- 3D GPS for the Blind
- The Pocket Watch Redefined
- The Utility Pole Dance
- Together at Last!
- The Maker of Morning People
Posted: 29 Jul 2014 09:03 AM PDT
Discover is a handheld navigation tool designed for the blind that goes beyond the limitations of Braille maps, allowing users to “feel” their surroundings. Using pin-screen impression technology (similar to that of pin-art toys popularized in the 1980s), the user can touch the immediate topography to gauge everything from buildings to cars and other objects around them. GPS, tactile 3D maps and location tagging make it the ultimate nav for those who can’t rely on sight.
Designer: Jorge Alberto Treviño Blanco
Posted: 29 Jul 2014 07:11 AM PDT
The story goes that in the 18th and early 19th century, men typically wore pocket watches and wristwatches were meant for women. However, during combat and wartimes, it was very inconvenient to keep track of time via the pocket watch. Necessity gave birth to the legendary design of wrist strap (Also known then as “Wristlet”) that was first used to house pocket watches onto the wrists for the ease of checking time during Boer War era.
Cut to present times, the Wristlet Watch is a tribute to the legend and the tale. It's based on the original design from an era when pocket watches were adapted by being placed in leather cups with wrist straps. These wristlets allowed men to wear their watch on the wrist and when circumstances demanded, return it to the pocket for the sake of fashion!
I am a big watch enthusiast. History of watches intrigue me. Sometime ago I came across an article on Wristlet watches of 18th and 19th Centuries, which I thought was very interesting. I started getting in touch with people like David Boettcher and Dr. Konrad Knirim, who has written books on Military Timepieces. I thought it would be cool to create a timepiece that depicts the origin of modern wristwatches.
Pocket watches are usually in the range of 50mm+ and as you can imagine housing a pocket watch of 50mm+ you would need a big leather cup. Along with the cup and outside seam on the leather would make the leather case diameter in the range of 55mm-60mm, which is pretty big for a wristwatch. On top of that, pocket watch “Bow” would always be protruding out of the strap. In order to make a more manageable design we started by creating custom watchcases and built our wristlet prototypes around these cases. Even though the base design is from 19th Century Wristlets watch, in our design we added elements like contrasting stitching and Sapphire Crystal to give it a more modern appeal.
Designer: Waves Design Studio [ Buy it Here ]
Posted: 29 Jul 2014 06:56 AM PDT
Electric cables and wires can get messy around the utility poles, posing a fire hazard. To ensure that the cables stay streamlined and accountable, the Doughnut Pole offers a great solution. Designed like a sleek organizer that even prevents birds from nesting on poles, we can totally see this being the next safe thang to be used.
The Doughnut Pole is a 2014 IDSA's IDEA Award winner.
Designer: Jun Young Park
Posted: 29 Jul 2014 12:01 AM PDT
There’s nothing worse than an awkwardly quiet dinner! On that note, there’s nothing that will kill the aesthetic vibe of a room quicker than ugly electronics. As you might have guessed from the name, the Soundlight is the answer to these woes! It provides both ambient light and music by using a slim 360 degree speaker built directly in to the shell of the minimal pendant. Seamless and effective, it’s the perfect way to subtly set the mood for dinner!
Designer: Cheng Tai
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Posted: 29 Jul 2014 12:01 AM PDT
The Barisieur is an alarm clock that will wake you up with a bespoke cup of coffee right when you need it most. It challenges all 5 senses, easing the user into the day with the subtle movement of stainless steel ball bearings that boil water via induction heating, accompanied by the smell of freshly brewed coffee or tea. Nightly prep encourages a “ritual” before bed, signaling the body & mind that it’s time to unwind and that there’s something to look forward to in the morning! Better yet, it makes for a stunningly beautiful bedside piece. DO WANT!
Materials: Black Corian, Stainless Steel Ball-Bearings, Sustainable Stainless Steel Coffee Filter, Bespoke Hand-Blown Gass, and American Walnut Tray
Designer: Joshua Renouf
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