Plate Watches What You Eat

Plate Watches What You Eat

What if there was a way to make food intake more visual and track all of it? What if there was a way to embed data directly in food? Printable RFID tags will replace barcodes on food packaging, enabling this concept called Nutrismart. A plate reads out our food and works as an invisible diet management system. When placing a cupcake on the plate, it’s scanned by an RFID reader inside the plate. Feedback can be sent to a computer or mobile device where one can witness an infographic of sorts about their eating habits.

0 Designer: Hannes Harms

The Prewash Wash

The Prewash Wash

In a country obsessed with handwashed clothes, convincing someone to buy a washing machine is quite a feat. Yes Indians can do without machines, we want to scrub our collars and cuffs with plastic bristle brushes and dip our soaks in buckets of water. If only my friends knew about methods like the Wave Wash! The idea is superb for our situation. Stubborn stains need not be brushed off, urtrasound vibrations and little amount of water can do the same job in a jiffy.

0 Designer: Kim Min Seok

Music in a Bottle

Music in a Bottle

The Genie concept distills the idea of an MP3 player back to it’s simplest function. No docking or syncing required. Instead, Genie plays music relevant to your mood. Feeling giddy? How about some pop music? Perhaps you’ve had a long day at the office and need to unwind. Genie might play a little Bach. The design itself is meant to look like a sculpture. The conical shape helps radiates sound and eliminates the need for traditional speaker grills.

0 Designer: Jiyoun Kim

Expanding Recreational Diving

Expanding Recreational Diving

This underwater system by designer Emil Orman aims to make scuba diving a safe & tangible reality for those who suffer from paraplegia. The concept was developed by working hand-in-hand with disabled divers, conducting full-scale diving exhibitions, & carrying out mock-up tests. Buoyancy and body trim can be adjusted via the chest mounted control to assist the user into a horizontal, vertical, or angular position, increasing the freedom of movement & enhancing the overall experience.

0 Designer: Emil Orman

This Vacuum Sucks... in a Good Way!

This Vacuum Sucks… in a Good Way!

I’ll be the first to admit that my cleaning lady, Claudia, is my best friend. Call me lazy, but one of the reasons is that I (& my dog) despise the cumbersome, loud, rolling vacuum that hides in my storage. Now, if vacuuming were as easy, cute, & just plain fun to use as the Magic Glove then I just might have a change of heart. This miniature sized aspirator is powered by a rechargeable battery & is able to brush & vacuum simultaneously, cleaning & dusting all while attached to your hand. Move over Claudia!

0 Designer: Christian Sallustro

Steampunk Rotary Smartphone in Digital Era!

Steampunk Rotary Smartphone in Digital Era!

Is there space for old school guises in the digital revolution? I think there is, which is why steampunk is alive. Settling the Digital v/s Mechanical dispute with his Rotary Mechanical Smartphone, designer Richard Clarkson gives us a smartphone that is so very tangible that its aura speaks for itself! Stalling the ‘digital-take-over’, the phone features two interchangeable brass dials, a true rotary dial and a button dial. WHats really clever is that the act of changing these is inspired from changing the lenses on a camera!

0 Designer: Richard Clarkson

Power Knowledge of Cells

Power Knowledge of Cells

My father never trashes any old batteries because he knows that combined with another used one, a few weeks later, it can juice up the wall clock any such device. I know its not recommended, but bottom line is that people DO it! So if you can’t break them, may as well join them; provide them with a Digital Measuring Paper. It features soft OLED screen and paper-thin IC that displays the amount of backup juice in a cell. At least two like-powered batteries can be used together more effectively.

0 Designer: Wang Gang

Precise Orientation

Precise Orientation

One of the biggest advantages of a laptop is its portability feature. Using this as its premise, here is a very sleek version of how we should be really using a digital notebook. Ironic that it’s a leaf out of the journal kind, the Anderson’s main USP is the practical way of handling the book. Dual hinge system makes it possible to use the notebook in portrait and landscape mode. Realistic and do-able, I’d like one Anderson just for me!

0 Designers: Ma Yiwei and Tao Ying

Hidden Vacuum

Hidden Vacuum

Raise your hand if you think most vacuums and trash cans are ugly! I know I do. Here is yet another unorthodox but clever vacuum design, this time from designer Jocelyn Sie. The Vacbin (if you didn’t gather from the name) is a waste bin/vacuum combination for those who don’t like the obvious look of the conventional trash can and rolling vacuum, which can sometimes be a real eyesore. Hidden within the inconspicuous body of the bin is a hand held vacuum that easily stores and releases for quick tidying up.

0 Designer: Jocelyn Sie

Addicted to Information

Addicted to Information

What will the future of information technology look like? Sound like? Behave like? Designer Lukas Franciszkeiwicz envisions a minimal, shape sorter, toy-like instrument adapted for the social networking revolution that also makes a profound statement about our modern addiction to digital interaction & how computers already dictate our decisions. Fusing mind & machine, Beta is one glimpse into how our future relationships might be with such technological concepts that may be able to predict our responses.

0 Designer: Lukas Franciszkiewicz

Wireless Electricity from a Bus Stop

Wireless Electricity from a Bus Stop

This project aims to develop and simplify the operational logistics of electrically wireless public transport infrastructure. A new Bus Stop wirelessly charges up any electric bus as it passes by integrating the technology from WiCity. Designed as a final year project, designer Gavin Harvey looked at real sized rigs and researched the reduction in stored electrical capacity to create a concept we could start building out in the near future.

0 Gavin Harvey

Body Control

Body Control

Turn your body into a motion based controller for software on your Android mobile phone with Second Nature, a concept hardware/application combination that uses motion sensors attached to the body to detect the user’s activity. The user can define gestures to perform whatever function they like, including volume control, exercise training, or any other context-specific function.

0 Designers: Various

Hardcore Headphones

Hardcore Headphones

The Helix-IR concept is designed by Jean HONG & Dassault Systèmes DesignStudio team. It’s a wireless headphone that looks like mechanical wizardry with all the moving parts. The central part is made from sheet aluminum, laser cut and stamped. This configuration provides a lightweight, flexible structure complimented with high end finishing. It surrounds the head like an exo-skeleton. We don’t have much information on the specs but told the performance is top-tier for the hardcore audiophile.

0 Designer: Jean Hong