Tripod: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Tripod: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

On Monday I introduced our future robot masters’ future robot dogs, but today we get a glimpse of their autonomous tripods that will take embarrassing party pics of robots doing keg stands. But until such time as they attain sentience, the non-human-killing Biopod from Morteza Faghihi uses a unique positioning and stabilization structure to adapt to uneven surfaces and ease height adjustment. At first glance it might seem overwrought, but I’m assuming there is a lot of utility that manifests only with use.

0 Designer: Morteza Faghihi

Beefing Up Your Old Mobile Phone

Beefing Up Your Old Mobile Phone

Most of us still use ho-hum mobile phones. I don’t say that to be condescending but to create a distinction between most of the mobile concepts we feature – touchscreen pizazz, cameras with crazy megapixel counts, and form factors as thin as crisps. For the rest of us, we still use phones that came free with our carrier plans. Smaller screens, standard numeric keypads, and no fancy software for email and web browsing. Screen2 may just be for you.

0 Designer: Lu Le

Wireless Stereo Speaker Docking Station Laughs at Physics!

Wireless Stereo Speaker Docking Station Laughs at Physics!

What I love is wireless ghetto blasters. What I love is when they look really weird and awesome. And when they are waterproof, have rechargable batteries, and possibly even make use of solar power, wind power, of hydroelectricity; that is the most excellent. Oh also: iPod iPod iPod.

0 Designer: Victor Vetterlein

Donut Power Strip

Donut Power Strip

Wait, it’s not really a power strip if it’s a donut right? Ugh, what a conundrum! I digress. The Donut “Powerstrip” by Ramei Keum solves some of my biggest annoyances with most power strips today, namely not accommodating the huge power bricks that come with many of our electric appliances. Each outlet can spin inside its socket for the best fit. The donut shape also helps to keep cabling organized.

0 Designer: Ramei Keum

Rotary Style Music Navigation

Rotary Style Music Navigation

A small circle inside a pendant style MP3 player. You stick your finger thru the wheel key and spin it to control all audio functions from selecting modes to adjust volume. It’s the analogue version of Apple’s scroll wheel but this one somehow seems more charming. The entire pendant’s surface has an embedded LCD display that can change colors to match your outfit too! 

0 Designer: Hansoon Jeong

E-note, Don't Call it a Digital Post-it

E-note, Don’t Call it a Digital Post-it

From the minds at Sequoia Studio, E-note is a conceptual project that explores the future of Post-its (insert legal copyright here). E-note uses tactile and flexible electronic paper technology, powered by a solar captor. E-note can be stuck, and unstuck easily using special “Gecko” glue, inspired by biomimicry. It even has a visual alarm/organizing function, changing from 1 of 8 colors. I need this on my desk NOW!

0 Designer: Sequoia Studio

Double Pane LCD Screens

Double Pane LCD Screens

Now why didn’t I think of that? Sure, there are companies working on “3D-ish” screens but the technology is ridiculously expensive. Why not take a more literal approach and layer two glass LCDs together. This creates a sense of depth when graphics are overlayed. The technology could be expanded to other devices too like interactive maps and slider mobile phones. Pipe dreams but I like the way Mac Funamizu thinks – boundless and limitless.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Don't Die Mac Mini Don't Die!

Don’t Die Mac Mini Don’t Die!

The rumormill is full of reports about Apple supposedly killing off the Mac Mini due to lackluster sales. Earlier last week, those rumors were confounded by new rumors about Apple only updating the Mac Mini which explains why the old model can’t be found in stock. Whatever the truth may be, that didn’t stop designers like Mac Funamizu from dreaming up a new Mac Mini, more inline with Apple’s current offerings.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

A Paint Palette with a Modern Twist

A Paint Palette with a Modern Twist

Have you ever heard someone say that they would love to learn to paint and create beautiful art, but have no clue about mixing colors or what brush creates which effect? Maybe you are one of those people who would like to get more in touch with your inner artist. Canadian designer Yana Kilmava has developed a conceptual product that would help the novice artist have more confidence in learning how to paint.

0 Designer: Yana Klimava

A Very Shiny MacBook Pro Review, Quickstyle

A Very Shiny MacBook Pro Review, Quickstyle

Apple’s top of the line professional, portable workhorse was finally updated. Gone is the all aluminum, silver keyed lappie that set that standard for so many companies to follow. Enter a new design carrying over Apple’s current design aesthetic – silver, black, and glass. Because there are already 101+ reviews about the new Apple MacBook Pro, I’ll keep ours succinct. Here’s the Yanko Design MPB (as I’ll refer to it from now on) review, quickstyle.

0 Designer: Jonathan Ive, Apple

Musical Teacup

Musical Teacup

The Drip with Song concept is probably the only concept I’d actually buy that uses CDs. I’ve totally transitioned to digital downloads but this just looks too precious. The saucer is actually a CD player with built-in speakers. The cup, when docked controls volume by turning it on the saucer. And just for kicks, it’s white with touch controls. How very 2008. Who am I kidding? I totally want one!

0 Designer: Jongmin Kim

My Cutlery is More High Tech Than Yours

My Cutlery is More High Tech Than Yours

The IC3 concept consists of a computerized shaft with 3 interchangeable eating apparatuses; fork, spoon, and knife. The fork analyzes composition such as fat, protein, sugars. The spoon measures weight, and the knife takes temperature readings. Together this info creates a detailed report on what you’re eating, helpful to those with diabetes and nutritional sufficiencies. Gone are the days of lying to your doctor, “yes I ate my 5 servings of veggies.” The IC3 concept is currently on display at the Designparcours Munich 2008 exhibition.

0 Designer: Alex Schulz

What's Black and White and Read All Over?

What’s Black and White and Read All Over?

The obvious answer is concept cell phones with E ink displays. Despite their lamentable lack of color range, E ink mobiles are just all the rage these days. This concept from Anthony Reed stays a bit more inside the box with simplistic grid styling that keeps everything well within the gray scale range of the display.  When all you have to work with is black and white, maybe its best to embrace it fully instead of covering it up in flashy case graphics.