Design: Larry Koo & Lawrence Chu
Project lead: Larry Koo
NIXPLAY would like to offer potential businesses to transform their current televisions into enterprise signage through NIXPLAY’s hardware and software integration. For enterprises that are just starting to get into usage of signage, and not willing to invest in out-of-the box signage solutions, NIXPLAY signage box will help business owners and corporate retail managers to convert their televisions into commercial signage via our signage box which comes with NIXPLAY subscription software. There are dozens of companies competing in this space, and most are competing among the software services that allows enterprises to transform the consumer display devices into business display solutions. The design challenge is to create a product proposition through hardware with user features and aesthetics that will stand out from the crowd and be future proof.
The design intent is to create an iconic from with a strong brand identity. The triangular icon of the Nixplay logo is applied to the center to of the signage box to maximize the brand exposure. It is created by a thin piece of stamp aluminum alloy with a light brush finishing. A soft curvature emboss is applied to the center of the metal piece to form a 3 dimensional surface, yet preserve the slimness of the overall box height. One of the use case scenario of the signage box is placement in an outdoor commercial place. To create a durable case, the main body is formed by a CNC machined aluminum block to maximize the rigidity.
The user experience of the interface design was crucial for installation and cable management. A fully considered system design is applied to each of the accessories to create a close ecosystem. The metal bracket attached to the backside of the box is designed to meet a wide range of placement scenarios. Design of simple rubber collar is used for consolidating multiple cables especially when multiple deceives are connected the same time. Both a clamp solution and sticker integrated to the camera for offering setting on table top or clamping of the TV sidewall bezel.
Reddot Design Award 2016
Design & Project lead: Larry Koo
The Zenit speaker system is 5.1 home theater system created with a lifestyle design that would fill the room with sound while complimenting consumers living space. It is equipped with the highest quality sound output from your entertainment sources – from enjoying Ultra HD content to wirelessly streaming music from your devices.
A robust acoustic construction aesthetically complemented by honest natural material such as wood, aluminum and fabric to seamlessly integrate into a modern living space. The tapered body of the satellite speaker conveys elegance, slimness, and simplicity. For ease of use, a cable storage feature is implemented into the bottom of the satellite speakers and the rear speaker stands, with matching cable color and wall mount accessories to ensure finishing consistency.
Each of the speaker cabinet is wrapped fully in cloth to cover the speaker layout. The gesture of the one piece full cabinet wrapping is to suggest a wide sound projection, which is a more power method of articulating immersive sound instead of showing off each of the speaker cones. For the grey version, wood is prevalent in home interior, it adds an certain warm to the aesthetic and complements the home furnishing. The white ash wood grain is carefully chosen for its elegant grain and retains a color tone that work well with other materials and colors
The design of the Zenit speaker is inspired by the combination of home interior design trends and the expression of immersive cinematic sound. To transition this inspiration into the product, we’ve used materials that fitted well with modern home interiors to convey the design for home intent.
Design: Murphy Tan, Larry Koo
Project lead: Larry Koo
E6 is the successor of E5. It has inherited the signature innovation: Surround-on-Demand. The feature is to simply detach the wireless surround speakers from the left and right main speaker units and place them at the rear of the room to get multi-channel surround sound experience with your games and movies. When the action is over, reattach the speakers for music and TV shows. Using proprietary wireless audio technology with surround speakers that operate on a unique frequency, there is no network interference. The result is a completely wireless surround system with lossless audio quality for music and movies.
In terms of design quality, E6 is all about detail refinements. The same materials and color tonalities is kept to be consistent it's predecessor. To live up to it's reputation, the execution is taken under more consideration to deliver a premium and high quality designed product.
Moving away from wool, a dual layered speaker cloth was chosen to feel slightly lighter and with a more refined weaving texture. The combination of grey and white color preserve the richness and texture complexity that was found in wool. Most importantly, it has high transparency for acoustic which meets our sound quality standards. The color contrast is tuned slightly darker to match with the overall tonality.
A stitch line was added to the edge of the leather handle on both sides to create a more premium perception. It is a detail found commonly on proper leather goods. With the same purpose of the cloth treatment, the leather color is tuned to be consistent with the overall tonality. The richness of the darker tone makes the overall proposition feels more formal, complex and sophisticated. Last but not least, surface texture of the leather is made to be more pronounced to show off the leather authenticity.
One of the challenge in interior design is the matching of wood color and finishing among furniture. By darkening the color close to black, it preserve the natural wood grain finishing and makes it a more natural match with all different wood colors. It also blends in with the colors of the surrounding and complements the new details refinements made on the leather.
The pattern is remained to be the same, but the size of the circular openings are made smaller and the distance between them is reduced. Again, the uplifting treatments on E6 are all about detail refinements. The metallic silver color is tuned darker to match with the cloth color and to the overall color scheme.
Achievement: PolyU Micro Fund 2017
Design: Zinc Chan, Larry Koo
Project lead: Larry Koo
Premium and Super bright. 2,000 lumens output is known as the industry standard for the ultimate brightness that a bicycle light harness. Z2K is designed for providing 2,000 lumens in a compact form factor.
Z2K is our top of the line model, and it has to deliver premium and with the most powerful light output. The overall design direction followed JAZ's modern lifestyle design philosophy. Recess grooves are subtly sculpted on the light body to maximize the surface while preserving the silhouette of the cross section body profile. The alloy body is treated in either metallic grey or black and with a light sand blast texture to create a more technical and sophisticated appearance.
After prototyping multiple rounds of POC (proof of concept) light samples to test ride in the dark, a robust and secure mounting solution is needed to carry the weight of the full die cast alloy body. To avoid the light body from "dipping" pivoting downward from the handle bar when cycling through uneven terrains, we designed a bolt on mount for holding the weight of the light body securely on the handle bar.
For ease of use, a quick release mechanism is placed between the light body and the bolt on clamp so the cyclist can quickly remove and reattach the light body for recharging the battery.
Design & Project lead: Larry Koo
The Philips Fidelio Compact Soundbar is an immersive 5.1 cinematic sound system designed in a one piece compact form factor. The intent of the sound concept is to create a wide sweet spot for listening.On the subwoofer, a bandpass design allow the woofer driver to be sealed and hidden inside the wooden box to achieve a seamless clean design. The low profile box design offers versatile placement for either free standing or placing under furniture pieces.
The compact soundbaris an extruded-like form with a low profile to avoid obstruction of the TV screen. The cross section profile is based on a soft blend between a circle and a square (which we called the ‘squarcle’) which relates with many of our home cinema products. A full piece of steel carbon speaker grill wraps from the front over to the top and folds over the bar.
A blind trip on the top of the speaker grill is reserved for placing 4 control buttons in the centre of the bar. Each of the 4 buttons is capped by an aluminium cover with a diamond cut on the edge to reveal the authentic aluminium finishing. On each end of the bar is capped by a cloth speaker frame which house the angled side firing full range drivers. An exposed LED is placed in the power button to show when the soundbar is on.
A brushed vinyl in black is chose to wrap the wooden subwoofer box. On the plastic stand, the edge of the side profile is polished to contrast with a matte textured top. The exposed rim on the bass port is shaped in a squared profile with rounded corners to complement the slim rectangular wooden speaker box.
The design of the one piece continuous metal grill in combination of the speaker cloth side cap is to suggest sound beam to all sides. The design intention of creating a blind strip on the top of the sound bar is to visually suggest a separation between the front speaker array and the 2 high frequency speaker wave guide located on the back side.Both end caps are covered by speaker cloth to be treated as a softer finishing touch in contrast with the solid metal body.
The subwoofer is designed with a seamless speaker box with the woofer driver sealed hidden inside the box by applying a bandpass acoustic concept design.A plastic stand is provided for free standing vertical placement. 4 optional rubber feetis offered forplacing horizontally under furniture.
Following is an design interview with Larry Koo, as part of a product launch campaign for promoting the design of the Zenit Cinematic Speakers.
Q1. How is designing a home cinema speaker different from sporting goods you have designed in the past?
Larry: The design principles are the same, identifying product usage scenarios, user personas, and expressions of the product technologies. The fundamental difference is the context of use, technical parameters and the execution techniques. The intent for home cinema products is in-door used as opposed to sporting equipment, which is predominantly outdoor used. For designing outdoor performance products, weather resistant and durability is a must. On the other hand,acoustic performance and sound technologies are the core focus of designing home cinema products.On the level of technical execution,home cinema products are more focused on detail refinements. On the contrary, durability, lightweight and robustness are more considered in sporting good designs.
Q2. How do you think a design or the idea of a design can interact with people’s life?
Larry: Of course, “design for the human” is part of our core values. We feel “Design is about creating products and solutions that satisfy people's needs, empower them and make them happier. All of this while respecting the environment in which we live.”
The design of the Zenit speakers is to seamlessly integrate with our modern living habit, at the same time, to enhance our entertainment for movie and music.
Q3. What do you want people to feel having this sound system?
Larry: The design of the Philips Zenit home cinema system is a conventional 5.1 speaker system designed for modern living homes. A robust acoustic construction aesthetically complemented by honest natural material such as wood, aluminum and fabric to seamlessly integrate into a modern living space. The tapered body of the satellite speaker conveys elegance, slimness, and simplicity. For ease of use, a cable storage feature is implemented into the bottom of the satellite speakers and the rear speaker stands, with matching cable color and wall mount accessories to ensure finishing consistency.
Q4. And how did you turn that goal into this design?
Larry: Design execution must work seamlessly in parallel with acoustic, mechanical, and software design, and business leaders to ensure the product solution is successful in the market.Being aware of the latest trends and technologies of connected entertainment is essential.By understanding the impacts from different competencies, we are able to find a distinct product solution to offer better and more meaningful entertainment experiences
The positioning of Zenit speaker is to evolve a classic 5.1 speaker system so it can perform equally well for movie and music entertainment. Conventional Disc playback functions are replaced by connectivity features for ease of use.
Q5. Where did the inspiration for this design come from?
Larry: The design of the Zenit speaker is inspired by the combination of home interior design trends and the expression of immersive cinematic sound. To transition this inspiration into the product, we’ve used materials that fitted well with modern home interiors to convey the design for home intent.
The cabinet is wrapped fully in cloth to cover the speaker layout. The gesture of the one piece full cabinet wrapping is to suggesta wide sound projection, which is a more power method of articulating immersive sound instead of showing off each of the speaker cones.
Q6. Is there a particular reason in choosing wood as one of the product material?
Larry: Wood is prevalent in home interior, it adds an certain warm to the aesthetic and complements the home furnishing. The white ash wood grain is carefully chosen for its elegant grain and retains a color tone that work well with other materials and colors.
Q7. Will you agree if I describe this product design as simple in line, elegant in detail?
Larry: Yes of course. Simplicity elegance and distinctiveness have always been the key traits of our design DNA. However, designing a simple form is easier said than done. The intent of the Zenit cinematic speaker is to achieve a minimal and elegant form. The challenge was to ensure every detail on the design is refined and thoughtful.
Design & project Lead: Larry Koo
The product photos displayed are the product of Airstik 2stage, the sleeker design version of Mammoth 2stage. Essentially their design and functional features between the 2 models are identical, only the barrel circumference of Airstik 2stage is smaller and the pump head doesn't have the convertible Presta/Schrader head twist lock feature.
The innovation of Mammoth 2 Stage mini-pump is to combine two major pump features in one product: Inflating a low pressure mountain bike tire that has a high volume, and in contrast, a high pressure road bike tire with a low volume, both of which are easily accessed by a switch design on the end of the pump.
So how does it work? The innovation behind the feature is to get a high volume of air into the tire while both the internal pressure and pumping effort is low, when switch to the high-pressure chamber, it will then takes lesser strength to push air into the tube but with smaller amount of air.
For Stronger-armed users will definitely be able to place the same amount of air pressure with fewer strokes or, conversely, those looking for an easier time can switch to the other high pressure mode earlier on. Either way, a locking mechanism designed for convertible Presta/Schrader head minimizes air loss.
The recess detail on the pump head is to provide a resting area for the fingers when inflating the tire. Aesthetically, it becomes an identical detail when match with a clean aluminum extrudes barrel body. The end cap on the barrel gives a signature Blackburn design identity. The plastic end cap is injected in translucent red where the brand icon is engraved on the backside in a subtle and elegance treatment to present the brand.
OVAL True Wireless headphones
Design & project lead: Larry Koo
Truly free of wires, truly uncompromising sound and design. OVAL has redefined how immersive acoustics could be listened with the utmost freedom. With a compact case that doubles as a charger, OVAL will sit comfortably and tight, while extending its play time to up to 12 hours.
The design intent is inspired by accessories design. When worn, the earpiece becomes a reminiscence of a crafted jewelry and looks natural as part of the facial expression. The outer housing of the earpiece is treated by electroplating of a thin layer of rose gold color onto the surface. The facets added highlights the boldness of the polished finishing by attracting a natural light reflections. To avoid over dressing the earpiece, the backside of the body is subtly painted by a matte white color.
The male version is designed with a deep metallic grey coated over the outer body. Compare to the female version, it less feminine, classy and suit connoisseurs whom has tasteful eye for desirable goods. In similar to the color pallet of the female version, a matte black is applied to the inner body to match comfortably with the bold / reflective metallic outer body.
A pair of 6mm Neodymium Drivers installed to each side of the earpiece, it offers a qualitative sound in a compact size. The construction of the body is fully sealed to meet the IPX4 sweat standard. Not only it offers decent listening sound, a microphone is installed in one side of the earpiece for taking phone calls. Last but not least, a piece of 500 mAh battery is encased in portable charger for ease of portability.
Headlight - Eurobike iF Design award 2008
Rear Light - Eurobike iF Design award 2008
Design lead: Allan Wong, Larry Koo
Project lead: Larry Koo
Bicycle lights are heavy and take up significant space on the handle bar. The objective of FLEA is designed to be the lightest, brightest rechargeable cycling light in the world and weight in at 170 grams. Besides equipped with an innovative magnetic wired charger, it also included various methods like solar panel and USB charging. It offers multiple ways for charging which makes it convenient for ease of use. It has both reviewed by the New York Times and received an IF Design Award in the EUROBIKE show of year 2008.
Both the front and rear flasher is relatively small with limited footprint for detailing. The unique facet reliefs on the top housing of the front flasher created a prominent identity for a small object. The high gloss surface finishing helps to attract reflections and makes it more visible on the handle bar. The rear flasher follows a similar treatment to the front to be consistent as a pair. A new construction design is used for reducing the stack height of the light body. The LED is mounted onto the PCB with an O ring sandwich between it and the top housing. And therefore, the LED is exposed and the transparent lens is no longer needed.
To further optimize the overall size, the charging pins are magnetized which can attach to the battery charger securely without needing a mechanical hinge attachment. A slot is placed on the backside of the flasher for threading through bungee cords or key chains for use when not mounted on the handle bar. A piece of thin Velcro is used for mounting the light securely on the handle bar. A thin layer is coated onto the face interface with surface of the bar to prevent the light from rotating. The Velcro strap is replaceable and the slot for mounting is compatible for zip tie as well.
Design: Larry Koo, Andrea Ponti & WC Lee
Project Lead: WC Lee
Philips Fidelio B8 is a 5.1.2 multi-channel soundbar with a total of 18 speakers, which consist of 10 highly sensitive racetrack drivers and 8 soft dome tweeters. The design intent is to delivering immersive sound with a low profile form factor that fits the soundbar sleekly under the television.
In addition to traditional 5.1, two additional up-firing speakers (each comprising 2 racetrack drivers and 3 tweeters) are engineered to beam sound towards the ceiling, bringing the height dimension to the sound experience. By incorporating Dolby Atmos® and Philips proprietary Ambisound technology, B8 delivers an incredibly realist cinematic sound experience.
One piece full customized metal speaker grill is crafted to showcase the innovative acoustic design. The speaker opening pattern is carefully articulated to accentuate the speaker array layout. The profile of the soundbar is optimized to the lowest height of 60mm just enough to fit the up-firing tweeters and racetrack full range speaker drivers.
Design: Zinc Chan, Larry Koo
Project lead: Larry Koo
The Stealth line of heads is the most advanced heads in lacrosse. The Stealth Core lacrosse head is designed legal for play at all levels of NOCAE lacrosse standards. The challenge was to designed an affordable “work horse head” a lacrosse head suitable for all player types and positions. Its reinforce sidewall construction maximize stiffness. The patented Reflex technology allows players to customize their offset for the optimal throwing and shooting angle for all pocket types.
Providing sufficient stiffness and ability to perform ball tricks were the requirements for designing the Launch 2.0 head. A full range of design concepts was generated to explore variations of the design outlook. The aesthetics of the lacrosse head is an important component for establishing the identity of the Easton Lacrosse among its competitors. The Easton branding element is integrated to the partitions on the side walls as part of the structural construction. The sidewall is a crucial part of the designing the head. A recessed channel on each side of the head has to be sculpted deep enough for performing ball tricks. Both channels needed to have enough space for the lacrosse ball to land and dock when the players are competing in the fields. On the other hand, the head itself needed to have sufficient stiffness after much material is removed from both side walls for creating the side channels. Rather having multiple partitions on the side wall, a single stiff band is recessed and placed on each side to maintain sufficient stiffness and to provide enough space for sculpting the channels.
GOOD design award & iF design award 2014
Design: Kent Li, Larry Koo
Project lead: Larry Koo
The challenge of manta flat is to design one of the flattest soundbar to match with the slimness of modern TVs. The embedded technology was to utilize an array of newly developed ultra slim loudspeaker drivers to deliver credible sound while able to achieve a relatively slim and sleek form factor. And in the end, the result of HTL6145 (manta) was successfully claimed to be the flattest sound bar in the market. It is only 3cm in thickness and is as flat as any flat screen TV. The soundbar is paired with a versatile placement subwoofer designed to match well and fit seamless with any modern urban living spaces.
A full metal grill wraps around the front and towards both ends to show the full range of sound. The choice of metal instead of cloth is to match with the sleek metal frames found on modern TVs. Touch controls are placed in the center, top strip blending in seamlessly with the metal foiling treatment on both sides. To optimize the flatness, 3 ultra slim 2” woofer with Neodymium magnets is housed on each side of the soundbar. The overall construction was optimized to achieve the tightest dimensions all around. A considered dual function accessory is designed for wall mounting as well as a table stand to improve stability.
The complementing slim subwoofer is designed to offer versatile placement; sitting flat or upright for flexible placement. The height of the box is optimized for fitting under or behind the couch. The benefit is to hide the speaker box completely where traditional subwoofer box often had to occupy a good amount of space. The circuit board housed inside the box generates a significant amount of heat. To avoid implementing a fan or heat sink, the bass port on both side of the box was used to draw the heat out. For upright placement, a light weight plastic base is designed for providing additional footprint to prevent the slim speaker box from toppling.
Client: Easton Cycling
Design: Larry Koo, Chuck Teixeria
Project lead: Larry Koo
The EC90 XD is a full carbon fiber fork featuring a massive crown, tremendous legs, a tapered steerer tube and best of all: disc brake mounts. This fork’s 460-gram weight makes it one of the lightest options on the market, and because of the oversize construction, it offers the best handling. Like the other products in Easton’s premium EC90 line, the XD features full carbon construction, Internal Thread Technology™, R.A.D. Steerer™ and Taperwall™. This fork also has an integrated cable routing to keep your disc brake-equipped ‘cross bike looking sleek.
Reddot Design award 2015
Design: Andrea Ponti, Larry Koo
Project lead: Larry Koo
The FidelioXS1 Sound stage is designed for space saving and to enhance Cinematic experiences. It is designed in an extremely slim form in 41mm height with a wide enough foot print to support the majority of TV sizes. A complimenting wireless slim subwoofer is designed to offer versatile placement to suit the user’s needs; vertical orientation will slip between your furniture or horizontal placement is slim enough to fit under the couch.
Created to be as slim and unobtrusive as possible the Fidelio XS1 is just 41mm thin, meaning a TV can easily be placed on top without affecting the viewing experience, or slip it beneath the TV’s feet to enjoy a new level of sound. A layer of highly polished and strong glass tops the Fidelio XS1, reflecting the surrounding light and even helping the TV look weightless. This blends the unit stylishly into the home and elegantly into any home design. The fully wrapped speaker grille with its rounded bottom corners give viewers a sense that the Fidelio XS1 is actually floating lightly just above the TV cabinet. This slim design does not compromise on connectivity since an easily accessible connection and control panel is in easy reach on the side of the system. The partner remote control features a dark metallic finish that matches the metal grille, so both parts look like they belong together.
Design & Project Lead: Larry Koo
Philips is one of the top Global players with strong image, re-enforced with innovation and success in design segment. It places a strong brand offering a wide portfolio of Class and Design propositions. Even though the Home Telephony market is declining. It is still one of the biggest and single product segment in the Consumer Electronic categories. There are still markets in the Europe countries where PHILIPS were not present which creates for growth even the the market is declining.
Design: Larry Koo, Allan Wong
Project lead: Larry koo
T3 is designed to be a slim low profile bicycle repair tool for multiple functions and easy to carry. The slim body fits well in any backpack side pockets to small sized saddle bags. And the unique design of T2 is the only multi tool of its kind to include a mini shock pump for inflating shock suspension on mountain bike frames.
The mini shock is meant to use for emergency only. Cyclists can fine tune their suspension shock off the fly when caught in the middle of a trail ride. Conventional suspension shock pumps are heavy and too large for fitting into the saddle bags. By integrating the feature into a multi tool set, it is one less piece of item cyclists have to worry and having to carry during the ride. Other tools are catered for specific bike repair usages and are well made with able withstand after plenty of use.
A full die cast alloy body is designed for housing multiple pieces of tools. The Blackburn banding identity is laser etched onto the each side for side plate. Each of the tool bits is made or chromoly steel to ensure they can endure the tools can are durable enough to endure a long duration. A fabric sleeve is designed for holding the tools in place when placed in a tight compartments and to prevent them getting caught by fabrics and to cause damages.
Sexy & elegant, with style. Zlender blends streamlined beauty with purposeful design. A refined aluminum exterior shell attaches to a beautifully crafted plastic body. Well-rounded design that matches well with any style of outfit.
Reddot design award 2015
Design: Wai Chung Lee, Larry Koo
Project lead: Wai Chung Lee
Soundstage is a new design archetype introduced to Philips home cinema category. The crossbow HTL5130B soundstage loud speaker is designed to deliver powerful sound for enhancing your TV. It features an innovative sound concept: a "WaveFlector Technology" that produces a wide, natural and immersive sound for movie and music enjoyment.
The concept of the waveflector is to deliver an immersive cinematic sound by the aiming speakers towards the waveflectors surface installed on both sides of the soundstage for reflecting sound. Angled Speakers placed on in the center beam the sound onto both sides of the articulated sound refection surface and bounced outward to create a wide range of sound projection.
In different from XS1 sound stage, a full relief pattern is sculpted on the top surface of the crossbow Soundstage. The story of the graphical relief is to mimic when sound travels onto the sound reflector surface and bounced outward to all directions. In result, crisscrossing wavy lines of the sound wave pattern creates a beautiful drawing that dress over the top of the Soundstage. 2 bass ports are designed and blended towards the back on each side. The external flare surfaces are crafted to fit harmoniously into the surroundings. Besides offering immersive sound for the TV, a full range of connectivity features are installed for providing pleasure for all-round home entertainments. A strip of silicon rubber controls is clustered and placed on the right side for ease of use.
Design: Holger Hoehn, and Larry Koo
Project lead: Larry Koo
M9 Monolith is designed to be the top of the line model of the Philips Premium Design series. Besides complementing the beauty of modern urban lifestyle, it has to breathe confidence. The proposition is designed to suit the tastes of more mature audience looking for esthetic sophistication in every objects and details of their life. The advancement of the DECT cordless phone technology is matured. Harnessing strong design elements and usability features are priorities to deliver an all rounded successful result.
The Philips Monolith is phone that breathes confidence. The handset is crafted from premium materials ingeniously to accentuate the beauty of a single volume. Part of our Premium Design range of Phone, the monolith was inspired by modern metropolitan living. It is designed to be an elegant and desirable phone, luxurious in its volume, but simple in its execution. Unlike the conventional design approach to many of the cordless phones, the Monolith was never meant to blend or vanish into the home environment. It had to be a bold statement. It is a piece of modern iconic and tasteful design to join your home, adding its own identity to balancing a collection of tasteful modern decoration.
The substantial weight of the die cast metal body makes the handset feels premium, 2 strips of high gloss edge treated around the metal body bezel is the signature detail to show off the precision engineering technique. The placement of the mic , display lens, buttons and speaker on the front face are well balanced and placed precisely on a single piece of gridded surface.
Every detail matters, all 4 sidewalls on the cordless phone base are designed to be engineered with zero drafts to match vertically aligned with the metal bezel on the handset. When the phone is docked, it reads precisely as a single block of object with the base that is sculpted from a stone.
Client: Gibson Innovation
Design & Project lead: Larry Koo
Following the great success of the iconic Philips Linea series, the new Linea V flaunts its signature slender design and compact footprint, but with an added masculine edge and bolder silhouette.
Design takes centre stage with the precision-engineered Philips LINEA V, featuring an unconventional V speaker opening that enhances its iconic silhouette. Integrated within its stately form are smart features like secure docking with dual charging options and multiple privacy settings. Commanding attention at every angle and intuitive to use, the Linea V is a must-have masterpiece in any home.
Nothing was overlooked in the design and engineering of the new Philips Linea V. Impeccable attention to detail resulted in an even sleeker yet bold architecture, expressing purity and excellence from form through to function.
The signature V-shaped speaker opening is a stunning focal point, reflecting the phone’s apt name. A glossy chamfer triangle sweeps upward, meeting the edges seamlessly like an infinite loop and emphasizing the phone’s ultra slender shape. An integrated Micro USB connector on the base unit and a recharged power bank ensures the phone stays powered —and you stay connected –- always, even when the power is out. A host of other smart functions and precise ease of use complete the Linea V experience. With refined geometry and symmetry flowing in total harmony, the Linea is an exquisite work of art that elevates communication to higher level.
With its cleverly integrated light base, the phone communicates an event or mode by glowing in a specific color. The illumination is so subtle it doubles up as an ideal ambient or night light, while enhancing the phone’s savvy design and functionality. The light is a useful alert for incoming or missed calls, voice messages and alarm. In standby mode, it quietly sets the mood or softly illuminates any space, however if full darkness is required simply switch this function off by tapping a key on the handset. Choose from 3 attractive colors to enhance any space in your home.
Design: Larry Koo, Chuck Teixeria
Project lead: Larry Koo
The goal set for EC90 carbon fiber stem is to set the benchmark for the lightest stem in the world. It is designed to withstand years of rigorous abuse on racecourses like Paris-Roubaix. In fact, the EC90 SL stem is so strong it will hold up just fine to cyclocross and XC mountain bike racing.
The stem comes in multiple lengths for fitting various body sizes. For the 100-millimeter version, the weight is reduced down to just 115-grams. The technology used to deliver such impressive aspect ratio is called the TaperWall™ technology. The inner side of the carbon fiber side wall is smoothed out the old stepped-style tapers with seamless, fluid changes in thickness. By doing this, many of the stress points typical of the older design are negated, thereby making a much more durable bar at the same weight, if not a touch lighter.
All metal alloy hardware is made of titanium to further optimize the weight reduction. Last but not least, the aluminum face plate is designed with Easton’s stem’s proprietary Top-Lock™ feature to maximize the handlebar/stem Interface which gives the rider grip stability.
The Easton EC category is the top of the line cycling components range. It has established a distinct iconic design language to be influence to rest of the component products. The overall body of the carbon stem is crafted to be sleek and yet masculine. Starting from the front of the stem, the raised details on the carbon body where it housed the screw bosses blends in seamlessly from the aluminum face plate and into the carbon body. The scallop recess on each of the side wall is designed not only for cosmetic reason. It helps to increase the side profile structural integrality to withstand the tensile strength applied from twisting movement. The overall design of the stem has to be scalable to adopted 6 different length sizes range from 90mm to 130mm. It was crucial to maintain a consistent the look and feel throughout the range.
A centre-channel speaker dedicated especially to voice frequencies anchor speech to the centre of the screen. This offers improved voice positioning and clarity, increasing immersion in movies. Philips Virtual Surround Sound produces rich and immersive surround sound from less than five-speaker system. Highly advanced spatial algorithms faithfully replicate the sonic characteristics that occur in an ideal 5.1-channel environment. Any high quality stereo source is transformed into true-to-life, multi-channel surround sound. No need to purchase extra speakers, wires or speaker stands to appreciate room-filling sound
A photo sensor on top monitors ambient light and when in smart mode it will automatically adjust lumens accordingly. Mount up for a pre-dawn ride, flick on the light in smart mode and as the sun comes up the Blackburn backs off the brightness to conserve battery. This is especially good for commuters who may need to light their way home on the same charge.