Map Hole Points The Way

Map Hole Points The Way

Map Hole is a new road guidance tool designed to direct pedestrians and travelers to their final destination using existing elements in the urban landscape. It locates the pedestrian with a starting point and provides information on the exact distance or average walk time to the listed landmarks. It sounds intriguing but I feel like I need a cartography degree to understand it. If this were real, you might just enter a city full of confused people looking down at the ground.

0 Designer: Jiae Kwon

Grilly Willy

Grilly Willy

Yes! This is a grill by one of the longest-winded design team names in the business, or at least that I’ve ever seen: Liebschaften Möbelgestaltung. They’ve made this lovely little grill and have titled it “Longgrill.” It’s the missing link between grill and fire bowl! One simple slider’s all it took, all it takes, all it will take when you’re out camping like a real trooper!

0 Designer: Liebschaften Möbelgestaltung

Powered By Trash

Powered By Trash

A lamppost powered by trash seems like a strange idea but if you think about the ratio between city trash and energy needs – things start to make sense, kinda. This lamppost composts trash and uses the methane byproduct as a fuel to power the lamps. The compost can then be retrieved to re-green our cities. I like the idea but it’s not clear how much trash is needed to keep such a system going.

0 Designer: Haneum Lee

Pride of Street Cleaners

Pride of Street Cleaners

Dignity and pride in whatever you do, even if it’s cleaning the streets. Someone has to the dirty job of cleaning up your litter, and why not equip them with the perfect gear so that they can do a perfect job. With this contention in mind, we have Youn-il Lee designing the Green Fox Street Cleaning Kit for the road sweepers of Seoul. However, it’s something that the street-sweepers from the world over can do with. A standard 100-liter bin with special care to the peripherals makes this an ideal design.

0 Designer: Youn-il Lee

Step Onto The Manhole

Step Onto The Manhole

Don’t worry you won’t fall in. This is the “Eco Sign” for you, a digital manhole cover that harnesses the rainwater to power it. Tap a foot left or right and it gives you instant info on the nearest train station or bus stop. Maps and signboards be damned! A multifunctional manhole with a rocking display…and all the thieves vying for it!

0 Designers: Cheolyeon Jo & Youngsun Lee

Not Another Brick In The Wall

Not Another Brick In The Wall

The Save Water Brick design is really unique; the brick is a mixture of discarded plastic bottles and dried rotting leaves molded into bricks. There are funnels within the brick to channelize the rain water to nearby plants or underground tanks. So the basic idea is that it collects rainwater for consumption. Obviously the bricks are intended for external walls so that they can absorb the water, but the question is will they be strong enough to endure the elements?

0 Designers: Jin-young Yoon & Jeongwoong Kwon via IIDA

War of the Patio Worlds

War of the Patio Worlds

There’s no deflection like reflection! Does that make sense to you? It will in a second here, just wait. As for the title of this post: this products we’re about to explore is a Heat Reflection Canopy and it’s made, quite simply, to keep your patio warm. Oh that didn’t explain it well enough for you then, ey? Well perhaps our alien overlords could explain better?

0 Designer: Russell Zoran Corder

Skipper Don’t Forget The Rewave

Skipper Don’t Forget The Rewave

Rewave is essentially a design using Reverse Osmosis for desalinating the sea water. More for private consumption in coastal regions where fresh water is scarce or at-sea disaster situations, the Rewave is quite self-sufficient. It floats in water and harnesses the energy from the waves to power itself. Since a great amount of pressure is required for RO, the aperture has been placed at the bottom of body, allowing the seawater to get through to the motor area. After desalinating, the fresh water accumulates at the top and comes out via a pipe.

0 Designer: Yu-Hong Che

One Tent Two Tent One Tent

One Tent Two Tent One Tent

So! Winter is well on it’s way. There’s no way around it. As the world turns, so do the seasons *unless you don’t live in Minnesota, and you’ve got to understand that camping season is almost over! So make the best of it with the greatest tent invention since the tent itself: the tent connection device. Called “Abri Socio” by its mad-scientist creator, it will change the way you camp… FOREVER!

0 Designer: Becky Greenwood

The Ball is The Game is The Stadium

The Ball is The Game is The Stadium

The following stadium was designed by the wonderful folks over at UNStudio, especially one Ben van Berkel. He (they) won a limited competition to design a gigantic football stadium for the most successful football (soccer for you USA residents) team in the Chinese Super League: Dalian Shide FC! The design reflects vividly the breathtaking amalgamation of the ancient Chinese cuju football. A must peek.

0 Designer: Ben van Berkel / UNStudio

Raking Up Some Fun

Raking Up Some Fun

Fall’s almost here and the lawn looks pretty dandy with all the leaves falling. I don’t break a sweat coz it’s not my part of the chores, but I do feel for my husband who has to do all the raking. Here’s where concepts like Power Rake can come handy. Unlike the traditional comb-n-handle ones, this one features a conveyer belt system with well-spaced teeth and a sack to catch the booty. Powered by the kinetic motion of the front wheel, the rake glides over the grass and devours all the mess.

0 Designer: Rury Vizcarra

The Future of... Tractors?

The Future of… Tractors?

You been Yanko-readin’ long? If ye have, you know that we don’t get very many farm-machinery-related projects just poppin up on the regular here around the Yanko offices. But lo! Here one doth roll! It’s a future tractor. Made to not just look futuristic but to ACT like it too, this lovely bit of corn harvesting metal and wheels is a progressive little number!

0 Designer: Vipin George

Curiosity Killed The Cat

Curiosity Killed The Cat

If you see the Touch Intrigue on the road, wouldn’t you be tempted to just pass by and run hands on it? Intrigue, curiosity and our urge to touch, all culminate into this experimental “Touch Powered By Intrigue Concept.” A working prototype placed in a busy mall and sidewalk proved that people subconsciously are curious, and this often leads to physical interaction. These weed inspired protrusions harness energy from the touch via the use of piezo-ceramic cores molded within the stems of the product.

0 Designer: Peter Dalton