All posts tagged: interactive

TERA Interactive Fitness Mat from Lunar Europe

Sometimes when I see a new product design I think to myself, “damn, that’s exactly what I imagined the future would be like.”  Well, the future of exercise equipment is closer than you think, and it looks like something Sandra Bullock would use in her next sci-fi movie. The TERA fitness mat by LUNAR Europe is the latest concept from the design firm to join a family of interactive objects including the VELA cycle trainer and the NOVA climbing wall. Made of eco-friendly shear wool by Kvadrat, TERA is a carpet with an intelligent surface that recognizes movement patterns and activates a specially developed TERA app. The circular shape of the mat is designed to accommodate the natural radius of human motion during exercise, and the app guides users through training units of different disciplines like Yoga, Pilates, or Thai Bo, all with varying degrees of difficulty. Sensors register any pressure exerted on the mat, enabling accurate detection of the user’s body and weight shifts. An innovative LED lighting system shows how to perform the …

Magical Magnetic Jewelry

Since the first time i spotted Uno Magnetic jewelry at the New York Gift Show in New York City, i was intrigued. Created by Miami-based architect/interior designer Luis Pons, the jewelry is made of a brightly colored chain and a small magnetic ball that work together to form bracelets, anklets, necklaces, rings, and anything else you can imagine. When a sample arrived in the mail a week before this summer’s Gift Show, i was psyched to try it out for myself, and wore it to my day job at a design magazine. During the course of the day, my pink/green Uno got noticed by several colleagues (i was wearing it with a navy blue dress, and it stood out.) The hardest part is keeping your hands off of it once you have found a design you like – i found myself playing with my necklace all day (to the point of distraction). That being said, i think playing with these chains is a stylish, stress-busting replacement for other nasty habits, such as nail-biting or hair twirling. …