I Can Read Your Language

I Can Read Your Language

YD is a melting pot of varied cultures; we have Asians, Americans, Australians and British in our group. Luckily we all use English otherwise can you fathom the commotion if we all mailed in our respective mother tongues! Funny as it may sound now, language barrier can pose a problem when we can’t communicate effectively with locals on a trip abroad. For vegetarian like me, ordering a chicken dish out of a Chinese language menu would be awful! I’d need something like the ViewTrans to help me out.

0 Designer: Jaeseok Han

Simply Connected, Peek Review

Simply Connected, Peek Review

It’s an email device. That’s it. That’s all it does and like the tagline “simply connected,” it don’t get much simpler than this. Meet Peek. I’ve spent the past month using it as my exclusive go-to email device. Tho I have an iPhone, did the Peek meet my standards? Hit the jump to read my review

0 Company: Peek [ Buy It Here ]

Pen Is Not My Friend

Pen Is Not My Friend

Keyboard and Words are my friends and we often play hide-and-seek when I do my posts. They either hide behind Mr. Wrong Spellings or screen behind Ms. Metal Block’s skirt. At such moments I turn to my other pal Mr. Mouse for some help. A right click, scrolling and some serious threatening and pesto they come out of hiding! All this fun is missed when I’m forced to use pen and paper! Wait a minute IDEA tells me they gotta Dictionary Pen for me that’s equally fun…hmmm…interesting!

0 Designer: IDEA

Asp-Adder Take A Hike, Slythrin Is Here

Asp-Adder Take A Hike, Slythrin Is Here

For some reason I have a very soft corner for designer Mac Funamizu. I know sometimes his designs can get outlandish, but like I always say, you need to dream BIG to achieve something in life. His latest concept is a portable projector device that wraps around your hand like a bracelet. This modern bridge between the physical and digital world comes with a camera, a projector and WiFi. Interestingly he compares & names it after the beautiful white snake, SnowCorn.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

DJ Needs A Phone Too

DJ Needs A Phone Too

Are you one of those musically inclined people who love to jam at the drop of a hat? Designer Jose Tomas DeLuna thinks that there is a market for the creative music junkies who like to mix their music on the go. As a result he has conceptualized KRE8, which is mobile phone but has plenty of musically enhanced features. It’s a device that bridges musical creativity and communication.

0 Designer: Jose Tomas DeLuna

Earplugs Become A Battery And Then Charge

Earplugs Become A Battery And Then Charge

This isn’t another case of identity crisis, it’s just that the B-headphones transform to AA batteries! What I’m telling you here is that these headphones come in 3 pieces: two earbuds and a housing case. Plug the two earbuds on both the ends of the housing… and pesto! you got yourself an AA battery. Now put that battery into the main charging station and recharge the Bluetooth buds! A telltale light indicator lets you know when they are juiced up so that you can pop them out and use them again. Did I mention WICKED IDEA!

0 Designer: Qian Jiang

Funky New Office Toy

Funky New Office Toy

Did you see all the cool stuff Google has installed in its office for the benefit of its employees? I’m sure most of us don’t even get a fraction of what those guys have. Without being envious, I think its time we spoke to our bosses and at least got some funky looking gadgets on our desks! Like this Conference System that looks like an odd UFO or something. I’m sure if we look into its specs, we’ll find something to rave about it to THE BOSS.

0 Designer: Guillaume Bordas

Boomerang That’s Got An Identity Crisis

Boomerang That’s Got An Identity Crisis

Mid-life crisis, financial crisis, relationship crisis…ah! there are too many crises in this world! Add to this list a Boomerang that thinks it’s a camera: IDENTITY CRISIS!

Don’t mistake Glare for your run-of–the–mill summer time toy, it’s a proper gadget with a functional, eject-able camera. You know the drill of a boomerang don’t ya. Fly it out in the open and let it swish back to you.

0 Designer: Christopher A. Gregory

Let The Hands Do The Talking

Let The Hands Do The Talking

Your hands are gesturing but I do not understand! Is it me or are your hands telling me something? Comprehending sign language is not an easy task, but should that be a hindrance for communication between you and a vocally challenged person? I guessed not, hence this Sign Language Translator will be the apt solution for you to transcend borders of gesture-based communication.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Sound Eggs Won't Roll Off Your Desk

Sound Eggs Won’t Roll Off Your Desk

Using a playful means of orienting and stabilizing otherwise impossibly round speakers, designer Ilshat Garipov turns our desktop into a kind of physics-based playground.  The off-center weighted bottom acts much like a tilting doll to keep the cones pointed right at the user with seemingly no support at all.  Purportedly communicating via bluetooth, they would make lovely companions to any mac based product or similarly colored PC laptop.

0 Designer: Ilshat Garipov

Like a Child's Legos, But 1000% More Dangerous

Like a Child’s Legos, But 1000% More Dangerous

This might not top the list of toddler-friendly socket adapters, but you can’t deny they’d be useful little pieces of injection molded plastic to have around. Designed to support 5 other connections, the power sockets can be stacked and built to work around the ungainly wall-warts our devices demand these days. They look about as effective as one of those PowerSquids but probably oodles cheaper to produce. Ionut get on these, I want my next scale model spaceship to have 220 volts running through it.

0 Designer: Ionut Predescu

Flex Insulin Pump Overcomes Diabetes, Fear of Leeches

Flex Insulin Pump Overcomes Diabetes, Fear of Leeches

For all the active diabetes sufferers, Ellaluna Taylor has designed the Flex insulin pump system that acts as a “unique prosthetic skin” that is worn naturally under clothing as a discreet glucose management solution. Packaged with a PDA-like glucose eReader for interfacing with the device, the device makes use of soft battery technology and the MEMS Nano Pump for increased dosage accuracy and reliability.

0 Designer: Ellaluna Taylor

Tweaked Vinyl Player With Modern Perks

Tweaked Vinyl Player With Modern Perks

Self-confessed retro lover is here to tell you about this remarkable find! Bringing a modern-day charm to the long-forgotten LP player is the Zero. 1. It’s a CD Player that can also play the vinyl records. What’s really unique is that a system has been incorporated where the device is able to “read” the gaps between the tracks, memorize them, and make it selectable, quite like how you would do with a CD.

0 Designers: Francesco Cugusi & Roberto Strippoli