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Two students with a passion for jewelry and hacking did the impossible: They built a ring that doubles as a subway farecard and got legal clearance to use it on the Boston T.
Edward Tiong and Olivia Seow’s 3-D printed Sesame Ring features an embedded RFID chip compatible with the Boston MBTA’s CharlieCard (a rechargeable farecard similar to existing ones on the Washington D.C. Metro, the New York/New Jersey PATH, and the San Francisco/Oakland BART). Instead of fishing a farecard out of a wallet, pocket, or bag, a user simply swipes their ring at a turnstile and refills it either online or at a vending machine. The pair are students at the Singapore University of Technology and Design who developed the MBTA ring as exchange students at MIT.
Tiong and Seow’s company, The Ring Theory, recently raised $19,000 (well over the designers’ initial $5,000 goal) on Kickstarter, offering customizable rings for $17 each. Ring Theory’s initial design, shown above, is likened by the creators to a “wearable CharlieCard.”
In order to add money to their transit ring, users simply press their accessory to an MBTA vending machine, which adds rides as if it were a normal farecard. Tiong says in promotional materials: “We are not inventing anything new or cutting edge. We are looking at the most common technology that has been around for a long time, and saying, hey maybe we can do something different with this.”
DESIGNED BY EDWARD TIONG&OLIVIA SEOW DESIGNED IN 2013 SOURCE FASTCODESIGN
26 Feb / Monos leather heart pen case
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A pen case that blossoms like a flower into the shape of a heart. With beautiful contrast stitching and an elastic band to keep everything in its proper place, hold up to three of your favorite pens in this clever leather case.
DESIGNED BY KEITAMURATA DESIGNED IN 2013 SOURCE OMOIONLINE
LOOKS INNOVATIVE, FEELS GOOD, WORKS!
In an age when data is our most abundant resource, wearable technology offers new opportunities to interact with the urban landscape. frogs across the globe created eight concepts exploring the potential of wearable technology to create a more resilient and responsive urban experience by transforming the raw data of our daily lives.
Mnemo is an interactive friendship bracelet that enables you to record, relive, and share a memory reel of all your friends’ pictures, songs, and locations from a single event. Mnemo bracelets are collectible and customizeable. When two or more are linked together, common moments are combined to create collective memories of shared experiences.
Check out more design from FrogDesign Wearable Technology contest here.
DESIGNED BY FROG DESIGN DESIGNED IN 2012 SOURCE FROGDESIGN
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German design agency Biegert & Funk is set to release a watch like no other, one that tells the time in words. Introducing the QLOCKTWO W.
Based on their popular QLOCKTWO wall clocks, the QLOCKTWO W features a square face measuring 35 x 35 mm that contains a grid of 110 letters. Press the button on the right hand side of the watch and the relevant letters will light up to reveal the time in readable text.
Additional presses of the button will reveal the calendar day, and then the seconds. The watches are expected to retail for €550 (approx. US$704) each. In teh meantime you can buy the QLOCKTWO W Alarm clock and the QLOCKTWO W Wall clock from the LFW Shop.
DESIGNED BY BIEGERT&FUNK DESIGNED IN 2012 SOURCE GUYSGAB
LOOKS GOOD, FEELS DIY and fun, WORKS!
The world’s first open-source DIY apparel for guys. Want to make awesome clothes but don’t know how to sew? Not a problem, fellas .You don’t need a sewing machine, you don’t need patternmaking skills, and you sure as hell don’t have to go to fashion school.
For the first time ever, people with no experience in fashion design or sewing can make their own custom shirts and get professional-level results, too. ThreadLab uses modular components that you select and then assemble in minutes using a simple home iron. The secret is a special heat-activated adhesive film developed for the high-end sportswear industry.
By using modular components, users can select from a wide variety of elements to make their own custom shirts that stand apart from the sea of mass-manufactured clothing, while simultaneously looking as professional as a made-to-order sewn shirt.
Originally used in applications where a bonded seam was preferable to a sewn seam to eliminate bulk, ThreadLab uses it to form permanent bonds with cotton shirting. All that’s needed to put your kit together is a normal home iron. The heat and pressure from the iron is enough to cause the adhesive strip to permanently bond the two layers of cotton shirting together. Care is easy, just launder at home in cold water and hang to dry. You can still iron the shirt like normal to smooth out wrinkles.
DESIGNED BY STEVEN WHEELER DESIGNED IN 2012 SOURCE KICKSTARTER
LOOKS INNOVATIVE, FEELS GOOD, DOESN’T WORK!
Behind Lady Gaga’s provocative fashions — yes, even the dress made of beef — is an ad hoc circle of designers and advisors she calls the “Haus of Gaga.” Rivalation proposed a competition back in September that proposed Fashion Students from all around the world to venture into the “Haus of Gaga”
“She needs a new dress for a funeral and you are in charge of designing it,” reads the brief for the competition, adding that the funeral is for one of Lady Gaga’s heroes, “someone that has lived a full, rich life and is being put to rest in the presence of good friends and family. … How do you balance the delicacy of a funeral with Gaga’s outrageous fashion sense?”
48 designers from 17 different countries answered this proposal and the winners were announced last week. Check all the design projects at the Rivalation page.
DESIGNED BY FASHION STUDENTS DESIGNED IN 2012 SOURCE RIVALATION
LOOKS STYLISH, FEELS GOOD, WORKS!
Originally developed for use in tanks and helicopters, Jawbone PRIME’s NoiseAssassin is a proprietary technology that eliminates background noise from mobile phone conversations. Jawbone is the only Bluetooth headset with a Voice Activity Sensor (VAS) that actually feels your speech, which helps Jawbone distinguish your voice from background noise. As a result, Jawbone offers better audio quality than any other headset on the market.
Design Functonality Functionally, the design has also been enhanced by a slight indication in the shield’s texture, a small tactile crease that indicates where the switch is located. The inside contours of the product follow your face in a perfectly comfortable manner, while new ergonomic earbuds have been refined to keep the Jawbone in place without an earloop for most wearers.
Get yours at the LFW Shop.
DESIGNED BY JAWBONE DESIGNED IN 2009 SOURCE BUY
14 Nov / Sahn Classic Urban Helmet
LOOKS GOOD, FEELS ELEGANT, WORKS!
Sahn is a new helmet manufacturer out of Vancouver BC, with the pictured $140 Classic being their first model available on the market. It uses a hard ABS shell bonded to a conventional EPS foam liner with a smooth surface and integrated sun visor.
While there aren’t any vents, there are internal air channels to help move air across your noggin to some degree. The lack of vents also helps to keep the smooth surface, which arguably creates a more protective helmet in the event of a crash as there aren’t any protrusions to potentially snag the ground in a slide and cause further injury.
The helmet is available in three sizes all incorporating a robust, Swiss designed ratcheting fit system.
DESIGNED BY SAHNHELMETS DESIGNED IN 2012 SOURCE URBANVELO
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