Consumer Technology

Google Home Max & Google Home Mini

Google Home Max & Google Home Mini are the next iterations of the Google Home line, completing the full-home experience. Google’s vision is to build simple solutions that work in the background, helping when users need it and staying out of the way when they don’t. The home is a special, intimate place, and people are particularly selective about what they welcome into it. Google Home Max was designed entirely with that in mind, appropriately blending in just the right amount. The front face of the device is a full flood of fabric with a discreet visual UI. With far-field voice control, Max can hear users across the room, even while music is playing. Google wanted Mini to deliver a premium product experience at a very low price point. Mini brings the Assistant to every room, giving answers from Google and the ability to check calendars and listen to podcasts.

Designed by: Google Hardware Design Team for Google LLC

Contact: luane@google.com

Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL and Google Pixel 2 Cases

The Google line of Pixel smartphones includes the Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and accompanying cases. They are the centerpiece of a connected ecosystem, bringing the best of Google from software, hardware and AI to the user in the most advanced yet iconic products Google has built.

The design language of Google’s hardware is about making technology more human and suitable for the user’s lifestyle. The design of the Pixel smartphones combines a high degree of technological complexity with the best user experience features, such as front-facing stereo speakers, ergonomically placed buttons, a fingerprint sensor and the quick-access Active Edge squeeze technology that activates the Google Assistant. Crafted with a unique tailored fabric, the Pixel 2 Cases have a knit exterior and a soft microfiber liner to help protect the phones in a way that is compatible with the Active Edge technology.

Designed by: Google Hardware Design Team for Google LLC

Contact: luane@google.com

Google Pixelbook & Pixelbook Pen

The Google Pixelbook is the thinnest laptop that can rotate upon itself to become a tablet. The product is not compromised in usability in either mode, has class-leading Wi-Fi reception and demonstrates a build quality unmatched by the competition. Combined with the stability, reliability and always updated Chrome OS operating system, it provides a professional-level product that stretches the boundaries for the platform. The goal of Pixelbook was to make the thinnest 360-degree laptop without compromising usability in either laptop or tablet mode. Google overcame the challenges of reconfiguring computer hardware, creating a 360-degree hinge and keeping the structure light but also rigid—all with just a 10.3-millimeter thickness. The Pixelbook Pen provides a more natural drawing and handwriting interaction, including a button to directly access the Google Assistant that enables the user to search by circling content.

Designed by: Google Hardware Design Team for Google LLC

Contact: luane@google.com

Light L16

The Light L16 is the world’s first multi-aperture computational camera. It combines an ergonomically refined case, breakthrough optics and the most advanced imaging engine ever created to bring DSLR image quality to a pocket-size form factor. Sixteen image sensors span wide angle, mid and telephoto ranges. There are no extra lenses to carry or change. Based on focal distance, each shutter click captures up to 10 images, which are then fused into a high-resolution photo that can be refocused and adjusted with the Light editing software. Each shot yields infinite photographic outcomes. The design objective was to integrate Light’s groundbreaking optics and image processing technology into a refined easy-to-use camera to satisfy the most discerning photography enthusiasts among us. Every facet of the physical interaction and technology integration demanded the utmost care to ensure an authentic, pleasing camera experience.

Designed by: Fred Bould, IDSA, Anson Cheung, Dayne Tanner of Bould Design for Light

Contact: anson@bould.com, www.bould.com, www.light.co

CJ79, 21:9 Wide Monitor with Thunderbolt3

CJ79 is a 34-inch monitor with an aspect ratio of 21:9 and a 155R curve designed to match the natural curvature of the human eye. It’s a display that offers comfort with optimal immersion for users who spend a lot of time in front of monitors. The 1500R curvature is not found in competing products and offers an industry-leading level of comfort. With its sleek look and all unnecessary components removed, the CJ79 is designed to be not just a display monitor but an objet d’art that coexists in its space, becoming one with its surroundings.

Designed by:Yongjoo Lee and Taeyeon Won of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Contact: js.kong@samsung.com, www.samsung.com

Surface Laptop

The Surface Laptop combines mobility, performance and elegance in one slim device. With a weight of only 2.8 pounds and a battery life of up to 14.5 hours, the device offers the perfect balance between performance and mobility. The brilliant 13.5-inch display enables fast and natural navigation via touch. High-quality materials ensure durability and comfort during use: the keyboard is covered with a soft and resistant microfiber and offers a pleasant typing sensation. The Surface Laptop comes with Windows 10 S preinstalled, a special configuration of Windows 10 Pro optimized for maximum security and performance.

Designed by: the Microsoft Devices Design Team for Microsoft Corp.

Contact: carll@microsoft.com, www.surface.com

Belkin DuraTek™ Cable Family

Not just any charge cable, the Belkin DuraTek™ cables were forged from superior-quality materials for ultimate durability. Kevlar fibers reinforce the inner wiring for added strength, abrasion-resistant nylon forms a tough outer jacket, and highly flexible insulation minimizes damage from friction. The strength created by these ingredients was further enhanced by a smart design that reinforces the cable at stress points. This ensures that the finished product can withstand even the most demanding routines to deliver a cable that borders on indestructible.

Designed by: Kenneth Mori, Claire Park, Mitchell Suckle, Oliver Seil and Daniel Reyes of Belkin

Contact: mitchells@belkin.com, http://www.belkin.com/us/p/P-F2CU059/

Dell Ultrathin Monitors S2419HM/S2719DM

The new Dell Ultrathin Consumer Monitor for 24- and 27-inch screens exemplifies true slimness of form factor with a continuous back cover surface unlike any competitors. They are currently the world’s brightest ultrathin monitors in the class, with a Corning Iris™ Glass light-guide plate and designed to suit the modern home of consumers. The connectivity ports are intentionally designed to be rear facing in a vertical column arrangement to visually hide all the connection ports behind the stand.

Designed by: the Experience Design Group, Dell

Contact: Steven_Umbach@DellTeam.com, http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-24-ultrathin-monitor-s2419hm/apd/210-anyu/monitors-monitor-accessories?ref=p13n_ena_pdp_vv&c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs

Galaxy S8, S8+ & Note8

The Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note8 line of smartphones delivers timeless design. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ eliminated elements that felt needlessly mechanical, focusing only on the essence of the device. The Infinity Display, which occupies at least 80 percent of the panel, produces an innovative silhouette. The Note8 features a new premium design for the Note series and the Infinity Display to facilitate the use of the S-pen stylus, offering a new level of aesthetics, functionality and convenience.

Designed by: Mobile Design Team of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Contact: saejin.cha@samsung.com, www.samsung.com

HP Spectre 13

The HP Spectre 13 is the world’s thinnest touch clamshell notebook. Now with show-stopping new colors, a narrow-border touch display, more battery life and a bigger keyboard, the Spectre 13 redefines the notebook. As elegant as it is unprecedented, it fuses exceptional design with powerful performance. Compared to its predecessor, the new Spectre 13 notebook is 16 millimeters narrower in width and 5 millimeters shorter in length. HP’s thinnest and lightest laptop now packs even more performance.

Designed by: HP Design Team and Native Design

Contact: dawnpen@gmail.com, hp.com

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