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

 Time Your Light

Time Your Light

Timer To Light is this really cute LED light concept that is based on mechanical energy. Rotate the timer base to crank up the mechanism inside, and as it slowly unwinds, the stored energy powers the lamp. I can foresee it becoming a hit with people who adore lighting candles, coz this seems to have a similar ambient effect. It would be safer and economical too. Awesome colors too!

0 Designer: Jasper Hou

Worry Beads Player For Fidgety Hands

Worry Beads Player For Fidgety Hands

Inspired by the Greek komboloi and begleri (worry beads), The Chukka is a kinetic-powered, tactile music player. Better that twiddling your thumbs aimlessly, you can keep shifting the beads and in turn charge up the player. Sourcing energy thru electromagnetic induction, the device uses easy-to-recycle Thermoplastic polyurethane for its outer casing and stainless steel for the innards. A highly flexible data cable links the two sections together, making it easy to dismantle for repairs.

0 Designer: Thomas Mascall

Embrace Your Heat

Embrace Your Heat

Sang-Jang Lee is a dear old friend of YD and we have seen him give us some really great designs in the past. His current offering, the Blob Heater is a quite an eccentric personalized heating system. Kinda meant for a broken-hearted who craves for the body warmth of a partner. Something that Carrie Bradshaw would shy away from! Calling it a “hybrid between furniture and electric appliance”, this spandex covered blob measures 240” x 25” x 25” and is auditioning for the role of an alien.

0 Designer: Sang-Jang Lee

Getting To Know Your Fishes

Getting To Know Your Fishes

Aquariums can be fun places for kids to learn a thing or two about marine life, but try and get preachy with them in terms of show-reels and storyboards and they are a lost cause. Since interactive is the new mantra with them, concepts like “Hark Acoustic Transmitters” can go a long way in educating them (subtly) about fishes and the kinds of sounds they make, their habits and many such details. Besides, it looks like a cool gadget that would intrigue the tots into using it. Technological advantage eh!

0 Designer: Cenk Aytekin

Oral Fixation

Oral Fixation

When you read facts like there are about 10,000,000 bacteria living on a single toothbrush and toothbrushes must be kept at least 6 feet (two meters) away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush; you wanna re-think your oral hygiene options. Sanitizing toothbrushes is a way, and something like the Ultra Violet Sterilized Toothbrush System fits in. It consists of a UV base that sterilizes the brush once placed in the housing.

0 Designer: Chris Anderson

Personalized Gas Chamber

Personalized Gas Chamber

There were rumors floating once that Michael Jackson used to sleep in an oxygen chamber to de-tox himself. Alas, he is no more but the quest for pure, unpolluted air continues. Knowing his quirky personality, this CAIR Air Helmet would have been the ideal gift for him. It’s this helmet kinda device that sucks in the air from the filter at the back; purifies it and vents it directly to the face-end. A protective visor ensures that purified draft doesn’t escape without hitting you first.

0 Designers: Herald Tremmel & Szilveszter Buzasi

White Shining Light Goes DISCO

White Shining Light Goes DISCO

How about a light that’s all white and prim when you want it as a spot, but goes psychedelic on a whim? The ELS-magnetic is an acrylic smart LED lamp that conforms to this. Now I did say it was smart; it’s got no visible switches to work it, but instead relies on two special zones on the surface where you can touch it to make the changes.Smartness personified; you can create your own modes with the software that comes along and transfer the new settings to the lamp without hooking it to a PC.

0 Designer: Dmitry Agurkov

Lights, Camera…Projector, But In A Kitchen

Lights, Camera…Projector, But In A Kitchen

I wonder what else we will be seeing in futuristic kitchens, but for the moment let’s stick to what Nelly has for us. Since my French is no-good I’m going to do my best to explain what she is trying to convey. Oniris is the kitchen for the future that integrates technology to its advantage. The central working unit doubles up as a dining, washing, cooking and storage area. There is a chandelier on top of the unit that houses LED lights, a motion-sensor camera and a projector as well. You guessed it, the projector displays recipes/images on the countertop.

0 Designer: Nelly De Macedo

Primal Earbones

Primal Earbones

From the innately elegant design sensations of fuseproject comes this technologically and aesthetically candy-coated little device. It is a hands-free bluetooth device for your ear. Telephone and etcetera. With colorway names like this, how can one resist? Yello, Drop me a Lime, Lilac You Mean it, and Frankly Scarlett. These are the next level earbone pieces after the one we reviewed last year.

0 Designer: fuseproject

Recycled Lights

Recycled Lights

Here are two creative individuals who have decided to DO something instead of offering lip-service to the term RECYCLE. They use their imagination to craft out the most amazing Recycled Plastic PET Bottle Lights. In case you picture sea-creatures in some of their art, then that’s coz Lisa, an architect, fancies them. Landscape designer, Su Sim takes inspiration from natural landforms instead. Hop around Malaysia to catch the duo showcase their eco-artworks. Take a bow designers!

0 Designers: Lisa Foo & Su Sim

Never Get The Size Wrong

Never Get The Size Wrong

What size are they….AA, C, D? Wicked minds! Me is innocently asking you the size of your Batteries. The ones that you use in your gadgets. So you don’t remember exactly, and what if you buy the wrong size? With the AtoD Rechargeable Battery, you’ll never get the size wrong. Why? Coz the one size fits all slots. How? It’s made from memory form, so it squishes to the required size in a squeeze. 1.5 Volts of Nickel Hydroxide power is what you get; recharge it and use it.

0 Designers: Pyeong Joo Goh, Jong Seung Choi & Ji Soo Hong