Growing up my parents would often make promises they had no intention of keeping. Usually these empty verbal contracts were just a ploy to get me to do something or more likely – to stop me from doing something. Whenever I tried to collect on those promises, they would suddenly acquire an acute case of selective amnesia. I wish I have the Credit Seal.
Designer: Arthur Xin
I will give you a prediction here and now. The upswing in high-tech technology integrated into every facet of our lives will soon (say 5+ years from now) experience a backlash started by none other than us; designers. The Circle Phone is an example of such a backlash.
Designer: Jin Le
People are changing. We want designs that affect us much more than through our eyes, but ones that touch all senses. A new era is on the horizon in design. Products that can and will move our complete being are in the making. One such design is the new “micro TV” by Tokyo Fiber. The little micro TV concept was developed in a similar fashion as the 1960′s SONY version of their mini TV’s.
Designer: Sony Design Studio
The Portable PC Theater is one computer designed for pure entertainment. In lieu of a display, it has a built it projector which can be removed to better positioning. Don’t worry about sound because flanking the projection lens are stereo speakers. What about messy cords? All cords retract into the unit when not in use and because it is a computer, there’s a collapsible keyboard.
Designer: Jin Woo Han
Break me off a piece of that! This portable hard drive looks like a chocolate bar but thats where the similarities end. Each piece is made of a modular flash drive. The central hub is a touchscreen to help you view and organize your collective files. In theory it sounds clever and usable but would this really work in the real world?
Designer: Sang-Hoon Lee
Yes someone has designed a concept in 2007 with no touchscreen! Can you believe it? It’s like they didn’t get the memo or something. Seriously tho, I believe there’s still a place for tactile or as the geeks say it, “analog” controls. Designers Mathieu Pesme and Jeff Castel embrace other ‘concepty’ technologies without drowning us in all the high tech hoopla-hype.
Designer: Mathieu Pesme & Jeff Castel
Are you tired of losing your remotes? Tired of how they seem to clash with your very meticulously arranged IKEA furniture? Then maybe you’d want the Apple Remote, and no it’s not by who you think. Confused?
Designer: Jason Roebuck
I’m going to start this post with an IMHO because it’s a great example of how simplicity in design means complication in function – which ironically is the opposite of what Apple stands for. Designer Miyoshimasato envisages the iLight, an Apple designed flashlight.
Do you know how much energy you use? Most of us don’t. Sure we have meters outside some where but those gauges only mean something to the trained city technicians that come by once a month. For the rest of us, we need something else that translates energy usage into laymen’s terms. Perhaps something like the Power Conscience.
Designer: Delroy Dennisur
The Moody Sensiblog is a watch-like device that records and broadcasts your readings to a blog for all to read. Why would someone want to do this? The same reason why Twitter, the social community that asks one simple question, “what are you doing?”, is so addictive and popular.
Designer: Antonio Arico
If you hit the jump, try to ignore the emo haircuts and focus on that piece of tech hanging from around their necks. The BLOC MP3 player may look like another stylized DAP but there’s function to its Lego-like form. The core unit houses an OLED screen, 4-way directional toggle, and 50GB of memory.
Designer: Chetan Sorab
Customizable face plates for electronics is all the rage right? This clamshell phone is all about user customization. The grid lattice structure holds colored pins to mimic precious jewelry. Create all kinds of designs and patterns in full pixelated isometric glory. Limited edition versions with precious metals and gems could also be created to heighten the sense of personal style and design.
Designer: Nils Siegel