Design News N. 026

Design News is your tiny dose of design, technology and other important news, curated weekly by Interwoven Design. In this series we share the latest on our favorite topics, including adaptive design, innovative technology, and sustainable design. In this issue: The VITURE One smart glasses create a panoramic virtual reality, the Pixy drone is the ultimate selfie sidekick, and Nike’s new glue-free shoe promotes a circular economy as an admirable example of design for disassembly.

Stream immersive video anywhere

A product shot of Layer's Viture One smart glasses
Layer’s VITURE One smart glasses create an immersive virtual reality for the user. Photo courtesy of Layer Design.

Benjamin Hubert’s studio Layer has designed a pair of smart glasses for tech company VITURE that displays a virtual screen for the lucky wearer. The wearer is able to play games and stream media on a virtual, cinematic 120-inch screen without the aid of any other devices. The style of the design was led by fashion trends to appeal to the lifestyle market rather than to get lost in sea of tech devices. “We see one of the biggest use cases being streaming media and communicating with friends, colleagues and family nomadically,” Hubert shared with Dezeen.

via Dezeen

Mini friendly-flying camera

The Pixy hovers against an unfocused background.
The Snap Pixy drone is a camera that tags along with the user to document their activities. Photo credit: Snap.

Snap (the owners of Snapchat) has announced the launch of its flying camera. Called Pixy, the bright yellow block is like a selfie-enabled drone. The device takes off right from your palm to follow you around and capture footage that can be sent directly to the Snapchat app. Once you have the footage you want, you place your hand below the device to have it land again.

via Designboom

Shower-proof prosthetic leg

An amputee rests his knee on the Lytra prosthetic.
Lytra’s shower standing aid was developed for lower-limb amputees. Photo courtesy of Harry Teng.

The Lytra lower-limb prosthesis uses an interchangeable modular system to avoid the expense of custom building that pervades the prosthesis market. Creator Harry Teng wanted to produce a safe, inexpensive standing aid to help amputees shower. An adjustable height pole features a hand grip for added stability and a customizable socket gives amputees options for the best size and fit. This is the kind of thoughtful, user-centric design we really love to see; design that has not only thought about the immediate functionality of the device but about the entire system.

via Dezeen

Nike glueless ISPA Link trainers

Three components of the ISPA trainer are laid out on a white background
Interlocking parts eliminate the need for glue in Nike’s new ISPA trainers. Photo courtesy of Nike.

Nike has unveiled ISPA Link, a collection of modular trainers that can be easily disassembled, as part of the brand’s move towards a circular design economy. The line comes from Nike’s ISPA (Improvise Scavenge Protect Adapt) design division, which works to create sustainable solutions to design. Standard shoes need to be shredded to be recycled, which is an energy intensive process that ultimately creates a recycled material with significantly limited applications. Once the shoe can be disassembled, individual materials can be recycled or reused to prevent waste and feed future manufacturing.

via Nike News

NYCxDESIGN 10th anniversary

NYCxDesign 10 year anniversary logo
NYCxDesign celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year. Image courtesy of NYCxDesign.

NYCxDESIGN returns to New York for its tenth anniversary edition to showcase the city’s design talent. Hundreds of events are spread over the five boroughs in a celebration of local design. The festival will take place online and at various locations around New York City, May 10th – 20th, 2022.


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