Sitting Next to People at the Airport

Sitting Next to People at the Airport

5% annual growth of global commercial air passenger traffic means more people in an airport terminal at one time. The AEROS  project looks to improve seating efficiency by tackling personal space issues through the use of table and seating arrangements. Current tandem seating is ineffective. People tend to avoid sitting next to strangers. In some cases bags are put on top of seats intentionally to create a barrier.

0 Designer: Michael Dharmawan

Beautifully Disposed Trash

Beautifully Disposed Trash

The sight of ugly trash bins in scenic parks certainly mars the natural beauty. Bryant Park Litter Receptacles and Recycling Bins put an end to the eyesores and appear as inspirational pieces that urge us to be responsible citizens. The bins come in three variations, one for general trash, one for papers and one for cans and bottles. The linear detailing, colors and operational slits match the function of each bin.

0 Designer: Ignacio Ciocchini for the Bryant Park Corporation in New York

Hikers Fall but They Can Get Up

Hikers Fall but They Can Get Up

The Survival Hiking Bag creates a protective barrier in the form of an air bag which envelopes the body when a hiker falls. It releases automatically due to acceleration via CO2 compressed air. The bag extends the survival chances by reducing the level of injury when one falls off a cliff. The polyester material is waterproof and brightly colored to make it easier for rescuers to spot.

0 Designers: Wong Hok Pan Sam & Lo Man Chun

Flameless Outdoor Cooker for Campers

Flameless Outdoor Cooker for Campers

The Outdoor Chef is a shortlisted entry in the 2011 Australian Design Award-James Dyson Award. It’s an all-in-one camp cooker designed for portability, storage, food prep and of course cooking. The flameless induction cooktop is perfect for fire restricted camp sites and considering this is from a country recently ravaged by fire – it emphasizes safety without compromising the joy of being outdoors.

0 Designer: Jessica Damsma

A Vest of Power

A Vest of Power

The construction industry suffers from one of the highest work-related accidents across the board with nearly 60% of those injured having to leave indefinitely. The H3 is a vest with integrated accumulators on the back and supporting arm. The design improves physical efficiency using artificial muscle technology. It’s meant to assist the human operator, not replace him/her.

0 Designer: Martin Gschwandtl

Glide for a Pose

Glide for a Pose

The aerial camera is not a new concept to us. The trend started with the Flying Stick and moved on with a Balloon to the Boomerang! This time around we have the camera disguised as a Glider. It takes videos and stills but to take flight, you slingshot it into the air. At its peak, the glider’s folded wings bounce back into shape and aid in its casual glide.

0 Designer: Xiaofei Wang

Never mind Asphalt, Sandstone Roads

Never mind Asphalt, Sandstone Roads

Asphalt has been used for the last 80 years. It greatly contributes to the urban heat island effect, reaching peak temperatures of 48–67°C. At current consumption levels, approximately 28,000,000 barrels of crude oil were required to create South Korea’s 86,990 km roadway system. This is roughly 5x the amount of oil released into the Gulf of Mexico. The Sand Stone Road project proposes the use of an organic process to create sandstone from sand as an alternate paving surface, thereby mitigating the harmful effects of asphalt.

0 Designers: Thomas Kosbau & Andrew Wetzler

Turnstile Power

Turnstile Power

We pass through rotating gates at many checkpoints like train stations and amusement parks and we never give it a thought but there is a lot of potential mechanical energy that can be harnessed. The Green Pass is one such gate with a three-roller switch mechanism to trap, transfer and convert mechanical energy as you pass through its turnstiles.

0 Designers: Various

Refreshing Bench at Your Service

Refreshing Bench at Your Service

It’s taken a lot of designers to come up with this idea, so I guess we better humor them! What we have here is a public bench called Fresh Chair, a place where you can stop and rest. An integrated plant-world coexists with the comfort zone and is used to trap and harness energy to power LEDs as night lights. They also provide a cooling mist during the summer heat. Maybe they can replace the lush palm trees dotting Dubai with Fresh Chair, what do you think?

0 Designers: Yi-Miao Chen, Je shin Wang, Ssu chen Liu, Yun Chang, Yu jay Chen, Ching-Chang Chuang, Shaio-Chung Cha &Yu-Hung Chien

Transmutive Tableware

Transmutive Tableware

There’s a vintage paradigm of tableware that may need to be reinvented to better suite modern living. “Slice” adopts the idea of transmutive tableware – soft plastic that can change form from cups to plates to bowls by using agraffes. It’s space efficient and much easier to clean when everything is essentially the same shape when unfurled. I love the idea.

0 Designers: Qing Ji & JiaYue Wu

The Water Vapor Project

The Water Vapor Project

This year’s IIDA has some pretty interesting entries. For example the Water Vapor Project is an attempt to hydrate the parched desert landscape of Africa. It proposes to build an environment where greenery thrives thanks to the basic principles of water vapor. 

0 Designers: Sangwook Park, Sinjeong Lee, Hoyoung Lee & Hyeonju Jo

Yet Another Traffic Light!

Yet Another Traffic Light!

We’ve seen some really cool Traffic Lights Concepts and going to the list is the Mobius Strip Lamp. It’s a one-in-all installation that features vehicle signals, pedestrian signals and a street lamp. The main idea is to reduce the visual mish-mash of lights and get them composed into one neat strip. The signal values are standard, meaning green, yellow, and red light.

0 Designer: Kisung Lee

The Red Cross Needs This

The Red Cross Needs This

Easy access to water during a fire in the subway is next to impossible. The interim solution is to hold a soaked rag to your face. The Crack Mask is a set of emergency masks you crack open, breaking the water capsule inside. Hold the soaked mask to your face and proceed with the evacuation.

0 Designers: Han Chi-hoon & Kim Yeon-soo

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