2018/4 design magazine

Get inspired by the latest innovations, such as braille for everyone, design in sports products, Aeromorph, Lego Rumba and plastic from algae.

Sports innovation

Sharpness. Focus. Speed. Competition. Overcoming the boundaries. Building trust. Reaching the goals. Or building communities, bringing people together, enabling the dialog, improving the quality of live. All this is what sport can do. Sports offers opportunities for new ideas, smart improvements and innovation.

For many years we design and develop sports articles and high performance sports products used both by professional teams, athletes, sports amateurs and children. Products like helmets, skates, basketball sets, footballs, bikes, skis and more.

Our design work comes with a deep, specific studies of sports product technology, biomechanics, human physiology and psychology. It is always a challenge to find the balance between dynamic form, performance, high-tech materials, safety regulations and stay faithful as much as we can to the principals of sustainable and social responsible design. A sport on itself, we would say.

In april this years this resulted in another award for our sports products, a RedDot award for the Dynamic Aero Helmet H1 Carbon. This is a unique on-demand aerodynamic helmet, intended for inline skating and biking. The helmet features a strong light-weight structure that enables the sporter to change during the ride from ventilation mode to aerodynamic mode, offering at least 3% drag reduction.

The jury found the helmet with its aerodynamic appearance a real eye catcher. Selected light materials combine with high stability. We congratulate to Lawrence Chiu from Maplez Racing Sports with this new award.

Find your local Maplez dealer to buy the helmet

Keaton Music typewriter demo

Music typewriters were developed in the 19th century, but it wasn’t until the mid 1900s that they became popular. Musicians usually specialised in using these machines. The Keaton Music Typewriter is an extremely rare typewriter that prints musical notation on to sheet music paper. The typewriter was invented in 1933 by Robert H. Keaton and was originally available with 14 keys. A 33 key version was released in 1953.

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Braille for everyone

Currently, we rarely see braille implemented in the public space since it takes additional space and sighted people consider it not important. Japanese designer Kosuke Takahashi has created a new typeface that allows everyone equal access to information, whether they can see or not.

Braille Neue is a universal typeface that combines braille with existing characters.


Basic sheets of plastic, paper or fabric can be transformed into complex inflatables using a method devised by researchers at MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group.

“The biggest advance we see in this project is the precise control of folding, both direction and angle, with common materials that a designer can find, like paper, fabric or plastic,” says Jifei Ou from the Tangible Media Group.

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Dough Universe

Latest STEM learning kits for kids combine technology and play dough. The new launches are aimed at kids of four and over. They include a Squishy Sounds Kit that teaches kids how electricity creates sound by having them build keytars, keyboards and drums.

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MIT scientists have built a radical device that may revolutionize the way we conduct drug testing in the future. The paperback-sized device, called a ‘body-on-a-chip,’ can hold up to 10 artificial ‘human’ organs. 

Microfluidic platforms place various kinds of human cells into a device and then push fluid through them to model blood flow. This latest version can combine cells from 10 different organs, including the liver, lung, gut, endometrium, brain, heart, pancreas, kidney, skin and skeletal muscle. 

Lego Rumba

One more stap toward the ideal world! Lego cleans your floor from Lego! This is great!

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Plastic from algae

Dutch designers have developed a bioplastic made from cultivated algae, which they then dry and process into a material that can be used to 3D print objects.

The designers believe that the algae polymer could be used to make everything from shampoo bottles to tableware or rubbish bins, eventually entirely replacing plastics made from fossil fuels. Studio Klarenbeek & Dros’s ultimate goal is to establish a local network of biopolymer 3D printers, called the 3D Bakery.

Highly stretchable aqueous batteries

Interesting news from the science world: A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has presented a bioinspired Jabuticaba-like hybrid carbon /polymer composite that was developed into a stretchable current collector using a simple and cost-effective process.

Using the HCP composite as a stretchable current collector, the research team has, for the first time, developed a highly stretchable rechargeable lithium-ion battery (ARLB) based on aqueous electrolytes.

Vault Magped

This innovative flat bike pedal uses magnets to attach rider’s feet to their bicycle pedals. Made of an inexpensive, lightweight plastic composite, the Vault Magped works thanks to magnets built into the pedal body, while riders connect via a steel clip attached to their biking shoes.

Aquabionic abs

The aquabionic aquatic binding system (abs) combines high quality aquatic hybrid shoes and the most technologically advanced fin blade modules to bring you an unparalleled underwater experience. Comfortably navigate any terrain with the aquatic hybrid shoes, then easily clip on your choice of interchangeable fin blades and you’re ready to explore the ocean like never before.

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