Switch The Shampoo To Get A Radio

Switch The Shampoo To Get A Radio

Video killed the radio star, but I think digital players did more damage. Call me old fashioned if you like, but I still prefer the randomness of a radio station, you can never really know which song they will play next. The Muji Bath Radio by Industrial Facility is perfect for eccentrics like me and to top it off, it serenades as a shampoo bottle! The controls are at the bottom and the top twists left or right as volume adjustment. Me really wants this…but fret… its available only in Japan.

0 Designer: Industrial Facility for Muji [ Buy it here ]

Meditating on Cell Phone Power

Meditating on Cell Phone Power

From Industrial Designer Clara Zamboni from the University of Buenos Aires comes this handheld meditation power converter. Imagine Bruce Lee, trapped in the three-door-room after his nun-chuck fight on the island, just sitting there, meditating on his next move. He could have totally been charging his cellphone while he was just chillin! Twiddling thumb.

0 Designer: Clara Zamboni

The World Through My Eyes

The World Through My Eyes

How would images look if we captured them on a camera that was based on the Human Eye? Taking into consideration our field of vision, optical sensory and the brain’s perception of images, George Milde has developed the Human Eye Camera. This device combines modern technology with digital postproduction. When the light hits the “eye” of the camera, it is spread via a prism onto three arrange-able sensors. And like the digitalized version, this one too offers the RAW format, which is variable in focus and focal length.

0 Designer: Georg Milde

Electric Bike + Laptop + Phone

Electric Bike + Laptop + Phone

The Amur Leopard. Ryan McGinley’s solution to all of the modern Beijing resident’s electric bicycle needs. So you ride an electric bike all the time, right? You know it’s kinda basically difficult to transport anything other than yourself. What this little thang has is a spot for your laptop case under the seat. Not only that, it’s got a built-in navigational/communication device for you drive n text n crashers.

0 Designer: Ryan McGinley

Animate For Obesity? I Don’t Think I Agree!

Animate For Obesity? I Don’t Think I Agree!

One of the reasons behind developing the Animate project was to motivate the obese-TV-Video Games-addicted-generation to move their butt and get some exercise. I don’t buy that theory. My point is, if Wii Sports couldn’t get me toned and slim, then nothing can! However, besides this Animate is cool gadget that kids on the block would love. It’s got a camera, MP3 player, watch band, communication feature and videogames.

0 Designers: Hugo Kretz & Marc Haldemann

Balls Clean My Air, Seriously!

Balls Clean My Air, Seriously!

These “Air Balls” as I call them, are purifiers you can move room to room. They use a form of ionization with a photocatalyst complex sterilizing collection technology. Por que? This enables the unit to not only filter the air of fine particles, smoke and odors but also eliminates nasty bacteria and viruses. An active carbon filter even removes nasty gases like formaldehyde and VOC’s. The whole contraption doubles as lighting and the design is supposed to fit in any decor. The display stand is actually a snazzy charging cradle.

0 Designer: Taejin Choi

Be Flexible With Diabetes

Be Flexible With Diabetes

Gluos is a non-invasive blood sugar meter with a detachable sensor for more flexibility. As a diabetic you really want to measure  fast, easy and unobstrusively. The small device measures sugar levels using a display with an LED scale between a low result and a high result in different colors. Low sugar levels are shown in red. A normal level appears in white white and a high level goes orange. It stores the result and transfers it via bluetooth to a mobile phone and computer so your doctor has instant access.

0 Designer: Tobias Förtsch

It Plays Only My One Song

It Plays Only My One Song

On one hand we have MP3 devices by the score, boasting of infinite giga amount of memory and on the other hand we have The Single. A brave little soul that plays only ONE (uno) song! This feature may send you gadget-crazy generation into a tizzy, but I quite respect the designer’s decision to stick to one song format. Even the functioning is pretty simple, one giant play button that starts and pauses the song. Load the music via the USB and hang it up on the wall.

0 Designer: mintselect @ mintpass

Zubin Metha's Next Assistant

Zubin Metha’s Next Assistant

Apologies to Yiran and all those who play music, but many of us YD-ers may be ignorant on the nitty-gritty of music composition, play and practice. So before I launch into a full detailed explanation of the Lyra project, I must get some basics clear. Musicians often use a metronome to help them practice their sessions however this device does have its limitations. And apparently musicians also have heightened peripheral vision in comparison to us normal folks.

0 Designer: Yiran Feng

Express Yourself Musically

Express Yourself Musically

Unless you play some instrument or do some sound mixing on your gadgets, there’s very little chance that you actually (like physically) get to express your music. The Physical Sequencer is a grid-based, human-scale interface that allows you to transform your movements and gestures into techno-trance sounds. It’s better than sitting and reading that paper mister! It features 56 proximity sensors arranged in a 7×8 grid that convert the gestures into music via a software.

0 Designer: Giuseppe Guerriero with Yamaha

Fancy Blinds Are Speakers!

Fancy Blinds Are Speakers!

The effort behind the Sound Blind Speakers is pretty sane; the designer wants us to have fancy looking speakers that don’t occupy much space. In fact they resemble the blinds that we have on windows. Only thing Sound Blind also functions that ways. It rolls up and twists just like those sun-blinds! The last time I checked, I didn’t see any technology that supported this theory of folding and twisting speakers! So the moral of the story is that you may have a sane intention, but your iteration may just be insane!

0 Designer: Wonho Bae

Better Than The Innovention’s Dream Home Kitchen

Better Than The Innovention’s Dream Home Kitchen

Wishful thinking for a home like the Disney Innovention is futile coz Neverland brought Michael only grief! It’s safer to sit on the fence and review similar concepts while hoping technology will sustain the efforts one day. For example, this N1 Robot Table 2012 (farfetched?) can give the kitchen table found in the Innoventions home a run for its money. It’s got stuff like touchscreen, built-in camera, internet connectivity, speed dial, music, recipes, screens, energy consumption meter, etc.

0 Designer: Doyeop Kim

Gee Zero is my Hot Hot Telephone

Gee Zero is my Hot Hot Telephone

Android. Google. Google Chrome. Cellphone. Mobile device. The little screen you carry around to handle all of your business. That’s where it’s at. Here we’ve got something to take your sox off. This aint no G3 phone, this isn’t even a G1 phone. It’s a G0. It’s made by our old pal Tryi Yeh who’s had 5+ items on Yanko when this post is posted! This G0 is hot gold. It’s just what you need in your pocket. I want one, so I’m amping it up.

0 Designer: Tryi Yeh