Can you 3D print wood? Yves Behar’s line of decor uses 3D printed wood that’s as good as the original

They look like wood, feel like it too. Hell, they even have those grain patterns that you associate with wood, but don’t let your eyes or fingers be fooled. This line of homeware designed by Yves Behar’s fuseproject isn’t made from actual wood.

The technology you’re looking at lies within the domain of 3D printing, but it’s much more advanced than you’d think. Developed and pioneered by Forust, a subsidiary of Desktop Metal, this 3D printed material is a unique composite of recycled sawdust and bio-epoxy resin… but here’s where it gets interesting. Forust’s printers can actually print annular rings, knots, and grains into the printed wood. These details don’t exist on a surface level either. You can sand them and run a coat of polish over them and they’d look exactly like real wood.

Forust aims at disrupting the furniture industry by creating a more sustainable alternative to cutting down trees for ‘valuable’ hardwood. Instead, their additive manufacturing techniques can replicate any wood using simply wood waste. The result looks and feels like wood, and has strength similar to wood too. It can be readily worked, fastened, and finished with conventional wood finishing methods… and I wouldn’t be surprised if, by some miracle, it smelled like wood too! Take a look at some of Forust’s samples below.

To help create realistic proofs-of-concept of their game-changing technology, Forust partnered with fuseproject. Led by Yves Behar, the design studio debuted Vine, a collection of bowls and vases that helped showcase Forust’s revolutionary printing breakthroughs. “Vine’s simple and pure forms embody the core capabilities of Forust’s printing systems in its ability to create elegant, one-of-a-kind products. The collection adds a naturalistic feel to any home and perfect for storing those easy-to-misplace items. Each can be presented on its own or layered with other pieces on a console, coffee table, or entryway table, with or without botanicals or other items”, mentioned fuseproject’s team. “Vine’s curving, organic form juxtaposes against its dense but lightweight wood and bioresin composition that exhibits the same functionality and structural durability as conventional wood.” The Vine collection is available on Forust’s online store, and you can even upload your own designs and get them fabricated in Forust’s faux wood.

Designer: fuseproject for Forust

This sleek bookshelf-inspired air purifier finds an ingenious solution to our filter replacement problems!

COVID-19 has pretty much sealed all of us in our homes, and our attention is completely focused on maintaining a safe and clean environment inside our home. Air purifiers are now an essential appliance seen in almost every home. As the quality of air in our homes can greatly impact our lungs and respiratory system, and with the COVID-19 virus directly attacking our lungs, we need to ensure that the air we breathe is clean, breathable, and safe. And this is where air purifiers faithfully play their part! One air purifier that really caught my eye is the Bookstyle Air Purifier by Winiadimchae.

The Bookstyle Air Purifier is to purifiers as the IKEA x SONOS unveiling is to home speaker systems – it is a design made to merge with your home rather than stand out in it, creating an uninterrupted experience. The South Korean company created an air purifier whose filters not only look like books but have to be borrowed like a library book! The concept basically revolves around subscribing to a filter replacement system, wherein you receive the filter via a non-contact delivery system. We often need a variety of different filters to take care of our various air purifying needs. We may need a HEPA filter, or a filter for aroma, or even a filter that specifically caters to homes with babies. The diverse range of filters is stored in a large inventory at the logistic center, much like a large collection of books at a library! When the need for a filter replacement arrives, you place an order, and a filter is efficiently delivered to you, without any contact. The filter is even packaged like a book! The book-inspired filters can be slide and plugged into the air purifier as you would slide a book into a bookshelf. Up to 4 filters can easily fit into the air purifier, making it look like a wall-mounted bookshelf filled with books!

The Bookstyle Air Purifier is really an interesting innovation! It takes an ordinary air purifier and turns it into a product that can effortlessly merge with our home. Even the purifiers can be replaced and stored conveniently. And not to mention anyone who loves books, would love to add this book-inspired design to their home!

Designer: Winiadimchae

Innovative USB-C hubs that’ll function as trusty sidekicks to your laptops as well as MacBooks!

We spend most of our day working on laptops and PCs, and maintaining a consistently high level of productivity and efficiency is extremely integral for our work routines. Hence, adopting and making use of nifty gadgets that amp up our productivity can be quite helpful. A USB-C hub is one such accessory that promises to function as the ultimate sidekick to your laptop or any other monitor setup of choice! However, hubs aren’t what they used to be! Designers have elevated and innovated hubs to a whole new level altogether. From the world’s first 13-in-1 USB-C hub integrated with a laptop stand to a hub so subtle and discreet that it’s almost invisible – we have curated a whole collection of unique, innovative, and highly functional designs that are a far cry from the traditional hubs we’d grown so accustomed to. These handy gadgets are a game-changer for our work from home productivity!

The designers of DGRule describe it as an “invisible hub” and I guess we can see why. The DGRule promises to be a convenient alternative to the limited Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports since they aren’t always compatible with all devices. Subtle, discreet, and far from bulky, DGRule snaps onto both sides of the MacBook Pro. The cushion pad ensures it stays glued onto the laptop, no matter which position you work in. Available in Space Gray or Silver, it camouflages with your laptop, appearing to be a natural extension of it. Created from CNC aluminum, this allows the hub to comfortably merge with the MacBook Pro. However the resilient aluminum has other purposes as well, it lends its durability to the hub making it sturdy and reliable.

Meet the Maotoam, an ergonomic laptop stand that comes with premium design aesthetics that promise ergonomic flexibility of working comfortably all day long. In a way, the accessory creates a hassle-free working environment for peak focus. The durable stand has multiple height adjustable angles and forward and backward position adjusting liberty for laptop or even tablet – tested for over 20,000 uses. Maotoam is the world’s first ergonomic laptop stand with an integrated 13-in-1 USB-C hub, making it a one-stop solution for connectivity to all your gadgets. As the name implies, it has 13 ports to cover all modern-day devices.

Designed to quite literally put power at your fingertips (maybe not THAT literally), Zendure’s SuperHub basically solves the problem of having multiple devices to charge and just one power outlet. Designed as a power-brick but with multiple ports, the SuperHub lets you use one outlet to route power to all your devices, while at the same time, allowing you to transfer data between them… serving the role of a USB hub along with a power-delivery system. The SuperHub isn’t so much a multi-port device as it is a way to multitask. Designed around the emerging culture of working from cafés, restaurants, or co-working spaces, the hub replaces the clunky power adapter that you use to charge your laptop with a slick, well-designed brick that takes care of all possible power needs. Armed with an AC power input on one end, and two USB-C ports, one USB-A port, and a 4K HDMI port on the other, the SuperHub takes ownership of both power as well as data delivery.

Designed to overcome the years of portless living we’ve been doing as a species, the PHD65 is an all-in-one hub that you can just slip into your laptop bag and carry around. When plugged in, the PHD65 is as versatile as it is small. The hub comes with a USB-C out that plugs into your laptop’s Type-C port, giving you a USB 3.0 port, a Type-C port, and an HDMI port, all in one. What’s even better is that the PHD65 has its own AC input too, so while you have the hub plugged into your laptop, it can charge your machine too. Whether you use the PHD65 as a Hub or AC power adapter or both, is up to you. You can plug pen drives in, smartphones in, external displays, projectors, even Nintendo Switch handsets, making the PHD65 one versatile cookie.

Now here’s an external Numpad with some real purpose. Rather than just being your run-of-the-mill 21 key number pad, Voamoko’s Type-C Numeric Keypad’s design shows that it really knows and understands its end-user. The portable, external number pad plugs into your laptop or desktop, turning into a powerhouse of functionality. It packs extra USB ports on its rim to function as an accessible USB hub you can plug your pen drives into, or even charge your phone with. Moreover, it comes with a few extra keys that let you instantly trigger functions like searching (useful for those incredibly long documents and spreadsheets), as well as apps like the calculator, to make number-crunching faster and more convenient.

UGREEN’s combination of a laptop stand and a multiport hub may just be the peanut-butter-and-jelly equivalent of the tech world – it just seems like a match made in heaven. Meet the X-Kit from UGREEN… a slim, portable Hub-Stand that folds down to become no smaller or slimmer than a selfie-stick. With its innovated X-shaped folding design, the X-Kit condenses its functionality into a form that’s easy to carry along with your laptop anywhere you go. Designed with two halves that separate when pulled apart, the X-Kit transforms from a slim, baton-shaped form into a broad platform to dock your Mac or Windows laptop on in mere seconds, with an angling mechanism that can be set at 4 different positions to give you the right angle you need to minimize fatigue… something that most WFH setups fail to achieve.

The Braun MP01 concept addresses the issue of the diminishing number of connection ports that are found on new laptops; the dongle brings all of these missing ports into one compact device, and with a design style like this one, it’s not something you’ll complain about. The device features an asymmetrical design where an angular edge gently flows into a soft curve. Unnecessary detailing isn’t present on the device, instead, it carries a clean aesthetic with minimal interruptions in the casing. The large glass cover not only looks the part but also hints at MP01’s secondary feature… an external SSD. Could this be the perfect computer accessory?!

Designed in two parts, a transmitter, and a receiver, MOKiN lets you connect a device to a display without running a clunky, ugly, entangled cable between the two. The transmitter and receiver let you extend your screen wirelessly and seamlessly, offering high-definition images with zero latency. It’s basically an HDMI cable without the cable… or even the HDMI because the MOKiN’s transmitter runs on a USB-C port! This means you can easily connect your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to an external display or a projector in a jiffy without worrying about dongles and such. To make things better, the transmitter unit even has its own USB hub, letting you plug pen-drives or SD cards into it and access it right through your device. The transmitter and receiver communicate using low-latency WiFi, and can easily work over distances as long as 10 meters, beaming 1080p content without any problems.

It’s ironic that we pick an iPad for its compactness, portability, and minimalism; and yet we look for attachments that can help us make it more conventional (in terms of functionality) as a laptop or desktop. If this sentiment resonates with you, then you have to take a look at the BoltHub – a device that is the world’s first truly invisible USB-C hub – and specifically designed for the iPad. The hub fits flush to the bottom of your iPad, and allows you to connect it to 4K HDMI, 3.5mm headphone, Micro/SD card readers, and USB-C. While you are connected to your gear, the hub charges your iPad efficiently and quickly. The L-shaped device matches the iPad Pro in terms of color and texture, however, it can be used with other tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4.

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The likelihood of you forgetting your charger, your data cable, your power bank, or your USB drive is much lesser if they are all one single device, right? The hockey puck-shaped MoovyGo wants to be the be-all-end-all of smart-device accessories. Its brain-numbing 8-in-1 design allows it to function as a power bank, a wireless charger, a USB Hub, an HDMI Connector, and even a card-reader! Quite literally designed to be the most essential accessory to your phone, laptop, and tablet, the MoovyGo works as a single solution to your charging needs, allowing you to plug all your devices into one single power source. The tech built within the MoovyGo establishes the power requirements of each device, so your laptop gets its appropriate amount of power, while the power supply to your phone, tablet, and DSLR are all calibrated to their specifications.

This portable home air purifier uses the same filtration technology found on the International Space Station





The idea of accidentally inhaling alien bacteria in space may sound like a ridiculous low-budget Hollywood film plotline, but the reality is just as concerning. You really don’t know what kind of air you’re breathing on the space station, so it’s safe to say that the ISS is outfitted with air filters and sterilizers that take absolutely no chances. Referred to as photocatalytic oxidation or PCO, this technology obliterates any kind of germ or organic compound, turning it into CO2 and water. The technology would normally sound like overkill for using inside our homes on planet earth, but considering deteriorating air quality, the presence of pathogens, and a whole host of other organic compounds (smoke even)… it actually makes for a rather advanced air purifier that gives you the cleanest breathable air possible. Meet the AIR6Plus, a tiny purifier that sanitizes the air down to 0.001 micrometers within a space of 360 sqft without generating any sound or even any waste. It comes with a pre-filter that’s washable and infinitely reusable, and the purifier itself can get rid of anything, from the stench of smoke to even actual germs and viruses… in fact, the Department of Defense uses a similar technology to combat germ warfare.

The AIR6Plus purifier is about the size of a smart speaker and can be placed anywhere within the house. It switches on with the simple touch of a button on the top, activating the state-of-the-art purification system within with three fan speeds – Sleep, Normal, Turbo. Air is sucked in through the base and it first makes its way through a washable, reusable prefilter that traps out particulate matter, preparing it for the next stage. The air then makes its way into a chamber that uses patented 3D PCO multiplier technology to effectively destroy any organic compounds, from bacteria to odor molecules, and from molds to organic compounds, formaldehyde, and even smoke. In fact, independent tests have even shown its ability to reduce viruses like the MS2 RNA Virus within the air from 100% down to 0.07%, making it really effective at disinfecting and sterilizing the air. The air then makes its way past the silent fan and into the last stage, where negative ions are used to scrub the air one last time, removing up to 99.9% PM2.5 aerosol pollutants without producing any ozone. Purified air finally makes it out of the top, covering as much as 360 sq. ft. or the size of your average living room.

Its state-of-the-art PCO tech aside, the AIR6Plus purifier’s highlight is its compact and easy-to-use design. Just about as tall as an Amazon Echo, the purifier is small and surprisingly silent. Unlike other PCO purifiers that tend to produce ozone as a by-product, the AIR6Plus generates no ozone or waste in its purification/sterilization process, and even saves money on the washable prefilter at the base, allowing you to simply rinse out the dust and dirt under regular tap water. The AIR6Plus is efficient on the electrical consumption front too, with an energy requirement of 13W (that’s a little more than your average LED bulb). The AIR6Plus ships in three colors, with a price tag of $199, and for an extra $89 you can even grab the AIRbox, a tinier version of the purifier that fits right in your car!

Designer: Wayne Chien

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AIR6Plus: Sanitize Air without Waste

Powered by 3D PCO (Photocatalytic Oxidation tech that space station also uses), negative ion technology, and nano PCO washable filter, the AIR6+ can breakdown particle size down to 0.001um (micron) with no maintenance cost.

One-touch to Start Eliminating Harmful Particles

MS2 RNA Virus Reduction Test

Done by 3rd party FDA 510 cleared lab

According to the 3rd party testing report, the percentage of MS2 RNA Virus goes from 100% to 0.07% in 120 minutes.

3D PCO Tech

AIR6+ maximizes the purification rate using unique 3-dimensional Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO) technology layout, multiple PCO layers, and maximum reflection mirrors.

Does AIR6+ produces Ozone (we know some other PCO device does)? No. Unlike other air purifiers that need the carbon filter to absorb the zone generated. AIR6+ uses Long Lasting UV-A LED for ZERO Ozone creation purpose.

How does AIR6+ PCO work? It generates billions of free radical to breaks down harmful particles that passes through the PCO chamber instead of trapping them in a filter.

Where can you see PCO Tech in use? PCO tech is used in space station, hospital, and health care facility for air purification.

Why choose PCO over HEPA filter? AIR6+ PCO technology is able to break down particles to 0.001um (micron) while HEPA filter is only capable of trapping particles down to 0.3um.

360 sqft Coverage

Despite its compact size, the AIR6+ is capable of purifying up to 360 square feet.

AIR6+ is designed to be small enough to carry in the palm of your hand, it can conveniently fit on a nightstand, coffee table, or TV stand in your house.

Negative Ion

AIR6+ uses Carbon Brush Anion technology to generate 20 Million per second negative Ion to reduce 99.9% PM2.5 aerosol pollutants without producing ozone, giving you forest-like fresh air.

Washable PCO Filter

PCO washable filter that not only blocking most of the large particles, it also cleans the air by trigger PCO effect at the very first stage.

The magnetic base is designed to easily detach and reattach, you can rinse, air dry, and reuse.

Buying an expensive air purifier and having to replace HEPA and carbon filters can cost up to $75 about every 6 months, and this will add more waste into the landfill.

Lab Testing





Formaldehyde Actual Test





Mold Test





PM2.5 Reduction Test

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Kitchen Appliances to eliminate food wastage and live that Zero Waste Life!

Food Wastage has become a serious problem these days. In fact, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, one-third of the food produced in the world is wasted. This is primarily because we ourselves fail to understand how much food we consume, or we don’t know how to recycle or reuse the food that has been leftover from previous meals. However, this is an issue that designers have been paying immense attention to nowadays. In an attempt to combat food wastage and to promote zero waste living, they have been coming up with innovative kitchen gadgets! These products provide unique solutions to curb the wastage of food on a daily basis. They make zero waste living a reality!

This conceptual device called The Mother’s Heart has the answers…yes, just like our mothers in the kitchen. There is a Korean practice of covering food with a cloth (Sang bo) which has been a tradition for centuries and has worked well – a ramie or silk fabric covering keeps it ventilated in the summers while a thicker fabric keeps it insulated in the winters. Inspired by this, the Mother’s Heart was designed to keep food fresh and retain its original nutrient quality. It is a simple device that is crafted like a dome food covering and an accompanying base plate. The covering has a dial on top and that lets you adjust the settings based on the food you’ve cooked. You can select between refrigeration or warmth and there is a timer feature that lets you select for how long you want to keep it running.

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Ronald Tan’s idea is that even a small portion of leftover rice is food nevertheless, and should not be treated as waste. The Mirai Rice Cooker is designed to not just flawlessly cook your rice (with multiple settings on its control panel), but it also allows you to transform your leftover rice into crispy rice cakes for a post-meal snack! The base of the cooker comes molded with a pattern that allows you to place your leftover rice into triangular pieces. The Mirai then cooks the rice into flat crispy cakes that can be easily scooped off with the spatula that comes built into the Mirai. The inner surface of the cooker comes with a Teflon coating to ensure your rice grains never get stuck to the Mirai, making it not just easier to cook with, but also keep clean!

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Food wastage is quite a serious matter. We buy things, forget we’ve bought them, and throw them away after weeks because they’ve gone stale. It only makes sense that we rely on AI to combat food wastage, and the Ovie Smarterware wants to do just that. The Smarterware ecosystem revolves around smart tags, that store the nature of the item, its purchase date, and its expiry date. These tags fit into either Ovie’s Smarterware container or the Smarterware clip and keep track of what you’re buying as well as when you’re buying them. When items start sitting around too long, the Smarterware clips ping you either on your phone or via your smart speaker, not only letting you know your veggies/meats are going stale, but they also browse through recipes for you to use those ingredients in!

Designed by Savin Dimov and Altino Alex, Bubble is a food tracker, that monitors our food consumption, in an attempt to encourage a healthier lifestyle and to reduce food wastage. Research shows that most of us don’t even know what food items we have in our kitchen! And a large number of us also don’t know what we exactly need to buy when we’re replenishing our groceries. Bubble promises to track, store, and replenish our food items in accordance with our needs. The food tracker comes with an app compatible with your smartphone. You can either order your groceries via the app or physically visit a grocery store and do your shopping. Once you’re home, you can place your groceries such as fruits, vegetables, milk, sodas, etc within Bubble.

The KALEA Automatic Kitchen Composter converts your food waste into a nutrient-rich fertilizer! You can easily toss your leftover food scraps into the automatic composter, and it transforms them into a nutrient-dense fertilizer within 48 hours. The fertilizer is almost like soil and can be used in your personal garden to tend to your plants! The composter can be connected to an app as well!

Designed to provide food containers with high-vacuum storage to curb bacterial growth, Zhuhai’s vacuum storage system boasts that it can keep your leftovers sealed for three to five times longer than the standard food storage container. The hard plastic containers come with pre-delineated food zones that help users separate their food items and with a vacuum-sealed lid that works as the base for the accompanying pump. Zhuhai designed the vacuum pump to be automatic so that once it’s placed on top of a container’s lid and activated, the pump immediately begins pulling out the excess air inside of the container until it reaches a high-vacuum degree of -0.03 Mpa.

Most of today’s refrigerators are like deep bookshelves that come with air conditioning. They store a lot and keep our food items fresh, but as they fill, older food items just pile up and rot, so cleaning out your refrigerator ends up being more laborious of a task than it should be. In order to combat this, Nicolaou created PRESENTA, a new fridge design that keeps the storage capacity of the typical refrigerator but ditches the unfriendly depths. Three modular, three-tier shelving units comprise PRESENTA and thankfully they make both storage organization and inevitable clean-up much more approachable. Detachable, plastic shelves line the swing-out design of this refrigerator and they can be swapped out and reorganized in order to optimize storage and cleanability. When the user opens the refrigerator, each of the inside contents is immediately made both visible and accessible.

Designed by Designer Dot, Alone is a food waste processor for single-person households! It is a compact and ergonomic food waste processor that works perfectly for homes with only a single resident, for example, university students. You can place the food within the processor, and it will grind the scraps into powder form. An attached HEPA filter prevents any bad odors from being emitted.

Designed by Munich-based company brezzl., the Fridge Eye is designed to work with any fridge, attaching to a wall on the fridge, or a cabinet on the fridge door. The wireless device runs on batteries and boasts of a battery life that spans years. The trick is in the way the Fridge Eye is programmed. It isn’t a camera that streams video footage on command, it just sends you a picture of your fridge’s interiors every time the door shuts. The Fridge Eye uses a temperature sensor to identify when someone opens the fridge door (i.e., when the temperature suddenly drops), and it conveniently clicks a picture once said person has shut the fridge door.

Whether it’s oil paints, toothpaste, or tomato puree, the Big Squeeze makes sure you get a bang for your buck by squeezing every last drop out. Practically steamrolling tubes with its powerful metallic rollers, the Big Squeeze helps eliminate wastage by physically forcing every bit of residue out of tubes. The corrugated rollers help by getting into small corners to make sure nothing is left behind, while the Big Squeeze’s width is enough to accommodate everything from tubes of paint, or toothpaste, to even kitchen foods. It comes with an ergonomic hand-grip that mimics the style of a paintbrush, while a large winged key on the side lets you easily twist away to squeeze. Plus if you ever get a little food on it, just go right ahead and chuck it in the dishwasher!

This tiny portable UV flashlight lets you instantly disinfect objects and surfaces in 10 seconds, killing 99.9% germs




Ultraviolet light works much more effectively than a sanitizer spray. It goes in nooks and corners where sprays can’t, cleans objects and surfaces in 10 seconds, and more importantly, it never runs out!

The Ultra-Guard isn’t your average EDC product. It’s a part of a slowly expanding wave of new-age EDC designs that were created to help us live in a germ-free environment without compromise. A lot of these multi-tools help us interact with surfaces and interfaces without physically touching them – from tapping buttons and opening doors to carrying bags. The Ultra-Guard takes things a step further – equipped with a built-in mini UVC lamp, the Ultra-Guard lets you keep your belongings and surroundings clean with a simple wave of your hand. The two-part tool comes with a disinfecting LED lamp that lets you instantly clean and sanitize daily objects from your toothbrush to your AirPods and surfaces by merely shining a light on them, as well as a durable stylus that lets you poke, prod, tap, and swipe on buttons and digital interfaces in a hands-free manner. Its two-fold approach covers a wide variety of interactions, allowing you to go about your day without second-thinking every single surface you touch, and its biggest win is that it’s all bundled in a portable, simple, and affordable design that lasts for years.

The most interesting feature of the Ultra-Guard has to be its contact-less sanitizing lamp. CE and SGS certified, the lamp lets you disinfect surfaces that require physical interaction like doorknobs and handles, your laptop keyboard, the handle on a shopping cart, or even a toilet seat. You could even use it to sanitize items like your toothbrush, razor, AirPods, spectacles, and other belongings. Designed to provide complete contact-less cleaning in just 10 seconds, the specially calibrated 260-280nm UVC lamp helps neutralize 99.9% of microorganisms on any surface. It’s a technique used in medical facilities and on flights too, allowing you to instantly and effectively sanitize virtually anything without spraying chemicals or wiping them down with Kleenex. Working quite like the sun does, although on a much smaller scale, Ultra-Guard’s lamp covers a wide variety of usage cases… and for quick interactions, the durable stylus offers a simple and speedy tapping interaction. Once you’re done, the stylus docks within the lamp’s housing, allowing itself to be self-sanitized too.

The Ultra-Guard comes in a nice, handy, EDC-worthy design that fits well in your pocket, handbag, or backpack, and can be carried around wherever you go, allowing you to clean surfaces without busting out a Kleenex. Designed to be an item you’d keep around you and carry everyday, everywhere, the Ultra-Guard provides an effective, portable way of cleaning objects and surfaces. Its design even features a hook-like detail that lets you grab and grip handles with a fair bit of dexterity. The UVC lamp operates at a peak biocidal wavelength of 260-280 nm, allowing it to completely break down the cellular structure of microorganisms while still being safe to be used by humans (however, avoid shining it against your skin). In its compact and handy avatar, the lamp becomes your one-stop solution to sanitize any object you have around the house. It’s safe to work with gadgets like your keyboard or earphones, as well as personal-care objects like your toothbrush or make-up brushes too, and even safely disinfect items like cutlery and baby soothers too, doing a far more effective job than most other cleaning methods. The lamp isn’t just more effective than the strongest sanitizers, it’s non-toxic too and does its job in just 10 seconds to neutralize germs and sanitize a surface or object… and unlike a sanitizer, it never runs out. Just keep charging it via the USB-C port in its base!

Designers: Eddie Lou & Susie Wen

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Ultra Guard CAPSULE – Sanitize your Personal Items

The CAPSULE is an EDC device with self-sanitizing features for sterilizing personal items like the AirPods, iPhones, makeup kits, toothbrushes, and much more.

The CAPSULE is a ONE button functions cleaning device, the inner sanitizing “Light Chamber” has space for your everyday items.

The CAPSULE Removes 99.9% of Germs in 10 Seconds

Insert your AirPods, Toothbrush, Razorblade, Earring, Utensils into the “Light Chamber” for fast sterilization, 10 seconds of direct UV-C light by a single click on the power button will begin breaking down the DNA of harmful germs, the electromagnetic spectrum destroys hazardous microorganism’s ability to multiply and spread danger without harming your personal items.

Proprietary “Light Chamber”

The UV-C LED in the Light Chamber is precision-tuned to the peak biocidal wavelength of 260-280 nm damaging molecules like nucleic acids and proteins. This makes the germ incapable of performing the processes that it needs to survive. Once fully charged CAPSULE is capable of 180 uses.

Chemical-free Cleaning and Certified by the SGS and CE

Traditional methods of keeping your personal belongings clean can be inconvenient, wasteful, and harmful to the environment. Ultra-Guard™ provides an effective, safe, and chemical-free method of cleaning anywhere, anytime. Ultra-Guard CAPSULE is the UV-C sanitizing device certified by the SGS and CE, one of the most authoritative independent labs in the world.

Sanitizer for The Smallest Personal Items

AirPods, toothbrushes, and razors are some of the most germ-filled things currently in your pocket. This device provides a fast and accessible solution that allows you to perform a deep cleanse on your personal items. Keeping you safe from any potential threats.

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Grooming Equipment

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UV Wand Mode

Designed to be handy, Ultra-Guard CAPSULE can be used as a UV wand too, once activated it allows you to sterilize larger areas just by waving the UV light over them (like door handles, keyboards, smartphones, face masks, steering wheel, toilet seat). Hold the CAPSULE two centimeters above the surface for 10 seconds to maximize the impact on UV sterilizing, and you can easily clean your belongings.

The average keyboard contains more bacteria than the average toilet seat! This makes your phone is covered in germs: 25,127 bacteria per square inch, to be precise. This makes cell phones one of the dirtiest objects we come in contact with every day.

Public toilet seats are a hotbed for bacteria and you could potentially pick up an infection. … And in fact, studies have found that this “toilet plume” contains E. coli, SARS, and norovirus.

Features & Benefits

The CAPSULE is lightweight, flexible, and compact enough to fit on your keychain, in your pocket, or in your purse. It’s a perfect companion to be taken anywhere while working, shopping, or commuting.

The Ultra-Guard is not only powerful but it is also extremely portable, Equipped with a fast-charging built-in battery making it easy to keep charged while on the go so users are always protected. A full-charged(30minute) CAPSULE is able to disinfect your surroundings and belongings 180+times.

The CAPSULE is the first-ever self-sanitizing multi-tool, this means that not only does it help purify whatever surface it comes in contact with but it also cleans itself. This cutting-edge technology ensures that every single use is clean and sanitized.

The CAPSULE is also designed as a Touch-Free hygiene tool with a unique ergonomics design maximizing your comfort while helping you avoid harmful viruses and bacteria you may encounter on a daily basis be it on public surfaces such as ATM, keypads, elevator buttons, vending machines.

The CAPSULE is made of High-density, non-toxic ABS materials that can withstand the daily wear and tear necessary to protect you from your environment, also featuring an anti-static non-stick silicon tip that can be used as a stylus. when typing on a touch screen or signing a digital signature at check-out.

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This improved smart remote takes an ergonomic and intuitive design to improve your Netflix experience!

Nowadays, streaming is the lay of the land. Whether it’s music or television, streaming can bring us entertainment almost as soon as we think of it. Designer and MIT student Shivang Vaishnav had designed a TV remote specifically configured for streaming called Capsule, which, following a year’s worth of improvements, he has revisited to make even simpler and ergonomic– the ideal partner to instant gratification.

Brainstorming on ways the remote’s functions could be streamlined, Vaishnav took a year to fine-tune some visual improvements for Capsule. Lengthening the remote’s body and incorporating sensor touchpads, Vaishnav’s Capsule design still configures the remote’s buttons in the order by which they’ll most frequently be activated. For instance, the touchpad could work as the remote’s browsing wand, which precedes the remote’s display of arrows that work to focus on different searches, ultimately leading to the array of buttons that can be used during viewings, such as pause/play and rewind/fast-forward.

Ditching the cognitive obstacles of traditional remotes to make the search process quicker, Vaishnav maintained Capsule’s optional landscape orientation and voice input methods. Users can either use Capsule’s built-in microphone to vocalize various titles and search keywords or users can type in the film’s title or keywords by holding the remote horizontally and typing with two sets of navigational buttons at the same time. Built to be ergonomic by design, Capsule’s shape keeps the cylindrical shape of a traditional television remote and features an off-center groove on its underbelly to indicate the remote’s upright position.

Designer: Shivang Vaishnav

Designed to adapt to current smart TV hardware, the combination of matte surfaces and stainless steel accents make Capsule feel right at home on the console.

By including stainless steel accents, the shadows found on Capsule work to make it appear a lot slimmer from certain angles.

Capsule still features voice command technology for those who prefer it over typing.

Designed to fit naturally in your palm, Capsule was built with an ergonomic design.

Users can also type in movie titles by holding the remote horizontally and typing with the remote’s adjacent navigational buttons.

Addicted to your smartphone? This robotic third eye will help you walk while looking at your screen

Ask yourself this honest question, how much time do you spend looking at your phone? In fact, how often have you bumped into something as you were walking while looking down? Smartphones and their instant gratification reward your brain’s hormones with stimulus to keep you wanting even more. It’s a whirlpool that many fall into, but only a few have the determination not to get sucked into it. While most people would ask you to refrain from looking at the phone screen, industrial designer Minwook Paeng empathized and culminated the idea of a robotic third eye. This gadget can be fixed to the wearer’s forehead, who is too busy looking down at the smartphone. You know where we are heading, don’t you?

Yes, the 3rd Eye keeps a lookout on obstacles as you walk on the street, with the phone screen keeping you preoccupied. The inbuilt ultrasonic sensor automatically detects whenever your head is tilted down to check the phone and beeps a warning buzz when a hazard is detected up to a distance of one meter. This niche creation is a part of Minwook’s Innovation Design Engineering degree at London’s Royal Imperial College of Art and Imperial College. The designer sees this evolution of human beings as a sarcastic imagination for him to do something creative. He labels the evolution as “phono sapiens,” and understandably so, seeing how we are so deeply lost in the world of the internet. How do you identify a phono sapien? With their forward-leaning neck vertebrae resulting in the dreaded turtle neck syndrome!

The DIY project makes use of the Arduino platform and a camera to do all the fancy sensing. There’s a gyroscope to detect the phone’s orientation, and a sonar sensor detects the movement as soon as the head is angled down. To keep the gadget stuck tightly to the forehead, Minwook used a thin gel pad that attaches to the skin without damaging it. The designer expresses his point of view by saying that “The smartphone has permeated into modern life so deeply that it’s impossible to deny the evolution of phono sapiens.” So what do you think about this freaky gadget? Would you sport one as a part of your life, or maybe look up at the world around you with your own two eyes!

Designer: Minwook Paeng

MagSafe accessories that are the best investments of 2021 for your Apple devices!

The arrival of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro models was accompanied by the reinvention and return of MagSafe. This lead to a whole new world of accessories being unleashed! Designers and creatives were racing to create a whole range of products for the repurposed MagSafe. And we’ve been loving every bit of it! From an aluminum MagSafe wallet that snaps onto your phone, to a pair of TWS earbuds – there’s a MagSafe accessory out there for your every need. And, we’ve curated a bunch of products that we truly believe are worth buying and investing in. This army of accessories will truly amp up your Apple experience!

The Snapods by Scendo are a pair of TWS Earbuds that come with a flat case that snaps right to the back of your phone. Building wonderfully on the capabilities of the MagSafe feature introduced in the latest iPhones, the Snapods make carrying earphones convenient. Just snap them to the back of your phone and you’ve got yourself a pair of earphones that are easy to store, quick to access, and hard to lose. The case’s design is inspired directly by where it’s located. Made to sit against the back of your phone, the Snapods case comes with a flat, wedge-shaped profile, making it easy to slip your phone into your pocket. The slim case doesn’t just dock the earphones, it charges them too, giving you an impressive 45 hours of playtime.

Meet the Fantom C, a MagSafe wallet designed to complement the Apple iPhone in durability and function. It comes machined from a Cerakoted billet of aluminum. The ceramic coating on the Aluminum makes it tougher and more abrasion-resistant, while a neat carbon-fiber finish on the surface of the wallet gives it a much more reliable and rugged appeal. Designed as a piece of EDC that pairs beautifully with your iPhone 12, the Fantom C gives you a dedicated space to store your cards right on the back of your phone. Magnets on its rear-side allow it to snap to the iPhone with a satisfying click, and at 0.31 inches (8 mm) thick, it’s marginally thicker than Apple’s own MagSafe wallet, but then again, the Fantom C is also capable of much more.

Moment, the Seattle-based accessories company specializing in phone camera gear has created a bunch of iPhone 12 series accessories that inherently have some kind of camera utility. There’s a whole bunch of cases, tripod mounts, and car vent mounts with MagSafe compatibility that add to the functionality of your Apple phone. First up, the cases come in two broader variations – a thinner version for better ergonomic feel in hand and the other, a more rugged one for more protection in event of accidental drops. All these cases have wrist strap loops and can endure a 6-foot drop. The cases priced at around $50 are compatible with the M-Series Moment lens system and they also work with the Moment Mounts. For photography addicts, Moment has a lineup of Tripod Mounts that have a very strong magnetic system for extra strength. These mounts work even without the case and are compatible with ¼-inch to 20-inch tripods, so you are good to go with any tripod.

The CLIP is a wireless power bank designed to snap onto the back of your phone either using MagSafe (for newer iPhone models) or using an adhesive clip (for older iPhones and Android devices). In doing so, the device aligns with the smartphone’s wireless charging coil, allowing it to charge the phone’s battery on the fly, without any cables. However, the CLIP doesn’t just add an extra external battery to the back of your phone, it also adds a kickstand that can be used in both landscape and portable formats. A metal component (shaped sort of like a carabiner clip) wraps around the power bank and can be opened out to let you prop your phone vertically or horizontally while it’s charging.

I wouldn’t outright call Grovemade old-fashioned, but rather I’d say their work is a confluence of sensibilities and materials. Primarily relying on wood and metal to craft their products, Grovemade’s designs boast of an old-world charm that’s also intertwined with modern minimalism. Take for instance the Wood MagSafe Stand, available in both Walnut and Maple variants. The stand, which sports a wooden halo mounted on a steel base, allows you to slip your iPhone MagSafe wireless charger in, routing the cable from the bottom. It then gives your iPhone 12 a nice, wooden armchair to hang out on, letting you rest it in either landscape or portrait while it charges.

The return of MagSafe has unleashed the creatives and accessory companies are racing to make the most of this feature. Front of the race is Belkin’s MagSafe Car Vent Mount PRO for iPhone 12 that lets you safely mount your iPhone 12 and keep it in your view – be it landscape or portrait mode. Best of all, the powerful magnet offers a seamless, one-handed use that keeps you driving stress-free!

Modeled on the concept of the MagSafe charger, the MagRig works with all Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C devices, which means not only does it bring the magnetic charging port back to the MacBook, it also works with the iPad Pro, most Android phones, the Nintendo Switch, and any device that use a Type-C connector. The two-part adapter attaches itself to both the port as well as the jack, giving you the satisfying magnetic click whenever you plug a device in. The magnetic connection even helps prevent damage caused by accidental cable tugs. Instead of your phone, iPad, or laptop flying right off the table because your dog snagged the wire while running around the house, the MagRig detaches with graceful choreography, keeping your gadgets safe from physical damage.

With a 100% recycled plastic body and a lifetime warranty, the Gomi Wireless Mag Charger helps reduce plastic waste as well as e-waste. UK-based sustainable design studio Gomi first hit the airwaves back in 2019 with its Bluetooth speaker designed entirely out of plastic waste. The company sought to exclusively use non-recyclable plastics (single-use plastic bags, bubble wrap, etc.) that would otherwise be dumped in oceans, sent to landfills, or incinerated. Working together with small businesses, global corporations, and recycling plants, Gomi developed a way to reuse this non-recyclable plastic as a raw material. Using the natural color variation between the different plastic products, the molding process helped create a marbled pattern that was unique to each device, allowing Gomi to effectively recycle the plastic and upscale it into a wonderful product.

Vulcan isn’t a replacement for wireless charging but is just a remarkably better cable with truly unique features that are designed to work universally across all your devices. Designed to power everything from your Xbox controller to your laptop, the Vulcan cable comes with the ability to deliver up to 100W of power and connects to your devices using a series of magnetic pins. Just plug these magnetic pins into the charging ports of your devices, and they create an interface for Vulcan to snap to, quite like the MagSafe connectors you’d see in MacBooks from before 2016. Different magnetic pins allow you to connect the same cable to a variety of devices. MicroUSB pins work perfectly for gaming controllers and Bluetooth speakers, while the Lightning pin lets you charge the iPhone and your AirPods.

The Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE PRO MagSafe 3-in-1 Wireless Charger charges all of your Apple devices in one go! You can use this super fast magnetic stand to charge your iPhone, Airpods and even your Apple Watch simultaneously. Amped with a clean and modern look, this MagSafe accessory provides a wireless charge of up to 15W. Quite fast, no?

This flat-packed pasta morphs into a 3D shape when cooked, promoting sustainable food packaging!





When we buy pasta sold in plastic bags or boxes, 60% of its packaging space is reserved for air. The packaging used to contain food items like pasta is a major contributor to landfills in the United States. As we slowly make attempts toward a more sustainable future, understanding the waste that food packaging produces provides a viable starting point. Inevitably, the ways we consume food and package food will become more sustainable and a team of researchers in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University and Syracuse University turned to flat-packing authentic Italian pasta to find out the ways to do it.

Inspired by the flat-packing of furniture in efforts to save packaging space and reduce the overall carbon footprint produced during the transportation of goods, a team of researchers decided to see if they could do the same for pasta. When we purchase dry pasta, the shape of the pasta we see in the store is typically the same shape we eat at home, only hopefully cooked. The team behind flat-packed pasta has developed a groove-based shape morphing technique using low-cost manufacturing methods to stamp, mold, or cast the pasta which then transforms into the predetermined shape once cooked. Before curling into its predetermined shape, the pasta, made from semolina flour and water, is stamped with grooves that indicate the direction by which the pasta will curl and bend into shape.

Parametric surface grooving essentially brings on temporary asynchronous swelling or deswelling that transforms flat objects into their preferred three-dimensional shape. The groove-based shape morphing technique allows edible items like pasta to be flat-packed and then change shape when cooked. The process really can be explained when understood through furniture flat-packing. In the same way that flat-packed furniture changes shape after assembly, flat-packed pasta transforms into edible, shapely pasta after cooking.

Designers: Carnegie Mellon University

After being stamped with parametric surface grooves, the pasta can be packed tightly into a container and then morph into shape when cooked.

The grooves work as a preset for each piece of pasta to shape into.

 

The parametric surface grooving works on an array of differently shaped pasta.

Whether it has a radial or more geometric shape, the surface grooving works to create cubic or round pasta.

The team of researchers explains the cooking process of pasta, “pasta expands and softens as it is boiled due to water diffusion, the relaxation of the macromolecular matrix, and starch gelatinization.”

The shape of food doesn’t only directly impact sustainability in regard to packaging, but it impacts the overall food experience, from taste to consistency.

“Further, the shape of food will also impact the carbon footprint during the cooking process. For example, in Italy, 0.7% to 1% of greenhouse gas emissions are due to cooking pasta, and these emissions could be reduced by half if the shape and cooking processes could be optimized.”

“Flat pasta with surface texture has a larger surface area to volume ratio and can be cooked faster than the ones with an inner cavity (e.g., macaroni).”

Flat-packed pasta could also come in handy for minimal baggage trips like hiking and camping, where storage availability might be limited.

Each piece of pasta is stamped with parametric surface grooving in preparation for packing and cooking.

The grooves on each piece of pasta are either manually stamped or made through an automated machine-stamping process.