Virtual Touch for Designing

Virtual Touch for Designing

Haptic Intelligentsia merges hand craftsmanship and computerized technology into a single 3D printing machine that allows the user to tactually perceive a virtual object before transforming it into a physical one. The user can freely move the extruding gun, which is attached to a haptic interface. When the tip of the gun is moved into a surface region of the virtual object, the interface generates forces under computer control, allowing the user to feel and touch the surface of the object. 

0 Designer: Joong Han Lee

The Tamagotchi Effect

The Tamagotchi Effect

This clever device, called PowerPlant, gives users a visual (and organic) reward for using less energy at home. Wireless transmitters fitted to the main power and water supplies regulate the amount of water the plant receives- the less energy used, the more regular watering the plant receives! The emotional link people have to the living plant (AKA the Tamagotchi effect) is sure to motivate awareness of their individual carbon footprints and help them track their environmental progress. 

0 Designer: Liam Higton-Shirt

5 Cool Concepts that YD Likes

5 Cool Concepts that YD Likes

In our quest to bring you the best in concept design, we often come across projects that are simply superb but due to lack of information or technicalities are put in the backburners for further research. Here is a collection of 5 Cool Devices and Gadgets that were in our resource pool but never got published. Enjoy!

0 Designers: Various

Hello Landline, How Are You!

Hello Landline, How Are You!

As my landline telephone gathers dust each day, I wonder if the classy ‘Hello Tomorrow’ concept will tempt me to use it more often! The thing is that snazzy smartphones and competitive cellphone rates lure us to use them more than the desk phones. But with features like a touchscreen, intuitive functions and customization options like home or office; this iteration looks at reviving the grandeur of the good ‘ole desk phone.

0 Designer: FORM & DRANG

Modern Space Helmet

Modern Space Helmet

Focusing on the importance of ergonomics and overall comfort needed by astronauts, Designer Herald J. Ureña’s goal in designing this space-helmet was to humanize the head-gear and make it an extension of the wearer rather than a restrictive encapsulation.

0 Designer: Herald J. Ureña - Umaña

Two Finger Camera!

Two Finger Camera!

Doing it the Apple way, Air Camera strips away all the unnecessary aspects to a digital camera design. It leaves us with a Bluetooth enabled camera lens and a motion-sensor shutter button mounted on two rubber bands. Precious moments are captured with a simple click gesture and the images get transferred to your synced smartphone immediately.

0 Designer: Yeon Su Kim

Smooth Operator

Smooth Operator

The Eclipse DECT Wireless Home Phone consists of a base unit and handset embedded together in a single and continuous ellipsoidal form factor. With no visible signs of a display or keypad, the Eclipse conforms to the minimalist school of thought in design. It features a crystal clear display and High Quality Duplex speakerphone, amongst other standard stuff. I like it!

0 Designer: Sebastien Sauvage

Future Gem is Here

Future Gem is Here

The best thing about the Nokia GEM Concept phone is that it is all based on existing technologies, in other words it’s a future phone that can be built on reality! For example, one of the emerging technologies used in this concept are bi-stable displays that do not consume power if the content is not changing. This means the phone has a seamless display that encompasses the phone all over. The video below explains how digital personalization and multitasking can be achieved by using all sides of the phone.

0 Designers: Various

Bluetooth Effortlessly

Bluetooth Effortlessly

If you use a Bluetooth headset you know that it can be a bit awkward putting it on and taking it off, especially when you’re struggling to answer a call in time. The Angle uses an ingenious sliding technique that allows users to transfer the headset from the phone’s case directly onto the ear in one easy gesture while simultaneously activating the call.

0 Designers: Various

The Low Cost Phone

The Low Cost Phone

When you come to think of it, it’s always the technology and materials used that shoot up the cost of a mobile phone. Compromising on technology is not so bright, hence designer Sudhanwa Chavan played around with the materials and construction of a cellphone. His version is the Extru, a device that avoids complex surfaces, has a simple operating interface and takes care of the delicate parts intelligently. A very simple and dynamic form.

0 Designer: Sudhanwa Chavan

The Right Shade of Autumn

The Right Shade of Autumn

Color Elite is device that aims to replace paper and fabric swatches that is used in the paint industry today. It is the combination of e-paper technology, a camera and the Internet. Together they combine to provide you the exact shade or colors you are looking for, and even help reduce the use of paper. The explanatory video shows us how easy it is to use this device to pick shades from everyday scenarios (like leaves) and match it to the e-swatches. Super convenient and awesome use of technology!

0 Designer: Liao-Hsun Chen

Ode to the Journalist

Ode to the Journalist

The VJ CAM is specifically designed for video journalists, but I think most of us can benefit from it. The idea is to cut down the crew who handle the videography…mostly due to the current recession. The camcorder is built as modules and can be configured in a manner that suits the journalist. Each function is contained within a different module and the modules can be simply connected and interchanged according the requirements.

0 Designer: Matthias Kestel

Free Up Your Desk

Free Up Your Desk

All said and done, printers are a nuisance on the desk! They take up too much space and hold elegance to ransom with their unruly wires. The ‘I’m Hanging Printer’ is the proposed solution by designer Marc JuHyun Cha. In his words, “this looks like an art object when it hangs on the wall. It doesn’t look like some ugly machine. It makes your work place more organized.” I rest my case.

0 Designer: Marc JuHyun Cha