Yanko Design and KeyShot announce the winners of the Material Design Challenge

With hundreds of entries over the 3-week competition time period, the YDxKeyShot Material Design Challenge finally came to a close with the winners being announced this week. The three winning entries showcase an incredibly versatile approach, proving exactly how capable KeyShot 11’s Material Graph and material designing abilities are.

The three winners distinctly stand in three separate categories. The Gold winning entry from Shahin Fathi explores the ability to put a realistic froth of bubbles on top of products, the Silver winning entry from Colin Ginn explored a unique parametric ‘chocolate chip cookie’ material with a lot of versatility, and the Bronze winning entry came from Nacho Riesco, who created an alluring cracked gold-leaf on wood texture that has great potential in furniture, interior, and even fashion rendering applications.

The judges declared Shahin the unanimous Gold Winner, but there were a few strong contenders for Silver and Bronze positions. Ultimately, the judges rated the entries on creativity as well as potential to be used across various industries. We congratulate the winners and are extremely grateful to everyone who participated!

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Gold Winner – Shahin Fathi


Shahin Fathi (also known on Instagram by Predexign) was unanimously selected as the winning entry for its sheer creativity and impeccable execution. Jury member Sarang Sheth said, “Loved the idea and execution. This is exactly the kind of material I was expecting to come out of this competition.” The bubbles really push KeyShot 11’s textures to the limit. They’re incredibly realistic, and a simple drag and drop of the material onto a 3D object turns it into a foamy mass that has tonnes of applications in bathware, drinkware (think beer froth it coffee crema), and potentially even outdoor water scenes!
View Shahin’s winning entry below.

 

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Silver Winner – Colin Ginn


Colin Ginn secured the silver prize for his unique parametric chocolate chip cookie material. While the jury definitely found the material unique, they were impressed by the execution, the fact that it’s entirely parametric, and even the development animation that Colin created on his IG post. Jury member Janis Sne mentioned, “Collin did an outstanding job on this material challenge. I am very impressed by just looking at Collin’s Keyshot node material setup. He also made a great presentation, with a short animation of the texturing, that I highly appreciate. I think this designer really thought through everything and you can feel this love & passion into each 3D image.” The jury collectively also agreed that there was immense potential to adapt this material into a rocky, muddy ground material.
View Colin’s winning entry below.

 

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Bronze Winner – Nacho Riesco


The bronze prize was awarded to Nacho Riesco for his ‘cracked gold leaf on wood’ material. The material combined the best of both worlds, a realistic wooden texture and a cracked gold film on top. Jury member Preeti Jesudoss appreciated the “worn edges and organic-looking cracks” on the material and the jury collectively believed that the material also could potentially be used in creative art direction and even in fashion design applications.
View Nacho’s winning entry below.

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New tracks that borrow elements from ’90s house, lo-fi R&B, neo-soul and more

Empress Of and Jim-E Stack: Turn The Table

From Save Me by Empress Of (aka Lorely Rodriguez), “Turn The Table” with longtime collaborator Jim-E Stack has received a visual treatment by Jerome AB, shot in an abandoned building in Grand Cayman. In the rundown but tropical setting, the Honduran American singer, songwriter, musician and producer performs and dances alone—save for some multiples of herself, and a surprise guest at the end. From the massive chorus to the ’90s house elements and self-empowering lyrics, the track is made for a sweaty dance floor.

bLAck pARty feat. Childish Gambino: I Love You More Than You Know

Little Rock, Arkansas-raised, LA-based bLAck pARty (aka Malik Flint) releases his third album, called Hummingbird, today and from it comes the smooth and saccharine “I Love You More Than You Know.” The track features Childish Gambino (another in a string of collaborations) and possesses a gloriously languid energy that perfectly lends itself to the lyrics. bLAck pARty says that the album (which also features Saba, Kari Faux, Jean Deaux and more) is “a journey about self-love, romantic love and parental love” that “represents the evolution of human experience.”

Louis Cole: Let It Happen

Part meditation, part power ballad, Louis Cole’s “Let It Happen” is the LA-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s first new solo music since his 2020 live album. The slow-burning track about relinquishing control begins with quiet clicks and Cole’s soft falsetto, before leading to glittery synths, uplifting key changes and soaring strings. According to Cole, it’s “a timeless modern power ballad classic that taps into a special feeling in between joy and pain.”

sona blue: soft top

East London-based artist sona blue (aka Jack Adamson) has written a slow-burning, lo-fi R&B track, “soft top,” inspired by the significance of family—specifically his little brother. “We’ve always been close and I wanted to write about how love in a family situation differs from that of a romantic one,” he explains in a statement. “It’s about growing with someone whether you want to or not and I think that’s really special.” The song, which appears on his Saint EP (released last week), was written after Frank Ocean’s younger sibling Ryan Breaux passed away, which prompted sona blue to compose a song about his own brother.

Zoe’s Shanghai: Stealing Me

From Barcelona-based four-piece Zoe’s Shanghai, “Stealing Me” is a shimmering, kaleidoscopic new track that blends jazz, neo-soul, warm percussion and floating vocals courtesy of lead singer Zoé Renié. The effect creates a complex and layered soundscape that simultaneously feels intuitive. From its opening groovy rhythm to its slowed-down, tender transition, the track is beautifully dizzying and lushly immersive.

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This portable + affordable micro office can be placed in a corporate office, your backyard or out in public

The COVID-19 pandemic and 2020 brought with it a trend, that has in time proven that it’s here to stay – ‘Micro Offices’. It’s 2022, and the popularity of micro offices isn’t weaning off in the slightest. But in the swarm of micro offices currently available in the market, it can often be difficult to find the one that meets your needs and requirements perfectly. Or so I thought until I came across ‘Make.Work.Space’. Make.Work.Space promises to be your private work oasis!

Designer: Make.Work.Space

This specific micro office is a pretty versatile one! It can be placed in your home, at a corporate office, or even out in public. You can position multiple Make.Work.Spaces in your office, creating spaces for employees to gain some privacy away from the office chaos. It can function as a distraction-free zone allowing employees to work smarter and better, as well as take a personal call or two! It also encourages space efficiency, facilitating the use of underutilized spaces – both indoors and outdoors.

Of course, when it comes to working from home – the Make.Work.Space functions as the ideal home office! Besides serving as a home office, it could also be used as a quiet space to simply relax and unwind in as well. Sometimes we do need privacy in our own home, especially if we’re living with family, friends, or roommates. It’s an economical and efficient way to maximize your living space!

You can also utilize these micro offices in public spaces. They are super portable, and convenient to place in any location. The creators envision this micro office as one that could support working on the go. Although, this particular idea could be a far-fetched one, hey, who knows when a need could arise?!

The micro offices come in three modules, quite bluntly dubbed, Micro-Office 1, 2, and 3. Micro-Office 1 seems to be the most compact of the three. It is 1.7 m long and 1.2 m wide and features a fixed table, acoustic paneling, and a touch screen controller. The personal capsule has also been equipped with 2 power sockets, 2 USB sockets, task lights, and a coat hook. Micro-Office 2, on the other hand, is larger, measuring 2.2 m in length, and 1.2 m in width. It has the same basic features as Micro-Office 1 but has a few additional ones as well, such as – a translating ergonomic table, a media player, a panoramic window, and a HEPA filter. It is also weather resistant and has the option of air conditioning. Micro-Office 3 is the same size as office number 2 and shares quite a few of the same features, but what sets it apart is mandatory air conditioning, a guest seat, and a cork and wipe board. It’s also built using premium fabrics and flooring.

Make.Work.Space has a variety of micro offices to meet the diverse needs of diverse people. You can pick a micro office that suits you and your working requirements!

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This unique sand-filled heating pad can be wrapped anywhere around your body, and used for cooling too

Sweden-based Ergostone is taking soapstone, a mining by-product, and turning it into an ergonomic and sustainable wellness product.

Meet Ergostone, a heating pad that looks and feels nothing like the heating pads you’re used to. Instead of being filled with water, wheat, or gel the Ergostone is filled with a fine sand made from soapstone. Soapstone has unique thermal-retention properties, and is excavated in large amounts during mining activities. Ergostone simply turns that wasted mineral into a compress or pad that can be quickly heated in a microwave or normal oven, or cooled in a freezer. Suspended in a silicone sleeve, the Ergostone can then be placed on parts of your body or even wrapped around joints or limbs and used as either a hot or cold compress. Aside from providing relief through temperature, the pad also weighs roughly 4.4 lbs (2 kilograms) doubling up as a relaxation weight to help reduce stress and anxiety.

Designer: Ergostone

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The Ergostone isn’t your average heating pad. In fact, it isn’t quite a pad either. With its organic shape inspired by a smooth beach pebble, the Ergostone has the unique ability to maneuver around your body and wrap around your limbs or drape over your shoulder, thigh, etc.

The flexible silicone sleeve and fine soapstone sand on the inside allow the Ergostone to take on any shape to provide comfort and support for long periods of time. The silicone sleeve itself helps comfortably disperse hot or cold temperatures while the soapstone’s thermal abilities allow it to work for long sessions. With its minimalist design that prioritizes the user experience over everything, the Ergostone is Scandinavian Design at its best!

Using the Ergostone is simple. It heats up quickly in the microwave or in a regular oven, or can alternatively be stashed in your freezer to cool it down. When heated up, the Ergostone works well for pain relief, cramps, muscle pulls, and general stiffness. In its cooled-down avatar, the Ergostone doubles as a cryotherapy device for swelling reduction or sports injuries. At 4.4 lbs, it can even be used as is for weight therapy or for weight training!

The Ergostone is designed and manufactured in Sweden using upcycled mining waste. Soapstone is often used to make utensils, working with properties comparable to cast iron. However, in excavating large soapstone rocks and boulders, a lot of the smaller pieces end up getting discarded as waste. Ergostone uses these tinier pieces, pulverizing them into a fine sand before filling them into durable, ergonomic sleeves made from petrol-free recyclable silicone. The Ergostone’s construction makes it practically last a lifetime, and the soapstone sand on the inside doesn’t lose its thermal properties over time, letting you benefit from the Ergostone for decades to come. Each Ergostone starts at a discounted price tag of $86, and promises the kind of versatility that you’d get from a heat pack and a cold pack combined!

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This tiny Belkin accessory allows iPhone to be used as webcam for your MacBook

Still, stuck to the 720p webcam on the MacBook? Well, it’s time you move on whether Apple has an intention to or not. I say this, but in the hindsight, I know, Apple is working on the idea of a Continuity Camera to accompany the macOS Ventura and iOS 16. It is a feature that will actually unify the Apple ecosystem we talk so much about how it effectively allows Apple’s different devices to work together seamlessly. It’s a feature that will let the MacBook connect to an iPhone which can be used as its webcam.

While we are at it, Belkin is working on a new puck that is MagSafe compatible. It attaches to the back of the iPhone and using its support can cling on to the Mac (where the webcam is) to let the iPhone’s rear camera be used as a full-fledged webcam.

Designer: Belkin

Belkin’s Continuity Camera accessory sounds like a fantastic idea, one that Apple enthusiasts in you would be gearing to try! Sadly, the accessory is not yet released. Some YouTubers and bloggers have managed to go hands-on with the prototype, giving us a fair idea of what to expect from the MagSafe-compatible Continuity Camera when it arrives.

From how it appears, the Belkin device – in the making – is an all-white circular peripheral that attaches to the iPhone’s back with MagSafe. I’m not sure of the material it’s made from but presume it will be soft silicone so it leaves no scratches on the back of the Mac when it’s mounted. When attached to the Mac at the ideal spot where the webcam features, the Continuity Camera automatically activates to allow the iPhone to be used as the webcam.

The fun really begins here. The iPhone webcam can then be set to features like the Center Stage or Portrait mode, which means you not only get into zoom calls and FaceTime chats at a better resolution but can also make the call more interesting. Even more compelling is the Desk View that users can activate to let the iPhone webcam use the ultra-wide lens to even accommodate your work desk in the video; highly useful for product reviewers making unboxing videos.

As I said, this is only a prototype that has shown up, so the final accessory could be different from the slightly delicate one we see. But for the fact that it can also prop up as a kickstand for the iPhone, we are expecting a resourceful tool. From how things are panned, the Continuity Camera accessory will be launched in a couple of months alongside the macOS Ventura and iOS 16.

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This boomerang-shaped urban mobility vehicle fairs well for rough adventures too

The vehicles we’ll see on the roads in a decade’s time will be radically different from what we have at present. Design language will change a lot, as hinted by the concepts and prototypes put together by big names and budding automotive designers.

The focus definitely will be on personal mobility in the most sustainable manner possible. Compact vehicles that will trade off the greatest of luxuries for a more sensible method of commuting will be the norm. This boomerang-shaped two-seater vehicle with multiple use-case scenarios is different from what we’ve seen so far. Even in the automotive landscape dominated by some really bizarre vehicle concepts.

Designer: Artem Smirnov

Christened PIX-L7, the vehicle should be electric motor powered given we’re talking about a future-forward design. The buggy influence is very much evident here with panning fog lights on the front and guard rails over the course of the top body which speaks about the ability to go off-roading when needed. During the normal course, the EV can be a travel buddy for two or used for short hauls of cargo delivery given the ability to convert into a load carrier. The latter is achieved with the different modules that give the owners freedom to carry a bicycle, sensitive cargo, or simply luggage for the next couple trip to the rockies.

The concept car looks quite tough while retaining a very cheeky element of modern that you’ll appreciate. The dimensions look apt for tight urban spaces and the respectable ride height is reassurance for short out-of-city adventures. The peculiar V-shaped body leaves room for ample cargo in the back when the delivery module is attached. The off-roading avatar of the PIX-L7 is what I’m rooting for here owing to the possibility of taking this ride for an adventure unknown. Just look at that cool shape evoked by the bull bars and the shovel on the front!

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Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Hip-hop history, stingray sounds, breath-powered prosthetics and more from around the web

Sounds from Stingrays Recorded for the First Time

A recent study has reversed the commonly held belief that stingrays are silent. For the first time, the creatures’ sounds were captured in a video depicting two mangrove whiprays and a cowtail stingray making clicking noises. Prior to the study, the only evidence that they are vocal came from research published in 1970 that saw a cownose ray making noise, but only after it was forcefully prodded. The new evidence confirms that the rays indeed speak, however it’s still unclear how as they do not have vocal cords. The newly captured videos show that the rays’ spircales (two holes on their heads that move water across their gills) appear to contract in accordance with the clicking sounds, suggesting they may be creating friction to speak. “This just shows how we don’t know everything,” says Lachlan Fetterplace, an ecologist who led the study. “We’re in the year 2022, and you can discover something no one has ever seen just by going out and doing observations.” Learn more about the revelation at National Geographic.

Image by Johnny Gaskell, courtesy of National Geographic

“The Birth of Hip Hop” Online Auction

On 11 August 1973 an 18-year-old DJ Kool Herc (aka Clive Campbell) performed at his sister Cindy Campbell’s back-to-school party in the rec room of their apartment building located at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the South Bronx. That event—where Herc isolated portions of funk tracks, switching between one record and the other (emphasizing the breaks)—is widely accepted as the birth of hip-hop. While Herc is known as the Father of Hip-Hop, both siblings played key roles in pioneering the culture and have now joined with Christie’s for DJ Kool Herc & The Birth of Hip-Hop, an online auction of 160+ lots belonging to the siblings, including records, turntables, speakers, stereo equipment, flyers, posters, Polaroids and apparel from the early years of hip-hop. Whether or not you’re tempted to place a bid (some items have a starting price of $100), this auction is worth exploring for anybody interested in the culture that changed the world.

Image courtesy of DJ Kool Herc/Cindy Campbell/Christie’s

Australia’s 520-Foot-Long Bridge Houses a Flood-Proof Museum

Habitable bridges, or bridges that have buildings within them, used to be commonplace during the Renaissance but have since fell out of popularity. South of Sydney on the east coast of Australia, Kerstin Thompson Architects revived the 520-foot-long bridge that not only houses the Bundanon Art Museum but also provides flood-proof infrastructure, a necessary attribute given the climate crisis. Featuring a corrugated metal roof canopy and open breezeways, the new bridge comprises two buildings: one nestled into a mountain that protects it from bushfires and another that runs throughout the length of the bridge, offering 32 rooms for artist residency programs, a café and a dining area. The breathtaking and breezy design takes into account the area’s complicated climate. A gully below the bridge acts as a funnel to direct rainwater to a trio of creeks and prevent floods, while the building’s high elevation of 52 feet means it won’t disturb the ecosystem. Learn more about the impressive, climate-informed structure at Fast Company.

Image courtesy of Rory Gardiner/Kerstin Thompson Architect

New Breath-Powered Hand Prosthetic Improves Accessibility

Rather than using conventional cables, the new Airbender prosthetic hand is powered by air. The invention, created by researchers at the University of Oxford, utilizes a purpose-built Tesla turbine that, when combined with the wearer’s breathing, accurately controls finger movements. Not only is the device lightweight and low-maintenance, it also requires such a small volume of air that even young children can operate it. Additionally, parts for the Airbender are less expensive than those used in traditional iterations, so it’s a more affordable prosthetic. With an estimated 40+ million people having limb differences worldwide—but lacking proper care—this invention is a crucial advancement that could significantly transform accessibility. Learn more about it at Digital Journal.

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Ghana’s Kantamanto Market at the Center of “Obroni Wawu”

Located in Accra, Ghana, Kantamanto Market is the largest second-hand apparel market in West Africa—and it’s brimming with clothes from North America, the UK, China, Korea and Australia. It’s partly “waste management” for those countries (and has a devastating effect on Ghana, as tons of this clothing is unusable and becomes landfill), but it has also “helped popularize the term ‘Obroni Wawu,’ which directly translates into ‘Dead Man’s Clothes.’” Stylists, creative directors, models and various others have come to rely on the market for access to designs they wouldn’t ordinarily find and are “championing a fashion culture that is unique to the West African nation.” It attests to the way Ghanians are attempting to transform a waste problem into a fashion revolution. Find out more from the stylists who are pioneering the style at Dazed.

Image courtesy of Christian Saint for Dazed

The Rise and Repercussions of Tactical Apparel

From outdoor gear to everyday apparel, tactical clothing has been growing more and more ubiquitous. At the same time, however, gun violence and armed militias have also been surging. The coinciding upticks prompt the question of whether they might be linked. To explore this, Gear Patrol’s Associate Editor (and CH alum) Evan Malachosky traces the style’s rise beginning with its origins when it was intended for warfare to post-9/11 when public patriotic sentiment and military aesthetics soared. Whether the style’s popularity increased organically through a desire in the market or as a result of strategic marketing (or both), tactical clothing can conflate regular citizens with soldiers. “Using words like ‘tactical’ too loosely, especially in conjunction with military-inspired imagery, as a way to promote gear to a mixed bag of consumers, can be a slippery slope,” writes Malachosky. It “walks a tightrope between signaling technical superiority or means-testing products and stoking an audience seeking products that will vicariously elevate them into the ranks of real service members or, even worse, better equip them to carry out acts of violence.” There’s no stopping people buying these products, but the distinction between consumer-grade and professional-level items must be understood—and, beg the question “Are certain words and images simple marketing hooks or more potentially concerning calls to action?” Read more at Gear Patrol.

Image courtesy of Manddy Wyckens/Gear Patrol

SF’s Department of Public Works and Institute for Creative Integration Designed a Better Trash Can

An oftentimes overlooked design, the humble public trash can is a crucial object and San Francisco’s Department of Public Works has been on a search to replace their 3,000 sidewalk receptacles with newer, better ones. The institution’s deputy director of policy and communications, Beth Rubenstein, couldn’t find the perfect trash can so she teamed up with industrial design company Institute for Creative Integration to create three new prototypes. “They balance ease of use, ease of unloading, durability of locks and hinges, and an integrated system for automatically detecting when they’re getting full”—and 15 of them have just begun a 60-day field test. Hopefully they will be better for the public to use and for the Department of Sanitation to handle. “We have to have them fully functional,” Rubenstein says. “But they also have to be a visual asset on the street.” Read more at Fast Company.

Image courtesy of SFDPW

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Top 10 camping designs for the ultimate summer glamping experience

After a tiring week at work, with the weekend joyfully looming ahead of me, I often find myself fantasizing about a short sweet getaway! Just a few days away from my hectic life, and this hectic world, in a bubble of my own, where all my worries are nowhere to be seen. And with the summer season setting in, I’m definitely in the mood to soak up some sun! And, camping could be a great outdoor activity! Although camping does have a few downsides too! I mean, you have to get down and dirty, live life on the road and tackle the moodiness of the elements. In such a scenario, having a set of trustworthy and handy camping products can make a world of difference! Having the right products by your side can make your life much easier during those crucial moments. From a portable lamp that is suitable for camping trips and your work desk to this pop-up tent that attaches to your car in only 5 minutes– we’ve curated some fun and functional camping designs for you. Enjoy!

1. CARSULE

MOGICS is a Nevada-based company that deals with convenience. Portability, functionality, and usability remain the foundational pillars for MOGICS, producing specialty items like universal adapters and wireless light spheres. CARSULE, a pop-up cabin for your car, is one of the latest specialty items to come from the company. Your next best travel companion, CARSULE can attach to a variety of car models to provide a comfortable, spacious tent on camping trips that take you as far as the road goes.

Why is it noteworthy?

Constructed from UV-resistant and waterproof materials, when fully assembled, CARSULE provides up to 2 meters worth of headroom. Unlike most tents, CARSULE is designed to provide space for more than just sleeping. Large enough to function as a sleeping area and a lounge space, the designers behind CARSULE describe, “Unlike most tents that are only meant for sleeping, CARSULE provides you with a living room in the outdoors and offers mobility since the simple installation makes the movement possible and easy.”

What we like

  • Provides space for more than just sleeping
  • CARSULE can fit a variety of different vehicles with trunks that swing upward

What we dislike

  • Rates low on aesthetics
  • Unsuitable for extreme weather conditions

2. Air Architecture

This new product from Air Architecture may be pretty appealing. What if you could bring with you anywhere a small, portable house, whether at the beach, in the forest, or in your backyard? Yes, some would call it a tent but this one looks more like a house.

Why is it noteworthy?

This inflatable tent is designed after a “classic” house, meaning those that you drew on paper whenever you’re asked to draw a house. The simple design with the triangular roof and the rectangular body matches the white color of the structure and it can fit anywhere you want to bring a house. It has an airframe with a TPU pipe with a diameter of 120mm, a thickness of 0.3mm, and is covered with 210D Oxford polyester.

What we like

  • Can be used during any weather conditions including rainy weather

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

3. SHARGE

Portable power generators have become en vogue because of that new outdoor lifestyle, but if you need something more portable and more stylish, this SHARGE concept is something you’d wish was an actual product already.

Why is it noteworthy?

If you’re a camping fan, for example, you might want something that doesn’t exactly look like rugged tanks but at least has ties to your favorite hobby. It’s not by coincidence, then, that the SHARGE was designed to mimic the ridges you’d find on camping boxes. While the design is already visually appealing in itself, the structure also helps diffuse the force of impact, giving it a bit of ruggedness as well.

What we like

  • MagSafe-compatible

What we dislike

  • It’s still a concept!

4. The Suitcase

Presenting a definite alternative – which is both portable and trendy – Korean designer Hyeonseok Kang has conceptualized ‘The Suitcase’; a TV in a suitcase, that simple!

Why is it noteworthy?

It’s not a TV packed into a suitcase, in fact, it is a flexible display that can fold back into a suitcase for carrying in the boot of your car. It is not like the traditional camping TV with a portable stand, The Suitcase is a display with a combined stand and TV.

What we like

  • The flexible display has a two-axis hinge running in the middle, which allows the TV screen to be freely adjusted at any angle and be folded and unfolded easily
  • The TV is packed with a USB Type-C, 3 USB A, and a pair of HDMI ports to ensure unhindered amusement while camping

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

5. Cloud Camping

Cloud Camping is a concept design for a “camping” capsule that is not just for the camping grounds but even for the water and the air (when attached to a parachute-type structure).

Why is it noteworthy?

You don’t just get a simple tent or even a glamping kind of structure but a well-thought-out design for a capsule-type vehicle that is inspired by spaceships, balloons, and other luxury vehicles as well as the usual camping tent. It was designed for people who are looking for adventure, extreme kinds of vacations, and those that are fond of camping.

What we like

  • You can even “attach” your bicycle or surfboard to it so you can use in your vacation spot of choice
  • More of a mini-hotel room that will let you still camp in style

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

6. The Invictus Bali-Ti

The fully-functional Invictus Bali-Ti is a knife that deserves to be a part of your EDC arsenal! What makes this knife distinctive are its Terrain 365 branding and of course its construction. The sleek pocket knife features 6AL-4V titanium handles & a pocket clip and has a blade made from rustproof Terravantium. The Invictus Bali-Ti is a beautifully crafted and high-performance tool, built to last in the wilderness!

Why is it noteworthy?

A Balisong aka a butterfly knife is a type of folding knife that originated in the Philippines. It has now penetrated deep into other markets, including the US, where Terrain 365 is perfecting its design for everyday use. The Balisong has the potential to be used as a threatening weapon, which means its use is illegal in certain countries. Thankfully, there is nothing so illegal about the Invictus Bali-Ti, which draws its design cues from the Invictus folder. It measures 8.125-inches when fully deployed and folds down to roughly half that size to 4.125-inches when closed.

What we like

  • Made from rustproof terravantium blade

What we dislike

  • Hefty price tag

7. Space Camper

Space Camper is the latest name to enter the domain of Cybecamper idealizers. This space has gone incredibly buzzing since the Elon Musk detailed at the Cybertruck announcement that it would be accompanied by a trailer and a pop-up tent of its own, giving rise to a host of designs imagining the camping version of the Cybertruck.

Why is it noteworthy?

Equipped to take a couple anywhere on tar, gravel, and boulders – the Space Camper is designed from aerospace-grade materials for durability. The wedge-style unit tethers to the back of the Cybertruck without much fuss. It is positioned close to the road and can be pulled up to camp anywhere instantly. Onboard air-powered actuators are used to retract the camper to a halt in under a minute. For the concerned, the wedge-style opening allows 8-foot headroom, while the built-in awing offers additional open space.

What we like

  • The camper is packed with extensions tucked away under the bed which can double as table and seating
  • To enhance the abilities of the electric truck for camping, the 470lbs camper has a battery pack capable

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

8. The Jurassic Croc

A reptile-inspired EDC? Hell yeah! Called, the Jurassic Croc, this badass EDC is equipped with 8 tools and performs flawlessly in the indoors and the outdoors. It has been designed to look like a crocodile head and comes in the option of two materials – stainless steel or titanium. It’s been power-packed with a Phillips head screw-bit, two hex bits, a flathead screwdriver, a prybar, tape-cutter, two O-rings, and a unique bottle opener integrated into the croc’s toothy jaw.

Why is it noteworthy?

Each Jurassic Croc is small enough to fit in your palm, weighing a mere couple of grams and measuring 3.2 inches x 1.5 inches in size. The croc comes outfitted with a DeWalt America #2 Phillips head bit located in its ‘cheek’, held in place by 2 O rings that can be removed and used too. You can slide the croc right into your pants, or secure it around your bag or belt using the lanyard provided. Each croc is rated TSA-safe, and is designed to last a lifetime… like those fossils from millions of years ago!

What we like

  • Designed to last a lifetime
  • Creative form as compared to the usual EDCs

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

9. The Conic

Designed primarily for use in outdoor activities; the Conic is a helpful extension of a flashlight, which should come in handy to light up the entire camp or make those two-handed tasks easier to carry out. It will be a great help thus while cooking or maybe when playing board games at the camp.

Why is it noteworthy?

The gap between outdoor flashlights and lanterns is narrowing with transformation in design. This inventive approach has given birth to a new domain i.e., an outdoor lamp, which double duties and makes sure you’re never found wanting while camping or traveling. Conic is an embodiment of such a design, which is a nice transition from the traditional, boring light sources you’ve been accustomed to packing in your backpack.

What we like

  • A far cry from the traditional flashlights
  • Portable
  • Multipurpose design – can be used indoors and outdoors

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

10. The Viuu Bottle Opener

Bottle openers are probably the only EDCs to have undergone the least amount of innovation – a handle and a head are what you usually get. But YUUE Design Studio decided to revamp the age-old bottle opener. This one looks almost like a decorative piece, but without compromising on any of the functionality. You can now get your drinks ready in a really unique + effective manner with the Viuu Bottle Opener.

Why is it noteworthy?

The design is inspired by window grill patterns, specifically those from classic Chinese architecture. There are three shapes featured: one hexagonal, one rectangular, and one with a semi-circular design. All of them have these patterns that may remind you of windows in old houses if you live in such a place influenced by this kind of architecture. While there are no handles to grip while opening a bottle, the grill design can help you with the grip problem.

What we like

  • Inspired by classic Chinese architecture

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

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These Japanese-inspired office pods offer an oasis in busy workplaces

Design trends come and go. Some even say they swing back and forth like a pendulum. Office cubicles and room dividers were once deemed impersonal and anti-social, but open floor plans that replaced them are now considered too distracting and unproductive. Whichever way that design pendulum swings, the workplace will always be a busy place, and people in that space will always be in need of some safe, quiet area from time to time. Rather than building permanent walls and rooms, office pods have become a more economical alternative, offering an enclosed sanctuary even for just a few minutes or hours. This minimalist work pod promises the same but adds a touch of Japanese-inspired aesthetic to bring a visual and aural retreat right in the midst of a chaotic office.

Designer: Staffan Holm

The Zen Pod is designed to blend with its surroundings, but its beauty makes it stand out easily as well. Inspired by Japanese design, the small boxed room exudes serenity and quiet, both with its uniform lines and conventional shape as well as through its material construction. The slatted oak wall fitted into the glass barrier creates an enclosure that is private but not isolating. People can still see each other on both sides, maintaining a smidgen of human interaction even while enjoying some moments of peace and quiet.

The pod doesn’t just embrace a person inside a beautifully minimal space, it also protects them from outside noise and distraction. The materials used in the Zen Pod’s construction were chosen not just for their beauty but also for their acoustic properties. It is able to dampen sounds by as much as 31dB, freeing people inside to converse comfortably and privately, whether for work or for fun.

It’s easy to get lost inside this visual and acoustic oasis. The choice of “sympathetic” materials like wood, wool, glass, aluminum, and steel all contribute to conveying a character of warmth and elegance that you’d typically encounter in Japanese design. For those who need a few moments to retreat from the frenzy of the workplace, nothing says “detachment” better than leisurely sipping a comforting drink while watching the action unfold outside the safety of the room’s glass walls.

The Zen Pod carries a tinge of irony in its design and purpose. Intended to look relaxing and to protect its occupant from the hustle and bustle of an office floor, it is also meant to be a place of intense work or serious conversation, not really allowing the person to fully escape the duties and responsibilities of the day. Built-in power outlets, shallow angle lighting, and adequate ventilation all work together to also induce a productive working atmosphere. It strikes the perfect balance between work and calm that cubicles and full office rooms can’t provide.

Best of all, the Zen Pod is designed to be less stressful to build and install in spaces that need this small escape. Although it will hardly be economical to fill an office floor with these small booths, it’s the kind of safe space that every workplace needs to have. Plus, it looks great, too, which can help uplift the atmosphere in a busy work environment, standing out like a beacon of hope for anyone who needs to take a break once in a while.

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Philips Screeneo U4 Ultra Short Throw Projector turns your wall into a 120-inch cinema screen

Small box. Big picture. That’s pretty much all there is to say about the new Philips Screeneo U4 short-throw projector. The tiny shoebox-sized gadget sits against any wall, casting a stellar 120″ display on command. With a Full HD 1080p output, HDR10, 2.1 stereo speakers, and a remote control for navigating through your favorite titles, the Screeneo U4 is the closest you could possibly get to having your own personal cinema in your living room. The only thing missing from this equation is a tub of popcorn.

Designer: Philips

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Philips Screeneo U4 Ultra Short Throw Projector

Labeled as an Ultra Short Throw projector, the Screeneo U4 is designed to be placed near walls instead of away from it. With a casting ratio of 0.25:1, the Screeneo U4 can project a massive 80-inch display on a wall when kept just 12 inches away from it. This effectively provides two benefits – firstly, the projector can easily be connected to a nearby power outlet because it’s kept so close to the wall, and secondly, you never have to worry about people blocking the projector every time they stand up to go to the kitchen or grab another beer.

Philips Screeneo U4 Ultra Short Throw Projector

The Philips Screeneo U4 is the fourth version of the company’s ultra short throw projector line. In its smallest avatar yet, the gizmo measures a mere 8.8-inches long and weighs 3 pounds. However, it packs a fair punch in the projection department, with 1080p capabilities, automatic focusing and keystone, HDR10, and a respectable brightness of 400 lumens which should work rather well in a dark environment.

Philips Screeneo U4 Ultra Short Throw Projector

Philips Screeneo U4 Ultra Short Throw Projector

The Screeneo U4 comes with its own built-in 15W stereo speakers that give a television-like experience with audio coming from the source of the video (unlike projectors that need to be connected to independently located speakers). However, the U4 does sport Bluetooth 5.0 which lets you hook your earphones or wireless speakers to the projector for a much more customized experience, and there’s even a 3.5mm jack available if your home theater is much more traditional and wired.

Philips Screeneo U4 Ultra Short Throw Projector

The only conceivable disadvantage here is the lack of ‘smartness’. While it’s expected that most projectors today come with a built-in OS that supports your favorite streaming platforms, the U4 doesn’t quite have that. It does, however, let you plug a Chromecast/Fire Stick or input device via the HDMI port, or even via the USB-C port, and the U4 also has dual Bluetooth, which means you can use one Bluetooth channel for your speaker, and another Bluetooth channel to beam videos directly from a phone/tablet to the U4. You can then control playback via the remote control that comes along with your U4.

Philips Screeneo U4 Ultra Short Throw Projector

The Screeneo U4 is currently being crowdfunded on Indiegogo – a route that Philips is currently testing to help develop new products and deliver them directly to enthusiasts. Before this, the company crowdfunded the Philips PicoPix Max – a 1080p pico projector. While there’s always an inherent risk with crowdfunding, one could argue that Philips has much more brand value than most campaign creators, so rest assured your money is in reliable hands. To sweeten the deal, however, Philips is offering a sizeable 45% discount to its backers by letting them procure the Screeneo U4 for a reduced price tag of $659 USD (€649 EUR). The Screeneo U4 comes with a 2-year warranty and begins shipping in October of 2022.

Philips Screeneo U4 Ultra Short Throw Projector

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