Handsfree device DUAL, a collaboration between Enustech and a product designer Joongho Choi, is a project for the global company, Jabra, well known as a manufacturer of Bluetooth technology, handsfree devices and mobile phone headset. DUAL was targeted to provide more direct and visualized interface than existing handsfree devices.

Joongho Choi links the familiar look of analog audio speaker to handsfree device.
It maximizes dual speakers and a voice dialing function visually, and directly-recognizable buttons offers easy approaches of users.

Its own rechargeable battery emphasized its uni-body structure and it can be synchronized with smart phone applications, such as navigation apps.

Joongho Choi

'the total recall agent' by shohei nakamura, moon hwan lee, and oung wook jung from south korea and japan is one of seven entries that received the 'judge's special award' among over 3000 participants from our recent designboom competition 'a life with future computing' organized in collaboration with FUJITSU and DA - design association japan.

designers' own words:
the target user of the 'total recall agent' seed, is someone who wants to memorize previous experiences, particularly in the case of travelers who want to hold onto vivid memories about their experiences and show them to close friends and family.

the device acts as a 'travel agent' in the shape of a flying balloon that records one's activities while on vacation, using computer technology to share these travel experiences with others. the 'seed' focuses on the way of recording and sharing precious memories as vivid as possible. its services provide three values: sharing, remembering and guiding.

Young Kim is Senior User Experience Designer for the Microsoft hardware Group, and the man behind the Arc Touch Mouse.

Users can watch the video embedded at the bottom of this article, in order to hear Kim speak about his experience with building the new touch flavor of the Arc Mouse.

“Developing the new Arc Touch Mouse was the culmination of a lot of hard work from the multi-disciplinary team at the Hardware Group and I am excited to show you the role my team in Industrial Design had in creating the final product,” he stated.

“The focus of the mouse was to meet the needs of our customers’ mobile lifestyles; our user research showed that our customers wanted a mouse with a very small form factor so it was easy to take with them, but yet still large enough to be comfortable and help them get their work done.”

According to Kim, the process of developing the new peripheral involved more than 50 prototypes.

In Korea, we call ice cream bar as a "Hard," ever since the ice cream was introduced as the socity was westernized. During the Japanese occupation and shortly after, the old generation used to call it "Ice Keki"(Keki is a Japanese way of calling cake, which means Japanese address ice creama as ice cake). Howevr, the word "Ice Keki" is rarely being used in the modern days in Korea. Whining because tongue stuck to a fresh opened "hard" is the memory that all share as a child.


Play Hello iShoes - which was late and not quite up to snuff in protection - Taylor Technologies has returned with Play Hello iShoes for iPhone 4 ($25), a superior sequel. This silicone rubber case once again uses sneakers as a launching point for six colorful iPhone protectors, each packaged with shoelaces that you string up for decoration, and a color-matched string manager.

New this time are the inclusion of a screen protector, a sneaker "tongue" that adds more protection to the iPhone's back, and the removal of each package's second set of more unusually-colored laces, leaving each of the iShoes boxes with a single contrast-colored lace option. Overall, we'd call these a nice and more timely improvement over the prior-generation case, albeit at a modest price premium.

Play Hello

“Velosonix” is a music player intended toward bicycle riders to let them enjoy their favorite tracks on the go. Deriving its name from the French word “velo” and English word “sonic” meaning the bicycle sound, the futuristic music player presents a unique combination of EZ-Installation, EZ-Interface and superior aerodynamics.

Replacing the bracket that requires tools with rubber o-rings for easy mounting and dismounting on handlebars, the Velosonix also features a joystick to allow easy controls on the move, while horn-shaped speakers pointing forward reduce the air resistance.

Powered by a Li-ion battery, the ergonomic music player comes with an LED on/off indicator and USB connection for charging and data transfer. The Velosonix supports a wide range of music formats that includes MP3 and WMA files, which can be stored in the device’s 4GB onboard memory. To make the device safe for riders, the player doesn’t include any LCD display but features a Shuffle mode that allows the user to play music files randomly.

The Robo TAP is a smart evolution of the robotic vacuum cleaner used to target an exact area for cleaning. An IPS system aligned with a simple remote control attached to the shoe or slipper of the user, means automated cleaning can be over-ridden.

Two taps on a dirty spot directs the Robo TAP to the precise area. Two more taps will cancel the order and three taps returns the vacuum cleaner to regular cleaning. It’s as fun as tap dancing, but much easier. You can now pretend to be Fred Astaire while effortlessly cleaning the house.

Electrolux Design Lab 2011 finalist Gyu Ha Choi is the Korean designer behind the concept Robo Tap, a smart evolution of the robotic vacuum cleaner. He is a student at Handong Global University in South Korea.

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