Total Beach Bum!

Total Beach Bum!

I have a confession; I’m a total lost cause when it comes to recharging my phone, iPod and camera. Three gadgets I can’t leave my home without and somehow, I always leave it till the last moment for recharging! Needless to say, I manage just some amount of power on them and carry their wires with me, and plug them in the next available socket. Dandy, but what do I and others like me do, when we hit the beaches? Carry the Solar Tree of course!

0 Designers: Jun-Se Kim, Min-Goo Kim & Dong-Eon Kim

Vintage Nixie Tubes That Tell Time

Vintage Nixie Tubes That Tell Time

Scores of you are going to drool over this unique time-telling machine! Called the Nixie Concrete Clock, its full-on retro with shiny orange Nixie tubes in a reinforced rough concrete body and can be wall mounted as well. Inspired by the vintage Z560M Nixie tubes, used in former East-Germany, this one’s got 6 different tubes that keep you occupied with its shimmy looks and time telling techniques. Check out the movies on the Nixie Concrete website and learn more on this fully functioning prototype.

0 Designer: Daniel Kurth

Balance Mein Freunde

Balance Mein Freunde

What do you do with an unused hanger, early in the morning? This right here is the worlds newest reinvention of the clothing hanger. In a very basic swift move of the hand, our super friend Mac has created the possibility for installation art in every home in the modern world. It’d make Alexander Calder proud to see and experience what Mac calls the “Mobile Hanger.” Not for playing with, kitty!

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Blind And Deaf Communication

Blind And Deaf Communication

I really never gave it a thought before this, but how will a blind and a deaf person communicate with each other? One can’t hear the voices and the other can’t see the sign gestures! Both can’t learn each other’s special language; or can they? It may seem like a presumptuous situation, but something like the Sign Voice Language Translator (or SVLT) can offer a solution. The device acts like a translator, converting gestures in voice and voice into written text. I’d like to see a video of people testing this thing!

0 Designers: Han-na Lee & Sang Hyeon

Ten Necessities When Disaster Strikes

Ten Necessities When Disaster Strikes

Natural disasters and accidents happen with little or NO warnings. One of the best ways to deal with such situations is by being a bit prepared. By being prepared I mean more than just the First Aid Box; stuff like lights, shelter, tools, supplies, installations and kits that can help you deal with emergencies. Here’s a look at Ten Necessities When Disaster Strikes; a compilation of what we got on YD.

0 Designers: Various

What? No Display On This Cam!

What? No Display On This Cam!

You got that right! No Display! So every time you take a picture it’s like throwing a dart in the dark, you never know what pose, angle or subject you may capture. Not knowing is sometimes better, because this ways you can capture “real” pics v/s artificial smiles. Oneshot Camera has more tricks up its sleeves: it needs a good shake to produce its own power (through piezoelectricity), no confusing buttons, just click pics like how you click a ballpoint pen.

0 Designer: Tino Klaehne

Nintendo Probably Wants This

Nintendo Probably Wants This

AFGT is a gaming device that uses tactility to enhance the video gaming experience. It’s made up of touch-sensitive silicon – subtly mimics the terrain in a virtual world allowing the user to feel through the environment. It works with individual silicon air pockets laid out underneath, each connected to an air pressure actuator that changes the air pressure in each packet. AFGT was created to connect the gamer to the game on a sensory level, with actions such as navigation achieved through manipulating the positions of the silicon pockets.

0 Designer: Yee Von

Kiwa Korean House Inspired Bench

Kiwa Korean House Inspired Bench

This beautiful bench inspired by a Korean style Han-ok house is gorgeous from end to end. The Kiwa’s sinuous curves are evocative and inviting for my bum (cue British people laughing) to sit on. The general shape of the structure comes from the specific arrangement of tiles found in its muse. Hey if it’s strong enough to house people, it’s certainly strong enough to sit on.

0 Designer: Cho Hyung Suk

Cut and Store In One

Cut and Store In One

Joseph Joseph is renowned for coming up with the most stylish and useful kitchen tools, and the latest one in their collection is the Slice & Store Kitchen Cutting board and Knife. So is this a regular cutting board that comes in a choice of electric hues? No, the color choices are there but ain’t regular, it’s got this special niche on the side where you can tuck in the matching (high quality Japanese stainless steel) knife. Smart right?

0 Designer: Joseph Joseph

Blind Stick With Eyes

Blind Stick With Eyes

It is the familiar red and white stick, but with enhanced features that make it quite a practical solution for blind commuters. The Eye Stick is fitted with a sensor lens towards the bottom part, from where it picks up location bearings, like is the person nearing a staircase, or is he near the traffic lights. It then sends feedback to the blind commuter via vibrations, communicating the scenario, so that the person can be aware of his surroundings and take his next step with confidence.

0 Designer: Wonjune Song

Single Hand Cook

Single Hand Cook

It’s easy for us folks to work in the kitchen, simply coz we have two hands. Fracture, permanent disability, paralysis to one side…such situations don’t discriminate and make doing regular stuff like cutting apples, peeling oranges, slicing veggies, buttering a toast; a challenge. The One-Hand Kitchen Equipment is designed for people who use can use only one hand, and the beauty of the products (7 in all) is that both lefties and righties can use it with ease.

0 Designer: Gabriele Meldaikyte

Scanning For Bio-Threats

Scanning For Bio-Threats

Some countries are doing a miserable job containing the spread of H1N1 virus, thanks to lack of infrastructure. Altho Swine Flu is via human transmission, can you the fathom the amount of devastation bio-contamination can cause via the imports and exports of agricultural, meats and like traded goods from such countries? Container Scan is probe that tries to detect bio-organism threats present in a shipping container. It identifies a contaminated shipment without having to open the container doors, thereby reducing potential risks.

0 Designers: A Big Happy Bunch!

Now A Mathematical Kettle

Now A Mathematical Kettle

Looking at this Parabola Kettle, I’m quite reminded of the Turtle and Geometric adventures of kettle-design. It brings up questions like do we really need a drastic change in shapes of kettles? Or should we focus only on functionality? Yea, the kettle sits in its quite corner in the kitchen; it makes no demand except for aesthetic appeal and timely maintenance. So does it warrant a parabolic re-design? You tell me…

0 Designer: Omer Deutsch