Glass Half Full…Always

Glass Half Full…Always

Did you ever contemplate whether your glass was half empty or half full? Thank heavens designer Alissia Melka-Teichroew did some thinking, and came up with these really classy InsideOut series. Martini Glasses and Champagne Flutes made out of hand-blown borosilicate glass. It has the advantage of double-walled glass, which provides insulation, thus keeping your drink colder for longer.

0 Designer: byAMT [ Martini Glasses | Champagne Flute]

Radio Ga Ga

Radio Ga Ga

Flexio is this really awesome radio that’s solar powered and portable. I’m willing to overlook the “only one fixed FM channel” stand for the cute little paper packaging it comes in. I’m sure the dynamics of manufacturing this are going to be reasonable, because one can even use it for promotions and gifts…like ask someone to advertise on its package. The innovative factor comes from the flexible speaker & flexible solar cell. It’s designed to be used within the station-waves range, but could be modified to receive internet radio via WiFi or WiMax.

0 Designers: EOL/ITRI & Scenario Lab

Make My Own Juice

Make My Own Juice

We all know that energy is neither created nor destroyed; it only changes its forms. When we do our daily chores or simply exist, we do expend some amount of it that could be trapped and used to power gadgets and devices. This is the very premise of the “Human Energy Recycle System.” Wearable contraptions (on hands, fingers and wrists) called “Solution Units” come fitted with a battery that stores the harnessed juice. These batteries can be then removed and used to charge basics like cellphones and MP3 players.

0 Designers: Choi Hyong-Suk & Yun Jung-Sik

Phone Fashion

Phone Fashion

The trend in concept phones these days is turning retro, which is why we have the “Dial” reminisce the era of the round-dials on phones. The difference however lies in the present concept being touted as a fashion accessory that can be crafted in the metal of choice; giving you the luxury of being, chic, sporty, or uber-rich. A projected light beam in the inner circle impersonates the rotary dial, but to dial a number you need to simply touch it. Quite interesting.

0 Designer: Jung Dae Hoon

Going Dutch With CC

Going Dutch With CC

Ever found yourself in a situation where you want to split the restaurant bill with your buddies, and all want pay by Credit Card. Like you want to get the calculations down to the last penny, or sip of Apple juice? Fret Not, if the Piece of Cake ever comes into existence, it’ll give going Dutch with friends a whole new meaning. By using this device each one can pay for just what they ate using their CC. The screen displays the total items consumed and you select your share to be automatically calculated.

0 Designers: Various

Customized Band Aid

Customized Band Aid

With kids at home you do have to keep an assortment of shapes and sizes of band aid at home. More often than not, I use it for the placebo effect; a strip plaster round the superficial cut on the finger works better than any medicine, cuddling or kisses. The Long and Short Plaster does away with the need of stocking up assorted sizes and works like a tape dispenser. Cut out the right size and use it.

0 Designers: Miyeon Kim & Hoyoung Lee

Where I Might Stash a Cat

Where I Might Stash a Cat

So you’re a cat person, but you don’t want to appear to be a “Crazy Cat Lady” (or man!) But your kitty cat, she just needs a nice place to sleep! What do you do? You probably go about buying something big, maybe a color you didn’t quite like, and hard to manage blending in with the rest of your decor. Well that’s just silly! You don’t go to the pet store to buy a pet bed, you go to the design store!

0 Designer: Akemi Tanaka [ Buy It Here ]

Sexy Oil Lamps

Sexy Oil Lamps

Interior decoration is way lot tougher than you think. It’s always the small knick-knacks and the carefully thought-out pieces that make your apartment reflect your style and personality. There is helluva difference between just lighting an ordinary candle and something as classy as the Migration Single Oil Lamps. Besides a designer touch, the precision-machined stainless steel torch encasing the fiberglass wick, creates magic lighting.

0 Designer: Brandon Perhacs [ Buy it Here ]

Any Encoded Message

Any Encoded Message

Brilliant! I like to think I don’t toss that word around that often, and here’s a place it belongs for the real. This is a set of glasses. Not just any glasses. Psychic glasses. When you pour your favorite sort of drink into the cup – poof! There you have it. The title of the liquid you have now contained. It’s called the “Cipher.” Pour Pepsi into it.

0 Designer: Damjan Stanković

Growing Some Pictureframes

Growing Some Pictureframes

Holiday season is round the bend and we usually end up clicking so many pictures. Using digital frames is the given standard these days, but somehow I still got the soft nook for printed pics. So if you’re more traditional with pictures, naturally you’d like to display them well. This is where the GrowFrame Squares and GrowFrame come into play. Keep clicking lovely pictures of family and friends and add them using these magnetic-held frames. More pictures, frames, growth!

0 Designer: Trevor Elliott [ Buy GrowFrame Squares | GrowFrame ]

Kick The Green Monster

Kick The Green Monster

Do you know who the Green Monster is? It’s that skunk-of-a-bill that you get at the end of the month; it devours all your Dollars because you overspent! Only if you could use something like the Live Checking Card! A Credit Card won’t let you go beyond your limits. It’s a digital thang with an E-ink display that allows you to check your payment history on it. It even tracks your bank account’s transaction through RFID. A cumulative amount shows up on the screen every time you swipe the card; giving you your account balance on your finger tips.

0 Designers: 4 Creative Folks!

Punch A Knife And Some Forks

Punch A Knife And Some Forks

To keep this story short, Bamboo Slips for Picnic is a very practical usage of bamboo and hemp, which results in this sheet of press-out cutlery. The thin sheet of bamboo features cut-outs of spoon, knife, and fork. Naturally you would use this disposable set at picnics or in school, office or on the go. The cool part is that you can creatively use the remainder portion as a coaster, a fruit plate or something equally imaginative.

0 Designers: Li Ya, Li Lei, Jiang Xiaofan, Zhai Zhen; Zhang Xiaolei from Jiangnan University

A Practical Screw

A Practical Screw

Who wouldn’t like a screw…umm screwdriver that’s practical! The Big O in this concept is that its offers better grip, with the handle swiveling a cool 90 degrees to stand perpendicular to the metal shaft. Now if you want to read a deeper meaning to this post, be my guest…because phrases like “force can be applied with a much stronger grip” and “toughest screws can be tightened more easily” makes me think of double meaning stuff!

0 Designers: Liu Yunlong , Jia Peng, Cheng Peng ,Wang Dongdong & Xin Yaoyao from Jiangnan University