BMW and MIT Envision Automotive Interiors That Can Change Shape

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                                In the near future car interiors may transcend the limitations of today&#8217;s fixed passenger layouts, capable of morphing into different configurations as desired using adaptable 3D-printed inflatable structures as developed by researchers at BMW Design Department in collaboration with MIT’s Self-Assembly Laboratory.
On display at the V&A for The Future Starts Here exhibition, the collaboration between the BMW Design Department and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Self-Assembly Lab explores the possibilities offered by complex printed silicone assemblages connected with precise pneumatic controls to manipulate volume and shape. The effects are not unlike watching the initial malleable bodies of arthropods as they emerge from larval state. In configurable groupings, the technology is envisioned to offer automotive interior designs the ability to design cars with cabins capable of transforming, adapting, and morphing from one state to another. At the touch of a button, seating could be moved, or even added, to different sections of
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MINI Living and FreelandBuck Unveil the Urban Cabin Concept at the LA Design Festival

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                                At just 160 square feet, it&#8217;s a wonder the <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Los Angeles MINI LIVING Urban Cabin</a> fits a bedroom, dining room, kitchenette, bathroom, and entryway atrium in service of &#8220;contemplation&#8221; all within the confines of its micro-cabin dimensions. There&#8217;s even a small rooftop garden crowning the Urban Cabin. Yet, the spatial origami realized by MINI LIVING in collaboration with Los Angeles architecture firm <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">FreelandBuck</a> assembled atop of the ROW DTLA for this <span style="letter-spacing: 0.13px;">past weekend&#8217;s </span><a style="letter-spacing: 0.13px;" href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">LA Design Festival</a><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13px;"> presents small space living not as compromise, but instead as an opportunity for ideas as expansive and transformative as the city it was designed to represent.</span>

Corinna Natter, Experience Designer and Designer of the Urban Cabins at MINI LIVING, explains the explorative urbanist concepts represented by the Los Angeles Urban Cabin project, noting its specificity and adaptability to the lifestyle and climate of Los Angeles.

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The Tone Lab Synth Stacks Songs Like Sandwiches

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                                Industrial designer <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Colin Hearon&#8217;s Tone Lab</a> digital instrument design was awarded first place “Best in Show” at <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Ohio State University’s 2018 Design Exhibition</a> for simplifying the complexity inherent in learning how to compose music by turning the process into an intuitive physical act: stacking musical modules into songs, the musical equivalent of paint by numbers.
The Tone Lab is the outcome of research conducted by Hearon who found a sequential and linear approach to “building” music proved to be the fastest and easiest method for beginners to most easily become acquainted with layering effects required to compose a track. The experimental approach resulted in the incorporation of stackable tile blocks programmed with specific sounds and instructions. In action it’s imaginable to see using the Tone Lab as the construction of a sandwich of sound. Obviously the limitations of building tracks using this method relegates the Tone Lab as a beginner’s instrument.
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BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe Is Designed to Polarize

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                                Most cars are designed to embody well established shapes, proportions and colors already associated with beauty. Beyond purely conceptual exercises or exceptional new models, automotive manufacturers rarely set out to tip the scales toward risk, especially rare in regards to cars adorned with an established lineage. Yet, the German giant <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">BMW</a> is setting out to shake things up with their newly unveiled Concept M8 Gran Coupe &#8211; a design expressing aspirations to redefine what a flagship means sitting at the vertex of their line-up.
Domagoj Dukec, Vice President Design BMW M and BMW i, says:
The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe is designed to stir things up, to polarise – it should move you emotionally. With this car we want to reach people who are looking for something special and who want to stand out from the crowd. Here, BMW M is unmistakably taking luxury out of its comfort zone.
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The Handyfan Popsicle is a Deliciously Cool Concept

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                                There was an undeniable sense of deja-vu upon seeing the efforts of Korean industrial design student 7 Nepo pop into my feed. His popsicle-shaped design, the <a href="h"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Handyfan Popsicle</a> looks remarkably similar to a design I proposed years ago working as a toy designer while heading up a new line of a children&#8217;s collection of treat-based accessories (unfortunately tooling costs nixed the project).
The novelty and appeal of the design relies upon our childhood associations of good times with cooling down with a popsicle in hand. The inclusion of a leather strap serves the purpose of portability, especially appealing to those used to traveling by crowded public transportation during the summer months. Though, one has to wonder how the user is supposed to hold up the fan in a vertical position with the proposed soft strap; if redesigned with a wrist loop with a snap, the fan could conceivably be hung from
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The Future of Wearables Is Elastic Electronic Skin

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                                Japanese researchers at the <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">University of Tokyo&#8217;s Graduate School of Engineering</a> have developed a highly elastic and thin elastic skin display capable of exhibiting simple characters and even moving graphics with an array of 16 x 24 micro LEDs. Its purpose extends beyond skin deep novelty: the minimally invasive medical system was developed to keep doctors connected with their senior patients ill served by current smartphone and computer UI.

The LED display is stretchable by as much as 45% of its original length. Researchers are working to improve coverage while reducing costs of the skin-tight health monitoring system.

The e-skin health monitoring device combines a simple active matrix LED display with an integrated wireless biomedical sensor system. The miniature sensor detects touch, pressure, and temperature, allowing medical professionals to keep tabs on the health of their patients, while also offering the ability to send back a simple-to-understand assessment feedback using
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Loight: A Rechargable Lighting Concept Inspired by Lanterns

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                                To many people, being energy efficient is a priority these days. We all know we can do our part in reducing our personal carbon footprint by doing simple acts like turning off the lights when not in use or decreasing our usage of heaters and coolers. What if we can take it further though, by incorporating a lifestyle change that dates back to the 1800s? Inspired by the efficiency of lanterns, industrial designer <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Zahra Ghiasi</a> designed the concept of the Loight rechargeable light that challenges us to evaluate our dependency on light.
In theory, the Loight light is a personal light that you carry with you everywhere in the home. Each family member would have their own Loight and it’s only when the entire family is together that the room is the brightest. The light intensity can be adjusted depending on different situations and can be charged wirelessly with its
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Bee Hospital Investigates the Decline of the Bee Population

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Research has shown that the bee population has been on the decline which has the potential to cause major issues with global agriculture. Shau Heng Li, of Shau Design, set out to investigate the issue, specifically Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) where most of the worker bees leave the hive for good, through a concept that takes place in 2030. The Bee Hospital is a series of objects designed to help bees survive the deteriorating planet by implementing them into urban environments. The collection includes a mite guard dispenser, a bee-detecting device, and a supplement center that offer probiotics, nutrients, and chemicals that help with bee survival in areas where traditionally bees are not kept. The supplement center provides essential nutrients and probiotics that allow the bees to digest harmful pesticides that seep into the soil during farming. The mite guard dispenser entices bees through the use of syrup and
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BMW Concept X7 iPerformance: An Emotional Redefinition of Luxury

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                                <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">BMW’s</a> reputation as a premiere automotive brand was established by an enduring commitment to the exhilaration and joy established between its cars and their drivers – an automaker whose design, technological innovations, and expressive engineering have always served an emotional experience delivered first and foremost by the connection between driver with pedals, wheels, and brake. Now, BMW sets out to achieve another level conceived to serve the highest segment in demand of an elevated experience of exclusive luxury – a brand within a brand of sorts, complete with its own newly designed monochromatic logo harkening to the manufacturer’s roundel first used 100 years ago: Bayerische Motoren Werke.
“For these people, life is all about making the best possible use of the time available to them,” says
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Instrumentum is the Most Sleek Toolset for Designers

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                                The design language of everyday household tools – hammers and screwdrivers – has long been dictated by the maxim of &#8220;form as function&#8221;. But designer <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Abidur Chowdhury</a> recognizes there&#8217;s still room for redefining these most basic of tools with a design language less intimidating and aggressive in nature, specifically one honed to welcome novice users.
Forgoing the overdesigned and extraneous moulding in service of ergonomic handles, Chowdhury’s Instrumentum 3-piece kit serves both form and function by merging separate elements into what seems like one consistent forged form. The hammer is actually made of two parts, both head and handle made from forged high carbon heat treated steel for strength and durability.

“The idea started as some thoughts on a train in my notebook which I carry around with me (top left), where they were culminated into an Instagram posts in early June 2017 (bottom left). Eventually (as promised in that

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The CEILI.AIR Air Purifier Hangs Above the Rest

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                                In most households, open counter space in the kitchen can be as valuable as San Francisco real estate. That problem is the impetus for Korean designer <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-id="18012587" data-wpel-link="external">Changho Lee&#8217;s</a> novel environmental appliance concept design – the <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">CEILI.AIR</a> – a combination air purification system and overhead light source in one.
Finished with a soft palette of decor-friendly shades, Lee’s CEILI.AIR design looks like something straight out of the catalog of B&O Play wireless speakers; the soft curvilinear exterior is fashioned to work in harmony with the rest of a room as a functional and discrete element within the kitchen. But unlike a wireless audio speaker emanating music, the soft fabric covered front and perforated edges of the CEILI.AI is intended to pull ambient air in for filtration and dehumidification. Since the unit is designed to be hung from the ceiling, Lee imagined the unit’s controls would be best accessed
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The BMW i8 Roadster Teases It’s Taking Its Top Down

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                                We&#8217;re still harboring lingering longings since our close-up rendezvous in Milan, Italy with <a href=""  rel="noopener noreferrer" data-wpel-link="internal"> BMW&#8217;s last</a> &#8220;tease you now, please you later&#8221; concept vehicle. But where the Concept 8 Series intent was clearly intended to whet the palate, the Munich-based automotive&#8217;s latest teaser showcasing the lines of the BMW i8 Roadster reveals an electrifying peek of a car with more concrete plans.
Take what you already know about the electric hybrid BMW i8, surgically remove the top, and you’ve got the upcoming BMW i8 Roadster. BMW used their social media channels for the announcement, but details are scant and preliminary:
BMW i8 Roadster plug-in hybrid BMW eDrive: energy consumption (combined): 15,4 kWh/100 km. Fuel consumption (combined): 2,0 l/100 km, CO2 emissions (combined): 45 g/km.  Fuel consumption is determined in accordance with the ECE driving cycle (93/116/EC), made up of approximately one-third urban traffic and two-thirds extra-urban driving (based on the distance covered).
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EQUILIBRIUM Brings a Minimalist Approach to Seating with a Twist

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                                EQUILIBRIUM is a project by Maria Dal Canto and Lena Holzer that involves three objects typically spotted outdoors in gardens and parks – benches, loungers, and picnic tables. While each design is different, they&#8217;re joined by their minimalist design approach, as well as by using the same material. That&#8217;s not all though&#8230;each one requires cooperation between another person when it&#8217;s time to sit.
The collection includes a chaise lounge, a bench, and a table that all feature simple iron frames that tend to retreat to the background with the red rope taking the spotlight. When not in use, the rope remains slack with gentle curves waiting to embrace the sitter. But it’s not just about the look of the three objects – it’s also about the game built in that becomes apparent as soon as someone goes to sit down. If a person sits by themselves, they will either fall through
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The BMW Motorrad Concept Link Foretells the Future of Urban Mobility

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                                The main course of our recent trip to the supremely scenic backdrop of Italy&#8217;s Lake Como for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017 was undoubtedly in service of witnessing the unveiling of the <a href="" data-wpel-link="internal">BMW Concept 8 Series</a>. But we haven&#8217;t forgotten BMW also served up a tasty appetizer beforehand – something smaller, more agile, and perhaps more suitable for the future for the masses, as concepts go: the <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">BMW Motorrad Concept Link</a>.

The traditional instrument cluster is replaced by a projection onto the windshield directly into the rider’s field of vision. A large-surface panel offers a touch sensitive surface for infotainment, connectivity and routing information options.

The angled two-wheeler isn’t so insanely futuristic as the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 – a concept with a far more distant explorative outlook than this near-future exploration, one representing BMW’s “vision of zero-emission urban mobility on two wheels”. Sitting somewhere between a scooter and a motorcycle, the elongated low-slung profile of the BMW
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The CYLNDR Electric Shaver Waves Whiskers Away

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                                Industrial design student <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Masamaro Fujiki&#8217;s</a> <a href=""  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">CYLNDR</a> concept takes an interesting detour away from the normally staid and homogenous realm of electric shaver industrial design. Despite differing bells and whistles, most electric shavers share the recognizable perpendicular design of handle with head. Not the CYLNDR – an oversized cigar-shaped shaving tool that looks unlike anything currently available for whisker-wacking duty.
Based mechanically upon the existing Hitachi Rotary G-Sword – an Asian market-only electric shaver outfitted with a continuous spinning barrel of miniature blades supposedly resulting in a close shave – Fujiki’s design reimagines the facial hair grooming appliance with basically the same mechanics, but pared down to a much smaller and maneuverable device capable of mowing down hair no matter the direction (or location) of the follicle thanks to its proposed 18,000 rpm two-direction rotary system. The industrial design borrows heavily from the language of Apple, Dyson, and even a little throwback Calvin Klein unisex
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Magic Calendar by Kosho Tsuboi Connects Paper With Your Phone

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                                Product designer <a href=""  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kosho Tsuboi</a> once lived in a zen monastery temple. In the process, the young graduate became more profoundly aware of the relevance of time and the tactile in shaping and defining the human experience. An example of this realization manifests today in his team&#8217;s conceptual <a href=""  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Magic Calendar</a>, a hi-resolution electronic paper calendar display envisioning connecting the divide between our virtual calendars and the physical world around us.
Conceived as part of Google’s Android Experiments initiative, Magic Calendar is a response to the question, “What if there was a calendar that combines the merits of both paper and smartphone?”. The answer is an Android app partnered with an interconnected paper-thin e-ink color display. Everything on the mobile device’s calendar is mirrored physically on an always-on display designed for the wall or on the desk, making sharing events and schedules between people easier and more natural.

“The [Magic Calendar] inherits the characteristics of both smartphone and paper calendars,

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The Y-A FUYU HIGH Concept Hybrid Sneaker

The Y-A FUYU HIGH Concept Hybrid Sneaker

One look at David Olivares’ concept Y-A FUYU HIGH sneaker design and it’s impossible not to imagine the Hoth base cold assault stormtroopers in The Empire Strikes Back, giant mechanized robots from anime, the profile of the adidas Kobe Bryant shoes circa 2000, and hardware usually found securing skiers onto their skis. Whether any of these references played a part in shaping this multi-layered futuristic boot-sneaker is unknown, but we like the exploratory results.

Olivares conceived his weatherproof mechanized sneaker design as a knowing nod to the urban high fashion aesthetics of Yohji Yamamoto’s adidas Y-3 label and Germany’s techwear imprint, ACRONYM. The multi-layered sneaker is accessorized with functional straps, zippers, and locking closures, in sum creating a futuristic profile communicating fashion accompanied with technical functionality.

The Y-A FUYU HIGH was designed as an entrant for the sneaker design competition, the PENSOLE World Sneaker Championship, designed, modeled, and rendered completely in Autodesk Fusion 360.


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O2 Bluetooth Earphone by Shane Li

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                                Tangled cords are a daily earphone annoyance which makes Bluetooth models an appealing option. <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Shane Li</a> has created a concept that not only keeps your cords neat, it has a built-in power bank that charges the earphones while you&#8217;re carrying them around. The <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">O2 Bluetooth Earphone</a> is a compact unit that easily fits in your pocket until you&#8217;re ready to use it.
When not in use, the earphones plug into the unit to charge and are always ready to use. An O2 mobile app lets you adjust the volume and monitor the battery life.
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Filo Modular LED Light Bulb Lets Your Plug In Features

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                                The newest LED light bulbs offer in the ballpark of a 20 year lifespan. Even subtracting the the possibility that number will only grow as LED and OLED technology matures, that means we may need to change a light bulb only four times in the span of an average lifetime! <a href=""  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">TEAGUE Labs</a> forecasts this extended long lifespan offers a rare opportunity in the realm of technology today: a stable platform to build modular accessories around.
TEAGUE Labs’ Filo concept is a connected light bulb that works with existing standard sockets, a platform designed around individual modules popped in to extend the functionalities of a typical bulb. Once a module is inserted, the bulb can double as a voice-activated digital assistant, baby monitor, microphone, audio speaker, or security system. The designers envision a day when changing the bulb becomes a thing of the past, but switching in/out functionalities specific to rooms become
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The Orb Illuminates Danish Design and Smart LED Lighting

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                                Danish engineers Bo Puggaard Hansen and Mathias Christiansen want you to stop reminiscing about yesterday&#8217;s incandescent light bulbs and recognize the next generation of lighting can do everything old bulbs once did&#8230;but now only better. They&#8217;ve announced the <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Orb</a>, a hanging pendant light designed to match your mood – or create one – with customizable settings that can adjust the small light&#8217;s array of LEDs in intensity, color, and even direction.
The pair founded their design startup Shade in Copenhagen, Denmark back in 2015, motivated to improve upon residential lighting as an adaptable light source that could replace multiple bulbs with a single source. Their “one of a kind” solution, Orb, isn’t a single light bulb, but a multi-directional hanging light system engineered to illuminate upward, outward, downward, or in combination. The luxe flying saucer (or flattened hamburger) design is divided into three sections: top, middle, and bottom. Each section can be illuminated independently, with an upward
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