Drone lights will guide you home

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The idea seems wild, but the more and more you think about it, the more it begins making sense, and seems more plausible than before. The idea behind the Twinkle is to combine drone tech and illumination to make the world’s smartest and most useful street-lights.

Each individual street-lamp would be a vertical pole with multiple Twinkle drones docked in it. The drones would come with powerful lights at their base, illuminating the land right underneath them, and when docked in their lamp-posts, would look just like any streetside lamp. However, as soon as pedestrians pass from underneath, a single Twinkle drone would leave its dock and follow the pedestrian(s) around, lighting their path. This individual lighting solution would mean no dark alleyways or blind-spots for pedestrians, as they quite literally have a guiding light with them. If a Twinkle’s battery reached critical status, it would head back to its dock and send another Twinkle on the way.

A floating street-light goes far beyond making streets safer. Its ability to move allows it to patrol streets, alleys, and even off-road paths where you probably wouldn’t find any lights. The Twinkle drone helps guide you from A to B, rather than rely on a string of streetlights to illuminate your path. When done, it goes back to its dock, transforming back into your regular streetlight!

Designers: Honghao Deng & Jiabao Li.

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The Bosch Kiox adds an instant dashboard to your bicycle

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You may know Bosch from its power tools, but that isn’t all the company is famous for. A pioneer of engineering and electronics, Bosch makes its share of ground-breaking products… or in this case, road-blazing ones too. The Kiox is an onboard computer for your e-bike that lets you visualize data such as your speed, cadence, distance, battery level, and even access more niche features like indicating when your bike needs servicing, as well as rider’s health stats like heart rate, etc.

Kiox’s main device sits right between your handlebars, while its control (a separate unit) can be mounted near your left or right hand for ease-of-use. A 1.9-inch screen comes with vivid colors that can display data in all weather and daytime conditions, and it even comes with a GorillaGlass cover to protect it from scratches, bumps, or even grit that may get on it as you cycle through demanding conditions. The Kiox pairs with heart-rate monitors too, using Bluetooth to pull heart-rate data from the monitor and display it on the screen, allowing you to measure your stats as well as performance as you go. Clearly made for a bicycling power-user, I guess you could call the Kiox a different sort of ‘power tool’!

Designer: Bosch

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Introducing the World’s Smallest Dive System!

Diving opens up the possibility for us to discover a whole new world that’s beneath the surface of the water. The adventures this can bring can be filled with overwhelming beauty and sense of discovery. However, diving equipment has the potential of being extremely bulky and difficult to operate… and this is where NEMO really shines!

Nemo may just be the perfect companion for snorkelers who seek the thrill of adventure! The compact Surface-Supplied Air Dive system supports an individual diver to up to 10 feet beneath the surface, allowing them to take on the magnificent spectacles that lie before them.

Its compact size and lightweight design make it ideal to travel with, allowing snorkelers to explore places further-a-field with ease; this is made even more hassle-free with the NEMO backpack, that’s packed full of features to enhance the experience!

Designer: Verity Moorhouse of BLU3

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NEMO is the perfect way for snorkelers to take their adventures beyond the surface. It’s an incredibly compact Surface-Supplied Air dive system that supports one diver to ten feet.

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Whether you’re an ocean explorer, poolside parent, treasure hunter, underwater photographer, boat owner, kayaker/paddleboarder, or in search of the latest yacht toy – NEMO is for you.

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Only 10 pounds!

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How Does Nemo Work?

Inside of NEMO is a custom battery-powered air compressor. The compressor pumps air to the diver through the 10-foot hose and out through their patent-pending Smart Reg™.

Their Smart Reg™ saves battery life by monitoring breathing patterns to let the compressor know exactly when it needs to send air. This means NEMO doesn’t just push air to you, but rather breathes with you.

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The Vuz Moto Tent shelters the rider and the ride

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Imagine heading out for a weekend in the wilderness. You’ve packed your bag, strapped your helmet on and mounted on your ride. GoPro docked on the side of your helmet, you’re capturing the journey there, and you notice something. Gray clouds above you, the sky’s overcast, and it’s getting a little windy.

Soon it begins to rain and you’re at the campsite. You’ve set the tent up for yourself, but your motorbike’s out there in the rain, getting completely drenched and possibly even covered in mud and grime. Now that’s what I call an undesirable experience… which can be easily avoided by the Waterproof Motorcycle Shelter by Vuz Moto. Designed to be 12 feet long, the tent has a dedicated shelter for up to 3 humans, as well as one for your motorcycle, allowing you (and anyone accompanying you) and your ride to escape the elements. With a completely waterproof construction, the shelter keeps both rider and ride dry, even giving you a dry floor to sleep on. Four access points allow you to enter and exit from any direction, as well as park your bike in any way you see fit, given the circumstance. When the weather’s good enough to hit the road again, the entire shelter folds up neatly into a carryable package that weighs no more than 14 pounds. And that’s what I call a desirable experience!

Designer: Vuz Moto

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The ultimate beach accessory that cuts the sun and juices your phone

The Shader is literally everything you’d need for a day on the beach. Designed in Australia, the Shader’s skill set makes it by far the most apt item to carry to the beach because this collapsible product serves as a pillow, sun-shade/umbrella, drink-holder, solar charger, and adjustable fan.

The Shader comes with a collapsible design that fits right into Shader’s own beach tote bag. Built with a pillow and a collapsible umbrella, the device makes lazing on the beach an absolute dream as you gather a tan on your body without having the glare in your eyes or the wind blowing sand on your face. The pillow cushions your head, also making sure you don’t get sand in your hair, and even comes with a chill-pack that keeps your neck cool in the harsh heat. Lift the pillow up and you’ve got yourself a nifty drink-holder that can hold as many as 6 bottles or cans for that beach-side hydration.

The Shader’s premium kit also comes with a solar charger that lets you juice your phone, or even plug a USB fan into, so you’ve got every ounce of easy-breezy comfort on the beach. You have to admit, Australians know how to maximize their beach trips!

Designer: HGT Innovations

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This prefab cabin is what dreams are made of

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Measuring at 9 feet wide, 12 feet high, and 16 feet across, the Mono Cabin is literally homely. I mean literally. Shaped like the icon for a home, this pre-fab cabin comes ready to live in, and can be carried and placed literally anywhere your heart desires.

Available in three styles, the Mono comes with an extruded profile and an option of having glass panels on the front and back (after all, it’s the view that adds to the beauty of the cabin), as well as incorporate a glass skylight. The 9ft.x12ft. floor space is ideal for a bed, sofa, and even a small work-table, and there’s even a 4-foot long deck at the entrance, for your early-morning coffee-drinking sunset-watching needs. The cabin comes with 6 pot lights and a plug-point, solid core insulation, and even electric heating, making life easy while you literally retire to the beauty of the nature around you.

Designer: Drop Structures

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The fire-stove that can even work in a windstorm

Made for extreme outdoor conditions, the Peakboil stove doesn’t only work in the harshest of winds, it actually is optimized to boil your liquids faster than usual. Designed by the students at ETH Zurich, the Peakboil is a 3D printed stove and jug with a specially designed burner and chimney system. A series of Venturi nozzles on the burner use localized pressure differentials to feed the flames inside the combustion chamber, which is protected from wind by high sides and a narrow top chimney. The stylized chimney walls increase the surface area, allowing more heat to be provided to the liquid within the container, increasing its temperature substantially faster than a regular stove and kettle.

The entire jug and burner system are 3D printed, to achieve their specialized design. The complex, single-piece combustion chamber couldn’t be manufactured using conventional techniques, and is only possible via additive manufacturing. Selective laser melting was used to fuse metal powder together in layers just 1/30th of a millimeter thick, and to progressively create 3D details from scratch.

Designer: ETH Zurich

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The fire-hydrant gets a functional makeover

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As designers, we have a habit, or rather a responsibility, of challenging the status quo. Be it something as ubiquitous as the credit card, or even the fire-hydrant, an icon that hasn’t seen as much as a redesign in near a century, the designer’s job is always to think of ways to make the product perform better, either for its immediate users, or for prospective users.

The red fire hydrant is literally an icon. When you find something as mundane as a hydrant entering into pop culture because of its design, and its widespread nature, you’ve got yourself an archetype. Changing the archetype can be as tricky as rebranding a company (for the better or for the worse), but if done in a way that helps users rather than just exacting change, the redesign works. Take for instance Dimitri Nassisi’s Drinking Hydrant. Designed to do exactly what the name says, the Drinking Hydrant turns the usually useless fire hydrant into a watering hole, not just for humans, but animals too. Giving the city access to drinking water (and not just firefighting water), the Drinking Hydrant comes with a much longer design, two spouts, and a two-way switch that allows you to either trigger the water-fountain spout for human consumption, or the spout at the other end, which pours water into a bowl for animals to drink through. Designed to fulfill its role as a fire hydrant too, it comes with the standardized firefighting water-hose outlet that firemen can tap into to extinguish flames.

Meant to hydrate in possibly a more holistic sense, the Drinking Hydrant asks an important question in why must a certain product look the way it is, and more importantly, why must its design and function be limited and taken for granted? The new design and function bestowed upon the hydrant don’t take away from the product’s current role (although it does mean losing its iconic design), but rather add to it, allowing civilians to avail of amenities like free drinking water from an already existing water-source… and if that also helps cut down the need to buy those darned plastic bottles, well, let’s just call it a success!

Designer: Dimitri Nassisi

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An immortal titanium pencil for your immortal ideas

It’s been around for almost half a millennium now, and the pencil is still going strong. Even today, the most commonly used ones come with a graphite nib encased in wood, with the exception of the mechanical pencil, a much more recent innovation that allows you to extrude a graphite lead by clicking a button… but no matter how far we progress as a species, the humble pencil is always our go-to for ideating, sketching, scribbling, doodling, and noting. The Magno Ti turns that humble 500-year-old product into something spectacular, that not only celebrates the ubiquity of the pencil, but gives it a makeover that transforms it into a stunning instrument that will live and enchant for another 500 years. With a titanium build, and an eye-catching magnetic deployment for the graphite nib, the Magno Ti is simple, sophisticated, and sublime.

The Magno Ti (named for its magnetic action and titanium build) comes with a cylindrical design, punctuated by a metallic ring/belt that slides up and down its smooth body. Within the metallic ring lies a magnet that helps push the lead out from within the titanium cylinder. Using the invisible magic of magnetism, the ring slides up and down on the outside, while the graphite lead magically moves outwards and inwards from within the cylinder without any contact. Once you’ve extruded the nib to its desired length, twisting the head of the pencil locks the nib in place, so you can sketch without it retracting inwards. The Magno Ti even comes with a sharpener stored at the back end of the pen, allowing you to keep your nib sharpened at all times.

The Magno Ti builds on the success of the Magno, and revisits the avant-garde design with a titanium build, not just to commemorate the success of the Magno, but to also make their pencil indestructible and last centuries, much like how the original pencil itself has resiliently stood the test of time, and like how the ideas one puts down on paper with these pencils often remain immortal too!

Designers: Ashley Hribar-Green & Matthew Aston Cain

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A ‘stellar’ looking telescope

There’s something clearly refreshing about the Znth AR Telescope. Its exterior looks so organic, it feels less like a highly precise piece of stargazing equipment, and more like a beautiful tool the examine the mysteries of the universe. Mounted on its natural-looking noded mount is the lens, with its own mirrored-telephoto attachment that lets you see even further than before.

What’s marvelous about the Znth aside from its stunning design (available in some dazzling colors) is the fact that it isn’t an ordinary telescope. Armed with AR capabilities, the telescope can motion-track its position, and identify cosmic bodies like galaxies, nebulae, planets, satellites, stars, and constellations. It then uses its AR chops to layer meaningful content over what you see, allowing you to observe and study objects in the night sky with the power of information attached to it too. The design also uses Vantablack’s super-black pigment to coat the insides of the scopes, letting your imagery be clearer than ever, uncorrupted by the scattering of light.

The Znth AR Telescope is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2018.

Designer: Raymond Ng

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