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

KANVAS Home Stereo

KANVAS Home Stereo

A simple wall mounted home stereo system featuring a fold down turntable and wireless audio streaming. Additional details include; record brush with nesting storage and placement for displaying record sleeves – all of which are seamlessly integrated into an elegant system and audio experience. Who wanna get phonographic?

0 Designer: Matt Pugmire

Re-Source - Better Kitchens for the Future

Re-Source – Better Kitchens for the Future

Here is a very special sneak-peek at what the students of Domus Academy have been up to. Electrolux commissioned the product design students to come up with ideas that support a better kitchen environment using existing technologies. Re-Source perceives appliances to be the best kitchen mate! Here’s a look at 9 exciting projects, some of which we will be looking at in-depth at a later stage.

0 Designers: Various

KINECTed Conference

KINECTed Conference

The Kinected Conference project utilizes sound sensors and, you guessed it, the world’s fast selling consumer electronics device to implement some really cool features into videoconferencing.  Freezing Former Frames stop the current frame, “freezing” a chosen area so you can text or complete another task without offending the person on the other end. Talking to Focus recognizes the speaker and blurs out the rest when there are multiple people in frame. I might need that one for our video blog (jk Long!). Catch the vid for more on KC!

0 Designers: Various

Digital Camera with an Analog Experience

Digital Camera with an Analog Experience

The last time I bought a roll of film was probably in 2002 and quite honestly I don’t really miss the experience of changing rolls and getting photographs developed. What I do miss is the suspense! Suspense in wondering how the pictures will come out. Did we get good shots? Well, that thrilling experience can be duplicated with Digital Film; an analog-styled camera with a digital twist! Quite clever if you ask me!

0 Designer: Park Hyun Jin

The Ultimate Touch Tablet PC?

The Ultimate Touch Tablet PC?

Digital development tools are an integral part of design and construction processes. m • pad is a Tablet PC that is optimized for the needs of designers and developers. It combines the advantages of intuitive multi-touch operation with the precision of a pressure-sensitive pen. Ooh! hit the jump for more.

0 Designer: Volker Hübner

How Bare Can a Mouse Get?

How Bare Can a Mouse Get?

Very basic and minimal if you leave it to Vrouyr Joubanian! He’s designed the Void mouse with bare-minimums; only one button that functions all as right, left, middle clicks and scroll. The hollow, wireless mouse sports uneven thickness ranging from 4 to 10mm and all the electrical parts are contained in the bulky bottom. It looks ergonomic enough for us to give it a try, what do you say?

0 Designer: Vrouyr Joubanian

Apple Peripherals Don't Have to Look Apple

Apple Peripherals Don’t Have to Look “Apple”

The Kanto Morph speakers were originally designed by Alp Germaner for a competition but he missed the fine print about it being a “skin design” only and so it was relegated to languish in the dark corners of his hard drive – that is, until we got our hands on it. Look, for once it’s a design not about nostalgia. It’s not ostensibly minimalistic and it’s contemporary. Yes it’s an iPhone/iPod dock but who says all Apple peripherals have to look like Cupertino designed them? I applaud his aberrant design choices.

0 Designer: Alp Germaner

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