Solista is a digital instrument that uses a variety of sounds and techniques to create a layered mixed song. Furthermore, songs can be simultaneously created and shared by different users when Solista is connected to an iPhone, and they can be recorded in digital format without the need for microphones. Solista is a MIDI instrument that uses a variety of sounds and techniques to create a layered mixed song; melodies are layered with the melody neck, rhythms with the beat pads, and different musical genres of the melodies and/or beats are controlled with the buttons next to the iPhone on the headstock. Each melody or beat can be looped so the performer can focus on the subsequent layer of the song. Furthermore, songs can be simultaneously created and shared by different users when Solista is connected to an iPhone, creating a “Network Band,” which can also be recorded in digital format (microphones are not necessary).
VV-Talker is a language-learning assistive device for deaf-mute children. It allows them to understand and develop speech, motivating them to learn, communicate and practice. It records the throat vibration of normal speakers and plays it back in tangible simulation. This complements the senses of deaf children, enabling them to compare their speech with that of others.
Credits: Cui Chen, Wang Qi, Shi Kaiyuan, Huang Jianbo, Geng Kun, Wang Zhi, Chen Zhen and Qiu Shuang of Samsung Design Membership China (China)
Pa-cup is a new pharmaceutical packaging approach that facilities people’s intake of their medicine. Medication is packaged in individual envelopes that transform into a cup. So when you have your pills in hand, you also have a cup. Now all you have to do is just add some water.
Credits: Tao Linkai, Zhang Yu, Xu Jianming, Guo Xiaolin and Cao Yi of Zhejiang University of China (China)
The Augmented Intervention Assistant is a head-mounted display system designed to simplify image-guided surgery. It combines preoperational images with the position tracking of instruments, the operating field and the surgeon to augment the physician’s field of view with virtual information. A built-in augmented reality interface provides additional information, such as patient anatomy, position of tumor tissues and preoperational planning.
City Context combines a solar-powered street lamp with a waste container. The container is embedded inside the lamp so pedestrians can easily find it. The bins are also marked by different colors for sorting garbage. This design encourages people to avoid littering and makes the city more user friendly and pleasant.
Credits: Li-Te Lo, Song-Jung Chen, Tai-Yen Lee and Cheng-Yu Tsai of Shih Chien University (Taiwan) and Zong-Huei Hsu of National Taiwan University of Arts (Taiwan)
Bale ameliorates the nuisance of confidential paper waste. Bale shreds and compacts paper waste into stackable units, reducing their physical footprint while they await a recycler’s pick up. Or, Bale’s byproduct units can be modularly configured for many uses: tree-stump-inspired stools, pots for philodendrons or cubicle walls.
About one-fifth of home water use is due to laundry. If hand-laundering were increased, water and electricity use could be reduced. With its wave-like form, the pond sink was designed to encourage hand washing by eliminating the common barriers, such as a lack of space, the uncomfortable positioning of the body and the inconvenient use of a washboard.
Credits: Yoori Koo and Zhong-Fa Lie of Seoul National University of Science and Technology (South Korea)
Aura addresses the issue of commuter cyclist safety, while providing a helmet that is appropriately styled for the urban environment. Its safety features include a built-in rear light and detachable wristband indicators to signal to other road users the cyclist’s intentions. When not in use, the indicators attach to the helmet.
Credits: Joseph Thomas of Loughborough University & Wonder Vision (United Kingdom)
Veeb is a digital piano for musicians with a hearing impairment. Using three methods of interaction—aural, visual and tactile—Veeb offers a more engaging playing experience for those who don’t have perfect hearing. For example, each key vibrates at the specific frequency attributed to that note, providing musicians with accurate tactile feedback as they play.
Credits: James Gadd of Loughorough University (United Kingdom)
Students with visual impairments are often at a disadvantage in a typical classroom. They cannot see visual presentations or writing on the board. Many students with low vision and legal blindness are able to see at close distance if they hold the materials a few inches from their eyes. The Note-Taker is a portable device designed for these students, so that they may clearly see presentations and take notes.
Credits: Liqing Zhou and David Hayden of Arizona State University