HIVE footwear is designed for urban cycling commuters (18 – 35 years old), who are prone to muscle and foot injuries due to long hours of cycling and walking. Furthermore, the majority of the urban cycling commuters choose to wear walking or running shoes that are unable to provide sufficient foot support while cycling. Yet, cycling shoes in the industry today are often too uncomfortable for the cycling commuters to wear casually. HIVE technology consists of a re-designed and revolutionary shank plate embedded in the HIVE sole, to provide maximum foot support and comfort for both cycling and walking. HIVE footwear aims to challenge stereotypes of cycling footwear seen in the industry today and revolutionize the shoe-making process with 3D printing technology.
Batteries are so readily available in our everyday lives but have we ever questioned ourselves the over reliance we have on them and the impact that might bring? More importantly, we should also spare a thought for the poverty-stricken at a shockingly 90% of the world’s population. Strongly inspired by the Design for the Other 90% movement, this project explores and highlights the interconnectedness between the ethics of battery usage and an alternative energy that could possibly aid everyone in terms of emergency, especially in regions of flood-prone areas.
Through the use of hydrolysis, electrical energy can be harnessed to light up homes in times of darkness and tapping on the advancement of technology, signals can be sent to relevant authorities to render help to affected homes, hastening rescue processes and improving lives.
Deafness is an invisible disability – one that cannot be visually detected, as compared to the physically disabled. Yet, life is not any easier for the hearing impaired. According to the World Health Organization, just over 5% of the world’s population – around 360 million people – suffer from disabling hearing loss.
KUURO is a wearable product system, with the ideal to bridge communication between the hearing-impaired and the hearing world. The core neckband is sleek, and elegantly designed to give the hearing impaired a “sense of security”, also allowing them to “feel” sound. Specifically designed to aid these people to live independently, KUURO will gift them the luxury of an ordinary lifestyle.
KUURO‘s design to translate sound into coloured lights relies on the wearer’s situation and surrounding he/she is in. The electret microphones fixed within will detect the location of a sound, and determine if the situation is “regular” or “dangerous”. They then relay the information to the wearer, through specially positioned vibration motors.