The Shape of Things to Call...

The Shape of Things to Call…

Yes yes we know, home phones are nearly a thing of the past. With more and more of us opting for our mobile phones as our sole means of telecommunications, the home phone has almost gone the way of the VCR. Designer Zinc Chan believes the home phone still has life in it and has concocted this fun and beautiful means to communicate.

0 Designer: Zinc Chan

PSP 2 Makes Pocket Bulges Almost R-rated

PSP 2 Makes Pocket Bulges Almost R-rated

Sony just barely updated the PSP but designer Tai Chiem is already thinking about the next iteration. His design calls for a flexible OLED display that can be conveniently rolled. An electric charge powering the display stiffens it while providing near bezeless prime real estate for gaming. Stereo speakers on either side double as a jog wheel and camera control. He also envisages Sony finally implementing two joysticks. Pipe dream or not, it’s sexy and lives up to its name; it don’t get any more portable than this.

0 Designer: Tai Chiem

If Nokia's Aeon And A Nano Had Sex...

If Nokia’s Aeon And A Nano Had Sex…

I don’t know what it is about Apple fanboys, but they can’t stand to see good design without their beloved logo glowing affectionately on the back. The designer, Mac Funamizu, drew on the Nokia Aeon to design a phone he would like to have, complete with Apple’s standard livery. Using a nondescript tactile feedback technology, its surface adapts to different purposes while the e-ink screen envelops the phone in graphics and information.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Fun with Wide Angle Views

Fun with Wide Angle Views

I’m a big fan of fisheye distortion, it’s more visually interesting, tells more about the context of a picture, and it’s so very useful 3d rendering. This “Fun” camera by Jian Guan comes equipped with a 16 mm lens, also mirrored for those great shots of yourself while holding the camera as far away as possible. Taking formal cues from a magnifying glass may seem unnecessary, but I think it does a great job of connecting the function to the shape.

0 Designer: Jian Guan

This Cheese is Not For You!

This Cheese is Not For You!

Is your roommate Elizabeth always using your computer because she didn’t have the decency to buy her own? Does it just grind your gears when your pal Chase decides to play his favorite youtube on your clock? What about when your grandmother Milma uses your CPU for a sled in the wintertime? For two out of every three every-day situations, there’s Tino’s laptop Finger Trap.

0 Designer: Tino Dobra

I'm Dapper with my Third Eye

I’m Dapper with my Third Eye

The all knowing, all seeing third eye. An ancient myth no longer thanks to designer Kijin Shin- this Third Eye concept designed is for travelers. See something interesting? Just place the Third Eye up to your eyes like a monocle and the device pulls all relevant historical, travel, shopping, and tourist information. If you really like what you see, take a snapshot for keeps. It’s like an encyclopedia, wikipedia, GPS, and tour guide all in one!

0 Designer: Kijin Shin & Youngbin Lim

A Touch of Personalization to your Flip Mino

A Touch of Personalization to your Flip Mino

Last month we reviewed the fantastic Flip Mino cam by Pure Digital with very little to improve on for a video camera in that price range. Today Pure Digital is announcing a new service to customize your Mino with professionally designed covers. If one of the designs don’t strike your fancy, create your own have them print it! Not design saavy? Don’t worry, the service includes a pattern generator to help your own create amazing graphics. I’m thinking maybe a few custom Yanko Design inspired Mino’s to give away to our readers?

0 Designer: You @ TheFlip

Energy Mate Converts Consumption into Sense

Energy Mate Converts Consumption into Sense

Green People rejoice! Stuart Sharples’ designed the Energy Mate system, making it simple to convert the energy you spent in your home into pounds and pence! Simply clip or screw on the four different energy sensors and read the output on your hand-held screen!

Retro-fitted goodness.

0 Designer: Stuart Sharples

Must Run with the Beat, Yamaha BodiBeat Review

Must Run with the Beat, Yamaha BodiBeat Review

Runners know music can provide that extra oomph to make that last mile. The right music can relax us, put us to sleep, or heal us, so it makes sense it can also energize us. The Yamaha BodiBeat is part DJ, part heart monitor, and part trainer to keep you at your peak performance during workouts. Armed with new running sneakers and a snazzy outfit, I strapped the BodiBeat onto my arm and took to the Los Angeles jungle. My review after the jump.

0 Designer: Yamaha

3D Software and You!

3D Software and You!

One of the most important tools in a designer’s arsenal is software. We receive loads of questions about what software to use but like any other tool, it’s only as good as its master. There are a number of industry standards but we want to hear from you – what 3D modeling/rendering solution do you use? I started with Lightwave 3D in the 90′s, then took on the daunting task of learning Maya. Today I use Modo exclusively. Most of these packages have free learning editions students can download. What about free open source solutions like Blender? Any others?

iPhone Laptop? Wait WHAAAT???

iPhone Laptop? Wait WHAAAT???

OLO Computer updated their site with a mysterious laptop with what looks like an iPhone as the trackpad and OS X on the screen. Now I’m only thinking out loud but the iPhone, tho powerful, isn’t powerful enough to run a full blown version of OS X. Does OLO know something we don’t know or are they just reaching for pie in the sky? Care to ruminate?

0 Designer: OLO

A Phone That's Not Afraid to Mess with Water

A Phone That’s Not Afraid to Mess with Water

Among the grievous wrongs done by touchscreen technology, the worst is its disregard for tactile feedback. Without the pleasant sensation of a button being pressed, we are woefully incapable of using any gadget without complete visual attention. This Nokia concept tries to right this wrong by using a small pump to fill a substrate beneath the screen that gives our fingers something to feel and press. Maybe now I can finally type out these posts while driving to work without having to put my coffee in the cup holder.

0 Designer: Rune Larsen

Trashing Batteries for Brighter Sidewalks

Trashing Batteries for Brighter Sidewalks

We all know alkaline batteries are really bad for the environment if you don’t dispose of them properly. The right thing to do is send them to special recycling centers but hundreds of tons end up in landfills where their toxic innards seep into the earth. Perhaps a good solution is the Energy Seed, an LED lamp post powered by trashed alkaline batteries.

0 Designer: Sungwoo Park