Supercharged, Supersmart Shoes!

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Never thought you’d see footwear in the Technology section, did you! Life certainly has a bunch of surprises for all of us. This one’s called the Altra Torin IQ. Unlike your current setup of running shoes coupled with a fitness tracker that gives you bio-stats of your workout, the Torin IQ goes completely into the nitty-gritties of your run. The smart shoes give you insights into data like your impact rate, landing zone, and ground contact time, becoming like a specialized coach for you and allowing you to make marginal improvements to your performance (sometimes there can be just a millimeter’s difference between first and second place).

The footwear has a set of sensors embedded into the midsole, thin enough to go unnoticed, yet powerful enough to produce stunningly accurate data. The data gets relayed to Altra’s IQ app, allowing you to record your performances and more importantly, your guaranteed progress!

Designer: Altra Footwear

BUY IT HERE: $220

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A Twist on the Self-Driving Truck

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The age of autonomous vehicles is upon us and the trucking industry has already caught the self-driving fever! The Volvo Autonomous Trailer AT404 is a bit different from other concepts, however. The driverless design is actually a modular system of multiple containers held together by magnetic force. Each unit can be specialized to hold specific types of cargo. On a trip, sections can be dropped off and replaced an infinite number of times. The modular design also makes the truck as a whole more flexible. Without a single, stiff container, it can bend and move with greater agility!

Designer: David Hwang

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A Smartphone Termites will Love

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The APOLLO 1 smartphone is the latest in the nature-meets-tech trend that elegantly merges raw wood with ultramodern electronics. Its touchscreen display is delicately integrated into the wood body, appearing as though it almost grew that way! The rounded bottom makes for enhanced ergonomics and plays host to an entirely new spinning interface that allows users to navigate through applications quickly and intuitively. With lux metal finishes ranging from gold to blue, it looks as good as it feels!

Designer: Varnicic Branislav

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This Mercedes concept is fire!

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Mercedes has been teasing us with the AMG Project One for way too long! However, until then here’s something that’s truly electrifying! This Merc coupe concept by Ivan Venkov has a certain electric quality to it, don’t you think?

The virtual absence of straight lines makes the car look voluptuous and aerodynamic at the same time. A quality we saw last with the AMG F1 Road Car. Plus the reflections off the body are so incredibly mesmerizing, they look blinding yet beautiful. Plus, with those aggressive looking headlamps, if looks could kill… we’d certainly be dead by now!

Designer: Ivan Venkov

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The Contemporary Japanese Project 2017

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The focus for the 2017 Contemporary Japanese Design Project is “Tabletop”. Tabletops are their own flat worlds, and whether a desk or a dining table, the items are most always curated. To this end, Matthew Waldman set out to create a cohesive theme for all four manufactures – and this theme is “Skyline”. Whether a modern take on a fruit bowl made with hand-woven bamboo sudare mats, a ceramic carafe and cups, a mini bell tower, or a cedar vase – architectural silhouettes draw the eye upwards, even in the miniature scale of the tabletop world.

SUDARE Fruit Hammock + matching placemats For DAIKO
The “Fruit Hammock” is an innovative centerpiece for any table – a hand-woven bamboo mat set with natural tension across an elegant metal frame creates not just a striking form, but a natural way keep fruit fresh with natural airflow.

Check out Big Lake

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HITOTACHI Carafe and Cups for KUMAGAI
Kyoyaki, or the art of Kyoto style ceramics is a traditional craft that has maintained its beauty and contemporary even today. Matthew Waldman designed this beverage serving set initially inspired by sake serving vessels and the many forms of Kyoyaki to encompass any and all types of drinks, from Japanese sake to fine scotch. The form is as ergonomic as it is elegant and evokes the modern lines of evolving skylines.

Check out Kyoto Kumagai

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MASU Cedar Flower Highrise
Masu cedar cups are used for sake and celebrations in Japan for hundreds of years. Inspired by this, Matthew has created a centerpiece for any table – an architectural set of flower vases. Most flower vases are glass or ceramic. Cedar is an unconventional and unique material to feature the beauty of every season. No flowers? Use these containers to present silverware, chopsticks, utensils and napkins for a bold design statement.

Check out Masukoubou

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Designer: Matthew Waldman