GUARDPIX is a portable device for changing the speaking habits of 2 to 3 year olds who have just started to talk and make friends. It can help children form desirable language habits by allowing them to distinguish bad words from good. When children hear someone say a bad work, GUARDPIX lets them know; the display uses simple facial expressions, like emoticons, to indicate when a bad word is spoken.
Credits: Donguk Seo of sadi (Samsung Art & Design Institute) (South Korea)
The 54321 crosswalk helps people who are blind cross the street. It increases their confidence by relaying to them through a series of grooves in the street the exact distance they must traverse. The grooves are also oriented toward the direction of movement to prevent users from veering out of the crosswalk area.
Credits: Kim Seung Joo, Lee Kyung Rok, Chun Eun Sol, Jeong Se Ho and Chae Sung moon of Seoul National University of Science & Technology (South Korea)
The Michoi video intercom system is an intelligent video access system for luxury residences controlled by a touch screen and touch buttons. Brush metal, stainless steel and elegant proportions highlight it high quality and harmonize with modern buildings and interiors.
Credits: Stanley Wong of United Innovation Studio (China)
The Handsfree Shower helps conserve water. Users can effortlessly turn the water on and off using their foot. When the device is first turned on, it prevents water flow until the water temperature reaches the desired level. Then when showering, users can turn off the water when shampooing to prevent the needless waste of water. The interactive display lets users set their preferences and keep track of their water usage and other stats.
The jelly fish population is on the rise due to increasing water temperatures, causing a rise in injuries to humans and damage to industrial operations. Ocean Guard is a series of buoys that use ultra-low frequency sound waves to prevent jelly fish from entering certain areas.
Credits: Dong-Woo Kang, Jung-Hoon Yang, Kyung-Chan Han, Kyung-Rok Kang and Kyung-Hong Kim, Minji Jeon of +PD Jeon Sung Su Design Lab. of Jeju National University (South Korea)
The Signature refrigerator with French and door-in-door concept gives users a convenient space for frequently used items. Lightly click a button and a smaller door inside the main door opens revealing a hidden spot for snacks, drinks and other favorite foods. Now people don’t have to dig through the shelves to find an afternoon snack or quick refreshment, keeping the main refrigerator neat and organized.
Credits:Kwangchun Park, Seonkyu Kim, Jin Won Kang, Jung yeon Hwang, Myung Dong You, Minsup Kim and Boram Lee LG Electronics (South Korea)
IDSA's Midwest District Conference St. Louis, MO 04.02.11
About the Talk: The healthcare industry is undergoing a great deal of pressure-filled change. What consequences does that change have for industrial designers? Do traditional methods of medical device design still apply? What new practices are emerging? One of IDSA's own resident experts shares key insights on those questions and more in this talk.
In the field of prosthetics, robotics and even housewares, natural inspiration is enabling practitioners to shatter borders between traditional disciplines, and to develop responsive products that reference
IDSA Midwest District Conference St. Louis, MO 04.02.11
About the Talk: There is always something more to learn about the practice of sustainable design. Perhaps one of the best opportunities to learn--and shape--best practices is to engage with the makers of design tools. In this talk, we get a breezy and deep overview of the thinking employed by Autodesk to enable sustainable design.