No, this bike is not made out of glass. The Clarity bike is the next project within the material focus of designaffairs’ studio projects which focus on using amazing materials of our library in new contexts.
We believe that the Clarity Bike could be a giant leap forward in bicycle frame engineering and production. The design takes advantage of an advanced polymer which combines high impact resistance, lightweight properties and a gentle flexibility that usually would only be expected on an old Italian steel frame.
The polymer is injection moulded, which allows affordable and precise mass production while enabling unique form factors and a multitude of possible colour combinations. Initially the polymer was used in military applications. Even though the compound has a lower density than polycarbonate & acrylic it’s advanced performance includes exceptional impact resistance and ultra-lightweight performance. It also offers outstanding chemical resistance and thermal stability as it is virtually unaffected by most organic and inorganic chemicals and withstands very hot and cold temperatures.
In our understanding the perfect material match for creating a low cost bicycle characterised by convenience and an unmatched unique style.
FYLM is a foldable speaker for musical devices that goes were you go. It is the perfect on-the-go companion since it fits into any pocket, notebook or handbag for convenience. Simply unfold and adjust the magnetic latch. It utilizes a film speaker of less than 0,25 millimeters thickness, allowing flexibility of form and shape, becoming much lighter and smaller than conventional portable speakers. This unique technology combined with its intelligent design and shape enables a full and rich directional sound.
FYLM needs no additional battery, as it is powered by any music device with a standard 3,5 millimeter-headphone-jack. It comes in different adorable colors with matching cables.]]>
After a period of conceptual developments focused more on interface design, we felt it’s time for a change to refresh our minds.
The material world and it’s latest developments has us thrilled so for the months to come we will focus on new and innovative materials. We will work closely together with our team from the material library in which we have already assembled more than 2000 materials with more than 6000 samples and counting. So this leaves plenty of room to play.
Starting with unique material properties we will take it from there and brainstorm about new concepts of usage develop visions and exciting concepts. Again, challenging anything we can along the way.]]>
“Bankable” is a conceptual, tangible, tabletop interface to be utlized in banks and private homes. Bankable makes banking graphically clear and intuitive, while also allowing the opportunity to work in collaborative surroundings.
There is a great deal of uncertainty in the financial world. Financial products are far too complicated and replaceable. Simple products are a step in the right direction but are still not the solution.
One-third of the Fraunhofer study, “Bank der Zukunft” assumes that in 2015 less than half of the financial products will be products implemented by banks.
We need financial products you can personalize. The most intuitive way to personalize finances is to measure finances in accordance with our own dreams and objectives. We call them “goals”. With an observable and measurable end result, you have a goal to be achieved within a fixed timeframe.
The focus of Bankable aims to create personalized financial goals. Bankable fits you, rather than you fitting into one of the many saving plan models available.
The functions of the application are clustered into haptic input elements, divided thematically by balance, transactions and goals.
Banking usually starts with checking your balance. The balance is displayed next to the major timeline, creating the possibility to review a past transaction aswell as a future forecast. The Application recognizes regularities in cash withdrawals, salary payments, debit cards orders etc. to give you a future forecast. As you are able to review the past and current balances, along with future forecasts, Bankable helps you invest wisely and achieve your goals.
Transactions can be divided into specific categories. By rotating the tangibles, all deposits and deductions are filtered. The search for certain transactions becomes much more effective.
Additionally, you can create unique categories to keep track of special transactions and organise them with a simple drag-and-drop.
Bankable: Viewable, dreamable, achievable.]]>
Retail 3.0 from designaffairs on Vimeo.
With the pressing question in mind on what will happen to regular (offline) stores as the future of retail merges with the internet the designaffairs studio team set out to explore the possibilities of the future of retail.
The vision was to connect offline and online shopping and to create a new and highly interactive shopping experience.
During the project various prototypes and concepts were evaluated ranging from interaction windows, 3d product placement with gesture control, constant on- and offline client profiling –to feed the database for custom tailored long tail business, surface and QR Tag based application up to
Interactive solutions with intelligent surface technology, possible product placement and availability surface technology with QR Tag reader Interactive changing rooms with environment import based on RFID tech.
The future is unwritten.
lens remote control from designaffairs on Vimeo.
Lens remote control
A remote control liberated of buttons and limitations.
Lens is a gesture and touch sensitive device that helps you navigate the vastness of digital space. It features intuitive gestures that make it possible to enjoy television in a whole new way.
The Lens remote control is a display-less, button-less device that gives you control over your individual TV experience. Using intuitive interactions, complex interfaces can be easily navigated and manipulated.
The device has a select range of interactions that adapt to the displayed content. This allows each action to be intuitively linked to the on-screen motion and the user needs only to learn these gestures to sightlessly steer the TV in a playful and exciting way.]]>
AIDvertisement from designaffairs on Vimeo.
One of the biggest problems the third world aid is facing today is that many of the good intentions never reach their final destination. In some severe cases, more than 60 % of the donated money miraculously get’s lost along the way.
Making matters worse is the fact that often enough the aid is not matching people’s needs, e.g. the donation of huge amounts of milk powder which leads to the destruction of local dairy farmers.
With AIDvertisement, we use a different approach on third world aid. The idea is simple: People in the third world can communicate a certain desire through our non-profit platform on the web.
NGOs, as well as global, but preferably local suppliers are then welcome to meet that desire by responding to it on our platform. Now companies and private persons join a web auction. Just like a normal auction, the time is running out and when you place a bid, the countdown starts again, until somebody wins. The trick is: Every time you place a bid, the amount by which you raise the price is an immediate donation to the project.
Example: If you raise the price of an auction from 33$ to 35$, you donate 2$ to the main pot irrespective of whether you win the auction or not. In the end, the winner of the auction has to pay another ten percent of the final price into that main pot.
All these tiny bids/donations actually sum up and will be used to pay the supplier, lower the prices of future auctions to the benefit of those in need, and to keep AIDvertisement´s service running.
The winner of the auction has the privilege of branding the aid with anything he likes. Once the aid reaches its destination, people will know where it comes from, anyone will be able to tell if it got there, and in our AIDvertisement community the sponsor’s ranking will increase, making him more popular. Of course all the others who didn’t win have their share in the auction too, which will be added to their overall rating, meaning anyone can become a top sponsor without winning a single auction.
Become part of AIDvertisement now and help us change the world bid by bid!]]>
People who think cooking is a burden, or boring or dull will be gobsmacked how much fun it actually can be! Cooking is an experimental, cultural, exciting experience – and with “let’s play” it’s easy and fun!
With its universal design, “let’s play” takes international cuisine to everyone’s kitchen as an easy cooking game. Greek, Italian or Thai recipes are surprising, cool experiences you can share with friends, family or kids.
Divided in 3 nationalities and 4 levels, each packaging holds a unique, traditional, tasty recipe and a special herb mix fixed on the back of each package, adding an exclusive taste to every recipe. On the front of the package, the players will find 2 sets of playing cards: question as task cards.
Up to 4 players can play – starting with shopping for ingredients. Opening the basket, tearing off the ingredients list and start filling in all the game elements is the next step. Wherever you want to cook, the game is then played with the 2 card sets. First, one of the players should read out a question card to the player on his left. If her or his answer is correct, the player will keep the question card and carry out the task written on the task card number 01, keeping this card too. In case the answer is not correct, the player who asked the question should carry out the task.
The cooking process is the surprise element as the process is only revealed when the task cards are played (eg. chopping carrots; mixing the sauce with the herbs, etc). The cards have different value points. The player with the highest score wins the game!
The question cards are culturally related to the recipes´ nationality. The “let´s play” kind of way, cooking is not only a playful and simple experience – it is even educational!
The packaging design is unique, colorful and customized. Each nationality is identified with a traditional pattern printed on the central ring and the cooking levels are represented by different color codes.
“let’s play” brings life to your kitchen – a playful get together experience mixed with the pleasure to enjoy a tasty homemade meal.
Potentials: Jamie Oliver Products, Tim Mäzler, Kochprofis, Sainsburys, Fresh & Wild UK, Tesco , What On Earth UK, Abel &Cole, El Corte Inglés, Carrefour, Groupe Auchan S.A., Slowfood.com, Real Kauf, REWE, Tengelmann, Edeka, Farmers Market, Whoolworths, Marks and Spencer, Harrods, Whole Foods Market, Waitrose, Fortnum & Mason]]>
The most recent catastrophes and (un)natural phenomena are a sign of Nature´s call for serious changes in the way we live. From common citizen to leaders we are all asked to live, work and behave in a more sustainable and responsible way. If we don´t, what can we expect of the future on our Planet?
What if pollution levels in the future will demand artificial production and distribution of oxygen? What if you don´t only have to do your grocery shopping, but you´d also have to get your daily oxygen supply? What if instead of a news app on your mobile device you´ll have an oxygen level tracking app?
o3 is a survival oxygen unit with a wicked message: the urgency and seriousnessto rethink and react; o3 is the product you don´t want to need!
To spread this message we created a future scenario to make you think about it!
If we´ll reach such scenario we designed o3 being a personal unit for your daily oxygen supply. The mouthpiece is easy to carry and individual. The oxygen is provided by compressed oxygens refill units which can be exchanged at your local oxygen supplier. By twisting the refill unit you can adjust the membrane to your lips and control oxygen flow.
o3 is a solution for an extrem situation; o3 is the product you don´t want to have!]]>
Weekend trips are hip: heaps of tourists travel to Paris, London or New York every end of the week in order to capture the main attractions with their cameras. But what is the purpose of those trips? Is it all about the „been there, done that” or is there more about getting to know a location? To really experience a place, one has to travel off the beaten track in order to come across things that are typical for that place.
Spot on navigation takes its user by the hand and on a playful discovery tour, just like a local that shows him around, but pocked-sized and always there. Spot on navigation resembles a flash light, it lights its user the way and helps him feel secure in a foreign environment. But instead of lighting the dark with a cone of light, it projects navigation information on the user’s path and thus generates an immediate, intuitive way of navigation. In case the user gets lost, he can project a usual map on any surface. This map is zoomable and scrollable like any digital map.
By turning the „aperture”, the user chooses between the two navigation modes or, in map mode, zooms in and out of the map. Additionally, Spot on navigation is able to read QR tags. These tags, placed at points-of-interests, can be aimed at with the „Spot on navigation” and thus additional information about that location will be displayed.
So go and get lost! Experience the place you are travelling to! And don’t forget your camera, you might come across some things you won’t find on a postcard!
Potentials: Osram, Maglite, Philips, Navigon, Garmin, Navman, Tourist Offices