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

Rotary Style Music Navigation

Rotary Style Music Navigation

A small circle inside a pendant style MP3 player. You stick your finger thru the wheel key and spin it to control all audio functions from selecting modes to adjust volume. It’s the analogue version of Apple’s scroll wheel but this one somehow seems more charming. The entire pendant’s surface has an embedded LCD display that can change colors to match your outfit too! 

0 Designer: Hansoon Jeong

E-note, Don't Call it a Digital Post-it

E-note, Don’t Call it a Digital Post-it

From the minds at Sequoia Studio, E-note is a conceptual project that explores the future of Post-its (insert legal copyright here). E-note uses tactile and flexible electronic paper technology, powered by a solar captor. E-note can be stuck, and unstuck easily using special “Gecko” glue, inspired by biomimicry. It even has a visual alarm/organizing function, changing from 1 of 8 colors. I need this on my desk NOW!

0 Designer: Sequoia Studio

Double Pane LCD Screens

Double Pane LCD Screens

Now why didn’t I think of that? Sure, there are companies working on “3D-ish” screens but the technology is ridiculously expensive. Why not take a more literal approach and layer two glass LCDs together. This creates a sense of depth when graphics are overlayed. The technology could be expanded to other devices too like interactive maps and slider mobile phones. Pipe dreams but I like the way Mac Funamizu thinks – boundless and limitless.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Don't Die Mac Mini Don't Die!

Don’t Die Mac Mini Don’t Die!

The rumormill is full of reports about Apple supposedly killing off the Mac Mini due to lackluster sales. Earlier last week, those rumors were confounded by new rumors about Apple only updating the Mac Mini which explains why the old model can’t be found in stock. Whatever the truth may be, that didn’t stop designers like Mac Funamizu from dreaming up a new Mac Mini, more inline with Apple’s current offerings.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

A Paint Palette with a Modern Twist

A Paint Palette with a Modern Twist

Have you ever heard someone say that they would love to learn to paint and create beautiful art, but have no clue about mixing colors or what brush creates which effect? Maybe you are one of those people who would like to get more in touch with your inner artist. Canadian designer Yana Kilmava has developed a conceptual product that would help the novice artist have more confidence in learning how to paint.

0 Designer: Yana Klimava