2019/2 design magazine

Get inspired by the latest innovations, like a tele-kinematic drone, a free Swedish hotel or the Zedos prosthetic arm for bicycle riders.

Free Hotel

A hotel in Sweden will let you stay in one of its rooms for free if you can put your phone down. The room uses a Skärmfri (Screen-free) smart lamp, which measures how much you pay for the room based on how much time you spend on social media.

Guest connect their phones to the lamp using the room’s WiFi, and from there, the lamp glows white as it measures up to 30 minutes of the recommended time people should be on their phones for recreation, according to studies cited by Hotel Designs. After that, the lamp starts to glow red, which means guests will have to pay the full price for the room. On the bright side, if you don’t use your phone at all, the room is totally free.


Forget joysticks. The power is in your hand. The Aura drone is a telekinetic, gesture-controlled drone. Wearing a special gesturebotics glove controller, you can pilot the drone by simply moving your hand.

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Every load of laundry produces a large amount of microfibers that end up in the food chain and pose a threat to animals and humans. Planet Care developed a state-of-the-art microfibre filter designed to be built into washing machines by appliance producers. They also offer an add-on filter that consumers can build-in themselves in their washing machines.


The Folding Foropter is a low-cost paper device that helps anyone measure their eye power without needing an expensive setup or expert assistance. The device uses two paper tubes and lenses to replicate the complex eye tests done by optometrists, but simplifies it to a great degree. Also people who require it but don’t have access to the resources can now measure their eyes.


SUDEP, sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, is a major cause of mortality in epilepsy patients. People with an intellectual disability and severe therapy resistant epilepsy, may even have a 20% lifetime risk of dying from epilepsy. A new high-tech bracelet, developed by scientists from the Netherlands detects 85 percent of all severe night-time epilepsy seizures.

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Ski slopes on waste-to-energy plant

You have now a possibility to rush down the slopes of Copenhagen’s latest landmark, the Amager waste-to-energy plant. The Copenhill Urban Mountain not only adds an artificial mountain to the naturally-flat country, but also raises awareness of sustainable energy by including a smokestack that releases smoke rings into the sky.

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The 4.87 meter long Japang submarine from AOI Marine weighs 4.2 tons, can reach a depth of 80 meters is now for sale. Japang can reach speeds of up to 7 knots (13 km/h), but in order not too quickly discharge the batteries, it is recommended to sail at a cruising speed of 5 knots.

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Become your cat

If you want to become your cat, you must first take a photo of your cat. Submit it to Shindo Rinka, a creative office in Japan where they will create an adorable 3D mold of your kitty’s little noggin’ for you to wear.


Zenos is an open-source 3D prosthetic arm for cycling. The project has been developed for amputees who require a high-performance prosthesis for sports activities, such as mountain biking and cycling. The innovative design and technology encourages people to enjoy an active lifestyle without the restriction of traditional prosthetics.

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Whether it is on social media or in public space, in the past few years it becomes obvious to many people in The Netherlands that people get less friendly to each other. That is why SIRE (Stichting Ideële Reclame) starts the campaign #DOESLIEF to inspire people to think more about how we interact with each other on a daily basis.

The campaign confronts the Netherlands with large and small unkind behaviour. “We show hard statistics, but also examples of small daily unkind behavior. With the #DOESLIEF campaign we hope that people will realise that unkind behaviour is not welcome, misplaced and hurting the other person… We want to make the Netherlands a bit nicer.”

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