Digitize That Stack of Business Cards

Digitize That Stack of Business Cards

Business cards have become less of a way to disseminate contact information and more about brand extension, so it makes no sense to spend so much money on them only to be thrown out after someone transcribes all the relevant information into an address book. The B-Scanner helps with both aspects.

0 Designer: Sungwoo Park & Bongkun Shin

Zune Phone Finally, Okay Maybe

Zune Phone Finally, Okay Maybe

I know a lot of you out there are just waiting for the Zune phone – Microsoft’s answer to the current king of multitouch telephonic devices. Until they actually confirm, check out the Zune Contact concept by Adam Huffman. He’s revamped the interface, made the body madly thin, slapped on a 5 MP camera and went all touchscreeny. Sure it’s just pie-in-the-sky now but who knows, something similar may come from Redmond Washington. Oh BTW, that big white button at the bottom is really a soft cushy thumb rest. . . yeah.

0 Designer: Adam Huffman

Mother Nature's Got Nothin' on This Light

Mother Nature’s Got Nothin’ on This Light

It is just terrible when the sun is going down and I am still working and I get a headache because I was using the sun for light but it isn’t there anymore! Chris Natt has designed a device that will keep the light level constant! And it looks wild…

0 Designer: Chris Natt

Like Peas in a Pod

Like Peas in a Pod

The Pea Speaker system is bound to be costly, incurring damages from being tossed around, but that’s what designer Lu Le wants – a playful way to share music. Each pod holds 7 wireless bluetooth speakers. Only one possesses the one ring to rule them all because it controls global volume. Each sphere is powered by a lithium ion rechargeable via induction when placed in the pod. The system doesn’t do surround sound since it can’t separate channels, but it’s a good way to fill a large area with a mixed stereo track. Snazzy!

0 Designer: Lu Le

Lick Your Way to a Better You

Lick Your Way to a Better You

Have you ever imagined that you could lick on a lollipop and change the way you think? I am not talking about some illegal hallucinogenic drug, but a legal way to changing how you think or do things. Eye Candy can. Even though the concept sounds like something from the “Electric Kool-aid Acid Test”, Eye Candy uses a Sensory Substitution Technology to naturally send vibrant, emotive images to your mind.

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LED Trojan Horse

LED Trojan Horse

Frog Design is at it again, this time with an environmentally friendly LED based lightbulb. Although CFL’s are marketed to be widely superior than incandescents, the fact of the matter is they’re still made using very toxic chemicals. Mass acceptance has also been slower than anticipated but it’s obvious why – the cold bluish tint they cast and being non-dimmable.

0 Designer: Frog Design

Snap and Look

Snap and Look

Snap & Look is a system for digital photography that doesn’t require a computer but still allows the user to enjoy all the advantages of digital photography. Consisting of a digital camera and a photo viewer docking station, it enables the user to take pictures, view, edit and save with two very sleek devices.

0 Designer: Johanna Schoemaker

Ride the Screen Wave!

Ride the Screen Wave!

With the video wave in full ascent, the space-aware video-screen is right around the corner. Remember when internet video was unusable because of huge loading time, when the camera phone was on top of pickpocket’s to-pick list, when you could first watch video in the palm of your hand? Well check it out, soon the video screen will be the product, the device will be the program.

0 Designer: Andreas Myhrvold Braendhaugen

Bangin' Music Parties Coming to a Spot Near You

Bangin’ Music Parties Coming to a Spot Near You

The PodSpot is one large industrial sized speaker system designed for your wee iPod – or any other Mp3 player for that matter. It’s splash proof and designed to be rugged enough for outdoor events. Surprisingly it’s battery powered pushing a multitude of tweeters, horns and two 10″ subwoofers good enough for 24 hours. If the 115 db don’t attract enough attention, I’m sure the sight of 50 people dancing their asses off will.

0 Designer: Edelweiss Industrial Design

You Can't See the Cables for the Tree

You Can’t See the Cables for the Tree

“GoGreen” is the new phrase that seems to echo around the world. With many joining the bandwagon, it shows that many of us are trying to make a conscious effort to adapt to a more sustainable lifestyle. PhotonSynthesis is a device by designer Vivien Muller, which is a solar-cell bonsai lookalike, tree charger. You can charge your cell, your Mp3 player or a number of other electronic gadgets by plugging in to the tree.

0 Designer: Vivien Muller

The Visual Assistance Card

The Visual Assistance Card

Imagine being blind for a minute, and you have to go to the store to pick up a few things. You have everything in your basket ready to be checked out and since you have no cash in your pocket, you whip out the old trustworthy debit card. However, since debit/credit card machines have pretty much gone all digital, you will have to trust the clerk to help you with entering your private information. Yeah, pretty scary huh?

0 Designer: Kyle Lechtenberg

Design Not Just Products; Design Behavior!

Design Not Just Products; Design Behavior!

The Experience Recorder: here lies not only the possibility of near-perfect microblogging, but also a new meaning to the journalistic ideal of Total Coverage. The experience recorder fits on the hand and records not only photos, but sounds, movement, video, and temperature. Here you can experience the whole objective reality of a person’s experience! And, most important, it comes in a totally hot Fresh Prince color scheme!

0 Designer: Valeria Fuso

VOIP with Style

VOIP with Style

The Tatung VOIP, winner of the 2008 IF, IDEA, and Red Dot awards is one classy phone with aims to making internet phones user friendly. Featuring Bluetooth, wireless and a touch pad design, the Tatung VOIP Phone is easy to connect to your VOIP service. Its casing can be customized but other than that the phone is devoid of unnecessary features with the exception of a faux antenna which is just for retro nostalgia.

0 Designer: Nova Design