Suitcase-blade At The Airport!

Suitcase-blade At The Airport!

Airport terminals pride themselves at being these huge structures, that commuting from one end to the other can be time consuming and tiring; especially with a heavy suitcase. If the fun-element in you has not yet died and are up for the quirk, how about suitcase-blading (think rollerblade and scooters) the concourse? Here’s the TITAN High-roller Suitcase, which turns into a kickbike when you pull out the footrest. I think it would be funny to see head-honchos of big companies ride their suitcases for a match, and if I were to pick 2 I’d pick Steve jobs and Bill Gates….who do you think would win?

0 Designer: Sindre Klepp

Smart Plus - Not As Confusing As A Tech Movie

Smart Plus – Not As Confusing As A Tech Movie

The working mechanics of tech gadgets in futuristic movies can really stump me at times, so for my sake, I’m going to try and keep this as simple as I can. The Smart Plus is a combination of a laptop case, projector keyboard and a Smartphone. There is no screen or a dedicated hardrive involved in the setup; the Smartphone itself is the “brains” in this combo. The inside of the case doubles up as a screen and the projector beams images to it or any other surface you desire. All of it together can be used as a laptop, gaming console or a phone.

0 Designer: Eunggyu Lee

Hang Your Clothes Here

Hang Your Clothes Here

Conventional clothing racks and hooks all have the same problem. They’re not visually appealing and almost always leave annoying marks and indentations on clothing. The TRUform clothing rack distributes load evenly while supporting clothing leaving knits, jackets, and t-shirts completely unmarred. I like the modern simplicity of the design.

0 Designer: Vishaal Verma for Novo Design

Kill That Annoying Noise!

Kill That Annoying Noise!

Noise cancellation earphones eliminate ambient noises so that you can listen to music clearly or sleep peacefully in the drone. But how about the time that you want to filter out the electronic noises of machines etc. in your environment, and hold a conversation with your co-worker? The Kill Noise earplug suits this purpose and realizes noise reduction by electronic filtering, which can make people communicate easily in the noisy environments. The bright-orange polyester buds have an adjustment knob to set the filters and a built-in battery that lasts long.

0 Designer: Xiao-bin

Microbes Free Kitchen Thingies

Microbes Free Kitchen Thingies

So what is your cleaning routine for dishcloths and kitchen cutting boards? Mine is this: for the cutting board, I scrub it clean with an ordinary dish-soap and every now and then I boil the dishcloth in soap + disinfectant water. I follow this routine for the lack of “sterilizing aids” in India, plus we are the lazy sorts…we have house helps to do most of this stuff. But on this global forum, I’m becoming more aware of the hazards of not having a good sanitizing routine. If I were to pick one, I’d use this convenient Pure System that sanitizes the cloth and board; in one go.

0 Designer: Chang Shin Gwak

Mobile Hi-Fi Audio, B&W P5 Review

Mobile Hi-Fi Audio, B&W P5 Review

Listen we’re family right? Can I share something with you? They’re called the P5 Headphones from Bowers & Wilkins. You’re probably familiar with their goods. I’ve reviewed them here and here and only had good things to say. The P5 is no different. It’s ultra-lux, sounds good, and has a built-in mic/volume control for the iPhone! I’m not even gonna make you wait til’ after the jump. I’ll tell you now the P5 is awesome. There, I said it. Ambivalent? Hit the jump.

0 Designer: B&W and Native Designs (Buy it here)

Dust In Design

Dust In Design

Love this project called Snow Dust. Dust is an inevitable reality, one that we usually sweep away in annoyance but this designer chose to embrace it. A series of everyday household objects like a fan, shutters, and lampshade are constructed to a complex geometric pattern designed to collect dust. Something that is supposed to be gross and dirty is suddenly highlighted and transformed into natural art, unpredictable and possibly beautiful.

0 Designer: Olga Kravchenko

Bottle Full Of Light!

Bottle Full Of Light!

Look what we have for you, a home-recycle solution for your PET Bottles! Of course you will need the help of the + (Plus) Conjunctive Flash Light, but that really won’t be a problem. For the moment let’s look at what the designers have to offer: an ingenious flashlight (with a flex-tail) that screws onto the mouth of a standard PET bottle. The result is that you get a makeshift lantern-esque lamp ready to be hung-up in a tent or taken outdoors. Nifty idea, what do you think?

0 Designers: Various

James Dyson Awards: The Top 20 Projects

James Dyson Awards: The Top 20 Projects

I’ve been a witness to many squabbles between designers & engineers who can’t seem to look beyond form or function. While engineers are right in their place to comment on the practicality of a project, designers are equally correct in dreaming futuristic scenarios. To cultivate both the workability & alluring aspects of design, the James Dyson Awards encourages students from the world over to “design something that solves a problem.” In an attempt to please both the faculties and to prove my point, let’s look at this year’s Top 20 entries that are shortlisted for the grand prize!

0 Designers: Various

Whoa! Men To Pee and Wash In The Same Stand!

Whoa! Men To Pee and Wash In The Same Stand!

I’m not a man so I really don’t know how comfortable you guys are going to be with this thought…peeing and washing hands in the same urinal stand! What Designer Yeongwoo Kim has done is incorporated the wash basin just above the spot you take aim to pee. The reason cited is that you’ll save a water flush cycle, coz when you rinse your hand after the job (I hope you guys do that!), the same gray water can be used to cleanse the urinal basin. Tell me, how many of you guys will be comfortable with this? For once, my opinion doesn’t count, but I do find it funny!

0 Designer: Yeongwoo Kim

Satisfying Curious Children

Satisfying Curious Children

Oh!Why? is a set of interactive devices meant for children. The aim is to let them record their world around them and then sit down as a family to answer questions based on their videos and satisfy the biggest question “Why?” The set includes a camera and a digital book and both sync with each other. The book can be used by parents to leave IMs and it even doubles up as a nightlight. Interesting to see technology being used by tots at an early age, even if it is for parental communication….better than have no lines open at all!

0 Designers: Yi-Her Hsu, Kuan-Ju Pan & Yu-Chun Chou

Let’s Scale Some Lights

Let’s Scale Some Lights

The Weight of Light is a simple structure lamp featuring a unique way to operate the light. Mimicking the style of an industrial scale, the intensity of the lamp is controlled by shifting the “weight” up and down the “scale”. I adore its refreshing approach, the cute way it tips the scale and minimal look.

0 Designer: Liao Chan Guan Jing

Gripping That Milk Bottle Better

Gripping That Milk Bottle Better

As an able bodied person it’s hard to comprehend how simple things like opening a milk bottle and pouring from it can be a challenge for some people. This Milk Bottle Re-design takes into consideration, the use by people who are suffering from dexterity problems; however it doesn’t ignore normal usage either. The solution is one where less or even no clamping force / grip force will have to be applied in order to lift and pour the milk out of the bottle. And thus this new design.

0 Designer: Konstantinos Ladas