The Home Cinema II is a completely do-it-yourself home theater system. It eliminates the mess of wires and expense of professional installation though wireless video technology. The straightforward system is comprised of just two components: the Smart Shelf and a digital projector. The Smart Shelf houses the cinema screen, which is automatically raised when the projector is turned on. In addition to a built-in DVD player, the shelf also contains a connector panel for other AV input devices (cable, VCR, PC). When not in use, the shelf has plenty of room for decorative items and furnishings.
Luna is an interior door with an adjustable grid of holes that can be opened and closed to control the flow of light and air between two rooms. The door is constructed of a hollow core with an interior panel that slides from left to right. The exterior surface can be skinned in a variety of wood, metal, plastic and fabric materials. The holes are placed in a grid in a neutral pattern that creates an innate beauty in the changing rhythm of the holes as they shift between full circles, crescent moons and completely closed holes.
The first few days of large-scale disasters are the most critical in saving lives, comforting victims and assisting societies. The Cocoon concept shifts the paradigm of emergency shelter distribution from a complex, time-consuming bureaucratic system to small, self-contained, personally deployable setups. It augments current tent solutions that take weeks to deploy and require the military and disaster-relief professionals to assemble. Cocoon kits can be air-dropped into disaster areas within a few hours and setup by the victims themselves.
The Nutty Buddy athletic protective device fits Little League players 10 and up as well as professional baseball players—all in a range of only four sizes. Rather than the upside down triangle shape of devices currently on the market, the Nutty Buddy is anatomically shaped to the human male, which provides never-before-seen levels of comfort while being able to withstand a baseball traveling at more than 100 mph. In addition, a “tail” passes between the legs to center the cup during activity and provide protection under the groin area.
The Bumpbrella is a fresh, innovative exploration of a ubiquitous product: the umbrella. To open the umbrella, an integrated bicycle pump housed in the handle inflates the decorative, transparent vinyl. Once inflated, users can better see their surroundings and avoid collisions with other umbrellas or obstacles. Adding a touch of fun, three high-output LEDs illuminate decorative markings on the vinyl. When the sun comes out, simply turn the handle backwards to deflate the umbrella.
This system explores an advanced way to use radiation to treat hard-to-reach tumors while increasing patient comfort. The innovative design unifies various custom, semi-custom and off-the-shelf components from disparate worldwide manufacturers into a harmonious composition. Also, unlike many large-scale diagnostic systems with cold, sterile-looking tables, the RoboCouch offers a more furniture-centric, humanistic solution. The robotically controlled chair allows a patient to be seated comfortably, then automatically reclined and reoriented to optimize the radiation beam paths.
This design exploration sought to develop the world’s first portable digital projector. The designers overcame many challenges, including how to keep the device lightweight, provide a long battery life and keep the size small enough to be truly portable. The use of aluminum improves heat insulation and provides a contrast against the high-gloss black elements, which enhance the projector’s sense of luxuriousness. LEDs power the display and rechargeable batteries allow an infinite range of locales where the device can be used.
To provide a buttressed competitive stance for this leading creeper manufacturer, the design team was asked to explore ways to reinvent the traditional mechanic’s creeper; create a fresh, innovative identity; and facilitate a regain of market share. The Hover Creeper takes advantage of the air compressors found in most professional and do-it-yourself garages. Rather than maneuvering using wheels, bladders filled with air from the compressor “hover” the mechanic in place under the vehicle. As little as 40 PSI will lift a 300-pound person.
The Safe-Vent allows a medical technician to concurrently vent gas bubbles out of an arterial blood sample while safely capturing the needle—ultimately protecting the technician from being exposed to potential blood-borne pathogens. While existing products provide needle safety and arterial blood degassing, none provides both functions in a single device and in as few steps as the Safe-Vent. The device’s appearance helps to convey its function, with a larger conical needle lead-in and three-sided window that gives the technician a clear view of the venting chamber.
This five-passenger compact vehicle offers never-before-seen styling targeted to urban dwellers. Designers wanted the car to provide a soothing, relaxing environment where riders can enjoy a comfortable living room experience. The front seats look more like arm chairs, and the rear seat like a curving sofa. The interior space is visually divided between the working space and the living space with color and texture. The work space includes the driver’s seat, steering wheel and pedals rendered in blue suede with bamboo flooring.