It's a PC, No It's a Lamp. Wait, It's Kinda Both

It’s a PC, No It’s a Lamp. Wait, It’s Kinda Both

Turning Lamp is a PC mounted on a lamp base. It uses tactile interfaces people are familiar with when turning lamps on so a pull of a cord activates one of the 4 faces. Each face can display something different, i.e. – weather, news, email, music player, etc.

0 Designer: Seungchan Lee

High Tech Napkins

High Tech Napkins

We saw several napkin idea concepts last year but this is the first to utilize e-ink and RF technology. The Napkin PC is designed for group collaborations. Each pen transmits your doodles to the base station which is a PC in disguise. That information gets processed and displayed on the napkin like e-ink paper. Cool idea but someone better make sure nobody decides to wipe their dirty lunch stains with one.

0 Designer: Avery Holleman

Look No Further, Freedom Phone is here

Look No Further, Freedom Phone is here

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you might have gone traveling overseas and your current mobile phone doesn’t work? Well kiss those problems goodbye with the new Freedom Phone. Freedom Phone is a small pre-paid phone that is unique in design and unique in out it works. Upon arriving into the new country, you have the option of purchasing the Freedom Phone with 60, 100 or 200 minutes.

0 Designer: Vadim Kibardin

Optimus Tactus

Optimus Tactus

I am not talking about a new Transformer Robot, but about a new design concept from Artemy Lebedev. The Optimus Tactus is a touch surface keyboard- Think ipod Touch, but as a keyboard. This little beauty is programmable to be a keyboard, a video player or can be programmed for what you would like for it to be for you.

0 Designer: Artemy Lebedev

Music to Your Ears

Music to Your Ears

In a day where portable music devices are a must have, and the desire for “chill-out” time is even more crucial, designers are hearing what we need and making those needs a reality. Designers Per Arlander, Madlene Linstrom and Ozgur Tasar have created the MPillow which uses both light and sound to create those moments of relaxation and calmness. The pillow can be used as the consumer sees fit.

0 Designer: Ozgur Tasar

Easy Plugs

Easy Plugs

Raise Me Up is an electric powerstrip designed to make it easy for one handed operation. Normally you would have to brace a powerstrip with one hand while pull the plug with the other. Raise Me Up uses a simple lever switch to connect and disconnect plugs.

0 Designer: Yoo-Kyung Shin

High Tech Crosswalks

High Tech Crosswalks

School Zone is a concept crosswalk designed specifically for school zones but has amazing potential for other uses. The system changes several key elements to existing crosswalks promising safety for both pedestrians and drivers.

0 Designer: Seungkyun Woo

The Value Of A Promise

The Value Of A Promise

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.

0 Designer: Arthur Xin

Circle Phone, Going Back To Simplicity

Circle Phone, Going Back To Simplicity

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.

0 Designer: Jin Le

A “Sense”able Design

A “Sense”able Design

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.

0 Designer: Sony Design Studio

Portable PC Theater

Portable PC Theater

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.

0 Designer: Jin Woo Han

Chocolate Portable HDD

Chocolate Portable HDD

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?

0 Designer: Sang-Hoon Lee

PMP With Gasp! No Touchscreen

PMP With Gasp! No Touchscreen

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.

0 Designer: Mathieu Pesme & Jeff Castel