Let it go! Let it go! Lego!

Few things have the same level of excitement for a child as they do for a grown adult – LEGO is undoubtedly one of them. So what could be more exciting than LEGO? A LEGO drone! Thanks to the guys at Force Flyer you can now build your own LEGO drone. Compatible with all traditional LEGO blocks, the user can design their own drone and add their own artistic flair to it. With that, the LEGO drone is as much an educational tool as it is cool – teaching aerodynamics and load balancing through the build. Does this mean no more holding that airplane up high and running around the house? I certainly hope not, but it’s cool to see LEGO changing things up and adopting more tech into their world of fun.

Designer: Force Flyers & Lego

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Make coconuts ‘grate’ again

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Even today, no one knows where the coconut originally came from. However, thanks to the fact that it floats, it found its way across parts of Asia, becoming stables in Indonesian and South Indian cuisine. However, even today, it remains one of the most tough seeds to cook with. People in parts of India still rely on hand-scrapers to take the flesh off the inside of the coconut. Vasudev’s take on the coconut grater involves not just mechanizing the process, but binding the entire solution into a safe, simple, and product worthy of the modern kitchen.

The Coconut Grater comes with a completely enclosed design, along with a blade on a movable rail. The coconut fits into a button-operated vice grip at one end and another button on the handle at the opposite end starts the rotary blade, that the user then slides into the concavity of the coconut. The blades safely grate the white flesh, without humans having to hold the coconut or even interact with the blade. Everything happens under a safe, transparent Plexiglas cover that the user can see through, knowing when to stop grating the coconut. All the grated flesh collects in a tray at the bottom, ready to use in your food, or for desiccating and using later!

Designer: Vasudev M G

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The next ‘step’ in shoe design!

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Austin makes a great point in noticing how the future of sports footwear is in making right and left shoes that aren’t mirror images of each other. See the GIF below to notice how in a sport like fencing, the right and left leg have different pressure zones, resulting in a need where each shoe has a different role to play. His solution? Differently designed shoes for the left and right foot. Using 3D printing, Ausin’s New Balance Study aims at redesigning fencing shoes keeping varying usage in mind.

The result is two shoes that look a part of the same family, but you can immediately notice how the soles of both feet are completely different, molded by the areas of the feet that feel the most pressure during the lunge forward. Imagine this design philosophy for differently designed footwear carrying forward to other sports like bowling or golf!

Designer: Austin Jermacans

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Whistle For Help

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During a fire breakout, something as simple as calling for help might mean the difference between life or death. However, it’s impossible while wearing a face mask. Yells are muffled but taking off the mask puts the wearer at risk of smoke inhalation. This innovative solution reimagines the face mask with a built-in whistle. With each exhale, the whistle is activated with a distinct sound that can help emergency personnel locate the victim even when visibility is restricted. With this simple addition to the mask, chances of rescue and rescue times are drastically improved.

Designer: Junkai Huang, Tengbin Li, Weilun Lyu, Xinxin Lyu, Xiang Liu

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Cozy fireplace in your pocket!

I’ve figured out that I have a very strange relationship with the winter. I like it, but I don’t like the cold. I like the idea of warming up in the winter, and now that I think about it, I ask myself… do I really like the “winter”?

Weird moment of philosophy aside, I really do hate being cold and miserable. My nose turns redder than Rudolph, and my fingers grow so icy cold, they hurt. No matter how thick gloves can get, they’ll never be as effective as keeping fingers toasty warm as the Zippo Hand Warmer. Coming from a company brought to fame for their lighters, the Zippo Hand Warmer is a catalytic heater that fits in your pocket. Available in small and large sizes, the Hand Warmer can power continuously for 6 or 12 hours depending on the size you buy. When powered, it literally gives off heat comparable to holding your hands next to a fireplace… which is much more effective than a glove that just retains body heat.

The Zippo Hand Warmer basically gives out heat without a visible flame. It does this by burning lighter fluid through a proprietary carbon felt filter (much like steel wool). What you get as a result is heat without a fire. Simply pop the cap and the burner unit off and pour a desired amount of lighter fluid into the hand warmer (a full tank should give you 12 hours). Then pop the burner unit on and hold it close to a naked flame. Within seconds, the burner will begin emanating heat, after which you can just place the perforated cap back on and stash the Hand Warmer in your pocket (and dig your hands into it every few minutes for warmth), merrily going about your day while everybody else is vigorously rubbing their palms together like cavemen. (The Hand Warmer goes out on its own once the fuel runs out.)

Designer: Zippo

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A suit(able) human enhancement

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Safety equipment is evolving day by day, and it’s a very exciting time to be a part of it. Recently, we’ve seen a myriad of safety helmets especially, with the Falcon welding helmet or the Unit modular safety helmet. And now, Cyberdyne has taken a giant leap in safety equipment with the release of HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb). HAL is the World‘s first cyborg- type robot, by which a wearer‘s bodily functions can be improved, supported and enhanced. Essentially, HAL is a smart exoskeleton, assisting a physically challenged person to move and enabling them to exert more significant motor energy than usual.

As mentioned previously, Hal reacts to the user’s movement – by transmitting neural signals throughout the body to walk, each muscle can receive signals from the brain, Hal then reads these signals (bio-electric signals) and deciphers which sorts of motions the user intends to execute. HAL then assists the user with those actions as they intend and exert a more considerable power than they can ordinarily exert. Not just this, HAL can understand feedback from the brain, recognizing if a movement needs more help or more flexibility. The design and material choice for the hardware of HAL are visually appealing and inviting as opposed to other exoskeleton design choices. The only downfall here is the neon yellow fabric choices – the idea and execution of the product are futuristic and eye-catching alone, there is no need to draw attention away from the gorgeously sculpted surface work of HAL with such bright colors.

Designer: Tetsu Kataoka

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New Monitor for Newborns

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If you’ve ever been given the fantastic opportunity to mind a newborn baby, then you’ll also be aware that it’s a handful trying to make sure they’re safe, they sleep well and that they are never alone for too long. It can be as demanding as it is rewarding, and both Max Mysechko and Artemiy Drobyazko understood this when trying to buy a gift for their colleagues’ recent newborn. Searching the web for hours, these guys found no luck of a playful baby monitor appropriate for the purchase, so in-turn decided to design one themselves – which is where the Strixie was born.

Equipped with a video streaming camera, microphone, speaker, built-in battery, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, the Strixie has what it takes to shrink you down to size and put you right there beside your baby. Strixie has some nifty tricks; it can play music directly from your smartphone, remind you to check in on your child, alerts you to excessive noise in the room like crying, allow two-way audio conversations and even enables the user to receive live feeds of the baby too. With design similarities to Vivien Muller’s Ulo, the Strixie carries some of the goals and visions from the Ulo with the specific use of newborn connection and safety.

That being said, there are things about Strixie that I’m not sold on, such as the ballast used to keep the device upright. Adding weight into a device that will be close to a baby seems dangerous and can be easily avoided by a broad base that tapers upwards. Also, having the camera so low on the body of the device is bound to be covered by cloth if it’s near the baby or bound to have the view obscured if it is sitting on top of a shelf/desk. This concept has a nice idea behind it, however, I feel some areas require careful and strenuous thought.

Designers: Max Mysechko & Artemiy Drobyazko for Qvarta

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Everyone Hates Wrinkles, Even the Blind!

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As simple a task as it is, ironing poses a great risk to those with visual impairments. Because they must guide the clothes iron with their hands, accidental burns often occur. Designed with this in mind, the Protector Iron does just what its name promises and protects hands and fingers from the hot soleplate. A simple yet effective guard wraps around the device and is set away from the soleplate just enough that users can feel where they’re ironing without the risk of burning.

Designer: Myungji Kim

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The 250 Year-old Scissor Gets an Upgrade

Here at YD, we focus on the innovative, but every now and then we come back to the classics. The EXO scissors however, are a healthy combination of both.

Coming from the oldest scissor manufacturer in the western world, and from the birthplace of Stainless Steel itself, the EXO scissors combine the heritage of the blades along with the latest manufacturing methods to produce something that’s a classic blend of old and new. The EXO scissors continue to celebrate the design of the tailor’s shears, with their highly ergonomic handles and their 6 part design. What’s new however, is the use of Rapid Prototyping, CNC Machining, and Laser Engraving, along with the traditional methods, taking something that was craftsman-made ever since the times of the industrial revolution, and bringing to it the accuracy one expects from CAD modeling and CNC machining. The result? A claim that the EXO scissors are the most comfortable all-metal scissors you’ll ever own… and that’s coming from a company that has been making scissors since the 1760s!

Each scissor comes made to perfection in surgical-grade stainless steel from Sheffield, the birthplace of the alloy. The scissors can even be custom laser engraved for a personal touch. Available in three variants, the classic Silver (made from stainless steel with a striking matte finish), a futuristic Black (made with a delightful matte finish and a Teflon coated non-stick surface), and a regal Gold (with a vapor-deposited ceramic coating that’s more than twice as hard as the steel itself), the EXO may look old school, but that’s only because the scissor design has seen constant refinement over the past 250 years! What you’re looking at is probably the best modern iteration of the legacy metal scissor so far!

Designers: Jeremy & Sally Ward of William Whiteley & Sons

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Andrew Ramroop, award-winning master tailor and also the founder of the Savile Row Academy, where young tailoring talent train to become some of the best bespoke tailors in the world. We invited his staff to test our prototypes in their cutting room, and the feedback was unanimously positive; not only do EXO cut through fabric beautifully, but their lighter design and comfortable handles meant that they could use them all day with ease.

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Fitness-tracking foot-fabric!

We’ve come a long way to have socks that are also Fitness Trackers. Unlike the ones that strap to your wrist, just giving you a fraction of the data you deserve, Sensoria Socks have 100% textile sensors all along them that give you complete feedback on your run… in realtime!

The socks come with four magnetic stubs and a horse-shoe shaped anklet that snaps onto them, gathering data from the sensors. The way one snaps the anklet on and then rolls the sock over to secure it is a rather nifty technique. It conceals the tech, and also makes sure the anklet never falls off. The anklet, an IoT device in its own right, sends over all sorts of data to the Sensoria app on your smartphone that when connected to headsets, can guide you along your run, telling you how many calories you’ve burnt, or how often you’re applying pressure on your heel, or even what your regular fitness trackers do, like giving you your heart-rate and steps per minute. After your run, simply detach the anklet and use the proprietary charger to charge it. The socks can head straight to the washing machine, since the sensors are completely textile based, and therefore washable.

With the kind of accuracy (in terms of data) and AI coaching the Sensoria provides, it’s sure to give the other fitness trackers a “run for their money”!

Designer: Sensoria Team

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