Looks Like a Normal Keyboard, Doesn't it?

Looks Like a Normal Keyboard, Doesn’t it?

Definitely not! This right here is the Miniguru. It’s tagline is “Always on the Home Row.” Can you guess why? Perhaps it has something to do with these fantastic alternate keyboard layouts that are catching on more and more recently? Easier typing through location of letters, right? That and more! See those swirly buttons on the right and left of the spacebar? Keys to the keyboard’s brain. Any setup you wish, at your command.

0 Designer: Guru Board

Poop Bucket With A Mission

Poop Bucket With A Mission

We are all well aware of the various sanitation issues that developing countries are facing, the biggest one being poop management. It’s easy for the kids (and in some cases adults) to take to the open fields and roadsides, without realizing the implication of health hazards like disease outbreaks and food contamination. One of the solutions addressing this issue is the Poosh. This is a bucket-mounted toilet for the developing world.

0 Designer: KAIST, Industrial Design Dept

Et Tu Dyson?

Et Tu Dyson?

Before you critics go “Dyson Copy”, give designer Zizi Chen a chance to explain her take on this centrifugal wind driven fan that blows air from a circular band. Chen is a designer from China and her version was devised early last year, even before the Dyson announcement in October. Yup, its student work; but then again let’s not gets into who-inspired-who and instead concentrate on the dynamics of the Wind Circle.

0 Designer: Zizi Chen

The Quest for Real Unique Police Bikes

The Quest for Real Unique Police Bikes

Last time we had a design by Ciprian Frunzeanu, it was insane. In a good way. Today he’s re-inventing the standard Police bicycle. At the moment, there’s four main brands that produce Police-specific bikes: KHS, Fuji, Marin, and Smith+Wesson*. THey all look and function basically exactly like… well… every other bike. What Frunezeanu does here is try to set the P-bike aside completely.

0 Designer: Ciprian Frunzeanu

Green PC

Green PC

The eco-friendly-crusaders lower your flags for a moment to consider Design Hara’s green HTPC. Let me hit you straight with the specs: recyclable green chassis of the PC handcrafted (side panels) from cypress wood from Italy or rose wood from Canada; front cover of this computer can be made from natural sheep leather. The internal segments of the PC are connected by a bolts and nuts structure, making it easier to separate so recyclable e-waste can be removed.

0 Designers: Design Hara

Coffee Cup Sleeve

Coffee Cup Sleeve

Starbucks and company have taught us that hot beverages in disposable or plastic cups are better held with a cup-sleeve. Air Shield Coffee Cup Sleeve takes the venture forth by banking on the principle of air expands when heated. So the lovely little petals that you see on the sleeve kinda blow up to act as a buffer between your fingers and the cup, saving you from a scorching hot cup. At room temperature the sleeve’s petals fatten out once again. Nothing extra special but a novelty item for the buzz-generation.

0 Designer: Frank Xing

Dandelion Lights

Dandelion Lights

Ever had the urge to pick up some dandelions and blow away its wisps? I haven’t either, but looking at this wonderful Secret Of Light –Lamp, I wish I could find some dandelion in my backyard! The lamp works in this simple way, shake it gently to switch it on (motion sensors), and blow onto the bulbs to switch it off. Mimic how you would do with the dandelion, only less vigorously.

0 Designers: Qin Xue, Cao iXiaoxiao & Wei Hangshuai

Cut Throat Or Wrist

Cut Throat Or Wrist

Rarely do we cover jewelry on YD and rarely does a design studio like Art Lebedev come up with some. Presenting here is the Punctirus Bracelet or Necklace, which according to the designers can “never go unnoticed.” I daresay I agree, not for the clever styling but for the fact that it goes well around the neck and the wrist. Anything multi-functional these days is a bonus, especially in “expensive” category! But I must add, as a choker the Punctirus gives a vamp-ish look! I love it!

0 Designers: Art Lebedev

Blue Blue Bidet?

Blue Blue Bidet?

Bluena cleverly combines a WC Bowl and a bidet to become a space saving package. The acrylic bidet part conceals a tap that rotates in multi-directions. The lid of the bowl opens with a click and closes with a soft ’n slow closing mechanism. The seat is made from antibacterial soft rubber and can be replaced easily. Basically it’s a no-fuss minimal styled WC that I think will look cuter in pink and soft gray combo! Maybe then I can call it Pinkena?

0 Designer: Vasil Velchev

This Time Tea = Time

This Time Tea = Time

If you’ve been living the fast lane for a real long time, maybe you need to slow down, relax, and have a cup of tea. Designed to replicate the art of slow-motion-during-Tea Ceremony, TEA=TIME is an attempt by designer Erez Bar-Am to make you comfy with this wide-rimmed teacup and unique sugar bubbles. These sugar bubbles float on the tea for 10 seconds, creating little bubbles on the surface till they dissolve. Enigmatic and a real leisure proposal; something we time-bound-deadline-slaves deserve.

0 Designer: Erez Bar-Am

Have A Safe Hump

Have A Safe Hump

No room for naughty thoughts here, but the explanation for a design simply called the “Safe Hump.” This is no ordinary speed breaker, the system within allows it to harness the mechanical energy (of cars passing over it) into electric energy so that it can power the LEDs. Two reasons why we would want this: 1) LEDs lined speed breakers at night are easily visible from a distance 2) The design of this hump is such that your car glides over it smoothly.

0 Designers: MicroDream

Welcome To The Library

Welcome To The Library

For someone who stares at a monitor for most part of the day, an e-book reader is not such a novelty. No matter how convenient it may be, but at the end of the day it’s still a screen! Can anything replace the smell of fresh, crisp paper? Alas, this is 2010 and the gadget-freaks are going to want more “tech” stuff, and this Library e-book Reading Device caters to their whims.

0 Designer: Steve Yang, Yang ze-siao 

Cheers To Finger Power!

Cheers To Finger Power!

Mind you, this is not a “Green” concept and neither does it claim to be “Eco Friendly”. It’s just a helpful solution for a tricky situation. The situation being: you running out of juice on your mobile phone. So what do you do? Remove the battery from the back of the phone; give it a few good turns around your index finger and its gathered enough power to last you a conversation or a safe trip to your charger and electric point.

0 Designers: Song Teaho & Hyejin Lee