Squeeze Me and Beat Me

Squeeze Me and Beat Me

We all have pressure sometimes since we have to face different kinds of challenges and obstacles every day. When the pressure is too much, we experience stress. Sweety is a virtual character who helps people understand where their stress is coming from and what they can do to conquer it in a friendly and cuddly way.

0 Designer: Haishu Zhang

Nintendo Wii 2010 Style

Nintendo Wii 2010 Style

When it comes to the future of gaming, opposable thumbs are so passé. At least that is what the dreamers at T3 Magazine think when they started to commission future designs for their “future tech” feature. They are showcasing a Wii headset accessory that uses brainwaves to control characters and also features immersive in-ear headphones. They envision a streamlined Wii Remote with just the one button. Just point and press, and let your frontal lobes do the rest.

Laptop/Desktop Hybrid

Laptop/Desktop Hybrid

Wow, I have seen parsecs worth of concept computer designs during my visit here on Earth, but nothing like this “B-membrane” design by Korean designer Won-Seok Lee. He has taken the need for a bulky monitors right out of the equation and opted for beaming your YouTubing onto any surface you can point the omni-directional projector at.

0 Designer: Won-Seok Lee

A Phone made from trash?

A Phone made from trash?

You’ll find no iPhone touchscreen or 10 megapixel camera here. Nor will you find mirror finishes or a graphic interface spec’d for stunning video. What you WILL find is car tires, old PET bottles and pre loved soda cans.

0 Designer: Nokia

New Hotness: Less is more

New Hotness: Less is more

It seems everyone has tried their hand at designing the best all-in-one universal remote control. So many buttons so little time to actually learn what they all do. Well the “sPult” channel surfer by Yurii Smitana Perfilov is probably one of the most simple and elegant designs I have ever seen for this greatest of past times.

0 Designer: Yurii Smitana Perfilov

Sustainable Shopping, For Real?

Sustainable Shopping, For Real?

Increased awareness among consumers regarding climate change sets a demand for deeper insight into the production and handling of groceries. By studying shopping patterns, informational needs, and psychological aspects, the Sustainable Shopping concept was developed.

0 Designer: Martin Hanberger

I HEART this DESIGN

I HEART this DESIGN

Here in the U.S. this week, one of our most respected political journalist and host of NBC’s “Meet The Press” died at the young age of 58 from sudden cardiac arrest. Bringing new attention to the global heart disease issue, his sudden death was not only a shock but could have been prevented if proper life saving techniques were performed. Proper application of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can increase the chances of a victim surviving by up to 50%. Designer Ryan Helps (yup, really his name) has addressed this issue with his “CPR-PAD” design.

Make Sens Phone

Make Sens Phone

Seeing is not always believing as mobile phones go. It’s all about the screen and how much info can be managed through the screen. But for the blind or mostly blind of the world, little thought has gone into making a phone that helps them in their journey through life. The “Sens” phone by Takumi Yoshida is a great idea who’s time has come. For the nearly blind, this phone features lighted sides that help convey different alert messages.

0 Designer: Takumi Yoshida

Music a la mode...

Music a la mode…

Gadgets as fashion…don’t want it, don’t try it, can’t stand it… oh wait, unless of course it is done as well as this MP3 player just announced by INNO Design. It’s called the “INNO-B0″ in the Korean market, and takes the form of a pendant or button design. Emblazoned with the Taegeuk pattern, the INNO-B0 comes in fashion colors (ugh, did they really have to say that?) including hot pink, cacao black, white, orange and brown. My Shuffle just got a little passé.

0 Designer: INNO Design

Mixed Music Medium

Mixed Music Medium

Making a mixed tape for someone you fancied was my generations version of writing poetry or a love letter. Not only did we focus on selecting just the right tracks to include and try to time it to the second, we also focused hours of creative energy in illustrating the mix tape cover with heart felt doodles and clever visual references.

0 Designer: SUCK UK Studio

Flexible Learning

Flexible Learning

Adaptive learning has been the new “it” word among educators for some time now but the tools of the trade haven’t really met the needs. Flexible Learning by designer Lena Edman addresses those issues with a tool kit consisting of a UMPC (ultra mobile PC), a PMP (portable multimedia player), and 60 mini e-ink screens.

0 Designer: Lena Edman

Lights, Camera, Glass...Action!

Lights, Camera, Glass…Action!

Glass surface inputting is the new hotness for almost every gadget maker today. From from the iPhone to Microsoft’s Surface technology, flat is where it’s at. Introducing the flattest full size QWERTY keyboard to date, “No-key Keyboard” by Kong Fanwen. Consisting of just a glass surface, camera and lighting, this alternative keyboard concept will use the latest motion capture technology to watch your fingers nervously select just the perfect smiley for your online bantering.

0 Designer: Kong Fanwen

Dumbbells Make Getting Swoll A Lot Easier

Dumbbells Make Getting Swoll A Lot Easier

If it weren’t for lack of motivation and the trouble managing a set of dumbbells, I’d be one buff guy, for serious ya’ll! The Revolution Dumbbell enables you to digitally adjust weight by rotating a dial and pushing a couple buttons. Inside are tiny balls that spin. The faster they spin, the more weight is generated. No mention on how much energy would be required to power such a novel idea but that’s just all in the logistics. I need this now.

0 Designer: Sang-Hoon Lee