Written Sound for the Hearing Impaired

Written Sound for the Hearing Impaired

Acoustic Poetry is an exploration in the design of  products for deaf culture that focus not only on simple functionality but also offer an emotional connection to the acoustic environment that would otherwise be limited. Through the device, the user broadcasts the sounds of the environment that has sparked their curiosity to an interpreter who then responds with a brief verse describing the atmospheric noises. The result is an enriched connection to both everyday experiences and special occasions.

0 Designer: Michail Vanis

Start the Day with a Toasted iPhone

Start the Day with a Toasted iPhone

Taking a bite of the reality toast, the Day Maker is an exciting bedside charger and alarm hub that “pops” up the phone with a buzzer, when it’s time to rise and shine! Replicating the most inherent human morning routine of popping the toast for breakfast, this concept captures the essence and is bound to make mornings more pleasant for gadget-freaks like us!

0 Designer: Michael Kritzer for Simple Artifact

MacBook in 2020

MacBook in 2020

Put aside your critical ego for a moment and enjoy designer Tommaso Gecchelin’s vision of an Apple MacBook circa 2020. Keyboards, mice and 2-dimensional screens are passe. Hit the jump for the future.

0 Designer: Tommaso Gecchelin

Subtle Reminders for Eco-Awareness

Subtle Reminders for Eco-Awareness

Inspired by the study of hybrid environments in urban ecology, the Growth Plate light switch seeks to bring awareness to nature by forcing contact between the living environment and the individual user. The subtle reminder serves not only as a representative of green-living, but as an aesthetically creative and whimsical accent.

0 Designer: Andrew Harmon

Love Letter to Alan Li

Love Letter to Alan Li

Dear Alan,

Apple will love you for your Gaming Pod concept and gamers like me who can’t live without the iPhone for this very reason, will worship you. I hope you can refine it enough to make it a CKIE project. It looks fit enough to protect the device and work in sync with it. I look forward to enhancing my racing-game experience using this sexy contraption. Loads of love, YD.

0 Designer: Alan Li

Nikon D800 Turns Me Right Round

Nikon D800 Turns Me Right Round

The Nikon D800 concept is a new approach to ergonomics reflex camera for recording video. It has a rotating handle so you can hold it like a traditional camcorder. The rubber grip is removable and the texture is very soft – adapting its shape to that of the fingers. The display is wireless, making better use of LiveView at angles difficult to reach.

0 Designer: Abel Verdezoto

Not Your Average Mobile Phone

Not Your Average Mobile Phone

The ENSEMBLE explores new ideas about mobile phones. A metal skin protects a vegetal core. A spin unfolds to dispatch its “digital sap.” An organic and intimate relationship is established through this staging technology. The controls are voice command enabled and information is displayed through a micro screen. The phone is not an inert object placed on your cheek, but a succession of colored skins and sensitive materials that open to spread messages.

0 Designer: Jerome Olivet

Bento Box Kinda Like Voltron

Bento Box Kinda Like Voltron

Bento is quite an exceptional and forward thinking concept by René Woo-Ram Lee. It’s quite a plausible scenario that most of use/own a tablet, a PC, external hard drives and a smartphone. Now combine the power of these to have fully customizable Bento Laptop! The Box accommodates all the gear to work as one whole unit or individually; as you see fit.

0 Designer: René Woo-Ram Lee

Spin Recharging

Spin Recharging

A close cousin of the Mechanical Mobile, the revOlve cellphone loves to spin. A notch up as far as physical design goes, the main differentiating factor are the detachable components that can be upgraded and recycled when necessary. I love the sleek holster and the way you can buckle the phone to your waist loop. Let’s spin and wait for the magical mechanics to take over!

0 Designers: Da Deng, Chandra Baker, Chris Platt & Jason Schuler

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