QWERTY Keyboard For iPhone, For Real!

QWERTY Keyboard For iPhone, For Real!

I’ve always had a problem with typing fast and accurately with my iPhone, and like most Indian users who use local lingo in our English messages; the auto dictionary for misspellings is no help. So it had to be a fellow Indian to come up with an alternate solution. A QWERTY Keyboard that slides over the iPhone, guarding its edges and syncing in well! The slick body docks in the phone and auto disables the virtual keyboard. An external jack hooks into place, at the bottom of the keys for charging the phone.

0 Designer: Altamash Jiwani

Fritters Frying Fury Now Tamed

Fritters Frying Fury Now Tamed

The Hand Guard is a protective silicon cover for your hands, to be used when you’re cooking. For the love of French fries, I’d use this more while deep frying! The oil splutters tend to create havoc with your skin, especially if you’re in the cooking profession and at it all the time. A simple funnel-shaped cover fits over the equipment and covers quite a bit of your hand. The USP is that you can use the cover with almost any sized spoon, ladle, chopstick or tongs; without hampering your cooking maneuvers. Simple and functional!

0 Designer: Moon Sheen Hyeon

Steady Support For iPad Sketching

Steady Support For iPad Sketching

The rounded form of the iPad gives it a very sleek look, but may not the ideal form when using it as a sketch pad on the table. The iSketch offers a snug-fitting protective support for the device, plus doubles up as a powermat for charging it. The accompanying sketch pen and plenty of sketching apps make it feel like creative-utopia for the moment, but only time and a real-life product review will tell if it’s worth the effort or not!

0 Designer: Psychic Factory

Square Coffee

Square Coffee

I’m in love with this electric kettle serving set called Friend’s Coffee. The designer wanted to keep it simple and tame the design aesthetics of traditional hot drink sets. The result is a monolithic design; a kettle and 4 serving mugs all set on a large load tray. The tray can be unplugged at anytime to be properly served from. Beautiful design.

0 Designer: Cohen Roey

For The Clumsy You!

For The Clumsy You!

Yes you, the one who spills his tea and coffee coz you got butter fingers! I don’t mean to be rude, but let’s face some facts here; dripping a beverage while drinking your cuppa is so uncool. This why you need to add a dash of sophistication in your crockery. and see how deftly you can wipe away the drops of liquid without any fuss. Clumsy! A ceramic tea/coffee cup and saucer set that incorporates a dishcloth into the saucer design. Eccentric more than classic, what do you think?

0 Designer: Olga Kravchenko

PET Bottles To The Oil Spill Rescue

PET Bottles To The Oil Spill Rescue

A Picture Perfect photo of Barack Obama swimming with his daughter in Florida is not the answer to oil spills! It takes more than that to contain the damage and get the affected areas back to their feet. A moment of thought goes out to the Oil Fence here, which is made from recycled PET Plastic bottles, fitted with special rubber caps on both ends. The logic is to reuse the trashed bottles for a greater good like containing spills without adding burden to the environment. The color scheme of orange and yellow, sure makes it look bright and cheery against the black slick of oil!

0 Designers: Min A Namgung & Jangwoon Kim

A New Lease On Light

A New Lease On “Light”

I like looking at the Posh Lamp as a design exercise. What would normally be a run-of-the-mill portable light is elevated to something austere and “posh” just by framing it in chrome and steel. The lamp is composed of 20 LEDs with a 3-way switch. Couldn’t get any simpler than this. Reminds me of a trend I’ve seen lately; objects seemingly made anew by fortunate mash-ups. Look around your house. See anything that might have been two become one?

0 Designer: Aïssa Logerot

Stand Up And Retract Your Pens

Stand Up And Retract Your Pens

Upright & retract: the two new mantras for a dowdy marker pen; too amusing and cute! What we have here is the Upstanding Retractable Markers, a set of sketch markers that stay upright (think Weeble Wobbles) and have a retractable nib. This saves you the trouble of leaking nibs, but I seriously recommend a cap for keeping the color-stick dust-free and moist. Somehow the idea of pens lined upright on a desk makes me wonder, how many will become Humpty Dumpty and have a great fall!

0 Designer: Doron Livne

Twisted Sound

Twisted Sound

Twisted Speakers, just like their name need to be actually twisted to be used. Born out of the frustration of the limited sound range from Isaac Teece’s laptop and MP3 player, this Bluetooth portable set support better sound quality and range. They charge via an induction charging station and twist to switch on and off, and to adjust the volume. You can scatter them about in a small area or get ‘top-up’ speakers (that sync to your other speakers) for spreading them around the house. What I really dig is their Bose-esque look with neater lines and finish.

0 Designer: Isaac Teece

Writing Braille Anywhere…

Writing Braille Anywhere…

The problem with writing Braille is that you need the proper equipments, namely a Braille Board and writer, which can get quite bulky to carry around. This means writing jiffy memos or taking short notes is not an easy task for the blind! The Braille Stapler looks at resolving the issue by providing a handy instrument that can be pocketed and used anywhere. This six-button device includes a space button and functions tab for controlling the size of the Braille. Moreover the design expedites the “writing process” that need not be written/read in reverse. More power of communication for the blind!

0 Designers: Dongwon Jang, Mihyang Park & Jungmin Bae

No Touchy Basin

No Touchy Basin

The Spout Faucet Basin is ideal for those freakish about hygiene and no-touching-taps kinds. It’s also for those who enjoy aesthetic appeal with a little bit of high-tech. Basically the design features a sensor activated mixer tap, with the temperature being set via a small dial. Unfortunately, this dial will require you to “touch” it for adjustment, but more importantly it also encases the override button, which pours out a steady stream of water. All the mechanical components are neatly tucked outta sight in the internal cavity behind the basin, offering a very neat wall mounted unit.

0 Designer: Charlwood Design

Too Many Ports At Once

Too Many Ports At Once

The literal explanation for the “Change”, multiple ports hub is quite weird so I’m going to stick with my inferences of the product. The hub is basically a station where you can hook up all your computer peripherals and media gadgets and from it a single wire goes into the CPU. Right at this moment I’m glancing down to where my CPU is, and the mess of wires going into it really looks icky! So will something like this “Change” hub make a difference? Maybe, or maybe I just need some tacking wires to straighten things up. Better still opt for wireless devices!

0 Designer: Lou Fengkai

A Straight Line

A Straight Line

The Constrained Ball is one of those concepts I can easily see myself buying from a late night infomercial. I’m not saying it’s bad but the novel approach to a simple kind of problem is endearing. Fitted with a rubber gasket, the gadget helps you draw straight lines and indicates the length. OMG, is this the end of the ruler’s dominance?!? No but I quite like this concept. I’m a stickler for drawing straight lines. It’s either gotta be straight and perfect or it’s a no-go for me.

0 Designer: Giha Woo