Tapping Your Way Up The Charts

Tapping Your Way Up The Charts

If there truly is design for the masses, this music creation tool definitely qualifies. Using friction-sensitive sensors on the glove’s fingertips, users tap out a rhythm and beat while the recorder on the back of the hand sends it wirelessly to your ears and saves it all for later editing. There’s nothing quite like using preexisting habits of behavior to define user interface issues; a really smart idea from Designer Petr Hampl.

0 Designer: Petr Hampl

Need a Little Charge? Stick Up a Febot!

Need a Little Charge? Stick Up a Febot!

Rechargeable batteries sure have helped make my life a lot easier, but I sure do hate the bulkiness of the machines that allow me to recharge my batteries. Trying to pack up my gadgets to take with me on the go is a struggle enough, why add the extra bulk of a battery charger to the equation? Here I introduce to you Febot- The answer to all of your gadget packing needs.

0 Designer: Ji-youn Kim, Soon-young Yang & Hwan-ju Jeon

When I Grow, You Grow

When I Grow, You Grow

There can be strong emotional connections between plant growers and the plant during the growth cycle. From the moment the seed is planted, to the time when the plant dies, it is monitored by the grower. This monitoring is often subconsciously scheduled into the user’s daily routine.

0 Designer: Jason Kline

Bring Your Own Soundboard

Bring Your Own Soundboard

This speaker concept called Brooch has no built-in soundboard. You have to bring that to the party. With its specially design suction cup, attach it to any smooth, flat surface. Different surfaces have different tones to them. The idea is to experiment. All music controls are projected onto that same surface for simulated touchscreen goodness. What do you guys think? Win?

0 Designers: KyungRyul Lim & Miyeon Kim

Lemme See How You Feel

Lemme See How You Feel

As communication becomes increasingly reliant on social media experiences i.e., email, IM, and text messages – valuable information woven subtly in physical interaction are lost. Communicate by Remote Concepts isn’t the first of its kind. The idea is simple. A user¬†wears a small device with an integrated camera.¬†This real time image is then translated into an abstract representation.

0 Designer: Bram Knaapen

OLED Display Keeps The Insulin Pumping

OLED Display Keeps The Insulin Pumping

When a new technology comes to market, a ripple effect can cause all sorts of product categories to benefit. To wit, insulin pumps have lagged behind the industry of personal gadget design with poor battery life and clunky design. Jiri Bukvald attempts to assuage these problems with his Bachelor project Insulin Pump by utilizing new OLED technology. With the increased efficiency of the OLED display, diabetes sufferers can relax their constant battery swapping and gain just a bit more independence from their affliction.

0 Designer: Jiri Bukvald

Oh Little Bonsai, You Like My Music?

Oh Little Bonsai, You Like My Music?

This week is an orgy of the hottest and latest concepts and products coming out of Japan. We’ll be at 100% Tokyo but over at Tokyo Designer’s Week, JVC is showing off their Sound Garden concept. In an effort to show – you can be green while having a bad ass sound system, JVC created modular multi-directional speakers and subwoofer powered by an internal amplifier. It’s also made of totally renewable, sustainable materials as summarily represented by the cute little bonsai.

0 Designer: JVC

My Wind Chime is Smarter than Yours

My Wind Chime is Smarter than Yours

Ah wind chimes. They can be so relaxing or excruciatingly irritating. It wouldn’t be so bad if they served a functional purpose but thanks to some innovative Korean designers, tomorrow’s wind chimes will ring for a purpose. It’s called Tinkling, an slick ultra-modern wind chime that rings whenever you receive a digital message (email, voicemail, text).

0 Designer: Lufdesign

World's Largest Mouse

World’s Largest Mouse

If you thought your premium mouse had a lot of buttons, check out the Glide Keyboard from Weston Boege. Resting on low friction pads, the keyboard slides around your desk picking up the movement through an optical sensor mounted underneath. The keyboard also integrates traditional mousing controls into the moulded palm rest that grips your hands as they move. Can’t say it’s a bad idea, although I can see having trouble typing when half the keys are fused together.

0 Designer: Weston Boege

Tripod: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Tripod: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

On Monday I introduced our future robot masters’ future robot dogs, but today we get a glimpse of their autonomous tripods that will take embarrassing party pics of robots doing keg stands. But until such time as they attain sentience, the non-human-killing Biopod from Morteza Faghihi uses a unique positioning and stabilization structure to adapt to uneven surfaces and ease height adjustment. At first glance it might seem overwrought, but I’m assuming there is a lot of utility that manifests only with use.

0 Designer: Morteza Faghihi

Beefing Up Your Old Mobile Phone

Beefing Up Your Old Mobile Phone

Most of us still use ho-hum mobile phones. I don’t say that to be condescending but to create a distinction between most of the mobile concepts we feature – touchscreen pizazz, cameras with crazy megapixel counts, and form factors as thin as crisps. For the rest of us, we still use phones that came free with our carrier plans. Smaller screens, standard numeric keypads, and no fancy software for email and web browsing. Screen2 may just be for you.

0 Designer: Lu Le

Wireless Stereo Speaker Docking Station Laughs at Physics!

Wireless Stereo Speaker Docking Station Laughs at Physics!

What I love is wireless ghetto blasters. What I love is when they look really weird and awesome. And when they are waterproof, have rechargable batteries, and possibly even make use of solar power, wind power, of hydroelectricity; that is the most excellent. Oh also: iPod iPod iPod.

0 Designer: Victor Vetterlein

Donut Power Strip

Donut Power Strip

Wait, it’s not really a power strip if it’s a donut right? Ugh, what a conundrum! I digress. The Donut “Powerstrip” by Ramei Keum solves some of my biggest annoyances with most power strips today, namely not accommodating the huge power bricks that come with many of our electric appliances. Each outlet can spin inside its socket for the best fit. The donut shape also helps to keep cabling organized.

0 Designer: Ramei Keum