How Smart A Chef Are You?

How Smart A Chef Are You?

Really Smart eh? Can you recall all your recipes by heart; tell me exactly how many calories are there in the dish that you are preparing; the amount of protein, cholesterol in it; are the ingredients fresh enough? NO!! NO!! You’re not a SMART Chef then. Actually you never can be, coz then you’d be this computer with an intelligent cutting board and integrated scale. The wise guy here can connect with local farmers and farmer’s markets to help you procure the seasonal produce.

0 Designer: Kaiju Studios

Speaker Rings

Speaker Rings

Well here is a novel concept. The Expansion Loudspeakers are a set or rings docked to a base station connected to a computer via USB. Each ring contains its own power source enabling you to take them anywhere. The idea isn’t exactly new. There are several wireless speaker docks on the market but none with cuff-like wearability. Knowing me, I’d probably wear all of them to become a human boom box. FYI, I do not think putting one around your cat would be wise. Hit the jump to see what I mean.

0 Designer: Miriam Liébana Yeste

Best of May 2009

Best of May 2009

Every month we take a look around and select some of the most interesting designs that was showcased here. Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in May 2009.

Time Is So Orbital

Time Is So Orbital

It’s a good thing you learnt about planets in school; otherwise this Torbit Time-Orbit Watch Concept would have gone over your head. Apparently its been totally inspired by the fascinating movents of planets in their orbit. “The digital numbers on the annular panel display indicates time while moving clockwise around the circumference of the display; also corresponding to the position of where the hands on a traditional watch would have been.” For me, it’s just a cool looking watch that craves for a SWATCH branding.

0 Designer: Evan Yiwei Ma

It’s Summer But Some Still Need Heaters

It’s Summer But Some Still Need Heaters

It’s so damn hot where I live that I can’t think of anything else but an air conditioner at the moment. But since we have readers from across the globe, this one’s especially for those who experience snow in summers. LASKO Home Innovations commissioned a space heater, and this is what they got. It’s a special one that sucks in air from the perforated silver piece on the bottom. The internal oscillation varies from 90 degrees, 170 degrees to a full 360 degrees, thereby making it convenient to place centrally in a room.

0 Designer: Matthew Catrino

I Just Don’t See The Time

I Just Don’t See The Time

Let’s call this a Swiss Watchmaker’s worst nightmare, a clock where you can barely see the time. We are so caught up in our own time-warps that we rarely get an excuse to pause and ponder. The Soft Clock here is best described as “an incessantly twisting art-object than a proper instrument for time measurement.” For those who want constant reminders of the persistent tick-tok, get a real clock. Let this Soft one be for us dreamers……

0 Designer: Egor Myznik

Future of ID

Future of ID

Pratt students are making their mark at the “Design for a Dollar” exhibition, International Contemporary Furniture Fair. However I’m here to showcase how enterprising their ID students can be. Three projects: Grind by Dana de Vega, Loop End Table by Carla Franciose and Array Series by Jason Pfaeffle; reflect how simple thinking and industrious application can prove to be winning designs. Take a look at them after the jump.

0 Designers: Dana de Vega, Carla Franciose and Jason Pfaeffle

Interview with Jon Kolko of Frog Design

Interview with Jon Kolko of Frog Design

Having met Jon Kolko at the Bounce IDSA conference I was pleased as punch to get him to sit down for an exclusive YD interview.  Acting as Senior Design Analyst at Frog Design in Austin and Editor-in-Chief of Interactions Magazine, Jon brings dizzying insights to the worlds of interaction design and its ramifications to industrial design and research.  Click through to our interview after the jump, but also check out some of his excellent talks like the recent Austin Creative Confab or his presentation on design synthesis.

0 Designer: Jon Kolko

10 Unique And Creative MP3 Players

10 Unique And Creative MP3 Players

The wires are abuzz with the Zune HD News, and many are wondering what Jobs has in store for the iPod this summer. However, the thread that ties both these MP3 players together is their form. Besides the obvious rectangle shape, very few people like Sony have ventured into a daring cylindrical shape for the MP3. Here’s a look at the adventurous folks who broke away from the mold and gave us Unique And Creative MP3 Players

0 Designers: Various

Buried Treasure For Real

Buried Treasure For Real

One sorry soul has to always stay back ashore to take care of our belongings, while rest of the family is out there having fun on the surf and sand. Beach thefts are a reality and it’s not just about losing your valuables, but about the violation of trust in mankind. Gigga Clam is a water proof safe that kinds tries to ease your day on the beach. Ergonomically designed, the Clam is meant to be pushed under the sand’s surface for safekeeping and has some pretty cool high-tech features.

0 Designer: Chris Stratton

Salad Served Fresh And Cold

Salad Served Fresh And Cold

The “Outdoor Party Platter” is quite modest in terms of design and presentation, but that doesn’t come in its way of it being a winner concept. It’s a dish-in-dish design, with the bottom insulated part made from cork and the upper platter part made from bamboo. Place sufficient ice in the bottom half and serve cold cuts or salads from the top platter. The thoughtful (optional) inserts allow you to serve more than one food item at a time, without them running into each other. A handy-dandy for those who like to plan picnics and outdoor parties.

0 Designer: Vicki Runnegar

Wireless Headset Even Tho I See Wires

Wireless Headset Even Tho I See Wires

The Mousse Earpiece is a bit of an oxymoron. It is a wireless headset even tho we can clearly see wires. The wireless bit comes from the little metal control unit. It transmits the Bluetooth signal but also doubles as a cord retractor because tangled wires piss me off and they should you off too. Aside from that, designer Ming Yi says noise reduction and volume control are a given. We will see since this is just a concept and since when does Braun make headsets?

0 Designer: Ming Yi

Design is Best with Stomping

Design is Best with Stomping

I said that and I’ll say it again. Stomping. Design is best with stomping. If you have to stomp to make the device work, then it’s good. Unless it’s a television. This is what you throw the tiny broken tv into. Then you stomp it. With the ironically titled “Armstrong Bin” compression dustbin, you can compact your trash and get a total thumbs up from the earth that the garbage is inevitably going to fill up!

0 Designers: Hyunsoo Kim, Young min Yoon, Seunghee Son, Sukwon Park & Sungwoo Park