Archive for the ‘Industrial Design’ Category

On the move: LUNAR launches mobility microsite

September 6th, 2017

Zoom, zoom! We’re accelerating into the future of ridesharing with our mobility study, a joint effort with McKinsey & Company, which paves the way for identifying areas of opportunity within the ridesharing market. You might be wondering, why do people rideshare? Convenience? Cost? Freedom? If you’re living in a big city, ridesharing appears to be pervasive. However, of all vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the US in 2016, ridesharing accounted for a mere 1%. Our research unlocks new use cases, explores lowering costs for both drivers and passengers, and addresses the shortcomings of congestion and parking for commuters. We believe smarter design, improved user experience and advanced analytics will take “ridesharing 1.0” to the next level.

With two concepts, MeGo & WeGo, vehicles are optimized for the rider and driver’s needs. MeGo’s interior transforms into functional seating for all situations, including children and cargo. In contrast, WeGo is suited for social or private rideshare situations. This project collected insights from ridesharing services, commuters, the automotive industry and beyond. Check out our recently launched microsite to see a small piece of what we discovered: https://mobility.lunar.com/

Meet Cadence and BaroStitch— Winners of the 2017 Robert Howard Next Step Award

July 14th, 2017

In its sixth year, LUNAR presented select Stanford Biodesign students with the Robert Howard Next Step award in honor of longtime friend and colleague, Robert Howard. The award celebrates those creating outstanding medical technology innovations. LUNAR will provide hands-on design and engineering consulting to the winners to help them bring their product to market. (more…)

Live Alpine Headphones Teardown

March 7th, 2017

LUNAR recently hosted its first livestream teardown with Fictiv, manufacturer of 3D printed and CNC machined parts. We decided to shake things up a bit and open up our process to the community in conjunction with this teardown veteran. Together, we agreed that one compelling product to dissect would be our Alpine Headphones, a 2016 iF Product Design Award winner.

Alpine Headphones

Alpine wanted to extend their brand to a younger audience and came to us with an idea for headphones specifically targeting EDM market, a natural extension of their core products—premium car audio with awesome bass. These headphones would allow them to establish an iconic presence and provide a similar experience in a portable form. They came to LUNAR with a proof of concept, and left with sensational headphones that truly enhance the senses so customers can better hear and actually feel their music.

Alpine POC

Alpine Headphones proof of concept

In this one hour event, we set out to focus on two main components of the Alpine Headphones:

 

Challenges + solutions around designing the headband/transducer structure –

We needed to capture and transmit vibration, achieve a minimum and repeatable clamping force without making the headphone uncomfortable.

Product design insights around the ear cup adjustment & pivot mechanism –

Most headphones on the market have a simple folding hinge for storage. While this is generally perceived as the compact way to store headphones, we took another route with the industrial design—a more seamless look that doesn’t show the hinge. Our pivot mechanism allows for a slim profile that lays flat in order to slip easily into a bag for transport. The adjustment mechanism is hidden from view, providing a clever way to manage the internal wiring while allowing for the full range of head sizes.

 

Dave Evans, CEO of Fictiv, led the discovery process during the teardown. From LUNAR, Senior Industrial Designer Terence Kwan and Director of Engineering Andrew Zee joined to shed light on the design and engineering decisions for each component of the headphones.

Watch the complete teardown in 360, filmed using Giroptic iO:

Read the writeup from Fictiv including a video with closeups of the teardown.

LUNAR and JauntVR Win iF Product Design Award 2017

February 6th, 2017

LUNAR is proud to announce a 2017 iF product design award win for Jaunt ONE, the fully-immersive, 360-degree cinematic virtual reality (VR) experience camera.

LUNAR partnered with Jaunt to create a design that elevates the product through its clear expression as a high-end filmmaking tool, rather than just a mass-market consumer device. Built with VR pros in mind, Jaunt is one of the first cinematic cameras with a design that expresses robust strength and reliability, while minimizing its presence on a set.

Jaunt contains 24 high-performance, heat-dissipating pure optic lenses. Its detailed, physical expression is achieved through the incorporation of curving, rhythmic lines, and the seamless integration of the fins and handle.

Each year, Germany’s oldest independent design organization, Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH, organizes the iF Design Award. The award is a leader in quality for exceptional design. This year, more than 5,500 entries were submitted from 59 countries in hopes of receiving the seal of quality.

Kudos to Jaunt and all the designers that worked on the project, including: Jeff Salazar, Marcelle Van Beusekom, Andrew Zee, Travis Lee, Terence Kwan, Charlie Nghiem, Vijay Sekaran, Matt Peterson and Bruno Richet. Here’s to the future of VR!

LUNAR & Autodesk Win Two Spark Awards for Time Machine

December 12th, 2016

LUNAR and Autodesk share a passion for work done by the design and engineering professions. This fall, LUNAR co-founders Jeff Smith and Gerard Furbershaw, and Autodesk CEO Carl Bass, industrial designer Arthur Harsuvanakit, and mechanical engineer Lucas Prokopiak, joined forces to collaborate on the creation of a design concept. (more…)

Tokyo Design Week 2016

December 8th, 2016

Tokyo Design Week was attended by Senior Industrial Designer Terence Kwan, Industrial Designer Rayyan Toh, and Graphic Designer Amal Chandaria. This is part of a #moonwalk series, where LUNAR employees attend conferences and workshops to seek inspiration and refresh or improve their skills. (more…)

Perfecting Products

March 23rd, 2016

Forbes this week highlights the partnership between LUNAR and ecobee in “An Inside Look At How Gadget Companies Work With Design Firms To Perfect Their Products.” (more…)

More than quick cash

October 2nd, 2015

LUNAR’s innovative and award-winning 2013 Kickstarter project, the Belle-V Ice Cream Scoop, was just the beginning. (more…)

Fast Company names humangear’s GoBites an Innovation By Design finalist

September 14th, 2015

We’re thrilled to learn Fast Company has named humangear’s GoBites utensils a finalist for the magazine’s 2015 Innovation By Design Award. (more…)

An award-winning summer for LUNAR

July 13th, 2015

We’re thrilled to announce we’re adding four brand new design awards to our portfolio: two 2015 International Design Excellence Awards from the Industrial Designers Society of America and two Spark Product Design Awards. (more…)