I’m Moving…

I’m Moving…

My kitchen, that is. Like, I want it here in the middle of my dining room; instead of a table….but Chris Burns says it will look funky by the deck. Long Tran wants me to place it aesthetically next to the bar in the living room (he’s a designer you know). Takashi couldn’t care a less about where I place it, as long as I cook him a decent meal! Well, a “Moving Kitchen” is possible, and quite a functional one at that. Small in size, it’s got an induction cooking space, folded tables that double up as work-area plus plenty of room to store some kitchen essentials. Excellent for singles.

0 Designer: Joongho Choi

No More Overspills Even If You Are Blind

No More Overspills Even If You Are Blind

Try this, blindfold yourself and pour a glass of water without spilling it over. Ok, make this tougher, fill in exactly ¾ th cup. Tough? Yeah, that’s how hard it is for the blind people to fill in mugs of beverages without spilling. Dipping the pinkie to anticipate the levels is ok for cold stuff, but what about scalding hot coffee! The Braun Bell Mug has 3 indicative levels on the handle and liquid-level sensors within the mug. The blind folks only need to choose their levels and keep pouring till the bell sounds.

0 Designers: Sang-hoon Lee and Yong-bum Lim

Ten Creative and High-Tech Cups and Mugs Concepts

Ten Creative and High-Tech Cups and Mugs Concepts

Emotional attachment with worldly goods in not healthy! Look at me; I’m a wreck coz I broke my favorite coffee mug. Curse the moment when it slipped outta my fingers and crashed into pieces. I know I can easily get a replacement, but a fav mug is a favorite mug! Ok, enuf of ranting now, I’m in the market for something new and exciting, so join me in a journey that brings out Ten Creative and Evolved Cups/Mugs, coz apparently some of em now host speakers and a comp!

0 Designers: Various

Really Really Smart

Really Really Smart

What a simple solution to getting the measure right; The SmartMeasure Cup it is! It’s got an angled display at the handle so that you don’t need to haunch over or crane your neck to see the unit-markings of the cup. A backlit LCD display conveys the precise measurements, eliminating guesswork and eyestrain. Intuitive controls offer easy navigation and you can even work your way thru the pre-set ingredient measures for common recipes. It’s so smart that it can even do unit conversions for you.

0 Designers: Ryan Eder & Chris Daniels of Priority Designs

Watergate - No Scandal!

Watergate – No Scandal!

On second thought, who’d love to get sprayed by malfunction? On the other hand again, getting hit by a malfunctioning water gate will always be less painful than a turnstile-gone-wild. What we’ve got here is a genuine gate made of water. Jets of water blocking unwelcome parties, access granted by entry card. Fabulously wet!

0 Designer: Michael Tatschl, Sascha Mikel, and Martin Schnabl

Subtle Contribution

Subtle Contribution

You either need celebrity endorsements or hook the real philanthropist to raise charity funds for worthy causes. A third alternative is thru subtle donations. Situations where you don’t even realize that you are parting with some money, yet making a difference in a needy person’s life. This coz the amount is so little that it doesn’t make a dent as a singular person, but when many people contribute, it makes a big impact. This is the premise of the ½ Bottle Project

0 Designers: Sungjoon Kim & Jiwon Park

Cool Catty Eyes Are Better Than Designer Shades

Cool Catty Eyes Are Better Than Designer Shades

Imagine the soccer ball aiming straight for your eyes instead of the net. It sure is not the best day to show-off your new Armani shades. Crash, Bam and broken shards of designer glasses! Easy remedy anyone? Safer and wiser to use: The Optimal Vision Color Contact Lens that are NOT COSMETIC, but act like sunglasses. Shades of green, yellow, red and grey prim your eyes up and offer sunglasses protection without the risk of injury. Oh, n keep the volume low when you watch that video; I got nothing for torn eardrums right now!

0 Designers: Jin-young Yoon, Jun-kyo Lee & Young-ho Lee

No Longer Color Blind!

No Longer Color Blind!

Touch Color is the combination of a Thermal digital tablet and a Rainbow Color picking ring that allows a blind person to paint colorful pictures with his fingers on the tablet. The 24 colors on the ring are differentiated by Braille dots and varied temperature generated by the embedded LED bulbs. Artistically inclined or not, this concept of “Blind Color Painting” sure sounds like technology is heading in the right direction.

0 Designers: Yun Li, Guopeng Liang & Ke Zhao

Best of July 2009

Best of July 2009

Every month we take a look around and select some of the most interesting designs that was showcased here. Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in July 2009.

Touch Feely Navigation

Touch Feely Navigation

Touch & Go is a navigation system for the blind folks to make them autonomous in the “outside world”. A combo of a hand gadget with earpiece, the system is a wearable navigator with a tactile display that shows the directions as a relief map. The scale used is 1:1000 and plum in the center of it is the user’s position. An arrow indicates the direction the user has to move in and auditory support is provided via the earphone (fitted with an ultrasonic transmitter-receiver). The main device fastens to the back of the hand, it’s quite convenient to carry it around.

0 Designer: Natalia Ponomareva

Share Life’s Memories In Digital And Analogue

Share Life’s Memories In Digital And Analogue

Old fading photographs and analogue memories have no place in this hard cold digital world. “Life Amplifier” is the answer to upgrade your nostalgia to the modern sensibilities of digital displays. It comes with features that are user friendly and functional. The main function is to magnify the old analogue photographs in your albums and then digitalize them. You can capture certain portions of the pics and view a blown-up version on the hand-held display. This ones for the older generation, so young-guns keep your acid comment to the minimal.

0 Designer: Wei Chung Lee

Newspaper Is No Longer In Paper

Newspaper Is No Longer In Paper

E-book readers, emails and other such digital facilities are making paper redundant to an extent. But the one area that I’m not ready to compromise is the Newspaper. My morning ritual of fixing my coffee and curling up with the papers is under threat from the In Newspaper. Yeah, yeah, it does have the perks of an inbuilt alarm clock and fresh content from a choice of global papers, but imagine carrying the flexible display to the loo, where many of us read it while we take a crap!

0 Designers: Seon-Keun Park & Byung-Min Woo

Fresh Orange Juice Anyone?

Fresh Orange Juice Anyone?

You will agree with me, when I say that a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice tastes better than the packaged one. Altho I do understand that we get lazy to do manual stuff! However, take a look at the Zest; a practical solution for an everyday squeeze. It’s not an electrical one, but the use of a wooden lid (which also doubles up as cutting board) for covering the juicer when not in use, is clever.

0 Designer: Pierre Schwenke