage of that. Much like holding a cricket or tennis ball, the Hemisphere’s half-spherical construction feels comfortable yet sort of radical too. Plus, I can’t get enough of that glossy green finish!
Designer: Deokhee Jeong for Render Weekly
I remember some 3-4 years ago when Samsung released their Serif TV and I couldn’t possibly imagine what the company was thinking. The TV was hideous, as it tried to tread the line between domestic appliance and gadget. Then one year later, Samsung debuted their QLED TVs with the Ambient Mode that, rather than making the TV stand out, made it blend in. The Ambient Mode was a work of genius, and showed that Samsung took research and design seriously rather than just coming up with eye-catching forms.
Their latest product, the Space Monitor reaffirms my belief that Samsung can make some spectacular products that are also state-of-the-art. The Space Monitor (SR75) does literally what it says. Made to give you a remarkably better desktop experience, the monitor saves tonnes of space on your workdesk by clamping to the edge of your desk, allowing the Monitor be pushed back up against the wall. Most monitors come with large, bulky stands, only because they’re so big and unstable. The Space Monitor doesn’t have that problem, because it relies on a vice-grip rather than a stand. A large arm connects the grip to the screen, allowing you to push the monitor back and forth, giving you the comfort of having a wall-mounted screen at times, and a screen that’s up-close at other times. Angles can be easily adjusted too, without the worry of anything toppling over, or even without having to make space on your desk. Samsung goes the extra mile to use this long, wide arm to conceal power cables and HDMI cables too, giving you a monitor that’s just simply beautiful and keeps your workspace empty and clean.
The Space Monitor comes in two size variants… a 27-inch model with QHD resolution and a 32-inch model that’s 4K UHD. Announced ahead of CES 2019, we’ll probably get a better look at it in the coming week, but one thing’s for sure. Samsung’s certainly putting design to good use!
2018 marks the year that Type-C became the big standard it promised it would be. With the iPad Pro adopting it, alongside the MacBook (and rumors that the iPhone would too), Type-C finally made its way across all dominant operating systems, from Windows, to Chrome OS, to Mac, to Android, and iOS. So if there’s a good time to start adopting Type-C (or USB-C), it’s right now.
The beauty of the Type-C standard is that its compact and universal. It’s present everywhere, and works everywhere, and pretty much does anything from power supply to data transfer, to even low-latency, high-quality image transfer. That’s where Nonda’s USB-C to HDMI Adapter comes in. Incredibly small (just about the size of a coin), the Nonda USB-C HDMI Adapter can be stashed anywhere, from pockets to compartments in your backpack, and can be pulled out at the right moment to convert your idle USB-C port into an HDMI input. The adapter comes with its own foldable cable, giving you the flexibility and freedom to connect your projector, display, or television to your iPad, MacBook, Windows laptop, or your Android phone. It supports playing 4K UHD videos at 60Hz with absolutely no flicker or lag, letting you take your portable devices and beam content from them onto larger, more immersive displays. Whether it’s an office presentation, a seminar, daily work that requires a large display, a movie-binge, sports-night, or the greatest game of Fortnite ever, the Nonda USB-C to HDMI Adapter has you sorted, giving your Type-C port the power and versatility it made so many promises of, and giving you the ability to take your portable devices and expand their screens tenfold!
Remember just around a decade back when 32GB pen drives were all the rage? I remember owning one from Transcend, and it was the size of my thumb. It was a gift I got myself before going to college, and for the longest time, had all my college work stored on it until I had enough money to chip in for an external hard drive (these were the Bittorent days).
The Fledging Shell is slightly larger than that 32GB pen drive I owned back in the day. It also happens to have a storage capacity of 2 whole terabytes! Built with an SSD inside, the Fledging Shell is designed to provide universal compatibility, and file transfer speeds that border on a gigabyte per second without heating up. Its innovative build (featuring an aluminum outer body acting as a heat sink) and internal cooling system keep the Fledging Shell cool as a cucumber as you transfer incredibly heavy files to carry with you on the go, or even take multiple backups of your data to the offline SSD… and unlike other SSDs, the Fledging can be opened and customized, giving you the power to choose the capacity, or switch between different SSDs. Did I also mention how incredibly small and compact it is!?
Designer: Fledging LLC
There’s something about the EXOvault Mouse that just commands your attention, unconventional and simply alluring, the mouse comes with a steampunk aesthetic, featuring a hardwood body and metal buttons, deviating completely from plastics. The metal clickers come with a hinge detail that allows the metal flippers to bend upwards and downwards (an interaction that seems much more pleasing that simple, flexible plastic), and the scroll is made out off metal too. Made originally out of Rosewood and Aluminum, the EXOvault Mouse comes in different variants that experiment with anodized coloring on the metal parts, and even experimentation with Walnut wood that gives it a darker appearance.
The EXOvault Mouse was developed by artist, engineer, designer, and overall maker Jonathan Schipper. Designed as an exercise to visually reinvent something mundane, something we take for granted, the mouse was developed at EXOvault’s facility in Brooklyn, the mouse doesn’t just look great, but feels great too. It has weight, which allows you to command the cursor with confidence, while the clickers and scroll wheels provide a wonderfully smooth tactile feedback. With a PixArt 3000cpi sensor that works on glass and a 500mAh battery, the EXOvault mouse performs well too, giving you superior functionality and aesthetic unconventionality in a singular package that guarantees to make you instantly want to ditch your plastic mouse or trackpad!
The name Mouseper, a portmanteau of the words Mouse and Whisper, isn’t the most creative, quirky thing about this mouse, because unlike most other mice (or rather unlike any other mice), the Mouseper comes with voice recognition.
In a bid to completely transform the way we compute, the Mouseper wants to be the only element of your computing experience, apart from the display. With its ability to recognize voices, translate speech, convert speech to text, and run voice-based commands, the Mouseper is clever enough to replace your keyboard and even bump up productivity at the same time. The Mouseper comes with the conventional left and right click buttons as well as the scroll, but also comes built with two extra buttons that help you narrate text to the computer as well as trigger voice commands. The narration button lets you talk as the Mouseper picks up speech, converting it to text. With Mouseper’s accompanying software, you can translate text too, allowing your narrated paragraphs and sentences to be actively translated into as many as 24 different languages. Aside from replacing the keyboard, the Mouseper makes your laptop/desktop as smart as your phone by building a voice assistant into it too. Set commands for it and you can simply open softwares and applications or even websites by simply uttering commands. Long press the voice command button and whatever you say promptly becomes a search query on the web, allowing you to search simply by voice, a feature that is extremely commonplace on phones but hasn’t translated well into a desktop experience.
The Mouseper even comes with a delete-all button that replaces the delete and backspace buttons you’d use on your keyboard, and in doing so practically frees up your left hand, as all the inputting you’ll ever need to do can now happen through your smart-mouse. With an ergonomic design, the Mouseper can be used for hours at an end, and unlike the keyboard, won’t give you wrist pains or carpal tunnel syndrome… and moreover, with its voice to text ability, you won’t have to worry about spelling errors either!
Designer: Michael Lin (Mouseper)
Modular, colorful, and with a UI that’s seriously to die for, the UP Memory Tower by Anton Repponen is like the Towers Of Hanoi game meets storage. With a connecting base at the bottom and a cooling fan at the very top, Repponen’s stackable storage allows you to, intuitively build your own hard drive using vertically stacked, color-coded individual disks of storage.
The disks range from 1 to 8 terabytes of storage (there’s even a speckled 2Tb hard disk for LeManoosh lovers!) and the color coding helps to let you segregate the drives based on content. The drives stack on top of each other, and connect via the base to a laptop or desktop, where an incredibly intuitive and beautiful UI makes it easy to configure and control your data. Designed clearly for creatives, the UP Memory Tower is absolutely perfect for photographers, video editors, designers and others who frequently work with large file sizes. In fact I’m writing a letter to Anton right now to start building prototypes for mass manufacture!
Designer: Anton Repponen
The disclaimer at the very beginning of the video should be indication enough that the things you are about to see will blow your minds away. After decades of watching 3D holographic projections in movies like the Star Wars franchise, a Kickstarter project is bringing the promise of three-dimensional virtual imagery to life. No VR/AR headsets, no 3D glasses, no gimmicks, the Looking Glass display can actually showcase visual content in 3D, to the naked eye. Not only does the content being displayed on the screen have a z-axis, showing depth, it also responds to parallax, meaning that depending on where you’re viewing the display from, you see a different angle of the 3D file.
The Looking Glass pulls this fest off using its proprietary lenticular display that combines 45 angles of any given 3D model into one, allowing you to look at the model’s front, sides, top, and bottom. While the display is a thick chunk of glass, the results are far ahead of other conventional 3D displays. The thick lenticular screen comes in two sizes, and requires a laptop or desktop to power it. Using an HDMI cable to transfer data and a USB-C cable for power, the Looking Glass supports OBJ, FBX, STL, and gLTF formats, while working with softwares like Maya, Zbrush, Blender, Tinkercad, and Solidworks to provide live viewing of 3D files.
Currently, the Looking Glass is positioned to revolutionize any profession relying on CAD modeling, be it architecture, industrial design, or even game design. The display also offers the ability to connect to a Nintendo Switch joycon or a Leap Controller, allowing you to even interact with your models in a way that’s unprecedented. Having just completed crowdfunding on Kickstarter, the Looking Glass is estimated to deliver as soon as September 2018. If it does go mainstream, we may just skip the entire VR headset phase of 3D modeling!
Designer: Shawn Frayne