2018/10 design magazine

Get inspired by the latest innovations, like the Marie-T ballet prothetics, Mochibot, Kaffeeform or the Orbital power station.

Kaffeeform cups

A cup of coffee made from coffee. After tea and beer, coffee is the most consumed beverage in the world, and results in high production of coffee grounds, that either get disposed of or get used as a fertilizer. Putting them to good use, Kaffeeform gives the coffee grounds a grave-to-cradle approach.

Mixed together with biopolymers, Kaffeeform’s cups utilize the coffee grounds as raw material. The resulting product not only looks beautifully earthy, but is biodegradable, shatter-proof, dishwasher-friendly, reusable, and has a slight fragrance of coffee.

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Prosthetics are discussed in two manners. One ways is about imitating the organic human body. The other is about trying to excel above it in terms of performance. However, Marie-T is a prosthesis aimed to inspire creativity. Marie-T is a prosthetic leg that is designed to allow amputees to dance in a way that is uniquely their own.

Traditionally, the pointe position is very stiff, and lacks suspension. The calves, ankles, feet and toes are all aligned and do not allow for any kind of flex. This means that any shock or impact (even from stepping forward) would not be absorbed. Much like the cheetah leg’s curved suspension, Marie-T uses the same curvature, to absorb any impact.

Orbital O2

The Orbital O2 is a low cost turbine solution. This optimised turbine unlocks tidal markets around the world at a competitive price point and provide regulators and investors with a new, predictable renewable energy option.

The Orbital O2 comprises of a 73m long floating superstructure, supporting two turbines at either side for a power output of 2 megawatt, at a tidal current speed of 2.5 m/s. With rotor diameters of 20m, it will have a 600sq metre rotor area, the largest ever on a single tidal generating platform to date.

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It is obvious that a three legged robot is more stable than two legged, and a four-legged more stable then a three… Following this logic you can come to the conclusion that there is no such a thing as too many legs for a robot.

Mochibot’s shape is based on a rhombic triacontahedron, which is a polyhedron with 32 vertices and 30 faces made of rhombuses. The ideal shape for an omnidirectional robot would be a sphere, but spheres are unstable because of their single point of contact with the ground. Mochibot is instead just mostly a sphere, and its deformability means that it can adjust how much ground contact it has to either move around or rest in one place. To move, it retracts legs in the direction of motion while extending legs on the other side. To stop, it flattens itself out parallel to the ground.

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Lego Forma

Before Lego was for everyone… but now adults got a personal Lego line with kinetic sculptures. LEGO FORMA is a premium LEGO experience designed for adults looking for a fun, engaging way to reconnect with their creative side.

The mechanical models are cleverly designed but simple to assemble. Sturdy rods and parts combine with customisable skins to create a joyful creative challenge. If it seems to you a strange Lego move, well – it is time for creativity (even in finding an explanation), not for perplexity.

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Hemp panels

Acoustic panels made from hemp husk are another interesting product from studio Aotta. A natural filler determines their decorative and acoustic properties: such panels can be useful wherever you need to provide noise reduction and avoid the echo effect.

“We liked hemp husk because of its unusual appearance – half-hemispheres that look like small shells on the seashore,” Tatiana Repina says. “We also liked how it is painted. All six colors that we made are close to natural, so to speak, at the molecular level, preserving the texture. “

The Wall++

And the walls have eyes… And the walls have ears… Using conductive paint and a custom sensor board to create electrodes, researchers turn a standard wall into a gesture-sensing touchpad and an electromagnetic sensor to detect and track electrical devices and appliances.

The system could potentially monitor activity in rooms, automatically adjust light levels when a TV is turned on or off, or send an alert when an appliance goes off. The Wall++ could also track people wearing certain electronic devices that emit an electromagnetic signature.

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Draw This

The Draw This camera uses a tiny camera lens module, a Raspberry Pi computer, and a thermal printer to capture images, detect the objects within them, and print them.

“One of the fun things about this re-imagined camera is that you never get to see the original image. You point, and shoot – and out pops a cartoon; the camera’s best interpretation of what it saw. The result is always a surprise. A food selfie of a healthy salad might turn into an enormous hotdog, or a photo with friends might be photobombed by a goat.” says creator Dan Macnish.


Designer Beer Holthuis: “There is a growing market for 3D printing on demand. Printing your own designs, or from an existing model library, is widely accessible these days. The print material is almost always plastic, besides some expensive exceptions. I was surprised there are no real sustainable materials used in 3D printing.”

“That was a great starting point for my challenge to create the worlds first paper pulp printer. Fuelled with our enormous amount of paper waste: 80kg per person per year! The result is a 3D printer using paper pulp that only takes a little of natural binder which makes the products endlessly recyclable.The design of the printed objects are using the possibilities and beauty of this technique. The tactile experience, bold lines and print speed results in distinctive shapes. The objects are also durable: Printed paper is surprisingly strong.”

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The smartians

This is about that old products shouldn’t be thrown out because they aren’t IoT connected. Smartians are cloud-connected motors that breathe new life into the things around you. And they are a great fun also!

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