If you haven’t yet been introduced to Qualy’s style of products, you’re really in for a treat! The Thailand-based studio is responsible for some incredibly adorable, clever, and unique products that draw inspiration from nature, natural phenomena, or just the things you see around you. Qualy’s products are literally designed to delight, as forms cleverly balance function as well as emotion. The Desk Bunny is yet another incredibly apt example.
Meet the Desk Bunny. It isn’t a part of a magician’s prop collection but this bunny surely has a few tricks up its sleeve… and its ears! The looped ears are actually a pair of safety scissors that dock beautifully into the bunny’s body to protect kids from accidentally touching the blade. Whenever you need the scissors, pull the bunny’s ears upwards and the scissors un-dock, allowing you to safely use them. The Desk Bunny even happens to be holding onto a magnetic carrot with green paper-clips attached to it, serving as the carrot’s shoots. Pick the paper clips from their nicely organized cluster, or just remove the carrot and use it as a fridge magnet… it’s entirely up to you! Pretty enchanting, eh? That’s what you call a bunch of clever ideas tied beautifully together into a product that’s functional, playful, and safe for kids.
The words “Design” and “Better” are bound pretty closely together. There is no design if it isn’t making a situation or an experience better, solving a problem, enriching a life, or transforming an industry. Designers are always striving to make the future better than the past, and the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD is committed to rewarding designs and designers that are pushing the boundaries to imagine and ideate for a better future for humanity as well as for the planet. In fact, “Design for a Better Tomorrow” is the underlying theme of the Lexus Design Award 2020. Currently in its 8th year, this year’s Lexus Design Award looks at solutions that have a uniquely positive impact on society, humanity, and in the process, to reward a new generation of designers for their impactful ideas. The Lexus Design Award’s core objective has always been to foster great ideas and great talent. Creating the perfect environment for a design to grow, Lexus helps engineer ideas into real, impactful solutions. The brand’s strong association with design and with innovation helps it accelerate ideas to achieve their full potential. Apart from accelerating, developing, and promoting design projects, the Lexus Design Award helps kickstart design careers too, with exclusive mentorships from international design stalwarts, funding for prototypes (up to 3 million Japanese Yen or $25,000) and the opportunity to have your work judged by the biggest figures in design in the final Grand Prix competition. Past Judges include architects Sir David Adjaye and Shigeru Ban, famed curator Aric Chen, and artist-designer Jaime Hayon. This year, the Grand Prix winner will be announced on September 1st on the Lexus Design Award website.
The award process for the Lexus Design Award is pretty unique too. After the entry submission phase, 6 Grand Prix finalists are selected to be mentored at the brand space INTERSECT BY LEXUS in New York by a panel of globally renowned creators with established design practices and decades of experience in the field. This year Joe Doucet (Founder, Joe Doucet x Partners), Bethan Gray (Creative Director, Bethan Gray Design), Philippe Malouin (Director, Philippe Maluin Studio), and Shohei Shigematsu (Partner-Director OMA New York) served as mentors. Mentors help define and refine ideas, turning them into world-class products which are then prototyped and incubated by the Lexus Design Award. The projects and their refined prototypes are then presented and judged by an esteemed panel of judges in a virtual Grand Prix selection event in August. Winners, apart from being able to showcase the award in their resume, also benefit from having been mentored by world-class designers, having their design taken from concept to finished prototype, being judged by design and tech icons like John Maeda (technologist & author of The Laws Of Simplicity), Jeanne Gang (award-winning architect), Paola Antonelli (Senior Curator at MoMA), and Simon Humphries (Head of Toyota and Lexus Global Design), and having their work gain unparalleled exposure through the programme.
Entries for the 2020 Lexus Design Award came from as many as 79 countries, spanning across the categories of Industrial Design, Architecture, Technology/Engineering, Interior Design, and Fashion Design. As the participants currently go through their prototyping phase, here’s a look at the 6 Grand Prix finalist designs.
Biocraft attempts at transforming mundane objects into living ones that interact with the environment. Originally named Bio.Scales, the Biocraft is a revolutionary material that combines natural biopolymers with emerging technology to create a new material that possesses capabilities like being able to extract CO2 from the air, rid the ambient environment of pollutants, or even disseminate nutrients into the atmosphere. Created by Paul and Garrett Sutherlin Santo from Los Angeles, Biocraft hopes to eventually replace materials like thermoplastics, eventually creating regular products that don’t just exist to solve a problem, but rather serve a higher purpose by being ‘living entities’ that have a positive impact on human health and the environment.
Feltscape by Théophile Peju & Salvatore Cicero
Think of the Feltscape as an isolation chamber that imitates the feeling of being within a womb. Designed by UK-based Théophile Peju & Salvatore Cicero, the Feltscape is a ‘breathing cloud’ made of felt and recycled bio-plastic with an innovative robotic fabrication process. Equipped with sensors and kinetic mechanisms, the Feltscape can sense a user’s breathing patterns, allowing the isolation chamber’s smart membrane to react to its user’s breath. Creating a perfect atmosphere for reflection, meditation, and an escape from the immediate world, Feltscape provides a cocoon-like isolation experience that helps slowly and surely calm people down. Its organic design reflects inspiration from cocoons too!
Flash Pak by Yaokun Wu
Akin to having a fire-extinguisher mounted on the walls of buildings, Flash Pak by Yaokun Wu of China aims at providing flood-prone areas with instant access to life-jackets. Designed to be attached to lamp-poles in areas susceptible to flash floods, the FlashPak sits in its protective housing at regular times, but in the event of a flood, naturally rises to the surface thanks to the life-jacket’s innate buoyancy. Floods, now an unfortunately common by-product of climate change, displaces millions each year, resulting in thousands of deaths annually. Solutions like the Flash Pak can turn a lamp-post (or any regular post) into a potential life-saving zone, giving people instant access to life-saving jackets during times of need. New jackets can easily be placed back in their housing once the flood subsides, and the Flash Pak’s automatic deployment during a flash flood makes it an incredibly effective, life-changing solution.
L.I.C.K. by Irina Samoilova
A quirky example of biomimicry, the L.I.C.K. by Irina Samoilova from Russia is a portable body cleaner that takes inspiration from the way felines clean themselves. The L.I.C.K. is modeled on a cat’s tongue, with a soft cleaning surface with unique papillae that helps people who are unable to have a bath to clean themselves. Designed for people with no immediate access to water, or with injuries/bandages/casts that require being kept away from water, the L.I.C.K. provides a unique tactile experience that helps keep the body clean. Designed to work just the way a cat’s tongue does, the L.I.C.K. can simply be run across the body while its specially designed papillae and U-shaped cavities help lift dirt off the body (while feeling great to the touch too!)
Open Source Communities by BellTower
What if architecture, like software, could be open-sourced so that people can collectively develop something better together? The Open Source Communities, a Grand Prix finalist from Kenya-based BellTower, hopes to create universally available open-source home-design plans that can be used to design communities in developing and underdeveloped countries. These open-sourced homes can help provide a safe and secure haven for people in developing areas, while helping designers leverage the power of open-source planning to effectively allocate resources, allowing communities to even be sustainable, energy-efficient, and eco-friendly by design!
Pursewit by Aqsa Ajmal
The Pursewit is uniquely positioned to help the visually impaired not just be independent, but also develop vocational skills that help them make a living. Designed by Pakistan-based designer, Aqsa Ajmal, after her friend lost her vision in an accident, the Pursewit makes sewing more accessible with a design that’s built around ease-of-use with an approach that’s immediately intuitive and with a relatively shallow learning curve. The design scales the form of the sewing machine down, making it less cumbersome while also being simpler and safer. Ajmal hopes that the Pursewit will go beyond just helping the visually impaired be more independent by sewing or fixing their clothes, by also allowing them to take on a skill set that helps them earn a daily wage and be financially independent too.
The Grand Prix trophy was designed by Hideki Yoshimoto.
Here’s a classic example of necessity being the mother of invention. Mask design has seen such blitzscaled innovation in the past couple of months, it’s truly remarkable how designers, engineers, and medical professionals have convened so passionately to tackle this pandemic. In just the past few months we’ve seen masks that are transparent, masks designed with miniature air-purifiers in them, and now the UV Mask, a mask that actively uses UV-light to filter the air you breathe, giving you an unparalleled total filtration efficiency of 99.99%.
We’re only half-way through 2020 and it seems like the virus still has tricks up its sleeve. With multiple scientists presenting evidence to WHO that the COVID-19 virus isn’t particulate-borne but rather is an airborne virus (which makes it much more difficult to deal with), it’s time our masks did more than just trapping particles. The UV Mask, unlike your conventional N95, doesn’t just trap microorganisms… it neutralizes them too, breaking down the genetic materials of coronavirus in milliseconds.
The UV Mask comes with a dual filtration system that delivers the cleanest air quality of any existing face-mask. A preliminary replaceable N95 filter blocks 95% of particles like dust, dirt, debris, up to 0.3 microns. Microorganisms smaller than 0.3 microns then enter the UV-C Sterile Vortex, a helix-shaped filter that blasts microorganisms with UV-C light to destroy 99.9% of the remaining 5% on a DNA level, to give you air that isn’t just clean, it’s medical-grade, sterile-clean, bringing total filtration efficiency to 99.99%.
The UV Mask scales down active UV filtration tech to a wearable level (it’s the only existing mask to do so). Its patent-pending design uses a combination of a CE-FFP2 (EU standard same as N95) filter and two powerful UV-C LEDs to actively sterilize the air you breathe. Even during exhalation, the air you breathe out is sterilized and filtered too, effectively protecting asymptomatic people from infecting others around them. The UV Mask comes with a silicone outer-ring to create a comfortable airtight seal, ensuring effective protection from air pollutants, as well as preventing what I personally call ‘foggy-spectacle syndrome’. Multiple strap styles let you secure the UV mask around your head or even around your ear, based on what suits you best. The mask comes with a removable outer hard-shell that lets you access and replace the filter after weeks of use, while the UV-C lamp itself has a usage life of 10,000 hours, and the UV Mask’s internal battery runs for 6 hours on a single full charge. The UV Mask comes with an optional carrying-case for securely storing the mask when not in use, and a pack of 10 replacement filters sets you back just $12.
Built with a 1-year warranty and 30-day satisfaction guarantee, the UV Mask is a state-of-the-art medical-grade air sterilization system made portable. Delivering an unmatchable 99.99% clean and sterile air, the UV Mask forms an incredibly effective line of defense against particles and microorganisms from entering your respiratory system. After all, like the video above says… Breathing air is natural, but breathing clean air is essential.
UV Mask – Real-Time UV-C Filtration & Purification Face Mask
The UV Mask equipped with UV-C purification is an antiviral, anti-pollution face mask that filters dust, pathogens, and allergens (like pollen & leaf mulch) from the air you breathe.
Equipped with a passive air filter, and a patent-pending Sterile-Vortex active protection, it filters and purifies 99.99% of air 10x faster than you can breathe. The UV-C light is sealed within the Sterile-Vortex, as you breathe, the air is sent through the vortex and purified under two 25,000μW/cm2 UV-C LEDs.
Dual Filtration – Beyond purifying, UVMask also filters air through a high-efficiency filter that blocks all air pollutants, dust, pollen, tobacco & bushfire smoke.
UV-C LED Purification
Consumer-grade UV-C light has never been practical. The light intensities and time required have been too impractical to purify effectively at the speed we breathe. Until now. UV Mask is the first-ever face mask to effectively integrate UV-C tech with the true power to purify the air in real-time.
As glass components reduce UV-C light transmission, UV Mask’s Sterile-Vortex uses the highest quality Sapphire crystal optics and high precision chip manufacturing to power each UV-C light.
Independently Certified by SGS-Lab
UV Mask has been independently tested and certified by the FDA-approved and ISO 17025 accredited SGS Labs.
The CE-FFP2 (EU Standards N95 equivalent) passive air filter has been tested according to the EN 149-2001+A1-2009 standards, receiving a 0.3-micron filtration efficiency of 99%.
The UV-C active protection has been tested against E. coli and Staphylococcus to have an average efficacy rate of 99.93%.
UV Mask Comparison Chart
Forget Foggy Glasses
The unique sideway air-intakes also stop saliva from spilling out or inside the UV Mask, as well as preventing your glasses from fogging up, unlike traditional cloth and surgical masks.
The Problem We Are Facing With Current Masks
In order for a face mask to be effective in protecting you from dust and particulates, it needs to be well sealed, and dense enough to filter out tiny particles as small as 0.1μm. While large amounts of pollution are visible to the naked eye (eg. smoke), they are still present in harmful quantities when not visible.
How Does UV Mask work?
With both a filter pad (95% filtration efficiency against 0.3μm particulates) and UV-C Sterile-Vortex (99.9% purification rate), UV Mask guarantees protection with 99.99% total filtration efficiency. At UM, the team spent years researching the ideal engineering and mechanism of UV-C purification technology that’s compact enough to fit into a face mask yet powerful enough to purify 99% of the air you breathe in real-time.
Replaceable High-Efficiency (95% Air Filtration). All air you breathe is filtered through this first layer of protection. The advanced filtration system uses CE-FFP2 air filters to block >95% PM0.3 particles, including air pollution, dust, VOCs, and other microscopic particles up to 100x smaller than a grain of flour. The UV Mask filters offer 40-50 hours of protection before filtration efficiency starts to drop.
Light-Sealed UV-C Sterile-Vortex with 99.9% Purification. The safest UV light for humans since it has the least penetrative capabilities through human skin, making it ideal for purification.
– Engineered and Manufactured in Japan – Designed in the USA – Double 25,000μW/cm2 (Lab Tested Actual Intensity) UV-C LEDs – 1,000x+ More Powerful than the Competition – Extra Safe Light-Sealed Design – Low Heat Emission – 10,000 Hours Life-Time
UV Mask’s Sterile-Vortex system uses two pure 265nm 25,000μW/cm2 Ultra-High Intensity UV-C lights, making it powerful enough to purify the air in less than 0.1 seconds. In 1 second, it can effectively purify between 6-10 liters of air. To put that into perspective, your average breath is 0.5 liters.
UV-C Intensity Test
Since most materials block UV-C, UM uses a patent-pending material and precision-engineered vortex design to allow the maximum time and surface exposure to UV-C while air flows in and out of the UV Mask. Exposure time and air-surface are two critical factors in purification effectiveness. Since UV-C purifies by breaking down genetic material, the smaller the organism, the faster and more effective.
Inhale & Exhale: Dual-Way Air Protection
UV Mask purifies both the air you inhale and exhale, increasing safety for both yourself and others around you. This is especially useful for asymptomatic individuals.
Protection Against Air Pollution
UV Mask is designed to provide exceptional protection to those who are most at risk from air pollution, whether due to increased environmental exposure or preexisting conditions.
People who may benefit from improved protection include:
Note: UV Mask is not recommended for those who need protection against oil-based particles or chemical vapors.
UV Mask’s skin-soft medical-grade ergonomic silicone hugs your face. 100% airtight, it ensures any air you breathe is passed through its 2 patent-pending dual-way filters.
Built for Comfort & Durability
UV Mask’s hardcover front shell is resistant to drops and scratches, protecting the filter and Sterile-Vortex within. With its hardcover and tightly sealed design, you can safely use your UV Mask in the rain. Certified to IP54, your UV Mask’s filter and interior components are protected from environmental water and moisture, as well as dust and airborne particulates.
Two 1,200 mAh Li-Po batteries allow for up to 6 hours of continuous use on a single charge. And with its fast-charging enabled USB-C port, you’ll be ready to go again in under 90 minutes. Even if you run out of charge, your UV Mask’s passive air filter will still protect you from pollution, dust, pollen, and other particles larger than 0.3 microns.
Rigorously Tested For Safety
Filtration Efficiency Tests – On top of the Sterile-Vortex technology that purifies 99.9% of the air, UV Mask also provides a 95% high filtration efficiency against 0.3 microns particulates (PFE≥ 99% | BFE ≥ 95% | VFE ≥ 95%) through its removable filter pad.
Airtight Seal Fit Tests – A reliable face seal is critical to achieving high levels of protection. UV Mask’s fit factor according to the FDA-approved Portacount 8030 test achieved an average of fit factor higher than 100 — the level required for NIOSH certification.
I’ve been doing this job for half a decade now… I don’t really ever struggle when it comes to describing a product, but when I look at SHIRO Pen, I really can’t think beyond the word ‘unique’. Some people have instruments that write in space, some people have fountain pens that were passed on to them by their ancestors, some have ornate pens studded with gemstones. The SHIRO Drawing Pen is uniquely appealing for other reasons altogether. This sculptural beauty comes made from diatomaceous soil, a special mineral powder created in the ocean. Cast into its intricate textured body, this diatomaceous soil is what makes the SHIRO so uniquely outstanding.
Touch the SHIRO and it’s like nothing you’ve ever drawn or written with before. The diatomite-material, along with the SHIRO’s wavy texture are a complete tactile experience. The pen derives its name from the Japanese word for waves too, a reference not only to the unique wavy pattern on the pen’s body, but also the origin of the Diatomite material. Almost like holding an incredibly lightweight piece of stone, the SHIRO Drawing Pen feels equal parts light yet solid.
The diatomite’s inherently porous nature also makes drawing/writing more comfortable, as the pen’s body absorbs moisture or perspiration on your hands, giving you an easy penning experience. Fitted with a graphite lead on the inside, the SHIRO is perfect for writing, sketching, and drawing plans. Whether it’s as small as a doodle in a notebook or a long as a detailed design sketch, SHIRO pulls you in with its incredible textured design, and keeps you in with its comfortable writing experience.
The SHIRO is a combination of being a visual objet d’art and being a pen with a carefully considered choice of materials. It’s honestly perhaps the first pen to ever be made with diatomite, or it definitely is the first and only one I’ve seen (and I’ve looked online, believe me). The Diatomite, aside from providing the SHIRO with its tactile comfort, also serves a second, more unusual purpose.
Its water-absorbent property allows the SHIRO drawing pen to even work as a fragrance diffuser, either when it’s resting in a pen-stand or in your pocket. Just spray the SHIRO with a spritz of your favorite perfume and it instantly absorbs the atomized liquid particles and begins diffusing fragrance into the air. Giving it abilities that most pens would seldom dream to possess, the Diatomite body of the SHIRO works almost like a room or personal freshener.
The SHIRO comes along with its own stand, which also includes a tiny fragrance diffuser-bottle with it. The drawing pen itself comes in two variants, a clicking mechanical variant with a 0.5mm graphite lead and a pocket clip, and another variant with a broader body and space on the inside for a 2mm graphite lead. The Diatomite body of the drawing pen is formed using a vacuum-filling process (to prevent any air-bubbles from ruining the design), while the pen’s brass inner structure is entirely lathe-machined.
Both the Diatomite and brass are designed to be easily recycled, while the SHIRO’s packaging itself comes made from 100% recycled paper printed with natural soy-based ink… a testament to the fact that there’s nothing really run-of-the-mill with SHIRO. Every single aspect about it, whether it’s the construction, the physical properties, or even the packaging, is unique and appealing in a way that’s truly multi-sensory. The SHIRO is probably the first (and only) drawing pen/pencil you can appreciate with your eyes, fingers, and even your nose!
The SHIRO writing instruments are made from diatomaceous soil, a special mineral powder created in the ocean.
The pleating pattern and the diatomite’s inherently porous nature makes drawing/writing more comfortable, as the pen’s body absorbs moisture or perspiration on your hands.
Its water-absorbent property also allows the SHIRO to even work as a fragrance diffuser. Just spray the SHIRO with any perfume and it instantly absorbs the atomized liquid particles and begins diffusing fragrance into the air.
SHIRO is Teamed with the TETRIS Desktop Organizer
The Tetris desktop accessories set lets you build your own working station and boost your creativity in everyday life.
Looking almost like a trophy or a minimalist sculpture of the Dyson Bladeless Fan, the ZERO is a better, more aesthetic, minimalism-embracing alternative to those banana-hook headphone stands that people keep on their desks. Designed by the same blokes that brought us the PILLR, a robust and minimalist laptop stand, the ZERO echoes a similar sculptural quality by being a stand that does a good job of holding your headphones, but also looks classy while doing it. In fact, without your headphones, the ZERO still manages to look like a pretty neat looking desk-sculpture!
Built from machine-grade aluminum, coupled with an anodized, matte black finish (just like the PILLR), the ZERO’s patented design is easy on your eyes as well as your headphones. Its circular hoop mimics the shape of the head, allowing you to place the headphones on the Zero without damaging its padding, while silicone-pads on the ZERO’s base ensures an accidental nudge doesn’t knock your expensive audio equipment over. Plus, its flat base is a great place to rest your phone or AirPods while you work!
ZERO’s unique ring shape design helps elevate and organizes your headphones without denting its padding.
ZERo was born out of frustration from a market saturated with banana hooks for headphone stands, the team set out to create a stand that would naturally set itself apart. ZERO had to be functional yet decorative, with or without a headphone. All of this had to be matched with the laptop stand’s (PILLR) aesthetic and build quality.
PILLR laptop stand
Details & Features
Machined aerospace-grade aluminum with an anodized, matte black finish.
Ring shape design prevents dents from forming on your headphones padding.
Silicone grips beneath the base and above the ring secures your headphones in place without scratches.
Even though the Pixel 4a didn’t pan out the way Google wanted to, the rest of the company’s hardware seems to be on track. Images of the new Nest Home speaker inadvertently leaked online during regulatory filings, so Google decided to release a much more cosmetic-looking official photo of what the new Nest smart speaker would look like. The image (which can be found immediately below) was provided to The Verge, and was used as a framework for the renders created by Yanko Design (above and at the end of the article).
The new Nest speaker kind of sits between the large Google Home Max speaker and the small, dottish Nest Mini. There isn’t much clarity on what color options Google will be looking at, although the blue displayed in the images sort of ties in with Pantone’s Color Of The Year (Google released a coral-colored Nest Mini last year to match the 2019 Pantone COTY too). Apart from that, the standard grey and anthracite seem to be Google’s go-to hues.
Details on the speaker’s hardware are scant at the moment, but it looks like the new Nest Home 2020 smart speaker should be a sort of spiritual successor to the Google Home which released in 2016. The Nest Home 2020 (we’re yet to see if it’ll be called that) should make its appearance at the company’s Made By Google event later this year.
Designed with the sort of charm you’d expect from a bottle of perfume, the Evergreen Lint Remover concept comes with the form that instantly reminds me of Logitech’s MX Vertical mouse. Designed to be held and used in the same manner, it makes sense to fall back on a form that’s quite literally inspired by the gesture you make during a handshake. The Evergreen Lint Remover’s design is easy to hold and perfectly grippy, thanks to the vertical ridges along its body. Switch it on using a button on the top, and blades beneath gently whirr to remove lint and wool beading from sweaters below (sort of like a lawn-mower trims a lawn to keep it looking neat and clean). Simple? Yeah. Sophisticated? Oh, certainly!
Think of a self-driving car condensed to the size of a lawnmower… That sort of captures what the Toadi is all about. Powered by the kind of AI you’d find in autonomous vehicles (with 4K cameras and sensors that can accurately identify objects in her path), the Toadi is practically the Tesla of lawnmowers. Designed to work less like a robot and more like a living organism, the Toadi reinvents a category that hasn’t seen a significant tech upgrade… and yes, Toadi is a ‘her’.
The Toadi uses 4K cameras to ‘see’ the way humans do. She accurately differentiates between grass, gravel, cemented paths, and even identifies and avoids objects like animals, toys, flower-beds, and fences. Using a sensing and tracking system that’s much more superior to the LiDAR sensors and GPS chips found in home-cleaning robots, the Toadi effortlessly moves around the lawn on her own, mowing in straight lines, crossing over to other parts of the lawn if need be, avoiding flower-beds, objects, or pets (and other garden animals), and staying clear of fences. In fact, her camera sensors are so advanced, the Toadi even serves as a surveillance device, allowing her to spot intruders in your yard at night.
The Toadi comes with a 3D-printed body made from a bioplastic filament that doesn’t result in plastic pollution. Traction-wheels allow her to mow on any kind of terrain, maintaining areas up to 1.2 acres and even being able to travel up-hill at angles of 45%. Titanium-coated blades ensure a perfectly trimmed lawn every time, and Toadi’s mulching process ensures grass clippings are evenly distributed across the ground to naturally biodegrade into the soil while keeping your lawn looking neatly mowed. When the Toadi’s done, she automatically travels back to her Toadicharger hub to recharge for another day, while also serving as a surveillance camera when she’s docked, giving you alerts and sending you pictures if she notices a trespasser. Designed to be an independent self-driving mower, the Toadi doesn’t have an on-board interface, partially because she doesn’t need to. Toadi is powered entirely by an app, follows you around on her first run to understand your lawn better, and then works entirely on her own after ‘observing’ the yard. You can even program her to avoid areas within the app, allowing certain zones of flora and fauna to naturally thrive.
Comparing the Toadi to other home-maintenance robots (the Roomba for instance) would really be a disservice, especially given how advanced Toadi’s sensors and algorithms are. Working on a scale MUCH larger than a home-cleaning robot, the autonomous lawn mower understands sprawling landscapes as opposed to tiny floor-plans, and uses high-definition cameras to see where she’s mowing. Toadi doesn’t rely on collision or proximity sensors to understand where objects are either, she intuitively views objects in front of her just the way a human eye does, and avoids them on her own. With a simple app to power her, Toadi works on her own like your personal gardener, effectively trimming every inch of your yard before autonomously returning back to her charging dock… and when she’s done, she neatly doubles up as your personal security guard by constantly surveilling your backyard for intruders! Makes your current lawn mower look really stupid, doesn’t it?
Toadi equipped with a 4K camera and A.I. detects and avoids objects while mowing around your yard without a perimeter cable.
No perimeter cable or (inaccurate) GPS needed. Toadi sees and knows her way around in the same way as humans do, but even better. “We have been Alpha testing Toadi in 150 different yards in 2019 and added 500 more Beta versions in 2020. If this Kickstarter campaign is successful, it will allow us to go from the Beta version to the first production version”, says Wesley Lorrez.
Crossing to another zone, just as we humans do it, Toadi won’t be left behind.
Toadi likes your grass straight and neat.
Mowing borders will soon become available through a free wireless update. Toadi comes with free lifetime updates.
She can handle large areas. If the terrain is all flat she can mow up to a football field in area. Within a highly complex landscape, Toadi needs to travel more and uses more energy. Still, a more challenging landscape can be maintained up to 1.2 acres.
She can leave other areas alone. Just tell Toadi not to mow a certain area.
The four titanium coated blades will cut through the even toughest grass. By default Toadi cuts grass at a height of 2.36in / 6cm.
You can adjust the mowing height by replacing the mowing disc (3 to 5 minutes work). Available mowing heights:
US 1.29in / 1.54in / 1.77in / 2.13in / 2.36in (default) / 2.6in / 2.84in / 3.19in and 3.54in EU 3,3cm / 3,9cm / 4,5cm / 5,4cm / 6cm (default) / 6,6cm / 7,2cm / 8,1cm and 9cm
Toadi Uses Mulching Technology
Docking is done autonomously. Toadi will know when it’s time to dock and is able to recognize her station. She will go there when in need of power, ready to go to sleep or when she’s finished mowing. Since there is no perimeter cable you can place Toadi on your terrace or grass or wherever you want.
What Toadi Sees
It’s interesting to see what Toadi sees when recognizing and stopping in front of objects.
Toys, furniture or even a shoe are often left lying in your garden. Toadi won’t drive over them and chop them up. She’ll recognize these ‘unnatural’ objects and drive around them instead.
Hedgehogs too could cross your garden or even chickens might be pecking at the grass. Toadi won’t harass them.
Handle Rough Terrain
Toadi has all-terrain tires. It might be raining for days at a time, making the soil wet and muddy. Toadi is designed to cope with these challenges, she stops mowing and waits patiently for the rain to pass and the ground to dry just for a little while.
She can tackle hills up to 45%.
Standing guard. When Toadi is on her charger she will be able to see intruders with the night vision camera. When an intruder (whether human, feline or other) is spotted, Toadi will send you a picture of the intruder to your phone. In a free future update she will also be able to patrol your yard and guard an area.
Easy to Install and Use
On the first day of installation, Toadi discovers what your yard looks like and creates a map of it. Thanks to this map, she can navigate in a smart & efficient way without the help of anyone or anything.
The team 3D prints, assemble and test their Toadi robots locally to you. The team will have production facilities in each country of sale, because they want to support your local economy. Also they do not want to harm the environment by shipping Toadi robots around the world.
Her shell is completely printed out of corn starch.
The minute the pandemic hit, it became very obvious that a lot of media companies had put a lot of effort into their studio camera setups, but as soon as their journalists and hosts began working from home, the production quality took an absolute beating. Suddenly Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien started looking weird on their iPhone cameras, and the flaws in using AirPods to record audio versus using studio-grade microphones became painfully apparent. While it’s just common sense that nobody can afford a studio-grade camera setup for their home, it doesn’t make sense that they have to rely on their smartphone camera either. The Podcam concept was designed to fill that gap, with a device that’s as small and affordable as a regular smartphone, but as proficient and capable as a studio cam.
Targeted towards the growing podcasting and vlogging movement, the Podcam concept comes in a compact avatar with a telescopic stand for height-adjustment. Its soft, friendly design hopes to eliminate any fear of being ‘in front of a camera’ as the vertically aligned lenses look less like eyes staring at you and more like any other object. Wide-angle and Ultra wide-angle lenses help you seamlessly switch your setup based on the number of guests you have on your show, so everyone is always in frame, and two beam-forming microphones built into the Porcam help clearly capture voices while drowning out any background noise. The Podcam’s soft form comes machined entirely from recycled aluminum, and its single-button recording interface makes it very easy to operate (you could alternatively use Podcam’s app to control recording too). The Podcam comes with an in-built battery, although the USB-C port on its base allows you to charge the camera while in use too. Threading for the Podcam’s stand on the side makes it very easy to unscrew the camera setup and carry along from room to room, while its single-pole stand can easily be used as a selfie stick should you choose… and if branding is really important to you, there’s a nice blank canvas on the opposite side of the threading hole to engrave your podcast’s logo on!
The Nooie is a next-generation smart wireless doorbell that takes a mere 30 seconds to install and gives your house all-round 24×7 protection. The video doorbell works with your smartphone to let you know who’s at your door, giving you a wide-angle 2K resolution view of the doorstep to help you see who’s at the door. The doorbell connects over Wi-Fi, supporting both 2.4GHz & 5GHz networks, and works in conjunction with the Nooie app which lets you live-stream your doorstep or even review videos from the past. Installing the Nooie is as simple as plugging it into its wall-mount using tamper-proof screws – a process that the Nooie team says takes less than a minute, and once you’re plugged in, the Nooie doorbell works for an entire year without requiring a charge (thanks to the 10,000 mAh battery built in). It helps that the Nooie is IP65 water and dust-proof too, allowing it to withstand dusty summers, stormy monsoons, and snowy winters without really breaking a sweat. Anti-theft tech built into the Nooie means it’ll instantly alert you if a human tries to mess with it too, that’s after Nooie already alerts you of a human presence, thanks to the human-detecting algorithms built into the Nooie’s software, and the infrared night vision and motion sensors fitted in the Nooie’s hardware.
All of Nooie’s data can be stored locally on an SD card, or on the cloud at a reasonable price of $1 a month. Nooie’s secure servers ensure that large companies and local/government authorities can’t access any of your data, and if you still want to have a smart-device that’s compatible with the rest of your Google and Amazon devices, the Nooie supports Alexa and Google Home integration, so you can easily use existing smart-home devices over a WiFi connection to see who’s at the door, talk to your guests before letting them in, play pre-recorded messages/instructions for your postman or delivery-man, or spook a local goon who tries to break into your yard… even if you’re miles away in another city!
The Nooie is a minimal smart video doorbell with intelligent human detection that allows you to monitor visitors, interact with guests remotely, anytime, anywhere. Nooie is your 24/7 home security guard.
Nooie total doorstep installation and visibility is possible in just 30 seconds. Nooie’s battery-powered doorbell requires no wiring or professionals. Simply use the included wall mount and tamper-proof screws to put it on any wall surfaces.
Designed for Style
Nooie pursues harmony in design — a balance between technology integration and art. Nooie introduced a softened design language to the smart home industry with subtle color pallets and ceramic-like finishing.
Flat & Angled Wall Mount: Zero Blind Spot
Nooie Cam Doorbell comes with a flat wall mount and a 15° wall mount if you need an angled view. Capture the best view of your entrance with zero blind spots.
Advanced, Accurate & Customizable Alert
Nooie uses an advanced PIR (Passive Infrared) sensor and Human Detection algorithm to achieve accurate person alert. This means, when a motion is detected, Nooie Cam Doorbell is able to tell whether it’s from a person or not. It maximizes not only the accuracy of alerts but also the battery life. You can customize the sensitivity settings as well to get the best result based on your surroundings.
You can see the visitor clearly and talk with them thanks to the camera’s 2K resolution and two-way audio feature. If you’re too busy to answer the ring, you can also send a pre-recorded message to the visitor. Customize and record your own messages in the Nooie app.
Higher Than High-Def, It’s 2K
Unlike the other HD video doorbells, Nooie utilizes a 2K resolution camera to provide you with a perfectly clear view of what’s happening in front of your house. The 2K video contains twice the pixels of the typical 1080P cameras, resulting in enhanced imaging that captures every detail.
Protects Your Home Day or Night
Nooie sees things clearly in pitch black with its infrared night vision and motion sensors, providing reliable 24/7 security that you can trust.
Built to Stand the Weather
Nooie Cam Doorbell is rated IP65 weatherproof. It can take the heat, the cold, and everything in between.
Base Station with Chime
If your Wi-Fi router is too far away from the doorbell, Nooie’s Base Station with Chime also works as a Wi-Fi amplifier to ensure that you can always hear the ring and communicate with visitors clearly.
Nooie is compatible with 2.4GHz & 5GHz networks, Alexa and Google Assistant.