Calling all Stanford Biodesign students, post-docs and visiting student researchers creating medical technology innovations! LUNAR is now accepting entries for the 6th annual Robert Howard Next Step Awards. This is great opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and share it with the design community.
LUNAR will provide hands-on design and engineering consultation to the winners. This usually consists of 2 design process and/or regulatory advising sessions with LUNAR’s Life Sciences team, along with 1 to 2 focused 1-week design sprints. In the past, the team has provided expertise in branding, design for manufacturing, sketching and investor pitching.
The 2016 winners were Lunair, a mini air pollution filtering system that communicates air quality via app, and Palmm, a wearable device that treats hyperhidrosis or uncontrollable sweating of the hands.
The awards honor Robert Howard who served as VP of Engineering with LUNAR for 15 years. He was a Stanford Alumnus (MSME ’86) and served as a lecturer in the Department of Product Design. Robert loved helping people, teaching, tinkering, making the impossible possible, designing healthcare products, and being involved in the Stanford community – in particular the Biodesign program.
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 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 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:
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!
CES was attended by Mechanical Engineers Jon Tackie and Alex Dakin, and Industrial Designers Charlie Nghiem and Germain Verbrackel. This is part of a #moonwalk series, where LUNAR employees attend conferences and workshops to seek inspiration and refresh or improve their skills.
CES, arguably the largest consumer electronics tradeshow in the world, takes place every January in Las Vegas. 2017 presented a plethora of new and interesting technologies from innovations in automotive mobility to personalized tech for the home.
Drones were a huge part of the show. Of course leader in this category, DJI, showed up with all of their latest products including the Mavic and the inspire 2, but there are many other players in this space that are making great drones as well — including 3D printed drones.
Meanwhile, the automotive industry is looking far into the future with concepts from big names such as BMW and Toyota that showcased what the driving (and self-driving) experience may look like for the next generation. Honda even showed up with a self-balancing/self-driving motorcycle that was oddly reminiscent of an extremely quiet and well behaved dog following its master.
As a whole, it was great to see exciting new applications to technologies that have been around for the past few years, including virtual reality, self-driving technologies, and drones. The word innovation gets thrown around all too often, but we feel that a more accurate description of this year’s theme is iteration. We look forward to creating more products, interactions and experiences with our clients, and incubating our own at LUNAR, in 2017.
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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…)
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