Grape Vines Goes Green

Grape Vines Goes Green

That green bandwagon is speeding down the global highway at break neck speeds and corporations are rushing to hop on. That’s the good news… the other good news is that electronics giant Siemens is looking for ways to make bold and beautiful green statements with these cordless telephone designs.

0 Designer: Formwelt Studio

Silky Snappy Snake

Silky Snappy Snake

We are always in need of a USB cable to charge up a phone, an i-pod or load up digital photos from our camera, yet carrying around a USB cable can be quite bothersome and frustrating when we can’t find it. With the Lisco USB Snake by Laurent Hongisto, just slap the USB snake on your wrist and not only will you look fashionable, but you will also never have to go searching for your USB cable again.

0 Designer: Laurent Hongisto

Timbercalls

Timbercalls

It is probably the single most touched item in your daily arsenal. Our mobile phones are our lifelines and the closest thing to an adult security blanket we have. With all this daily interaction with a device, mobile phone makers are constantly looking for new ways of creating an even tighter emotional bond with your phone. One of the first things we think of (mostly subconsciously) when picking out a new mobile phone, is how it feels in your hands.

0 Designer: Hyun Jin Yoon

Feeling hot hot hot

Feeling hot hot hot

We all remember that little home invader/burglar Goldilocks and her serious issues with gauging temperature. “Too hot, too cold….” blah blah blah, shut it you delinquent! Designer Kai Chen has invented a little what’s hot/what’s not meter that takes all the guess work out of getting into your bathtub.

0 Designer: Kai Chen

Air Purifier For Any Size Space

Air Purifier For Any Size Space

Air purifiers have experienced a massive revival in the last 5 years but one thing they all have in common is the inability to dynamically scale to different size spaces. The Daan (Korean for column) is a small disk sized unit powerful enough to purify a small room. You stack more units together to clean a bigger area. You can even detach one unit and take it for travel.

0 Designer: Joseph Kim

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Smells Like Teen Spirit

What better way to realize if a song stinks than sniffing out the proof with this MP3/aroma therapy entertainment pod that not only plays sweet sweet tunes for your ears, it also blows sweet sweet scents for your nose. Just pop off the end cap, load up a selected scent tablet and a wave of odors are delivered right to your nose by your earphones. Yup, your earphones.

0 Designer: Yangwoo Kim

A Fem-bot that Reads Ancient Novels ...smashing baby!

A Fem-bot that Reads Ancient Novels “…smashing baby!”

Whether its Princess Amidala-bot or a Murasaki-bot, depending on what you are into, this is one of the coolest useless robot functions ever. Like me, you may also enjoy a good Japanese audio version of an ancient Japanese Novel. Also like me, you may have the deep desire to have Japanese female-ish robots read you your ancient Japanese Novels. Well your dream has arrived.

0 Designer: Takahashi Tomotaka

Jerk It To Get The Juice

Jerk It To Get The Juice

The Shake MP3 player by Kenneth Tay makes use of kinetic energy to keep the batteries charges, similar to modern timepieces. With the hold button switched on, jerk it a few times to get the juice. Yea I just said that. Conversely if you leave the hold switch off, the jerking shaking pauses/plays music.

0 Designer: Kenneth Tay

Bluetooth Headset Happy. Jawbone II Review

Bluetooth Headset Happy. Jawbone II Review

Like many places, California implemented a new law prohibiting cellular use without a handsfree device while driving. Ironically that’s when Jawbone contacted me to do a review on their second generation bluetooth headset. Same aesthetic but significantly smaller, lighter, and improved sound quality. What more could one ask for?

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The Softer Side of Hard Drives

The Softer Side of Hard Drives

Designing electronic gadgets specifically for women has always seemed like either an insult to their sensibilities or simple pink pandering. Either way, you run the risk of a ton of pink back stock or pissing them off. My advice, design gadgets for humans. Except when it is done to the high degree of slickness as this “Costume” Samsung 2.5″ Hard Drive by Joongoo Lee.

0 Designer: Joongoo Lee

Hospitalism

Hospitalism

Pay a visit to any modern hospital and you’ll mostly like find a sterile, plain environment devoid of any human connection. The only comfort are the caring staff and family visits. UBIQ is a holographic dome that projects you and your family into the flexible dome in real time. It’s an important part of healing, to feel your loved ones nearby.

0 Designer: François Mestre

A bit of the ole' in and out...

A bit of the ole’ in and out…

“Power Vampires” take the shape of all kinds of things; your mobile phone charger, digital camera charger, iPod charger, my mother….these items steal energy from you even when not being used for their intended purpose, like making me a sandwich. To combat this massive amount of wasted energy, designer Paulo Oh has come up with a simple plan; unplug them.

0 Designer: Paulo Oh

A Best Friend Teddy

A Best Friend Teddy

There are millions of children bed ridden to hospitals unable to participate in schooling and extra curricular activities. Many lack fully developed socialization skills due to isolation from their peers. Dilus, an electronic teddy bear aids in socialization, entertainment, communication, and education.

0 Designer: Bruno Oro de Abreu