This iPhone is Touchier Than Most

This iPhone is “Touchier” Than Most

As wonderful as the iPhone is, it leaves out anyone visually impaired. This Silicon Touch iPhone case works in tandem with an app to allow special accessibility functions like text to speech and moon type tactile feedback. The case is engraved with modified bas-relief buttons each corresponding to a modified home screen on the iPhone. None of the phone’s functions are compromised. Multi-touch and finger flick scrolling are all intact. BRILLIANT!

0 Designer: Bruno Fosi

Full Sense Entertainment in Surround Smell

Full Sense Entertainment in Surround Smell

You have the surround sound, the widescreen, the high definition. Your choice of lights, screen, sound. The next step is, and has been for a long time, quite obvious. Smells! As virtual reality continues to become a more and more realistic situation, designer David Sweeney allows our nose to enter another false reality: the smell jungle.

Here’s surround smell; here’s the “Olfactory Display.”

0 Designer: David Sweeney

Breathing Plants Demand Attention

Breathing Plants Demand Attention

It’s easy to forget plants are complex living organisms because their movements are so sedentary. It’s only when things start wilting do we suddenly realize “damn this plant needs help!” The breathing pot helps us find an analogous emotive connection with our plants. The pot expands and contracts simulating breathing. If the breathing stops, you better give that plant some water and place it in sunlight.

0 Designer: Jae-Han Song

Always Thirsty in the Ocean?

Always Thirsty in the Ocean?

So you’re lost in the ocean, right? You need a boat probably. You also need to get saved. But most importantly, you need water. What!? Yes. Do not drink that salty water. You will go insane. Instead, heed the Ocean Rescue -it’s bright orange and has the drinks you just gotta have.

0 Designers: Seol-Hee Sohn, Seung-Hyun Yoon

Skinny Phone Fits Skinny Jeans

Skinny Phone Fits Skinny Jeans

I know this phone doesn’t have a lot going for it, being concepted before the current spate of touchscreen wonder gadgets, but I’ve always had a hankering for longer, skinnier phones that won’t make pockets bulge. The designer, David Turpin, is based out of France, which might explain his preference for more elegant form factors.

0 Designer: David Turpin

Another Coat Of Wax On The Old Standby

Another Coat Of Wax On The Old Standby

There comes a time when a good product category just dies, think telegraph or typewriter, fantastic inventions eclipsed by time and progress. Case in point, the Eclipse phone from Brian Ho does a great job of making everything old look new again. But despite looking like it belongs in Minority Report, it functionally remains the same old, outdated, rapidly aging home phone. Can industrial design save products from nursing homes or is this a lost cause?

0 Designer: Brian Ho

Bend the Beats to Stop the Flow of the Beats

Bend the Beats to Stop the Flow of the Beats

The best (and worst) thing about a garden hose is that kink that stops the flow. I love that kink. And so does the crew that’s whipped up the “Music Flow.” MP3s that spew forth from a faucet with matching earbuds and controls. Flow on!

0 Designers: Min-Kyung Kang, Tae-Seung Kim

The Mac is Back with a Double-Dose of Glass Phone Style Design

The Mac is Back with a Double-Dose of Glass Phone Style Design

This man cannot be stopped with the design conceptualization. Once inside this post, read about it, post about it, then click his name to explore all the other Yanko posts he’s designed his way into. Here he presents two glass phone concepts. Both have multiple uses (one can be used as a regular stand-up desk clock!) and are extremely prone to fingerprints.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Your Laundry, Circa 2020

Your Laundry, Circa 2020

The Re-cycle Laundry Center looks like if you booted it up it would kick into hyperdrive and send your shirts to another dimension, but the designers has assured me it is intended to just clean your clothes, and you will indeed get them back when it is finished with them.

0 Designers: Fernanda Villanueva & Arturo Ariño

Update your Facebook with a Pile of Ooze

Update your Facebook with a Pile of Ooze

Sometimes you just want to sit back and interact with a gelatinous black liquid on your desk. And of course, when you do, you want it to update your Facebook. Yes. That is what this goo does. It gets you more friends on social networks, and places yet another barrier between you and other real people.

0 Designer: Nicolas Myers

A Vase of Bass for your Face

A Vase of Bass for your Face

So, we’ve seen our share of headphones. Headphones have been neat for decades, and personal usage of them, day-to-day street wear-wise, has seen a resurgence in recent years due in no small part to the personal MP3 player. It should come as no surprise then that after their first minimalistic, Apple phase, they flower into a new age of aesthetic excess. Presenting the Flower Vase MP3 player, with earbuds in several different beautiful flora for you to stick in your ears.

0 Designers: Won-Ho Son & Joongho Choi

Roofus, Man's Best Friend

Roofus, Man’s Best Friend

Shoveling snow looks like a hell of a job at the best of times, but when faced with commercial sized buildings, apparently it’s so bad it takes up to 25 men to get the job done. That’s where the humorously named “Roofus” comes in.

0 Designer: Michal Glogowski

Conquering Sawdust

Conquering Sawdust

Carpenters and handymen rejoice. The Static Tri-Prism STP solves a huge problem most prefer to just sweep away, literally. Out of sight, out of mind right? The STP operates on the concept of static electricity. The device attracts sawdust and the likes to its electric field taming messes and making clean up easy.

0 Designer: Jack J. Allwood