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Industrial Design: MoDi - a smart sleep aid for smartphone addicts

Industrial Design: MoDi - a smart sleep aid for smartphone addicts

Technology has come to an era where users are quite demanding of what they want in terms of size, performance, features and etc. The best example would be about our beloved smartphone, there is a long list of demands to tackle for companies in order to create the perfect smartphone. How about if all this demanding generated into an addiction? How many of us (including myself) use our smartphone before bed? Let's take a look at this concept that I would love to see on the market, a smart sleep aid designed by New York-based Industrial Designer Jay Kim. Jay did a stellar job on this project and I would like you guys to put a close attention to the process, especially on the research. It's quite an accomplishment, props to Jay! Smart Sleep Aid that work with Google Assistant More Links Learn more about Jay Kim Industrial Design

Redesigning the 1974 Minolta XL 400 Concept

Redesigning the 1974 Minolta XL 400 Concept

We have featured the work of PDF Haus before on ABDZ. Now they are back with this cool concept (I presume) of what would look like today if they were redesigning the 1974 Minolta XL 400. It was a Super 8mm film camera that actually uses film cartridges! The team from PDF Haus decided to make this into a project with a question about: "What would this 20th-century filming device could look like today." As a result, they didn't change the essence of the previous design, they just made it more friendly. Would you buy one if it was available on the market? The project was carried out while envisioning how it would appear if a filming device of the 20th century is reborn as a 21st-century camcorder. More Links Learn more about PDF Haus Follow the work of PDF Haus on Behance Industrial Design

The new LYNK & CO 02 Crossover SUV: Changing mobility forever

The new LYNK & CO 02 Crossover SUV: Changing mobility forever

Currently in the beautiful city of Amsterdam to cover the launch of the next step for LYNK & CO, we have witnessed their experience back to Berlin. Now we are here in a city where everything is about their artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with never-ending #straightfacades. I really like it here, you won't be surprised seeing people taking selfies and sharing a kiss. This is how Amsterdam has its own beauty. With that same charming effect, LYNK & CO has a strong forté at creating launch events that will activate all your senses into a seamless experience. Let's just say they put up an amazing show to introduce us to the most "shareable and ultra-connected" car, the 02. In their words, It's not about the power of the car anymore. It's about changing mobility forever, what they mean by that? Well, it will be more than your traditional car dealerships, think of urban-located brand boutiques located for which where their first store will be in Amsterdam. Embracing the same philosophy they stand for, they will also tour Europe with what they called: "Offline Stores", I love how this company goes ahead at pushing us to buy cars directly online, ditching our car keys and instead unlock cars using our phones, enhancing our car ownership to allow car-sharing through an app, and pay your car through a subscription that will kind of remind you of your phone bills. This is where they are headed, this has been again an incredible experience as we look forward to 2020 when sales will start in Europe. Dank je LYNK & CO! In their words In Amsterdam today, the third model in LYNK & CO's stunning line-up of cars. 02 was revealed at an urban adventures themed launch party in the Netherlands's Capital.edc As a global brand with a strong European identity, these announcements in our home nations fill me with pride. From our HQ in Sweden, we will roll-out sales with an initial focus on key European cities for our target audience of globally connected urbanities. - Alain Visser, LYNK & CO Senior Vice President Meet LYNK & CO 02   More Links Learn more about LYNK & CO Follow LYNK & CO on Instagram There is more The first European store will open in Amsterdam, quickly followed by new locations in Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels and London as the first cities adopted the brand. These "Offline Stores" will be located in central fashion districts as easy-to-navigate, sociable and fun brand boutiques. Supporting the city stores in Europe will be the online store at Lynkco.com. The Reveal (Photo Gallery)   About LYNK & CO LYNK & CO is a brand from Geely Auto Group, a subsidiary of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group – the owner of Volvo Cars and London Taxi Company. Geely Auto Group is one of China’s largest car manufacturers. More Links Learn more about LYNK & CO

LYNK & CO's upcoming 02 Global Reveal - Abduzeedo in Amsterdam

LYNK & CO's upcoming 02 Global Reveal - Abduzeedo in Amsterdam

We have just received a teaser of the upcoming LYNK & CO Model 02, we will be covering the global reveal in Amsterdam. You will be able to follow the coverage with ABDZ on Instagram. For those you have never heard of LYNK & CO, it's an automaker under the company called Geely who also includes companies like: Volvo and Lotus. You can check out our previous LYNK & CO articles live on ABDZ Model cars? Yes, please 📸 #lynkco A post shared by Lynk & Co (@lynkco) on Mar 24, 2018 at 1:10pm PDT More Links Learn more about LYNK & CO Follow LYNK & CO on Instagram LYNK & CO O2 Teaser  

Ministry of Supply: The First and Next Intelligent Heated Jacket

Ministry of Supply: The First and Next Intelligent Heated Jacket

We love Industrial Design on ABDZ especially when it's related to a product. We are sharing a product today that is rocking hard on Kickstarter and it's called the by Ministry of Supply. What is it? How about a functional, great-looking, everything-proof, voice-controlled jacket that learns and automatically heats to your optimal temperature. That would be great right? I just can't think enough of wearing this jacket on a very cold day in Canada when it's around -20C/-4F. It's definitely an interesting product and you should check them out their project on Kickstarter. In their words We launched our company just 5 years ago right here on Kickstarter. Since the beginning, we've taken a scientific approach to design, so we can invent clothing that’s both comfortable and makes you look great. Today we're taking that approach to the next level, with the Mercury Intelligent Heated Jacket — outerwear that's voice controlled, built for anything, automatically heats to the right temperature, and learns your behavior to get better over time. More Links Support them on Kickstarter Some Features Voice-controlled Intelligent Heat Durable and everything-proof Beautiful & funtional Ready to go Cozy heat on demand At the core of Mercury are three carbon fiber heating elements that heat all at once, strategically placed to disappear into the jacket. At just 100g, flexible, and 1mm thin (that's thinner than a dime), you’ll barely notice the heaters. These heaters can deliver 10 watts of heating power nearly instantaneously, reaching up to 135ºF/57ºC, the same temperature as a cup of coffee. Mercury creates a microclimate for your body using real-time reactive and proactive heating to constantly adapt heat and optimize your body temperature. Using the accelerometer, body temperature, and outside temperature, Mercury triangulates the perfect amount of heat, so you don't have to worry about overheating. Because of the Mercury's machine learning capability, the more feedback you give it, the better it gets and automatically learns your preferences. And more... Clean & Sleek Waterproof Odor-free Dynamic Stretch Cozy hands Wireless charging Travel friendly and machine washable Product Gallery   More Links Support them on Kickstarter

Introducing the Mission Workshop Rhake, the Weatherproof Laptop Backpack

Introducing the Mission Workshop Rhake, the Weatherproof Laptop Backpack

The mighty folks from Mission Workshop recently launched their newest backpack: The Rhake. Built to tackle your daily life from work, play and night exploration; you can carry most of your tech including your laptop, iPad, phone, chargers, keys and of course a water bottle. Coming as a perk of being a Mission Workshop backpack, it comes also with a two-layer weatherproof construction to keep your gear safe and dry. The shoulder straps are equipped with two Arkiv rails for attaching small accessories, such as weatherproof smartphone pouches which can be found in the Add Accessory slider above. Available in black, olive and dark grey colours, which one will you choose? Like all Mission Workshop backpacks, The Rhake is built with two-layer weatherproof construction to keep your gear safe and dry. For added versatility and customization, the shoulder straps are equipped with two Arkiv rails for attaching small accessories, such as weatherproof cell phone pouches which can be found in the Add Accessory slider above. More Links Learn more and shop on Mission Workshop at missionworkshop.com Learn more details about the Rhake Backpack Follow Mission Workshop on Instagram The Rhake Gallery   Video

Industrial Design: Color of Time Minimalist Wall Clock

Industrial Design: Color of Time Minimalist Wall Clock

Dae-hoo Kim shared this beautiful industrial design project for a wall clock titled the Color of Time. The concept of time is like a numerical representation of a moment. Our time is flowing, time and light are most closely related. Through this design, I wanted to express the continuous change of light with the clock. As the hour hand rotates, you will see a palette that visualizes the light. It shows emotions for the time and continuous light changes during a day. Along with this, even though it is not expressed as a number, it is possible to know intuitively the time through the color of the hour hand, thereby achieving a minimal expression of time. 2017 Norman Zammitt, Blue Burning, 1982  at SFMOMA Industrial Design process While the hour hand rotates 360 degrees for 12 hours, the internal color palette rotates 180 degrees. I have structurally considered the characteristics of a watch that will have two different lights for a specific time point (AM and PM) for 24 hours a day. 23 : 30 19 : 20 13 : 50 For more information and to check out more industrial design projects by Dae-hoo Kim make sure to visit his Behance profile at https://www.behance.net/abledavid

LYNK & CO: now available on the Market in Record Time!

LYNK & CO: now available on the Market in Record Time!

About a year ago, we went to the international car launch of LYNK & CO in Berlin, Germany. They are now releasing their first car in China, the Model 01 (shown in the gallery). Designed and engineered in Sweden, the Model 01 went to pre-sale on November 17th. 6000 cars were sold in less than three minutes, this is the fastest selling SUV in the World. Bringing their brand with connectivity with a sharing function and the world’s first in-car share button, to wireless charging and a dedicated LYNK & CO apps store. In their words LYNK & CO has abandoned the traditional automotive concept of base models, entry points and endless options lists. Inspired by fashion and technology, trim levels and optional extras have been replaced with a simple selection of fully equipped, one price collections: We announced the birth of Lynk & Co almost exactly one year ago. Now, just 12 months later, we start sales of our connected and shareable 01 SUV in record fashion. Online we have replicated the in-store experience and simplicity of choice with our unique ‘explorator’ carousel. Just stop on the car you like and subscribe online – it’s as simple as that, as Chinese customers have proven during our pre-sale event. Designed and engineered by an international team in Gothenburg, Sweden, Lynk & Co has a European heart and soul, and a refreshing approach to the automotive sector as a new urban mobility brand. Personalised services, an open API (Application Programming Interface – the first in automotive to be ‘open’), unrivalled connectivity, vehicle sharing, ecommerce, simple, subscription-based ownership, and the first dedicated app store for cars – these are the key offerings of Lynk & Co. More Links Learn more about LYNK & CO at lynkco.com LYNK & CO Model 01  

Introducing Dusko: a lifestyle brand for the design-conscious by InVision's Tomas Jasovsky

Introducing Dusko: a lifestyle brand for the design-conscious by InVision's Tomas Jasovsky

We would like to introduce a lifestyle brand called: DUSKO, they sell products that includes high-quality cotton t-shirts, limited-edition accessories, resilient leather everyday gear and more. Behind the brand, we have its own Tomas Jasovsky who is a Creative Manager at InVision. What started as a small project a few years back now taking on another level with a setup of Tomas's own proper workshop. Let's take a dive! In their words DUSKO is a lifestyle brand; unchained and never limited by trends, materials, or technology. Together with true craftsmen like Analog Bros, Mr. Wood, and more, we meticulously work out every possible detail to make sure each piece is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing. As they say, the devil is in the details! It’s those finishing touches, from button placement to product packaging that can make or break the feel and functionality of a product. DUSKO products include high-quality cotton t-shirts, limited-edition accessories, resilient leather everyday gear, and more of the stuff that keeps you going. Each DUSKO product is made to be both inspiring and functional: there’s nothing here I wouldn’t want to use every day. After a few months of late night hustles, weekend meetings and photo shoots with some really awesome people, the team and I are happy to announce our official launch 🚀 First, you’re probably wondering… why the hell do we need another hipster looking apparel brand, am I right? Video A few years back, my girlfriend and I launched a small project with some very limited edition hand-sewn wallets called madeindays.com. This was just a small taste of what it’s like to make a handmade product. And honestly, I enjoyed the heck out of it. From the whole design process to the creation, marketing and distribution. It has been a few years since then and a few personal projects later, but it’s been worth the wait. It’s exciting to finally have a proper workshop, complete with all the big boy machines. More Links Shop Dusko Brand at dusko.shop Follow Dusko Brand on Instagram Product Gallery via @duskobrand We're obsessed with details. 👌👌⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ #apparel #styling #graphictee⠀⠀ #lifestyle #printalternative #tshirt ⠀⠀ #handlettering #stayfocused⠀⠀ #designtee #illustrated ⠀⠀ #design #screenprinting A post shared by DUSKO (@duskobrand) on Nov 26, 2017 at 12:58pm PST Wear your designer daze on your sleeve, I mean your chest. ⠀ Model: @martindrazilbmx / 📷 by @michalkubala ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #designlovers #designlove #thoughtfuldesign #moderndesign #moderncraft #designmatters #apparel #styling #lifestyle #printalternative⠀ #handlettering #designtee #illustrated ⠀ #design #screenprinting A post shared by DUSKO (@duskobrand) on Nov 26, 2017 at 7:16am PST Stay Focused - Go Bananas - Almost Washed Out - Design Sleep Repeat... unite! Our prints are basically the fantastic four. 👊👊👊👊⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #designlovers #designlove #thoughtfuldesign #moderndesign #moderncraft #designmatters #frenchpaper #handprinted #posters #walldecor A post shared by DUSKO (@duskobrand) on Nov 25, 2017 at 1:34pm PST

My experience about going to an onsite UX interview, what I have learned and what I would improve

My experience about going to an onsite UX interview, what I have learned and what I would improve

This is a different approach from our usual feature on ABDZ but this might be greatly useful if you ever get this opportunity. Last week, I (François Hoang - Chief Editor on ABDZ) was on my flight home from an onsite interview I had in San Diego for a UX position. This was my first experience and I wanted to share my thoughts about the things I've learned and what I would improve if you ever get this opportunity. Beforehand, I would like to mention that I won't share any details about the company I was interviewed because of a non-disclosure agreement I signed. Also, I would like to send my regards to the awesome folks I've met along the way (Cheers!). To be able to actually come to an onsite interview, you have to go through a series of phone calls and video conferences. It's usually about 2-3 meetings and if you made the cut. You will get to hear those words: " We would like to invite you to an onsite meeting". OH YEAH! Party time right? Not really, just hold off before you can say anything to your relatives or friends. This is just the beginning of your journey. First Tip The waiting game, I think this is the most brutal part of my whole experience. The wait for email replies and checking your notifications all the time, it almost feels like your current life has been put on hold. The first tip, don't get alarmed about what might be going through your head or the thought about they might have changed their minds on you coming or not. People are busy and they will get to you when it's the time is right. You would rather take this energy and be focusing on doing your homework. First Task: Homework This is an interview but try to change the perspective as if it was a UX project. For this first task is all about research. We are grateful enough to have Google as being the biggest searchable library ever, use it for your own benefits. Try to learn and understand the company’s history, philosophy, products/services, marketing, target audience, design process, tools and etc. This way you will be prepared when asked: What do you know about our X company". This exercise helped me a lot because I was able to understand more things beyond the company logo. Don't forget that user experience is not related to interfaces only, it's all part of everything the users interact within reach of the company logo. For my case, I had the opportunity to own the product for a little while. I decided to use it every day and see what was my feedback as a user. What I would definitely improve on the design side and if I've found any bugs too? It's NOT a vacation trip We are pretty excited (including me) when you get the chance to fly for free to a destination that you have never been before. Remember that you are traveling for "work" and usually what you have planned to do like shopping, tourist stops never ended up happening. You can always ask if the company is willing to book you an extra day or two but you will pay the extra for the hotel fees. It's always good to ask. Make a Presentation For my onsite interview I never saw the mention of having a presentation ready, gladly I made the right move and had one ready. Don't forget that you are traveling all the way across and some people you are meeting probably didn't even read your resume. Play it safe and have one ready. Your presentation should be short, on point and playful. When you going through your portfolio; focus on the points that they need to hear about what they are looking for that UX position. I made a mistake when asked about: "What is the one project that you are most proud of", I decided to go with a project because it was a team effort and process, we had a beautiful outcome on the client side. I was in fact very proud of this project! But I should have stayed with a project that was more around UX and what was the whole process behind to achieve success. Your presentation should also reflect your personality because you will probably talk about yourself for 20-30 minutes. Remember that you are meeting the team that will potentially see you as their next colleague. No harm in slipping a few jokes! Design Challenge or the Whiteboard Design Challenge That famous whiteboard challenge, the exciting part. I was a bit scared and skeptical about this challenge but to calm things down. The whole point of this exercise is that your future team wants to see how would you react in front of problems. Are you a problem solver? In this case, there are many solutions to the problem. Don't be shy to ask questions, sometimes the task can be super vague. For my case, it was about: Creating our startup as a pet caring company. We went through different steps including our goals, customer goals, and business goals as well. We didn't get to the point where we would wireframe but overall I loved this exercise. It definitely helps you think about the problem instead of trying to find the obvious. If this is something that you are not good at, practice makes it perfect. Always try to balance questions with answers, it helps to enhance the collaboration in the room. Be Yourself To end this article, I would like to share Fabio's advice. "Show that you are passionate about your work and simply be yourself". Don't try to be somebody that you are not. If they see you as a great fit for the company, well amazing news for you! If not, there is plenty of great companies out there. Take it as a learning curve! What you have learned from this experience and what would you improve on the next one. Recap Video More Links Follow my tweets @aoirostudio Follow my pictures on Instagram Cover Image by Marcel Fuentes

Industrial Design: Givenchy VR Concept

Industrial Design: Givenchy VR Concept

We have seeing many companies like Facebook, Google and Apple; all taking their turns into VR/AR. What happened if it was designed to a level of a fashion brand? What would have been the approach? Well this is exactly was this concept is all about by Korean-based studio PDF Haus for Givenchy. I personally love this concept and how you can really see this could work out with such a stylish flair. PDF Haus is a studio focusing their work into product, industrial and interaction design. Based in Korea, you should definitely follow their work on Behance, it's filled with creative concepts. More Links Learn more about PDF Haus at pdfhaus.com Follow PDF Haus's work on Behance Industrial Design  

Peak Design is launching their greatest hits revamped of Capture, Slide, and Slide Lite

Peak Design is launching their greatest hits revamped of Capture, Slide, and Slide Lite

The folks at Peak Design just launched a 5-day Kickstarter and at the time we are writing this, the project has been funded 3 times the initial goal. Congratulations to the whole team! They are launching their greatest hits products but with an all-new revamped design. Introducing the new Capture, Slide and Slide Lite; I personally use the Capture Pro and it is such an incredible built as your camera carrying clip. Check it out and support them! In their words We're Peak Design, a San Francisco based product design company. We're also the luckiest goobers on the planet; we engineer and make world-class photography gear, and we both shape it and share it with the Kickstarter community. This is Peak Design's 7th Kickstarter project! Holy Toledo, we can't even believe it ourselves. This time around, with your help, we are making our best products even better. Camera carry, reimagined. A new level of performance and aesthetics for our iconic photography tools. More Links Support Peak Design via Kickstarter Learn more about Peak Design at peakdesign.com Photo Gallery  

Industrial Design: Mkeke Stand Series

Industrial Design: Mkeke Stand Series

With the arrival of the latest iPhones, there is of course, the release of accessories for us to get and have it part of the essentials. Called: Stand Series, it has been designed by the folks from Seoul-based creative studio found / Founded for the Mkeke brand. Being two parts and made of the soft rugged material; you gotta love the simplicity and again the attention of details to the cord introduction. It's the little details that truly make a difference and you gotta love that colour! found / Founded is a creative design studio based in Seoul, Korea. Their work is generally related to industrial design, branding and product design (as industrial), check out their projects on Behance. A low-priced smart phone cradle is essential in everyday life. The soft Rugged series stand has a unique structure in which two parts in thin board form are easily separated and assembled. Thus, when separated, it is easy to store because of its thin volume, and when assembled, the smartphone can be mounted firmly in a desk environment. Both products can be docked simultaneously using the existing iPhone and Apple watch charging cable. Because it uses molding language which is representative of Rugged, it emphasizes solid feeling, but it has two charms of simple design and soft finish color and soft feeling. More Links Learn more about found / Founded at foundfounded.com Follow found / Founded on Behance Learn more about Mkeke goods Photo Gallery  

Kickstarter: Introducing Phantom, the complete Clear Ice System

Kickstarter: Introducing Phantom, the complete Clear Ice System

It's always amazing the number of great projects we stumbled across on Kickstarter and also landing in our inboxes over the years. It's also inspiring seeing entrepreneurs creating products and businesses around small things that can make a great difference, not necessarily in our field but rightly for others. Introducing Phantom by Wintersmiths, a complete clear ice system for your next cocktail! In their words Beyond creating clear ice that looks amazing, Phantom gives users the ability to consider the ice shape that optimizes the taste of their beverage. For example, if you’re drinking a strong cocktail and want to water it down, you should opt for Phantom’s standard cubes. These have a large surface area to volume ratio, which dilutes drinks faster. And if you’re drinking an iced coffee and want to maintain flavor, you’d opt for the ice sphere. This shape has less surface area per volume and melts very slowly. How it works! About Wintersmiths Wintersmiths was founded in 2013 by brothers Chris & Pat Little to revolutionize ice making. Leveraging patent-pending technology, their products create crystal clear ice in a variety of unique shapes to achieve the proper dilution rate and deliver a truly memorable experience with every drink. Today, Wintersmiths products are used in thousands of homes, cocktail bars, restaurants, and hotels. The team continues to innovate in the premium barware industry with new designs and partnerships with top spirits producers, establishing the brand as a rising star in kitchens and bars worldwide. More Links Support the Kickstarter Project Learn more about Wintersmiths at wintersmiths.com Product Gallery   Disclaimer Over the years, we think our audience is mature enough to remember that drink responsibly and to stay within your alcohol tolerance level. Thank you.

Grovemade: Introducing the Desk Shelf System for your workspace

Grovemade: Introducing the Desk Shelf System for your workspace

The awesome folks from Grovemade have recently introduced what they called: Desk Shelf System to enhance your workspace to the very next level. Most of our workspaces are generally cluttered with so many things. Grovemade is offering a wide range of products that intents to give you control of your clutter. Check out their store where you will find shelves, pads, laptop lifts, desk trays and more. Everything is beautifully designed and right to the brand of Grovemade. Located in Portland, Oregon, Grovemade is a small but dedicated team of making and building products for your home, office, Apple and more. We love their products on ABDZ, you should definitely check out their site at grovemade.com. More Links Learn more about Grovemade at grovemade.com Follow Grovemade on Instagram Desk Shelf Gallery  

Celebrating Ugmonk's Ninth Anniversary with a Limited Edition Set

Celebrating Ugmonk's Ninth Anniversary with a Limited Edition Set

Somebody else is celebrating today and it's our good friend Jeff Sheldon from Ugmonk. All in festivities of his ninth anniversary, with the yearly traditional Ugmonk's anniversary set. Every year, it's always a surprising joy to uncover this limited edition set where you will be welcomed with a signature tee, emblem and of course beautiful packaging. Wonder who has the entire collection of Ugmonk's anniversary sets since his beginning. Congratulations to Jeff for Ugmonk's ninth anniversary! Ugmonk is Jeff Sheldon, a designer based in Downington, PA, USA. We do love Jeff's work on ABDZ, seeing his on-going progression with new products and projects are thoroughly inspiring every time. More Links Get your own Ugmonk's Limited Ninth Anniversary Set Check out also Ugmonk's store Ninth Anniversary Gallery  

Industrial Design: Introducing a few new things made by Google

Industrial Design: Introducing a few new things made by Google

Today Google has introduced us their second generation of hardware at their Made by Google Event. Did you watch it? What was your most exciting new hardware? 2017 lineup is packed with new stuff and we feel that they have covered all ends from the new Pixel phones, Google Home Mini and Max, new designed Pixelbook, Google Clips, Google Pixel Buds, and an updated Daydream View headset. It's a lot! And all powered with AI where Google Assistant will easily make your life easier. From squeezing your Pixel 2 to using the Pixelbook pen, Google Assistant will learn a lot from its cutting-edge AI. Where are we heading next? Made by Google Family Photo More Links Learn more about the products by Made by Google Today, we introduced our second generation family of consumer hardware products, all made by Google: new Pixel phones, Google Home Mini and Max, an all new Pixelbook, Google Clips hands-free camera, Google Pixel Buds, and an updated Daydream View headset. We see tremendous potential for devices to be helpful, make your life easier, and even get better over time when they’re created at the intersection of hardware, software and advanced artificial intelligence (AI). Mini and Max to the Google Home Google Home has been a tremendous success by bringing Google Assistant within your household. Now they are introducing a smaller version where they call it: Mini. With a sleek design, the Mini is about the size of a donut. I do love the integration of a 360-degree sound that comes into 3 different colours (chalk, charcoal and coral). Google is also introducing Max which is their first speaker with Smart Sound, a new audio experience powered by Google’s artificial intelligence, that can adjust the sound of its speaker depending your environment, your context, and your preferences.   Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL The announcement I was personally most excited about. Introducing the Pixel 2 with again the most highest-rated camera on the market right now. The Pixel 2 is also water-resistant with no headphone jack, which is kind of a standard in terms of smartphone nowadays. But the feature I was most intrigued about is "Google Lens" where it's an introduction of visual smarts where you will be able to look up landmarks, books, music albums, movies and artwork by clicking on the Lens icon in Google Photos, all around you. I was slightly disappointed that the camera is still the "same" hardware but it's all part of the software this year.   Google Pixelbook Combining the best parts of a laptop, a tablet, and a smartphone, all together into one. Pixelbook is a 12.3-inch high-resolution touchscreen that comes with premium hardware, speed, simplicity, security of Chrome OS, smarts of the Google Assistant; and all your favorite apps on Google Play. It's very neat to see how they have integrated "Google Assistant" like from a keyboard key for example. I would be interested to test it out as being the main tool of a design project.   Pixel Buds This announcement that took me by surprise and it's the intro of the Pixel Buds. A wireless headphones that help you do more within Google Assistant and the feature where I feel is the most exciting is the built-in Google Translate capabilities. Can you believe that it works with 40 languages? It would be interesting to see it used in the wild.   Video