Robo-Giving

Robo-Giving

Why is it that I would trust giving my money to a cute robot before a human?  Take a look at DON-8r (pronounced donator) & you’ll see what I mean. This coin-powered fundraising robot is a friendly little guy who only needs a passer-by to chip in so he can keep moving. DON-8r is already at work in Scotland, raising money and awareness by encouraging playful and empathetic support by engaging strangers in a fun and memorable way. Designed to be rebranded to suit different charities, I can definitely see this catching on… and I’m all for it. (Does not include defense lasers or anti-theft forcefield.)

0 Designer: Tim Pryde

The Cleaning Dog Squad

The Cleaning Dog Squad

Before you call PETA, just hear me out. The dogs and pups involved are robotic and no animals were harmed in the making of this concept! Puppy Robotic is a vacuum cleaner consisting of a mommy dog and her litter. The mom acts as the base unit and the four pups are her cleanup crew. True to canine nature, the puppies run amok in a cleaning frenzy and at times chase remote controls or play some music.

0 Designer: Hyun-Seok Kim

A Different Kinda Fold

A Different Kinda Fold

The Feno is a folding notebook. Typically we expect a hinge between the display and keyboard, but the Feno has an additional hinge within the display! This not only makes the size more compact but also explores future use of flexible OLED screens. The pièce de résistance is the pop-out mouse! Just pop it out and you are good to go! Brilliant!

0 Designer: Niels van Hoof

Strap-on Some Groove

Strap-on Some Groove

The GROOVESTRAP is a T-shaped handy thang that hooks onto an external 2.5-inch external Hard Drive and converts it to a useful interim MP3 player. Kinda getting you back into the groove with your music on the go. It features a knob on both the sides of the T, to be used as controls for volume and track shifting. Totally digging its minimal style coupled with utilitarian approach.

0 Designer: Jaineel Shah

Dieter Rams Would Be Proud

Dieter Rams Would Be Proud

Minimalism is really a tough art to master. The balance between function and aesthetics is beautifully achieved in these two products. A clock/radio in which the speaker and LED display share the same surface. The aluminium case gives the product a timeless appeal and material quality rarely found today. The slim proportions of this wireless speaker, resembling those of a book, allow it to sit unobtrusively on a shelf or table top. The speaker seamlessly connects to a smart phone or music player to transmit phone calls and music wirelessly.

0 Designer: DesignWright for Lexon

Photography the SLOW Way

Photography the SLOW Way

It’s easier than ever to produce professional looking photographs. Some mobile phones can produce stunning results but ask any professional photographer and they’d say people are diving into the prosumer market without understanding key fundamentals like framing and composition. The SLOW concept turns your mobile phone into a camera that gives you control over three built-in lenses; fixed, macro and fisheye. Frame your composition and push the shutter.

0 Designer: David McCourt

A Phone That Speaks Your Language

A Phone That Speaks Your Language

The Transducer Mobile Phone Concept breaks down the language barrier by being the perfect translator between you and the other caller. It has this cool function that allows all incoming calls to be translated to your preferred language and vice versa. Amongst other features like GPS, transparent LCD and mesmerizing color effects, you can use the phone to communicate with the hearing & sight impaired folks. Far-fetch but a concept we’d love to see become reality.

0 Designer: Jasper Hou

Water Blade for Tuff Stains

Water Blade for Tuff Stains

Scrubbing is a very important factor when cleaning dishes and this has to be done perfecto! There’s no way around it. Keeping this in mind, Domus student Pietro Russomanno designed the KEWA concept, an acronym for Kinetic Efficient Water Appliance. It’s basically a dishwasher that uses air pressure to direct water through kinetic jets to create a ‘water-blade’ that cleans the greasiest of stains.

0 Designer: Pietro Russomanno

Samsung HD3 Console Concept

Samsung HD3 Console Concept

If Samsung decided to dip its toe into the portable gaming market, would it look like the HD3 concept? Although it looks very similar to another portable currently out, it’s a completely different beast packed with enough technology to make one’s head spin. The OS driving this technology is Android (of course). I like the highfalutin specs but you should never let technology drive innovation. In that sense, this seems more like a fanboi’s pipe dream about the ultimate gaming machine. Hit the jump for the full specs.

0 Designer: Dumary Joseph

Some Like it HOT

Some Like it HOT

Piping hot, tepid to lukewarm…there are many ways to drink your coffee, but the best way is your way! And to keep the temperature in control is the Boog Coffee Warmer. Like a magic stick, it maintains the ideal temperature for your brew, allowing you to savor the drink. Pull on the tab at the top and a chemical reaction inside the spoon between water and calcium chloride generate enough heat to bring your drink to 90º F. Just another scientific way to enjoy your cuppa!

0 Designer: Jung Eun Park

Diagnostic Camera

Diagnostic Camera

Diagnostic technology is an important element in the healthcare industry as it provides improved workflow, physician productivity and time savings. This easy to use diagnostic camera by Studio Lama is operated by a set of buttons on the apex, as well as a double sided roller. This workflow solution allows medical snapshots to be quickly transferred, displayed on an external screen, or sent to another physician or department for further examination.

0 Designer: Studio Lama

Tridimensional Origami Phone

Tridimensional Origami Phone

Millions of traditional telephones are still being made everyday but their form hasn’t changed much. Designer Chengyuan Wei took one apart and discovered the components have all been quite miniaturized so she conceived the Origami Phone. When you pick it up to answer and dial out, it changes from a flat surface to a tridimensional object suited to the hand. Minimal and efficient. LOVE IT!

0 Designer: Chengyuan Wei

Serendipity in Social Networking

Serendipity in Social Networking

Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. For designer Hoang Nguyen, it came from Orwell’s “1984″. He noticed similarities with modern social networking. Abstractly, we can use a social network like Facebook in a “big brother” type of way. Question is, is there a way for surveillancing to be experienced equally? Would we all be jaded and freely living socially? Hit the jump and watch the video. Thoughts?

0 Designer: Hoang M Nguyen