Is it a Megaphone?

Is it a Megaphone?

The ‘Megaphones’ appear to be an eponym but they’re actually speakers. One of the ideas behind the Megaphones was to bring back “nobility” to the object: let’s replace the cheap electronics with hi-fi components. Let’s replace the plastic with wood but let’s keep the iconic shape. The final product is unique and has a distinct Dutch quality to it. Love the craftsmanship.

0 Designer: Corentin Dombrecht

Gone With The Wind

Gone With The Wind

Have you ever opened a window and said to yourself, “damn Gina, it’s windy.” Harness that energy with the AERO E. Energy is converted from wind to electricity and transferred wirelessly through induction. Place your cellphone on the charing pad and be the envy of your tree hugging neighbors! The accompanying app allows you to connect to your turbine and track wind patterns and charge times too.

0 Designer: Lance Cassidy

One Too Many Flips

One Too Many Flips

The 360 Compact Folding mobile phone has multiple touch screens hinged together to become a clamshell or a fully functioning tablet device. It’s an attempt at convergence between the compactness of a mobile phone with the utilitarian real estate offered by tablets. Any larger than this and it would be extremely awkward to hold up to your ears.

0 Designer: Baek Kil Hyun

Speakers Made From Recycled Paper

Speakers Made From Recycled Paper

Check out the TAU speakers; made from recycled cardboard and paper finished in epoxy, the exotic shapes are an exploratory exercise in finding the simplest shape to provide maximum audio fidelity. The result is an organic form suspended on rods designed to hide the cables. I applaud the designer for pushing the envelope to create speakers that audiophiles and designers alike can appreciate.

0 Designer: Andrej Čverha of HANGAR DESIGN FORGE

Wii Robot?

Wii Robot?

Now that everybody and they momma are doing motion controls, what’s Nintendo to do next? Ask designer Florence Boob (yes for serious) and you’ll get the Wii-Robot. OMG Wii-bot! Working under the assumption that everybody and they momma loves robots (true), the Wii-Robot is the little R2-D2 companion you’ve always wanted. It flies and follows you around, inviting you to play games it projects onto any flat surface. The controller is a sphere laced with motion controls. Loves!

0 Designer: Florence Boob

If Eneloop and the Sun Were in Cahoots

If Eneloop and the Sun Were in Cahoots

The Light Catcher is a simple photoelectric battery where a transparent body coated with an antireflective layer houses solar cells. So every time your battery dies, just pamper it with some good ole’ fashioned sunshine to recharge. Comes in AA and AAA variants, both capable of powering another device via a 3.5mm jack, though I had no idea those could provide power.

0 Designers: Yung-Hsaing Chang Ming-Shien Lin & Chang-Ting Lu

On an Aqua Diet

On an Aqua Diet

Meet WAT, a lamp powered by water. Wait what!?! A few drops of water kick starts the process where it combines with a hydroelectric battery (composed of a carbon stick coated with magnesium powder) to generate an electro chemical reaction to create power. No idea how efficient it is but color me intrigued.

0 Designer: Manon Leblanc

Wireless Multitouch Wacom

Wireless Multitouch Wacom

I use a Wacom everyday and love the experience except why not just make it a screen with multitouch? I was delighted when a twitter follower tipped me off on this concept by Derick Schweppe. Let me preface by saying this is an unofficial concept. The Android OS  Wacom tablet can be used as an input for fully featured software like Photoshop and incorporates a dual digitizer with both active pen and touch input. When sketching with the pen, palm rejection is activated. The tablet utilizes a high quality IPS display. Do want!

0 Designer: Derick Schweppe, Hat tip to @marchedesign

Speakers Have a Magnetic Talent

Speakers Have a Magnetic Talent

The Dome Speaker consists of two satellites and a subwoofer but their geodesic design serves another purpose besides looking cool. It provides level planes to magnetically attach the two satellites to their base. Pose them in any direction to get sound exactly where you want. The subwoofer magnetically floats, supported only by three thin rods flooding the room with bass. Sexy audio.

0 Designer: Matej Korytar

Printed by a Book

Printed by a Book

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to print where ever you go? The Book Printer is a super compact printer in the shape of a book. It uses Bluetooth to connect with compatible devices and measures a modest 50 X 257 X 182 mm. A very smart book I tell you. Ink and paper?

0 Designer: Moonhwan Park

Writing with a Phone

Writing with a Phone

The Traccia is a phone concept modeled on how we use a writing instrument, specifically a pen. The intuitive way we write on a sheet is translated to commands for the phone thanks to the embedded optical sensor  located at the end of the stick. Basically whatever you write gets translated to a command or function via the installed software. This means your invisible writing can be converted to SMS or an email, just like that!

0 Designer: Andrea Ponti

Psychedelic Waterflow

Psychedelic Waterflow

Now here’s a cool digital faucet that can perk up the ambience of your bathroom with its color coordinated flow. Casually called the Digital Faucet, the water color reflects the temperature; warm red means its hot and blue indicates a cold flow. It features four touchkeys for navigation, replacing the traditional lever system. It comes in an automatic shutdown model (for water saving) and features a time delay display for this purpose. In case you’re wondering, the faucet uses RGB LED lighting to indicate temperature colors. Pretty neat!

0 Designer: Christopher Yang for Effisystem

Environmentally Friendly for the Audiophile

Environmentally Friendly for the Audiophile

The Ashcraft Aria headphones are a combination of recycled materials and advanced audio technology designed with the audiophile in mind. The headband is wrapped in wood recycled from acoustic guitars. The satin spun finished ear cups are made from reclaimed aluminum. The quilted leather surrounding the ear cups and lining come from reclaimed from bags, jackets and other articles of clothing. Sound is driven by 40 millimeter titanium-plated drivers tuned to deliver extreme clarity, true to the musician’s intention.

0 Designer: Britt Ashcraft for Ashcraft Design