Concrete Memory, Get Totally Cemented

Concrete Memory, Get Totally Cemented

Using concrete for tech products is almost unheard of, so this Memory Weights USB Stick crafted from cement comes as a pleasant surprise. I really dig the way the capacity of the USB is branded into the block. Just to add a fun twist; the weight of the block is similar to the capacity in terms of grams…so simple and elegant, yet rugged!

0 Designer: Shu-Chun Hsiao

Roomba Watch Out

Roomba Watch Out

The All-In-One Robot Cleaner is a stick vac carrying a passenger with a mind of its own. Like any good stick vac, you’ve got something easy to push around. But if you’re feeling particularly Jetson’s like, a robot slides down and does the vacuuming for you, ala Roomba. For serious tho, I want this NOW. I’m sure the robot amidship will throw off the center of gravity but nothing a couple months of R&D couldn’t figure out.

0 Designers: In-oh Yoo & Sun-woong Oh for Metatrend Institute

Thin When Empty

Thin When Empty

It’s just an idea that can get better if refined; I’m talking about the Hungry Batteries. They’re not any power-chomping monsters, but rechargeable batteries that get slimmer and slimmer as they run out of juice. Essentially providing you a visual aid to indicate recharging time! The highlight being, easy removal from the cramped confines of a battery-house. No news on what kind of materials to be used for the casing, but I guess some kinda foam / sponge will do.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

An SLR That’s Easy On The Face

An SLR That’s Easy On The Face

As far as tech concepts are concerned we see most designers lure in as many specs as possible, just to make the gadget geeky enough for the pros. The Sony Alpha SLR Concept promises no high-funda tech-specs and simply addresses the issue of ergonomics. The theory being that a flat back on any camera is a pain on the wrist and facial features like nose-protrusion and chubby-cheeks! Solution: Sony Alpha – featuring a slanted rear. The tilted back is easy on the wrist and face.

0 Designer: Abel Verdezoto I.

Ballerina Bathtub

Ballerina Bathtub

Ballerine is a creative combination of a single bathtub and a free standing shower cabin. The integrated shower head functions as a bath faucet and a shower disc. It’s installed on a flexible arm which easily adjusts to any height and allows you to set the intensity of the water stream and direction. The flexible arm is constructed of an adjustable nylon-silicon surface. Once activated, the frame stiffens like a backbone. If you’ve ever wanted to live out your dream as a tiny ballerina inside a music box, here you go.

0 Designer: Gustaw Lange

Sense Under Water

Sense Under Water

Immersed Senses is the ultimate gadget must have for any underwater explorer. The helmet changes the way a diver sees, hears, and breathes in what normally is a not-so-friendly environment. Nearly made up of entirely glass and LED lights, the most interesting tidbits are the heads up displays giving you up-to-the-second GPS enabled maps, and the unique electrolysis reactor that extracts oxygen right from sea water. Water leaks are prevented by silicone that bonds the helmet to the skin. I want one!

0 Designer: Adam Wendel

Shake Up Some Music

Shake Up Some Music

Relax, work, party or play; whatever your mood for music, imagine controlling the flow with a gesture alone. No shuffle or playlists required, just a good old SHAKE! I’m talking about the flOw, an interactive set of soft silicone speakers that respond to your vigor by choosing the tracks on your iPod and playing them. So if a bunch of friends are around and you shake the speakers hard and fast, expect some Rocking Music!

0 Designer: David Boyce

Now Stretch To Wake Up

Now Stretch To Wake Up

We’ve asked you to stand up, smell and retrieve a ball, just to wake up! You folks have willingly complied, so are you up for another challenging wake-up call? STRETCH! Simple arms action that arouses you from slumber! Let me explain: the Stretching Clock is an alarm integrated into your pillow. To turn the buzzer off, you need to tug at the “arms” of the pillow; just like you’re stretching out with a good yawn. Novel idea for the kids room, but for grownups like me the buzzing Blowfly works best!

0 Designer: Seung-hee Ryu

Charm A Way To Remind A Day

Charm A Way To Remind A Day

Here’s something novel. If you have problems remembering what all needs to be done today, never mind making a to-do list. Just slap on a couple charms and walk out the door. See, the Charming Reminder is a chain with 9 charms each corresponding to some common events. I’m not sure an umbrella, newspaper, telephone, key, letter, plug, shoe, present, and a basket are enough to rep. your daily life, but if it is, might I suggest some spontaneity?

0 Designer: Natalie Montgomery

Autodesk 2011 Roundup for Designer Folk

Autodesk 2011 Roundup for Designer Folk

Use Autodesk products?  Yeah you do; if you don’t you’re gonna start missing out on some important tools.  If you didn’t know, Autodesk gobbled up Alias several years ago and some aspects of the acquisition are starting to bear fruit.  In addition to some steamy crossover plugin action, Autodesk has continued to develop Alias itself, birthing a brand new sketching application on top of some routine improvements to the core application.  Hit the jump for some quick summaries and links for more info.

0 Company: Autodesk

All For One With The Tenna

All For One With The Tenna

There are a lot of expectations from our gadgets these days, and somewhere down the line we have blurred their definition. For example a phone doubles up as a video camera, still camera, voice recorder, MP3 player, movie player, web browser, sketchpad and much more…. But this also doesn’t mean that we are done with individual devices. Tenna is a device that looks at adding the telephone function to individual gadgets like an MP3 player, thus doing a U-turn on how we perceive a phone.

0 Designer: Yuree S. Lim

A Shelf Life Like No Other

A Shelf Life Like No Other

WARNING: The following design may inspire self loathing, resentment and/or simple jealousy that you did not think of this first. Deal with it.

From the Yanko Obvious Files comes this latest creation from designer Sam Drury. The “Self Supporting Shelf” is a masterfully simple idea. It is a telescopic shelf that extends between two flat surfaces for a perfect fit every time. No screws, no nails no messy clean-up.

0 Designer: Sam Drury

Wake-up And Smell The Coffee, Have It Too!

Wake-up And Smell The Coffee, Have It Too!

Buzzer alarms need to be tossed out of the window and replaced with the CoffeeTime. The idea is to wake up with the smell of coffee…no jarring rings or bells; just the inviting aroma. How does this happen, you ask? Well, you pre-set your favorite coffee capsule into the hour-glass shaped alarm. At wake-up time, the steaming brew just pours into a waiting cup and the strong aroma of coffee arouses you.

0 Designer: Elodie Delassus