A Handful of VR

It’s been an inspiring couple of weeks for Virtual Reality with the release of the Google Daydream headset, the Oculus Go headset, and recently the very durable ANMLY Model A headset. While there have been some dramatic changes made with headsets since its inception, there hasn’t been nearly half as many with VR controllers. That’s where Andrey Dalakishvili & Mikhail Oleynikov come in, the creators of Finch Hands – the digital controller that combines the convenience of the glove and functionality of the gamepad. Finch is suitable for hands of all sizes and shapes and can’t be dropped, which detracts from the experience using other digital controllers.

Designing Finch Hands, Dalakishvili and Oleynikov looked at this project from a human-centered approach, acknowledging the difficulties with each prototype throughout the process – this lead to Finch Hands being ambidextrous, unobtrusive, a breeze to use and of course, fitting like a glove. Finch Hands also comes with two armbands which are used to calibrate a more accurate sense of movement. This digital controller is a handy addition to the exciting future of VR.

Designers: Andrey Dalakishvili & Mikhail Oleynikov

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The Future is Here and Now

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As the time counts down to this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, we get more and more teasers of what’s to come – one of those teasers is the beautiful Mazda Kai Concept. With some similarities to the RX-Vision Concept (released at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show), the Kai is edgy, sleek and a large amount of personality. What stands out for me the most here is the genuinely gorgeous aesthetic of the side panels. The surface pulls in after the front wheel arch and is dragged back out to house the rear wheels – the way this plays with the lighting is never going to stop putting a smile on my face. An honorable mention is the dazzling roof on the Mazda Kai. The windshield curves at the top, to continue down the roof, splitting in the center giving way to an aerodynamic body sculpture which once again adds to the clean and sharp look of the Kai. Having to wait until the Tokyo Motor Show, we’re going to have to hold out until then, but this hatchback motor is certainly raising a lot of eyebrows in interest to see more.

Designer: Mazda

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Eight Ways to Save a Life

If there’s anything better than a useful life-saving product, it’s a useful life-saving product that has the potential to be redesigned and upgraded. The world’s most useful and favorite in-car tool, the Spare Me comes back with its incredibly useful design, integrating 3 MORE life-saving features into it that make it all the more a necessity in every car. I’m of the opinion that governments should issue a mandate for making owning this compulsory for all cars!

The original Spare Me came with a tough, virtually unbreakable, Nylon and Glass Blend construction, and the new Spare Me 8-in-1 is held to the same standard. It comes with the trusty shovel-shaped design that makes for a very efficient ice scraper, snow/mud/sand/gravel shovel, and even a lever for easy tire-lifting, while the rugged back surface provides enough traction to get any vehicle out of a tough spot. The nylon + glass blend ensures that the Spare Me will never break no matter how heavy the car/truck, or how hot or cold the weather may be. It’s soft yet sturdy material even ensures it scrapes ice and frost off glass without scratching it. The Spare Me 8-in-1 even comes with the hollow handle that allows you to extend the handles of wrenches so you end up applying less force to open out nuts and bolts. The hollow handle proves incredibly useful also because this is where you stash multi-tool no.2, a flashlight that is also designed to incorporate a glass-breaker and a seatbelt-cutter.

Designed to be purchased together but stored separately, the shovel component can be kept in the boot of the car while the flashlight can be easily stashed in the glove compartment, for easy access. Made for pretty much any sticky situation where you’d like to get literally and metaphorically “un-stuck”, the Spare Me 8-in-1 can take care of any on-road or off-road emergency, helping you avoid situations that pretty much form the premise for every outdoor horror film ever!

Designer: Kevin Klier

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Multi-purpose-magic-surface!

I think the best way to measure how good a design is, is to see how many lives it can truly enhance. The Press Fit by Sahar Madanat was developed initially as a surface to aid people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, but when she debuted it at the Amman Design Week 2017, she was approached by a sailor who wanted to use the same product on ships too, to prevent items from moving about or products from falling off surfaces as the ship rocked backwards and forwards. Press Fit suddenly saw itself ‘fitting’ into various scenarios.

Developed as a better and more space efficient version of the Red Dot Award winning Pushpin Tray, the Press Fit is a modular surface comprising multiple hexagonal members. These members come with a basic spring action and move down when a weight is placed on them. What you get is an intelligent grid that forms the shape of any product you place on it, effectively holding products that are placed on it. The Press Fit provides a surface that prevents products from sliding or tipping over even if tilted as much as 30 degrees. Seeing its applications in trays for the disabled/elderly/children (or even in the hospitality industry), packaging for products, or even smart surfaces to be used in cars, planes, and even ships. There are so many problems the Press Fit could solve!

Designer: Sahar Madanat Design Studio

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Analog Hand-warmer!

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I could use a product like the Cieplik. I’m one of those people whose hands go instantly ice-cold in the winters, and then I’m holding them up against my cheeks, or sitting on them to keep them warm. Just one tea-light candle away from toasty-warm hands, the Cieplik uses a base-plate and a rather alluring ceramic cover that rests on top. Relying on ceramic’s heat dissipating properties, the Cieplik uses just one simple tea-light candle on the inside to create a heat chamber inside itself. The heat then gently dissipates into the environment, not only working as a natural heater, but even encouraging you to warm your hands around this earthen fireplace! Its rippled design not only makes for a great design detail, it also helps increase the surface area so that the heat-loss around the top is higher.

Designer: Katarzyna Giedroyć

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