The Vitamins In Google Are So Good For You

The Vitamins In Google Are So Good For You

Brand power is everything in business and some people know how to milk it best. Sony, Microsoft, Apple, and our favorite Google…powerful names that carry a lot of weight. In the concept-design-world, the trick to get noticed is not to associate the brands with the obvious. For example, concept  Sony gadgets have been done to death, but a Google Envelope will attract more attention. Likewise having jaded Hollywood actresses sell fountain of youth pills pales in comparison to Google selling Vitamins.

0 Designer: Andrew Seunghyun Kim

Carving Up the Ice Caps

Carving Up the Ice Caps

So it’s summer. You get kinda tired of the skin-bubbling heat, so you decide to head to the chill zone for some much-needed ski or snowboard or sled-dog action. You get out there and you get injured in a major way! Who comes to the rescue? Wolves. Well not anymore! Now there’s the CARV, aka the Compact Alpine Rescue Vehicle as designed by Matt Hardman.

0 Designer: Matt Hardman

Detector VS Black Skin Cancer

Detector VS Black Skin Cancer

Just yesterday I wrote about a lovely tea container by Antonia Haaf, today Haaf’s got a device for us that detects Black Skin Cancer. Wow! It is a gift you receive as a designer when you’ve given the opportunity to work on even as small amount as 2 projects with such a different set of intentions. When you get rid of your skin cancer, have a nice cuppa to celebrate. Or maybe have a cuppa if you detect that black spot as NOT being cancer. How about that?

0 Designer: Antonia Haaf

Danger Alert Enabler

Danger Alert Enabler

A view of the ambient noise is what this device hopes to give people with less than a perfect sense of hearing. The fashionable bit of the Danger Alert Enabler, is the wristband, but it also comes with a “micro device.” The way these two bits work together is: sound goes in one, comes out the other. But as the micro device, which sits on your belt, hears sound, it interprets it and translates it to a corresponding pictogram and in some cases, a vibration for warning.

0 Designer: Konstantin Datz

Illuminate Your Influenza

Illuminate Your Influenza

How would you like to be able to blow into a device and know what you’ve got, no matter what it is, anywhere in your body? We’re not there yet. What we DO have here is a device that, with genetically modified bioluminescent bacteria, can visualize traces of the influenza virus in your body. To do this, you’ve just gotta collect some spit in this special container. In 15 minutes, if the special bacteria inside stop emitting their continuous flow of bioluminescence, you’ve got it.

0 Designer: Jan van der Asdonk

Projections for Autism

Projections for Autism

Choosing to be a teacher for kids and adults on the Autistic spectrum for your profession is a fabulously noble thing to do. It can be frustrating though, for the same reasons being any sort of adventurer, archeologist, or scientist can be frustrating: there are things we just don’t know. More research is being done every day on Autism, and new things are being discovered daily, too! How should we continue to latch on to an understanding of this disorder all night and party every day? Sixthsense!

0 Designer: Timothy Byrne

Like a Roomba that you Ride In

Like a Roomba that you Ride In

Ever wonder why there is brail text on drive-up ATMs? Well maybe the makers of ATMs accepted the inevitable future and understand that one day our society will invent autonomous transportation for the world’s blind. Nah, it was probably cheaper to produce one kind of ATM. But at least Eric Leong is thinking about helping the blind. He has designed a concept that takes all the guess work out of navigating to your destination. Simply hail the Johnny Cab IRIS – AUTONOMOUS TRANSPORT via text message and text in your destination.

0 Designer: Eric Leong

Frontpack for Search and Rescue

Frontpack for Search and Rescue

How would you like to use some rescue technology that incorporates infrared sensors, sensitive directional audio microphones, communication, navigation and medical guidance to help with the wild, wild situations you get in as a rescuer! It’s called “SixthSense for Search and Rescue” and it’s designed by Dieter Amick. Designer Dieter Amick designed the heck out of these packs and they are wild, wild, fantastic and undeniably shiny.

0 Designer: Dieter Amick

I got NEWS For You

I got NEWS For You

Motorized wheelchairs are a great invention, giving millions of disabled people mobility and independence but they’re still prohibitively expensive. Even with insurance, it can take families years to save up the cash to buy one. An alternative is the NEWS (New Electric Wheelchairs) by Ju Hyun Lee. The contraption attaches to any standard wheelchair giving you instant motorized power. Great for hospitals, nursing homes, physical therapy centers, and a future episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion.

0 Designer: Ju Hyun Lee

Breathe In, Breathe Out

Breathe In, Breathe Out

Asthmatics should regularly monitor their airways to determine if there’s any deterioration, but checking in to see a doctor that frequently is time consuming so designer Felix (love that name) created Blue Flow. The system combines a peak flow monitor with mobile phone software. Information is wirelessly transmitted to the phone for your doctor to monitor. The information gathered can be used to determine the best course of action since the condition is finicky and changes based on a number of health and environmental variables.

0 Designer: Felix Steinhardt

German Laser Dentist

German Laser Dentist

I am not even kidding. This project has German people, lasers, and dentists who use lasers on German people in it. German people in the pre-cursor to the project, if you will. The designer of this project, Muna Sawas, found 50% of Deutsch citizens to be totally afraid to visit their dentist. So what’s to be done? Make a practically pain-free, totally awesome laser therapy method. With lasers! On the teeth!

0 Designer: Muna Sawas

Intravenus de Milo

Intravenus de Milo

That’s how pretty this is! Believe it! Have you ever had the need for an infusion? Perhaps a bag of fresh fluids in your veins to clean you up a little bit, or maybe you’re low on blood? Sometimes when this is a need, you also just happen to be living in New York, where you’re not allowed to sit still for more than a couple minutes or you’ve lost your job and lifestyle! So what do you do? You get a “Hook Man!” Designed by Chaozhi Li, a fabulous inventor who’s got style on the mind as well! When I first saw this design, I thought it was for some Tron body armor!

0 Designer: Chaozhi Li

Three Ear Components

Three Ear Components

One, two, three, and you’ve got an elegant solution to hearing loss. Very pretty in each! First you’ve got the hearing devices themselves, one in each ear, two, you’ve got two rings, one ring on each finger for manual volume adjustment control, three, the charging and display case. All of them together create “El,” also known as “El-Egance.” Now you will be excellent, and if I might say so myself, I’m quite surprised this doesn’t also have an mp3 component. Maybe version 2.0!

0 Designer: Ryan Kirkpatrick