REDDOT WINNER 2020

When functionality and great Czech design meet. Professional VR headset XTAL wins the prestigious Red Dot Award for outstanding design quality.


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XTAL headset from VRgineers wins Red Dot for outstanding design quality

The Red Dot Jury has made its decision: XTAL VR headset emerged victorious from the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020 and won a Red Dot for its good design quality. This means that VRgineers in cooperation with Jakub Stedina design studio is one of the winners in the world’s most renowned design competition. 

Triangle grid as the main motif

For more than 60 years, the Red Dot Award has been providing a platform for designers and companies to assess good design for their outstanding products.  

XTAL is a complex device that connects several areas – electronics, ergonomics, construction, algorithms or optics. It is possible that they mediate immersion, that is, credibility. XTAL brings virtual reality which is much closer to the real world. “It is like magic because XTAL headset brings truly crystal clear view and the challenge for us was how to translate what you can see inside to the design of the product,” said Marek Polčák, CEO and co-founder of VRgineers and continue: “We tried to create design focusing on maximum simplicity with a crystal motif.”

“During the designing process, we decided to use the triangle grid as the main motif. The reason was simple – triangles are the core of computer graphics as well as virtual reality and for us represent crystal structure,” said Jakub Stedina, a designer from Stedina Design Studio. 

The name XTAL also refers to the appearance of glasses that resemble a crystal. There was also a simple language explanation behind the idea: Crystal glasses could be called XTAL, like Christmas being shortened to Xmas.

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In search of good design and innovation

In its origins, the Red Dot Award: Product Design has been finding the year’s best products since 1955. From fashion to consumer electronics, vehicles, medical technology and furniture – manufacturers and designers can submit their industrial products in 49 categories at present.

“The winners of the Red Dot Award have proved that they have created excellent products worthy of winning an award. The products won over the jury not only through their aesthetic, but also thanks to their incomparable functionality. With their designs, the award winners are setting new standards in their industry. I wish to congratulate them most sincerely on their success,” said Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder, and CEO of Red Dot.

A detailed evaluation of the products entered

The Red Dot Award: Product Design offers designers and manufacturers from all over the world a platform for assessing their products. In 2020, designers and companies from 60 countries entered more than 6,500 products in the competition. The international jury comprises experienced experts from different disciplines and has been convening for around 65 years in order to select the year’s best designs. The adjudication process lasts several days and is based on two essential criteria: The jurors test all of the entries in order to assess not just the aesthetic but also the materials selected, the level of craftsmanship, the surface structure, ergonomics, and functionality.

XTAL in exhibitions, online and in the yearbook

On 22 June 2020, XTAL will be added to the exhibition “Design on Stage” in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, where all of the award-winning products will be on the show. The museum will thus be a hot spot for best-in-class industrial design. From that date, the winning product from VRgineers will also be presented in the online exhibition on the Red Dot website. The Red Dot 2020/2021 Yearbook is released in July 2020.

About VRgineers

VRgineers, Inc. is a virtual reality engineering company developing and manufacturing cutting-edge enterprise-grade VR gear for professionals. Its new generation high-resolution VR headset platform is used by clients in the automotive, architecture, industrial design, and training sectors, enabling them to transform their work using VR technology. The company is headquartered in Prague with a U.S. office in Los Angeles.