Technology invents GPS and Bluetooth enabled trackers to prevent things from getting lost. Design develops more ingenious ways of making sure items never get lost in the first place. The MagLock Sunglasses are sunglasses like you’ve never seen before. Built with two powerful permanent Neodymium magnets in the left and right temples, these shades can be snapped to your clothing securely enough to even sit on a roller-coaster without having them flying off at the slightest instance.
Designed by Nate Justiss after he lost a pair of rather expensive glares at a football game, the MagLock sunglasses were developed as a classic “necessity is the mother of invention” case-study. He says he still hasn’t lost the first prototype he developed, even six years later!
The MagLock are an entirely new set of shades designed from scratch not just to be stubbornly attached to you, but also to endure the elements, therefore lasting much longer than a conventional set of frames. They’re made from a flexible polymer with shape memory, so in the event that you happen to sit on them (I don’t know why but this happens to me a lot), they’ll never snap, but rather just flex momentarily, only to return to their original shape. The frames even come with this rubberized matte finish that helps them stay on your face. Just like the frames, the lenses too are designed to withstand rough use, with an anti-scratch coating alongside an anti-reflective coating and UV protection coating.
Pretty much eliminating the need to wear those geeky eye-wear catching straps, or carry bulky spectacle cases, the MagLock’s magnet-embedded design allow them to efficiently snap to your clothing (be careful if you wear a pace-maker though), your light-switch/keychain-rack or your fridge at home, or even your car’s rear-view mirror while you’re driving. The magnets lock with a secure snapping sound, and are guaranteed to last a lifetime. My only complaint? My prescription glasses don’t have this feature!
Designer: Nate Justiss of Distil Union
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MagLock™ Frames secure to your shirt or magnetic surface – no more off-the-shirt falls. No need to wear headstraps.
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Disguised as a key (and cleverly so), the Utili-Key by Swiss+Tech is a 6-in-1 utility tool that slips right into your keychain, getting you out of all sorts of fixes.
Weighing at just 0.03 pounds (14 grams), the Utili-Key is the lightest and most compact multi-tool ever made, and comes from Swiss+Tech, a company known for their mastery in the micro-tool making department. With its patented quick-release mechanism that allows it to snap onto your key-ring and open out into a multi-tool when needed, the Utili-Key squeezes in three types of screwdrivers (flat-head, Phillips, and micro-sized), along with a straight blade knife, a serrated edge knife and lastly a bottle opener.
Tiny to the extent of being unnoticeable, but functional to the degree of being an absolute essential, the Utili-Key slips right into your keychain, just looking like another extra key. Except this one unlocks your inner tinkerer/mechanic’s true potential!
Seldom do you see a toy that is a golden example of great interaction design, innovation, and education, all in one seamless package. Based loosely on tamagotchis, the Urban Canary is a toy doll that stays healthy in a non-polluted environment, and ‘falls sick’ when exposed to polluted air. Designed as a toy that aims to not just teach children about air pollution but immediately condition them to empathize with the toy when it falls sick in a polluted environment (therefore wanting what’s best for the toy and the environment), the Urban Canary comes with a sensor for a face, and a color-changing LED that goes from green to red, depending on how clean or polluted the air is. This links with an app that tells you how much polluted air you (and the canary) have experienced today. The only way to cure the canary is to let it breathe fresh air, so that its ‘lungs’ may purify and it may feel better.
The Urban Canary was a finalist at the Fast Company Exist ‘World Changing Ideas’ Award 2017, and rightfully so, with the way it helps teach a child to be caring and compassionate towards the environment, and to others… through a toy!
Designers: Daniel Goddemeyer, David Schellnegger & Brynn Shepherd.
The very idea that something like the Upside Down PC can exist excites me! Designed to be used in a wide variety of configurations, from a laptop, to a tablet, to a workstation tablet, to a desktop, the Upside Down concept computer comes with a 360° hinge, a touchscreen, and a track-pad with a detachable keyboard beneath it. The laptop and tablet configurations have been explored enough with convertible laptops, but Upside Down truly pushes boundaries with the way one can detach the keyboard and use the track-pad as a prop-stand. What’s more, it even comes with a stylus of its own, making it an iPad Pro, but just loads better.
The new-age convertible PC, the Upside Down (I’d honestly choose a better name), is pretty much for everyone. Whether you use it as a laptop, a tablet/notebook, a desktop, or a stylus-based workstation, the Upside Down caters to your needs. The only thing I need now is for it not to be a concept!
Designer: Andrea Mangone
Despite its agro name, the Volkswagen Interceptor is actually a friendlier take on futuristic patrol cars. Compared to other unnecessarily intimidating vehicles, this petit police car is designed to be a practical, no-frills approach.
It addresses several needs for law enforcement mobility including speed and agility on freeways, compact sizing for nimble maneuvering, and uninterrupted visibility, all while meeting emissions standards.
Inside, drivers and passengers will find almost 360 degree visibility through the glass cockpit which provides a safe cocoon for officers. Sporty seats are ergonomically designed to hug the body for extended comfort on long patrols. Emergency lights integrated into the roof are impossible to ignore yet tastefully subtle compared to oversized light bars and rotating beacons.
Designer: Fábio Martins