More Than Signals

More Than Signals

The Sólo is a modular traffic signal that can be easily disassembled and used for other purposes. A good example is the event of a road mishap, and how the lights can be intelligently used to create a detour for oncoming traffic. Even for road repairs; if the street is closed, may as well use the lights for marking out the hazard space! Clever use of LED lights ensure eco-sense and the modular format give the lights the versatility to be used in numerous circumstances.

0 Designers: Matheus de Luca, Moreira Pinto & Porto Alegre

Smart Bench

Smart Bench

Voda Design’s Solar Bench is a multifunctional streetlight/bench combination that harnesses solar energy to power its overhead LED lamp. Solar panels built into the bench case make it possible to place the unit in any location independent of a local power supply. Integrated outlets can also be used by the public as a daytime charging station for laptops, cell-phones, or other electronic devices. This super-convient design is a great solution for minimizizing wasted space while reducing our carbon footprint.

0 Designer: Voda Design

Green Thumbs Up for Kids

Green Thumbs Up for Kids

In a world full of mesmerizing indoor toys like computers and video game consoles, it’s easy to lose sight of the bright sun and blue sky found in our own backyard… especially if you’re a kid! Inspired by this idea, these child-safe gardening tools were designed to help promote an active lifestyle, health-conscious attitude, and overall respect for nature. The Parrot pruner, Watermelon watering attachment, and Snail shovel combine whimsical aesthetic with intuitive functionality that will turn gardening from a chore into a fun and exciting outdoor activity.

0 Designer: Chris Armstrong

Radio Controlled Lifesavers

Radio Controlled Lifesavers

Adding a dash of technology to the traditional lifesaver ring is this intelligent concept called RC – Controlled Life Buoy. As the name suggests, it is a saving ring that can be controlled by the lifeguard using radio controllers. The idea is to help make the rescue operation swifter and lessen the stress of the person in the water.

0 Designers: Peng Shanzhong, Li Weilin & Ju Xinxin

Brick Lego Homes!

Brick Lego Homes!

I love this concept of turning food relief packets to something useful, especially if used in disaster struck areas. The idea is to bundle food (rice) and water into this brick-like module, which can later be used to build temporary shelters. Thanks to their Lego inspired shape, the UNICEF Brick structures promise to be sturdy as temporary shanties.

0 Designer: Psychic Factory

Marine Life Monitor

Marine Life Monitor

Coral Rasa aims to help scientists monitor & protect the coral reefs of the world, currently one of the least protected natural habitats with 60% being under imminent risk of collapse due to human pressures. The diver-delivered device incorporates a camera, water tester, hydrophone, & coral bleaching monitor into one central unit that becomes a part of the reef itself, providing invaluable information about changes to the marine environment while simultaneously bringing public awareness to the fragile situation.

0 Designer: Derek Bennion

The Dew Trap

The Dew Trap

Apparently plastic bags are a resourceful means to collect morning dew and many mountaineers use it to collect water. Needless to say, not all climbers are conscientious enough to carry back their litter, and as a result many of our peaks are getting polluted. To offer a better alternative, we have here the Succulent Concept, a mock up of a succulent plants. It helps collect and filter in the morning dew, directly into a bottle and is easily portable.

0 Designer: Yu-ru Chen

Question of the Coat

Question of the Coat

Mumbai, my hometown is famous for its harsh monsoons and I have seen people come up with ingenious ideas to protect themselves from the rain-wrath. But trust me nothing beats the Umbrella Coat Raincoat concept. Simply put, it’s a clever combination of a raincoat, waterproof trousers and an umbrella. The biggest plus being that it leaves your hands free to carry or do other stuff. Something that is completely not possible with an umbrella.

0 Designer: Athanasia Leivaditou

Inspiring Installation

Inspiring Installation

A winner at the 2011 Shitsurai Art International Competition, Crater Lake is an environmental installation that serves as a meeting place to visit with friends, contemplate the surroundings, or simply sit for a moment. The design was inspired by the social revitalization of the city of Kobe, Japan after the Great Hanshin-Awaji earthquake of 1995.

0 Designer: 24° Studio

A New Look at Drains

A New Look at Drains

At a time when we see most designers concentrating on personal products, we have here InHo Lee who is concerned about the ways to improve public drains. His Filter Sewer is system that segregates trash (like leaves) from wet waste and allows drains to remain clog-free. The system also allows the authorities to place odor-removing (or absorbing) tablets, and keep the streets fragrant. Now the latter half may be a tall order to consider, but on the whole I think the idea is neat.

0 Designer: InHo Lee

Surfing Asymmetrical

Surfing Asymmetrical

These original asymmetrical boards are undeniably awesome in both aesthetic & functionality. The limited series of regular & goofy-footed boards are made of foam & fiberglass & each is painted with bold color-blocking complimented by a super shiny high-gloss finish. As for the shape- designer Rick Malwitz explains, “surfing backside typically feels stiffer than frontside, but the smaller turning radius on the ‘short’ side of the board helps the backside ride just as well as the front. It’s a great feature to the shape.”

0 Designers: Various

Raise Safety Quotient While Snowboarding

Raise Safety Quotient While Snowboarding

Daredevil acts while snowboarding offer their fare share of thrills, however one can never be too cautions and thus accidents occur! In such an event, especially when it’s getting closer to sunset, the friendly slopes soon turn hostile and every bit of survival skills need to be harnessed. Keeping this situation in mind, the trio designers have conceptualized a snowboard/post with an OLED Safety Light embedded into the surface. The light is easily activated and is incorporated in such a way that it doesn’t cause any hindrance during snowboarding or run the risk of breaking. A simply superb idea!

0 Designers: Jung Hoon Lee, Jung Eun Kim and Hyun Min Lee

A Light for any Situation

A Light for any Situation

I’ve been known to mix technology with camping and wish I had something like this for my next trip! The Luminous flashlight acts a both a regular front-light for directional illumination or a global-light for illuminating an entire area. A perfectly simple yet practical design with uses that extend well beyond camping.

0 Designer: Omer Deutsch