Making a device that works is one thing. Making one that looks good is another. But making a device whose good looks and function meld seamlessly together is something else entirely. Every year, the ‘Red Dot Award: Product Design’ competition highlights the products that strike that balance better than any others.
This year, a panel of 40 product and design experts selected EyeLock’s myris as a Red Dot honoree in the Computers and Information Technology category. myris was selected from among 4,815 entries from 53 countries.
Germany’s Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen has run the Red Dot competition since 1954, and past winners include everyone from Apple to Bose. The award is internationally recognized as a seal of quality.
EyeLock partnered with Frog Design to create myris, the company’s first consumer-facing iris authentication device. The goal was ambitious, yet simple: take EyeLock’s iris authentication technology and put it in the hands of everyday people.
The challenge was clear to Frog. “A biometric experience must be flexible, approachable, and simple to use and manage,” the firm notes on its website. As such, myris is a relatively minimalist device—there are no features that might obscure or intrude upon the user experience.
myris is designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. Frog designers mapped an easy-to-grip triangle onto a circle with a soft-touch coating. The face is designed specifically to unmistakably evoke EyeLock’s video-based iris authentication. Users pick up myris and simply look into its mirror to unlock their email, bank and social-media accounts, and other sensitive data.
“Only the best products receive an award from the jury,” Red Dot initiator and CEO Peter Zec said in a statement. “This is especially reflected in the percentage of successful entries in the Red Dot Award, which is much smaller in contrast to other international design competitions.”
myris was recognized earlier this week at the Red Dot Gala in Essen, Germany. It will also appear in 2014’s Red Dot Design Yearbook and will be on display at the Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore.