A Logitech-inspired Braille calculator concept for the visually impaired!

Almost 285 million people in the world are visually impaired, with 39 million suffering from blindness, and another 246 million having low vision. In an attempt to cater to the needs of the visually impaired, designer Merve Nur Sökmen designed a Logitech-inspired Braille calculator. The concept calculator was designed while paying the utmost attention to the functional requirements of the visually impaired.

The calculator consists of two sections. The left side represents the Braille numbers and all the activity is displayed on it. The right side consists of groups of buttons. Each group of button features a unique surface finishing, so they’re easily distinguishable and identifiable by the users. The number buttons possess a concave surface, with a hard and rough finishing. The functions buttons, on the other hand, feature a convex surface, with a soft and smooth finishing. The main equation button is larger compared to the other buttons. Combined with its skin-like texture with a soft finishing, it is easy to locate. One side of the calculator has been equipped with speakers, allowing for an audio narration of all the activities and the entire operation. Amped with Bluetooth connectivity, one can easily sync the calculator with other wireless devices of their choice. An auxiliary port allows headphone connection as well.

While designing the Braille calculator, Merve ensured that it should be as ergonomic and user-friendly as possible for the visually impaired, but she also took its aesthetics into consideration. Its sleek tabular form, smart buttons, and a neutral color scheme make it a modern calculator that would look good on any desk…and one that might just catch the attention of Logitech!

Designer: Merve Nur Sökmen

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This ergonomic chair brings traditional cross-legged sitting to the modern times!

In South-Eastern countries, it is more common for people to sit cross-legged on the floor than to sit on chairs. Not only is this an integral part of their culture, but it is supposed to be quite good for the posture too! Drawing inspiration from the tradition of his country, Iranian designer Arsalan Ghadimi created the Lunule Chair.

Featuring a wooden frame with leather-lined cushions, the chair incorporates the tradition of sitting cross-legged. Its circular form provides the perfect structure to place the lower half of our bodies onto, with sufficient space for our knees and legs as well! The doughnut-like seat evenly distributes the force exerted upon our body when we sit, enabling us to maintain a solid posture. A backrest with a soft foam cushion can be attached to the Lunule Chair, paired up with the already ergonomic form of the chair, this provides further support to our caudal vertebrae and waist.

Ghadimi managed to integrate a unique habit from his culture into an aesthetic piece of furniture, a design that finds functionality not only in his home country but around the world! Not to mention, it’s a healthy break for our bodies from the uptight and non-ergonomic chair designs found today…your body and posture will thank you!

The Lunule Chair is a winner of the Silver A’ Design Award for the year 2019.

Designer: Arsalan Ghadimi

This ergonomic chair brings traditional cross-legged sitting to the modern times!

In South-Eastern countries, it is more common for people to sit cross-legged on the floor than to sit on chairs. Not only is this an integral part of their culture, but it is supposed to be quite good for the posture too! Drawing inspiration from the tradition of his country, Iranian designer Arsalan Ghadimi created the Lunule Chair.

Featuring a wooden frame with leather-lined cushions, the chair incorporates the tradition of sitting cross-legged. Its circular form provides the perfect structure to place the lower half of our bodies onto, with sufficient space for our knees and legs as well! The doughnut-like seat evenly distributes the force exerted upon our body when we sit, enabling us to maintain a solid posture. A backrest with a soft foam cushion can be attached to the Lunule Chair, paired up with the already ergonomic form of the chair, this provides further support to our caudal vertebrae and waist.

Ghadimi managed to integrate a unique habit from his culture into an aesthetic piece of furniture, a design that finds functionality not only in his home country but around the world! Not to mention, it’s a healthy break for our bodies from the uptight and non-ergonomic chair designs found today…your body and posture will thank you!

The Lunule Chair is a winner of the Silver A’ Design Award for the year 2019.

Designer: Arsalan Ghadimi

This ergonomic chair brings traditional cross-legged sitting to the modern times!

In South-Eastern countries, it is more common for people to sit cross-legged on the floor than to sit on chairs. Not only is this an integral part of their culture, but it is supposed to be quite good for the posture too! Drawing inspiration from the tradition of his country, Iranian designer Arsalan Ghadimi created the Lunule Chair.

Featuring a wooden frame with leather-lined cushions, the chair incorporates the tradition of sitting cross-legged. Its circular form provides the perfect structure to place the lower half of our bodies onto, with sufficient space for our knees and legs as well! The doughnut-like seat evenly distributes the force exerted upon our body when we sit, enabling us to maintain a solid posture. A backrest with a soft foam cushion can be attached to the Lunule Chair, paired up with the already ergonomic form of the chair, this provides further support to our caudal vertebrae and waist.

Ghadimi managed to integrate a unique habit from his culture into an aesthetic piece of furniture, a design that finds functionality not only in his home country but around the world! Not to mention, it’s a healthy break for our bodies from the uptight and non-ergonomic chair designs found today…your body and posture will thank you!

The Lunule Chair is a winner of the Silver A’ Design Award for the year 2019.

Designer: Arsalan Ghadimi

Meet the slimmest, smallest tripod stand to ever attach to your phone…

I think the Lookstand is both a great and bad idea. Here’s why it’s great. At just a couple of centimeters thin, the Lookstand is everything you want in your phone but don’t have. It works as a stand, a grip, and opens out into a glorious tripod that can easily elevate your phone a couple of inches off the ground and at any angle you want. Forget the pop socket, forget those novelty stick-on rings, or those kick-stand cases… the Lookstand is all of them, and more.

The all-metal stand weighs a mere 1.5 ounces and attaches itself either to the back of your phone or your phone-case. When folded, it’s no larger than a pack of gum, and when opened out, can be used either as a kickstand or a prop-stand, as a selfie-stick, or a tripod that holds your phone up as high as 10 inches, in both portrait and landscape. The slim product stays adhered to the back of your phone without occupying too much mass or space. It’s thin enough to let you slide your phone into your pocket without any difficulty, and the only foreseeable drawback is that it may disrupt your phone’s ability to wirelessly charge.

Here’s why it’s a bad idea. The Lookstand’s timing is just absolutely unfortunate. We’ve owned smartphones for over 10 years and the fact that a product like the Lookstand exists only now feels like someone should have thought of this MUCH sooner… at least before foldable phones came into the picture, because here’s what’s bad about the Lookstand. It’s come at a time when phones are either integrating flexible displays into their designs, or massive 4-6 camera lens bumps on their rears, making it sort of challenging for the Lookstand to truly help ‘elevate’ the smartphone experience. However, if the design can stay relevant and useful for at least the next 3 years, I’d call it a big win.

Designer: LOOK#

Haoshi Design Studio’s sparrow timepiece is a clock with a flock!

With a couple of sparrows casually perched in front of it, the Sparrow Round Clock seamlessly integrates timepiece and sculptural decor. The white birds give the clock a beautiful neoclassical sculptural appeal, as the clock sits right behind it, both partially obscured yet visible to the eye.

What Taiwan-based Haoshi Design does is create a product-fusion where form and function coexist, but as separate entities within the same product. The clock isn’t sculptural, and the sparrows aren’t functional… and they could separately exist as two, mundane products too. However, combine them together and they become the beautiful and joyful clock that is sure to make you smile every time you look at it!

Would be wonderful if the clock had a backlight too, right?

Designer: Haoshi Design

Finally a weatherproof everyday carry kit classy enough to carry everywhere!

Men are super lucky to always have outfits with pockets and that’s why they can actually carry this cool EDC (Everyday Carry) kit of essentials with them. These aren’t just your regular items, they are more like functional accessories with a compact form for those who won’t compromise on practicality or a clean look. This sleek kit comes in a weatherproof case, so you truly can carry it every day and everywhere without having to cram your pockets or find a friend who is carrying a bag.

James Brand and Aether have created this monochromatic daily essential kit that includes a branded Moleskin notebook with a limited-edition pen, and knife, both having a diamond-patterned grip for ease of use. The pocket knife is not your usual one attached to a keyring, it was designed with a special 2.5″ blade, a Phillips-head screwdriver, a bottle opener, and James’ “All Things” scraper and pry. The exclusive knife also has a safety function where the blade locks, especially when applying a lot of force. Strong and super durable straps hold the knife and pen in place while the small gadgets and cords are neatly packed with the help of an elastic daisy chain.

There is no such thing as too many pockets especially when you don’t carry around a purse, so this EDC kit also has an internal zippered pocket that serves as a place to keep cash or small necessities. Making most of its form and function, the notebook pocket doubles as a passport pocket with three credit card slots making it perfect for travel as well. This is, in every essence, the modern man’s EDC kit with essentials that are multifunctional, practical, space-saving and classy – an everyday kit as ready to take on the world as you are!

Designer: James Brand + Aether

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The Clippad mobile accessory turns your smartphone into a renegade GameBoy Advance!

Emulators can only go so far, right?

Giacomo Zangani’s Clippad lets you get a much more authentic Nintendo GBA experience by strapping a set of GameBoy controllers to the side of your smartphone. The controllers attach themselves using a clip at the back (similar to the Microsoft xCloud controller concepts we featured earlier), working with practically any phone to turn them into a GameBoy Advance-inspired gaming console. The controllers connect to your phone wirelessly, and let you play a whole bunch of games with authentic-feeling buttons and controls rather than tapping on screen-based buttons. My personal go-to game? Pokémon Yellow.

Designer: Giacomo Zangani

All your Apple devices can be charged at once on this modular, wireless dock – one size fits all

We were all well aware of the problem of having one charger or one wireless base and the battle to get your device there before anyone else in your house. Can you imagine how many sibling fights can be prevented if Apple made a multi-charging dock? Well, our prayers have been answered, say hello to the glue that is going to be holding modern families together – Scosche BaseLynx Modular Charging System Kit for Apple priced at USD 149.95 that comes in white and black to match your tech aesthetic. You can also buy individual bases or upgrade to their pro kit.

This wireless charging system kit is modular and expandable, you are now free from hours of untangling cables for each device because this one dock is a home-for-all. You’ll be happy to know that it just requires one power out and given its modular nature, it is portable so you can use it at home or at work. The BaseLynx charging kit is compatible with all iPhones, iPads, Apple watches, Airpods and even iPods – yes this station EXISTS and all us Apple fans are excited about giving our devices a resting spot as sleek as they are.

It has many individual parts that you can choose and pick from to BYOB (Build Your Own BaseLynx). An interesting feature is the Vert charging module where you can charge three devices at once on the same base. The wireless charging dock is also Qi-certified meaning it is safe and one of the fastest available technologies in the game. BaseLynx is a customizable solution that helps organize, charge, store all your Apple devices. You can keep it at home, or take it to work, even travel with it so you don’t have to carry 5 cords plus 3 converter plugs, and the best part – wireless bases mean endless charging without any bent or frayed Apple cords!

All concerns have been addressed, now back to your bases Apple enthusiasts!

Designer: Scosche

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Toyi’s creative toy-making toolkit lets kids turn everyday objects into cartoon characters

Remember Forky from Toy Story? Remember how a child saw life in a mundane piece of disposable cutlery, turning it into a toy with the power of their imagination? Think of Toyi as a toy-making kit that encourages that imagination and creativity.

Labeled as a Creative Play Kit, the Toyi isn’t like conventional play-sets. Rather, it comes with a set of parts and modules that let you turn objects around you into toys. You could turn an egg carton into a plane, a water bottle into a hilarious character, or a slipper into a renegade automobile. Toyi’s objective is to enable kids to see potential in objects around them, helping exercise their creativity to look at their surroundings differently!

The idea for Toyi came to Istanbul-based designers Ögeday Uçurum and Elif Atmaca from their childhood which involved a lot of traveling and living relatively difficult lives without the luxury of fancy toys. Ögeday and Elif did, as kids, what most kids would do. They began turning scrap into toys, securing plastic rulers to pencils to turn them into airplanes, drawing faces on milk cartons, using broomsticks as swords… basically, taking everyday objects and turning them into entertaining toys.

The Toyi Creative Play Kit just enables kids to more effectively transform mundane objects into toys. The kit comprises a set of flexible connectors, legs, heads, eyes, and joints. It doesn’t come with a rule-book because the Toyi doesn’t believe in imposing constraints on a child’s creativity. All you need to do is imagine, explore, build, and play. Toyi’s quirky design language helps kids (or even adults, if you’re up for it) build everything from characters to props, sets, and entire worlds for their toys to exist in. Additionally, it helps kids see potential and purpose in objects that may one day end up in the bin. Channeling the very same spirit that helped a single-use plastic fork turn into an adorable character in a Pixar movie, Toyi exercises the imaginative part of a child’s brain, helping them see the world not as objects that you use and throw, but rather as objects that can be transformed into toys that help kids play, learn, and grow!

Designers: Ögeday Uçurum & Elif Atmaca