Become a Multitasking Mastermind!

From a very technical standpoint, two screens should mean double the productivity, right? Either which way, with the Mountie, you can convert two gadgets into one, by allowing your tablet or phone to become a secondary screen for your laptop!

The humble Mountie is a small contraption that fits securely to the side of your laptop screen. With two clips facing in opposite direction, while one clip holds the Mountie in place on your laptop, the other clip allows you to fit in a tablet or a phone, effectively making your workspace larger and putting a secondary screen in your periphery. This secondary screen can either be an extension of your laptop screen (Apple users could use the AirPlay feature), or better still, the side screen could be running a conference call or hold up some Excel sheet or PDF, or you could just use it to watch yourself some YouTube while working (you didn’t get that advice from us!). It allows you to double your productivity only because with the secondary screen mounted right beside your primary screen, you don’t really have to look away. Everything sits right within your peripheral vision. Besides, the Mountie even tilts your secondary screen at a slight angle so that it faces you.

Absolutely ideal for the developer who wants to code and test apps at the same time, or for the office goer who wants to work and facetime/conference together, or just the serial multitasker, the Mountie lets you easily expand your screen estate just by simply clipping your tablet or phone conveniently near your screen. Want to push things a step further? Use two Mounties on either side and go full-on panoramic!

Designer: Ten One Design

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Behold the tires of the future!

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What we’re seeing here is the future of tire design. With companies like Bridgestone and Michelin investing efforts in airless-tubeless tires that absorb shock beautifully, we may one day see conventional tires become completely obsolete.

The Soft Creeper is a conceptual bicycle tire designed by a team from the Dalian Minzu University in China. It features a wheel that’s split into multiple identical pieces with the spokes being designed specifically for shock absorption. Upon encountering an obstacle, the spokes just simply bend inward, allowing the tire to deform in the shape of the obstacle, and the bike to ride right across like cutting through air. The same would work for potholes. If and when a wheel gets damaged, just simply replace the damaged components rather than the entire wheel itself!

The Soft Creeper is a winner of the Red Dot Award for the year 2016.

Designers: Su Hengchang, Zhang Dianming, Qiao Song, Zhang Mengbo, Cao Xinyu, Wu Jiahao, Xu Zhe & Ran Xuyang.

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When Architecture met Footwear

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If you ever thought one design discipline couldn’t inspire another, you’re wrong. Product designs can often take inspiration from typography designers, graphic designers can occasionally look to fashion designers, and the occasional shoe designer can often see wonderful design cues in architecture.

Drawing inspiration from Herzog & de Meuron’s 2008 Beijing Olympics stadium, these Adidas Ultraboost sneakers feature a dizzying array of lace-like anti-abrasive polyurethane line-patterns that resemble the iconic ‘Bird’s Nest’ stadium. The lacing system consists of two continuous laces that loop around support points along the upper and around the heel of the shoe in a seemingly random manner, but giving it a distinct flavor synonymous with Herzog and de Meuron’s iconic building. A 3D printed double-loop cinch locks the laces in place.

It’s a shame these shoes are conceptual works of design. I for one, would pay good money to own them!

Designer: KXIV

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A Vape That Doesn’t Look Lame

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Hydrology9 looks and functions like no other vaporizer you’ve used before. Crafted from spacegrade aluminum alloy and borosilicate glass and fitted with LED lights, this futuristic vape almost looks as if it might double as a lightsaber!

As sick as it looks, what sets it apart is unparalleled water filtration technology. Vaping is all about smoothness, and the addition of water enhanced the sensation even more. Hydrology9’s patent pending “tunnel-tube” system allows an unobstructed flow while keeping it leakproof and aesthetically seamless.

Designer: Richard Huang of Cloudious9

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“Creating a truly unique vaporizer required us to think completely outside the scope of existing vaporizers on the market. This meant solving new challenges and having no prior reference resolution for a new problem that others have never tackled. The results are a brand new approach to dealing with liquid filtration, and thus the birth of our patent pending “tunnel tube” liquid filtration design and even heat distribution stir,” designer Richard Huang told YD.

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“Vaporizers with any liquid filtration capability usually implement it as an add-on, and the entire device is not specifically optimized for liquid filtration. The results are inconveniences from numerous moving parts and a lack of a truly portable solution. After identifying this void, Cloudious9 was set on a mission to create a disruptive product for an industry that longed for innovation.”

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“Creating a new vaporizer solution without anything similar on the market also prevented our product design team from being clouded by others’ design concepts, since we have no identical competitor. This allows our design team to unleash our creativity and bring to the world our widely acclaimed exterior design.”

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Mouthpiece:

We designed the mouthpiece using 1/4 inch thick Borosilicate glass, which provides the best combination of strength and clarity. It was designed to curve at the perfect angle to provide the most exceptional comfort and ease of cleaning. Completing the Hydrology9 portable liquid filtration experience is a perfectly positioned ball valve built inside the mouthpiece, which allows the Hydrology9 to be carried and turned in any direction without the fear of spillage.

Glass Chamber:

Nothing comes close to the familiarity of a crystal-clear glass piece when liquid filtration is involved. After numerous revisions and considerations, we were set on a minimalist cylinder design precisely shaped to prevent any liquid spillage while conforming to a grip easily.

Chamber:

We implemented a patent-pending solution to a typical problem we see in today’s vaporizers: a built-in device that allows you to evenly and efficiently distribute heat. The stir was integrated with the bottom chamber cover, with the cover made of spacecraft-grade aluminum alloy and the stir itself made of heat resistant stainless steel.

Water Filtration:

Allowing unobstructed flow of vapor while keeping the Hydrology9 leakproof is inherently a conflicting concept. Accomplishing both goals in a seamlessly integrated design was truly challenging. The ability to fuse all three requirements aesthetically into the Hydrology9 design is the heart of Hydrology9’s innovation. The results are a brand-new approach to liquid filtration, and the birth of our patent-pending “tunnel tube” liquid filtration design.

Alexa’s Smaller, Cooler Cousin!

Even though there’s barely anything to the HiddenRadio2 Speaker, I can’t get enough of it. Designed with true minimalist spirit, this metal blob looks unsuspecting at first. Then you place your finger on the top and open a Pandora’s box of opportunities!

Designed with virtually no buttons (or any visible speaker at first), the HiddenRadio2 looks like a metal version of the Pokemon Diglett. To power it on, just place your finger on the capacitive touch enabled top and the metal housing dramatically lifts upwards to reveal a tiny yet versatile and powerful 360° speaker below. The touch surface on the top of the speaker takes care of pretty much everything and paired with the HiddenRadio app on your phone, you have yourself a tiny and powerful audio-device/AI-assistant. The touch surface on the speaker can be tapped, swiped, and swirled, allowing you to control playback and volume. It can even activate Siri, allowing you to connect to the internet and even to your smart-home. The speaker can also be used as a speakerphone for around-the-table conference calls, and what’s most interesting is that it can be paired with multiple HiddenRadio2 speakers to simultaneously fill your room or entire home with audio. And when you’re done, just tap on the speaker again and the metal hood lowers, concealing the speaker, almost like magic!

Designers: John Van Den Nieuwenhuizen & Vitor Santa Maria

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