Headphones Kinda Neon Evangelion w/ Built-in Webcam

Headphones Kinda Neon Evangelion w/ Built-in Webcam

This unnamed design by Andy Kurovets and Kris Dekeijser is a headphone that doubles as a webcam. That giant crystal on the side is actually a cover hiding the lens. The idea is no matter where you’re listening to music, seeing your friends is just a crystal popping moment away.

0 Designer: Andy Kurovets & Kris Dekeijser

Some Tiny Audio Chops, Some Chops Indeed

Some Tiny Audio Chops, Some Chops Indeed

Boy oh boy do you know a dude who loves portable speaker systems. It is me. And I say that while the best portable system will forever be the giant Ghetto Blaster, smaller and smaller competitors continue to show their chops. What do we have here? It’s JukeBrick: portable music holder, player… and performer. Yon-U Cho makes a little symphony with JukeBricks:

0 Designer: Yon-U Cho

Swing Your Club and Charge Up Your iPhone

Swing Your Club and Charge Up Your iPhone

Apple much? A device that might work on any “smart” phone, or if you’re talking to Wired’s Kevin Kelly, any handheld “screen.” Take a swing at power with the Handgrip iPhone Charger from our friend Mac Funamizu. Swing for power and plug in device to charge it right up

- plus an added bonus!

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Tap, Tap, Tappin' on Heaven's Door

Tap, Tap, Tappin’ on Heaven’s Door

Another iteration on the intuitive music making theme, “Jam” hails from a team at the Domus Academy where the brief was to design for basic intuitive behavior in the context of a rapidly changing, unstable beta culture. The central hub records and wirelessly links Jam together, while the touch sensitive finger-taps store and play sound clips. It goes further by allowing changes in pitch by vertically dragging it on a surface and regulating the volume with the force applied to each tap.

0 Designers: Jozeph Forakis, Jihee Chun, Sung Hyun Kyung & Kerri Moskow

New Mac Mini Concept, OMG It's not Boxed Shaped!

New Mac Mini Concept, OMG It’s not Boxed Shaped!

With rumors of a new Mac Mini on the horizon, designer Sait Alanyali, a proud Mac Mini user, decided to throw in his 2 cents. One of his gripes with the current machine are the I/O ports. It’s a pain to plug things in/out and so the “V” shape brings the ports within reach while keeping cables at bay. The shape also improves cooling as air moves freely thru the heatsink now that it’s not sitting on a flat surface.

0 Designer: Sait Alanyali

Yanko Welcomes the Age of Mobile Kawaii!

Yanko Welcomes the Age of Mobile Kawaii!

Next in a long line of contenders for the so-called “Smart Phone.” Featuring a very limited button selection, camera, color screen, and hiding feature, (and not much else,) here comes the “Cute Phone!” It requires only one more feature to be true to the culture: a hole to hang colorful keychains and blinky beads!

0 Designer: Joseph Liang

AMOLED Touchscreen Courtesy of Cowon S9

AMOLED Touchscreen Courtesy of Cowon S9

What started as a concept earlier this year is actually coming to fruition as a real retail product this December. The Cowon S9 will retain all the proposed specs; sleek body, curved back, 3.3″ AMOLED touchscreen display with 16 million colors, 500Mhz DUAL CORE CPU (hello!), T-DMB, bluetooth, FM radio, voice recorder, dictionary, USB 2.0, T.V. out, and tilt sensors. Hardware wise – it’s a win. Now lets see the interface. If it passes that, the only thing holding it back is price but knowing Cowon, it’ll be surprisingly affordable.

0 Designer: Cowon

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