Plants Tell You What They Want

Plants Tell You What They Want

Growing plants would be a lot easier if plants could express what it is they need from you. Fret not because that’s what the Pet Plant by Junyi Heo does. The very sleek looking pot measures soil conditions, temperature, humidity, and water – calculates those variables based on the need of said plant, and expresses its condition via a series of pictograms on an LCD display.

0 Designer: Junyi Heo

Cup of Java Script

Cup of Java Script

Technology and scaled down computers are finding their ways into more and more ubiquitous items in our lives. From RFID clothing tags and eBooks (Kindle) to running monitors (Nike/iPod) and even cars that respond to your voice (Ford Sync). Why not get a daily does of information stimulation while you have your morning brew? That’s what the designers of “The Cup” have in mind.

0 Designer: Hyuh-Jin Lee

Put Those Power Hungry Applicances On A Timer

Put Those Power Hungry Applicances On A Timer

Even when electrical appliances are “turned off” they’re actually still drawing small amounts of energy. You’d be amazed how much energy is wasted in this low power state. JustDrawIt is sort of a home timer for anything that can be totally powered down without affecting functionality. Lamps, microwaves, toasters are some of the most common low power hogs. You have a visual queue as to how much time you have left until power down via a row of LED lights.

0 Designer: Henry Huang

Rise And Shine It's Wake Up Time

Rise And Shine It’s Wake Up Time

REMY could be Linus’ wet dream. It’s a biometric blanket that tracks your sleep patterns. While sleeping a distant camera records body movements and when the appropriate time arrives, renders light patterns within the blanket simulating dawn. Never mind that the camera looks like a mini-boogie man in the dark.

0 Designer: Dasha Anokhina

Button Down Tunes

Button Down Tunes

Plenty of designers have attempted to fuse fashion with gadgets. Most have been unsuccessful with often designs that were either complicated, cumbersome or just plain ugly. Here is an item that is simplicity at its best. The “Wire Button” by Jaehyung Hong untangles your headphone cables for your listening pleasure and looks subtle enough to avoid being branded a gadget geek.

0 Designer: Jaehyung Hong

Pimp my QWERTY

Pimp my QWERTY

With the tech blogs getting all hot and bothered over Art Lebedev’s Optimus Maximus keyboard and it’s customizable OLED keys, we thought we would show off a slightly more analog version of the same concept. At no where near the Optimus Maximus price of nearly $2,000 USDs, this $30 version called “Keyboard Shortcut Skins” by Photojojo serves essentially the exact same function.

Face melting Vinyl Stereo Speakers

Face melting Vinyl Stereo Speakers

Ed Lewis (aka Fungus Amungus) has posted a great do-it-yourself project that combines one of my favorite art forms with another of my favorite art forms. He took the hip, urban chic of vinyl toys and gave them the gift of music by fusing speakers into the faces of these “Munnny” vinyl toys from Kid Robot.

0 Designer: Ed Lewis

The Longest Mobile Phone Ever Or Just Looks It

The Longest Mobile Phone Ever Or Just Looks It

Candy bars, flips, bricks, diamonds – phones come in a myriad of monikers but a common denominator are their form factors. For the most part they’re designed to be pocketable. You can throw all those expectations out the window because designer Tamer Koseli wants no part of it. His NEED Phone is probably the longest mobile phone concept we’ve seen.

0 Designer: Tamer Koseli

Art in Detail

Art in Detail

Here is a great way to look like a total art snob. Just whip this bad boy out at your next museum outing and really impress Thurston Howell III and the Monopoly Man. It’s the “ZoomArt” magnifying lens for art lovers by Odoardo Fioravanti Design Studio. This handy high quality optical lens has a 6x magnification and zooms at the twist of a wrist.

0 Designer: Odoardo Fioravanti Design Studio

Welcome to the Old Social...

Welcome to the Old Social…

Time was a person would simply pick up the phone to update grandma on all the happenings. If you wanted to share a picture with her, you would write a letter and mail her one. I know, I know, not going to happen. So let’s just throw some money at the issue and find a way to use technology to keep the old people from feeling unloved and abandoned.

0 Designer: Ben Arent

Power Strippin

Power Strippin

Power plugs come in all shapes and sizes. From baseball sized to brick sized, it seems that electronics manufacturers can’t agree on one or even three standard sized power plugs. So why doesn’t your power strip seem to care about this fact? Well now it does. The “Revolve” by Takumi Yoshida is the simple answer to a complicated Tetris-like puzzle plaguing us all.

0 Designer: Takumi Yoshida

Treo meets iPhone

Treo meets iPhone

There is soon to be a flood of new mobile phones to hit the street using Google’s new open source Android OS platform. RKS design consultants of southern California have just introduced their entry into this soon-to-be-ubiquitous mobile platform with this “Mimique” design.

0 Designer: RKS Design

Old / New Phone

Old / New Phone

They are getting older by the second. That massive batch of the baby boomer generation adults is about to become the largest group of elderly the world will ever see in its history. Companies are scrambling to come out with products and services to appeal to this post world war 2 generation of increasingly confused citizens. The “EMC” (easy mobile calling) phone by designer Matthias Pinkert might just be what the doctor ordered.

0 Designer: Matthias Pinkert