Motion Sensitive Remote Control

Motion Sensitive Remote Control

When the Nintendo Wii came along, the world changed. The world of video games, the world of remote controls, that particular world. We got up, we went outside, and we started to play sports and do exercise for entertainment again! Oh wait that didn’t happen at all! We might go there again someday but for now, our world’s got things like Ryan Sorrell’s “Remotion” – Nintendo not affiliated.

0 Designer: Ryan Sorrell

A Very Relaxed Radio

A Very Relaxed Radio

You will never find a more chilled out radio than this. “Radio Valerie.” No buttons, no switches. At least none that are immediately apparent. Reveal to yourself the simplicity. To tune the radio, pull the antenna back and forth along the station markers. The speaker face turns the radio on, the speaker face turns it off, and the speaker face controls the volume. And of course the antenna increases the signal reception. Super chill.

0 Designer: Radio Valerie

More Than Words

More Than Words

Is your phone a camera or the camera your digital player as well? Confused? You ought to be! As newer generations in gadgets and devices come out, the clear demarcation of their lineage gets blurry for the sake of multi-functionality. In the name of salvaging individual identity, mintselect @ mintpass has designed a range of devices in the typographical form of their function. Called the “Used as Read” series, the stackable lineup includes a speaker, a remote control, a woofer, a music player and amp, a radio and a lamp.

0 Designer: mintselect @ mintpass

Ten Creative Camera Concepts

Ten Creative Camera Concepts

The camera is one gadget that gets me jittery. We have come a long way from the pin hole to the digitalized era; but the abundant options and navigations in the current ones leave me all confused. One time, I almost managed to ruin my African Safari photographs coz I forgot to switch the focus from manual to automatic! However, here is a look at ten concept cameras for the future that are conspiring to leave me as the amateur photographer, while you folks become the pro.

0 Designers: Various

Tenting Up A Kayak

Tenting Up A Kayak

Next trip to the lake, don’t carry a tent to pitch, instead hire out an ingenious Kahuna. This is an open top outrigger kayak that converts into a tent with ease. It features a Mirage Drive pedal/crank mechanism designed by Hobie Kayaks, plus an ordinary paddle to assist in maneuvering the boat. Detachable, folding seats make way for spacious comfy interiors, when pitched as a tent. The all-in-one takes away the bother of carrying extra loads.

0 Designer: Mario Weiss

Enhance Your Food Sense

Enhance Your Food Sense

I have heard of this restaurant where they serve food in total darkness. The reason behind it is that, when we block our visual perception our other senses get heightened, thereby making the meal experience more enjoyable. On a similar pattern is the SENSE tableware, which consists of Scent Flowers, Hot Stone Plates, Palate Cleansers and a Hot Ice Tea Ceremony.

0 Designer: Katrien Ploegmakers

No Worries, You Can Fall

No Worries, You Can Fall

One of the biggest bnummers of any sport is the fear of injury from falls and winter sports are no different. Here is a jacket that proposes to act as a protective gear against those accidental slips on the ice, which can be really painful. The design includes an impact chamber filled with water and air that acts as a cushioning. On impact, the air is pushed up the back channel and into the dissipation chamber situated around the jacket’s neck, inflating it. Wear it and show off your stunts, without fear!

0 Designer: Francis Fox

Switch The Shampoo To Get A Radio

Switch The Shampoo To Get A Radio

Video killed the radio star, but I think digital players did more damage. Call me old fashioned if you like, but I still prefer the randomness of a radio station, you can never really know which song they will play next. The Muji Bath Radio by Industrial Facility is perfect for eccentrics like me and to top it off, it serenades as a shampoo bottle! The controls are at the bottom and the top twists left or right as volume adjustment. Me really wants this…but fret… its available only in Japan.

0 Designer: Industrial Facility for Muji [ Buy it here ]

GPS Guided Dog

GPS Guided Dog

Guide Dogs for the blind folks generally come trained for taking them around the neighborhood and maybe an extra distance. This surely curtails mobility and independence in case they want to explore more than their usual territory. The Peepo GPS Device gives these people a certain degree of freedom to travel beyond the normal route. The GPS system charts the course and guides the dog to the desired destination using a series of vibrations to steer him.

0 Designer: Jason Perkins

The World Through My Eyes

The World Through My Eyes

How would images look if we captured them on a camera that was based on the Human Eye? Taking into consideration our field of vision, optical sensory and the brain’s perception of images, George Milde has developed the Human Eye Camera. This device combines modern technology with digital postproduction. When the light hits the “eye” of the camera, it is spread via a prism onto three arrange-able sensors. And like the digitalized version, this one too offers the RAW format, which is variable in focus and focal length.

0 Designer: Georg Milde

Better than Skates or Skateboards; It’s Even Got Brakes

Better than Skates or Skateboards; It’s Even Got Brakes

It’s not a half-baked attempt to tout a new Segway and neither is it replacing the rollerblades; StepGlider is in a league of its own. Using the natural swagger of us humans as its inspiration, this new kind of travel mode guarantees stability as it causes a linear locomotion which gives us a sense of safety. As Thomas describes it, “The momentum is caused by the correlation between walking and a force among the hands and a gearbox, through which an accelerated movement is obtained.”

0 Designer: Thomas Van Halewyck

Animate For Obesity? I Don’t Think I Agree!

Animate For Obesity? I Don’t Think I Agree!

One of the reasons behind developing the Animate project was to motivate the obese-TV-Video Games-addicted-generation to move their butt and get some exercise. I don’t buy that theory. My point is, if Wii Sports couldn’t get me toned and slim, then nothing can! However, besides this Animate is cool gadget that kids on the block would love. It’s got a camera, MP3 player, watch band, communication feature and videogames.

0 Designers: Hugo Kretz & Marc Haldemann

How Many Pushups Does Your Battery Do?

How Many Pushups Does Your Battery Do?

Me? I can do 20 reps at the most, but my Energizer does plenty more…or so says the guys at Mint Design. Although I haven’t seen the ad, apparently once there was this one, which showed a battery come out and do about a million pushups; to show how long it worked. That left an impression enough on the designers to come up with this Pushup Mint Battery #2. Now it’s designed for no apparent reason, but purely for the fun of pitching one battery against the other, to see who emerges the winner!

0 Designer: mintselect @ mintpass