The Stethoscope Just Got Smarter

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The Steth IO smartphone case modernizes the 200-year-old stethoscope! The design merges the technology, display, and microphone on a smartphone with the time-tested geometry of a stethoscope to create a powerful handheld medical device.

The case captures audio sounds made by the lungs or a heartbeat and converts them into a visualization on the screen. Rather than just listening to a heart rhythm like they would using a traditional stethoscope, medical professionals can hear the heartbeat, visualize it, record the data, and review it anytime. Something impossible with a standard stethoscope!

Designer: TACTILE

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“It was imperative that the aesthetics of the case reflect the quality of the product. The Steth IO isn’t a decorative phone case; it’s a $150 medical device with powerful functionality,” design studio Tactile told YD.

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“We made sure it was easy to insert and remove a phone from the case, testing the effect of different materials on critical acoustics, and minimizing part count. We discussed manufacturing techniques early on, which meant by the time we started manufacturing, we didn’t have to compromise the design because we already knew what kinds of materials were possible and what weren’t. The medical environment uses harsh chemicals and cleaners to wipe down devices, which was also an important consideration in choosing materials.”

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You can pack up this home & take it with you!

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The future of homes is upon us and it isn’t a smart home. It’s a prefab home. Short for prefabricated, these homes come as livable units ready to be assembled and then lived in… like IKEA meets Architecture. The prefab homes became all the rage in 2015 when Muji debuted three ultra-small prefab hut designs for people looking to live the minimalist life away from the city’s hustle and bustle. Their latest hut design is ready for production and costs roughly $27,000. They also sit on a cemented foundation, making them permanent.

The KODA prefab home by Estonian design collective Kodasema however proposes something more head-turning. This fully equipped, quaint hut with a 25 square-meter living space and a mezzanine bedroom can be completely disassembled, and reassembled at another location within a day! The idea is that KODA is a state of mind. It should give you a space to live in wherever you find tranquility, be it in the woods, or a lakeside, or even your backyard. Its design can allow it to become your retreat, or even your personal office space, or a studio or classroom.

The house is constructed with factory-made components, and can be assembled on-site without any need for foundations. The terrace comes equipped with solar-panels, allowing KODA to generate and conserve its own electricity. The KODA is literally the perfect home away from home!
Watch the video below and be amazed!

Designer: Kodasema

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Alessi buckles down on Toothpaste waste

Arguably the biggest and most respected design brand of our time (and well before our time too), Alessi is known for its delightful products with a slightly unconventional, if not quirky, approach to functionality.

The humble buckle, responsible for keeping pants up and stomachs in, has received a new purpose, thanks to the great collective of minds at the Italian design super-house. Just slide this over your tube of toothpaste and you can be sure that you’ll squeeze every ounce out of that plastic tube. Simple, elegant, and effective, with a dash of quirky! Plus, what a lovely way to add shiny bling to your toiletry kit. Perfect for the very paste that makes your teeth shine!

Designers: Gabriele Chiave & Lorenza Bozzoli (Alessi).

BUY IT NOW: $20

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Ripples in Time

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Inspired by the movement created by droplets falling into water, the Wave watch offers wearers an elegant alternative to telling the time. A hybrid of digital and analog, this minimalist timepiece features both a small OLED display and visible mechanical components.

The mechanical parts consist of two counter surfaces, with the smaller one showing hours and the bigger one displaying minutes through a small window on the face. At the heart of the face of the watch lays the OLED display, which shows temperature, date, weekdays, and a circular chronometer around the circumference.

Designer: Reza Salianeh

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“The problem with ordinary mechanical wrist watches is that the face of the watch cannot be seen from different angles. The main approach for the Wave watch design is to switch the hands rotation to surface rotation. With the help of a window we can define time, save some dial space to provide a 15mm OLED display. With the use of different diameters for hour and minute counter surfaces and their height, we achieved the possibility of showing time from both front view and side view,” designer Reza Salianeh told YD.

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Ripples in Time

wave_watch

Inspired by the movement created by droplets falling into water, the Wave watch offers wearers an elegant alternative to telling the time. A hybrid of digital and analog, this minimalist timepiece features both a small OLED display and visible mechanical components.

The mechanical parts consist of two counter surfaces, with the smaller one showing hours and the bigger one displaying minutes through a small window on the face. At the heart of the face of the watch lays the OLED display, which shows temperature, date, weekdays, and a circular chronometer around the circumference.

Designer: Reza Salianeh

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“The problem with ordinary mechanical wrist watches is that the face of the watch cannot be seen from different angles. The main approach for the Wave watch design is to switch the hands rotation to surface rotation. With the help of a window we can define time, save some dial space to provide a 15mm OLED display. With the use of different diameters for hour and minute counter surfaces and their height, we achieved the possibility of showing time from both front view and side view,” designer Reza Salianeh told YD.

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