Hug is a new system for childhood vaccinations that employs an emerging technology for drug delivery with microneedles. Hug patches are efficient, heat tolerable and, most importantly, painless. The Hug vaccination system creates a stress free, informed experience for parent and child so they enjoy this intimate lifesaving moment together rather than the stress and anxiety normally associated with injections.
Credits: George Wilson Ressler of The University of Kansas
The Memorex PartyCube is a portable speaker system for the iPod and iPhone that is durable enough for use at parties and play dates. It features a cubical form for stability, wraparound speakers for 360-degree sound and an intuitive interface that makes it accessible to children as well as their parents.
KIN was born out of the way a new generation of people communicate with mobile phones, immersed in social networking and constant sharing with friends. This mobile phone was designed to mimic how people communicate in real life, with people (not icons) at the heart of every action.
Credits: KIN design team, Sharp Corp. design team and frog design, Minimal, Astro Studios, Cinco Design Office
The Bamboo line of pen and touch tablets is Wacom’s first consumer-oriented line. Identifying design targets and discovering how their needs differ from professional users, the designers were able to expand the Bamboo line to be both broader and more coherent. A consistent aesthetic and interaction experience distinguishes each product and sets them apart from Wacom’s existing identity.
In critical situations in public, such as in subways, when dense dust or smoke can make it difficult to breathe or see, people often panic, not knowing how to escape. The design of Light Breath is similar to a snorkel respirator to help people recognize how to use it intuitively. They simply hold it between their teeth to breathe in clean air. The attached LED on the front is turned on by the pressure of biting the device, giving people use of both of their hands.
Credits: Ju Jieun, Lee Jaebin and Choi Woojoo of Samsung Art & Design Institute (South Korea)
Recognizing that low use is more eco-friendly than recycling or reuse, eco-book promotes the reduction in the use of shopping bags. The book itself has an integrated handle. With eco book, consumers don’t need a shopping bag to their carry books. Just unfold the inside flaps and grab the handle.
Credits: Eunhyung Lee, Seulki Jeong and Eunkyeong Jeong of Seoul National University of Science and Technology (South Korea)
The design of this external HDD sought to deliver warm emotions through both visual and tactile means. Consisting only of a plastic case and rubber cover, it uses an environmentally friendly material for the exterior that is free of additional processing. Smooth silicone rubber was intended to increase the user’s level of confidence in the data storage.
Credits: Hoyoung Seoc and Eunyoung Kim of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (South Korea)
Heronsbill is a light based on the form of a clock. In the daytime, the hour hand is replaced by a beam of light and the minute hand represented as a dot of light. As soon as it gets dark, all the beams of light representing the time interval from that moment until midnight automatically turn on and are extinguished in turn as time passes, gradually dimming the light in the room. After midnight, the beams of light of the corresponding time interval will be turned on one by one gradually brightening the room.
Type.bmp II is a typography installation piece made of hot-glue sticks that sits in the lobby of the new LG U+ building in Korea. The inspiration arose from a discussion about the common cliché of the use of rasterized and low-resolution type in kitsch graphic ephemera. Rather than denounce it, the team decided to use it as a springboard to explore and provoke questions.
The Micro Projector is suitable for mobile situations in which a display wider a laptop’s is needed. It can be used almost anywhere as long as there is a flat surface that is at least 0.5 meters from the projector and that can serve as a 20-inch or larger screen. Power is supplied through a USB connection.
Credits: Wansup Kim and Jisang Park of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (South Korea)