Little Helper Herb and Vegetable Growing Assisted Pot by Rita Moreira

It would be so easy to have your own vegetable patch to source fresh veggies and herbs from. There are two main obstacles though: lack of space and lack of a green thumb. To solve these two issues we have here the Little Helper a cultivation pot with a combining app. The idea behind it is to help us grow and harvest our own vegetables and eat healthier (think GMO and Pesticides). I quite agree!

Little Helper is a 2014 Top 35 Shortlisted Entry for the Electrolux Design Lab Competition.

Designer: Rita Moreira

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Keep a Distance Writing Distance Protective Device for Children by Qichong Wei

Researches have shown that myopia at young ages is usually caused by the failure of keeping adequate distance between the book and the eyes when writing and reading. Keep a Distance is a device that clips onto the book and ensures that the distance between the writer and the paper is a minimum of 30-centimeters. Whenever your head moves closer than the recommended distance, a red warning text appears projected on the paper, reminding you to keep your head up.

Designer: Qichong Wei

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Carbon Fiber Eames Sofa by Matthew Strong

Modeled on an abandoned stretched Eames Fiberglass Shell Armchair at the Henry Ford Museum, the design imagines the lost prototype reborn using the most modern materials with the most traditional methods. It’s woven out of 12k carbon fiber with a modified weaving pattern that gives it substantial strength & single-digit lightness. In the spirit of Eames’ design philosophy, its transparency lays bare its own construction methodology with visual access to every part, giving it an aesthetic coherence that feels both uncanny & curiously natural.

Designer: Matthew Strong

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Shiva – ATV by Hu Po Chun

We usually consider ATV’s to be testosterone-fueled tuff stuff, and this quad is no exception, but you might find its aesthetic inspiration surprisingly soft! The Shiva was designed with… wait for it… seriously, take a breath… DANCING in mind! And not just any dancing, but ribbon dancing. Before you start giggling, check out its fierce fairings, aggressive aerodynamic shape and sporty paint job. It might come from a tender place, but the result is a mean-looking modern machine.

Designer: Hu Po Chun

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iContact.io – 3D Customer Service Representative by Begm Tomruk

Grrrr.. there’s nothing more annoying than calling a customer service number only to wait on hold before being transferred to a robot that can barely understand you! Despite the reason, getting face-to-face help is the most effective and least frustrating way to get results . That’s the idea behind iContact.io. Designed as a directory for public places like malls and hospitals, the informational kiosk provides an on-demand, 3D experience with a REAL customer service rep. Features like eye-contact recognition and an intuitive touch screen make it natural and even kinda fun!

Designer: Begm Tomruk

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Zero Waste Body Scanner With Printer for Making New 3D Printed Wardrobe Clothes by Karolin Krge

Zero Waste is a body scanning and 3D printing unit that recycles old clothes to the latest trends. The first round of raw material needs to be bought and there after all you need to do is scan your body, pick your style from the design feed and get a brand new 3D Printed outfit. Very trendy and up with the times, what do you think?

The Zero Waste is one of the 35 shortlisted entries for the 2014 Electrolux Design Lab competition.

Designer: Karolin Krge

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Zero Waste Body Scanner With Printer for Making New 3D Printed Wardrobe Clothes by Karolin Krge

Zero Waste is a body scanning and 3D printing unit that recycles old clothes to the latest trends. The first round of raw material needs to be bought and there after all you need to do is scan your body, pick your style from the design feed and get a brand new 3D Printed outfit. Very trendy and up with the times, what do you think?

The Zero Waste is one of the 35 shortlisted entries for the 2014 Electrolux Design Lab competition.

Designer: Karolin Krge

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Ant-bot Robotic Cleaner by Yunjo Yu and Seonghyun Kim

Modeled on the basis of how an ant works in the ant farm, the Ant-bot is a robotic home cleaner. It cleans up messes and works autonomous, however you can define certain areas that need extra sprucing via the dedicated pointer. Neat!

Designers: Yunjo Yu and Seonghyun Kim

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Cubby Box Frame by Thomas Zukowski

It’s a box! It’s a shelf! No… it’s Cubby! — the simple way to get convenient wall storage. Each Cubby features a recessed back panel and keyhole that ensure it mounts flush against the wall, an removable window that protects items, and a simple lid for quick access. It’s an easy way to stay organized or simply show off your favorite collectibles!

Designer: Thomas Zukowski

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Root – Handmade Pendant Luminaire by George Avgerinakis

There’s little to dislike about the simplicity of a single bulb pendant, but if you’re not into the raw industrial look, the Root socket is the perfect way to warm it up! Sustainably crafted from 100% natural beech wood, the collection is manufactured in low volume production from raw materials. Still, they’re customizable in two lengths (140 & 250mm), 3 finishes (beech,walnut,oak), cord selection (12 fabric finishes), and finally, bulb type (E27 or GU10-LED). Great as a solo, even better as a cluster!

Designer: George Avgerinakis

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solidThinking Inspire and solidThinking Evolve Case Study of HardMarque Digital Design and Manufacturing Studio

Both solidThinking Inspire & solidThinking Evolve have grown to become tools that designers just cant do without. solidThinking Inspire allows design engineers, product designers, and architects to create and investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily and solidThinking Evolve allows them to develop forms faster, using either Windows or Mac OS X.

Very recently, Nicholas Hardman, the Director of HardMarque walked us through his experience of using both the software to design and additive manufacture a titanium automotive piston. This is his story.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Concept by Vishal Bhanushali

Few and far between we come across Samsung concepts and today we look into the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The basic design replaces cheap plastic with sustainable Bamboo Material along with premium Ceramic. As far as the tech goes, it includes latest apps like heart rate monitor, UV Sensor and more.

Designer: Vishal Bhanushali

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E-Ink Phone by FormNation

This utilitarian e-Ink phone by FormNation was designed for those who have better things to do than flick angry birds and flying pigs! It leaves behind the extraneous and instead is packed with powerful essentials like calendar, contacts, e-reading, and email apps. Everything you need and nothing you don’t! Thanks to its e-ink display and straightforward functionality, it can last an entire month on one charge. Yes, it lacks a vivid color display. But think of it as the difference between full color versus artistic black and white photography.

Designer: FormNation

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E-Ink Phone by FormNation

This utilitarian e-Ink phone by FormNation was designed for those who have better things to do than flick angry birds and flying pigs! It leaves behind the extraneous and instead is packed with powerful essentials like calendar, contacts, e-reading, and email apps. Everything you need and nothing you don’t! Thanks to its e-ink display and straightforward functionality, it can last an entire month on one charge. Yes, it lacks a vivid color display. But think of it as the difference between full color versus artistic black and white photography.

Designer: FormNation

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Revolution – Pellet Stove Series by Jrme Olivet

The Revolution series of freestanding stoves for the Bodart and Gonay brand comes in 3 versions, called Curve, Menta, and Skin, each providing sustained warmth and enduring coziness with a natural looking yet safely guarded flame. The modern structures compliment contemporary interiors with contrasting black and white and 3 subtly different monolithic shapes. A glass window provides visual passage to an enchanting flame while simple controls provide easy custom climate control for maximum comfort with minimal effort.

Designer: Jrme Olivet

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Space Roam – Bicycle Concept by Chen Hsin Lin

As you might have guessed from the name, the Space Roam fixed gear bike looks to the universe for inspiration to break away from predictable design. Like liquid metal, the ultra-streamlined frame achieves an almost monocoque aesthetic with the only visible break being that of the front wheel. Built for speed, it’s so lightweight you’ll feel like you’re riding the moon!

Designer: Chen Hsin Lin

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Space Roam – Bicycle Concept by Chen Hsin Lin

As you might have guessed from the name, the Space Roam fixed gear bike looks to the universe for inspiration to break away from predictable design. Like liquid metal, the ultra-streamlined frame achieves an almost monocoque aesthetic with the only visible break being that of the front wheel. Built for speed, it’s so lightweight you’ll feel like you’re riding the moon!

Designer: Chen Hsin Lin

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Paramedic Chair by Mauricio Ercoli

This modern take on the gurney/stretcher aims to make rescue and recovery easier for paramedics, especially in solo operations. The modular design features two tank-style tracks at either side that provide traction and control for moving down stairs while keeping the seated patient stable and safe. Ideal for time-critical emergency situations, a simplified joystick control can be operated by a single medic while additional support is in transit.

Designer: Mauricio Ercoli

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Whale Whispererr Floatation Device To Help Stranded Whales by Ye Haoyu, Gu Xin, Shao Dandan and Ye Zhuoqun

One of the reasons why whales get stranded at beaches is because the signals that they send out gauge the depth of the waters may be distorted in areas where the shores are gently sloping. What happens is that they lose their way and bearings and end up washed onshore. The Whale Whispererr hopes to fix this problem.

This self-sufficient device (harnesses power via solar energy and from the waves), needs to be placed near coastlines where whales usually end up getting disoriented, due to the gentle slopes in the sea bed. They help in emitting the right feedback to the sonic signals sent out by the whales, thus preventing any accidents. Cool!

Designers: Ye Haoyu, Gu Xin, Shao Dandan and Ye Zhuoqun

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Kairos Mechanical Smartwatch by Kairos

As a watch enthusiast, I have always questioned, why would men give up their sole symbol of prosperity and class to an e-ink display? The prime real estate in questionthe wristis worthy of a mechanical creation that screams haute horology. However, my mindset changed when I came across the Kairos Mechanical Smartwatch, the World’s first and only mechanical smart watch hybrid.

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Sounding almost like a contradictory statement, Mechanical Smartwatch is a term that if full of promise when played right, if you balance both the smart and the watch aspects, you have a winner on hand. Picture yourself wearing a Mechanical Watchyour pride and joyshowcasing the movement in an exhibition caseback. And at the same time, in comes a call and your watch display transforms to a digital screen, informing you that your ex-girlfriend is calling and giving you the option of answering it or not.

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