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

Balls Clean My Air, Seriously!

Balls Clean My Air, Seriously!

These “Air Balls” as I call them, are purifiers you can move room to room. They use a form of ionization with a photocatalyst complex sterilizing collection technology. Por que? This enables the unit to not only filter the air of fine particles, smoke and odors but also eliminates nasty bacteria and viruses. An active carbon filter even removes nasty gases like formaldehyde and VOC’s. The whole contraption doubles as lighting and the design is supposed to fit in any decor. The display stand is actually a snazzy charging cradle.

0 Designer: Taejin Choi

Be Flexible With Diabetes

Be Flexible With Diabetes

Gluos is a non-invasive blood sugar meter with a detachable sensor for more flexibility. As a diabetic you really want to measure  fast, easy and unobstrusively. The small device measures sugar levels using a display with an LED scale between a low result and a high result in different colors. Low sugar levels are shown in red. A normal level appears in white white and a high level goes orange. It stores the result and transfers it via bluetooth to a mobile phone and computer so your doctor has instant access.

0 Designer: Tobias Förtsch

All The Single Ladies, Put A Switch On It

All The Single Ladies, Put A Switch On It

Girl buys new pack of fresh batteries. Girl doesn’t realize unused batteries lose their charge overtime albeit slowly but still, it’s like money slowly pissing away. If only there were a way to keep the internal charge from being active until you needed it. Girl figures it out. Put a switch on it. The science is simple. I mean you’re essentially just switching the anode off to prevent current from flowing but does this actually work? Energy doesn’t seem to be something that likes to stay put. Maybe one of you could speak to it, figuratively that is.

0 Designers: Ren Tong & Luo Jie

It Plays Only My One Song

It Plays Only My One Song

On one hand we have MP3 devices by the score, boasting of infinite giga amount of memory and on the other hand we have The Single. A brave little soul that plays only ONE (uno) song! This feature may send you gadget-crazy generation into a tizzy, but I quite respect the designer’s decision to stick to one song format. Even the functioning is pretty simple, one giant play button that starts and pauses the song. Load the music via the USB and hang it up on the wall.

0 Designer: mintselect @ mintpass

Zubin Metha's Next Assistant

Zubin Metha’s Next Assistant

Apologies to Yiran and all those who play music, but many of us YD-ers may be ignorant on the nitty-gritty of music composition, play and practice. So before I launch into a full detailed explanation of the Lyra project, I must get some basics clear. Musicians often use a metronome to help them practice their sessions however this device does have its limitations. And apparently musicians also have heightened peripheral vision in comparison to us normal folks.

0 Designer: Yiran Feng

Cleaning Up The Wire Mess

Cleaning Up The Wire Mess

OMG, not another electrical gadget at home…where do I plug it…too many extension cords, wires, plugs, hassles! Does this thought often bog you down? It did bother designer Ashley too much, since she resides in a Victorian house where wiring and plugs haven’t been changed for more than 70 years! Instead of cribbing, she mulled and came up with the AllSocket Power Track and AllPlugs. Now she has the perfect solution for us…see her demo it for us after the break.

0 Designer: Ashley Kelly

Ten Unusual And Creative Bicycle Designs

Ten Unusual And Creative Bicycle Designs

Researching for this article I was surprised to learn that although a refined version of the cycle was available by early 1800s, it wasn’t till late 19th century that designers thought of coming up with a version suitable for women. Anyways, let’s not get into the battle of the sexes and enjoy ten amazing designs for cycles that can revolutionize the industry. After all, more than one billion worldwide use this mode of transport daily!

0 Designers: Various

Bottle Topping Biking Clipping

Bottle Topping Biking Clipping

You know what I like? Things that can be made cheaply with just a little bit of space where the sponsor of the product can be printed or stuck. They’re perfect. They stay popular for a season or two, fade out, and meanwhile the designer has cashed in on a moment of brilliance. What we’ve got here is a bike clip for standard bottled drinks. It’s easy to clip on and off, simple to use in multiples. When used with booze, safety not guaranteed.

0 Designer: Matthias Ries

Bloody Eye and Ripped Ear!

Bloody Eye and Ripped Ear!

Ever heard of Kutuzov or Van Gogh for that matter? Inspired by their escapades in history, designer Konovalov gives us this in-your-face Intercom, which has all the makings of a good practical joke. Kutuzov’s eye on the outside is a fully functional camera and Van Gogh’s ear in the inside is a speaker. What’s quirky is that if you don’t like the guests calling at your door (read ma-in-law), you can set the spooky eye to a red, bleeding torrent and freak them out. A green glowing eye means you’re happy to receive the intruder. Truly Whacko!

0 Designer: Victor Konovalov