SNO : Snow Bike Concept by Venn Industrial Design Consultancy

SNO is a design submission from Venn Industrial Design Consultancy, it’s a specially designed road bike snow. You can read their explanation below.

We had that fantastic opportunity to work with one of the ‘fanciest’ national bicycle brands and thanks to that, we have learned just a little about wheels. Learning is something and practicing it another, so we decided to came up with a humble conceptual design to express our way of ‘doing the ride thing’. As said, a humble conceptual design that touches a little to frame structure by using tensile elements, a little to power efficiency by messing with the transmission and a little to handling performance by increased contingence and weight distribution on double-butt. We love snow as much as we love to ride; it results “Sno”, for doing the ride thing!

Designer : Venn Industrial Design Consultancy

SNO : Snow Bike Concept by Venn Industrial Design Consultancy

SNO : Snow Bike Concept by Venn Industrial Design Consultancy

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Betri Concept Bike by Clément Boutillon

Betri concept bike has been designed by Clément Boutillon for Cinelli. This designer wanted to take a step back from modern or futuristic design and draw something contemporary to reflect more accurately to the concept of bike. This bike is built with hydroformed aluminum profiles and carbon fiber, lightweight yet sturdy. It is integrated with light system that contributes to the overall minimalist appearance of the bike. The use of sharp shapes with elongated, pure lines, create triangular shape of tubes that express dynamism. There are other details that complete the overall look such as saddle clamping system and the shape of direction tube.

Designer : Clément Boutillon

Cinelli Betri Concept Bike by Clément Boutillon

Cinelli Betri Concept Bike by Clément Boutillon

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Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners

Golden Pin Design Award has announced its best design winners for 2014, below are some great designs we would like to share with you in random order.

1. Cardiac Rehabilitation Monitor System
Taiwan Textile Research Institute In-house Design
Nova Design Co. Ltd
Taiwan

This CRM System combines elastic fabric electrodes and comfortable knit fabric to provide sternum support and monitor heart rate variability (HRV). The minimalist design of this functional monitor allows it to be comfortably and discreetly concealed under the clothes of the wearer. The system uses Bluetooth to transmit signals to an app, which allows users to independently manage their health. This CRM System has passed the required bio-compatibility (ISO10993-5, -10) and electrical safety (EN606061-1) tests, and has been granted CE safety certification.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Cardiac Rehabilitation Monitor System

Dr. Hung-Hsiang Wang – Jury Member
“The cost to make medical equipment is high because a large amount of money needs to be invested in buying patents, but once the necessary patents have been acquired, the retail prices and profits of this type of equipment are high, too. This industry is developing rapidly in Taiwan.”–

2. Espresso Urban Bike
Gearlab Co. Ltd
Taiwan

Espresso Urban Bike is designed specifically for urban living in Asian cities. The frame geometry of Gearlab’s Espresso caters to East Asian proportions, ensuring a comfortable and confident ride for Asian owners. The choice of smaller wheels with 20-inch rims means the bike accelerates faster, an essential function in the stop-and-go traffic systems typical in Asian cities. These small wheels also make the bike easier to carry in and out of tight living spaces. The bike is comfortable and has a place for bags and personal belongings, a simple locking solution, and stunning aesthetics.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Espresso Urban Bike

Dr. Hung-Hsiang Wang – Jury Member
“This bicycle is designed specifically for city dwellers and it’s the details that make the design, from the basket in the front to the small-sized wheels for convenient navigation on congested city roads. Given the high rate of bicycle theft in cities, Espresso comes with a specially designed lock as standard. This is a high-quality product with thoughtful design.”

3. FO-1103-P
Wow Energy Saving Lighting Ltd
Taiwan

Modern office lighting consumes far more energy than is actually necessary. A well designed office lighting system can provide an efficient light source for a working environment. All lights in the FO-1103 Office Series are made from aluminum, are adjustable, and are minimalist in design. The angle of the light and the color temperature can be adjusted by remote control. The FO-1103-P is a dexterous pendant light: the body of the lamp can rotate upwards to 180 degrees and downwards to 15 degrees. The lighting mode is flexible and can be adjusted to suit the usage needs of any given space. Available modes include down lighting, centralized lighting, two-directional lighting, and indirect lighting.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - FO-1103-P Energy Saving Light

Dr. Hung-Hsiang Wang – Jury Member
“The light style, luminosity, and angle of this light can be adjusted using a remote control. The FO-1103-P is a true product of the future; to install this fixture, a designer needs to work with a lighting specialist who will link it up to all the other electronic devices common in today’s home. It is a concept that fits perfectly with the IOT (Internet of Things) methodology.”

4. Here I Am Sticky Note
Miccudo
Taiwan

Here I Am turns a 2D post-it note into a 3D note through folding. The space saved in the folding process creates more writing areas and enhances the efficiency of the product. The triangle shapes are sticky on all sides, and no matter where they are used, they are easy to find. Here I Am was developed to improve working and noting efficiency.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Here I Am Sticky Note

Apex Lin, Pang-Soong – Jury Member
“This label sticker set, with its multitude of three-dimensional designs, is an updated version of the label stickers currently available on the market. It is encouraging to see that with just a little creativity and a different perspective a designer can create a new product from an old concept and successfully sell it in the marketplace.”

5. Modelshop Wooden ARToy- Panda
Evergreen International Corp.
Keith Newstead
Taiwan

The wooden model, Panda, is engaging from the moment the package is opened until the final pieces are fitted together. The toy combines humor, ingenuity, and art to bring pleasure to the senses while at the same time rewarding the maker with a feeling of accomplishment. Through innovative design practices and making use of mechanical principles, the finished Panda springs into life when a crank is turned. The automata is made from precision-cut, environmentally friendly materials and can be assembled without having to use glue or sharp tools. The latest technology is used to manufacture the curved parts from reconstituted wood. The model can be assembled by people of all ages: the process of building Panda by hand encourages patience and focus.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Modelshop Wooden ARToy- Panda

Dr. Brandon Gien – Jury Member
“These sorts of projects are just fantastic. I’m a big fan of anything that encourages children to use their creativity and their dexterity to build something, and then experience what happens after they’ve built it. The fact that it’s made from environmentally friendly materials such as wood and not plastic is nice as well. In a world where toys are traditionally made of plastic, it’s important that children get to touch and feel products like this.”

6. Smart Projector
Quanta Computer Inc.
Quanta Innovation Center
Taiwan

In a society in which “sharing on the go” has become the norm, the intelligent micro-projector is a must-have for those in the business community. The WG1P Smart Projector features wireless data transmission and can be quickly linked to mobile devices, smartphones, and tablet PCs. This pocket-sized, super lightweight, “Intelligent” micro-projector also features a high-definition projection screen complemented by a high quality built-in 2.1-channel speaker that makes for effective presentations, compelling media playing, and simple document sharing. The sleek black exterior design features delicate speaker holes and a touchpad that allows you to quickly and easily access presentation or video files.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Smart Projector

Dr. Brandon Gien – Jury Member
“We all have smartphones. We’re all recording large amounts of video and photos on our phones. To have a device that then allows us to view those images and those videos in a format that is outside of our screen is really in demand. They’ve managed to squeeze a lot of technology into a very small footprint. It’s a very intuitive little product as well. I could pick it up, switch it on, and within seconds I was operating it. There was no instruction book and the interface was in Chinese, but it was intuitive enough that I could still use it and to me that’s a sign of good design.”

7. SYL958 Loader
Sany Heavy Machinery Limited
China

The SYL958 Loader features an edgeless door cab design; a built-in, integral Roll Over Protective Structures (ROPS) and Falling Object Protective Structures (FOPS) design; a visualization central electrical box; and a Parker fingertip operating system. The cab is sealed against the intrusion of dust to protect the health of the operator, and noise is reduced to a level 6 dB lower than other machines in China. A two-stage damper system with four-point suspended installation guarantees a comfortable operating experience. Daily service and maintenance points can be easily reached from the ground. The service life of key components is improved with the inclusion of an advanced technology DANA rotor type gearbox, a drive axle for heavy mining machines, and a reinforced heavy-duty vehicle body structure. An efficient fixed-variable confluence high-pressure system results in energy reductions of over 10 percent. The internally-pressurized oil tank stays cleaner for longer, resulting in a longer service life and less frequent oil changes. Recyclable materials and lead-less paint are incorporated across the machine.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - SYL958 Loader

Cai Jun – Jury Member
“Large equipment manufacturing–producing industrial products like high-speed trains and heavy-duty loading equipment–is one of the most important industries in China. China has made steady advancements in this area in recent years. Sany Heavy Machinery Limited is one of the leading manufacturers in this field. They focus on user-friendly design. The overall look and design of the product projects the unified spirit of the brand, and is an outstanding.”

8. Zenbook UX301
Asustek Computer INC.
Asus Design Center
Taiwan

The ZENBOOK™ UX301LA is a premium product in the ASUS Ultrabook™ range and combines great performance with elegant design. A unique, high performance CPU is encased in an ultra-thin, ultra-light laptop that features a Corning® Gorilla Glass Iid. The use of aluminum silicate Corning ® Gorilla Glass reduces body thickness by 14 percent, making this Zenbook lighter and thinner than its predecessors. A reduction in the use of metallic material enhances RF efficiency, and the use of fluoropolymer nanometer coating not only ensures excellent stain-resistance and anti-fingerprint capabilities, but also that surface dirt is easy to remove. ZENBOOK™ UX301LA represents the perfect combination of “mechanism, performance, and material.”

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Zenbook UX301 Notebook

Apex Lin, Pang-Soong – Jury Member
“At a time when laptop technology in Taiwan has matured, ASUS continues to innovate. This laptop features an ultra thin glass screen and the logo produces a spiral light. This high-level design was awarded a Japanese Good Design Award this year.”

Luna 3D Printed Bicycle by Omer Sagiv

The Luna bicycle has 3D printed nylon frame, front fork, and handle bar. All the other parts are off the shelf parts. The idea behind it is to utilize SLS technology wisely, whilst keeping a low production price (by using the “off the shelf” parts). It is printed on demand, so no stock required. Another advantage would be no investment in moulds, hence, having the possibility of making changes of form or material in the future, whether for specific requirements or according to the fast technological development of 3D printing.

Luna features a unique form that wisely uses the good specific strength and durability of nylon. The hexagon frame allows minimal surface area for a strong light structure.

Designer : Omer Sagiv

Luna 3D printed Bicycle by Omer Sagiv

Luna 3D printed Bicycle by Omer Sagiv

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Hydro Bike : Sporty Hydrogen Powered Bike Design

HYDRO BIKE offers a cheaper way to travel. The design of this bike was meant to save your hard earned money without looking like a cheapskate. Powered by hydrogen cell but added with “unworkable” pair of pedals.

Why the need to have pedals?
As long as it has pedals (self-propelled), it would still legally be considered a bicycle in many countries. There’s no need of a motorcycle license, yearly road tax, summons and anything that cost money for owning a bike.

Designer : Imran Othman

Hydro Bike by Imran Othman

Hydro Bike by Imran Othman

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The Blackline : Ultimate Urban Utility Bicycle by Team CHI

After designing and developing for months, MNML x Method Bicycle (Team CHI) has released The Blackline, an ultimate utility bicycle especially designed for Oregon Manifest Bike Design Challenge.

The design of this urban vehicle was inspired by the City of Broad Shoulders, it carries a spirit and ready for just about anything. The name itself was taken from Chicago’s iconic elevated train lines that run non-stop throughout the city because this bike will give you the freedom to get anywhere in between. It’s tough yet refined, the design has been carefully thought to make it just the ideal for cyclists or urban city dwellers.

Designers : MNML and Method Bicycle (Team CHI) for The Bike Design Project

Blackline : Ultimate Urban Utility Bicycle by MNML and Method Bicycle (Team CHI)

Blackline : Ultimate Urban Utility Bicycle by MNML and Method Bicycle (Team CHI)

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Minimalist and Modern Cyclo Urban Bicycle Offers Speed and Comfort

The company claims that CYCLO is the ultimate urban bicycle that provides its rider with functionality, performance, and style. It took 18 months to design and engineer this bike, it’s the company’s vision of how perfect urban bicycle should be, just like the feeling you had as a kid on a hot summer days, riding the bike exploring the street freely.

This bike is built not just for speed but also comfort. It is the result based on extensive research on design explorations, experiences, and feedbacks from many people who ride bike daily. You know what? Everyone would like to go fast but without sacrificing the comfort.

From : Cyclo

Cyclo Urban Bicycle

Cyclo Urban Bicycle

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CYBLE – An Interactive Bicycle Stand by Subinay Malhotra

Subinay Malhotra has come up with a new interactive bicycle rack that features aesthetic design and ergonomic shape related to its environment, Cyble. Designing a product for public space requires extensive researches in general environment, design influences, structures, materials, functions, and human factors. This approach takes spatial concept design to a proposal of a ready to use product. The design process was also inspired by a book known as Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino that contains short stories describing the city of Venice with a surrealistic approach.

Cyble bicycle stand/rack is ideally used in jam packed area where people can park their bikes as an alternative to cars. It’s been designed to be interactive and functional, it looks different and playfully works with its surroundings. It has the ability to move the bike vertically in order to have more space for more bikes to be parked.

Designer : Subinay Malhotra

CYBLE Interactive Bicycle Stand by Subinay Malhotra

CYBLE Interactive Bicycle Stand by Subinay Malhotra

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1865 Electric Velocipede Project Inspired by Iconic Pedal-Cranked Bicycle in 1865

1865 Electric Velocipede is a nice concept vehicle inspired by historic pedal-cranked bicycle in 1865. Teamed up with BASF, DING3000, a German design studio, has developed this unique e-velocipede to bring you back to the year of 1865, an eye-catching bike with its wheels of different sizes. The reason why these companies rebuilt the iconic 19th century bike as modern e-bike is to maker the year when BASF was founded. At that time, Karl Drain’s wooden “Dandy horse” was also give its first pedals which launched bike on the road to global success. This concept bike is a tribute to the era of enthusiasm for invention and technology. “How would the first pedal cycle have looked like if the bike had had today’s advanced material to work with?”, I guess this was the question in mind when they were in designing process.

DING3000 and BASF has developed a ready-to-ride prototype of 1865 Electric Velocipede, it features an electric drive and 24-polymer applications, some are highly innovative such as bearingless all-plastic pedals made of Ultrason or light and punctureproof tires made of Infinergy.

Designers : Ding3000 and BASF

1865 Electric Velocipede by Ding3000 and BASF

1865 Electric Velocipede by Ding3000 and BASF

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Eco-B Concept Bike by Dhaneesh Neelakandan

Eco-B concept bike is an urban mobility solution for energetic and eco-friendly commuting. Urban transportation is facing both heavy traffic and environmental issues nowadays, people have less time to maintain their health and some who have the time can be found in fitness centers. The project here proposes a Pedelec (Pedal+electric, a special electric bicycle) which is hoped can improve our urban commuter transport condition. Pedelecs are usually used by elderly people. This design provides a more stylish exterior form to break that image, moreover, it gives more energetic feel for elderly people as well.

Designer : Dhaneesh Neelakandan

Eco-B Bike by Dhaneesh Neelakandan

Eco-B Bike by Dhaneesh Neelakandan

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Donut Folding Bicycle by Arvind Mahabaleshwara

Donut folding bicycle is aesthetically pleasing concept bike which folds completely into circular frame, you won’t find any protruding parts outside that frame. The circular aluminum alloy welded frame is the main structure of this bike, we’re not sure how much weight this bike can handle. The front and rear forks are pivoted to the circular frame, the tubular pedal slides and rotates inside the crank bar. The handle bars are equipped with GPS and Cyclometer, the seat is adjustable to provide more comfort for different user.

Designer : Arvind Mahabaleshwara

Donut Folding Bicycle by Arvind Mahabaleshwara

Donut Folding Bicycle by Arvind Mahabaleshwara

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Skoda Kite Electric Car Concept Was Inspired by Sport Kite

Skoda Kite was a school project to come up with an electric vehicle that represents the characteristic of ecological and agile driving system. The car should be iconic yet easy to recognize as part of Skoda brand, therefore, it features some characteristics of Skoda.

The main design was inspired by the effectiveness and dynamic aesthetics of sport kite. It has unique trunk opening system while the durable textile along with flexible construction provides practical partial opening as well as trunk space expansion possibility.

Team members:
Matej Dubiš – exterior design
Soňa Otiepková – logo, color&trim
Stanislav Sabo – interior design
Miro Hrdý – seat design
Pavel Vaško – tablet holder
Juraj Lehocký – kite
Lenka Obuchová – bicycle
Martin Domjen, Dalibor Kopál – engineering

Mentor : Prof. akad. soch. Peter Paliatka
Consultant : Ing. Peter Olah, ArtD.
Project Coordinator : Mgr. art. Michala Lipková

Skoda Kite Electric Car

Skoda Kite Electric Car

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Our Top 10 Selection Winners for A’Design Award and Competition 2012-2013 Period

Once again, A’ Design Award and Competition has announced this year best design products, concepts, and prototypes. Checkout our top 10 selection winners 2012-2013 in random orders, from architecture, fashion, to technology. You can also read the interview with designers for their winning projects here.

1. Butterfly Chair by Eduardo García Campos
Inspired by nature, particularly Mexican “Monarca” butterfly, a beautiful insect with fragile appearance of its wings yet it is known for its strength. This chair is aesthetically beautiful and highly functional, the wing shape and structure provides comfortable and strong support for the user. Simply place two pieces side by side, together, they create the shape of a Butterfly.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Butterfly Chair by Eduardo García Campos

2. Meduse Pipes Worldwide Unique Shisha by Jakub Lanča
Inspired by organic lines of underwater creatures, Jackub Lanča has come up with shisha pipe series that feature mysterious animal forms and getting alive with every inhalation. Beautiful, mysterious, transparent, mystical, relax, slow motion, breath, exhalation. The basic idea was trying to uncover the interesting process that involve inside the pipe such as bubbling, smoke, fruit mosaic and the play of lights. The combination of traditional handicraft, modern methods and technologies incorporated in this concept Shisha pipe will definitely enhance your experience.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Meduse Pipes Worldwide Unique Shisha by Jakub Lanča

A’ Design Award and Competition - Meduse Pipes Worldwide Unique Shisha by Jakub Lanča

3. Simorgh Gate Way by Naser Nasiri
A giant iron pigeon welcomes you as you enter Mashhad city. The construction of this gate has been designed and developed to take advantage the weight of cars to rotate gear wheels and pull cables which will offer unique views as the portal shape changes. You will witness a gate that moves its wings just like a giant pigeon.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Simorgh Gate Way by Naser Nasiri

A’ Design Award and Competition - Simorgh Gate Way by Naser Nasiri

4. Creative Wooden Creatures by Hakan Gürsu
We’ve covered about this project before in this page. This wooden toy allows children to be creative to create their imaginary creatures, thus developing their creativity skill to the next level. It offers unlimited possibilities from simple to organic forms, an eco friendly toy kit which has great potential to entertain and educate children.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Creative Wooden Creatures by Hakan Gürsu

5. Pip! Parallel Interactive Projector by Jorge Prieto
Nowadays, we depend so much on our smartphones to stay in touch with our family or office. This behavior actually keeps us away from our family in real life as the time we spend with our gadgets grows. This concept projector tries to reduce our dependence to our smartphones and increase our interactivity with others.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Pip! Parallel Interactive Projector by Jorge Prieto

A’ Design Award and Competition - Pip! Parallel Interactive Projector by Jorge Prieto

6. Slider Folding Bike Bicycle by Paul Hao Ting Hsu
A friendly folding bike for women. The designer thinks that our current folding bike is unfriendly to women, thus, he decided to come up with bike design for female cyclist and use gravity to make folding process easier. The main frame uses diamond shape with structure and handle place that can reduce the folding process. It takes about 2 seconds to fold out with the help of gravity strength.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Slider Folding Bike Bicycle by Paul Hao Ting Hsu

A’ Design Award and Competition - Slider Folding Bike Bicycle by Paul Hao Ting Hsu

7. Shayton Equilibrium Hypercar by Andrej Stanta
The vision of this hypercar came from pure emotion to design a car which was inspired by nature, from summer storm, natural pearl, to the elegance of flying falcon (Shayton). It combines both art and engineering to create beautiful harmony in the form of a car.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Shayton Equilibrium Hypercar by Andrej Stanta

A’ Design Award and Competition - Shayton Equilibrium Hypercar by Andrej Stanta

8. Tesera Fully Automatic Tea MacHine by Tobias Gehring
Tesera simplifies the process of tea making by setting new standards of perfect tea brewing while still respecting the tea atmospheric ceremony. Fill the special jars with loose tea, with adjustable brewing time and water temperature, it can produce perfect tea into transparent glass chamber. There’s a tray that can be removed for serving.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Tesera Fully Automatic Tea MacHine by Tobias Gehring

9. Smartstreets-smartbin Cigarette/Gum Bin by Andrew Farish
One of the world problems is cigarette and gum litters which are responsible for over 50% litter discarded every year worldwide. It needs new approach to encourage people to dispose this waste appropriately. Andrew Farish has come up with cigarette/gum bin with unique capabilities. It can be install onto a lamp post or a sign post which makes it within reach of everyone on the street. It’s a street furniture which will add value to existing infrastructure.

A’ Design Award and Competition - Smartstreets-smartbin Cigarette/Gum Bin by Andrew Farish

A’ Design Award and Competition - Smartstreets-smartbin Cigarette/Gum Bin by Andrew Farish

10. VSA – Vertical Solar Aircraft by Arman Abadi
Futuristic vertical solar aircraft which features delta wings and is able to reach the speed up to 250 to 300 km/h. The aircraft uses 3 engines which one of them is used for vertical take off and the other 2 are used to land on a runway.

A’ Design Award and Competition - VSA - Vertical Solar Aircraft by Arman Abadi

A’ Design Award and Competition - VSA - Vertical Solar Aircraft by Arman Abadi

You can read our top 10 selection winners from previous year, in this page: Our Top 10 Picks for A’Design Award and Competition Winners 2011-2012.

BKR Wood Frame Bicycle by Pietro Russomanno

BKR Wood Frame Bicycle features several innovative designs, it utilizes wood to get the best out of its physical and natural proprieties of sustainability, malleability, and elasticity. Constructed from plywood for its main structure and inner rubber gaskets, together they merge perfectly like a sandwich through the use of screws. The joint system that uses wood as its main material reduces any vibrations and is able to absorb any shocks.

BKR bike features “Easy Saddle” system, it’s an adjustable saddle that allows you to change the height of the seat quickly, simply by pressing a button. In this way different users can ride the bike comfortable. There’s a special designed dynamo installed on the front wheel which provides energy and speed/distance trip information directly to your smartphone which can be docked on the handlebars.

Designer : Pietro Russomanno

BKR Wood Frame Bicycle by Pietro Russomanno

BKR Wood Frame Bicycle by Pietro Russomanno

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Dora Bicycle Helmet Offers Better Safety for Its User

Dora bicycle helmet is one of ingenious modern industrial designs that provides safety for the user. The main problem with city transport for cyclists is difficult to communicate with other vehicles, unequivocal signals are often used by cyclists which are unsafe. This concept helmet is ideal for cyclists in urban environment, it informs other vehicles with arrow shaped light signals, universal signals which can be seen up to 360-degree to get other’s attention where you’re going. There’s a small ergonomic controller attached to the handlebar, in this way, the rider can light up the signal via Bluetooth without having to take his hand off the handlebar. This stylish concept helmet is a great solution to tell other vehicles your intent to stop or turn, nice, isn’t it?

Designer : Balázs Filczer

Dora Bicycle Helmet by Balázs Filczer

Dora Bicycle Helmet by Balázs Filczer

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