100% Design London, from September 19 -22, has added a brand new exhibition to the trade show’s lineup – 100% Futures. Under the theme ‘designing for cities’ 100% Futures presents innovative and futuristic designs which could change the way we live.
Curated by Max Fraser, a design commentator and the fair’s Content Editor, the exhibition will feature work across categories such as travel, technology, well-being, sustainability and public spaces.
Fraser has selected a panel of designers and entrepreneurs who have in turn selected their favourite innovative products which improve the way we live in cities.
Some of the notable futuristic designs include:
Founded in 2015 by Safia Qureshi, an award-winning architect and innovation designer, CupClub aims to replace disposable cups for hot and cold drinks with her packaging-as-a-service concept. The United Kingdom alone uses 14 million disposable cups a day with only 1 per cent of those being successfully recycled. CupClub delivers, collects, washes and returns cups to the establishment using their service at half the CO2 as a disposable cup.
Mimica Touch is a patented label that can give you an accurate reading about when your food has spoiled, up to the hour. Simple rub you finger across the label – if it’s smooth, the food is still fresh but if it’s bumpy it’s time to throw it out. This innovation could help reduce waste and help the visually impaired.
Blubel Smart Bicycle Bell
This Blutooth-connected bicycle bell helps you navigate safely while cycling. A simple ring of illuminating dots indicates when to prepare to turn, when to turn, when to stop and when you are approaching your destination. Users can also alert the system to potential hazards, essentially crowdsourcing up-to-date traffic information.
Velopresso – the pedal-powered coffee trike
While mobile coffee carts are common across outdoor events in South Africa, they often rely on mains power or small generators to brew a cup of fresh coffee. Velopresso uses pedal-power to grind fresh bean and run the coffee machine.
The race to develop the self-driving cars is in overdrive. While many tech companies are focusing on how autonomous cars avoid collisions with other vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, Humanising Autonomy is focused on interpreting pedestrian intent. As human body language differs from one region to another, the company is conducting global research on human behaviours to help create safer and more efficient cities.
Senseable City Laboratory, a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), have developed a slot-based traffic system which aims to make the traffic light obsolete. Developed with autonomous cars in mind, the vehicles will use sensors to communicate with each other to create free-flowing intersections.
Sana is a non-invasive solution for chronic pain. A head set uses neuro-modulated light and sound stimulation to guides your brain through a sequence of patterns present in the very best natural sleep cycles – putting you into a deep and natural relaxed state. Clinical trials are due to start in late 2018.
Read about Future Heritage at Decorex International 2018 next.
To find out more about 100% Design London, visit the website here.