Conceptual HTC New Eden is Beautiful

Conceptual HTC New Eden is Beautiful

The HTC New Eden 1 Concept is 1 of 2 designs to come out of the New Eden project, hosted by BriefMobile, that sets out to create the most appealing, feasible, hardware design for mobile devices. It aims to captivate with innovative and attractive hardware, as HTC did with the original Touch Diamond and other products that followed. The New Eden 1 is a device with a durable aluminum shell that combines traditional HTC design language with a fresher, more futuristic look.

0 Designer: Jason Wang

Simplified Smartphone

Simplified Smartphone

The Triple Flip is an attempt to make smartphones more useful than they already are. Claiming to be the first of its design  ever to feature Windows Phone 7 OS, the phone has much more to offer than just that. Solar recharging, flip-out & sliding keyboards and other refinements make this a cool concept. What’s left to be seen is its acceptance by the general public. Hit the jump for the video.

0 Designer: Dave Schultze for SchultzeWORKS designstudio

Modular Phone and Dualities

Modular Phone and Dualities

Combination is a mobile phone concept with a steady front-end faceplate and modular components for the backend. The modular parts ensure you have the latest upgraded components. It even comes with a charging dock that doubles up as transmission hub and transforms the mobile phone into a regular home phone! So now you get a two-in-one combo deal!

0 Designers: Wen-Tsung Lin & Wan-Rurng Hung

Intelligent Chinese Tablet

Intelligent Chinese Tablet

The majority of the world population comes from China and I suppose every country in the world has a China Town. Therefore I vote for the people of the world to start learning the Chinese language, rather than they learn ours! Now I agree Chinese lesson will cost a bundle, but if you’re armed with Origin Intelligent Chinese Platform, you can master the language and become a pro! The tablet includes a pen, translation card and a translation viewfinder.

0 Designers: Chen Xinghai, Qian Cheng, Zhang Jing, Zhao Peng, YangHuan & Duan Yufeng

More Than a Cyber Café

More Than a Cyber Café

I’m embarrassed to admit it but I was one of the first people to criticize the concept of cyber cafés and even bet they wouldn’t last. To cut the story short, I had to swallow my words and I’m here to make amends. What we have here is the Biz Café – a concept targeted towards the jet-set workaholics who need gadget ready environments even while relaxing with a cup of coffee.

0 Designers: Youri Hong, Moonhwan Park & Hyoshin Kim

The Keypad Issue

The Keypad Issue

Ever since  using an iPhone, I haven’t really thought about how keypads can make a difference. When I saw the Elastic Phone Concept, it brought back memories of my Sony Ericsson and Nokia days! A time when the kind of keypad and display were the decisive factors for me. What the Elastic Phone is trying to do is give us best of both the worlds, an enigmatic OLED touchscreen display with the convenience of a flexible keypad. Opt for a full-view display with the keys shifted to one corner of the phone or rearrange them to suit game mode. What fun!

0 Designer: Sung-Ching Chang

Power to The Fast Tracks

Power to The Fast Tracks

T-box is a power generator that harnesses wind-energy when a train moves across the tracks. The box kind of merges with the sleepers on the tracks and houses all the components necessary to harness, store and supply converted power. What makes this project really cool is that it doesn’t rely on nature to be a source, instead it optimizes a human activity.

0 Designers: Qian Jiang & Ale Leonetti Luparini

The Power of Footsteps

The Power of Footsteps

A team of college students came together to design a new traffic intersection that transforms the power of footsteps into energy. The theories behind piezoelectricity, or the conversion of movements and vibrations into electricity, have existed for over 100 years. Very few applications of piezoelectricity exist in this modern age. Upon researching this technology, they immediately realized a multitude of different avenues one could take to utilize it.

0 Designers: Ian Jaye, Jovan Popovic & Patrick Houin

Super Sexy Roll

Super Sexy Roll

Say hello to the Rollerphone concept! At first glance it’s merely a wrist band that projects time, much like the Alessi Concept we saw earlier, but then you realize it’s actually a phone with a retractable transparent screen at the base. How high-tech! It features perfect ergonomics and anthropometry in design thanks to customization – meaning the screen unfurls only to the tip of your fingers, so basically it give you a good fit between the ear and the mouth.

0 Designer: Alexey Chugunnikov

Post-it Get's a New Dimension

Post-it Get’s a New Dimension

With the million things on my to-do list I need handy Post-it reminders everywhere. I even use digital Post-it notes on my phone because I’m a scatterbrain! I like Dongyeon Kim’s idea of a Post-it printer with re-usable sticky notepaper. Sync it with the phone or computer and get notes printed in a jiffy!

0 Designer: Dongyeon Kim

Love Card, Your Shopping Guide!

Love Card, Your Shopping Guide!

Although it sounds like a love meter, the Love Card is actually a digital card that helps the blind and elderly shop in supermarkets independently. It’s basically a device that hangs around the neck and when activated, communicates with the wearer with audio feedback. It uses RFID technology to “read aloud” the prices of groceries, vegetables etc. Take your pick and keep moving down the aisle.

0 Designer: Shen Ming

Wait, Fiskars Audio Products?

Wait, Fiskars Audio Products?

What if Sony made cars, Apple made dishwashers and Google made furniture? This poses a unique opportunity for a designer to take a company’s brand identity and apply it to a market they don’t currently serve. Designer Edouard Urcadez took the Fiskars brand aesthetic (known for shears and garden tools) and translated it into a HDD headphone amplifier called the “88.”

0 Designer: Edouard Urcadez

Blind CC Gets Refined

Blind CC Gets Refined

Braille Credit Card is a refined version of the Blind CC, but from a different designer. The card is much sleeker and easier to carry and is akin to regular credit cards we use. It displays the transaction in braille and reconfirms it with audio feedback. Innovation comes in the form of calculation tips and conversion facilities. It’s a practical solution for the visually impaired who loves plastic money as much as I do!

0 Designer: Young-suk Kim