This carbon fiber rollator’s handle will hold your hand

We love universal designs especially when they provide the freedom to move. Mobility is an especially important aspect to our differently-abled demographic that relies on inclusive design, so having a product that works for everyone including them is a true winner. That is why there is no surprise that the Carbon Ultralight rollator was featured on the Red Dot Design Awards! A rollator is basically a rolling walker with a seat that makes it easy to move without having to lift it up.

The name Carbon Ultralight is due to its biggest differentiating factor – the rollator is the lightest (and the first of its kind) in the world because of its complete carbon fiber frame. It only weighs 10.5 lbs (4.8 kgs) so it really is light light but the designers have also added some aircraft-grade aluminum to give it stability while moving and braking. The ergonomic build and shape have been inspired by organic bodies of fast animals (think dolphins, sharks, and falcons!) as well as the streamlined designs of sports cars from the automotive industry. One of the standout little details that make it a ‘clean’ design is that the brake cables are hidden inside the frame.

If you are currently social distancing, you will love the thought behind the shape of the rollator’s handles – the form is designed to give you a feeling of holding onto someone’s hand. This can provide a sense of security to the senior users as well as the differently-abled. Certain shapes and forms are known to provide a psychological comfort that can make the user confident about independently using the product. The handles are purposely turned into the opposite direction of the rollator to provide a better posture to the rider and making maneuvering easy. Its unique handles make riding effortless because you’ll be using your palms instead of your fingers to dictate the rollator’s direction. It also comes with detachable accessories like a backrest and organizer.

Another refreshing change was the upgrade to the height adjustment function – the designers replaced the traditional knob with a button that adjusts the height with 30 mm increments. It is a lot easier to keep track of the height this way if multiple people are sharing the rollator. Apart from being as light as a rollator could be if it was a feather, it is also super compact and when folded down it is only 255 mm wide. If you haven’t noticed yet, the Carbon Ultralight is not only highly functional but it also looks really sleek and stylish. Call your grandma now.

Designer: byAcre

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This HUD instantly upgrades your existing helmet with a holographic GPS and Bluetooth audio

The story behind the EyeRide HUD is pretty amazing, not just because it results in a device that really does a massive service for motorcyclists, but because the story originates in one of the most badass products ever… a fighter-pilot helmet.

Romain Duflot’s journey to augment the motorcyclist’s helmet started with reverse-engineering the technology found in air-force gear. One could argue that whether you’re driving a two-wheeler down a busy street or a jet at supersonic speeds through the air, there’s a strong need to focus on the path ahead of you while having all the information you need right in your field of vision. The EyeRide HUD borrows from the advanced technologies found in pilot helmets, and shrinks it down into tiny pieces of hardware that can retrofit universally onto any sort of helmet – regardless of its size, shape, and whether you’re wearing spectacles or goggles.

The EyeRide HUD sports a Google Glass-inspired HUD fitted with the world’s smallest OLED screen ever made, a comms unit to listen to music, map directions, or to answer phone calls, and a control unit that mechanically locks onto the side of your helmet, allowing you to toggle through the EyeRide’s features with a knob-turn or a tap. Created by ex-BMW & Airbus optics and photonics PhD engineers, the HUD offers crystal clear graphics in a transparent format that makes viewing information easier while keeping your eyes on the road. The HUD unit sits within an adjustable rig, allowing you to position it exactly where you need it, while 55mm flat-speakers and a directional microphone allow you to listen to directions or calls and communicate with clarity, regardless of outside noise. The external controller lets you toggle through the EyeRide’s multiple features swiftly and efficiently (even if you’re wearing gloves) and for stuff your hands can’t do, there’s always compatibility with your phone’s native Voice Assistant so you can ask the EyeRide to pull up navigational info for a certain destination without needing to type anything in… the last time I checked, having a holographic display, in-helmet audio, and a voice assistant was literally something out of Iron Man! With the EyeRide, you get those features… ahem… superpowers right in your regular helmet!

Designer: Romain Duflot

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EyeRide HUD: Make Your Helmet Smart

Created by ex-BMW & Airbus optics and photonics PhD engineers. The EyeRide is a patented all-in-one device that combines head-up display, GPS, hands-free kit and voice command to keep your eyes on the road. Save 4.2 seconds of reaction time while using HUD technology instead of a smartphone.

Works With iOS and Android

EyeRide already passed US, EU & CA regulations to make sure you get the protection you need while riding.

EyeRide HUD Details

Zoom in the optics. EyeRide displays Google Maps and Plans in your line of sight. It is bright, it is transparent, so you can focus on riding curves. The 55mm 99dB flat speakers and directional microphone ensure a powerful sound experience and connectivity with other riders. Spotify & YouTube music are available in order to keep your best vibes.

The team has integrated the smallest Nano HD SONY OLED Technology. True Black means 100% image transparency and crisp colors. It brings 3000 nits brightness: that’s 3x better than your iPhone against the sun.

Mount it on any helmet style and keep your glasses. The team has dramatically reduced the size of the device, so it fits perfectly in any helmet and is truly easy to set-up. You will only need 128 seconds to install EyeRide in your helmet.

Control your music with a push. Place the smallest 5.0 Bluetooth button on your handlebar and change your music from any apps. 2 years autonomy. Stick it directly wherever you want.

128 seconds set-up time.

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These renders of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs take you to an imaginary world!

Frank Lloyd Wright is an icon in the design and architecture world. His career spans over 70 years during which he had 532 completed structures and more than 1114 designs that continue to inspire creators even today. In fact, it is his unfinished concept designs that spark more imagination and Spanish architect, David Romero, has been influenced by just that.

Romero took the 600 designs that Wright left behind and created ultra-realistic 3D renderings of what they would look like today. He even digitally restored some demolished projects. Romero has showcased his art on his website, Hooked on the Past, where he has taken upon himself to complete most of Wright’s unfinished design dreams like the E.A. Smith house, Trinity Chapel, Butterfly Bridge, and the Larkin Administration Building. He uses existing blueprints, plans, elevations, photographs and perspectives from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to guide him as he models structures in AutoCAD and then completing it with finer details using Autodesk 3ds Max.

It is not easy to capture and recreate Wright’s work because most of the plans are from a high point of view. It is a challenge to imagine it from a perspective of someone standing on the street but Romero has a gift to be able to envision a structure and render it with just bits and pieces of the original blueprint. He added details like picturing the Gordon Strong Automobile Objective at night because it was also meant to serve as a planetarium, so he added stars and electric car trails to the image. His attention to detail is seen in the render as he chose to add era-appropriate cars. Romero successfully creates an emotional connection to a building that the audience has never been to but still relates to because of his precise renderings.

“I would love to model all of Wright’s work, but it is immense,” says architect David Romero, a pure Wright fan. “I do not know if during all my life I will have time.” Romero’s work has gone beyond the architecture community and has become relatable to various digital artists like graphic designers and photographers because his renders are so good that they can be considered as contemporary art. While we are all confined to our homes, Romero’s imaginative skills coupled with Wright’s design visions give us the digital window of escape that we can all use right now.

Designers: David Romero

Volkswagen’s latest robot makes charging your electric vehicle as easy as charging your phone!

With the world’s population under quarantine, nature is showing signs of coming back to life, literally! With reports coming in globally – dolphins in the ports of Cagliari, China seeing clear blue skies to even fishes swimming in clear canal water of Venice, it is obvious that when humanity makes a true effort to save the world, nature responds! But present circumstances kept aside, how easy is it to make such eco-friendly changes to our infrastructure that can affect the population on such a global scale? This is one of the questions the designers at Volkswagen plan to resolve with their latest creation – the Mobile Charging Robots!

Yes, we know that Electric Vehicles are better for the environment but a permanent concern for me is running out of charge and having no way of recharging it. Petrol pumps, though effort-intensive originally, now form an essential network across the world and we depend on them with ease. It is this ease that Volkswagen’s robotic creation brings to EV charging at existing car hubs (parking lots, petrol pumps, car washes or practically any space where cars can aggregate) globally! The Mobile Charging Robot is one smart robot that acts as an attendant for your charging needs. The user parking into the existing space uses a phone app to communicate to the robot that the car needs to be charged. The robot drives itself to the car while carrying a mobile storage unit, known as “battery wagons” (each holding about 25kWh of power) along with itself. Equipped with cameras, laser scanners, and ultrasonic sensors, the robot can efficiently navigate any parking space. This allows the robot to guide the portable unit and watch over incoming traffic with ease. From opening the car flap, connecting the plug to decoupling, each part of the process happens without any human interaction. So the car owner can finish their errands in peace and to find their car recharged and ready to run on returning back! Simple, right?

“The mobile charging robot will spark a revolution when it comes to charging in different parking facilities, such as multistorey car parks, parking spaces, and underground car parks because we bring the charging infrastructure to the car and not the other way around. With this, we are making almost every car park electric, without any complex individual infrastructural measures”, summarises Mark Möller, Head of Development at Volkswagen Group Components. Möller continues: “Even the well-known problem of a charging station being blocked by another vehicle will no longer exist with our concept. You simply choose any parking space as usual. You can leave the rest to our electronic helper.” And yes, we agree, the beauty of this solution is the minimal change needed to incorporate it into our existing surroundings. So no more excuses to stop you from switching to an electric vehicle!

This might be Ferrari’s sexiest concept car… and it isn’t made by Ferrari

It isn’t made by Pininfarina either.

Meet the Stallone, a car that embodies Enzo Ferrari’s golden words “A car maker need be neither an engineer nor a technician. He must be someone who loves his passion for cars”. Ferrari’s cars have always sought to retain that emotional quality, which when coupled with the company’s technical prowess, has resulted in some of the world’s most incredible four-wheeled machines. Murray Sharp, a designer and self-proclaimed fan of the Italian automotive company, designed the Stallone to capture everything that’s great about Ferrari. A cross between an absolute sculpted beauty and an uncompromised race-machine, the Ferrari Stallone concept is, if I may use the phrase, ‘peak Ferrari’.

The Stallone (which literally means Stallion in Italian)(yes, it rhymes!) comes with a beautifully sinewy design that makes the car look muscular yet lean. The vehicle comes with a monocoque chassis, a mid-mounted V12 Turbo engine and a kinetic energy recovery system that allows the car to reserve power every time you brake. The two-seater comes in Ferrari’s classic hot-red, with carbon-fiber trims on the front, top, and back. The Stallone comes fitted with floating headlights that channel air underneath it, an absolutely gorgeous floating buttress for a rear pillar, and Murray’s reinterpretation of the car company’s signature circular tail-lights, design details that all went under rigorous testing and selection before arriving at their respective final forms. You can see the evolution in the form of a GIF here.

Set against the backdrop of a concrete airport hangar, the Stallone looks aggressively supersonic, almost like a fighter-jet, complete with those afterburner-style exhausts on the top-rear, right above the taillights. The car comes fitted with cameras for rear-view mirrors, and what Murray calls Augmented Reality Camera (ARC) Technolocy that feeds drivers with not just visuals, but also information about vehicles behind it.

Designer: Murray Sharp

The Tesla Cybertruck-like angular built of this e-bike has us raring to go!

When you think electric bikes, you probably have an image of a tech-ed up bicycle. But as design and technology advance, electric bikes have started to look and perform better than the average bikes while being a far more sustainable option. Be it a Tesla or bikes like the eScrambler here, the future is all about clean transport, renewable energy, and long-lasting design. And, of course, Wi-Fi which is one of the coolest things about the eScrambler!

Switch Motorcycles is a new electric bike company and they have just unveiled the eScrambler which is their very first product and we have to say, it’s quite impressive! To share some context, we expect nothing short of this from custom motorcycle veteran Matthew Waddick who teamed up with designer Michel Riis (former Yamaha Japan Advanced Labs Industrial Designer and past Danish Flat Track champion!) The first thing you’ll notice is that it has a sturdy, angular build, almost like the flat trackers and classic bikes of the ’70s or even the Tesla Cybertruck, making it stand apart from the usual slimmer electric bikes. To complete its big-guy aesthetic, it has 18-inch wheels wrapped in chunky tires, KTM forks, and a central mono-shock. Being a vehicle in 2020, it has all the tech you’d want in a bike – a digital display, cruise control, a battery level indicator, integrated GPS tracking, three power modes, and in-built Wi-Fi which truly sets it apart. However, we don’t encourage being on the ‘gram or making Tik Toks while you ride!

The eScrambler visually looks closer to the motorbike which might make the rider develop an emotional connection with it faster – we all know that is a real thing. This mid-sized electric bike has been in the making for over two years and has the top-notch tech you’d expect along with admirable performance. It is powered by a 50kW (67hp) electric motor and has a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph). The eScrambler picks up from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in a whopping 3.2 seconds and has a real-world range of 150 km (93 miles) which makes it one of the top e-bikes in the market. With a pivoting swingarm at the output shaft, the complex gearing is eliminated to be replaced by a belt for smooth power delivery and lower maintenance than a regular chain drive. Designed by the masters of custom engineering themselves, the eScrambler is perfect for everyone who wants to give their bike a personal touch while riding into an environmentally friendly future with speed!

Designer: Switch Motorcycles

This conceptual Dyson racecar is a 3D mashup of its most famous products!

I mean, this Dyson car isn’t intended for the road, but if it were, it would surely ‘blow’ its competitors away! Now that I got that joke out of my system, let me present to you the Dyson EV, by Graham Hutchings. Designed as a fun exercise, Hutchings took Dyson’s brand and products and rather than using them as inspiration, turned them into building blocks. What you’re seeing is an EV that was literally put together as a 3D collage of Dyson’s famous products, all of which are pretty distinguishable if you take a closer look!

The car comes with wheels that borrow directly from Dyson’s ball vacuum, as well as a multi-cylinder rear exhaust that’s a standard element in Dyson’s vacuum line too. Move over to the front and the car comes with an engine-cooling air-intake inspired by Dyson’s Airblade hand-blower, and if you look at its headlights with a keen eye, you may just see the iconic shapes of the Bladeless fan too. The car employs Dyson’s signature color combinations too, and my favorite detail on the vehicle by far has to be those Supersonic hair-dryer-inspired rear-view mirrors! Pretty neat, eh??

Designer: Graham Hutchings

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Iconic Logo’s come to life in these architectural designs!

Meet Karina Wiciak of Wamhouse, a Polish designer who has been designing structures based on iconic logos known all over the world! Instantly recognizable because of their inspiration, Karina’s designs utilize negative spacing in the logo to add character and help us imagine how it would be to live in one of these. Looking at them, we can’t wait to see what Karina comes up with more of such brand-worthy designs!

Named as the Trihouse, this conceptual house takes direct inspiration from the Adidas Logo. Now, while this would be an obvious choice for the brand loyalists, the house does hold appeal from a purely aesthetic and architectural point of view. This design is sure to create some interesting corner spaces for the user to work with!

The Ringshouse automatically brings to mind the four companies that combined together to form Audi as we know it today. From afar though they may look like tunnels, the designer, Karina, envisions a pool in the backyard with a view of rolling hills and straw-filled fields in the front of the driveway.

For the love of Chevrolet, meet the bowtie-shaped house named Crosshouse! Imagined as an island, this house stands two-stories tall to be accessed only by a boat, this boat is perfect for the loner who would love to cut off from the surroundings!

Mitsubishi’s three-diamond logo comes to life in this ‘A-shaped’ Pyrahouse! With the glass-fronted windows offering a peek into the interior of the house, the functioning space is visually divided into three individual bits that allow the user to rearrange and match each section to their need.

Rhombhouse encompasses Renault’s diamond-shaped logo! Though the narrow base of the render does make us question the stability of the structure, this house is sure to stand out among the sea of homes we see.

This V-shaped aircraft is energy efficient and has double the cabin space!

Eliminating the distinction between a plane’s cabin and its wings, the Flying-V by Justus Benad assumes a unique V-shaped aircraft design that integrates the passenger cabin, the cargo hold, and the fuel tanks right into the wings.

Created as a part of his thesis project, TU Delft student Justus Benad designed the Flying-V to be a highly energy-efficient long-distance airplane. The Flying-V relies on a wider wing-span than most traditional aircrafts, but offers double the cabin space in the process. Think of it as having the same wing-span and seating capacity as an Airbus A350, but being only half as long. Its improved aerodynamic design helps reduce the aircraft’s overall weight, bringing down its fuel consumption by as much as 20%, making the Flying-V incredibly efficient for its capacity!

The interiors of the Flying-V are mindfully designed for its 314 passengers. The V-shaped cabin space comes with an unusually wide cross-section towards the front, quite similar to the MAVERIC concept from Airbus. Designed to help distribute weight efficiently, the cabin is fitted with experimental lightweight fixtures that provide a comfortable experience for the passengers. The cabin’s unique V-shape also provides the ability to introduce as many as 4 seating options: lounge chairs, group seating, individual seats and collapsible beds.

A team of engineers, technicians, and students at TU Delft built a scale model of the Flying-V with a wingspan of 3.06 meters with the plan to test-fly it during the year to measure its stability when cruising at low speeds and to calculate the right angle for take-off and landing.

Designer: Justus Benad (TU Delft)

Image Credits: TU Delft and Anton Weaver

This Porsche 911 concept uses nature-inspired design to look menacing

Nature is filled with billions of inspiration sources, from form design to CMF, from natural characteristics to animal behavior. Pick up the right source of inspiration and you can piggy-back on millennia of evolution that has given a particular animal a trait of dominance. In fact, there’s a beautiful video from VOX that explains how nature acts as a designer’s biggest and most valuable encyclopedia.

Companies like Lamborghini, Ferrari, Mustang, and Porsche make the famous use of dominating animals in their logos, but this Porsche 911 concept’s design takes things a bit further by being directly inspired by an animal. The Porsche 911 Bullfrog by Alexander Prime borrows from one of the largest, most dominating animals in the frog family. In fact, look carefully and its black front literally looks like a frog’s face.

Designed as a prototype for the Le Mans 24 hour race, and to celebrate Porsche’s stunning record of being present at every Le Mans race ever held and dominating most of them, the 911 Bullfrog captures the essence of the brand while still retaining the ability to look muscular and menacing. “With its oval headlights, the new generation continued to reflect the traditional 911 design. The new 911 is the sum of its predecessors: The silhouette: iconic. The design: timeless. The technology: inspired by great racing victories”, says Alexander, the designer behind the 911 Bullfrog concept.

Designer: Alexander Prime