A Hiker Must-have

A Hiker Must-have

As humans, we’re naturally inclined to think “that could never happen to me,” especially when it comes to getting lost! Despite our egos, emergency situations do happen so having the right safety equipment is key. Designed specifically for hiking, the Sound of Light whistle provides novice and expert hikers with an additional level of visible and audible protection. The super bright LED and ear-shattering whistle serve as a beacon for rescuers while a built-in compass helps hikers navigate their way out of danger.

0 Designer: Chi Kuai

We encourage you to graffiti!

We encourage you to graffiti!

Psychologists have studied vandalism for years and found that boredom, peer pressure and revenge are often the cause. But it’s often overlooked that it’s also kinda fun! Just ask Banksy! This picture frame concept, Vadalijst, allows you to insert your favorite photos and vandalize them by doodling silly things with a whiteboard marker. Mustaches, monocles, capes and more… the options are endless!

0 Designer: Brian Khouw

Easy Air Awareness

Easy Air Awareness

With pollution on the rise it’s more important than ever for urban dwellers to be aware of their air quality… especially at home. The Airioan Serves as an unobtrusive, easy way to maintain breathable air inside by using a simple yet effective ion filtration system. Compact and easy to carry, it was designed to be placed next to the bed, on the desk or other places in which we spend the most time. 

0 Designer: Nariman Bashiri

Laser Typing is Here

Laser Typing is Here

Projected keyboards are all the rage! This one, by Celluon, doubles as a virtual multi-touch mouse, eliminating the need for extra peripherals. With the flick of a switch, a full-size QWERTY keyboard is projected in the safe form of a laser directly onto any flat surface. Compatible with both Windows, Android, Blackberry and iOS systems, Epic pairs via Bluetooth to your favorite devices. Get it here fo’ real!

0 Designer: Celluon

Robotic Clean

Robotic Clean

The one place I’d like to see robots do their thing is in the domestic space. The Mab is a concept in this direction and looks at giving home space a robotic clean look. Essentially it is an automated cleaning system consisting of hundreds of flying mini-robots which will clean all surfaces. Mab scans and custom cleans an area according to its requirements.

0 Designer: Adrian Perez Zapata

Putting the Book Back in eBook

Putting the Book Back in eBook

TwistBook is an eReader with not 1 but 2 eInk screens connected by a flexible binding to mimic the familiar split of paper books. The bisected shape is perfect for protecting the dual screens and can be easily collapsed to throw in a bag or backpack. For enhanced personalization, users can customize their TwistBook by applying photos or art directly to the printable outside and inside covers.

0 Designer: Fabrice Dubuy

The Power of YOU

The Power of YOU

This clever gadget, called Activ, makes it possible to harness the kinetic energy created by your own body! The personal electricity generator was designed to be worn on the knee- with each step, it juices up the battery a little more. After it’s full, just attach a USB cord directly to Activ to power your cell phone or other device. Instead of plugging into the wall… plug into you!

0 Designer: Ben Azzam

The virtual keyboard has arrived.

The virtual keyboard has arrived.

What’s better than an ultra-thin, compact, wireless keyboard?? One that doesn’t actually exist at all!! The Lumiquitous mouse system rids your desktop of the cumbersome keyboard, replacing it with a virtual keyboard projected directly on the desk surface. The two mice (one for each side) have a triple motion sensor, beam projector, and optical sensor that detect the movement of the hands and fingers. Because the keyboard moves with the mouse, there’s no more repetitive switching your hand from mouse to keyboard!

0 Designer: Sung-Hyeon Yoo

Color Markers of Adobe CS

Color Markers of Adobe CS

I guess utopia for designers will be a place where they can sketch on paper using a pen that has built in tools of Color Markers, Tablets and Adobe CS. Not yet there, but relatively close, the PLUM concept is a pen that features a CMYK ink cartridge and is mixed with microfluidic technology (commonly used in medicine industry) to create a specific color that is desired. As you sketch, your drawing gets auto saved to a micro SD chip in the pen’s cap. Naturally, you hook up the cap to a computer and get editing on your design!

0 Designer: Yeban Shin

Not Everything is as it Seems!

Not Everything is as it Seems!

Almost impossible to spy as a camera, the Twitch cam doubles as an attractive wearable pendant for easy access. In contrast to today’s complex personal cameras, Twitch has straightforward functionality. Simple lift up and the built-in accelerometer activates the “on” function. Twist the front to focus, and snap away! Lift it up again to turn it off. Crafted from European beech and polished aluminum, it’s a clever way to compliment your wardrobe and ensure you never miss a moment! 

0 Designer: Jess Hunt

Gandalf-approved E-Pipe!

Gandalf-approved E-Pipe!

Electronic cigarettes are the future! They’ve triggered a revolution in the world of nicotine, but what about an alternative for pipe smokers? This clever design uses the same personal-vaporizer technology in the form of the classic smoking pipe. Cheaper, cleaner, healthier, and cooler!

0 Designer: Cyrille Durand

A Flex Phone Would Be the Best Phone

A Flex Phone Would Be the Best Phone

The concept of smart-watches is hot right now, and even though there are a lot of designs floating around, none have kept us from thinking “yeah… but you still need a phone.” The Limbo, however, is quite different. It seems designer Jeabyun Yeon has discovered the missing link between our transition from handheld smartphones to smart-watches. Design-wise, the idea wasn’t to stray away from anything that might be remotely phone-like, but instead to merge the benefits of both. Why choose one when you can have both?!

0 Designer: Jeabyun Yeon

Ergonomic eReader

Ergonomic eReader

While using an iPad to read an article, designer Chi-Tai Hsu started to notice finger pain and discomfort from the constant scrolling as well as eye fatigue from having to carefully stare at the text line while repositioning the paragraph to read more. Chi’s response to this problem is the “Reading Serenely” eReader with eInk display. Like reading a bound book, the design attempts to mimic the way in which we naturally flip from page to page with finger swipes happening less frequently.

0 Designer: Chi-Tai Hsu