As a fitting companion to our favorite (and perhaps the most controversially popular) music playback device, the Elbow Cassette Player, Louis Berger’s oTon is a quirky playback device for serious design junkies and audiophiles.
With a design that’s audacious enough to get me to quit Spotify to listen to LP discs full time, the oTon is vertical, exposes most of the vinyl disc, and is practically completely transparent… a design choice that makes the album art on the vinyl discs visible during playback. The oTon works by wirelessly sending audio to a nearby speaker (it doesn’t come with an in-built speaker, as you’ll clearly be able to see), but another interesting little feature is the oTon’s ability to rip audio from the vinyl discs and export them to your phone, to listen to while on the go!
New technologies being released every day promise a futuristic look that is years ahead of the current devices. But with the speed at which our technology evolves, the same devices begin to feel out-dated and due for a refresh within a couple of years. The Level is a modular Home PC concept that explores how users can be encouraged to retain their devices for a longer period of time, even after their primary use is over!
The modular and highly adaptable home computer’s flexibility centers around the building blocks that provide even the least experienced users to upgrade the aging hardware; The pyramid of blocks is neatly concealed within the aesthetically-clean casing. It isn’t just the extended life-cycle of the product that has been considered, but also the user experience has been explored in great detail; from adjustable articulation of the screen through to the intuitive and fuss-free user interface, it’s certainly a device we would love to see in our homes for years to come!
With smart-home accessories gradually crossing over the threshold in our homes, we have seen an influx of smart devices that have been designed to complement the existing furnishings within our houses, while simultaneously bringing them into the 21st Century! Disk is no exception. Composing of three lights, this family of products is ready to bring light into our homes in a very smart manner!
Featuring a detachable base, the user has the option of where they would like the lights to be positioned; this could be on the wall, ceiling or on the table… the potential is plentiful. As you may have noticed, buttons are absent from these products; the lights are controlled by simply touching centre of each disk. This adds to the fuss-free design.
It’s also important to mention the added functionality of one of the three lights; positioned on its top is a shallow dish, this makes for a convenient place for keys and loose change to be held, while the area around it is gently illuminated.
Designed to cater to the needs of both professionals and non-professionals, do³ takes personal and desktop manufacturing to a whole new level! Contained within the sandblasted plexiglass cover, that protects the user from debris, is a 3-in-1 manufacturing center to help bring ideas to life.
The user can take advantage of the filament 3D Printer, Laser Cutter and CNC Milling Machine that do³ offers. Its fully modular designs also allow for system upgrades or enlarging of the system, as each project varies in size and complexity.
do³’s advanced capabilities may appear daunting to some users, but thanks to its intuitive design and clear interface, they are guided through the manufacturing process. To assist them further there is a sensor array that is integrated into the 3D printer’s extruder nozzle that monitors the object’s geometry. This allows it to detect irregularities and makes the user aware of the possible issues before continuing. This could easily become a designer’s best friend!
do³ is fully modular. This means that it is possible to change, upgrade, or enlarge the system, to fit the needs of individual projects.
You can use do³ not only as a filament 3D printer but also as a laser cutter or a CNC milling machine.
The sandblasted plexiglass cover holds the lower assembly, protects from debris and dust and is used as the main visual interface while do³ is working. A small in the x-Axis embedded projector displays the GUI on the cover.
The 3D printing extruder nozzle features a sensor array that keeps an eye on the object’s geometry.
Some movable parts need lubrication from time to time. All motors have easy to spot lubrication holes.
do³ building blocks are specifically made material packs for all possible build platform sizes and work volumes.
do³ can be used by professional and non-professional users alike. You can interact with do³ utilizing CAD/CAM tools or start making things without any additional software knowledge using the do³ app.
Even the skinniest desktop computer looks like a clunker next to the Taptop computer concept! This desktop PC design ditches the big box CPU that collects dust in exchange for a compact device that’s also at the center of the user interaction.
It fuses the usual cursor optimized desktop interface with a multi-touch control strip that also functions as the Dock and Touch Bar. This way, users can interact with he actual device, not just with peripherals. Better yet, it brings the familiar concept of having all your apps at your fingertips!
Introducing “o-ton”, a vertical, wireless turntable which lets you import and digitally enhance your vinyl records. It’s almost entirely translucent, so you can see all the inner workings and, of course, your vinyl’s unique cover art. The design features a digital stylus that automatically turns your device on if you insert a vinyl. With an integrated optical sensor, the stylus can identify and jump individual tracks. Simply plug it in, pair your device, insert a vinyl, select your speaker and DANCE!
Imagine yourself as a part of a new multi-planetary species, traveling throughout the solar system. What would your eating experience be like on such a journey? The Zero G concept brand sheds light on what meal time might look like for future humans in space… and it’s more about preservation than presentation.
It provides food and beverages as well as onboard recycling services. It features magnetic trays as well as food and water packaging with straightforward labeling. Each is made from highly recyclable, ultralight materials specifically designed for use in weightless conditions.
The Fusion camera was conceived for smartphone photographers who want something more professional but don’t want to sacrifice their instantaneous social sharing! It simultaneously delivers high quality images as well as integrates seamlessly with your smart device ecosystem.
Sure, it features a “smart lens” which allows for faster lens changing and easy hardware upgrades… a 26mm touch and pressure sensitive button control… a high definition touchscreen with content aware UI… integrated user training… an adaptive UI… and MORE! That’s a lot, right?! Still, what we love most about it is a truly innovative tactile capturing system for the visually impaired!
Aside from taking pictures, it allows blind and visually impaired individuals can capture moments in their own familiar way. It records audio and haptic memories with short audio samples via two stereo microphones as well as a changing braille screen that uses tactile graphics to allow users to feel objects or vibrant colors.
U-G-L-Y, projectors ain’t got no alibi! Seriously, if you’ve ever shopped around for one, you know the options look like something straight out of that Short Circuit movie from 1986. Unfortunately, they’re also not convenient to hide within paneling or a wall because they radiate so much heat! Orbit, however, is one you won’t mind having on display. After all, the whole idea behind a home projector is so you don’t have an TV eyesore dominating your room!
This modern projection system transforms unused walls and blank spaces into a smart home interface and blends in to the surrounding architecture seamlessly. Unlike other boxy builds, the system is housed in a recycled aluminum circular case with a minimalist puck style remote and aluminum balancer. Simply move this magnetically attached counterbalance to change the angle of projection and to keep it steady. Its integrated battery is capable of delivering four hours of video playback which means it’s not only capable of being floor or ceiling mounted, but also completely portable.