3D Glasses That Don't Look It

3D Glasses That Don’t Look It

It’s clear from this year’s CES how important 3D will be and that means 3D glasses. For the most part, they’re still quite “techie” looking and definitely not for the discerning fashionista. The Del Rey & Co. 3D classes draw upon the classic lexington shape, properly disguised as high-fashion specs.

0 Designer: Del Rey & Co.

The Water Vapor Project

The Water Vapor Project

This year’s IIDA has some pretty interesting entries. For example the Water Vapor Project is an attempt to hydrate the parched desert landscape of Africa. It proposes to build an environment where greenery thrives thanks to the basic principles of water vapor. 

0 Designers: Sangwook Park, Sinjeong Lee, Hoyoung Lee & Hyeonju Jo

The New Flip Phone

The New Flip Phone

Here’s a flip phone that could put the “cool” back into clamshells. When you receive an incoming call, the corner dog-ears up and if need be, opens up (book-style) using actuators like artificial muscles in its elastomeric cover. Awesome! Motorola StarTAC 2.o maybe?

0 Designers: Miyazawa Tetsu & Ichimura Shigenori

From Motorcycles to Sound

From Motorcycles to Sound

In cooperation with Triumph Motorcycle, Omni-Bang was designed for motorcycle enthusiasts. Music is a major element for people who like to march to their own beat. Omni-Bang is a high performance speaker with digital dock. the down-shot speaker design creates 36oº of sound. It’s a little retro and a whole-lotta rebel, totally fetch.

0 Designer: Chang Sung-Ching

Chemically Powered to Charge

Chemically Powered to Charge

The Eco Power Strip is an alternate energy production source that bypasses traditional oil and the new-age hydrogen alternatives. Electricity is produced by electrolysis – the combination of oxygen with hydrogen in bio-ethanol (DEFC: Direct-ethanol fuel cells); using energy without carbonic acid gas. The tech is viable but will we ever see this in practical applications?

0 Designers: Jun Hyuck Choi, Jooyeon Kim & Sungi Kim

A Laptop so Minimal, it Hides

A Laptop so Minimal, it Hides

If you thought Apple couldn’t possible simplify the aesthetics of the MacBook Pro line any further, take a look at the HIDE laptop. The ultra minimalist design hides all ports when closed. Aside from the small hinge and indentation to help lift the cover, it just looks like a solid aluminum block. It’s naive and utilitarian. I really like it.

0 Designer: Youri Hong

Don’t Dial My Number

Don’t Dial My Number

Remembering phone numbers is hard and although we have contact lists to assist, it can become quite cumbersome navigating huge lists. The Depict Phone lets you associate an image with a contact. Just draw a name or pictogram of who you want to call. Useful? meh. Fun? Yes!

0 Designer: Jang Jaeho

Parcel Tracking Made Easy

Parcel Tracking Made Easy

Losing packages suck and if commercial couriers aren’t going to do anything about it, we as consumers should be able to do something to prevent it. The G.P. Stamp is a small stamp-sized electronic chip with a built-in battery that keeps tabs on your shipment. All critical information is sent wirelessly in real time to keep you in the loop.

0 Designer: Ho-Tzu Cheng

Envy the Envy 4G

Envy the Envy 4G

There was a time when ID “imagineers” would concoct fabulous concepts using new fangled tech that hadn’t been invented yet and I miss those days. Heaven forbid you do that now, you’d get your a** handed to you. I’m fond of the Envy 4G with its SUPER AMOLED screen and MasterMobile OS. So what if it looks like Windows Phone 7 and iOS 4 had a baby? It’s got a Carbon chip! That’s a CPU and GPU on one silicon. It’s the future people, have fun with it.

0 Designer: Vitor Gomes

Dock Cut from Aluminum Block

Dock Cut from Aluminum Block

Although I appreciate Apple’s strict minimalist design with the MacBook Pro, having all the ports on the sides always irritated me. You can’t really hide them so I’m quite keen on this docking solution by Bostjian Majcen. It repeats all the ports but towards the back and now you have a nice large flat surface to do whatever you want with – but that isn’t very minimalist is it?

0 Designer: Bostjan Majcen

Multiple OS's on a Smartphone

Multiple OS’s on a Smartphone

The Smartphone market is definitely going to be more competitive in 2011 with five platforms competing for the crown, but designers Michal Bonikowski and Rafal Pilat feel there’s no need to choose just one so they’ve come up with three concepts sure to appease most of you. Project one is an HTC model that can run multiple operating system (not gonna happen) but an intriguing idea nonetheless. I’d actually go for a phone like that. Projects 2 and 3 are more standard fare. Hit the jump

0 Designers: Michal Bonikowski & Rafal Pilat - Mindsailors

Come Share My Music

Come Share My Music

The very special Hexound is a headset that detaches to become portable speakers. The cool-quotient is brought in by the solar panel fixed in the headband. Specs include Bluetooth connectivity and intuitive controls. I simply love the versatility of becoming a crowd-friendly device from a personal thang.

0 Designer: Lie Zhong-Fa

Want to Share a Pinhole Picture?

Want to Share a Pinhole Picture?

Flutter In Pinhole is a zero-fuss cardboard pinhole camera. It works like a Polaroid camera e.g. instant pictures. The idea behind the project is radically different from its kitsch appeal. It’s aimed at the traveler who’d like to stay in touch via postcards. The photographs are captured into a pre-drawn frame, which you can then add a message to and post.

0 Designers: Yoo Geun-hyuk & Yoon Bo-jung