A Missing Limb's Best Friend

A Missing Limb’s Best Friend

The thought of a limb sitting on ice in a picnic cooler en route to the ER makes me cringe.  Now here’s an idea that would put me a little more at ease if that ever happens. The Emergency Transporter Unit or ETU was designed for safe, sterile transportation of body parts from accident to hospital, or hospital to hospital for cadaver transplant limbs. A thermoelectric cooling system, aerogel temperature regulating insulation, and a rigid protective casing ensure all your favorite body parts the best chance of reattachment. (Knock on wood)

0 Designer: Mehrafza Mirzazad

Unmanned Surface Vehicle

Unmanned Surface Vehicle

Straight out of 007, the BES, or Black Eye Sea concept, is a response to emerging threats at sea that focuses on autonomous navigation to monitor waterways near valuable maritime assets such as navel vessels, oil rigs, or coastal power plants. The 3 jet drive speed boat and stealthy dual-engine submarine are fast and highly maneuverable, providing quick surveillance or powerful force protection if need be. Whether operating by itself or being remotely guided, the Black Eye Sea’s aim is to put human life out of harms way.

0 Designer: Harbaoui Zoubier

For Dish Dummies Like Me

For Dish Dummies Like Me

Grrr, I hate doing the dishes! I never know quite where to start whether I’m loading or pushing buttons, and now that they’re so silent I can never tell if it’s actually on. The Wave was designed to be not only aesthetically appealing but it’s front fluid contours also house a super easy-to-use control panel designed to naturally guide the user into a logical sequence of actions. The aqua window and optional translucent top are a great for making sure everything is running smoothly… or at all.

0 Designer: Guilherme Parolin

Friday Giveaway: Limited Edition TOKYObay DIY Watch Kit

Friday Giveaway: Limited Edition TOKYObay DIY Watch Kit

How about spending a great weekend constructing with a DIY project where you get to customize a really cool watch that speaks to your style! TOKYObay is out to get you all excited with their Limited Edition DIY Watch Kit, which has 8 different looks perfect for work or weekend…and guess what? It’s for you to WIN! Simply tell us why you are the one who should win this amazing kit!

0 Contest Closes: 13th March 2011, 11:59 pm PST

Peugeot XB1

Peugeot XB1

It’s 2025. Cities have outgrown themselves, shifting mobility as we know it. Public transportation is more efficient than ever (ok, maybe it’s 2225), but car use is limited to long distance travel outside urban districts. Q: How do you make those short distance travels that are too long to walk? A: The Peugeot XB1. Ok, so it might just be hypothetical, but can we start getting ready, please? If for nothing else, just so we can zip around town on this cute, human size, wheeled exoskeleton reminiscent of Johnny-5?

0 Designers: Various

Not Your Grandmother's Doily

Not Your Grandmother’s Doily

Love a good doily y’all. Characterized by intricate crocheted doilie fabric, it’s become a cultural staple in many households. As one friend puts it, “they’re old timey,” and grandma puts them underneath everything. LACE-ER takes the traditional craft and turns it into a functional tool for the kitchen – a strainer, a sieve, table mats and even wall decor when not in use. This modern doily is grandma approved.

0 Designer: Magdalena Szwajcowska

Bring Luck

Bring Luck

There are bowls that cannot be used because of small defects. And there are people around us that need these bowls. Bring Luck was made to make these bowls usable for people who need them, with a little birdie. By sticking the product onto the cracked areas, the bowls can be used even more usefully than new ones.

0 Designers: Huh Ka-young & Choi Jin-ah

The Cooling Effect Gets Fancy

The Cooling Effect Gets Fancy

Global warming or not, inevitably every season in my city seems like summer! It’s great to see how designers are trying to evolve the air con by making it blend into the home environment, just like another piece of furniture. Here are two projects: the Eco Shelf Zenstyle & the Natural Pot. The former is a wall mounted shelf cabinet and the latter a flowerpot. Both feature green patches to nurture plants that are fed off the excess water discharged by the AC unit! Clever, real clever!

0 Designers: Various

Toolkit for Impact Sounds

Toolkit for Impact Sounds

This collection of leather tools is purposed for sound designers in the fields of theater and cinema. The varying combinations of size, leather type, and shape create a wide range of percussion sounds from the thud to the shwud. Lightweight materials wrap up easily in a canvas folding pack, making the toolkit handy and portable. Personally, I’m a fan of the whump.

0 Designer: Chiara Onida

Kinetic Effect Clock is Hypnotic

Kinetic Effect Clock is Hypnotic

Kinetic Effect Clock is a minimalistic clock that offers a fabulous kinetic effect depending on the position of 3 foils representing the hour, minutes and seconds. There are two versions, the first being a back-lit model that creates a monotone kaleidoscopic effect as light passes thru it. The second works on the same premise except each foil is a color from the CMKY model, K being the odd-man out. Hit the jump for a video.

0 Designer: Florin Busuioc

A Design School in Israel

A Design School in Israel

Bezalel Academy in Israel was chosen to showcase 45 works from 37 under-graduate and post-graduate students, alongside work from the Royal College of Art in London, the School of Art and Design in Poland and the Academy of Art Maastricht in The Netherlands. Bezalel’s students prove they can hold their own among the top art and design schools in the world. Two of the projects stand out. Hit the jump!

0 Designers: Various

Laptop Case with a Hidden Compartment

Laptop Case with a Hidden Compartment

Plug.in bag is an innovative system consisting of a laptop case and hidden compartment. The laptop case also serves as a convenient stand. Accessories, such as power supply or mouse, are transported in the separate compartment. Whether with or without a table, with Plug.in you can use your laptop anywhere. Functional? Yes. It’s a bit of an eyesore though and I’m never in need of so much power that I have to bring an external power source.

0 Designer: Viola Kosow

Moving Library

Moving Library

The Giro One is a shelf + side table stand, where you can flaunt your library, rest your coffee cup and show off your knick-knacks. I love the way you can interact with the modules by twirling them up and down the center axis, making it much easier to adjust the height to suit your style. Complimenting the design is a set of LED lamps at the top. It adds just the right amount of sophistication and functionality.

0 Designer: Juil Kim