The Flat Cycling Hat

Most two-wheel commuters don’t carry helmets because of how bulky they are. Honestly, it’s been a debate with me too. Carrying it is a nuisance, storing it is even worse. The Fuga helmet by Closca really achieves the impossible (or rather the unachieved) in that regard. The helmet has a telescopic design that folds inwards, becoming a rather slim and flat piece of plastic that can easily fit into any bag. The Fuga also is a major win in the aesthetics department. A stylish helmet means commuters will WANT to show off their gear, and as a result will wear helmets more often… and that can only be a good thing, right?

Designer: Closca Design

Buy It Here: $125.00 $160.00

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A Resting Place for All

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Eastern and Western cultures differ considerably in our resting habits. Traditionally, Eastern culture can be seen as floor-based, sitting and sleeping on the floor. On the other hand, Western culture can be seen as the opposite, sitting on chairs and sleeping on beds. “Wa” is a clever convergence of these two distinct cultural concepts that adapts to the user’s preferential resting position.

The simplistic design can be divided into 3 elements: a pillow for lying down, a floor seat with a back for lounging, or a classic chair for sitting upright. However minimalistic in form, this unique multi-functionality blurs cultural lines and encourages user interaction, strengthening the bond between human and object.

Designer: ATO DESIGN STUDIO

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Bend it like Beckham, Measure it like Messi

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It seems as if we’re trying to put a chip in everything. Now this time, it’s our shoe. The Connected Cleat basically puts a bunch of sensors into your cleats that then constantly read data and give you a complete detailed analysis of your gameplay with numbers. I imagine that would work absolute wonders for the sports industry. After all, it isn’t cheating if you’re monitoring data. The module that fits into your shoe doesn’t enhance your performance… it just analyzes it up close.

What’s so marvelous is the size of this module. It fits cozily into the sole of the cleats in a way that doesn’t make you realize its there, while also being secure enough to never fall out mid-game. The cleats are designed around this module, giving you a complete footwear set that may just render your fitness tracker obsolete. Impeccably accurate gameplay data, right in your sporting equipment. I hope the sports execs are reading this!

Designer: Trevor Timson

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Baby optical mouse, Adult optical mouse!

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I’ll just say that I’m in complete love with this mouse. It does the two things it’s supposed to do, be clunky, and be flat. They contradict each other, right? That’s the problem, really. Mice need to be voluminous so they fit well into our palms. That’s ergonomics. However, if you want to carry your mouse with you in a laptop sleeve, bulky doesn’t work at all. That’s where you need sleek.

The Samsung mouse manages to pull off both those requirements with its compact, telescopic/collapsible design. A matte plastic outer sleeve holds the small electronic mouse module on the inside. This works just fine because plastic feels good to touch (honestly, the metal feel is overrated. I choose comfort over premium) and therefore comes right under your palm while the electronic part slides outwards, manifesting itself under your fingers. The entire design is arc shaped, giving it a definitive curve that allows for easy gripping (bulky), but when the mouse collapses into itself, it becomes half in curvature, almost becoming a sleek, flat, highly carry-able computer peripheral!

Designer: BKID Co.

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Hypnotic Illuminated Timepieces

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Leap into the future with Tempus! This eye-catching kinetic artwork cleverly doubles as an illuminated timepiece that brings a sense of theatre to the simple act of telling the time.

The design was inspired by designer Ben Rousseau’s love of science fiction film sets and automotive design. Instead of rotating hands, a futuristic clock face operates with state-of-the-art digital LEDs that illuminate three different segments: seconds, minutes and hours, in sequence to represent a 12-hour time path.

Bespoke options, including personalized hour, minute and second segment shapes and a variety of surface materials (luxury metal, exotic timber, CorianĀ®, carbon fibre and acrylic) are all available with an almost infinite color palette controllable via a discrete switch to alternate between pre-set colour programs and light patterns.

Designer: Ben Rousseau

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