Touch Sight

Touch Sight is a digital camera for visually impaired people. Easy to use, it includes a unique feature which records sound for three seconds after pressing the shutter button. The user can then use the sound as reference when reviewing and managing the photos. Touch Sight does not have an LCD but instead has a lightweight, flexible Braille display sheet which displays a 3D image by embossing the surface, allowing the user to touch the image. The sound file and picture document combine to become a touchable photo that is saved in the device and can be uploaded to share with others–and downloaded to other Touch Sight cameras.

Design: Samsung Design (China)

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The SoundBulb

There are various lighting and/or sound products available in the market, but most of them are very direct and serves a particular task efficiently. SoundBulb is an outcome of a competitive product market research across a wide range of exciting lighting/sound products. This concept utilizes both lighting and sound into one product and the final design features a bulb like shaped speakers that can be enhance the décor of your household as well as increase the functionality. The combination brings together the sophistication, ambient and elegance of lighting and sound in order to form a product that tickles our sense more than a single way.

The SoundBulb acts as a wireless speaker and a lighting device simultaneously. The bulb utilizes LED lights for illumination and Bluetooth to stream audio from a compatible computer or gadget wirelessly. The volume is controlled by twisting the bulb’s outer ring, while the on/off switch for the wireless receiver is located on the other side. The wireless speakers are powered from the electric socket it’s plugged to.

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Dyson Human Energy Harvesting Bracelet

Dyson Energy Bracelet is a gadget that uses Seebeck effect to harness energy and power your mobile phones for a few precious minutes more, when you desperately need it. Lemme explain a bit: The thermoelectric effect is the direct conversion of temperature differences to electric voltage and vice versa. This typically includes three separately identified effects, the Seebeck effect, the Peltier effect, and the Thomson effect. This is coz three different guys discovered it around the same time, however Peltier–Seebeck and Thomson effects are reversible and Joule heating is not.

The designers explain:

Thanks to the Seebeck effect, the temperature difference between the surface which touch the skin and the other which is in the ambient air allows to produce electricity that is stocked in a battery. When the user needs to recharge a mobile device, he plugs it into the Dyson Energy through a micro-USB port (universal connector imposed to constructors in 2012) and can have some additional minutes in use.

Firstly, we have tested the Peltier element in its most common use: i.e. the creation of heat and coldness on the same component (Seebeck effect), and we have noticed that there was electricity production. We have met an engineer who allowed us to evolve on our project while explaining us that there was not possible to plug the elements serially. Therefore, we chose to work with only one element. As a result of many calculations, we have validated this technology payoff regarding our concept. For instance, some hours are sufficient to power its cellphone for a dozen minutes of communication.

Designers: Mathieu Servais, Camille Lefer, Clément Faydi & Mickaël Denié

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