Olde New Bike

Olde New Bike

This is a bicycle project whose aim is to create a cycle with a retro style mixed with a slightly more contemporary cafe racer model. Influenced by new and vintage fashions, this bike rides extremely low, and the material used to create it is chosen for its aesthetic beauty as well as its structural virtues. One of these materials is copper, which makes this a total steampunk bike without any of the steam shooting out of it. Perhaps you’d like some propulsion?

0 Designer: Carlos Pereira

Turnstile Power

Turnstile Power

We pass through rotating gates at many checkpoints like train stations and amusement parks and we never give it a thought but there is a lot of potential mechanical energy that can be harnessed. The Green Pass is one such gate with a three-roller switch mechanism to trap, transfer and convert mechanical energy as you pass through its turnstiles.

0 Designers: Various

Take Whats There and Make Energy

Take Whats There and Make Energy

One of the greatest things you can do as an industrial designer with earth-saving aspirations is to find a source of free or nearly-free energy. That’s what Luís Castanheira appears very much to have done here. This is Voltair, a wind power generator comprised of an array of fans set on the median of a highway, each of them turned by the air pushed past by the cars speeding by. The cars that’d be going by one way or another. Brilliant!

0 Designer: Luís Castanheira

Spring + Gear + Motor = Energy

Spring + Gear + Motor = Energy

It’s completely brilliant! Can you take this idea apart? This is a portable spring driven power generator design concept by designer Satoshi Yanagisawa, one that says you’ll be able to recharge your daily portable gadgets anytime anywhere without further negative impact to the environment. Sounds alright! The name of this project is “Cyclus,” and it’s a spring driven personal electricity generator. A hand held device that, when its bottom is twisted, provides 30 minutes of energy via the inner located spring via “rotation energy.”

0 Designer: Satoshi Yanagisawa

A Coconut Home for the iPad

A Coconut Home for the iPad

The coconut tree perhaps is the most giving tree in all of nature. What I mean is that every part of the tree is used in some industry or another. So it makes complete logical sense for young designers with an eco initiative to come up with an iPad cover made from materials sourced from the coconut tree! This is the story of Econut, a cover that blends back into nature after serving its purpose to the iPad.

0 Designers: Cho Youg-jo & Jeoung Jun-tae

Auto Freedom for Brazil and Beyond

Auto Freedom for Brazil and Beyond

By now, since I and we have mentioned it so often due to its massive spread of influence over the world of industrial design, we must assume you’ve seen the movie Minority Report. This film is a futuristic vision of the world in which one of the greatest innovations is the integrated highway system, one where no longer are there roads on which you can crash your car, but essentially rails on which you plug your destination in and you’re carried along your way. What the designers in this project have done is to make that auto system a reality – sort of.

0 Designer: 2:1 Industrial Design Team

Water Weighs All

Water Weighs All

Instead of using all that precious and energy-wasting metal in the construction of a scale, why not use water? That’s what the designer of this fabulous project thought, then he brought it to life – Water Scale, a scale that uses Archimedes’ Principle in a simple container to create just what he thought of in his mind.

0 Designer: Muzaffer Kocer & Ayca Guven

The Water Vapor Project

The Water Vapor Project

This year’s IIDA has some pretty interesting entries. For example the Water Vapor Project is an attempt to hydrate the parched desert landscape of Africa. It proposes to build an environment where greenery thrives thanks to the basic principles of water vapor. 

0 Designers: Sangwook Park, Sinjeong Lee, Hoyoung Lee & Hyeonju Jo

Lit by Wind

Lit by Wind

Wind Bulb is a light powered by wind. Winner of the LiteOn Award,  it’s designed for apartment balconies in urban areas. The tiny propellor at the top generates enough power to keep the light on all night. Love the design and the application of renewable energy. Love that it’s easy to install too. No need to run power anywhere.

0 Designers: WenCheng Hsiao & Jin-Dian Cheng

Green in the Virtual World is Good for the Real World

Green in the Virtual World is Good for the Real World

Stella is a collaborative project that offers a tangible interpretation of how ecological actions can positively affect the environment. It’s thought that if people can quickly see how simple acts like recycling can benefit the environment, they’re more likely to replicate those actions in the real world.

0 Designers: Julien Bergignat, Mathieu Azema, Arthur Brault, Maxime Billault & Nicolas Cloarec

Déjà vu LED?

Déjà vu LED?

The prolific design hub Art Lebedev is out with another of its creation and design-wise it’s got a major Philips hangover! I’m talking about the Optogan LED Lamp. To quote the studios, “the lamp combines classic ideas with advancements in microelectronics.” Anyways, the lamp features a radiator encasing that is designed as a set of ridges, which help in dissipating heat. These energy saving bulbs come as 40 & 60 watts. Simply love their organic form!

0 Designer: Art Lebedev Studio

The Cycle Generation

The Cycle Generation

The Encycle concept isn’t the first bicycle dynamo we’ve seen but it’s the only one we know of that connects to a smartphone. Every rotation gets accounted for and an inbuilt tilt sensor detects the road’s slope and sets the resistance level of the generator accordingly, maximizing efficiency. Needless to say the juice is used for topping up your smartphone & devices. A supporting Encycle app will help chart your course and function as a speedometer etc. What fun!

0 Designer: HyunHee Yoon

Create Energy Stepping

Create Energy Stepping

This fancy little object goes by the name “Slide” and with it, you can generate energy walking up and down steps. By simply placing your hand upon the green and pushing it along the railing aside the stairs you’re walking on, you’ll generate energy! With that energy, the several arrohead-shaped LEDs in the object are lit so that you might see where you’re going in a power outage or other emergency situation!

0 Designers: ShuoYang, Bolong Huang and Qiao Yang