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

Humanoid Robot

Humanoid Robot

It’s no surprise that designer Jason Falconer took 1st Place at this years PAL Robotics’ REEM-C design challenge. Being the editor of robot-blog PlasticPals, the designer naturally developed inspiration from various designs over time. Understanding the dos and don’ts of humanoid robot design, Falconer payed close attention to the approachability of the robot by smoothing out the face, emphasizing the eye area, and designing the overall proportions of the figure to be as similar to the human silhouette as possible.

0 Designer: Jason Falconer

The Beat Kicks Butt!

The Beat Kicks Butt!

Check out Beat, the ultimate, all-in-one running accessory! This gesture controlled device will play your music, monitor your heart rate, count your strides, and even call you fat when you’re about to give up (I kid! But hey… it might as well.). Beat uses an innovative gesture interface that seamlessly integrates into the running experience. No more sweaty fingers or touch displays. Flick your hand right/left to switch songs, twist it to pump up the volume, or play your power song by punching forward! Do want!

0 Designer: Adrien Guenette

Sunflower Monitor Loves Sunning

Sunflower Monitor Loves Sunning

The Sunflower Monitor is one of those concepts I try to view with an objective eye. At first glance, the design seems narrowly different from a very well known form factor but behind the facade are very unique applications. The monitor has 4 sensors that track the sun to generate power. It has a mini-os called Sunflower OS to make syncing with portable devices a simple affair. Of course you can use it like a traditional monitor except this one has a joint design that enables panning in almost any direction from just the slight push of a finger.

0 Designer: Marko Vuckovic

Computer All Rolled Up

Computer All Rolled Up

A day will come when computers can be rolled up like newspapers, and concepts like Roll Me will make complete sense. Here’s why, it features e-paper nanotechnology roll-able display, making it light and portable. With minimal components and built-in cooling systems, the computer is highly ergonomic and intuitive. To “round” it off, it’s powered by SolarRoll – a flexible solar panel that can be stowed within the hollow shaft of the computer.

0 Designer: Omer Sagiv

Sun-kissed Ready Notebook!

Sun-kissed Ready Notebook!

I am going to ignore the fact that this sexy looking, clear polycarbonate laptop is inspired by light. I am also going to forget that it features a transparent touch-keyboard. I’m only fixated on the Double Solar Panels (one on top and the other under the keypad) and the possibility of having a laptop that needs NO WIRES! Yes, even for charging it! Someone, anyone Fujitsu…please make the Luce!

0 Designer: Andrea Ponti

Lifebook or Voltron?

Lifebook or Voltron?

This Lifebook concept merges multiple portable devices together to form a single computer. ‘Lifebook Frame Series’ features an integrated and detachable multifunctional unit – the ‘Lifegear’ device, and a clear structured frame-based layout for each component to slot into. Within the Lifebook, the Lifegear serves as a number pad, touch pad, graphics tablet as well as a social network interface. When one is on-the-go, it can be used as a smartphone.

0 Designers: Patrick Decker & Florian Langer

Kitchen Waste Heat the Home

Kitchen Waste Heat the Home

The Celcius re-thinks the purpose of waste disposals and recycling units in the kitchen. The idea is to have a workflow where enzymes breakdown the organic waste to create energy, which is sufficient to heat up your home. Filed under the Re-Source project for Domus Academy, the concept is in sync with the dynamic expectations of our evolving kitchen appliances.

0 Designer: Marcela Vanesa Céspedes

Glass Full of Radio

Glass Full of Radio

Have you ever tried this: take a glass (wine glass is better) and fill it more than half with water, then dip your finger in the water and rub it on the rim in a circular motion. Soon a very peaceful rhythm, more like Buddhist chants, can be heard. Playing on this physics is the radi_O, a concept radio that hopes to keep the intuitive bond between the music-box and humans, intact. And just like the finger on the glass, a good swirl on the radi_O rim controls the volume and the music station. Awesome!

0 Designer: Sunyung Yang