The home health company Plink asked us to design the most user-friendly, kid-centric humidifier on the market. In order to boost sales, we knew we had to design a product that not only has broad visual appeal, but also has to be incredibly simple to interact with. The KidOasis’s playful, bubbly design includes a highly efficient analog dial with safety sensor, and is easy to transport without making a mess thanks to its intuitive upper handle which attaches directly to the base, not the lid. The
The recycling-minded Vamp speaker system is back, and it's doubling down on its creative audio offerings in a new Kickstarter campaign. British designer Paul Cocksedge originally took inspiration from the astounding number of abandoned but fully functional speakers left curbside throughout his neighborhood. After collecting the wayward electronics for awhile,
Minimalism is everything. EVERYTHING. But how do you bravely cut the clutter and cords from your life when your old phone still technically works? The heroic and forward-marching minds at Nicer Studio have studied Apple's technological advances and come up with a fittingly elegant solution. Meet the Apple Plug. With
Palettes are a series of clean-looking dials, sliders and buttons that bring tactility to operations you'd normally perform on-screen. Here's a quick example: I'm mightily impressed at the thought that went into the UX. Take a look at how you set these up: The design seems pretty great. The magnets
mce came to FIT with a need to create their new Mobile Care Expert Zone device. The design had to take in consideration many challenges such as being operate in a demanding retail environment, being able to connect to every device and various cable types. The process had to incorporate both custom and of the shelf components.
Apple's new iPhones don't have the 3.5mm jack. Neither does Motorola's Moto Z. Get over it. These companies, and others in China, ditched the standard jack for a very simple reason: It's obsolete, and it's going away. Intel's been pushing their USB-C standard as the best choice for a replacement,
The Apple announcement of greatest interest to me yesterday was of their forthcoming AirPods. The incrementally better iPhones and Apple Watch were expected, and everyone knew the headphone jack was going away; but with the wireless Bluetooth AirPods we see that they're trying to break new ground. The question is
If you've got a Macbook Pro you know that yes, that strip above the function keys gets uncomfortably hot during processor-intensive tasks. That's fine with me since my fingers are never up there anyway. But it bugs "lifehacker" BenriHacks, who thus devised a coin-based "thermal management cooling method:" I doubt
For over 14 years Kudo Tsunoda has been championing interactive experiences—whether by designing genre-defining features for video games like "Fight Night" or driving the creative vision for Microsoft's HoloLens and Kinect for Xbox. As Corporate Vice President for all Windows 1st Party Experiences, Tsunoda works across hardware and software teams
Even though some of our devices are now wireless, most of us who spend considerable time in the digital world still have a mess of cables to deal with—which explains why cable organizing products are so numerous. The MACO (Magnetic Cable Organizer) from Three1Design is a magnetic cable tie that
When you see photos of classic cars from past decade, they're often beautifully restored, looking better than they did when they left the factory. No such love is given to old computers, as most people don't care. Photographer James Ball, however, does.
We've had a couple of 100-degree days here in NYC, and the only thing that deals with heat less well than me is a laptop. If the CPU isn't kept cool by the cooling fans, the whole thing shuts down. And if you don't keep the fans clean, the accumulated dust and gunk can cause the fans to crap out.
We're always tickled by the obsessiveness of Japanese product designers, specifically the ones who create objects that monomaniacally perfect a single task. But this here is the first one I've seen that I actually want to buy--and it's a $230 toaster. What it does is make absolutely perfect toast, using
Imagine you and a friend are going hiking in the woods, or to a crowded music festival, or visiting a city overseas. Eventually you might split up for a spell, and it would be handy to be able to stay in touch. But at Bear Mountain there are no towers;
The Virb Elite action camera features a color display for easy adjustment of camera settings on the go. The camera is activated via a large sliding switch that can even be handled with gloves. Thanks to the built-in GPS functionality and additional external sensors, data such as location, speed and heart rate are added to the video recordings. The camera rests comfortably in the hand and renders a robust impression.
Paper is a machine that can print, scan and copy in a pleasant way. It communicates its function, provides clear feedback and uses physical controls to operate the key functions with ease.
Paired with the uniVERSE case, this battery lets you pack along some extra juice when heading off the grid for extended periods. Features: + Designed just for the uniVERSE Case System + 2100-mAh battery delivers 100% battery life for iPhone 6 (75% for iPhone 6 Plus) + Elegant styling attaches and blends seamlessly with the uniVERSE case + Thin, lightweight design ensures carrying comfort in hand, pocket or purse + Simple on/off switch lets the power flow or holds in reserve + White LED po
We are looking for highly qualified candidates to be part of our team in this design service division - Panasonic Appliances Asia Pacific Design Centre located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Conceptualize & design new home appliances such as air-conditioner, washer, refrigerator, TV, ceiling fan, kitchen appliances, hair dryer. - In charge of whole design development process as bellows: -Design research to get the clues and understand users more. -Conceptualization to propose
Requiring interaction to control the volume, the 'Stack' speaker demands tactile contact, removing the need for traditional buttons and switches. Designer Rowan Jackman was driven by the desire to create a speaker which does away with traditional buttons and switches.
Senior-level mechanical engineer needed. Are you a creative, motivated problem solver with a track record running complex programs? SKILLS: Program/project management and leadership, Solidworks and/or Creo, Strong analytical skills, Electromechanical experience, Creative problem solving, Experience with taking products into production. Candidates must have a
Mobile power supplies and Bluetooth speakers are often bulky, delicate and lack style. We envisioned a multifunctional device that allows users to secure it to virtually any object, providing audio and a backup power source wherever they go. The clasp allows you to clip it onto your pack, tent, clothing, virtually anywhere you want. Developed with a rugged, rubber over-mold and a waterproof outer shell, the Latch conveys high-quality in a functional accessory you’ll want to take everywhere.
When my air conditioner recently failed, I followed New York City environmental regulations and arranged for a curbside pick-up for the next morning. But they never got to collect it. Later that night I was awakened by the sound of a hammer on metal, and looked out of my window
Cell phone jammers are illegal in the U.S.. So here's something that can bring you local peace and quiet but won't get you a $48,000 fine: The absolutely wonderful Bose Shhh. Of course it's a gag (brought to you by the folks at DadDudes) but oh, what we wouldn't give....
I think we all know the feeeling of being in a public place where someone is yammering away on a cell phone, and all you can think is WOULD YOU SHADDUP. Dennis Nicholl, a 63-year-old accountant in Chicago, certainly felt this way--and resolved to do something about it. Nicholl got
This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! We recently caught wind of Google's plan to deliver their Ara modular phone concept to consumers in 2017, a cellphone with a magnetic modular backboard for different gadgets like speakers, camera lenses, storage
The statement "Hardware is Hard" has become the go-to phrase for companies interested in producing physical tech products. And it's true—compared with the typical product cycles of an app, hardware requires much longer timelines, larger teams and way more up front investment to get something off the ground. Despite these
Say hello to Odini, your loyal guardian and companion. Unlike traditional security cameras which are often static, intrusive objects, Odini is a discreet mobile solution which learns to respect your privacy and space while you are at home but is first, on the scene to monitor and record an event while you are away. When you're out of the house, he detects changes in the environment which he records and communicates to you via your smartphone app, enabling you to remotely monitor any situation.
It's been a while since we've heard anything from Project Ara, Google's modular smartphone concept. We were worried it bit the dust, but Google's ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) group has just released this new teaser video: We like that rather than hitting us over the head with specifications and
Garmin, the world leader in GPS technology, is looking for an experienced Senior Industrial Designer to join our Consumer ID team. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary group of designers developing products for Garmin’s outdoor, fitness, marine, and automotive markets-- products like action cameras, handheld navigation, marine radars, cycling
Jukey joins social media with social life like never before. A jukebox re-envisioned for the 21st century, Jukey brings people together for a shared music listening experience that plays tunes that are sure to be a hit. Put simply, Jukey pools the favorite and most commonly occurring tracks on all devices connected to its network, and DJ’s from the songs that appear most often, guaranteeing a soundtrack that everyone present will love.
The Gramovox design philosophy is to reimagine vintage audio design with modern technology. After a successful Kickstarter campaign for their Bluetooth Gramophone, they sought to showcase the record as both art and a medium to produce analog sound. Gramovox, a fellow member of 1871 in Chicago, sought PDT's help in bringing this high-performance turntable that plays records vertically to fruition and it's now on Kickstarter, funded in less than 3 hours!
As the Core77-Discussion-Boards-savvy among you know, Michael DiTullo isn't just a moderator, but has one of the sweetest industrial design jobs around. As Chief Design Officer for Sound United, DiTullo heads up design projects for S.U. brands Polk Audio, Boom and Definitive Technology. For the latter, DiTullo and team have
The energy-design thinkers at BioLight are aiming in a bright new direction: lighting! The company first crossed our radar with their innovative biofuel stove designed to reduce harmful emissions and produce electricity at the same time. Since then they've continued to refine their multi-purpose products for use indoors and out.
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