360º of Sound

360º of Sound

I’m sure from the looks of it, you could decipher how the Bell Tweeter works. Sound radiates 360º from the cone. Change the volume by spinning the body. There are some definite advantages to this setup over the traditional ones, namely being able to evenly fill a room with sound. With multiple bells, one could easily adapt their current setup to accommodate audio delivered in every direction.

0 Designer: Samohvalov Sergey

Music Bell

Music Bell

Glocke is a unique cradle for an MP3 player and is inspired by the Korean Buddhist Bell. The bell works on the principle of resonance and amplifies sound, spreading its outreach. So when you dock the MP3 player on this device, it amplifies the low sound using the glass cylinder and glossy plastic body to full effect. The LED lamps are cute and glow according to the volume of the music…simply magnificent!

0 Designers: Taehak Kwon, Yongbum Lim, Jungjoon Hwang, Sangyong Han and Sangyong Park

Oyster Cards Get Cute

Oyster Cards Get Cute

The Oyster card, London’s electronic travel card system, is something synonymous with natives and visitors alike. Unchanged for 8 years, designer Benjamin Parton thought it was time for a total redesign- something fun and memorable with improved functionality. The Oi is a wearable oyster card that can be worn as a ring or “watchstrap widget.” As easy to identify as it is handy, Oi aims to help ease the confusion caused by passengers fumbling for the old-school cards.

0 Designer: Benjamin Parton

Not Just a Smartphone

Not Just a Smartphone

The HTC Evo 4g combines performance and pick-me-up aesthetic into one sleek and powerful Android superphone that makes its business-like counterparts look and act like a total snooze-fest. Though this “performance powerhouse” features a bigger battery, large 4G antenna, and extra-large speakers, its size is counteracted by an adapted exterior form with visual “tricks” like an eyeball-ish camera protrusion and sleek wrap-around side split that not only contrast its bulk but add to its appeal.

0 Designer: Donn Koh with One & Co and HTC

Power - The Snap Fastener Way!

Power – The Snap Fastener Way!

I think the Convenient Battery Pack style of juicing will work best for DIY kits and projects where one is experimenting with Lab projects. I don’t see a very commercial everyday use for it. Unless you find it fun to power a huge fan or torchlight using a bunch of these snap-fastener batteries. It’s definitely a design exploration exercise in how we can redesign the AA cells and a look into how we can improvise.

0 Designer: Gao Meng

Bend-and-Snap Mouse!

Bend-and-Snap Mouse!

It’s no wonder this design was a 2011 red dot product design Best of the Best winner. A mere 15 mm thick, and composed primarily of flexible silicon, the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse was designed for on-the-go users, and can fold flat when not in use, making it effortlessly portable while achieving necessary ergonomics. Other innovative features include a touch sensitive scroll function, and a blue light tracking system that allows it to scroll on a broad range of surfaces. 

0 Designers: Donn Koh with One & Co. Design Inc, San Francisco, and Microsoft Industrial Design Team

Super Slim PC and iPhone Dock

Super Slim PC and iPhone Dock

The refreshed Mac mini may be making the rounds for slimmest and sexiest desktop computer but if an aluminum slab isn’t your thing, try this – the Slim PC. It’s a little robust looking, almost like a car stereo unit. The front face is capped with a piece of solid wood but the real wig snatching news is the iPhone dock. In an attempt to unite the two computing platforms, they compliment each other nicely – the halo effect.

0 Designer: Chang-Su Lee of Design Hara

Lady Killer Volume 1

Lady Killer Volume 1

The Lady Killer Vol 1 designers put it just right- this twist on the jewelry box “pokes a sturdy robotic finger in the face of convention.” Inspired by Atelier Ted Noten’s 2004 “Unstaged” installation of a robot protecting a ring, this take-anywhere robotic concept is forever prepared to protect its Lady Killer ring (or at least until its owner decides to press the button) . When the time is right the arm will rise slowly, turn towards the lucky lady, and extend toward her offering the ring. I do… duh!

0 Designers: Atelier Ted Noten & Laikingland

I Just Died and Went to Samsung Galaxy Heaven

I Just Died and Went to Samsung Galaxy Heaven

Here is a concept phone that I have totally fallen in love with. Name the features and it’s all in there. Flexible screen, projector, camera…ah the works! One of those designs where you let the pictures do the talking…so go ahead and hit the jump!

0 Designer: Haeyon You

Double The Camera Fun

Double The Camera Fun

The 2Duo concept camera features Dual Lens and Dual LCDs so that you can get maximum perfection out of your photography. Self-portraits or 3-D kinda pics, this camera helps you do all sorts of things to make you trigger-happy. The 2-way hinge structure rotates at 90-degree angle and 360-degree angle, allowing you to take some awesome photos with unbelievable angle-shots! Given the number of apps and tricks that I am using to perfect ordinary shots, this kinda camera just fires my imagination and creativity.

0 Designer: Ahlim Son

The Butterfly View of You

The Butterfly View of You

I watch with amusement how my daughter struggles to take self-pictures from her cellphone and our camera. It’s a crazy fad but in practical scenarios, where you are a lone traveler, I think a camera with some kinda modification to help you click self-photos will be a great idea. Just like this Butter-Fly Concept camera, it has little “wings” that come out from under the camera. Easy navigation buttons and a steady grip, allow you to take pictures and videos from an arm’s length. Neat!

0 Designer: Joh Minhoo

Future Touch Tech

Future Touch Tech

This concept computer-of-the-future by designer Jakub Záhoř allows the user to operate the device anywhere they can find a glass surface. The user simply attaches the central unit to any glass surface like a window or coffee table, switches on the power, and watches their system light up before their eyes. The display appears as an interactive hologram on the glass that the user merely has to touch to operate. It also makes for an easy, take-anywhere way to project photos and presentations or stream movies. Windex not included.

0 Designer: Jakub Záhoř

Compact Disc is Mouse-ish

Compact Disc is Mouse-ish

One of the things with product design is that we need to let the experts figure out the “How” and concentrate on the design solution at hand. So when it comes to the question of how to make a computer mouse compact, portable yet feel like the true-blue desktop version, we’ll leave the figuring of technology to the techies and concentrate on a compact disc-esque mouse (disk+Mouse) that sits in the laptop tray when not needed. And cones up to a 3-D full grip version when required. Brilliant, if you ask me!

0 Designer: Seung Han Jung