“Double is the simplest, most elegant way to be somewhere else in the world without flying there,” claim the designers of Double, and they might be right. Double combines the advanced technology of robotics with something more familiar: video chatting on an iPad. Users simply connect to the platform from wherever they might be, and synch with a partner iPad attached to the Double robot. It comes “alive,” moving on its 10-inch wheels and adjusting the line of sight up or down as the user dictates. And if a user doesn’t want to move the robot remotely, Double automatically deploys a kickstand, stabilizing the device until the next time it needs to move to another place.
What makes good design? You tell us!
This pool of 20 works, ranging from popular apps to medical devices, emphasize how innovative design can make a difference in our everyday lives. Every year, Cooper-Hewitt gives out design awards chosen by a jury of distinguished design gurus—but do you agree with the experts? Cast your vote for your favorite design before 6:00 p.m. ET on October 11. The winner will be announced live at the National Design Awards gala and here, on this site, on October 17.
Also be sure to celebrate National Design Week with design events and activities in your area, October 12–20.