Is That. . . Wood?

Is That. . . Wood?

It seems the word “tech” is synonymous with cold and stark.  Metals, plastics, glass – they all evoke an ideal that some of us don’t want. Some of us want our devices to be warm, to have some semblance of nature. That feeling transcends deeper since it can affect our moods. The Chute Smartphone is all about the natural, organic, and moody.

0 Designer: Michael Laut

Senior Screen Saver

Senior Screen Saver

The elderly often get things wrong, from parking a car to Murder She Wrote. However, we do love them so and want to keep them around for as long as possible. With that in mind, the creators of the “Health Guard” concept for NOKIA believe that the best way to keep them around is to track their every movement (pun intended.)

0 Designer: Marcela Kawka & Izabela Cichecka

Kinetic Cell Phone

Kinetic Cell Phone

The Atlas Kinetic Cell Phone concept focuses on greener technologies without sacrificing design. It’s all made of aluminum and glass. The central sapphire glass reveals the generating and charging unit. Power comes from kinetic energy similar to that found in watches that use oscillating weight to power a mainspring.

0 Designer: Ricardo Baiao

Hands-free Tie, Classy

Hands-free Tie, Classy

Tired of hearing people say, “do you have me on speakerphone?” or how about “why is it echoing?” Avid hands-free headset users know the drill and no matter how sensitive the mic is, truth is the ear is just a tad too far away from the mouth. The Tie Up concept is a solve to that problem by placing the mic right below your mouth. Slide it up the lanyard to answer and conversely slide down to hang up. 

0 Designer: Wooteik Lim

SMS And Email Pen

SMS And Email Pen

D:Scribe is a digital fountain pen that allows users to send SMS and email messages from paper. Just write out the message and circle the person’s name to send. This does away with a keypad and allows you to focus on communicating in a more personal way from anywhere as long as you have a bluetooth enabled phone and a surface to write on.

0 Designer: Reuben Png

Hi-Tech Replaces R2-D2... Wait, huh?

Hi-Tech Replaces R2-D2… Wait, huh?

Thanks to some very industrious Belgians, Obi-Wan Kenobi has a new way of picking up his messages. Aptly dubbed the HOLOCUBE, inventor Joris Vanbriel is targeting retailers and manufacturers trying to attract Generation X&Y shoppers plagued by short attention spans.

0 Designer: Joris Vanbriel

Computer and Coffee On The Go

Computer and Coffee On The Go

The Yuno PC is a new personal computer concept designed to help you get the most out of your morning without holding you back or constraining you to a desktop PC. Everyone has their own routine, what they read, watch, listen to, and of course drink.

0 Designer: Jason Farsai

Musicians Gettin' High Tech

Musicians Gettin’ High Tech

Ah orchestra. Twas not long ago when I was playing in a band and one of my biggest peeves was carrying butt loads of sheet music. The EMS (E-paper Music Score) solves that mess by using E-paper technology. This single flexible screen can be unrolled and feed sheet music via bluetooth from a computer. Best part is the included foot peddle which virtually turns the pages. Clever clever.

0 Designer: Serina Sung

Your Mobile Phone's Best Friend

Your Mobile Phone’s Best Friend

If dogs are to man then the MCube is to mobile phones. This industrious little cube is a wireless charger, bluetooth speaker, and information display. When you come home just place your mobile near the MCube. Using short range induction technology, your phone gets juiced up while all basic information like date/time, messages, and caller ID are transfered to the MCube’s built-in display. What’s more, the touch controls on the MCube enable you to access your mobile’s music files and pumps it out thru built-in speakers via bluetooth. Who wants one?

0 Designer: Sohui Won

Hang On For Dear Life

Hang On For Dear Life

Desk space is a premium so designers try to cater that by creating objects with smaller footprints. Take for example this Hanging Printer. The bulk of its components are actually underneath the desk. The paper feed and print head are the only parts sitting on the desk. The casing has an embedded LCD to indicate status. It makes for a simple clean modern aesthetic that’s actually quite a solve for today’s cluttered desktops.

0 Designer: Jin Hee Kim

Blow-up Mouse

Blow-up Mouse

The Jelly Click takes mouse portability to the extreme. All the electronic circuity lives on a small flexible board. The body itself is just soft plastic. Whenever you need a mouse, blow up the Jelly Click, attach the USB cable and you’re good to go.  As a bonus, it’s a total floaty for you swimming challenged people.

0 Designer: Bongkun Shin

The Sound of Bamboo

The Sound of Bamboo

Bears like it so why not humans? This bamboo inspired stereo looks good (ignore the pink) and thru the natural acoustics of cylindrical objects, sounds good too. But it’s not just nature-ry, it also has every accoutrement a technophile would want. Think wifi enabled, wireless speakers, integrated LED screen, MP3 line in, remote desktop syncing, radio, and yes – cd player.

0 Designer: Soohyuk Im

Another Simple MP3 Player

Another Simple MP3 Player

This one doesn’t have a name. It’s just referred to as the “Tactile MP3″ player. Why tactile? Simply because the 5 basic controls necessary to master your music are raised bumps, something like braille. The idea is you can control your music all by the sense of touch. Design wise, it’s pretty slick, like a dollop of shiny mercury backed by some creamy marshmallow puff. Mmm mmm!

0 Designer: Bomi Kim