As cellular phones become a standard, the statement they make as a symbol and a fashion accessory has become increasingly important. The Radia phone concept expresses simplicity in form and sophistication in function and user interface. The outer rim, which is made of brushed aluminum makes both a refined and professional statement. The touch-display is large enough to read and display many types of information, yet small enough to maintain a pocket-sized device. Simplicity is also expressed in the power button, which is flanked by the earpiece speaker, and balanced by the microphone which is 180 degrees around the perimeter. The designer, Michael Laut (http://www.mikelaut.com) is currently a student at North Carolina State University’s College of Design (ncsudesign.org)
Inspired by the iconic boomboxes, Boompack is an audio-video portable system designed as a rigid backpack. The old boomboxes were heavy and huge, you know, those were usually carried by rappers and breakdancers. Boompack was born out of the idea to provide all urban performers with powerful yet portable source of music and video. What makes Boompack unique? Well, it features a Pico projector that raises the entertainment level to not only music but also images and videos.
The new design makes this device easy to transport, it is ideal to be used while moving around which makes it perfect for street performers. Its composite hard case is impact resistant and water proof, on the backside there is also a docking station that you can use to keep your smartphone safely. Boompack transforms every place in a perfect stage for performers or for anyone who just wants to dance and party together. It is a lightweight, compact and all in one solution suitable for any kind of situation.
SOLARIS is a sun shading system which uses solar energy to create new work and leisure spaces. It allows you to work/study in outdoor places such as cafés, parks, and beaches by creating a shaded area and providing a power source for electronic devices. SOLARIS aims to promote new experiences and habits for a more sustainable and socially inclusive city landscape.
SOLARIS has 6 “wings”, each with two photovoltaic panels, which revolve around a central column for easy stowing. When opened, the wings work as a sunshade, with photovoltaic cells that charge a set of batteries in the base. In the central column there is a LED display power indicator. Three electrical sockets are available in the base, for charging portable computers, cell phones or any kind of electronic devices. A silicone shock absorbing colored strip at the base protects the structure and creates an electrical neutral area with a handle for transportation.
Designer : André Castro, Elizabeth Remelgado, and José Vicente