Could VR cure jet-lag?? A bunch of designers sure think so! The Aura, designed to look like the coolest VR headset ever and to behave like a jet-lag-curing machine, is a headset you wear around your head, positioning the earpieces on your ears before sliding the screen to cover your eyes. Not only does the headset act as an eyemask and ear muff, when switched on, it creates a meditatively personal space that isolates the traveler in a scenery of their preference, to assist travelers to fall asleep as soon as possible. AURA provides a variety of VR themes, such as outer-space, forest, ocean and canyon. It also uses a combination of sounds and soundtracks (ASMR) to trigger relaxation and get you to drift off into dreamland.
What’s truly fascinating about the Aura, aside from its innovative use, is its design. The collapsing design allows it to be docked in airplanes pretty easily, looking (and even behaving) like headphones, until you slide the VR headset out in sheer sci-fi fashion. The Aura charges via induction, and is powered using a phone app that gives you full control over what you want the VR headset to do. Although it looks so cool, I’d probably give in to the jet lag and binge watch movies through my flight!
Designers: Ju Chia Lee, John Cao, Cheng Fu Hsieh & Ming Hung Lin.
Did you know that a simple meditation is all it takes to combat your jet lag?! It’s not as easy as it sounds, however, especially considering how most of us struggle to take person time to reflect at all let alone when we’re faced with intense timezone changes. That’s where AURA comes in handy. It takes the guesswork out of meditating and the torture out of jet lag so you feel enlightened upon arrival.
Designed primarily for business travelers and frequent flyers, it provides a personal place of serenity and relaxation using an immersive combination of virtual reality and light/sound therapy. During a flight, users can place headphones over the head and extend the retractable visor down for complete isolation. Then, the environment of their choice can be selected with custom options for scenery and sound. They can also choose to follow a number of guided meditations to destress, unwind or refocus the mind in preparation for their journey.
Designers: Ju Chia Lee, John Cao, Cheng Fu Hsieh, Ming Hung Lin
Whether you’re living the remote life or a digital nomad who camps out at coffee shops to work, you know how multifunctional gadgets like this one can enhance your experience. It’s called CAPSO and it combines audio and light functionality into one simple unit.
It’s actually two types of speakers in one. For users who don’t want to wear headphones but don’t want to disturb those around them, its directional speaker design immerses you in music while remaining quiet to others. With the easy push of a button, however, it can turn into a full-fledged Bluetooth speaker to share tunes with friends or colleagues. An integrated light feature makes it possible to work in dimly lit spaces or read in the dark. To cycle between light and audio modes, just give it a twist. You’ll change its form and its function!
Turn the head of the speaker to face themselves, and it will automatically activate the parametric sound device to play music only for them. Unlike traditional loudspeakers, parametric speakers are more like a laser beam, with the sound focused with high intensity into a relatively small area.
Turn the head of the Capso speaker vertically and this will trigger as a regular loudspeaker device.
The semi-transparent case is made of cloudy and durable TPU. It provides sturdy protection when the user puts the CAP in their backpack. The case can also be used as a reading light. There are three adjustable LED light bulbs bringing up to 1000 lumen lighting when users are working in a dark place. The top of the case stores one speaker charger cable and one smartphone cable, so users will never forget to bring their charger cable for the speaker.