Hoops And Rings

Hoops And Rings

Tracing wheels don’t need a redesign but the Stacking Rulers by Ek Design turn up the sex factor just enough to warrant buying a whole new set. I use a very standard plastic sheet with various diameters cut out but the Stacking Rulers can be arranged into various patterns with other polygonal shapes. They’re also tick-marked to making drawing precise segments easier. If you really wanna get creative, slap on some clip-ons and you’ve got big ‘ole ghetto hoop earrings – at least 2 pair.

0 Designer: Jung-Woo Lee for Ek Design

KitchenAid Grand Cooker Trump Card

KitchenAid Grand Cooker Trump Card

Short of kitchen staff? I know I am. I can’t remember the last time someone cooked for me, but when left to my own resources, I’m pretty good. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t appreciate appliances that help make meal times easier. The KitchenAid Grand Cooker does it all. The retro styling is offset by a number of accessories that enable you to fry, roast, grill, simmer, and saute to your mouth’s content.

0 Designer: Roberto Bertran

Magic Trick Number 420 - Water Flow

Magic Trick Number 420 – Water Flow

Ever noticed the magical hand gestures that Chris Angel and David Blaine use? Appling their knowledge and art to the good old kitchen faucet will make a real sorry show, unless you use the “Spatial Interaction” touchless kitchen tap! Touch-less as it gets, air-skim your hands in a gesture as to draw out water and pesto…the flow begins. Magic in your hands control everything, temperature, flow, speed, stream, but unfortunately this trick is restricted to the kitchen.

0 Designer: Jasper Dekker

Accordion Speakers

Accordion Speakers

The beauty of the Music Accordion Speakers is that they are compact, yet spread their wings when the need arises. Fanning out like the musical instrument, the two extendable arms maneuver to face any direction, resulting in personalized sound effects! Two suction cups at the center gives it the flexibility to latch onto surfaces and be twisted to eccentric shapes, just for fun! Needless to say it syncs with all the latest PMPs and phones.

0 Designer: Yuan Xinwei

Unidrill, For The Drill Challenged

Unidrill, For The Drill Challenged

Picture this – I’m holding a Black & Decker drill ready to mount this damn TV sitting on the floor for months. I go in for the kill and everything just goes wobbly. My hands are all over the place. The drill bit is stripping the screw, the screw has gone in crooked, and I’m squealing like a banshee. Not a good look. I’m a 29 y.o. man. I need the Unidrill.

0 Designer: Ji-youn Kim

In 2020 We Can Wear Sony Computers On Our Wrist

In 2020 We Can Wear Sony Computers On Our Wrist

Our present need for internet connectivity is so profound that secondary devices like the Nextep Computer are bound to happen. Developed to be worn as a bracelet, this computer concept is constructed out of a flexible OLED touchscreen. Earmarked for the year 2020, features like a holographic projector (for screen), pull-out extra keyboard panels and social networking compatibility, make the concept plausible. Ten years from now is not too far away, so how many of you think we’d be buying such gadgets?

0 Designer: Hiromi Kiriki

Let’s Play Doctor Doctor!

Let’s Play Doctor Doctor!

Identity Crisis is the theme for Antrepo Design’s “I’m Not A…” series and the last item in this lineup is Stethedphone – I’m not a doctor! Predictably it’s a headset that looks like a stethoscope and comes with a remote and mic. It allows you to make and receive calls, access voice-control features, and listen to music from your iPhone or iPod. The scope is made from ultra light and flexible plastic, plus three sizes of soft silicone ear tips add extra comfort.

0 Designer: Antrepo Design Industry

I Want This Hanger

I Want This Hanger

Something about the Axis stand hanger beckons me. There’s a fluidity in the minimalism I appreciate. I’m a sucker for hanger appeal and this could be my manic “fashion designer” personality coming out, but if clothes were presented well, nay HUNG well – the garment appeal increases exponentially. Okay, maybe not exponentially but you get the picture. The great thing about the Axis is even without proper hangers, the support arms already act like one. BANGARANG!

0 Designer: Ramei Keum

Does Spotted Towel Mean Measles?

Does Spotted Towel Mean Measles?

Oftentimes we don’t realize that a towel is soiled, especially the dark colored ones. Although designer Sang-hoon Lee uses a white towel to get his point across, I can picture this being used effectively on darker shades. Expression Dot is a concept where your towel starts sporting red dots (measles?) once it gets really soiled. It does the routine of starting from pale red to blood-red, but I’m sure you don’t want to wait till it gets that dirty.

0 Designer: Sang-hoon Lee

 All Four On One Interactive  Pad

All Four On One Interactive Pad

InterPad was probably conceptualized way before Facbook privacy issues surfaced, so I’m going to ignore that function till the dispute is settled. For this is an all-in-one controller that allows you to surf between Facebook (everyone’s moving!), Youtube, iTunes, and webcam with easy. Music, video, camera and games can be configured and downloaded via the easy hotkeys. Basically for those who are into the web world just for entertainment purposes. Sit down, relax and let the fun-times begin.

0 Designer: Marcial Ahsayane

Concrete Memory, Get Totally Cemented

Concrete Memory, Get Totally Cemented

Using concrete for tech products is almost unheard of, so this Memory Weights USB Stick crafted from cement comes as a pleasant surprise. I really dig the way the capacity of the USB is branded into the block. Just to add a fun twist; the weight of the block is similar to the capacity in terms of grams…so simple and elegant, yet rugged!

0 Designer: Shu-Chun Hsiao

Roomba Watch Out

Roomba Watch Out

The All-In-One Robot Cleaner is a stick vac carrying a passenger with a mind of its own. Like any good stick vac, you’ve got something easy to push around. But if you’re feeling particularly Jetson’s like, a robot slides down and does the vacuuming for you, ala Roomba. For serious tho, I want this NOW. I’m sure the robot amidship will throw off the center of gravity but nothing a couple months of R&D couldn’t figure out.

0 Designers: In-oh Yoo & Sun-woong Oh for Metatrend Institute

Thin When Empty

Thin When Empty

It’s just an idea that can get better if refined; I’m talking about the Hungry Batteries. They’re not any power-chomping monsters, but rechargeable batteries that get slimmer and slimmer as they run out of juice. Essentially providing you a visual aid to indicate recharging time! The highlight being, easy removal from the cramped confines of a battery-house. No news on what kind of materials to be used for the casing, but I guess some kinda foam / sponge will do.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu