Hudway Glass

Another project I stumbled upon on Kickstarter was Hudway Glass, a heads-up-display accessory for your car. Lots of cars offer their own heads-up-display options but at a very high cost, but this accessory allows drivers to use their own smartphone and a simple app to add the functionality to any vehicle. Because HUD's don't require the driver to look down and then back up again, they are thought to increase attention and therefore safety of drivers.

FORMcard

Peter Marigold's FORMcard is pocket-sized card of strong, meltable bioplastic that can be used to make, fix, and modify objects. The product is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. The premise will be familiar to anyone that's ever used Sugru (I am a big fan), but the difference with this is that it is re-mouldable. I don't think the two products need to compete, but rather complement each other; different tools for different jobs!

Beeline

Beeline is a navigation device designed by Map. It gives the cyclist the direct distance and direction of their destination but allows them to find their own way there, a concept called 'fuzzy navigation'. The device connects to the riders phone via bluetooth to enable a smart compass functionality. Then, using a smartphone app, riders set their chosen destination and waypoints before setting off.

It's a very different kind of idea for cycle navigation and a nice, minimal looking product too. You can support the project on Kickstarter (where it has already well exceeded it's funding goal!).

Linus

Security company Yale have partnered with Nest, the company behind the smart-thermostat. Linus is a door lock that can be controlled remotely with a smartphone. Users can check if the door is open, create pass codes for individuals, and track who has been to visit.

Since releasing their smart-thermostat the Google-owned company have released a smoke-alarm and a home security camera, this lock is the next logical step I suppose. We'll be able to control everything with our phones soon enough!

Palette

Palette is a system of modules that connects to your computer that could change the way you interact with your apps. It starts with a 'core' unit, to which you add buttons, dials and sliders. Each can be assigned functions, for example a frequently used filter on Photoshop could be assigned to one of the buttons, and simply pressed to use instead of clicking through drop-down menus. The dial could be assigned for zooming in and out, and the slider for increasing or decreasing brightness.

It currently works with most Adobe applications (Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign) as well as Final Cut Pro. More apps will be added in the future. The starter kit comes with two buttons, a dial and a slider, and costs $199. A professional kit with four buttons, 6 dials and four sliders costs $499. Additional modules can be purchased for between $29 and $49 each, to make a truly custom set up.

For the last few years I have been using a SpaceNavigator with 3D software which greatly improves efficiency and is really nice to use, I can't imagine working without it! This system looks like a great addition for certain software, I'd love to try it out. Not only do I like the function but they look like well designed products, too.

Drop Hat

 

Drop Hat is a new shade for Plumen bulbs. I see the bulbs displayed quite often on their own, and due to decorative design and the nature of the light source they don't necessarily need one. However, I think these shades are a nice, minimal addition to the range.

Serif

I didn't expect that the most impressive thing I saw during LDF would a TV! The Serif is designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Samsung, and was on display at Somerset House last week. Television design has been about getting the screens as thin as possible in the last decade, but this the antithesis of that, a design more like a piece of furniture. The set, available in three sizes, looks like the letter 'I' in profile, and can sit alone or stand on detachable legs. It's a lovely looking thing that you would be happy to leave out even when not in use.

Freitag Denim

Last year Freitag launched F-abric, a new material used on a range of bags and clothes. The Swiss company are known for their tarpaulin bags, but continue to branch out into new areas with the launch of a denim range.

As with some of the F-abric range my favourite detail is the buttons, which can be unscrewed and reused or recycled. See the whole range here.