Many aluminum cans are opened by pulling on a tab, which can be difficult to grasp. The Can-Ring-Push offers an easier experience. Part of the can lip is recessed to allow users to push the tab from the bottom, eliminating the struggle to get your finger around the tab. You can also open the can only with one hand.
Credits: Kai-Chiang Chang of Shu-Te University (Taiwan)
Libratone Beat is an active stereo speaker. It plays wireless from an iPod, iPhone, iPad or computer. The speaker’s acoustic design fills the room with music in all directions, providing a unique sound experience similar to one from an acoustic instrument playing in the room.
Credits: Kristian Krøyer and Jes Mosgaard of Libratone A/S (Denmark) and Carsten Eriksen and Sofie Holstein of Designit A/S (Denmark)
Users of the 9 Series can easily use it anywhere, anytime. With an embedded flash memory-type storage, this thin, lightweight mobile PC features a booting speed that is at least two times faster than other HDD products. It also includes an embedded battery that lasts longer when on the go. The clear, bright screen allows users to fully enjoy high-quality pictures and videos, including films.
Credits: Jinie Ryu, Yeowan Yun and Seunghyun Paek of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (South Korea)
Gloria is a sliding tablet PC with a full QWERTY keyboard. Most tablets are accessed only through the touch screen. Gloria allows users access to a full QWERTY keyboard as well as a touch pad, thanks to its sliding and tilting hinge structure.
Credits: Felix Heck of Felixheck Design (Germany) and Iksang Kim, Minjung Kim and Sangwon Yoon of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (South Korea)
The SP-H03 Pico Mobile Projector is an ultra-small—small enough to fit into the palm of your hand or a shirt pocket—mobile projector that uses LEDs as its light source. The cubic exterior allows the user to position the projector any way—facing up, down, left or right—without the help of a stand. For example, it can be placed to face the ceiling so the user can use the ceiling as the screen.
Credits: Bo-kyung Seong, Jae-hyung Kim and Jin-wook Kim of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (South Korea)
TACDIC is a digital dictionary that helps visually impaired people study a foreign language. They can search for meanings and pronunciations of unfamiliar words found in a foreign language Braille book. TACDIC can be comfortably held in the hand while holding it over a word. Push the button on the side and the pronunciation and meaning of the word is verbally communicated to the users.
Credits: Ju Jieun of sadi (Samsung Art & Design Institute) (South Korea)
This disposable tongue depressor is made from sugar cane. Each depressor is individually sealed. During an exam, the doctor peels off 90 percent of the plastic cover, gripping the end of the depressor still covered by the plastic. When the exam is done, the doctor gives the depressor to the child to eat. This design helps to reduces a child’s fear of the doctor by giving them something to look forward to as well as a happy memory of the experience.
Naver attempted to improve its brand image and raise the popularity of its Naver Music service by providing an interactive user experience at an exhibit at the Seoul Design Festival. In the exhibit Naver tried to analyze the Naver music service in the offline space; users could experience music through watching, feeling and sharing, bringing an intangible online service to life.
Eightx8 is a modular shipping container that can be assembled in various configurations. Corrugated walls and doors easily attach to the frames for shipping and conform to existing shipping industry infrastructure. After shipping, the frames are reused for a second life. The modular frames accept universally attaching walls, floors and ceilings, making it the ideal infrastructure for a variety of applications, such as home extensions, apartments, clinics, emergency shelters and school additions.
The GREEN FACTORY houses NHN, one of Korea’s leading Internet companies. The building expresses the image of a cutting-edge company by using raw, analog materials (hot-rolled steel plate, bricks and recycled wood). Each floor in the building is portrayed as a different city. In addition, the village hall (hive) at the entrance of the building encourages natural communication among employees.