Lead DesignerDan Harden
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Prize(s)2nd Place in Other Products Designs / Other Products designs
Entry Description

Stylish, light and versatile, Nod is a universal wireless controller for manipulating content on one’s TV, computer, smart phone, or any other smart device in your connected life. Simply wear Nod on your finger like a ring, point and gesture naturally, and watch as your devices magically react to your subtle and intuitive movements.

The Bluetooth-enabled ring responds to the simple rotation of your hand to adjust the temperature on your smart thermostat. Just point to turn your television on, change channels or adjust the volume. Glide across Nod’s gestural keyboard to search for your favorite show or present your slide deck. Nod can even be paired with head tracking in a virtual/augmented reality setting for a full immersive experience without the need for a clunky controller.

Nod was made possible due to miniaturized technology, advancements in accelerometers, and new small batteries. It’s construction is innovative. A single flex circuit wraps in an S shape around the inside of the circular ring and then around the battery, making an efficient package. The housing is waterproof so you can wash your hands, get sweaty etc. Nod has a jewelry-like appeal, as the curvy forms serve to secure it comfortably between the fingers. Nod comes in 12 different sizes.

Since the invention of the computer, onscreen media control and manipulation has been done with keyboards, remote controls, or mice. However, these typical input devices require a learned skill, are often slow, and can even cause pain. With the plethora of technology in our lives today, it was time to rethink the input device. Unlike any previous input device, Nod uses one of the oldest forms of communication to control content: natural, intuitive, simple human gestures. And with that, Nod completely redefines its category …


Whipsaw is an Industrial Design & Engineering consulting firm located in San Jose and San Francisco, California. Whipsaw focuses on innovative product design, UX, development and branding. Whipsaw creates products and experiences across many diverse categories including consumer electronics, housewares, medical, wearables, computing, scientific, industrial, and business products. Whipsaw’s clients range from large corporations like Avaya, Bosch, Cisco, Clorox, Ford, GE, Google, Haier, Intel, Leitz, Merck, Motorola, Nike, Olympus, Samsung, Sony, and TP-Link plus exciting startups like Apnicure, Avinger, Highfive, Livescribe, OM Signal and Sprimo.

The Whipsaw team has created hundreds of successful products for its clients. Our market hits include the Google OnHub, the original Google Chromecast, Nike+ FuelBand, Dell Precision computers, Livescribe smartpens, Dropcam security cameras, Eton emergency radios, the Adiri baby bottle, Cisco/Linksys routers, Yubo lunch boxes, Intel healthcare tablets, the Kaleidescape Cinema One, Leapfrog LeapPads, Roku TV boxes, Topcon survey equipment, and TP-Link networking devices.

Whipsaw has won over 240 Industrial Design awards including many IDEA, Red Dot, iF, MDEA, G-Marks, CES Innovations, and D&AD awards.

Fast Company magazine ranked Whipsaw among the Top 5 design firms in the world and honored Whipsaw CEO Dan Harden as one of the 100 most creative people in business.

Whipsaw’s creations are in the permanent collection at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, and the Pasadena Museum of California Art.