Hand hygiene for everyone

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Sometimes even the simplest products can prove to be rather complex for people with disabilities. For example, take the person in a wheelchair. Stairs, high cabinets, the placement of door handles or latches, basin/sinks, etc., all of these can prove to be rather user-unfriendly.

Designer Hyunsu Park tackles the problem of hand-dryers that when placed at normal height, become a usability nightmare for people in wheelchairs. If bathrooms can have disability access, why should the hand-dryer be an exception? The Universal Hand Dryer accounts for both standing as well as seated patrons, by pushing a concentrated stream of air upward as well as downward. This allows both the abled as well as disabled people to effectively dry their hands by placing them near the most conveniently located air-source!

The Universal Hand Dryer has been the recipient of many international awards, including the iF Design Award, the IDEA Award, and the Golden Pin Design Award!

Designer: Hyunsu Park

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Forget What You Know About Lightbulbs

It may take some patience and skill to change a lightbulb, but it takes just one brainwave to change the way we perceive lightbulbs. The LightCube redefines the lightbulb in a way that makes it easier to use, easier to switch, and energy efficient enough to be the future of lighting.

Rather than maintaining that lightbulbs should be designed to fit into fixtures, the LightCube actually comes with a plug at its end. This effectively makes every plug-point in your home a potential fixture for your light, allowing you to customize where you place lights along your house, rather than relying on the house’s inbuilt wiring plan. The LightCube can be said to be different from the traditional bulb in almost every way. Aside from the plug fixture, variants of the LightCube even come with batteries allowing you to unplug the light and carry it around with you while it’s switched on, and cables, giving you the freedom to extend the reach of your LightCube, rather than being limited to plug-points. The LightCube also has a visually disruptive yet iconic switch detail right on the front that doubles down as a gesture control sensor. You can manually operate the Light via the switch, or wave your hands across the sensor, having it switch on and off. Hand-gestures even allow you to activate the dimmer on the light, giving you more control over your light than you can dream of with your current light setup! On the inside, the LightCube is completely LED based, providing energy-efficient light in both warm and cool colors.

Instead of being just a standalone bulb, the designers behind the LightCube also envisioned an ecosystem of products to kickstart the LightCube Revolution. The first in the series is the adaptive lamp design, titled the LightShade, that not only serves as a table-lamp, but even extends to become a floor lamp, providing jot just diffused, but even focused lighting that can be adjusted without the need of hinges or moving parts, but just by the virtue of clever design. A look at the video above even shows how efficient the LightShade and the LightCube are in adapting to all situations, even becoming an emergency light that can be popped from its holder and used to scrummage for something important that may have fallen behind your table, or under the bed. The Gesture control system also proves to be greatly useful, allowing to double up as a motion detection light, so you don’t have to worry about finding the switch in the dark!

Miles ahead of the incandescent bulb, the fluorescent bulb, and some may even say the LED Smartbulbs in the market today, the LightCube is what you get when good problem-solving meets crowdfunding to challenge age-old norms. To be precise, a light that is flexible, functional, efficient, reliable, and reasonable!

Designer: allocacoc

BUY IT HERE: $16.00 $19.00

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Comes in Cold White or Warm White.

A Cute Crib Companion Cam

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Cupcake is a simplistic and convenient twist on the nanny cam that helps parents stay up-close-and-personal with baby even when they’re not in the room.

While it can be used just about anywhere, it’s also able to attach directly on the crib with a specialized mount. Simply attach the gripping mount and pop on the camera! Its round magnet ensures the cam stays put and allows it to swivel in any direction or at any angle. Compact and discrete, it can also be use on bookshelves or changing tables to keep an eye kids ranging from infants to toddlers.

Designer: AJ Chan & Solo Chan

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A Breakfast Appliance to Start the Day Off Right

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Breakfast comes in all shapes and sizes no matter where you live! Designed with this in mind, the Breakfast Machine is your one-stop-shop for cooking cross-cultural breakfast cuisine.

This hybrid appliance features a steamer, oven, griddle and, of course, a toaster packed all into one unit. This way, you can cook Eastern items like stuffed buns and porridge AND Western items like steak, eggs and toast all at the same time! Only slightly larger than a toaster oven or microwave, it’s perfectly sized to be your countertop breakfast companion!

Designer: Ellie Zeng

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Taming the Firehose

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Ever seen a firehose on the loose?! It’s downright dangerous! That extreme pressure takes 2 to 3 strong firemen to handle… until now. The Fireman’s Prayer nozzle is ergonomically adapted so that one person can easily keep it under control.

It’s designed with not only a sturdy circular grip but a crutch-style support that rests firmly under the arm. This makes it possible for a single firefighter to maintain grip with one hand while opening the nozzle with the other. The added stability and ergonomic design make it safer to use and easier to aim.

Designer: Taekwon Yeon

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