Core77 Design Awards
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Life is messy. Now more than ever, we need bold, forward-thinking solutions to some big problems. We need clever and driven decision-makers. We need artists, designers, inventors, and problem-solvers in every field who can embrace the mess and build a better future. And they need tools that can keep up.
Working closely with creatives, we have developed a collection of three future-facing products to improve common workflows, and inspire new ways of interacting with our environment, our work, and one another in the pursuit of a better world.
Building on the success of traditional computer mice, this conceptual input device merges intuitive gestural inputs, responsive dimensional haptics, and an updated form factor to better compliment the ever evolving digital creative space. It's familiar — enough to use without relearning the basics — but far from the ordinary.
From VFX to Architecture, there is an ever-growing need to document, digitize and draw inspiration from the physical space. The Capture tool is a multi- purpose, standalone imaging system that can effortlessly capture both 360 and 3D content out in the field. It's portable enough to fit in a pocket, while durable enough to always make it back in one piece.
Digital collaboration platforms offer distinct advantages, such as the ability to seamlessly archive and share work, but are prohibitive to fluid collaboration through their failure to address key usability considerations and micro interactions.
Many professionals prefer to use pen and paper, sticky notes, or whiteboard markers to get their ideas down quickly and keep the ball rolling. But, they risk losing their work when the board is cleared.
The Collaborate interactive platform is embodied by a tabletop touch capacitive display that merges the simplicity of analog media with the power of a connected device to facilitate more effective and dynamic collaboration. The device incorporates integrated scanning technology as a seamless transition from tangible to digital media, affordance for real- time remote collaboration, and a convertible horizontal-to-vertical tabletop architecture.
Creatives aren't your average point-and-clickers. From animation to engineering, the digital tools that bring creative work to life have become incredibly powerful — and often just as complicated. Even for the quick-handed, navigating complex software efficiently can be a major challenge.
A lot of tools are meant to help — hotkeys, 3D mice, knobs, dials and sliders — but for creatives jumping between software all day, an expensive, overly-specific peripheral may not earn its place on the desk. Most professionals just make do with the typical mouse and keyboard.
To make a familiar tool more effective in creative software, we kept what it was doing well, and merged it with intuitive gestural inputs, responsive haptics, and an updated form factor. It's familiar — enough to use it without relearning the basics — but far from the ordinary.
Out of the box, it works a lot like your standard mouse. Your index and middle fingers click and scroll across a capacitive touchpad, while advanced haptics let you feel the depth of a firm selection or the precise 'tic-tic-tic' of a slow scroll. Its vertical format helps align the bones in your arm, and lifts the tendons in your wrist from the desk to make long hours a little more comfortable.
A second touchpad in the thumb allows for more complex, multidimensional gestures with the whole hand. Combinations of taps and swipes let you make adjustments, switch tools, or execute commands without looking through toolbars or drop-down menus. Basic stuff like undo, rotate, scroll, and zoom come pre-set, and won't change when you jump from one program to the next.
If presets aren't enough, press the button on top of the device, and you can choose to add or change gestures at any time. Just select your goal — camera orbit, color picker, volume up, magic wand — and repeat the gesture to set that command.
Pair the device with up to three computers and seamlessly transition between them with the press of a button. Your settings and shortcuts are stored locally, and move with you when you switch from one device to another.
Leave it on an inductive charging mat at the end of the day, and you'll never have to worry about it dying. Worse case scenario, pop open the covered USB-C port on the front of the device, plug it in, and let it recharge while you work.
Creative work isn't always about coming up with brand new ideas. More often, it's about working within constraints or finding new ways to present the familiar. From architecture to animation, creatives in every field are constantly borrowing from the world around them.
Technologies like 3D scanners and 360° cameras have introduced entirely new ways for creatives to work with their surroundings —capturing objects and spaces in full, immersive detail in minutes. Unfortunately, many products are either too big, too expensive, or too specialized for most creatives to use regularly.
We have developed a flexible, stand-alone imaging system that can effortlessly capture both 360 and 3D content in a variety of mobile contexts. The capture tool is compact- small enough to fit in a pocket, but powerful and rugged enough to always make it back in one piece.
Don't miss a thing. Two ultra wide cameras work together to seamlessly capture immersive, 360 degree images. Whether you're gathering assets for VR development, surveying a building for remodel, or doing whatever else you do, now you can catch it from every angle. All at once.
Move through a space holding the capture button, and it will automatically snap a series of 360 photos as you go. An onboard gyroscope and accelerometer trace your path, and advanced software stitch the images together to generate a virtual walk-through of the environment.
Or, switch to video and bring it all to life.
If you're just after one thing and not the whole room, capture it in 3D with structured-light scanning. Open the device, and both cameras face forward to build a detailed surface model of the object and apply color-accurate texturing at the same time. Save it to your asset library, or link it to a virtual walkthrough to review in context.
Fast, affordable, and accurate, structured-light scanning is at the cutting edge of 3D capture. Two cameras set about 12 inches apart measure depth and surface information by evaluating how a projected pattern of light deforms across the object you're scanning. An innovative folded-lens projector sits vertically in the device, and reflects light forward with an angled mirror in the upper camera array.
Pair the device with your phone, and a mobile app makes it easy to review, edit, and organize content on the move. While you're paired you can choose to automatically upload new content to the cloud, or bring your team into the field by streaming it live to the office.
Great things happen when we work together. Whether it's with the whole studio or one-on-one with a client, collaboration is often the most important and most challenging part of the creative process. Particularly early on - when ideas are abstract, conversations are quick, and everything is subject to change - finding tools that make it easier can be a challenge.
A lot of digital products are meant to help, but few are designed for the spontaneity of group ideation or fast-paced problem solving that creatives thrive on. Many professionals prefer to use pen and paper, sticky notes, or whiteboard markers to get their ideas down quickly and keep the ball rolling. But, they risk losing their work when the board is cleared.
We have developed a new kind of interactive display that merges the simplicity of analog media with the power of a connected device to facilitate more effective and dynamic collaboration.
Meet face-to-face with a small team and brainstorm digitally on the horizontal display. Drop in an image, open an app, or sketch out an idea with one of the digital pencils, and a new page is added to the table. Shuffle and stack pages to keep things organized, or slide one across the surface like a piece of paper to share it with the team.
Working digitally isn't always the best option. To add an idea from your sketchbook, the back of an envelope, or anything else you could draw on, just set it on the display and an array of photo sensors embedded beneath transparent pixels will snap a digital copy. Set it down and it's saved. Just like that.
When it's time to share your work, flip the device from table to whiteboard. A dynamic hinge mechanism lifts the display as it rotates, and applies the perfect counterbalance for a smooth and weightless transition. As you tilt the screen, pages will slide to the bottom and group themselves into stacks. Expand one to quickly present your thoughts, or switch to a slide-deck for a final presentation.
You don't have to be in the same room to be on the same page. Start a video conference with the under-display webcam to expand the conversation, or connect with other devices to add and edit content together. Changes are saved automatically, so you can set things aside when you need to, or start a new board without losing your work.