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A recent McKinsey report that studied more than 300 businesses found that companies that embrace design created 32% more revenue and 56% more shareholder returns than competitors, over a period of five years. Such is the importance and impact of design and in an age where digital transformation has almost become a cliche, it is imperative that designers get to work with their gadgets to enhance the overall brand value.

Since designers often act as mediators to help people experience technology in new and exciting ways, it is more than just a responsibility to stay on top of these new tools and technologies in this ever-changing landscape.

And how could we have stayed behind? Here are the top 3 latest technologies that we are very excited and keen to work with in the near future:

1. Futurecraft 4D

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The Futurecraft 4D technology is all about 3D printing shoe midsoles that have the potential to be custom made for each individual’s foot and can be engineered to enhance performance. When we say performance, we mean in terms of activities the shoe is designed for. How does the technology work? Well, the design uses Digital Light Synthesis to cure the liquid resin to form the final product.

Why do we want to work with it?

To better understand how we can innovate in the realm of footwear design and footwear performance. It would also be interesting to explore the lifestyle value such technology brings to the world. It is one of the most futuristic technologies that exists and we believe this can be further worked upon to make it a highly sustainable material.

 

Currently being used by Adidas, the limitation of this technology is its inability to be mass manufactured with the same efficiency of regular molded soles.

2. Hyperloop

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Hyperloop in a concept proposed by Space X (Elon Musk) wherein a pod carrying passengers travels in a vacuum tube with almost zero resistance, making it the most efficient transportation system. The Hyperloop Genesis paper consists of a hyperloop system that propels passengers along the 350-mile (560 km) route at a speed of 760 mph (1,200 km/h), allowing for a travel time of 35 minutes, which is considerably faster than current rail or air travel times.

Why do we want to work with it?

Hyperloop could potentially be the future of transportation and could help cut travel time drastically. It would also encourage urban planning and development, the result of which would be better-planned cities, decluttered spaces, and a human-centered approach to city and landscape planning and development. Very soon, what we see in movies will no longer be just fiction.

3. Synthesizers

Synthesizer developments began as early as 1896. The wide range of sonic possibilities offered by synths has made them a crucial part of both, modern mainstream and underground music. In the digital era where access to synths is a matter of clicks, our pre-occupation with them is as strong as ever. Here’s a beginner’s guide to synths if you wish to know more.

Why do we want to work with it?

Synths forever have been an interesting instrument which can literally imitate any sound and create an endless combination of music. We often think, what if synths are open for the general demographic, let people make their own music with ease, and are a gateway to music production for people who aspire to get in this line! Synths could also be a way for people to create their own music and listen to it ( where you combine something like Spotify and synth, so instead of discovering new music, people make their own). When looked into it on a deeper scale, we can probably work around with synths and help the deaf-mute population make music of their own.