Spin Doctor

Spin Doctor

No relation to the band, but this groovy headphone is interactive and allows you to play with your music. It features a 4-axis-directional button on one side; this is to pick the samples available on the SD card. The other side features a rotatable part to scratch your MP3 on the go!

I’m a mobile DJ now!

0 Designer: Victor Declety

Smartphone is Super Flexi!

Smartphone is Super Flexi!

When it comes to concept design and exploring the possibilities of user experiences, we have seen some radical thinking come across like a lightning bolt. Fine examples are the Bento Box Laptop and the Napkin PC. This time around we are looking at a smartphone that serenades as a lampshade (charging cradle) when not in use. The design explores the usage of flexible LED screen to the hilt. Moreover the screen is a tad bit exaggerated to mimic a curvy tablet. So are we heading to an era of overstated phones that are understated tablets? Looks like we are!

0 Designer: Nari Lee

Man Meets Machine

Man Meets Machine

Tusk may be a little ahead of its time, but still utilitarian at its core. With a little help from some rotary dynamos, rectifiers and linear regulators, the Tusk adapter harvests the energy expelled by the user’s regular walking cycle and redirects the energy to any portable device, making the user, in essence, the battery and charger at once.

0 Designer: Jerry Mejia

Domestic 3D Printing

Domestic 3D Printing

This DIY 3D printer design combines many features seen on other popular printers but features an exterior casing of molded plastic and wood veneer that is aesthetically more suitable for use at home. An optional iPhone connection also offers a quick read of statistics, progress, temperature and other data. It’s a glimpse into what the take-home 3D printer of the future might look like if/when they are ever available. Fingers crossed!

0 Designer: André Dettler

Just Empty Memories…

Just Empty Memories…

Empty Memory is an elegant jewelry collection that works as USB memory sticks! Delightful designs crafted by Yoo-Kyung Shin & Hanhsi Chen, each stick is a response to their questions, “what will happen if the technology becomes invisible.” The collection comes with two different designs – Structure and Transparency, both indicating that you can fill ‘em up with your own memories!

0 Designer: Logical Art

Svelte Cam

Svelte Cam

Vladimir Nikolic’s compact 12.1 megapixel digicam was designed to take the guesswork out of choosing the right shooting mode. The camera features an iAuto mode that automatically adjusts settings for the best pictures in almost any environment. The slender design is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand but powerful enough to capture star quality images with superb contrast and clarity down to the finest detail.

0 Designer: Vladimir Nikolic

I'm Yo-Yo Over This!

I’m Yo-Yo Over This!

It’s not the first time you heard us warn you about the repercussions of sitting on the computer for too long. Stiff back, sore wrists, numb legs….the list is endless! Looks to me that we all need a YoYo Mouse! This cute concept forces you to get up and do some Yo-Yo tricks to re-energize it because the battery drains out fast! Works best for me be, given that my wireless mouse runs out of battery ever so often!

0 Designer: Shih-Chan Chiu

Versatile Task Flashlight

Versatile Task Flashlight

A winner of this year’s red dot: design concept award, the Adjustable Radiation Flashlight is a small, powerful, handheld task light that makes it possible to easily change the beam from concentrated spot-light to wide flood-light by use of its a flexible plastic plate which contains nearly 40 individual lights. Simply twist the tactile back cap to create whatever light is necessary.

0 Designer: Ezatolah Dayanifar

Million Keyboards in One!

Million Keyboards in One!

Our favorite design studio Art lebedev is back with an update to their Optimus range of keyboards. This time around we have the Optimus Populyaris & Optimus Mini Six. While the Populyaris is a compact keyboard that configures with very many options (like English, Russian, Photoshop etc.), the mini six is an auxiliary device with six customizable keys that can be assigned any function, including displaying information related or non-related to the current program in use. Mini Six is perfect as a Tools panel, remote control, or an indicator with static or animated graphics!

0 Designers: Art Lebedev Studio

Read, Conquer and Share

Read, Conquer and Share

It’s the digital age and social media is our new friend. Sites like Facebook already let our friends know what online newspaper or article we are reading, so it’s only natural for technology to want to bridge the gap between the surreal and paper. The next time you have a book in hand and want to immediately tweet a quote; you’ll probably have something like the Kuote to help you out.

0 Designers: Xu Tao, Wang Junfeng, Christina Yang & Gong Yanyan for Orange Labs Beijing

Big Time Dental Alert!

Big Time Dental Alert!

I’d much rather get hit by a car than pay my dentist a visit! The noise of the drill machine and the sterile probes are good enough to freak me out. Hence this Tooth Guardian is a good way to keep a check on my teeth cleaning routine and ensure that I don’t need any dentists. The high-tech toothbrush integrates a camera and UV system to monitor and display photographs of one’s teeth while cleaning. Basically, the camera helps you thoroughly clean your teeth and the UV light sterilizes the brush. So far it all sounds good!

0 Designers: Yu-Hsin Lin, Chu-Che Chang & Shang-Hsuan Lu

The Total User Experience

The Total User Experience

Designer Victor Johannson’s mobile phone concept focuses on ease of use by providing multiple input controls that the user can customize to their liking. Features like dual sided scrolling and volume control as well as side a back-side keyboard, clock, or place to dock apps are definitely bonuses. The coolest feature by far, however, is piezoelectric feedback technology that gives tactile signals in four different directions that makes it possible for the user to ‘feel’ the direction to travel.

0 Designer: Victor Johannson

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