Life-like robotic dog can be an AI-powered companion for astronauts

We’ve seen enough movies set in space and maybe even some documentaries or real life videos to know that life during space travel can be lonely. So having a pet with the astronauts can help with their mental health. But of course, there are limitations when it comes to actually having pets in space. So the next best thing would be to have a robot that would take the place of a pet and also be able to do even more than real animals. And of course, an AI powered one would probably be even better.

Designer: Jihee Kim

If this concept will come to life, Laika will be an ideal robot pet powered by Artificial Intelligence and it is designed to be as life-like as possible. After all, it is named after one of the first animals in space. While there are several robotic dogs available now, this one is supposedly designed to be a more friendly version. This way it can actually be a beloved pet for the astronauts and it can be integrated in “domestic contexts”. But aside from being a companion, the AI dog can also be used in case of emergencies and even to monitor the health condition of the people on board the space vehicle.

Laika is made from robust titanium so that it can withstand extreme conditions that they may encounter in space. It also comes with different kind of sensors so it can identify objects, people, and even literal space. This includes thermal imaging, depth cameras, slam cameras, and ultrasonic sensors. It also comes with ECG sensors so it will be able to monitor the health condition of the astronauts especially during times when emotions are heightened which can translate physically as well.

There are also future tweaks to improve more things about Laika, like adding mixed reality glasses so users will be able to get real-time information about their “pet” and their activities. The renders show a friendly-looking dog so it will be a much welcome companion for astronauts who may be missing their actual pet or are in dire need of companionship. It even has a stretchable handle on its back so they can carry small items or users can lift it up and move them around. Laika can also be used for other non-space purposes including domestic situations.

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USB flash drive made from eco-friendly materials will become your time capsule

A lot of people are so attached to their smartphones because of all the memories associated with it. They keep them around, sometimes when they’re not even working anymore. There are also those who change their mobile devices pretty often. Both these kinds of people are contributing in one way or another to electronic trash that are not always that easy to dispose of or to recycle. The past years we’ve seen a lot of projects and products that aim to solve this growing problem of electronic waste.

Designer: Eunsu Lee

The Memory Capsule is a concept created for a design challenge with Samsung. On the surface, it looks like just your regular USB flash drive. But if you look deeper into how it is made and the reasoning behind the concept, then you’ll understand why it is not that typical and why it’s called that. First of all, it is made from eco-friendly materials and most of it comes from old electronic devices. The packaging itself uses recycled pulp while the body of the flash drive comes from metals and plastics recycled from actual smartphones. The cap of the thumb drive is made from recycled polycarbonate that comes from fishing nets that are thrown away.

It even has an LED display that will mark the date of the data that you are saving from the discarded smartphone. You will be able to get the Memory Capsule from a kiosk where you will also surrender your old smartphone and save the “memories” that are from that device. Once you’ve backed up all your files from the smartphone onto the kiosk, then you’ll be presented with the flash drive that contains all of it. It’s unsure if the data will be saved in the kiosk itself but hopefully they’ll take into consideration data protection.

It’s something pretty simple but the campaign behind it is the more important part of the device. This is to encourage people to get rid of their old devices in a more upcyclable and recyclable way while also retaining the precious memories from the device. And of course, the fact that it will be made from eco-friendly maerials is a big consideration.

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Mixed reality headset can teach kids about safety training

I don’t remember any safety education classes from my elementary or even my high school days. Or if there were, we probably had to learn through videos or through posters and so maybe that’s why I forgot we even had them. Kids these days are lucky as we have different kinds of technology to help them learn about all kinds of safety lessons through virtual reality and mixed reality.

Designers: Minjeong Kim, Yunseo jong, ju hwan lee, mingyeong choi, yujin jeong, minji sung, and Chaeeun Lee

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These designers came up with a concept for a mixed reality device to help students learn about disaster safety through a virtual and hands on approach. Edi is a MR device that looks like your typical VR headset but has a softer look so kids will be comfortable using it when learning. It has lighting and speakers at the bottom to give a complete experience for the user and there is even a vent for heat generation. There is a light at the top to check the battery level and the strap uses flexible fabric so the wearer will feel comfortable especially if it’s used for a longer period of time. There is also a dial to adjust the fit of the MR headset.

There is also a dial that is able to show the eyes of the user if the teacher needs to communicate with the students directly or if they need to see other users as well. The UI that the user will see when they use it is pretty simple since this is primarily for kids to use (although kids these days are much more tech savvy than most grown ups). They can choose their profile characters and enter their name and age for personalization. There are different safety training manuals and they include missions, quizes, and the actual practical course. There also seems to be a gamification function which kids should enjoy more than just taking straightforward lessons and tests.


Up to five people can participate in the training session since it’s better to learn in a group. The Edi MR headset has three different colorways: white, blue, and green. This seems to be a pretty interesting concept although there needs to be more distinguishing features from the usual VR or MR headset.

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Portable capsule coffee machine lets you be caffeinated in automated cars

Just a couple of months ago, we went on a road trip through the Southern part of New Zealand where the drive for each leg was around 5-6 hours. So of course we had to keep our driving friends awake and alert the entire time. We had some occasional breaks but in the car, everyone had to stay awake. There were times when I wished there was some caffeinated machine with us in the car that could make coffee at will whenever we needed a jolt. This design for a vehicle coffee machine is probably the first step towards having something like this eventually.

Designer: Junseo Oh

DOTS is a design for a portable coffee machine that primarily works if you’re in an automated vehicle but can also be used in other on-the-go scenarios. It has a removable bottom so it can adapt to whatever or wherever you’re using it for. It also uses coffee capsules instead of the usual brewing method to make it easier to use. The capsules are placed on the top and replaced by removing that part. Water is stored in the cylindrical space at the bottom. We assume this also boils the water or at least keeps it warm for when you need to start the process.

There is also a control or lever in the machine which lets you adjust the intensity of the extraction method from the capsule since coffee drinkers have different preferences when it comes to that. The machine comes with a tumbler where you can place the coffee directly. It has a lid on top to secure your liquid and you can also place a straw on it, although sipping hot liquid with a straw seems a bit weird.

While it’s primarily designed for vehicles, the portability of the DOTS machine lets you bring it with you whenever you may need a caffeine break. It has a minimalist and space gray feel so it can match most car interiors. I would love to have something as portable as this especially when traveling somewhere that may not have that good of a coffee culture.

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Magnetic modular elements of this design let you play and arrange your Bluetooth speaker + lamp

Because I live in a relatively small space, I’m always on the lookout for furniture and gadgets that can serve more than just one purpose. I like seeing concepts, designs, and sometimes actual products that can be both functional and decorative and can have multiple uses for my house. I also like designs that let me play around with the pieces to match my mood or the aesthetics of my room. To find something that fits all of these interests is rare and will catch my attention.

Designer: Francesco Cappuccio

The Scacco Matto, named after the Italian word for checkmate, is a concept for a Bluetooth speaker and lamp that is modular. It lets the user interact with the piece as you can choose how it will look like by arranging and re-arranging the components according to what you need or want at the moment. The designer says there are five potential combinations that you can come up with using the three distinct components included in the package. They are all held together by magnets so think of it like you’re putting together a lego set although this time with magnets.

The components include cyclical and circular parts and there should also be several lamp and sound options no matter what design you choose to put together. The pieces are powered by internal batteries and because of the third component, which looks like small bowls, you can use the device up to 40 hours when fully charged. This component sits between the speaker and the lamp. All the components have Wireless Charging Module Inductive/Receivers.

The product renders show different colors including blue, red, green, yellow, pink, purple, etc. If it becomes an actual product, it should be interesting how the speaker’s sound quality will be like and how the lamp can also function in your space. It looks to be a pretty interesting concept for all the reasons I previously mentioned but it also depends on the actual quality if it’s something I’d consider adding to my limited space.

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Flying cars may soon become a reality as this test Model-A is open for Preorders

When we were watching sci-fi TV shows and movies, we probably dreamt of eventually having those vehicles, gadgets, and other technology that they were showing off there. We’re in the year 2023 and while there have been some major advancements already, we still have some ways to go when it comes to things like hoverboards and flying cars. But apparently, we might be closer than we’ve been thinking as an aeronautics company has taken one step closer to having an actual flying car on the road, or rather, in the sky.

Designer: Alef Aeronautics (Open for Pre-Order Now!)

The California-based sustainable electric transportation company Alef Aeronautics was able to receive government certification to fly its Model-A flying car over some parts of the state, specifically Silicon Valley. It is apparently the first of its kind and is able to function like what a real car on the road would do but is able to do a vertical takeoff and fly through the skies. It may not the flying car that we’ve envisioned just yet because of The Jetsons and Back to the Future but it’s one step closer to having vehicles other than planes and helicopters up there.

It is an electric vehicle that looks like a customized luxury car or something that’s from one of those sci-fi movies where flying cars are the norm. The front and sides have some grill type of panels that probably have something to do with the technology that allows it to fly. Obviously they will not reveal yet much of their secrets but the CEO Jim Dukovny claims that their car is even safer than the regular cars on the road. You can actually park and use it just like a regular car and then when you need it to fly, you just do a vertical takeoff.

Obviously, something like this will cost a lot. For now the price tag is $300,000 and they’re still getting a lot of pre-orders. Eventually, they want to be able to bring it down to 100K and then 35K so that the “average consumer” will still get a chance to own one. There are still many steps to go including regulations in cities and countries that will have it, but it’s still a pretty exciting development to have.

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This cabinet is designed to help you organize + sanitize your clothes and accessories

I am not the most organized person. Sure, I can organize my notes and files but when it comes to things like my books, journaling stuff, and especially my clothes, you’ll find them strewn around in different parts of my apartment. I will occasionally get the urge to fix stuff but most of the time, I live in my own world of organized chaos. Of course, I want to improve this part of myself so if there are accessories or furniture that can help me out, I would be interested. This is the claim of this concept for a minimal mini-cabinet, although it’s hard for me to imagine how it will help me change my storage habits.

Designer: Yujin Lee for 210 PD.GROUP

Evelopper is a concept for an alternative clothing storage solution that doesn’t involve using your couch, bed, or even exercise system to “store” various pieces of clothing. At first glance it looks like a stereo or a mini dishwasher or just a piece of furniture to store stuff. Well, it is indeed the latter but more specifically, it’s to help organize your clothes and other related accessories. It’s basically like a bookshelf but there are separate hangers for various sizes of clothes. There’s also trays in various sizes on top of the cabinet where you can place watches, jewelry, and other accessories related to your outfit or getup.

Aside from storage, the cabinet also has a UV light to sanitize your clothes. This may not be a feature that is important to a lot of people whose clothes are mostly clean if they’re put into cabinets or storage (or so we assume) but for those who are concerned about getting rid of germs before wearing clothes, this will be a bonus point. It comes in three color options: navy blue to allow it to blend in most color schemes, classic white for a clean feel, and dark green for “stability and antiquity”. You can also open and close the cabinet through various controls located at the top.

It would have been more interesting if the renders showed how actual clothes would look in this cabinet. Because of the size and the product renders that don’t show any clothes, I have a hard time imagining how it would help me become more organized. Also, with the amount of clothes that I have, I would probably need several pieces of the Evelopper which would defeat the minimalist purpose. So probably I should start by getting rid of a lot of clothes in order to truly live a minimalist lifestyle.

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The Ultimate Outdoor Camera: This Concept Separates the Screen and Lens Body for Simplifying Tough Shots

For photographers who have experienced the thrill of capturing breathtaking shots in the great outdoors, there is an undeniable passion that drives them. However, this passion often comes with its fair share of challenges. Carrying heavy cameras, enduring rugged environments, and spending long hours in uncomfortable positions are just a few of the hardships that outdoor photographers face. But what if there was a solution to make their lives easier while maintaining the quality of their work? Enter Duo: a revolutionary camera designed to alleviate discomfort and enhance the maneuverability of outdoor photography.

Designer: Dami Seo and Taeyang Kim

The duo is a game-changer in the world of photography. It boasts a groundbreaking design that allows photographers to separate the screen and lens body, providing unparalleled convenience during those long and challenging photo shoots. By enabling the detachment of the camera’s body and lens, photographers gain newfound maneuverability, making it a breeze to capture shots in tight or elevated spaces. No more contorting into uncomfortable positions or missing out on that perfect angle – Duo empowers photographers to focus solely on their creativity.

One of the standout features of Duo is the detachable screen. This unique design element allows photographers to view and review their images with ease. Instead of squinting into a tiny viewfinder or straining to see a fixed-screen display, photographers can hold the screen in their hand or place it at a comfortable viewing angle. This is especially useful when working in challenging lighting conditions or when reviewing shots after a long day of shooting. With Duo, the photographer’s comfort and convenience are prioritized, ultimately leading to better results and a more enjoyable experience.

Furthermore, Duo is equipped with Bluetooth-enabled remote shooting capabilities. This feature opens up a world of creative possibilities for photographers. They can place the camera in a strategic location and operate it remotely using the control unit’s two screens and buttons. This proves incredibly useful for wildlife photography, capturing candid moments, or shooting in situations where getting close to the camera may disturb the subject. Duo’s remote shooting capabilities give photographers the flexibility and control they need to excel in their craft.

The camera itself is a marvel of modern technology. The body comes with an included lens that delivers exceptional image quality. Whether it’s landscapes, portraits, or action shots,  its lens ensures sharpness and clarity in every frame. The control unit houses the screens and buttons, providing an intuitive interface for photographers to control their settings and access their shots. The combination of the camera body and control unit creates a seamless and efficient photography experience.

The duo is a game-changing camera that addresses the discomfort and challenges faced by photographers during long and challenging outdoor shoots. Its detachable screen and lens body provide unmatched maneuverability, allowing photographers to capture shots in even the most challenging environments. With Bluetooth-enabled remote shooting and a powerful camera body, Duo empowers photographers to elevate their work and explore new creative horizons. If you’re a photographer looking to take your outdoor photography to the next level, Duo is the camera that will be your ideal partner in every adventure.

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House made from flax fiber may be the floating home of our future

We are not fully anticipating that there will be a day when water will fully cover the earth and we need to be floating around, living our lives amidst all that. But that is really a distinct possibility because of climate change, so inventors, product designers, architects, and other creative people are coming up with things that will enable us to live a possibly different kind of existence by that time. How are houses or living conditions going to look like in the future? This may be one of the solutions we can live with.

Designer: Institut auf dem Rosenberg and SAGA Space Architects

The Blue Nomad is a floating house designed by students, who may very well be the inhabitants of those very houses in the future together with a forward-thinking architectural firm. It is designed to be a permanent home for those that will travel and live on the water, specifically what may be known in the future as “modern nomads”. Other designers previously came up with concepts for houses living on the water but they’re more for those who will be staying in a permanent, single location.

The students who helped create the concept got their inspiration from the Outrigger, a boat made from organic materials used by Polynesian nomadic communities from centuries before. This new concept will be able to house two people and allow them to have two temporary guests. It will be made mainly from flax fiber and is more or less shaped like a small boat. The units can be connected together so neighborhoods or communities can also be built despite the nomadic culture.

The house would run on solar energy for all its needs including propulsion, electricity, and even food production and fresh water. The concept was brought to life through the help of artificial intelligence and the full scale prototype sis expected to make a 3000km voyage across Europe to test its viability.

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Integrated salt and pepper shaker adds some style to your table

When you use a lot of salt and pepper for cooking and eating, you probably have separate containers for both. And while there are some pretty cute salt and pepper shakers available that can make dinner more interesting, there’s also room for some kitchen accessories that can hold both but separately. If you’re trying to add some more nice, cute, or minimalist things to your kitchen or dining table, a lot of product designers are coming up with interesting concepts, including this one for an integrated salt and pepper shaker.

Designer: Jonas Finkeldei

An Industrial Design student at the Academy for Design at Münster has come up with a concept for a minimalist-looking yet stylish salt and pepper shaker in just one piece. Stui is made from oak and beech and has two chambers that are separate for the two spices. The slider part has the darker color and can be moved up and down depending on which of the two that you need to come out of the sprinkling openings. The holes seem small enough that it’s easy to control how much comes out of it.

The shaker actually looks more like a harmonica at first glance because of its elongated shape. Unlike most of the salt and pepper shakers that have either a round shape and are made of mostly glass materials, this one has a bar-like design and uses a wooden aesthetic. There are of course a lot of other wooden shakers out there but this one makes it more convenient for you as you will just need one container for both spices and will not even mix them together.

While it’s still just a concept for now, it’s actually something that’s pretty feasible and can eventually be part of restaurants’ tables or your own. It’s actually pretty simple and the function is also simple, but well designed and interesting products like these are something we always watch out for.

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