Uke’n Do It!

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I can’t even count how many friends have come home from Hawaii with a ukulele, touting they’re determination to learn how to play! Maybe it’s the small size and sweet sound that make it an unintimidating first instrument, but that’s mere illusion because the learning process can be even more difficult than some. Alas, it almost always ends up on their shelf collecting dust as a souvenir.

Designed in response to this, Yuan Man brings a unique experience to would-be players and ukulele enthusiasts. It utilizes integrated lights and visual dots that transform an ordinary instrument into an interactive and educational game. The design makes the process of learning the instrument as entertaining as the performance.

Designer: FangCun Design

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Uke’n Do It!

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I can’t even count how many friends have come home from Hawaii with a ukulele, touting they’re determination to learn how to play! Maybe it’s the small size and sweet sound that make it an unintimidating first instrument, but that’s mere illusion because the learning process can be even more difficult than some. Alas, it almost always ends up on their shelf collecting dust as a souvenir.

Designed in response to this, Yuan Man brings a unique experience to would-be players and ukulele enthusiasts. It utilizes integrated lights and visual dots that transform an ordinary instrument into an interactive and educational game. The design makes the process of learning the instrument as entertaining as the performance.

Designer: FangCun Design

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The Hydration Notification Bottle!

My father’s solution to pretty much any ailment is water. From skin problems, to constipation, to dehydration (obviously), he says there’s nothing a nice glass of water can’t solve. This is a man who drinks 5-7 liters of water each day. Meanwhile, I celebrate if I can finish two liters in 24 hours.

I guess it’s just that I’m not conditioned to keep myself hydrated. I forget, and that’s something I see happening with most of us. The bottle’s right there on my table, but unless it’s filled with Pumpkin Spice Latte, it gets ignored. The Dot Hydration-Tracking Water Bottle was designed to perform the simple trick of reminding you to drink. Joseph Joseph, known for their incredibly innovative products, outdid themselves with a rather clever cap that has a way of tracking the number of times the bottle’s been opened or closed. This shows up on the cap as a white dot (for every time you open and close the lid).

The dot-based system was made to remind you to constantly drink water. Each dot is indicative of a 15 minute time frame, so the Dot bottle was designed with 4 dots to signify an hour, and a bottle volume to hold the amount of water we must consume in an hour.

The magic lies in the Dot’s cap. It comes with a ratchet-based mechanism that causes the dots to increment when you tighten the cap of the bottle after having a sip. The bottle comes even with a no-dot reading because you’d be required to open the cap when you refill the bottle with water. Genius, isn’t it?!

Designer: Joseph Joseph

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The Hydration Notification Bottle!

My father’s solution to pretty much any ailment is water. From skin problems, to constipation, to dehydration (obviously), he says there’s nothing a nice glass of water can’t solve. This is a man who drinks 5-7 liters of water each day. Meanwhile, I celebrate if I can finish two liters in 24 hours.

I guess it’s just that I’m not conditioned to keep myself hydrated. I forget, and that’s something I see happening with most of us. The bottle’s right there on my table, but unless it’s filled with Pumpkin Spice Latte, it gets ignored. The Dot Hydration-Tracking Water Bottle was designed to perform the simple trick of reminding you to drink. Joseph Joseph, known for their incredibly innovative products, outdid themselves with a rather clever cap that has a way of tracking the number of times the bottle’s been opened or closed. This shows up on the cap as a white dot (for every time you open and close the lid).

The dot-based system was made to remind you to constantly drink water. Each dot is indicative of a 15 minute time frame, so the Dot bottle was designed with 4 dots to signify an hour, and a bottle volume to hold the amount of water we must consume in an hour.

The magic lies in the Dot’s cap. It comes with a ratchet-based mechanism that causes the dots to increment when you tighten the cap of the bottle after having a sip. The bottle comes even with a no-dot reading because you’d be required to open the cap when you refill the bottle with water. Genius, isn’t it?!

Designer: Joseph Joseph

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MIT’s truly wireless charger!

No. Wireless charging isn’t great. I’ll tell you why. Because you need to rest your phone on the charging plate at all times! That’s so limiting that it’s a deal-breaker for me. I like moving my phone around while it’s charging, and that’s fine if it’s tethered to a plug-point via a cable. Make that wireless and my phone will have to stay exactly in one position to charge. Lift it off the charging plate and it stops. To me, that’s a downgrade.

However, the guys at MIT (It’s always the guys at MIT) cracked the impossible! The over-the-air Pi Charger can charge your devices as long as they’re in a 1-foot range! The Pi sits on any desk, looking like a lampshade crossed itself with an Amazon Echo. However, what it does is truly ground-breaking. Without wires, or even contact, the Pi charges your devices by sending magnetic waves through the air. All Pi requires is a specialized charging case that receives signals from the Pi and you’re good to go. The case not only charges your device, but also protects it from accidental falls too. Go ahead and place the Pi in any room and it will charge all devices within a 12 inch radius. The Pi is safe to use, and guess what… you can pretty much do anything with your phone/tablet without having to worry about cables or ports being blocked by them. Wireless charging at its true potential!

Designer: Enlisted Design for Pi.

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