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Electronics, 5G Offer a Landscape for Innovative Design & Materials Use
The "connected universe" is reshaping how we all live, and offers both new challenges and enticing market opportunities to designers and to suppliers of certain types of advanced materials.
The coming adoption of fifth-generation (5G) wireless systems will be a key driver in this shift. 5G will offer lightning-fast data transfer speeds and help to connect the billions of "smart" devices – from cell phones and appliances to factory floors and smart cities.
The rapid development of smart technology is creating new and diverse opportunities for pocket mirrors. MINE MIRS is a smart mirror that is slim, simple, and capable of wireless charging, providing an on-the-go solution for people’s daily makeup needs. The product won an iF Design Award and an International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) in 2018.
MINE MIRS is an intelligent product that solves the lighting problem people are faced with when applying makeup up or taking selfies. MINE MIRS aims to be a smart mirror capable of providing optimal lighting in any environment at any time.
MINE MIRS needs material that is light, easy to shape, but strong enough to support the extra slim design. In addition, the mirror’s light ring and wireless battery charger have special manufacturing needs, as optical touch technology needs to be applied. Covestro has provided support with material selection, material development, and optimization for the components.
MINE MIRS features a small and slim 10cm rounded shape that is 6.6mm thick, and weighs 70g. The product also maintains an ergonomic back shell molded from the Makrolon®. The excellent sensitivity of Makrolon® materials also enables touch light color customization, which enhances both lighting and wireless charging performance.
Coverstro’s material solutions make the Libratone Zipp’s innovative design a reality.
Whether on the go or at home, music lovers need an easy way to access their libraries. With its sleek cylindrical design and stylish fabric covers, Libratone Zipp offers a wireless listening experience unlike anything else on the market. Since launch, it has won multiple recognitions, including a Red Dot Design Award, an iF Design Award, a Bronze Edison Award and a Good Design Award. It is also a IDSA finalist.
Unlike the horizontal designs prominent in traditional speakers, Libratone Zipp boasts a smooth rounded shape, giving it aesthetic appeal and the ability to rest upright. Covestro aims to provide suitable materials for both the form and function of this next generation speaker.
In order to maintain the speaker’s cylindrical design, the materials used must be durable enough endure the wear and tear that comes with portability, yet flexible enough to bend. In addition, the speaker’s small size requires complex interior materials capable of safeguarding electronic components.
Coverstro’s Makrolon® materials have now been integrated into the base model Libratone Zipp with excellent performance in both mechanical and fluid properties. These materials are not only light but impact resistant, allowing Libratone to achieve the hardy cylindrical design they were aiming for. In addition, Covestro’s Bayblend® has been adopted for the speaker’s interior structure due to its high flexibility and flame retardance.
Pushing the Boundaries of creativity and innovation.