This Samsung Drone wasn’t designed for consumers… it was designed for public safety

Samsung makes everything under the sun… but the company hasn’t made a single drone yet (although they filed for a patent in 2021). This concept from South Korean designers Minkyo Im and Seongjin Kim, however, corrects the record. Dubbed the Public Safety Drone, this concept isn’t your average FPV drone or consumer-grade quadcopter. It is, in fact, an airborne surveillance camera that citizens can summon through an app when they’re feeling unsafe. Sort of like a watchful eye that makes sure you’re safe at all times, the Samsung Public Safety Drone (also known locally as DNDN) fills in the gap left by police personnel… because while it isn’t easy to physically respond to alerts in mere seconds, a flying drone can reach a point of interest much faster.

Designers: Minkyo Im and Seongjin Kim

Armed with 4 propellers, a set of emergency lights, and a 360° camera lens layout on the underside of the drone, the DNDN is the perfect surveillance camera for cities, especially at night. While the police can’t be everywhere at once, and while CCTV systems have blind spots, DNDN has no such problem. It can be summoned via an app, and if it detects any crime, it can immediately alert local authorities with video evidence, even tracking perpetrators if they try to make a quick getaway.

“The project aimed at making the city safe and comfortable for women even during the night”, say the designers. “The drones comfort the users by detecting danger using 360-degree cameras while following them and offering appropriate actions to get out of the situation.”

The Samsung DNDN comes equipped with an array of wide-angle cameras mounted on a gimbal on the base of the drone. These cameras rely on Samsung’s own capabilities with their own smartphones, and are made to work well in low-light settings and also over longer distances.

The drone is available as a public service, rather than as an extension of law enforcement. Users can pre-emptively check the surroundings for signs of danger through the video filmed by the drone, or can summon the drone to act as a ‘guardian angel’ of sorts – a feature that was originally envisioned by designers to help women move around safely in cities after dark. At normal times, the drone’s lights glow blue, but when it detects any danger, the lights immediately turn red to alert perpetrators. Video footage is recorded and immediately sent to local law enforcement, along with metadata like location data to help police swiftly reach the area.

DNDN was originally envisioned as a part of the Samsung Design Membership program, organized at the Samsung Seoul R&D center every year as a mentorship program that allows young designers to gain experience and expertise through a wide range of design exercises. Although the drone is most likely to exist just as a student concept, it was created under the mentorship of Samsung’s design team, who helped the designers understand technological capabilities and overall product feasibility.

The DNDN drone uses a combination of existing Samsung technologies, along with design cues that make it perfect for the nature of its job. The propeller guards that surround each propeller help the DNDN navigate without accidentally hitting objects or getting damaged. Given its large size, the drone is likely to be on the heavier side, which makes it much more reliable in bad weather or while flying on windy nights. Considering the conceptual nature of the product, there’s no battery life mentioned, although the presence of a battery pack on the top makes it easy to keep the DNDN in circulation simply by swapping out depleted batteries for charged ones.

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Origami lifeboat can be flat-packed while storing, and opened on command

Designed to make rescuing human lives efficient, the Fold And Rescue lifeboat flips closed while in storage, thanks to its origami-inspired form.

The inspiration for the Fold And Rescue came from the paper boat itself, showing how inspiration can travel in both directions. Unlike an inflatable lifeboat that poses the danger of deflating or not inflating correctly, the Fold And Rescue is made from a naturally buoyant material, and just needs to be opened to be used. In its folded form, it occupies a third of its original space and can be stacked together. When needed, just open the boat out and you’ve got two seats that can comfortably fit 4-6 people.

Designer: Industrial Design College of LAFA

The Fold And Rescue was designed to address the problem of insufficient number of lifeboats in the ship’s stockpile. It comes with a self-locking mechanism built into the benches, so the boat never accidentally closes shut when open. Each boat is made from a naturally buoyant material, and comes with a flat base that keeps the boat from tipping over by accident. The Fold And Rescue is also equipped with an oar on each side, making navigating to safety easier.

The Fold And Rescue is a winner of the A’ Design Award for the year 2022.

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This Disco Ball Helmet may be a public safety hazard, but it’s easily the coolest headgear possible!

The 70s called. They wanted to know where you got that sick helmet from.

Before really talking about anything, yes, this helmet is a bit of a safety hazard given it can cause glare during the day, or trigger someone’s epilepsy (although that seems highly unlikely), so that’s definitely worth keeping in mind. However, putting that aside, the Disco Ball Helmet is truly one of the most fashionable pieces of riding headgear you could possibly own. Perfect for wearing at night, indoors at a skating rink, or even as headgear at a music concert, the Disco Ball Helmet is exactly what you think it is. Outfitted with thousands of tiny mirror pieces, the helmet adds a sparkle to your outfit while protecting your noggin from damage. If you do decide to wear it, it also comes with a retracting sun visor and is ECE 22-05 certified for road safety. Do be warned, however. Cops may not take too kindly to the vibe you’re trying to project!

Designer: Disco2Disco

The Disco Ball Helmet comes in 3 colors – the classic silver, and the unconventional but equally fascinating gold and rose-gold. You even have 4 sizes to choose from, depending on your cranial measurements, and the inner lining of the helmet is removable and washable, allowing you to maintain your Disco Ball Helmet over time.

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Savannah Anti-Theft Kit features smart devices that look like minimalist toys

Savannah Anti-Theft Kit System Concept

Savannah is a city in the United States in Georgia, known for its beautiful landscapes and rich history. It is also famous for its well-preserved architecture. We know it now as the inspiration for the Savannah Anti-theft Kit, which integrates safety and security tools more into our domestic life.

Savannah is a line of smart products that are nothing like the devices you see in the market. They are similar in basic functions, but they are made from ceramic. The result is smooth aesthetics with a very evident minimalist appeal.

Designers: Francesco Isaia, Alessandro Pomponio, and Cecilia Veglio

Savannah Anti-Theft Kit System Details

You won’t think these are anti-theft devices as they look like small toys. But that’s the beauty of these products because they are very subtle you wouldn’t think they have other essential functions.

The landscapes and animals of Savannah inspire the Savannah. Several products are available, like a WiFi router (hub controller), siren/Bluetooth speaker, window sensor, smoke sensor, and a camera. The WiFi router looks like a table home decor. It is designed like a landscape with a couple of trees, and it also works as a hub for all the other Savannah devices. The Bluetooth speaker is shaped like a cube, with the top cover looking like a mountain range. We can also imagine this design being applied as an air purifier.

Savannah Anti-Theft Kit Features

Concept Savannah Anti-Theft Kit

Concept Savannah Anti-Theft Kit System

Savannah Anti-Theft Kit System

The window sensors are ready in different shapes. They help detect and report the opening and closing of doors. There is also a smoke sensor that looks like an upside-down character. The camera looks cute in different animal designs and colors.

Savannah Anti-Theft Kit

The Savannah Anti-Theft System is a design by Francesco Isaia, Alessandro Pomponio, and Cecilia Veglio. These Italian designers prove that Italian design is really something more. It goes beyond the aesthetic appeal as it is also about quality, craftsmanship, tradition, innovation, and passion. The Savannah 2021 Collection is likely to have additional products in the future. But first, this project needs to get into production. The devices remain as a concept product design for now but we know the idea can be easily picked up by other designers.

We have featured other anti-theft devices before but nothing cute like the Savannah. The ones we’ve seen were specifically for cyclists. There was the Anti-Theft Collapsible Bike Wheel and those discrete metal tags by Cycling Boom. Special anti-theft bags have been introduced as well—the Bobby Anti-Theft Backpack and the Tribal Anti-theft Sports Bag.

Savannah Anti-Theft Kit Concept

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Origami-inspired Prefab Pod with a folding design makes it easy to set up instant refugee shelters

Originally designed as a modular pod for luxury getaways, Hariri & Hariri Architecture’s prefab folding structure is now proving to be an incredibly cost and labor-effective solution to ongoing refugee crises caused by political unrest and climate change. The prefabricated structure ships as a flat-packed unit and can be opened out and assembled in mere minutes with just a crane and minimal manual labor, allowing you to set up instant refugee shelters anywhere.

Conceptually, the pod’s unique folding structure is inspired by Origami. It’s designed to fold flat when not in use and can be shipped as a set of flat palettes stacked together and assembled on-site. When assembled, the walls open outwards and lock into a hexagonal shape, making the pod’s structure geometrically stable and modular.

Designers: Hariri and Hariri Architecture

Iranian architects Gisue and Mojgan Hariri designed the prefab pod based on their own experience of losing their home. The compact pods have an area of 500 sq.ft., making them modestly sized for a family of 3-4. The single-story pods can also be linked together to create larger living units.

The prefab pod comes pre-hinged and can be set up without any tools. The panels on the pod are made from Equitone (a fiber-based cement) to create a robust yet lightweight structure, while large glass windows let abundant light in, eliminating the need for electric lighting during the day. Open areas in the structure also promote natural ventilation.

Harari & Harari Architecture emphasize the versatile nature of the pod by pointing out how it can simultaneously be used as “a refugee or disaster shelter, a woods or beach cabin, assembled into clusters for large music or sports events, and even into a single luxury home.”

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This helmet designed to provide protection during earthquakes is inspired by ancient Roman military tactics

This piece of multifunctional protective equipment designed to provide wearable shielding from falling debris during earthquakes was inspired by ancient Roman military tactics.

The testudo, or tortoise formation, was a type of shield wall formation commonly used by the Roman legions during military blockades, or sieges. Similar to a tortoiseshell, the soldiers would position their shields to form a fully enclosed shell that offered coverage on all sides as well overhead. The testudo was used to protect Roman soldiers from arrows and missiles as they slowly marched in unison towards a city’s gates or remained stationary in defense.

Designer: Seunghwan Ra

Recognizing the protective nature of the testudo formation, one designer found modern use for the ancient military tactic in emergency situations, like earthquakes. Named after its inspiration, Testudo is a physical shield and helmet piece designed by Korean designer Seunghwan Ra for earthquake response.

Considering all the elements that go into assuring safety following an earthquake, Ra had his work cut out for him. If designing earthquake safety equipment wasn’t enough, Ra incorporated a multifunctional element to keep the piece of equipment within arm’s reach year-round.

Initially functioning as a wall-mounted light fixture, Testudo’s first safety element is light. As Ra states, “A ray of light is always a right signifier to those [who] panic.” Think lighthouses, flashlights, and even the natural safety of sunlight.

During natural disasters, especially earthquakes, a source of light is a beacon of hope, guiding survivors to safety, even if it just takes them from Point A to Point B. When an earthquake hits, Testudo will remain alight on the wall for users to easily seek it out and employ its safety measures.

Once detached from the wall, Testudo reveals a size and shape similar to bike helmets, allowing users to place it over their heads and cover their shoulders as well. Once the helmet’s handle is pulled down to the user’s chest, integrated airbags will inflate and become rigid for cushioned protection.

Once the helmet has fully inflated, each user’s vital organs are shielded from falling debris. The backside of the helmet particularly offers protection for the cervical spinal area. A headlamp also provides ample guiding light for escaping danger zones.

Following multiple ideations, Ra finally settled on inflatable protective cushioning. 

Moving on from mats, Ra found flexibility in inflatable coverings.

From there, Ra actualized Testudo’s first prototype.

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WAVE UV-C Sanitizing Tool eliminates unwanted germs, viruses, and bacteria

Wave Portable UV-C Germicidal Sanitizing Device How to Use

The coronavirus has definitely left a mark on our lives. Everyday life is never the same again and we have seen that rapidly change the past couple of years. The pandemic is not yet over, but many people in some countries have started to embrace living in the New Normal.

Some are also chanting it should be “Better Normal” now because things are seemingly getting better, at least, in some parts of the world. But for those who are still trying to overcome their anxieties and fears of going out, we won’t stop you from doing all the things you need to do to give you peace of mind.

Designers: Ivan Vecchia and Giorgio Mastropasqua for UV-C LABS

Wave Portable UV-C European Product Design Award

If you still can’t live without an alcohol sprayer in your hand, it’s fine. If you are the type of person that sprays Lysol on every surface or package, it’s okay. If you have a UV box at home to put your stuff in when you get home, that’s still acceptable. No one is stopping you from making sure you and your things are clean and disinfected, but there are ways to make your life easier.

The Wave is an innovative germicidal sanitizing device that uses UV-C to ensure bacteria, viruses, and germs are killed before you touch a surface. This is a portable solution that easily sticks to the rear of your smartphone. What makes this different from other UV wands is that it works using a mobile app. The app guides you through the process of sanitation, so an area is thoroughly cleaned in less than a minute.

Wave Portable UV-C Sanitizing Wand

This compact tool is only 5mm thick but is capable enough to destroy germs on the surface you often touch, like the keyboard, doorknob, chair, or elevator buttons. This is another effective way to fight the pandemic, although we are unsure how many people will bother to do this. Well, having the Wave on the back of your phone is more effortless. It makes UV-C readily available and guarantees you always have it because you rarely forget your phone.

Wave by UV-C Labs is said to be the first UV-C light for your phone. The Wave, designed by Italian industrial designers Ivan Vecchia and Giorgio Mastropasqua, has been recognized and given the Gold Award of the European Product Design Award. Specifically, the category is Design for Society.

Wave Portable UV-C Germicidal Sanitizing Wand

It takes advantage of a technology that has been proven to eliminate 99.8% of bacteria and viruses. A simple touch of a button will sanitize any surface. The app will tell you how to do the sanitization properly, like proper distance and correct amount of time. Having an app will make it easier for you to sanitize a surface or item because it tells you what to do.

Wave Portable UV-C Germicidal Sanitizing Tool

The process is simple: Click, Scan, and Sanitize. The ultra-thin and stylish UV wand connects via Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity to your smartphone. It has a child lock so kids can’t use it during those unintentional power-ons. It’s non-invasive and safe, but you still need to be careful around kids. It can be used up to 100 times on a single full charge. Battery life can be longer because the device shuts off automatically after two minutes of inactivity. Choose from either the black or white model of the $79 compact UV-C sanitizing tool.

Wave Portable UV-C Germicidal Sanitizing Device White

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Wave Portable UV-C Sanitizing Wand

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This helmet case for electric scooters includes a UV sanitization hub for hygienic use amongst city riders

Carefol is a helmet case for electric city scooters with an integrated UV sanitization hub to ensure hygienic use amongst different riders.

For people without cars who live in big cities, electric scooters are a godsend. Whether you use them to reduce your personal carbon footprint for the day or you just like the feeling of riding a two-wheeler alongside Mack trucks and SUVs, electric scooters help you get to your destination fast, but they’re not always the safest option.

Designers: Jueun Lee and SooA Choi

Besides needing a helmet just to dodge the scooters left on sidewalks, city scooters don’t typically come with accompanying helmets, so it’s generally an “at-your-own-risk,” form of transportation. Despite efforts to bring helmets to city scooters, hygienic and storage problems complicated things. Carefol, a PVC helmet case with an integrated UV sanitizing system, designed by Jueun Lee and SooA Choi presents a solution.

 

Incorporating PVC waste into the very build of the helmet case, Carefol is built from a mix of recycled material and conventional helmet straps. Built with rounded edges and an overall geometric shape, Carefol’s build is simple to ensure intuitive use.

In their 3D renderings, Lee and Choi envisioned Carefol being strapped on the main support bar where users can easily access the UV sanitization hub and use the external hooks as supplemental storage components. When the helmet is out of its storage bin, users can use the empty compartment to store their commuting goods in addition to an external hook to hang grocery or tote bags.

The helmet essentially creates its own enclosed bin by merging with the sanitization station. The bottom of the helmet, where the user’s head would go, inserts into the raised UV platform to be sanitized, while the top of the helmet gives a rounded top to the Carefol helmet case. Then, a glass covering doubly protects the helmet. When needed, users can then easily dislodge the helmet from its case by tugging on its top strap.

The helmet case remains out of the way during rides to ensure safety.

The team of designers worked dot make Carefol’s shape and size as convenient as possible. 

Riders can even use the helmet case as a supplemental storage unit during their commute.

When not in use, Carefol can be charged via an integrated USB port. 

A glass covering protects the top of the helmet and ensures sanitization.

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These prefabricated homes are built to provide deployable shelter in the wake of natural disaster

A-Fold’s line of prefabricated homes come in two models and are designed to provide earthquake relief as well as to withstand a natural disaster.

Ranging from disused shipping containers to DIY flat-pack houses, prefabricated homes provide an efficient way of building houses without losing the distinct charm of traditionally built homes. Designed in response to events like natural disasters, prefabricated homes can be built offsite and then transported without impacting the environment around them.

Designer: A-Fold x Nico D’Incecco

In this way, prefabricated homes provide sufficient, deployable shelter for individuals in need. In 2009, when an earthquake left 40,000 people homeless in Central Italy, Nico D’Incecco and the team at A-Fold relied on prefabricated construction methods to design a home that can unfold in a matter of hours and provide anti-seismic security.

At the height of the pandemic, A-Fold launched the designs for their line of prefabricated homes that includes two bi-level cabins. Model A, the first of the two to be released, is a traditional A-frame cabin and ranges in size from 51 sqm to 125 sqm. Model T is named for its trapezoid shape and its smallest size is slightly larger than Model A’s, coming in at 52 sqm while its largest size is 127 sqm.

Like most prefabricated homes, Model A and Model T from A-Fold are both constructed offsite and transported via truck to the home’s destination. Then, each home is mounted atop a screw piles system foundation, which consists of metal poles that spiral sectors are attached to and then driven deep into the ground.

Through this type of foundation, the homes can be folded back up at any moment just as easily as they were unfolded, allowing residents to take their homes with them. While the very build of the home is built to withstand natural disasters like earthquakes through a system of massive hinge connections, the home’s portability can also be of aid during evacuations.

Buyers can choose from an array of different finishes for the home’s roof, floors, and facades. Depending on the buyer’s taste, the roof can keep a modern look with Isogrecata metal paneling or a more traditional look with bitumen roof tiles.

Each model’s flooring can also completely change the look and mood of the home. Those who tend toward cozier interior design can choose between engineered hardwood flooring and carpeting. Besides that, buyers can opt for vinyl, LVT wood flooring, or linoleum paneling. Then, each home can either be clad in spruce shingles, stone or be given a floor-to-ceiling window facade.

Buyers can choose from an array of different flooring panels, from linoleum to hardwood. 

The silhouette of Model T gives the model’s interior lofty ceilings and a unique shape.

Inside, Scandinavian-inspired interior design elements give the home an airy, spacious feel.

Overhead eaves provide roofs for the semi-enclosed terraces.

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Polestar’s emergency vehicle uses autonomous drone technology to respond to catastrophe

Polestar Duo is an itinerant vehicle that merges autonomous drone technology with a hybrid modular building to provide emergency relief.

In the age of COVID-19, one thing’s for certain—the need for autonomous, mobile emergency services is more urgent than ever before. When faced with unprecedented crises, dwindling resources make it hard to respond with tact. Considering the modern world’s technological advantage, innovative task forces and emergency services should be made readily available to help prevent catastrophe.

Designer: Marcelo Aguiar

Marcelo Aguiar, Chief Automotive Designer at electric car startup UNITI Sweden, recently devised a concept for a vehicle that blends autonomous drone technology with a hybrid modular building to create an accessible means to respond to any disaster.

Designed for the Polestar Design Competition, Aguiar’s Polestar Duo appears like a multifunctional shipping container that travels via drone technology.

Aguiar conceptualizes Polestar Duo to be flexible, adaptable, and itinerant, to be able to “perform in a variety of scenarios adopting different functions: it can work as a rescue vehicle, be used as pop-up structure or temporary accommodation, provide support in humanitarian crisis situations, be a mobile off-grid home to enable a more itinerant lifestyle.”

Equipped with a wind turbine, the Polestar Duo operates from a pair of back-driven propellers with wings that swivel to the optimal position considering the given day’s weather and wind conditions. Before taking flight, Polestar Duo’s wings unfold by rotating along their axes.

The integrated drone technology carries Polestar Duo’s Pod, which functions as the hybrid modular building, by attaching the Pod’s roof to the drone’s base. In difficult access scenarios, Polestar Duo deploys high-strength tethers that suspend the Pod from the drone’s base.

Merging today’s appeal to sustainable design with autonomous technology, the vehicle’s overall carbon footprint remains low due to the use of recycled and lightweight building materials, re-adaptability, and local power generation. Aguiar goes on to explain that, “this reduces the load on available resources while building, and becoming, a versatile infrastructure to support societal progress.”

Twin wings unfold at Polestar Duo’s axes to take flight. 

When idle, Polestar Duo’s wings fold up.

Polestar Duo is comprised of two main parts: the drone and the folding quadcopter.

The Pod attaches to the drone’s base for secure transportation.

In difficult access scenarios, the Pod suspends from the drone’s quadcopter via high-strength tethers. 

Outside of emergency services, Polestar Duo can be used as temporary living accommodations. 

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