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

Generate Electricity From All Those Cars

Generate Electricity From All Those Cars

What if we used the kinetic energy from fast moving vehicles to change a magnetic field to generate electricity? Apply the same methodology to high-speed rails and you’ve got yourself a new power source sort of speak. Benefits? Higher efficiency of generating electricity, relatively simple installation and infrastructure, no pollution and it’s not affected by most weather conditions.

0 Designer: Fang-Chun Tsai

Accurate Warning!

Accurate Warning!

I have seen plenty of warning sign concepts and some innovative enough to include LED. But this one takes the cake for being simple and effective! Just look at it, the sign indicates exactly which way you need to divert by pointing out an LED Arrow to the right direction. Left or right…you get to set it, depending upon your broken-down vehicle’s position. Awesome!

0 Designer: Ye Luo

Home for the Modern Bird

Home for the Modern Bird

Designer Alejandra Castelao gives the traditional birdhouse a total facelift with this unorthodox design, the Nido Birdhouse. Made from ceramic and coated with a lead-free glaze, this geometric, multifaceted home is better shaped to resist the elements, and sports a futuristic feel our feathered friends are sure to appreciate.

0 Designer: Alejandra Castelao

Plasti-Perch

Plasti-Perch

An alternative to the traditional wooden birdhouse, this playful design by Quentin de Coster is composed of thermoformed polystyrene and aluminum, making for a durable and long-lasting home for feathered residents. The circular disk that supports the house also doubles as the perfect perch for sun bathing.

0 Designer: Quentin de Coster

Energizing Neighborhoods

Energizing Neighborhoods

How can design be used to change and improve perceptions about shared spaces? Project Energizing Neighborhoods is a strategic addition to a city’s ongoing narrative with its outdoor spaces, created by developing on the existing typology of a park bench. Now multi-functional, you can get your fitness on while you wait for the bus. The human generated power is stored to light the attached streetlamp.

0 Designer: Bharat Bhargava

Safe Journey at Night!

Safe Journey at Night!

SafetyDistance is a solar powered road signs that line the outer edge of the highway. Their presence increases nighttime visibility and ensures road safety. The cylinders detect passing cars via infrared sensors and trigger off the warning lamp. Cars tailing the first are forewarned and can pace their distance accordingly. Depending upon the distance between the two cars, the lamp glows from red (too close) to yellow (close) to green (safe distance), and then ultimately switches off when no cars are around. The idea is to increase road safety via a self-sustainable design.

0 Designer: Da Wei Xing

Making A Big Deal Out of Lights & Trash

Making A Big Deal Out of Lights & Trash

Solar power and waste disposal is always a winning combination with the green brigade, but unlike some loft concepts, the City Context is a very practical and utilitarian design. It’s the combo of solar powered streetlamps with color-coded dustbins within the shaft of the lamp. Icons on the bin indicate its use and help in garbage segregation in its first level itself.

0 Designers: Various

Purposefully Incomplete

Purposefully Incomplete

Sara Roxana Melvinson’s line of product displays has a unique way of engaging the user. The Vivid collection consists of  ”half completed” components, encouraging the utilization of one’s own creativity while simultaneously encouraging the user to become a part of the presentation process.  The table, podium, jewelry tree, and clothes hanger can be customized and adorned with any material to fit the user’s individual aesthetic. 

0 Designer: Sara Roxana Melvinson

Wireless Electricity from a Bus Stop

Wireless Electricity from a Bus Stop

This project aims to develop and simplify the operational logistics of electrically wireless public transport infrastructure. A new Bus Stop wirelessly charges up any electric bus as it passes by integrating the technology from WiCity. Designed as a final year project, designer Gavin Harvey looked at real sized rigs and researched the reduction in stored electrical capacity to create a concept we could start building out in the near future.

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Doing Dishes the Non-Electric Way

Doing Dishes the Non-Electric Way

EcoWash is your friendly dishwasher/dinner-set holder that you can take along on picnics and camping trips. Combining the components of a bucket of water, cleaning brush, suds and drying, this compact portable machine is ideal for the outdoors. The crank handle works the inner machinery to rotate the dish rack for cleaning purposes. Water is sourced through a tap or a pipe and is expelled with the grime through a special release slot.

0 Designer: David Stockton

Better Than Fireflies in a Bottle

Better Than Fireflies in a Bottle

I remember camping trips where we would carry an extra jar, just to catch fireflies and make glow-in-the-dark lamps. The Bottle Lantern looks something like that. It’s a standard wide-mouth water bottle with four bright LEDs in the lid that are powered by placing your finger in the carrying hook and turning. Thirty seconds of spinning equates to about four minutes of light.

0 Designers: Alexandra Hart & Trey Williams

The People's Bandstand

The People’s Bandstand

A bandstand is always the center, ornamental focal point and usually the most exciting area of any good celebration. The People’s Bandstand, a design by a mix of architecture students from across Britain and commissioned by RIBA and the Southbank Centre, incorporates two distinctly British structural icons as inspiration: the bandstand & maypole. The unforgettable modern twist on the classic has a playful aesthetic that will host live performers, public gatherings, & playing children throughout the summer. Check out the construction timelapse after the jump!

0 Designers: Various