I'm a Little Teapot

I’m a Little Teapot

Far from short and stout, the Rocking Teapot explores design behind intuition and perceived function. Everyone tips a teapot to pour it so why not integrate that function into the design? In many cultures tea ceremonies are tradition and time honored. The need for design to assist in the simple act of pouring and serving is personal and holds emotional meanings, not to mention beautiful.

0 Designer: Betina Piqueras

Hopscotch Calculator

Hopscotch Calculator

Aww look how cute! It’s a 8-digit basic calculator with a hopscotch keyboard configuration! Okay  it doesn’t do anything special so the design is totally novel but who cares! It brings back memories of tossing a shoe or stick and hopping across a poorly drawn grid on the sidewalk. Sigh, if only playing with numbers were really that much fun. God I hate math, just saying…

0 Designer: Vadim Kibardin for Kibardindesign Studio

Power Up With An Icon

Power Up With An Icon

The Icon Battery Pack for iPhone matches the uber-sophistication of Apple and delivers the extra punch with its visible “battery power” status. It uses EL lighting technology (supposedly the first to do so in the world!) for indicating the power status on its display and looks really swank! Features include additional talk time of up to 3 hours, or audio playback up to 18 hours. The company states that it is compatible with 3G and 3GS, I reckon a 4G version should be soon on the cards. One of those goodies that you can actually buy!

0 Designers: Essential TPE

Only If You Don’t Care About The Minutes

Only If You Don’t Care About The Minutes

As a full-fledge time-telling device the Re-clock is an unfinished business. It has no minutes or method for indicating how many minutes have passed during the hour. But what makes the concept post-worthy is the way it tells you the hours though the layers of cloth-face. Before you rush in to tell me “Design Fail”; how about coming up with an alternate solution, that will keep the integrity of fading in and out of the hours intact and still communicate the minutes as stylishly.

0 Designers: Various

Neon Tapelights Are The New Glo Friends

Neon Tapelights Are The New Glo Friends

Looking at these Neon Tape lights brings back a flood of memories from childhood. That’s right I’m talking about the Glo Friends! Although the cheap Chinese version of stars and planets stuck to the ceiling comes in a close second, Glo Friends were the best for night-time monsters. Saving Energy And Safety Line takes the idea of this night-glow-lights a step further, by coming in the form of a sticky tape that can be easily put around counter-edges and furniture. Thus avoiding the hassle of turning on the lights for a trip to the fridge at night.

0 Designer: Cheol Min Park

Waste No Waste; They Are A Treat For Plants!

Waste No Waste; They Are A Treat For Plants!

If we talk about the future of dining (everyday home meals), it’s quite alright to assume ready-to-eat steaks and pot roast being available in capsules. Compact food meaning easier to cook and clean-up and this is where the Electrolux Eco Cleaner, a portable, compact dishwasher comes in play. Using ultrasonic waves to ionize food particles on the dishes, this dishwasher converts the food/grease to reusable compost for plants. Thereby waste will no longer be waste, but healthy meals for the greens. Squeaky Clean dishes, just a by-product!

0 Designer: Ahi Andy Mohsen

Read Really Fat Books In A Jiffy

Read Really Fat Books In A Jiffy

The real reason for the Help Readers device is to help the silver generation, who is fond of reading, cope with weak eyesight. The handheld scanner converts the text into audio and is of a convenient size to facilitate portability. My reason to get one will be to scan through the thick fiction novels and design books that Long Tran devours for breakfast! Damn I can’t read as much as that man; I barely get past the preface of Harry Potter!

0 Designer: Qu Xinbo

Re-learning The Traffic lights

Re-learning The Traffic lights

For the greater good of mankind I’m willing to do my bit and learn new traffic rules. If it saves a life or time, then why not! What Uni-Signal here is saying, that we have been using round traffic lights for ages now, with only the red-amber-green-colors for aid. How about prepping the system and broadening the spectrum of usage (by colorblind people) and change the shape of the lights! Triangle-Red-Stop, Circle-Amber-Stay, Rectangle-Green-Go! If nothing else, it looks swanky and now we can teach tiny-tots shapes and colors in one go!

0 Designers: by Ji-youn Kim, Soon-young Yang & Hwan-ju Jeon

Advance Pinwheels

Advance Pinwheels

Pinwheels are iconic in the broad minds of children’s terrascapes but with a bit of tech prowess, adults can enjoy them too. The Solarlight is a project aimed at bringing attention to the wonders of wind power and to the current degenerate state of unsustainable energy. Acrylic blades catch the wind and a small generator lights a tube. As for why it’s called a Solarlight instead of Windlight? Umm, translation error?

0 Designer: Eon Tae Yoon

Wok Wok Wok

Wok Wok Wok

Mmm, foods taste so good stir fried in a wok. Problem is this culinary technique generates a lot of smoke most of which gets sucked up in overhead hoods but what about people who don’t have full kitchens? The Eliminate Smoke Wok saves the day. The handle hides a carbon filter and fan. Switch on the fan and smoke gets absorbed into the activated carbon.

0 Designers: Yitu Wang & Joy Zhang

Hammer Time Is So SEXY!

Hammer Time Is So SEXY!

Honest Confession: I got this silly grin on my face as I write this post. Can’t decide if I should to stick to the story of telling you about “Knock Knock”, the personal back massager or continue to fantasize about the hot guy holding a hammer-shaped massager in his hand. I think it’s the combo of brawn and quirky design that’s got me all flustered, either ways…both are good enough to get rid of that scratchy sensation that I have on my back! Oh grow up! I’m allowed to flirt and have a wicked imagination!

0 Designer: Lim Ruiwen

Swanky Bluetooth With A Dash Of Convenience

Swanky Bluetooth With A Dash Of Convenience

If I had to point out the one really good feature in the Aliph Solo Bluetooth Headset, it would be the fact that it doesn’t require separate recharging. Apparently the earpiece is consolidated into the cellphone and charges auto when you hook up your mobile phone for juice. Now plenty of us folks have charging-chores: laptops, phones, MP3 players…get the drift? So one less item to tank up, is a blessing!

0 Designer: Aaron Ricica

Don’t Judge By The Cover

Don’t Judge By The Cover

I read my book everywhere; on the bed, in a chair, on the pot (you do too!), on the park bench… Point is, once engrossed, you really don’t bother about your posture and when that nagging pain in the neck comes visiting, you really wonder why! The Bookmate is a functional cover that protects the book, but can also be converted into a stand by folding out a few indents; encouraging a better posture for you. Although awkward and bulky it’s got 2 things in its favor: illuminating strips that work as light source at night and edges that double-up as bookmarks.

0 Designer: Kwon Jieun