Lights Lead The Way

Lights Lead The Way

The simply named Road Lights is a system of wind generated lane lights powered by the wind of vehicles whizzing by. You’ve all felt it before, that wall of air as a car passes by. Why waste it? The energy captured by the system illuminates a series of pegs 50-100 meters in front of you to lead the way. Eco-friendly (yes I’m still using that phrase) and a perfect opportunity for a really creative car commercial.

0 Designers: Sungi Kim & Hozin Song

Forgot My Ruler

Forgot My Ruler

“Beg Borrow or Steal”, that’s what I used to get to hear from my class teacher when I used to forget to bring my pencil box to class. Like most diligent girls in school I used to carry a sharpner, eraser, pens, pencils, and ruler. God forbid if you forgot a ruler and had to draw some lines! Like we tend to carry extra pencils or pens, but never rulers! Well this Ruler Pen is a helpful answer. Too bad no one thought of this during my school days. Also there is no cure for being forgetful!

0 Designer: ShiKai Tseng

It’s Simply An Acoustic Robot!

It’s Simply An Acoustic Robot!

Unabashed, unashamed of his thought process, designer TAN Lun Cheak is bold enough to admit that his Acoustic Robot is nothing but a figment of his imagination. He does not take aid of technology to promote his design. He teases us with words like fantasy, imagination, playfulness – just like a favorite toy. Tell me, are we really slaves to justifications and explanations all the time? Can’t we for once let go and simply enjoy a transformed regular audio speaker?

0 Designer: TAN Lun Cheak

Flights of Fantasy Come Alive

Flights of Fantasy Come Alive

YD has been mauled many a times for featuring concept designs, but that didn’t stop us then and it won’t stop us now. We have served as a platform for many a young minds that dared to dream big…so big that now their flights of fantasies have come alive. Here’s a re-cap of three awesome designs that are now available at the YD Store: Aroma USB, Twist Together Lamp & Shrine Shoe Rack. If you loved them then, I’m sure you’d be happy to BUY them NOW!

0 Available: YD Store

Exercising With Magnets and Dumbbells

Exercising With Magnets and Dumbbells

I like the Magnetic Dumbbells for two reasons: looks and properties. I don’t need to elaborate the looks part but here’s the info on the properties or functioning. The pair of dumbbells (North Pole {NP} charged) comes with a cradle and some South Pole (SP) pointer magnets. The idea is to add weight to the dumbbells by increasing the magnetic power of attraction between the SP pointers and the NP Dumbbells. Alas, the story gets complicated and….

0 Designers: Sang-Hoon Lee

Current Cart

Current Cart

The e~cart promises quite an electrifying experience! It’s a shopping trolley re-designed to be fitted with wheels that harness the kinetic energy, generated due to its motion. The sourced up energy is deposited to the main power storage unit, when the cart docks into it. Just line them up, one behind the other to form a power chain! Although the designers suggest that the harnessed energy can be used to completely sustain the store for the month, I seriously doubt that.

0 Designers: Kitae Pak & Inyong Jung

Better Than Disposable Plates

Better Than Disposable Plates

I think Mina Song’s idea for an inflatable plate called the “Air Dish” is quite a sound one. You’re on a picnic and you care for the environment so you use the garbage can to dispose your used paper plates. But still that’s waste of plates/resources right. Change the scene and use the vinyl Air Dish instead: inflate it, use it, rinse it, fold and stow it….no bother of disposing it anytime soon. Just be careful about pricking it.

0 Designer: Mina Song

Conduct Your Projections

Conduct Your Projections

What I mean is that with the Maestro you can fulfill your desire of being the Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra (always dream of the best!) and use the baton to gesture-control your projector. No buttons or complicated menus to navigate this beauty, only expression and an A-1 impersonation of Zubin Mehta!

0 Designer: Sang Hoon Yoon

Designs with GPS are On The Map!

Designs with GPS are On The Map!

You know that’s what this whole thing is about, right? Designing something so spectacular, so helpful to society that it puts a picture of your face on every map. This is where they designed the product fantasique! The people in this post know what’s going on. The following is 10 unique designs whose creators knew it’d be an awesome idea to incorporate a Global Positioning System, aka, GPS.

0 Design: Lots O' People!

Cooler Than A Mushroom

Cooler Than A Mushroom

We normally think of central air conditioners as large cube shaped metal crates that do nothing for a building’s figure but the Mushroom AHU (air handling unit) proves design can make a world a difference. Apparently the shape of a mushroom is well suited to circulate air. One day, large buildings may have clusters of mushrooms in alleys and rooftops. I love the idea if it works but I’m more concerned about art imitating life. Are my Super Mario dreams coming true?

0 Designers: Sungi Kim & Hyunji Cho

Tea Making is So Steampunk

Tea Making is So Steampunk

Project Ignotus is a metal container used to boil water for tea traditionally called a samovar. The ingeniously retro modern design gives it the flare vintage samovars are known for but with an added steampunk twist. Tho updated, the mechanical workings are still old school. Charcoal or even coal provides the fuel to boil water  to be dispensed out of a spout engineered to give you that perfect stream into a cup. One added bonus is the double walled construction to keep water and tea hotter, longer.

0 Designer: Aleksey Belyalov

Faucet Makes You Work For Water

Faucet Makes You Work For Water

You’re a water waster so designer Harvey Bewley devised a faucet called the Twist to makes you work for it. The tap is controlled by an aerator. To get water flowing you have to “twist” and crank it. Anytime people have to apply a little elbow grease to accomplish a task – they may think twice. That’s the whole point. Only use water when you REALLY need it. If that doesn’t destroy you water world dreams, there’s even a digital read-out. My favorite bit is the motion sensor that gives you just splash because sometimes that’s all you need.

0 Designer: Harvey Bewley

Such Pretty Moonstones

Such Pretty Moonstones

I’m in love with the Seoul Green Project called Luna Piedra which means moonstone in Spanish. These beautiful pebbles illuminate with embedded OLEDs. They replace traditional lighting setups which aren’t portable and waste a lot of energy. The Luna Piedra generates enough power by water currents using a very tiny nano generator. It doesn’t heat up and leaves no polluting effluents. I want one, NOW.

0 Designer: Yichun Chuang