Making It Easy To Communicate With Grandma

Making It Easy To Communicate With Grandma

If it’s not the technology, then it’s the size of the gadget that some senior citizens find challenging. Touch interfaces are not necessarily friendly to arthritis fingers. The IC Social Communication Tool is a project that Mikael undertook when he realized his grandmother was having a tough time coping with emails, chats and video calls over the internet. He devised the IC to be the perfect medium for electronic communication.

0 Designer: Mikael Johansen

Best Of Machine And Digital

Best Of Machine And Digital

The Mechanized Digital Watch features a digital font but manipulates it to function as a “mechanized” number because the elements of each digit physically move to create numbers. Every digit is composed of 7 panels and to create a number, panels on the watch face recess revealing contrasting sidewalls. Thus creating the outline of a digit and a whole lot of fun!

0 Designer: Carl Allen

Chaos Theory For Books

Chaos Theory For Books

How do you arrange your bookshelf? Fat to thin, tall to short? Horizontal, vertical….so many ways to do one thing; filling up the bookshelf! On my shelf chaos theory rules; no matter how neatly I arrange it, the order of books get all jumbled up after I’ve pulled out a couple for reading. “Need Not Arrange Anymore” brings art to the way we pile up books. A neat looking shelf with tons of attitude!

0 Designer: Kim Ji-hye

Dirty Linen Goes Straight To The Closet!

Dirty Linen Goes Straight To The Closet!

The notion of dumping laundry in a basket and then taking it out on laundry-day will probably be redundant in the future. All you will need to do is hang your clothes in a specialized closet and await molecular technology to do its thing. The Clean Closet is your laundry basket, washing machine and drying cabinet – all rolled into one. Using its tech, it scans clothes for stains etc and removes it, freshens it (de-odorizes), and that too without using water.

0 Designer: Michael Edenius

Memory Clip-on

Memory Clip-on

Although I find hanging my USB stick around my neck quite alright, I wouldn’t mind if it came as a clip-on. Something that looked like this Metro USB Clip would be perfect; slip it securely on a pocket. The added advantage of auto backup on second drive, sliding feature and color changeable shells, transforms it from a regular stick to something different.

0 Designer: René Woo-Ram Lee

Beer Energy

Beer Energy

There’s a time before a meal when some people get prepared, get super hungry, get so fantastically ready to eat. This time is called the “appertivo time,” and during this time people drink alcohol. They drink beer. They have a good time. Carlos Zanotti Cavazzoni of Raver Studio had an amazing idea. Why not signify this pre-meal energy with light? How about putting that light in the base of a glass for beer? Fabulous! Completely fabulous and beer-sexy.

0 Designer: Carlos Zanotti Cavazzoni of Raver Studio

Clip The Book

Clip The Book

Will it – won’t it; the debate may continue forever, but the truth is, print publication for books is not going to go obsolete. There are far too many booklovers and e-reader does not make any sense to a person who has to choose a week of groceries vs an e-book. Paperback is more affordable. Playing on the sentiment of book reading is the “Forget Me Not Clip”. A gentle, glowing reminder to pick up a book and read it.

0 Designer: Kim So Eun

Hangers in a Basket

Hangers in a Basket

If you’re really short on closet space, maybe this will help. Hangers in a Basket is just what the name implies. The hangers work like any other but when clothes get dirty, pop them onto the handle. The form a nifty little cage around dirty clothes. What happens when you’re halfway thru your clothes? No idea but it looks like it could triple as a line dryer too. Hmm…

0 Designers: Jhih-Jie Liou & Wei-Lun Wang

Guessing Game!

Guessing Game!

Yes this is the famous Guessing Game, a time when we editors are at a loss of words and can’t think of a better way to introduce an idea.

Hint for today: It’s meant for Women ( yes it looks like designer maxipad, but it isn’t )

Leave your comment first and then read the description! Play fair, we trust you!

0 Designer: Ahn Hyun Ji

Toothbrush Upstanding Tall, With Pride

Toothbrush Upstanding Tall, With Pride

Ever felt icky about putting down your toothbrush onto the sink? Keep it rested on the toothpaste or balance it on the soap dish, but never flat on the sink surface! For hygiene-freaks like me is the DEWS Toothbrush by Ryan and Harc, an ergonomically designed brush that keeps standing upright and never tipples over. There are weights at the end of its rounded handle to create a centre of gravity at the handle base. When you set it down, it stays put for a second and then springs back upright. Tumble-doll-brush!

0 Designers: Hyun Jin Yoon & Eun Hak Lee

Bio Robot Refrigerator

Bio Robot Refrigerator

As promised, here are the details on the Electrolux Bio Robot Refrigerator, a concept that has been making quite a splash in the blogosphere! In lay terms, the fridge is a concept where the Bio Robot cools biopolymer gel through luminescence. A non-sticky gel surrounds the food item when shoved into the biopolymer gel, creating separate pods. The design features no doors or drawers, and the food items are individually cooled at their optimal temperature thanks to the robot.

0 Designer: Yuriy Dmitriev

First Aid First

First Aid First

Very few designers have ventured forth to re-deign the First Aid Kit. Even the mandatory school projects that my children did was a square, white box with a red cross plastered in the centre. The N. Nursing Kit designed by two talented students from the National Cheng Kung University adds a breath of fresh air to the mundane. If I were to mention the two most innovative items, it’d have to be the curvy scissors and the integrated flashlight.

0 Designers: Sheng-hung Lee & You-Lin Chen

Square Cut Traffic Signs

Square Cut Traffic Signs

When we were Re-learning the Traffic Lights and many feel that re-arranging shapes is not always the answer for good road safety. In situations like fog, poor visibility and rain, road lights like the Light Programmable Road Sign may work better. It employs a LED Video Display, consisting of RGB LEDs with the possibility of reprogramming. Jump in to learn more…

0 Designer: Alexey Chugunnikov