Dyson is hands down one of the most innovative companies out there. Before Dyson, did you ever follow any company that made vacuums on Instagram? It single-handedly turned vacuums into a status symbol and then ventured into playing the tech fairy godmother while transforming all the other pumpkin household appliances. Dyson has inspired many designers to adapt their style and create some amazing concepts, our recent favorite is the Dyson Moovo – an electric scooter modeled after their signature product designs featuring clean lines.
Electric scooters are soon going to become a preferred mode of transport for city commuters as they are environmentally friendly and easier on the pocket than a Tesla. Moovo’s design incorporates Dyson’s sleek and simplified aesthetics with their powerful engineering into an efficient electric scooter that you would be proud to own. The handlebar integrates the workings of a CPU that lets you control certain features of the scooter through its display like folding the handlebar or visualizing your trip’s data. The screen is anti-reflective so that you can look at the data under any light condition when outside. It features a 300W brushless motor in the front hub with a drum brake in the rear wheel and translucent mudguards to reduce visual weight on both ends. There is an easy control for the throttle along with a brake lever that is also included in the handlebar. Soft plugs guard the ends of the handlebar and absorb impact.
You can also adjust the height according to the rider and the anti-slip surface ensures their comfort + safety. Lock and unlock your scooter with your fingerprint and we won’t be surprised if this moves towards facial recognition in the future. The base features a sliding lock mechanism to detach the battery when needed and a sliding stand to make it stay upright effortlessly. The Dyson Moovo has the power to convert many people into electric scooter fans just as they turned many adults into Monica Gellers who love to clean!
IKEA! As a design lover, I always have appreciated the values IKEA brings to the table – minimal, Scandanavian design, modularity and the ability to customize and easily upgrade our furniture to match our homes. In their own words :“Our mission is the almost impossible idea of combining formal beauty with a great functionality and lasting quality. All of this produced in a sustainable value chain and affordable for the client.” After spending considerable hours browsing the IKEA inventory and combining my exposure of great product designs we come across at Yanko, this curated collection of designs features product designs that are truly IKEA-worthy and are sure to be a hit in their collection!
It’s worth noticing how the OO Stool by S Mate Olah (of 56 Hours) does such a great job of combining sustainability along with technology and a pinch of heritage. Made from a single board of bamboo plywood, the stool is CNC machine-cut in a way that integrates every single aspect of the stool into its design. Everything you need to build the OO Stool sits within that flat-packed jigsaw-puzzle of bamboo pieces, minimizing waste by using as much negative space as possible. The legs form the outside, while the dual-layered seat of the stool sits on the inside, with the negative space being filled by tiny rectangular pieces that help lock the stool in place, and even a bamboo hammer to help assemble the stool!
Keith Melbourne Studios envisioned how design intervention can create a new sort of stylish-yet-safe workplace with the Avion. Currently on the shortlist for an Inde Award, the Avion is a modular workspace setup that comes with a contemporary design with soft curves, chic furniture, and a modern color palette to help make the workspace look friendly and appealing. Designed to create visual comfort, with modularity that makes the design easily scalable so you’re more focused and relaxed at work, the cubicle systems isolate you and provide enough space to work out of, while still giving you enough of a window to step out and socialize from time to time… from a distance of course!
With summer comes an increase in usage of air conditioners and we know they are not exceptionally healthy for the planet. To help maintain the electricity usage, designers Aileen Ooi and E Ian Siew created KYL, an attachment to the common standing fan everyone has stashed away at their homes to make the room cooler. The attachment, named KYL is a humidity filter that funnels airflow output to cool a closed room. KYL would be able to lower temperatures by 1.5degrees Celsius and also make the room arider (a boon in humid places like Singapore, India, and more). Utilizing Bernoulli’s principle to create a cooling effect, KYL comes with a removable filter made up of tiny pieces of silica gel which absorbs moisture from the air. This lowers the humidity in the room and we can reuse the silica gel by washing it then leaving it out in the sun to dry, minimizing the usage of electricity. And removing this filter is easy as it comes affixed with velcro.
Now this is a fridge worthy of IKEA! Designed to be a sustainable appliance, the Addition by Heewoong Chai is a multi-type refrigerator system that up-sizes on demand. Based on the assumption that your first fridge comes home when you move out as a singleton, and your requirements increase when you marry and then expand your family with kids in tow, this fridge makes clever use of being modular by allowing you to add components like water purifier, oven etc. making it a holistic solution in the kitchen. A typically good-quality make fridge lasts you for several years without a hiccup, so adding more modules as per requirements is quite sensible. What I love about the design is the clever use of technology via an app, to help control key features like temperature vs content and status on the food item stored – example: expiry date, freshness etc. In essence, each module can be temperature controlled individually, thus creating various customized zones for the food within.
The Circle Zero from PLUTO is a smart litter box that takes care of your cat’s business. Designed to be fully automated, fully enclosed, and exceptionally silent, the litter box comes with a completely enclosed design to provide a private experience. Sensors on the box detect the presence of the cat, and wait for a full 7 minutes after they’re done to automatically (and silently) scoop the waste from the litter and store it separately while completely containing and eliminating any odor too. Once the waste compartment is full, you can use any bag or liner to collect it and throw it away. Designed to appear classy (and practically something you’d find in an IKEA catalog), the Circle Zero truly looks like the kind of device you’d want to keep in your living room.
The base of the shape-shifting, infinitely customizable shelf KUR!O by designer Markus Hofko of Von Morgen is its underlying grid, made from sandwiched wood-fiber boards. The cuts in the grid go as much as 20mm deep, allowing you press-fit powder-coated steel panels into it. The steel panels come in a variety of colors, giving the KUR!O its uniquely vibrant appeal, and feature carefully-placed cuts that let individual panels interlock into each other. The 2mm thick panels are heavy-duty enough to take on large loads, making the KUR!O robust, despite the fact that there isn’t any screwing or gluing of parts. Each KUR!O even comes with a set of 8mm thick steel sticks or dowels that peg into the circular holes at the intersection of the cutouts. Plug a stick in and you instantly have yourself a series of hooks right beside your shelf-spaces so you can both hang as well as place items on your KUR!O.
Un-Lim is an ageless collection that can be molded and changed over time – think of it as redesigning your own furniture using the same pieces to create a whole new form and function! It comes with 8 different parts that you can combine to match your space and needs. Turn it from a bed to a table to a chair seamlessly. “Unlimited imagination and unimaginable needs of people could be contradictory to the limitations of our planet and our capacities as human beings. The consumption patterns we have adapted have led to global warming, polluted air, soil, and water while putting pressure on people, both in working conditions and a psychological obsession to gain more without answering the real needs,” says designer Ariyan Davoodian on what inspired him to create modular furniture for every space.
Studio RYTE’s Catssup includes a Dot Step, a Sleeping Pill, a Space Ball, a Cloud Lounge and a Climbing Tower – I would just like to say that I strongly believe human furniture should also have fun labels like this and maybe we would be more invested in it. The Dot Step is a circular attachment that lets your pet explore vertical places with the Cloud Lounge and Sleeping Pill are resting attachments. The Space Ball and Climbing tower are play pieces to keep your cat entertained, especially during virtual meetings. All you have to do is screw and clamp for rearranging the pieces suited to different functions. The C-clamp is adjustable so it will fit horizontal boards/surfaces easily.
Danish architects Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrick Husum have created ‘GrowMore’ in an attempt to encourage such a society. GrowMore is an urban gardening modular design that expands as your plants grow. The modular, open-source system is made entirely out of CNC-milled plywood. The versatile planter can be bolted and unbolted in a variety of configurations, allowing you to maintain mini or larger-than-mini farms and gardens. GrowMore consists of a collection of six individual parts including plywood, shelving and planting units, which are held together by a ‘circular pivotal joint’, that uses M8 bolts in order to create varied designs from the very same parts. “It’s like a Lego system,” said Lindholm “The parts can be rotated vertically and horizontally, so it’s totally flexible. You can really freestyle, and build anything you want.”
Designed by a former Lexus Engineer who found himself shifting cities a lot, Aalo2.0 by Sejun Park is designed to be stronger, made from finer materials, and work anywhere, including outdoors. Going a step further to make the range more durable, and therefor last for possibly a decade longer, Aalo 2.0 fine tunes a few things while sticking to its original philosophy. The products come flat-packed, much like IKEA’s furniture would, but unlike the Swedish home-decor giant, Aalo 2.0 is also designed for ‘disassembly’. This ensures that when you travel between cities, shifting jobs, your entire lifestyle travels WITH you. Aalo 2.0 comes apart as conveniently as it’s put together… with connecting panels and joineries that tighten with a single tool, the Aalo 2.0 can be assembled, disassembled, or even repurposed into newer items of furniture. Its Lego-like simplicity gives you the opportunity to be creative with your furniture, building exactly what you want, and its sheer genius is that designer Sejun Park devised a clever Nordic-style minimalist design language that shines through no matter what piece of furniture you make. Whether you use Aalo 2.0 to make a footstool, wardrobe, planter-stand, table, or even modular shelf, every product looks like a part of Aalo’s visual family.
For the love of all beautifully designed furniture, check out more curated and inspiring furniture designs here!
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.
For the first time, here’s a piece of EDC that really makes a lot of sense. The Windeler makes the case that you could have a 32-in-1 multitool, but do you really need to carry all 32 tools with you everywhere you go? No, right? The Windeler multitool brings an almost bento-box approach to EDC, allowing you to create modular setups based on the tools you need whenever you need them. On some days all you need is a good multi-purpose knife, on other days you may need a complete screwdriver set, and when it’s exceptionally sunny out, you might want to carry your bottle-opener with you. The Windeler multitool, designed by Douglas Windeler, gives you that freedom to pick and choose (and carry) the tools you need. The multitool features a unique neodymium-based interlocking system that lets you snap tools together to create EDC that’s customized to your needs. With as many as 15 different units to choose from (featuring over 20 tools), the Windeler can be infinitely customized based on your need, and even be rearranged based on what tools you’re more likely to use.
The Windeler’s most defining detail is its neodymium magnetic attachment system that lets you snap together tools to make the multitool you need. The tools snap satisfyingly together to form a single easy-to-carry bunch, and can either swivel out when you need them, or be snapped off and used individually for more complex tasks. This uniquely user-friendly design detail allows you to arrange and rearrange your multitool set to suit your exact needs. Spanning a variety of categories, you can actually build your own tool-stacks based on specific activities like bicycling, surfing, or outdoor camping, with tools that are tailor-made for each activity. With everything from hex-bits to screwdrivers, and from bottle openers and prybars to a drop-point outdoor pocket-knife, the broad catalog of Windeler’s individual tools allows it to cover a wide range of use-cases… and that innovative magnetic modular system lets you decide exactly what tools you want to carry with you, and in what order. What we have here is a basic launch range, which will be followed up with plenty of other tools and knives in the near future. This will give you an opportunity (in the future), to get each tool individually or customize your set.
The hallmark of a great toolset is its ability to withstand rough use. Constructed out of Grade 5 Titanium, the Windeler is built to take on remarkable degrees of stress. With a tough Plasma nitride coating, the tools are practically scratch-proof, corrosion-resistant, and guaranteed to last decades even with regular, everyday use. Besides, the fact that they can easily be snapped together or pulled apart makes them ridiculously easy to clean if they ever get muddy or greasy. The titanium construction not only makes the Windeler tools ridiculously tough, it also ensures your EDC is lightweight… so whether you’re carrying just 2 tools with you, or 10 units snapped together, the only thing that ever matters to you is convenience. After all, isn’t that what EDC tools are all about?
The Windeler is a magnetic, modular Titanium multitool system that lets you select the tools you want and leave behind the rest.
Windeler brings you hand tools that connect together using neodymium magnets. This allows you to assemble them in any combination to create your Stack. You can add and remove tools in one easy movement.
Windeler tools are individual modules designed to be used on their own. Each tool can be paired with any other in the range.
Windeler tools snap together using a magnetic connection. The tools comprise of a body made of high quality material and a magnetic connector.
The majority of the tools are grade 5 Titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V). This material is lightweight, tough and non-corrosive.
The tools are Plasma nitride hardened to give them a super hard molecular shell.
Windeler uses the highest strength neodymium magnets encased in a protective stainless shell. The magnet assembly is then pressed into the tool body.
N52 Neodymium Magnets encased in Stainless steel armor and pressed into tool body.
Windeler tools connect with any others in their range but are designed to function on their own. Exactly as a hand tool should. The size of each tool has been carefully considered to maximize function for individual use. This gets around the awkwardness of standard multitools.
Building a Stack
Adaptable & Modular – You might climb, surf and cycle all on the same day or week. Their tools can assemble in any combination. You can carry one or take as many as you need for your activity. It’s a toolset that adapts to your lifestyle.
Use in One Easy Move – Each of their tools break out of the Stack for ease of use. Select the tool you need, pull it out in one easy move and off you go. When done, snap it back into the Stack.
The Stack Options
The Wild Knife – the hero of the launch range. It’s designed to be a versatile everyday carry item. A great all-rounder and very utilitarian. It’s super thin at 4mm and very light at only 35g.
– Blade: Drop point design. Hardened AUS10 stainless steel – Handle: Lightweight design with easy central release button and ball detent. Large carabiner hole accessible when open and closed – Ti6Al4V.
The Everyday Stack – your go-to everyday carry stack. Lightweight, tough and utilitarian.
– Wild Knife: Drop point blade in AUS10 Stainless steel. Lightweight handle in Ti6Al4V – Bottle Opener: Lightweight and slim – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V – Pry Bar: Tough and light. Pry bar and and large flat head – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V
The Hex Stack – a set of high quality, Titanium alloy Hex drivers. Lightweight and utilitarian. Designed to pull out and use individually. Carry them on their own or pair them with our other tools to create your ideal setup.
The Cycle Stack (short) – a lightweight and utilitarian cycle stack. Made from hardened Titanium alloy. Designed to pull out and use individually. Carry them on their own or pair them with our other tools to create your ideal setup. Weight – 50g
– Hex Drivers: 3mm Hex – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V – Chain Splitter: 3mm Hex key required – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V – Spoke and valve core tool: Tapered key slot designed to fit any spoke. Schrader and Presta valve tool. Valve extender tool – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V
The Cycle Stack (tall) – contains all the essentials for either a short blast or full on expedition. Sling it in your pack, pannier or saddle bag. You won’t even know it’s there until you need it. Weighs 100g. Made from aerospace grade, hardened Titanium alloy
– Hex Drivers: 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm Hex – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V – Chain Splitter: Goes with 3mm Hex key – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V – Spoke and valve core tool: Tapered key slot designed to fit any spoke. Schrader and Presta valve tool. Valve extender feature – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V
The Surf Stack – designed to be with you from dawn patrol to evening glass off. Prep your board, paddle out and enjoy your session. Then relax with a beer on the beach when the sun goes down. Sling these tools in your dry bag, backpack, jacket pocket or keep it in the glove compartment of your surf wagon.
– Wax Comb & Stripper: Fits perfectly in hand – Glass filled nylon. – Hex Fin Key: Designed to be used with 3/32″ Hex screws – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V – Flat Head Fin Key: Designed for a single fin setup – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V – Bottle Opener: Lightweight and slim – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V
Kids have been home since March and although it has just been a couple of months, it feels like years for parents as they juggle work from home with school from home! As we all adjust to the new normal, we are also swallowing the hard pill that schools may not reopen for the rest of the year. Even if they do, it will only be part-time so children will still be home for the majority of the time. To make adjusting easier for both parents and the kids, Rosan Bosch, a Danish designer has collaborated with the innovative furniture maker Stykka to give us Wonder DIY – a set of simple cardboard kits that encourage learning as well as provide functional usage.
Wonder DIY has four different kits that come with cardboard elements that allow your child to create their own learning landscape. As they make their own ‘desks’, it gives them a sense of owning their space and creating a physical learning environment outside of school. Children can learn and be entertained as they build, re-build, and re-invent their learning space – playfulness and purpose make the core of these kits! “Adults are not the only ones who feel like their lives are out of control because of the coronavirus,” says Bosch. “Children are feeling it as well. These kits are designed to empower them and make them feel in control of their environment on some level.”
The design equips the child to continue active learning through curiosity and creativity – the modular nature of the boards let them build their own study-play area and the blank cardboard also serves as a canvas for art projects. The four models are SUN, CAVE, ISLAND, and TREE. The SUN is a theatre setup for kids to practice their presentation skills and the CAVE lets them concentrate and reflect in an ‘open cave’ that transforms into a hiding place when a blanket is draped on top (I can imagine some adults really liking this one too!). ISLAND has one of the most practical functions as it offers a table and exhibition wall that provides a surface to study and be creative while TREE lets them showcase ideas and sit under a ‘tree’ – alone in concentration, or together in collaboration.
Recycled cardboard was chosen as it is affordable, easy to assemble/disassemble, lightweight, and durable for children to work with. All sets are made to be modular and flexible to maximize creativity. “We have developed a practice with six principles to guide the design of learning environments for the 21st century. Wonder DIY is based on these design principles that empower children to reflect on and plan their own learning journey,” says the team. Everyone is a natural born creative thinker, all they need are the right tools to make wonderful things happen!
We are in the age of electric vehicles but when we think of them all that ever comes to mind is cars. Electric vehicles go beyond just road transportation. While it may take some time to have electric ones that actually fly or sail, concept designs like Kira show us that the design innovation for them has already begun!
Isaac Burrough, a designer from New Zealand, has created a 110 meters long superyacht concept that uses current and future sustainable technologies to maximize the impact. Kiwa is named after the Māori guardian of the ocean which is a fitting name given that its goal is to help the planet through its energy-saving features and sleek design. ‘The intention for Kiwa was to design a superyacht that is both modern and elegant. Her sleek silhouette combined with curvaceous surfaces adds grace despite her exploration capabilities. A yacht that will look sophisticated whether cruising the Mediterranean or the arctic,” says the designer.
Kiwa’s narrow, low-volume to length hull ensures motor-efficiency from the ground up. The yacht also features 200 square meters of solar panels that power the everyday activities, crew usage as well as the hotel load. Along with lowering fuel consumption it also uses a hybrid propulsion system that allows it to select an electric-only mode when the yacht wants to enter remote zones – this promotes sustainable traveling as it cuts out the pollution and also lets guests enjoy al fresco dining without the generator noise! Looking to incorporate the best that engineering has to offer, its electric capacity is expected to extend from several hours to unlimited as solar and battery technologies advance enabling emission-free motoring.
As it protects nature, Kiwa also allows her guests to enjoy nature! The expansive deck areas and 175 square meters of storage space encourage the guests to be outside and also get comfortable with living a different lifestyle for an extended period of time. The large main deck has sliding doors and multiple lounge areas that make versatile pockets of sanctuaries in shade or sun. And what is a yacht without a pool? Of course, Kiwa has not one but multiple pools! The one above the swim platform is a glass-bottom pool and is cantilevered off the main deck and, on the lower deck, in-built sun pads are partially covered by the blue rays emitting from the glass. The sun pads provide a panoramic view while the sun deck boasts a jacuzzi with an elevated and equally unobtrusive view. Even the spa area has semi-submerged pools that allow guests to enjoy scenery both above and below the water surface. Kiwa is an example of how we can use technology for a sustainable future full of travels!
Tableware essentials such as spoons, cups, plates and bowls are classic designs whose forms have remained unchanged over time. While the majority of us find these designs beneficial in their current form, what evolution for a society entails is evolution of our everyday designs to suit not only the majority, but to be inclusive and cater to all humans alike. It is this progress and inclusiveness Jexter Lim brings to the world with his tableware design named Eatsy.
Jexter’s design process started with a relatively simple question, “How might we design an adaptive tableware to enhance dining experience for the visually impaired?” The answer was Eatsy, a set of multi-functional tableware consisting of a plate, a bowl, a cup and utensils designed with a unique feature, a silicone flap that can be bent to increase ease of usage while reducing the stigma by blending in with the existing tableware. The silicone flap is one of those minor changes that make all the difference – they provide unique sensory cues in a subtle manner for the visually impaired, helping them feel the edge of the container to guide them in their tasks – be it pouring water correctly into the cup, scooping food from the edge of your plate or even balancing your spoon on the edge so it does not slip into the food. For example, the cup’s indent or silicone flap bends inwards, helping the user identify the spot and secure that location for pouring from a jug. The raised corner of the plate is sloped in nature, helping you capture, corner and scoop food onto your spoon, making it easy for the user to scoop the food towards this corner and judge the content left on their plate. Such tasks that commonly do without realizing our dependency visual cues and taking the action for granted.
Eatsy is also user-friendly for both left and right-handed users while its stackable design makes it easy to store. The simplicity of the design ensures it is easy to implement across restaurants and home. Given the fact that it helps prevent spillage, Eatsy is user-friendly not only for visually-impaired but for the elderly, children or just about anyone who has a tendency to spill – Eatsy is just as useful for everyone as it is for the visually impaired and that’s what makes it a truly inclusive design!
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.