Green Thumb Gets The Light

Green Thumb Gets The Light

Eco-Lantern is a hand-held lantern that doubles up as a terrarium for tree saplings using a growth light as the light source. The idea of combining a useful object with a secondary purpose is quite interesting, especially if the purpose requires a certain level of commitment. I may not be inclined to grow a green patch, but if something as innovative as this comes along, who knows – it may motivate me enough!

0 Designer: Franklin Gaw

Carbon Fiber Backpacks

Carbon Fiber Backpacks

The new collection of backpacks designed for IDI by Vinaccia Integral Design, combine lightness and strength, thanks to a carbon fiber external skeleton which supports and protect the nylon fabric waterproof and tear resistant interior. There are three pockets, accessible from the exterior without opening the backpack. Inside there is room for a 15-inch laptop plus other compartments for accessories. I’m feeling uber “cyberish” over these. This isn’t your kid’s Jansport.

0 Designer: Integral Studio Vinaccia for IDI - Innovazione Design Italia

Bench Tweets

Bench Tweets

Kudos to the British Royalty for recognizing the potential of social media! Gizmodo’s Kat Hannaford reports that invitees have been encouraged to report the event live via Twitter and mobile uploads! This brings me to the project at hand called TweetingSeat, an exploration into the potential for connecting physical and digital communities.

0 Designer: Christopher McNicholl

A Tack for a Beach Chair

A Tack for a Beach Chair

The Tack bench and chair series by Monocomplex is a new approach to convenient beachfront seating. The sharp pointed bottom half makes it easy to place the chair in the sand while side handles allow the user to effortlessly pull the unit out. Not only is it lightweight and transportable, but the center hole makes this design stackable for quick and easy storage. Sure to make bums happy at your next beach party.

0 Designer: Monocomplex

An Eco Friendly Kiosk

An Eco Friendly Kiosk

The aptly named Ecokiosk uses a number of techniques to flash that ever important “green card” in today’s culture. Companies are looking for new ways to move their businesses towards more Earth friendly practices. The Ecokiosk aims to solve many of the lingering issues regarding mobile retail/service setups.

0 Designer: S Fahmi Yusoff from Bizarreka Design

Backpack Creates Renewable Energy

Backpack Creates Renewable Energy

Unlike my camping buddies who will poke fun at me for this, I will always bring along every electronic device that I can fit in my pack. Gotta have the phone, the camera, and I’ve even been known to sneak a laptop on occasion. Problem is, the batteries are dead within the day and I inevitably regret the extra weight. The Alppac is for anyone like me. It uses a suspended load mechanism to produce an electrical charge when the user is walking. Plug in your phone, iPad, or any other electronic device and get a renewable, clean charge between stops.

0 Designer: Joel Lim YM

City Compost Bin

City Compost Bin

Composting is an important, vital part to creating a sustainable city but few urbanites engage in the activity because of stigmas. The idea of having a heap of organic trash slowly decomposing away inside a hot box doesn’t seem very sanitary but to change that perception, the C/N concept aesthetically improves the appearance and ease of use of city compositing bins.

0 Designer: La Seconde d'Après

The Power of Footsteps

The Power of Footsteps

A team of college students came together to design a new traffic intersection that transforms the power of footsteps into energy. The theories behind piezoelectricity, or the conversion of movements and vibrations into electricity, have existed for over 100 years. Very few applications of piezoelectricity exist in this modern age. Upon researching this technology, they immediately realized a multitude of different avenues one could take to utilize it.

0 Designers: Ian Jaye, Jovan Popovic & Patrick Houin

Yoga at The Lights

Yoga at The Lights

Any bustling metropolis faces loads of pedestrians waiting at busy intersections for their turn to cross the road. Designer Li Ming feels that there is a lot waiting time wasted and we can utilize it as “meaningful time”, perhaps with some exercise and fun. A stretch here and a pull there… like synchronized yoga asana! By the time the lights turn green, you’re the next Jane Fonda!

0 Designer: Li Ming Hsing

Very Green Oil

Very Green Oil

The very muck that invades our pond and swimming pool is a goldmine! Actually, make that an oil well. I’m talking about algae and the potential to extract bio-oil from them. Green Transformer is a solar powered floating device that combines algae with a chemical additive and derives bio-oil on the spot. The consequent oil is stored in a separate chamber till someone comes and collects it all. I love the idea of making oil in my backyard!

0 Designers: Various

Map Your Travels by Scratching

Map Your Travels by Scratching

The Scratch & Track concept enables you to log your travels with printable papers embedded with a scratchable surface. You print maps of your destination on the paper and scratch off where you’ve been to create an analog keepsake of your travels. It even folds up like a map! Me, myself and I are partial to the digital age but I can totally see the novelty of scratchable maps spreading as fast as hipstamatic photos.

0 Designer: Yuree S. Lim

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

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