Build Your Social Network!

Build Your Social Network!

I want this NOW! The Tomodachi (Japanese for “friends”) Block is a modular system of playful blocks that each connect wirelessly to the internet to stream live video and audio of your friends from around the world. Each individual block is dedicated to a single friend who’s picture and voice are broadcast through a single speaker and iPod nano-sized screen built into each block. An internal sensor detects when blocks have been combined so the user can pile them up to group chat!

0 Designer: Aya Shimada

A Bluetooth I'd Wear

A Bluetooth I’d Wear

It’s about time the Bluetooth headset shed the nerd-factor! This design by Erjon Hatillari was inspired by the simplicity of the Sony Vaio’s On/Off button and is almost as small. Using the same unique color scheme as the Vaio, the rechargeable earpiece’s chrome detail glows green during a call and orange when charging. In the form of a single earbud with one large button control, this design combines easy-to-use functionality with basic ergonomics into one sharp looking earpiece.

0 Designer: Erjon Hatillari

The Enchanted Ceiling

The Enchanted Ceiling

I should have paid more attention to astronomy when it was being taught in school; it’s a shame that I learnt the constellations off the Internet. I am determined to make sure my children learn to marvel the treasures in the sky. One way to do this is with the Stella, a concept camera plus projector combo. On a starry night you simply capture the mesmerizing skies and the project it to your bedroom ceiling. Awesome way to learn about the starts!

0 Designers: Seung-Kwon Kim, Seung-Ju Kim & Zhong-fa Lie

Iris - My Kinda Tablet

Iris – My Kinda Tablet

The era of Tablet PC is upon us and it’s kinda mesmerizing to see the kind of functions and features you can pack into the device. For instance the Iris Tablet PC is a transparent touchpad with an OLED display. It uses wireless charging technology, can scan documents, translates texts and can work as an efficient navigator. The coolest two apps is how you can use it for planning interior designing using AR and split the screen up for shared use. The kind of concept that I look forward to!

0 Designers: Liu-Wei, Yao Kai-Chi, Hong Ruei-Hong & Cheng Ya-Fang

One Remote Control to Rule Them All

One Remote Control to Rule Them All

TV is Evolving. Yes, the screens are getting thinner, but the real evolution is the content. Beautifully thin flat screens with streaming internet are making television increasingly personal. The challenge of having all this content to choose from is how to harness it. You need a remote for the TV, a keyboard and mouse for the internet, and a controller for gaming. Toggle delivers a touch experience without a touch screen. Points on the remote’s surface are mapped to specific keys and functions. But here’s the twist.

0 Designer: Carbon Design Group

3-D TV Heaven!

3-D TV Heaven!

If you died and went to 3-D TV heaven then I’m sure you would find the Samsung MSTV sitting right in front, in it’s various screen-size (22,32,42,46,55, 64 inches) avatars. Keeping with Sammy’s passion for Android, this TV is a pureblood Google Android baby. And what’s more, you get to sync all your gadgets and devices remotely and splurge on gaming fun! Hit the jump for details.

0 Designer: Joseph Dumary

Renewed Life for Lenses

Renewed Life for Lenses

As an avid photographer, it is quite possible that you have some of your old-in-working-condition camera lenses from the analog era. If this is so, then the Edna can give a new lease of life to the lenses from the good old celluloid days.

0 Designers: Vuk Jakovljevic, Marko Doblanovic, Szilveszter Buzasi & Bernhard Ranner

The Perfect Pocket Phone

The Perfect Pocket Phone

I love me some snug jeans! The only problem is that I also love my big phone, and squeezing it out of my pocket just to check texts or the time can be quite a procedure. The slim, minimal Glance phone by designer Alan Farías is tight-jean friendly and features a genius little screen on its bottom side in addition to the larger main screen, so even when your phone is in your pocket you can take a discreet glance down to check the battery, see who’s blowing up your email, texts, twitter, or even to casually check the time.

0 Designer: Alan Gerardo Farías

iPhone 5'ish Likes Your Fingerprints

iPhone 5′ish Likes Your Fingerprints

The iPhone5 concept by Zeki Ozek suggests using a fingerprint scanner instead of home button. You can assign your fingerprints for opening apps. Swipe your finger twice for background working apps and of course use your fingerprint for NFC payments and app store purchases. It looks similar to the iPhone 4 except squattier (sic) – cute chubby little thing. I’m 100% sure the real iPhone 5 won’t integrate any of these features but that brings up the question, why aren’t any of the major smartphone makers using biometric sensors?

0 Designer: Zeki Ozek

The Bag Every Creative Should Have

The Bag Every Creative Should Have

The slim Match Point laptop bag by Jacquelyn Schmelter makes it possible to carry utilities around in a stylish way while conserving less space. Designed for artists and designers, this sharp looking design will not only secure a laptop but also features an integrated graphics tablet so the user can get creative in any situation.

0 Designer: Jacquelyn Schmelter

Modulating The iPhone Sound

Modulating The iPhone Sound

The Air Module is a very simple speaker design that requires no power supply! Yea, you got that right! It has a rubber brake, wood and ceramic system that allows it to modulate sound. Have a look at the pictures inside and you will know what I mean. So basically the module just envelops your iPhone (or any other device) and pipes out the music in rhythm. Cool!

0 Designer: Arthur Trichelieu

Cleaning Cuttlefish Style

Cleaning Cuttlefish Style

To help preserve wildlife and the environment, the Oceanic Cleaning System uses solar power and automated satellite units to seek out and capture plastic particles and man-made waste. Inspired by cuttlefish, the satellites use lateral fins to maneuver through the water, collecting plastic and other debris. After waste is collected, the units navigate back to the base where it is deposited and sorted for recycling.

0 Designer: Erik Borg

Tape on USB

Tape on USB

I’m a sucker for retro cassette tape concepts and they always take me back in time. So check this Player & Tape Concept, which features a portable music player that can dock 3 USB sticks at a time. It comes with a mock USB cassette tape that can store music and can be shared with friends. Just like how you used to make mix-tapes and compile romantic love songs! Ah, those were the days…

0 Designer: Jung Hoon Lee