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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A Maker of Morning People

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The latest in a history of collaborations between the designers at LAYER and tech brand nolii, the aptly named Rise lamp aims to make each day one you look forward to!

First and foremost, it works wirelessly, eliminating the need for cumbersome cords while giving users the ability to take it from room to room, wherever dimmable LED light is needed. A battery located in the base provides up to 12 hours of light time and it can even supplement power to your smartphone and other devices with an integrated USBC ports. That’ll also come in handy because you’ll be able to use your smartphone to control the light which also works in tandem with your alarm. Speaking of which, the design sports a “sunrise alarm” feature that will gently ease you into the day with a natural light progression that mimics that of the morning sun–which has been shown to improve your mood and overall outlook on life!

Designer: Benjamin Hubert of LAYER for nolii

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Lighting With No Limits

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This unique tabletop luminaire challenges our preconceptions about how a lighting solution should look and behave. Called “Tessallate” for the mosaic-like plates from which it’s composed, users won’t find any bulbs or sockets. Instead, the modular design works by utilizing electricity-conducting magnets that also hold each plate and the end sections together. Any number of light units (plates) can be crisscrossed together to create more or less light, meaning users can assemble a large collection for substantial living spaces or trim it down to one or two plates for a desktop. Placed on its side or made to stand upright, its footprint is also adjustable to the user’s liking.

Designer: Piyushi Patni

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Shining a Light on Developing Countries

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Created for those living in developing countries with limited access to power, the Bottle Pedestal Solar Lamp serves as a low-cost lighting solution with little environmental impact.

The design features a small solar panel on one side and a light source on the other. These components are housed within a biodegradable cork shell. In addition to harnessing the sun’s energy and being at least partially composed of environmentally-friendly materials, it also encourages the reuse of plastic bottles with its functional stand. The metal stand doubles as a bracket that grips onto the neck of a bottle to elevate the light source, instantly transforming it into a desk lamp.

The Bottle Pedestal Solar Lamp is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2018.

Designer: Thinkdo Design

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The Dragonfly proves that tactile switches aren’t going anywhere

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While companies are investing in voice-assisted homes where you can simply control lights by talking to them, New Deal Design’s Dragonfly switches show that tactile controls can and will always provide an experience that’s much more relatable and fulfilling to a user. Deviating from the traditional concept of switches, the Dragonfly relies on touch-sensitive switchboards and a connected system that lets you intuitively control your lights.

The switchboards feature a backlit display with different columns for different rooms in the house. These columns are ‘filled with light’ and can be dragged up or down, adjusting the room’s brightness by simply quantifying light itself. Sliding your finger upwards along the column lets it fill up with light, and makes the room in question brighter. Individual columns control individual rooms, and Dragonfly switchboards are placed in every room, allowing you to, from wherever you are, control all the lights in your home. So you don’t need to go to the kitchen to A. notice that the lights are on, and B. switch them off… you can do that from your bedroom itself, or any other room in the house. The animated display makes controlling your lights intuitive, and much more fun than telling Alexa to switch your lights on or off. It provides visual feedback that completes the experience for the user. What’s more is that the Dragonfly can be automated to follow broader tasks too, like switching off all the lights when you leave your home!

Designer: New Deal Design

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Razer’s webcam makes you look cooler in your twitch streams

Whether you’re vlogging or just streaming yourself playing PUBG or Fortnite, you’re putting yourself out there for the world to see… and a crystal clear webcam only does so much to make you look your best. That’s why Razer’s Kiyo comes with its own light-ring built right into it!

Considered one of the best gaming hardware companies internationally, Razer’s latest product broadly caters to streamers (podcasters, vloggers, gamers). The Kiyo is a simple plug-and-use webcam that captures video at 30fps at full HD (or at 60fps if you scale down the quality to 720p), but what’s more important is that the webcam comes with its own lighting solution. Built with a powerful ring-light around the lens, the Kiyo makes sure you’ve got a spotlight on yourself whenever you’re broadcasting. The ring-light comes with a rotating rim too, to adjust the brightness to a level that suits you. Go ahead… up your broadcasting game (while you broadcast yourself gaming!)

Designer: Razer

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Pop-up Privacy

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Open floor plan offices have been all the rage for a while now but for anyone who’s even slightly introverted (or easily distracted), they can be a total energy suck. Designed to enhance the flexibility of the modern shared workspace, the Corner Office helps define personal space and create a sanctuary for concentration.

Each unit can be placed on existing table layouts in a variety of positions to accommodate both large and small teams. They can be paired up or placed singularly in seconds, and will instantly provide visual privacy, sound reduction with soft felt, dimmable task lighting, and desktop power. In a selection of handsome yet subtle color schemes, and with its flexible, reconfigurable construction, they’re a solid investment that can adapt with your ever-changing office space.

Designer: Pablo Design

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Light and Magnetism

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The Enso light stuns with its one-of-a-kind way of adjusting the angle of the light source. The minimalistic floor lamp design consists of a just a base, neck, free-moving light unit, and mesmerizing magnetic ring. The light source can be moved manually by the user to any angle on the iron ring which doubles as a sort of shade. The resulting shadows and beams create dynamic arcs and shapes that are as captivating as the lamp itself. By engaging individuals to touch and change the illumination, it also aims to form a deeper connection with the user.

Designers: Maysam Khankeshlou & Mohammad Amin Abbasszadeh

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