Top Trends in Product Design from Kaleidoscope
Written by Jessica Sams for Kaleidoscope's Innovation Igniter column. You can read the original post here.
As a leading product design firm, we highlight the latest trends in UX design, automotive design, emerging technology, medical device design, and virtual reality to help you fuel up for the week and ignite innovative thinking.
A small, wearable sensor developed at UC Berkeley can read the molecular composition of sweat and send it’s results in real time to a smartphone. “The idea is to have this thumbs-up or thumbs-down device that will give real-time information: it could provide an alarm that you need to take some medication, or that you’re getting dehydrated and need to drink some water” – Ali Javey, at the University of California, Berkeley
A hydraulic house? Yes, two residents of Wrasbury, a town 18 miles west of London, looked to an architectural solution to combat water damage. The residents collaborated with the London firm BAT Studio to design a greenhouse that can rise two feet taller than normal—safely out of harm’s way—thanks to four hydraulic legs.
Check out the highlights from this year’s Detroit Auto Show. Automakers have been on similar product-planning schedules for some time with everyone racing to introduce full-size SUVs when that market was hot then the CUVs then crossovers. The end result has been multiple years of the same ole thing. However, there may be a break in the cycle as this year there was refreshing variety represented at Detroit this year.
As the notion of ‘design thinking’ continues to gain attention like the new kid in school, IBM shares it’s approach to design thinking and how it’s a framework for teaming and action. “It helps our teams not only form intent, but deliver outcomes—outcomes that advance the state of the art and improve the lives of the people they serve.” – IBM Design