The Design blog

The Design blog


Flower Hearing Aid provides a delicate yet modern hearing device for young users

Posted: 09 Apr 2012 06:48 AM PDT

Sahil Khurana:

Hearing problems can be a major social stigma, given the amount of inconvenience and issues associated with the whole process. However, what makes things worse is the additional hearing aids one has to wear in order to correct the hearing capacity. This is further intensified in the case of younger women who have to look pretty and keep their looks in place.

HANNA
HANNA

Keeping all these things in mind, the stylishly designed hearing aid piece by designer Hanna Helm is a comfort to the ear. Helm is an industrial designer and has come up with specially crafted Flower Hearing Aid, developed specially for younger women with hearing problems. The device couples up as a fantastic flower clip and has a hearing device attached to it. It fits into the ear neatly, allowing the user to never ever face the brunt of being in a compromising position.

HANNA
HANNA

The Flower Hearing Aid comes fitted with an embedded microphone, and eliminates the need of any other additional hearing devices. It has the power to reduce any kind of disturbances, voice distortions and feedback. The device comes fixed with rechargeable batteries, allowing you to charge it up once the power goes down. No more worries of losing precious battery power when in use.

The Hearing Aid will provide the much needed relief to one and all, especially when it comes to being stylishly modern and unique in one's approach.

Via: KevinHelmDesign


Smart Media System introduces a new twist on 'sharing' data over Wi-Fi

Posted: 09 Apr 2012 06:27 AM PDT

Asmita Prasad:

With social networks dominating people's lives these days, it has become almost impossible for regular users to go a single day without sharing/uploading pictures, music and videos on such sites. Since "sharing" is the new buzzword these days, even people living in the same home often feel compelled to upload images, music and videos on the internet to share it with others living in close proximity. This obsessive need for every shared bit of media to be stored or streamed or stored on one's own personal gadget (smartphone, TV or laptop) often clogs up a Wi-Fi network.

Smart Media System
Smart Media System

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Smart Media System
Smart Media System by Alexander Werbickas

Since most people in the habit of "sharing" things on the internet are too lazy to simply transfer data manually using a Bluetooth, wireless or the good old fashioned USB drive, an ecosystem of data transfer like the Smart Media System by designer Alexander Werbickas may just have a market. The system allows any media from any input to be streamed to any TV computer or other device on the hub network. This integrated system allows simultaneous users to access and share their content wirelessly within their networks using camera modules that act as Wi-Fi hotspots.

Essentially, this means that every media device within the range of a Wi-Fi hub (like in a home or a shared apartment) can be synched together to allow seamless "sharing" of content. From satellite TV feed, to video conferencing, gaming and streamlining live broadcasts, the system allows multiple users within close proximity to make use of the shared data streaming and transfer resources to make their already over-stimulated, lazy lives even more media- and gadget-centric and lazier.

Source: Alex Werbickas


Map your escape route amidst billowing smoke with the 'Arrow'

Posted: 09 Apr 2012 06:26 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

It is very difficult to carry out rescue operations in places that are swamped with gas and smoke. Not only are you choking badly, but finding your way out of the smoky muddle is quite tricky. You cannot see clearly, hence charting the way out of the chaos becomes really challenging. But, this smart gas mask makes this possible for you. Let's try to understand why this design bagged the 2011 Red Dot award titled "Best of the best."

Arrow
Arrow

To plot your way through the smoke, you are guided by an arrow sign created by a laser beam. This arrow can be easily spotted among fumes and thus you will never lose direction. People can find their way to the emergency exit in a short span of time and so many lives can be saved with this mask. Also, most gas masks used today only help people to breath. Finding an escape route remains a challenge as the thick blanket of smoke hinders your visibility. However, this clever design takes care of this drawback and thus is rightly called Arrow.

Arrow
Arrow

This handy contraption has other useful features also. It facilitates RFID operations. By pulling a string, communication between the survivor and rescuer can be established via the USN. This USN or Ubiquitous Sensor Network also comes handy in case there is an accident during the rescue operation. For the power supply, a one-touch pulling system has also been incorporated. The One Touch Use that comprises pulling a rope is very convenient as power and communication can be launched by a simple gesture during the bedlam of a rescue operation. This design is a creation of Prof. Jeon Sung-Su, Prof Kim Ki-Pil, Kang Kyung Rok, Jeon Ji Yong, Kang Dong Woo and Han Kyeong Chan.

Via: Naver


Help your child fight cerebral palsy with the Leapfrog Assistive Walker

Posted: 09 Apr 2012 06:24 AM PDT

Radhicka S Saxena:

The life of parents, whose child is suffering from cerebral palsy or spina bifida, is quite challenging. Finding a good machine that can help out their children is not easy. Most designs in the market are cumbersome and make children feel helpless. Also, they are very time consuming and one has to put in many hours to look after their children. Keeping in mind all these drawbacks with the current set of designs- a simple, light, approachable and sensitive device called Leapfrog Assistive Walker was created by the industrial designer Donn Koh.

Leapfrog Assistive Walker
Leapfrog Assistive Walker

Here are some details about its mechanics. An automatic and intuitive gas spring transformation system has been fitted into this machine. The mechanism of the intuitive system is quite clever. When your child tries to sit down, weight is exerted turning the seat into the chair mode. When they stand up, the weight is lifted off the gas spring and the device goes into the walker mode. Using the automatic lift assistance, children can place themselves in different positions, and this mechanism can be controlled by the users themselves.

Your child can not only walk with this device but will also be able to stand still or sit down. So, there is no need to repeatedly move the child from the walker to the seat, where they can get rest. The elevation of the seating surface is monitored steadily by the gas spring when your child tries to stand up. It provides the right amount of aid during the critical mid point of standing. Also, the force is reduced gradually as your child acquires strength.

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Leapfrog Assistive Walker
Leapfrog Assistive Walker by Donn Koh

The walker is easy to setup and use. You won't be spending hours trying to fit your child into the machine. The walker is neat to look at and doesn't have any sharp edges. So, you will not have to worry about your child's safety. Also, the manageable gait training support system requires minimum monitoring. So, your child can practice for hours without the need for anyone to keep an eye on them all the time. Intermittent monitoring will be sufficient and this gives parents time to take care of other chores. Size adjustments are possible and the machine can easily accommodate growing children between the ages of 1.5 to 5 years.

Intensive research was conducted to design this device. Apart from the physical needs, even factors for emotional well being of patients were taken into consideration. Very little supervision and caretaker intervention will be required if you buy this device. This instills a feeling of independence in your children, which gives a boost to their self esteem. Additionally, other children are not very comfortable playing with such kids as they are different. However, the walker aims to reduce this gap. The mobile device looks somewhat like a tricycle or a pram and can avoid your child from being alienated.

There is no doubt that this design is much better than other such devices in the market, which are definitely not up to the mark. It takes care of your child's physical needs whilst taking note of their feelings and sentiments.

Via: Donnkohstudio


Axis 45 to bridge the gap between luxury Monohull and Multihull super yachts

Posted: 09 Apr 2012 06:23 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

A yacht is the ultimate picture of luxury and keeping up with the status is Axis 45 Adaption Hull Super Yacht designed by Mitch Webb. The 45 meter performer will fill the gap between Monohull and Multihull super yachts that come coated with nothing but luxury.

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Axis-45

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Axis-45 Adaption Hull Super yacht

Axis 45 can be easily swapped from a Monohull to Multihull and vice versa with the help of an outrigger system, which can tweak settings by weighing the location, weather, swell and birthing. Such a manipulation will prove to be quite useful for a user and will make the ride all the more comfortable. These outriggers are the main feature if the yacht. They are operated hydraulically and take the shape of the main hull. These enhance the stability as well as provide a larger beam and can be set up at any point of the journey. When these are retracted into the main hull, the drag gets eliminated and this in turn perks up the hydrodynamics and also maximizes the yacht's performance.

The living area is quite spacious and ensures all the required comfort on the deck. The presence of a fly bridge on the roof top further add to the overall sailing experience and also maximizes the vantage point to the skipper. The design also features a Portuguese walkway that gives an aesthetically pleasing touch, whereas allowing for a greater access to the fly bridge and deck. Axis 45 Adaption Hull Super Yacht has an impressive shape and will make time spent away from the hustle bustle of cities quite memorable.


SemanticMap tries to make the world more user specific

Posted: 09 Apr 2012 06:21 AM PDT

Swapnil Walivkar:

Augmented reality seems to be emerging since very recently. Microsoft earlier reveals about a new technology that they have been working on. The officials said that they are engaged in a project, which is designed for making a user's experience location specific only for that particular user. This was just one day after Google revealed more details about its similar project, the idea of the technology in the form of Project Glass.

SemanticMap
SemanticMap

The new concept has been given the name of SemanticMap. The main idea behind this technology is that it lets allows physical signage change for a particular location for a particular user. The user's current location and what that user is looking for are the two important aspects while considering this technology. In contrast to the Project Glass project by Google, the new technology form Microsoft doesn’t even require any special gadgets or other similar accessories for use. The SemanticMap technology will comprises of three key technologies that Microsoft is developing: face analysis, proximity detection and gesture recognition. Most probably these three key technologies will very likely become more and more ubiquitous in the coming years. These technologies are already in use by Microsoft and to good effect in its Kinect.

Mr. Sergio Paolantonio who is the senior research designer in Human-Computer Interaction Group at Microsoft Research center situated in Beijing where this technology is building, said that for now SemanticMap is available only as a prototype. He also said that, Microsoft don’t have any plan to deploy this technology in market as their own product.

But with the launch of the working prototype, one thing’s for sure that the technology for building user’s task more specific will definitely prove worthy. This technology will help marketing campaigns for finding more specific path and virtual games in making gaming experience real. With a pair of glasses or a smartphone, the augmented reality app might feel like too much. The SemanticMap technology can be useful for every type of industry or personnel.

Via: Tech Crunch


Hotel Aliah to achieve a high environmental status during 2014 World Cup

Posted: 09 Apr 2012 06:20 AM PDT

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Everyone is waiting for the 2014 World Cup, which will see various countries fighting for the most coveted title of being the best. In the whole process, a very important role will be played by the host nation that is leaving no stone unturned to provide the best. Keeping the concern for environment in mind, Hiperstudio and Arkiz have come up with a brilliant design in the form of Hotel Aliah that will be situated in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Hotel Aliah
Hotel Aliah

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Hotel Aliah
Hotel Aliah designed by Hiperstudio + Arkiz

The luxury hotel will be built keeping the values of sustainability in mind, which will in turn have a very positive socio environmental impact. The company has always promoted a greener living and has clubbed it well with urbanization. The hotel will provide all the necessary comfort despite its eco friendly status. The design comprises of linear plaza belvedere, which will give it a poetic and structural sign. The clean and green architectural marvel will form a connection with the nearby landscape, which will further enhance the architectural experience.

Hotel Aliah will unfurl aesthetically pleasing views, which will leave people in a state of amazement. The building, placed on natural topography, intermingles with the ground in a way that it forms a dialectical relationship with each other. The design comprises of a patio that will be a sight of greenery because of the presence of vegetation. The building will be energy efficient and it will feel like a walk through the woods while taking the corridor leading to rooms. Hotel Aliah is sure to become one of the most clicked buildings during the 2014 World Cup because of its environmentally friendly status.

Via: Arch Daily


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