The WOO was chosen from a field of over 5,000 entries, from 57 countries. The prestigious Red Dot Award is only given to the most iconic and innovative products of the year and is highly coveted in the field of Industrial Design.
Sprout and WOO Sports teamed up to launch the WOO Action Sports Tracker under Sprout’s venture arm. At Sprout Ventures, they invest design resources for a reduced fee in return for equity. With lifestyle driven product startups such as WOO, Sprout feels that if all parties are invested they can make the company go further with less upfront costs. This can be a risky approach, but with Sprout’s expertise in bringing products to market they feel the rewards outweigh the risk. This Red Dot Award is a strong indicator that their combined efforts will pay off.
The goal of this concept was to provide a low impact package with up-cycling potential. To do so we designed a package that looked great at retail and had the added utility to double as a reusable food or water bowl for pets. Unfortunately, the cost for this concept was prohibitive and our client went in another direction.
Showcasing designs that are used every day, and products featuring first-of-a-kind innovations, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has announced the 136 winners of the 36th annual International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). IDSA Board of Directors Chair and former IDEA Jury Chair John Barratt hails the competition as “the authority on design.” More than 1,700 design projects from 30-plus countries entered IDEA 2016. Jury Chair Cameron Campbell, IDSA, led a team of global design experts from June 3 to 6 at The Henry Ford to judge more than 600 finalists.
Sprout teamed up with Stellé to create wireless Bluetooth™ earbuds nestled in a beautiful locket – the first of its kind in wearable tech – allowing women to cut the cord with the perfect union of both sound and style. The Audio Pillar™ provides a mix of fantastic sound and sweet style. Featuring limited edition collections and collaborations with brands like Dwell studio, Sprout created a must have product for the fashionable music lover.
Pet owners can create a profile of their dog or cat with key information including breed, personality traits, and whether it has any health or behavioral issues, or medicinal needs. The app will be able to tell you how close your pet is within a 250 foot Bluetooth range. If you’re out at the dog park, or tying your mutt up outside a cafe, you can set up a virtual leash that alerts you if they get outside a preset perimeter.
But it’s when you put the app in lost mode that the full utility of Pawscout comes out. Chavez says they spent a tremendous amount of time and effort perfecting the platform so that it tracks real time data and relays it meaningfully and simply. In lost mode, anyone who has the app and comes within 250 feet of your pet can be notified that your pet is lost. Through mesh networking, your pet’s location is updated and relayed to you.
When the Woo device gets close to a smartphone, it relays the data, so a kiteboarder riding the waves of Pleasure Bay in South Boston can compare his altitude or maximum airtime with a friend doing the same on the Cape. Chief executive Leo Koenig says Woo has already signed a distribution deal to put its product in several hundred stores; it will be available in the fall, at $149. The company plans to market it to snowboarders, BMX bike riders, and other action sports aficionados next.
The company is now testing data analytics to diagnose problems, such as mold hazards or figuring out that the one room that never gets warm may have been built with uninsulated ducts.