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How All Design Degrees Should be Presented

Core 77 - Fri, 2021-09-10 00:28

After gaining my Bachelors of Industrial Design, many years ago, the diploma went into a box somewhere. I'm not even sure where it is in my house. And any ID job I ever held, no one ever asked to see the degree.

Why do we still print them out on pieces of paper, oughtn't they be on something more useful, particularly for function-minded designers? I know some of you frame them, but London-based designer Liam Mead had a better idea:

"I printed my degree on a blanket so when I can't afford to pay the bills, my degree can keep me warm ?? "

"If you rearrange all the letters in the name 'Liam Mead,' you can create the anagram 'A dilemma,'" he writes. "Ironically, I consider myself to be a problem solver."

Brilliant UI Redesign: Using 3D-Printed Flexures to Improve an Xbox Game Controller

Core 77 - Fri, 2021-09-10 00:28

This project is super-impressive, and I'll go ahead and call this kid a genius. Akaki Kuumeri speaks Finnish, Japanese and English, works in business development for a security company in Tokyo, has a degree in engineering, flies drones and RC airplanes as a hobby and designs and sells 3D-printed puzzles on the side. He's also what I'd call a natural-born industrial designer.

Kuumeri has perfectly mastered the art/science of 3D-printing flexures:

Coupled with his knowledge of remote piloting, he then designed and printed a joystick, a throttle lever and series of linkages that connect to an Xbox controller, providing a super-accurate UI for the Flight Simulator game:

I found it hilarious that he pronounces the filament acronyms as words, i.e. "plah."

Another great application for this approach would be to enable those with disabilities, grip issues, etc. to play games or work controls that are currently too delicate for their capability level.

Kuumeri has posted the files for the gimbal component on Thingiverse, and sells some of the physical components of his system on Etsy.

Mercedes and Geely Unveil the Smart Concept #1

Core 77 - Fri, 2021-09-10 00:28

Mercedes-Benz and Geely are two unlikely automotive parents, but their child, Smart, has turned out surprisingly well. There's a lot that could've gone wrong here, aesthetically speaking, but somehow these two brands have collaborated on a design for the Smart Concept #1 that is inoffensive and clean, and that manages to inject subdued stylistic flair without devolving into the look-what-I-can-do-with-CAD "style" that seems to get worse each automotive cycle.

"We have created a completely new design DNA that has the potential to establish Smart as the leading design brand," says Gorden Wagener, Daimler Group's Chief Design Officer. I don't know if I'd go that far, but I do like the gestural aspects of the car, the soft transitions and the way they've rendered the headlights and taillights into a distinctive design element. I also like that they reined in the final renderings vs. what the initial sketch looked like.

That being said, the interior is a bit on the gaudy side. Does anybody really want brightly reflective surfaces on the inside of a car, particularly one with a full glass canopy?

Amusingly, Smart is referring to this as an SUV, so perhaps they need more scale elements in the images. Unveiled at this week's IAA Mobility exhibition in Munich (formerly the Frankfurt Auto Show), the vehicle is reportedly "near-production," though no performance statistics nor price has been announced.

BMW Pedelec Concept With Geofenced Speed Limits

Core 77 - Fri, 2021-09-10 00:28

The ongoing evolution of brands: Zippo was formerly a manufacturer of cigarette lighters, and has now reframed themselves as providers of flame and heat. In the automotive world, the trend is for carmakers to now present themselves as mobility providers. It's why BMW has realized the CE 04 motorcycle and proposed the CE 02 not-a-scooter.

Moving further downstream, the Bavarian brand is now proposing another two-wheeler, this time a pedelec called the BMW i Vision AMBY (a somewhat clumsy elision of "adaptive mobility").

"This vehicle occupies the space between a bicycle and a light motorcycle and allows our customers to decide for themselves which roads or routes they want to travel on through an urban area," says Werner Haumayr, Vice President BMW Group Design Conception. "They have all the flexibility possible, at the same time as turning the pedals and keeping themselves fit. The modes and clever route selection are intended to make it one of the fastest travel options through a city."

The modes Haumayr are referring to have an interesting twist: The AMBY has three different speed capabilities that are location-specific, enabled by "automatic recognition of location and road type via geofencing technology." If you're on a bike path, the bike "knows" and caps its max speed at 25 km/h (15.5 mph); if you're on a city street, that gets bumped up to 45 km/h (28 mph); get outside the city, and the bike will go up to 60 km/h (37 mph).

It's an unusual approach, and culturally I think it would work in a place like Germany, Japan or Scandinavia, where citizens are more inclined to follow rules designed for the greater good. But in America, where people are obsessed with personal freedom at the expense of others, I'm not sure the regulated modes would go over well. Then again, the U.S. is probably not the target market.

In any case, the AMBY is another example of the diversification we can expect to see from brands in the future, whether automotive or otherwise. "Everywhere you look, apparently established categories are being blown apart – and that's a good thing," says Haumayr. "In the future, classifications such as 'car', 'bicycle' and 'motorcycle' should not determine the nature of the products we think up, develop and offer."

Stephan Henrich's "Infinity"-Wheeled Bicycle Concept

Core 77 - Fri, 2021-09-10 00:28

Stuttgart-based designer Stephan Henrich describes his firm's specialty as "Robotic-design and architecture in physical realisation and speculation." Given that description, perhaps it's unsurprising that his concept for an all-wheel-drive bike is pretty outside-of-the-box:

"The INFINITY beach and city cruiser is driven by a revolutionary monotyre-clip chain construction that forms automatically a temporary rim in the wheel area and a dented beltdrive in the bike's center area. This monotyre is propulsed by a central dented wheel getting its force by a crank over a short chain and a 8-speed gearbox. This combination makes 'allwheel-drive' possible. The tyreguide rails in the wheel areas are fully suspended (parallelogram to maintain the rim guidance)."

Here's Henrich discussing the design's viability:

Dow Accelerates Collaboration with Auto Industry

Design News - Thu, 2021-09-09 21:06
MobilityScience Studios deliver rapid, effective solutions for acoustics, sealing, powertrain, and fluid system components.

Can Renewables Stabilize and Support the Power Grid? Hawaiians Will Find Out

Design News - Thu, 2021-09-09 19:56
The traditional energy viewpoint is “no,” but this demo on renewables may prove otherwise.

FDA Clears Zimmer Biomet's Rosa Hip for Robotic Hip Replacement

Design News - Thu, 2021-09-09 19:48
Rosa Hip is the fourth robotic system introduced by Zimmer Biomet.

Local Motion: Moving Power to Point of Use

Design News - Thu, 2021-09-09 19:42
With servomotors and HMIs, powering and controlling packaging machinery is easier than ever before. What’s next?

5 Devices that Redefined Minimally Invasive Surgery

Design News - Thu, 2021-09-09 08:07
MD+DI looks at five key devices that had a significant impact on minimally invasive surgeries.