Smallfry Industrial Design is in discussions to develop a working prototype of Ion, an interactive device for clubbers. Designed to be worn as a pendant, Ion is designed to exploit future wire-free technologies such as Bluetooth and Piconet. It will hold personal data on its owner and search out compatible profiles among other wearers. The device will light up if a match is found. By coupling or ‘kissing’ two units, information can be exchanged between them. Messages and images can also be sent between friends and DJs using the units, allowing tracks to be requested or purchased remotely. ‘So much product development is technology-led, thrust upon audiences with little understanding of how it fits with consumer desires,’ says Smallfry managing director Steve May-Russell.
Aero, which will launch in 2019, is intended to be used alongside existing programs like Photoshop and Dimension, to help designers visualise virtual graphics and products in real-world environments.
The app works across mobile, tablet and desktop and is intended for those who are video-editing beginners but want to create “professional” content for social media.
The exhibition, which has opened at the SVA Gallery in New York, uses graphic art by illustrators and cartoonists to explore some of the most controversial and polarising issues of
Announced at this year’s Adobe Max conference, designers and illustrators will be able to use the image editing and design software on a touchscreen device in 2019.