A Smart Blanket for Better Baby Development

“Kangaroo care” is just as it sounds – the practice of keeping newborns close because babies develop best when they are safe and sound in their parents arms. When they cuddle, parents and babies co-regulate their temperature, breathing and heart rate. Nothing works better, even for the tiniest and most vulnerable premies. The results are improved bonding, better brain development, reduced stress, deeper sleep, and better immunity, just to name a few.

Unfortunately, there are times when moms and dads simply can’t embrace their baby. For these moments, there’s Hugsy! It’s a smart blanket that mimics a parent’s presence – such as their warmth, smell and unique heartbeat. This means kangaroo care can continue any time or any place, even outside the hospital!

Designer: Sylvie Claes of Hugsy

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Hugsy is a 2017 Red Dot Design Concept Award winner.

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Adorable, abiding, artificial intelligence

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Bringing their funky, playful, retro design sensibilities to yet another product, BKID reinvents the artificial intelligence concierge for SK Telecom with their product, the Fairy.

Designed to go head-on with the likes of Amazon’s Echo, Google’s Home, and Apple’s Homepod, the Fairy is probably the first ever AI assistant to enter your home, coming from a national telecom service. Personally, it seems like a great product for a telecom company to truly enter the homes and lives of its consumers.

BKID is perhaps one of the few independent design studios that has its own visual language. All products under BKID’s design umbrella make use of soft forms and extremely well selected color palettes. The Retroduck from a few months follows the same trend. This style works wonderfully for innovative technological products, because not only do they make them beautiful and desirable, they also make them approachable and look friendly, rather than intimidating, allowing consumers to accept new technology and not fear it. For instance, when you talk to the Fairy (what an adorable name for a magical AI assistant), it immediately turns to face you, almost as if it’s paying attention. Companies could truly learn a thing or two from BKID’s design philosophy!

Designer: BKID

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Adorable, abiding, artificial intelligence

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Bringing their funky, playful, retro design sensibilities to yet another product, BKID reinvents the artificial intelligence concierge for SK Telecom with their product, the Fairy.

Designed to go head-on with the likes of Amazon’s Echo, Google’s Home, and Apple’s Homepod, the Fairy is probably the first ever AI assistant to enter your home, coming from a national telecom service. Personally, it seems like a great product for a telecom company to truly enter the homes and lives of its consumers.

BKID is perhaps one of the few independent design studios that has its own visual language. All products under BKID’s design umbrella make use of soft forms and extremely well selected color palettes. The Retroduck from a few months follows the same trend. This style works wonderfully for innovative technological products, because not only do they make them beautiful and desirable, they also make them approachable and look friendly, rather than intimidating, allowing consumers to accept new technology and not fear it. For instance, when you talk to the Fairy (what an adorable name for a magical AI assistant), it immediately turns to face you, almost as if it’s paying attention. Companies could truly learn a thing or two from BKID’s design philosophy!

Designer: BKID

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Your teeth will thank you

This toothbrush doesn’t just look streamlined and great, it’s designed to be the next step in oral hygiene. It ditches nylon bristles for something much better. Rather than those hard bristles that hurt your gums and scrape away precious enamel, and don’t last very long, the Boie Brush comes with a single piece silicone head that has silicone bristles molded right into it! Silicone as a material has been the closest to human skin, so the bristles feel great against the teeth and don’t scrub away the protective enamel layer, but instead gently and effectively cleanse your mouth. Coated with silver particles, the bristles even act as an antimicrobial scrub, killing harmful germs in the process. Lastly, silicone lasts twice as long as regular bristles, so that means monetary savings, as well as saving the earth from unnecessary plastic pollution. To minimize this further, the silicone heads are interchangeable, so you retain the handle and all you do is switch brush heads every time you want a replacement!

The design of BOIE immediately indicates that it’s something absolutely unique. The single color scheme helps differentiate the product as most brushes have a minimum of two colors, since the bristles are usually a different hue from the handles. The streamlined design of the brush gives it a minimal feel, bringing focus to function, rather than form, and available in four rather pleasant-to-look-at colors, the Boie is clearly the toothbrush of the future… both functionally and visually!

Designer: Boie USA

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Imperfection-inspired Lighting

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Inspired by the imperfections created in the production process, the Mold pendant lamp’s name describes the very heart of the product! It’s a reference to its construction molding method which retains the complete form with no chipping away at the offcuts. In grey or chocolate-colored concrete, it’s a warm addition to the ceiling area in any space.

Designer: Kateryna Sokolova for Ligne Roset

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