SnoozeMe, Find That Snooze Button Faster!

SnoozeMe, Find That Snooze Button Faster!

Does this situation sound familiar? You’re sleeping wonderfully and just can’t bother waking up immediately when the alarm clock goes off – so you just push the snooze button and get right back to leaping sheep land. Sometimes I can’t even find the snooze button so my hand just sorta smacks around in the general vicinity until the alarm shuts off. SnoozeMe offers a less jarring snooze experience because it’s a plushie you sleep with.

0 Designer: Lisa Toepfer

Electronic Prayer Bracelets Tie Us Close

Electronic Prayer Bracelets Tie Us Close

Mobile phones are at their core, a means of connecting people to one another, and designer Rahul Sen has striped back the phone to this core element and created what he calls “Loops of Faith”.

The Nokia bracelet concept was finally born out of a convergence of a Rahki bracelet metaphor with a Buddhist prayer wheel metaphor.

0 Designer: Rahul Sen

Guerilla Photography, Gorillapod Review

Guerilla Photography, Gorillapod Review

I saw some generic knock off at my local electronics retailer and decided it was high time to try the real deal first before giving the knock off a chance. Joby was kind enough to answer my request and sent me their wildly popular Gorillapod SLR-ZOOM, the flexi-bendy tripod that gets your camera into more nooks and crannies than you thought possible. Hit the jump for my review.

0 Designer: Joby [ Buy it Here ]

Toasty Charger

Toasty Charger

The Toasty Charger by Hyun- A Ko makes each charging session into a breakfast scene, or whenever it is you toast. For me, that’s breakfast. Assuming it can take all varying sizes of lithium ion batteries, you slide one in, push the toaster handle down and wait for it to pop back up again. Granted this is one toast that’ll take a little longer than usual so if you’re not around to see it pop, there’s a handy dandy color coded LED light in the shape of toast for visual reference. Mmm, breakfast!

0 Designer: Hyun-A Ko

Tria Wireless Sound System, Minimalism Be Damned!

Tria Wireless Sound System, Minimalism Be Damned!

TRIA is a wireless sound system that allows the user to listen to music from vinyl records and rip it to a built-in hard disk. YES! Composed of three elements – a wireless vinyl player and ripper, wireless stereo speakers and a wireless controller,  music can also be transferred from the player’s built-in hard disk onto a USB storage device or MP3 player.

0 Designer: Ricardo Baiao at Mola Ativism

Blinded by the Price

Blinded by the Price

A device to see without sight, adding distinguishable sound to objects that can’t be identified by sound. Dubbed “Info Jewelry” by designer Ryoji Takahashi, this ring and earpiece combo are used to scan products in stores. Once scanned with the ring, the signal is sent to the earpiece which conveys the product name and expiration date, where applicable. What other use could such a thing be? Perhaps many things could come of it!

0 Designer: Ryoji Takahashi

Hello World, I'm Drowning in the Ocean

Hello World, I’m Drowning in the Ocean

Another nifty project from Lysandre Follet, his Hello World camera takes wide angle shots of your worldly adventures and wifi’s them to friends (like the lovely blonde seen after the jump). Also tagging the photos with GPS coordinates, the camera keeps a sort of geopositional image log of you trip, allowing others to connect in and watch your progress. A great Idea that I’m sure is on the way by at least one manufacturer, that said I don’t think my image log would be very interesting: hotel room, hotel bar, hotel toilet, repeat.

0 Designer: Lysandre Follet

The Freshness of Labels

The Freshness of Labels

Bad meat. There’s nothing nastier. Though the area where I live has a pretty good hold on fresh food packaging and labeling, there’s always some stragglers. According to designer Naoki Hirota, mislabeled food is more than a tiny problem in some shops of the world. Thus, temporal labels are in order.

Or are they?

0 Designer: Naoki Hirota

Touchy Radio, Go Ahead and Stroke It

Touchy Radio, Go Ahead and Stroke It

White Fruit Radio follows how biological organisms organize their internal and external components, both of which are intimately related. Electronics today are often designed linearly with one following the other. White Fruit is made of sycamore for its acoustic properties and an LED substrate is hidden beneath the thin surface. But wait a minute, no knobs or buttons?

0 Designer: Swann Bourotte

Computer Fits in My Palm, Pano Logic Review

Computer Fits in My Palm, Pano Logic Review

Desktop virtualization is a phrase you may be hearing more of sooner than later. The idea of computing in the cloud as opposed to today’s private desktop machines isn’t new but there haven’t been many products to put idea into practice. The Pano Logic designed by Whipsaw Inc. is the first of which I’ve seen blends the beauty of minimalist design with a seamless computing experience made near identical to the computer I’m using now to type this.

0 Designer: Whipsaw Inc. [ Pano Logic ]

Now That's a Grassy Phone

Now That’s a Grassy Phone

In today’s rapid consumerist society, consumption comes into question. How durable do we want our devices to be when they become near obsolete in 5 years? The source materials that make up their build often take hundreds of years to break down. An alternative ideology are disposable products made from natural sources. The Natural Year Phone is made of hay, sans screen and soft keys. The hard components get recycled while the hay is um. . . well I wouldn’t smoke it.

0 Designer: Je-Hyun Kim

Paranoid About Privacy? Put a Lid on it

Paranoid About Privacy? Put a Lid on it

Nicolas Lehotzky notice a niche trend among Mac users with built-in webcams Many cover it with post-it notes out of privacy concerns even tho there’s no way to turn it on without actively doing so. He created a little “lid” accessory if you will, that slides across the top of the screen bezel. If ever you feel like you’re being watched, just slide the cover over that tiny webcam lens and rest assured, even the best hackers aren’t going to be able to see what you do home alone.

0 Designer: Nicolas Lehotzky

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