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

Buoy oh Buoy

Buoy oh Buoy

Presenting the full future of sea traffic control. This is a new kind of buoy designed by Tae Hoon Lee and Sung Yong Kim, designed to be not only self-sufficient, but radio controlled. Each one of these devices is powered by EPAM, aka the undulating energy of waves. According to Lee and Kim, the EPAM is “shrunk or extended by the undulating force of the wave, such distortion of EPAM creates the electricity by induction of current drift.” How much power? Hows 5w of current per second? Enough? I think so.

0 Designers: Tae Hoon Lee and Sung Yong Kim

One Component Wind Power

One Component Wind Power

How would you like your very own take-it-home apply-it-yourself wind power generator? How about a whole array of them? This is a design that’s just that, take it home, unpack it, screw it into the wall, connect it to whatever battery you’ve got that can hold generated power, and let it rip! This design is made up of blades, the generator, a telescopic shaft (so that the fan can be extended or “away”, electric power plug, and switch. With an array of 15 of these fans, you can power a household of four people for a month.

0 Designers: Liao-Hsun Chen and Wen-Chih Chang

AKA Star Wars Moisture Vaporators

AKA Star Wars Moisture Vaporators

If you’re the sort of person whose been living in the Western world over say, the past 30 years, you’ve seen or at least know about the first Star Wars movie: A New Hope. In this movie they speak briefly about this bit of technology called a moisture vaporator. It collects water in a way opposite of the evaporation process that sucked the land dry of its watery resources. In a very similar gesture, designers Chun Yen Tsao and Hsing-Tan Yang have created “Swater.”

0 Designers: Chun Yen Tsao and Hsing-Tan Yang

No Stopping Public Relaxation

No Stopping Public Relaxation

Welcome to the future, where no road, train track, or body of water is barrier to the enjoyment and relaxation a person living in a city finds in a simple day in the park. As designer Mark Warren writes, “the city is made up of many urban barriers. These barriers provide and obstruction of the urban fabric. The area ABOVE these barriers can be used to provide not only a connection to the other side, but a space that can be used [for] more than just a bridge.” What a magnificent discovery!

0 Designer: Mark Warren

Composting in Muted Tones

Composting in Muted Tones

It’s the funny situation we’re in as a society, one where we’ve got lovely green resources such as plant “waste” that ends up going to waste each day of the year simply because our day-to-day lives don’t have room for collecting and using. Instead that waste does indeed go to waste, but designers Patrice Mouillé & Alain Tessier want to put a hand toward ending that with Vertuo, a Worm composter.

0 Designer: Patrice Mouillé & Alain Tessier

Vac for the Future

Vac for the Future

During the summer of 2010, organizations expressing concern for the environment around the world headed out to the ocean to collect marine debris. Once they had a bunch, the sent it (I’m assuming in a zip-lock bag) to appliance mater Electrolux to see what they could do with it. Basically, Electrolux took out the mould and got moulding. With this debris, Electrolux created “Vacs from the Sea.”

0 Designer: Electrolux

Make Biodiesel Your Own

Make Biodiesel Your Own

Apparently this super fabulous fuel situation known as Biodiesel is the miracle source of energy. Designer Ben Guthrie informs us that Biodiesel “is a renewable resource, completely biodegradable, non-toxic, cheap to make, and ingredients are readily available, often for free as by-products of other processes.” What Guthrie would like to do, spread the love of Biodiesel, is a very noble thing, as Biodiesel is not (yet) a widespread process.

0 Designer: Ben Guthrie

Fish Tank of Eternal Life

Fish Tank of Eternal Life

Designer Rob Maslin would like us all to think of the following phrase while looking at his project (in this post) and while going about creating industrial designs for the rest of our conscious lives: There is no such thing as sustainable product, only the by-products of a sustainable system. To be sustainable, first we must establish a close-loop system and the carrying capacity, then the system must be managed and not over- or under-consumed.” Thusly Maslin presents an aquaponic project by the name of “Free Lunch.” It’s an office-based fishtank with a loop of production and two sources of food.

0 Designer: Rob Maslin

This is Future Living

This is Future Living

The Future Living house is a testament to the will of design. It took twenty six designers (a feat in itself) to create it. Every technologic leap was analyzed to make sure anything proposed was possible by 2050. It’s a paradigm shift in home resource creation and location. Water uses gravity to generate pressure. Energy is harvested from solar and wind apparatuses. Air, water and waste are cleaned using a living bio wall and everything is recycled when possible.

0 Designers: Various

Row Your Landlubbing Cart

Row Your Landlubbing Cart

Made for adults as well as children, this is the row-tastic exercise tool, similar to a city bike, where you’re able to rent, ride, and return without worry. Intended for low traffic areas, woodlands, beach, park and residential areas. Great for all sorts of forms of golf, row your way into the future of exercise and shared vehicle usage. It’s called the “RowRay,” and it’s made to sit at the back and row with your arms. This vehicle’s stripped down to the bare essentials so that you can use it, or carry it over a river if you’re on the Oregon trail, or row REALLY FAST if you’re in a RowRay race.

0 Designer: Troels Øhman

Fold Up Plastic City Bike

Fold Up Plastic City Bike

Bike maestro designer Omer Sagiv has another treat for us all. This one goes by the name “ReCycle Me” and is a fold-up plastic city bike. Created using only recycleable moulded plastic, its potential impact on the environment is minimal. It features a single gear system for all you new-age bikers and those with no money for maintenance and a dynamo for powering the lights. Then using the full advantage of injection moulding technology, the bike has front, rear, and inbuilt seat suspensions.

0 Designer: Omer Sagiv