Mobility was a hot topic at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Our first Dezeen Debrief roundup movie presents highlights of the event, including a quadrupedal car and mechanical delivery dogs. Read more
<a href="https://design-milk.com/bmw-designworks-northface-futurelight-concept/bmw_north-face/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/01/BMW_North-Face-810x456.jpg" alt="BMW Designworks and The North Face Futurelight Teardrop Trailer Concept" /></a> The creative offspring of a collaboration between <a href="http://www.bmwgroupdesignworks.com/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Designworks</a> – a BMW Group subsidiary – and outdoors gear brand <a href="https://www.thenorthface.com/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">The North Face</a> is an unexpected partnership responsible for a design evoking thoughts of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome designs, a futuristic off-road ready camping trailer, and maybe even a tad of a magical carriage that reverts back to a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight. Unveiled at CES 2019, the teardrop trailer is an example of The North Face’s exploratory research into structurally durable and air-permeable material technology, partnered with BMW Designwork’s vehicular expertise, hinting of the wide application of a waterproof-breathable material engineered to endure the elements without the traditional discomforts of outdoor wear and gear.
As anyone who has camped can attest, staying inside a tent can be an uncomfortable affair, especially when cold and wet, due to the built up humidity and heat produced by occupants and trapped by
<a href="https://design-milk.com/favorite-designs-from-ces-2019/ces2019-banner/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/01/CES2019-banner-810x521.jpg" alt="Our Favorite Technologies and Designs From CES 2019" /></a> With more than 2.9 million net square feet of exhibition space, the Consumer Electronic Show can be a challenge to cover even over the span of several days. The enormity of CES isn’t just physical, but conceptual, encompassing nearly every facet of modern life – a trade show born from the nascent explosion of affordable and increasingly portable consumer electronics back in New York City in 1967, now dedicates an ocean of display space for the emerging categories of personal robotics, the ever-expanding smart home category, wearables, health monitoring, automotive, all alongside the supernova presence of 8K televisions glowing from several towering booths from the largest manufacturers. Combing through the largest exhibition halls, down into the depths of Tech West to see up and coming vendors, alongside a few private meetings, here are ten products that impressed us in design and purpose.
An exploded view of the Penguins Innovate’s White
<a href="https://design-milk.com/toto-neorest-nx2-intelligent-toilet/neorest-nx1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/01/NEOREST-NX1-810x517.jpeg" alt="TOTO NEOREST NX Series Intelligent Toilet Will Make Anyone Flush With Envy" /></a> Amongst the cacophony of electronics, devices, and monumental exhibitions on display, alongside the thousands of attendees shuffling through the halls of CES 2019, the amusing irony of stopping to admire a toilet while frantically searching for a public restroom was not lost on us. But the <a href="https://www.totousa.com/neorest-nx2-dual-flush-toilet-10-gpf-08-gpf" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">TOTO NEOREST NX2 Intelligent Toilet with ACTILIGHT</a> is anything but a standard bathroom fixture, the apex of toilet technology hailing from Japan.
While previous TOTO Neorest toilets were characterized by a sharply angular silhouette, TOTO reps at CES stressed the NEOREST NX series now exhibits a soft elliptical profile inspired by “the natural beauty of pebbles shaped by water over time”. The design and technologies integrated into this luxe loo earned TOTO a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree designation.
<a href="https://design-milk.com/lg-styler-black-tinted-mirror-glass-door/lg-styler-3-hangers-002-copy/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/01/LG-Styler-3-Hangers-002-copy-810x572.jpg" alt="LG Styler Opens the Door to a More Welcome Type of Black Mirror Future" /></a> Ahead of this year’s Consumer Electronic Show, the <a href="http://www.lgnewsroom.com/2019/01/lg-styler-heralds-future-of-total-clothing-care/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">LG Styler Black Tinted Mirror Glass Door</a> has been awarded a 2019 Innovation Award for its combination of AI-powered smart mirror features with Google Assistant integrated into a wardrobe appliance form factor designed to steam clean over 99.9 percent of the germs and bacteria found in clothing for hygienic upkeep between washes.
Initial impressions of the monolithic and minimalist LG Styler Black Tinted Mirror Glass Door hint of a compact modern refrigerator. Opening its single door reveals a hanger wardrobe with room for up to five garments, including coats, jacket, shirts, dresses and a pair of pants (secured and pressed onto the door).
LG’s clothing maintenance appliance is designed to work with voice activation using Google Assistant, steaming and shaking out wrinkles by voice command, while also gently removing odors without resorting to washing or dry cleaning. For anyone cycling through
<a href="https://design-milk.com/samsung-space-monitor-declutters-desk-space/samsung-space-monitor-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/01/Samsung-Space-Monitor-2-810x540.jpg" alt="Samsung Space Monitor Optimizes Desk Space With Minimalist Design" /></a> Using a larger display monitor has been <a href="https://hbr.org/2008/05/want-to-boost-productivity-giv" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">attributed to improving productivity</a>. But those larger dimensions do come at the cost of desk space, requiring enough desk space to accommodate monitor footprints. It’s a compromise addressed by Samsung’s latest monitor unveiled ahead of <a href="https://www.ces.tech/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">CES 2019</a>. The <a href="https://news.samsung.com/us/samsungs-2019-space-monitors-modern-workspace-gaming-ces2019/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Samsung Space Monitor’s</a> sleek adjustable display revolves around an integrated clamp-secured arm engineered to allow the 27-inch or 32-inch screen to angle from a fully upright position toward the user with only a slight pull.
The minimalist fully-integrated arm clamps onto the desk while also housing port access and a discreet cable management system for a clutter-free presentation. When adjusted forward and lowered to the desk surface, the display arm is designed to disappear into the back of the monitor’s slim-bezel. The arm clamp is also adjustable and can accommodate for a wide range of surface thickness to secure onto.
The Samsung Space Monitor will be offered in two versions,