Want to Share a Pinhole Picture?

Want to Share a Pinhole Picture?

Flutter In Pinhole is a zero-fuss cardboard pinhole camera. It works like a Polaroid camera e.g. instant pictures. The idea behind the project is radically different from its kitsch appeal. It’s aimed at the traveler who’d like to stay in touch via postcards. The photographs are captured into a pre-drawn frame, which you can then add a message to and post.

0 Designers: Yoo Geun-hyuk & Yoon Bo-jung

Phone Loves to Tan

Phone Loves to Tan

The first thing you notice about the Double phone are the solar cells across its facade. The second thing you notice is the 360º hinge.  Pretty cool looking concept with the added benefit of never running out of power as long as the sun is up. Spec wise, the 3.2 inch LCD screen, touch interface and transparent panel for notifications is more than enough to keep up with the big boys in the market.

0 Designer: ZTE Corporation

Harddrive with a Trackpad FTW

Harddrive with a Trackpad FTW

So you’ve seen your fair share of harddrives, right? You’ve got the kind that sit inside your computer (lame!) then there’s the kind that you can carry with you and access on multiple computers (getting warmer), now there’s on that you can basically just connect to a monitor and use as a trackpad (whoa, what the?) That’s right, this utterly simple block hunk of technology is a trackpad that doubles as a harddrive that doubles as an all-access machine.

0 Designer: André Silva

My Bike Keeps Me Juiced Up

My Bike Keeps Me Juiced Up

I think the I-Green concept is brills. Designer Fandi Meng already has an iF and Good Design award for previous work so I’d expect nothing less. The I-Green is a small bike peripheral that turns kinetic energy into electrical to charge nearly any portable device. I like to ride my bike with my phone to track my progress but the GPS sensor kills the battery. This seems like an awesome idea to keep my phone juiced up. I’ll take one but please but, maybe in another color?

0 Designer: Fandi Meng

Take Picture, Share Picture

Take Picture, Share Picture

Say Cheese! You’re posing for three pictures at one go. It’s no trick photography but a UCIM Camera hosting three USB ports for three memory sticks. The idea behind this concept is to instantly share the same set of photos with 2 other people using their personal USB sticks. I reckon if this were refined to enable custom photo selects and include video recording, then we’d have a winner. What do you think?

0 Designer: Jung Eun Park

It’s Time for a Braille Smartphone

It’s Time for a Braille Smartphone

Voim (seeing in Korean) is a smartphone concept for the blind that includes functions to make communication easier. It features route navigation, word recognition and object identification, which are displayed as braille on a silicon screen or transmitted as audio cues via the detachable bluetooth headset. Although smartphone applications & braille cell phones do exists, a full-fledged concept like this is a ways away.

0 Designers: Youngseong Kim & Eunsol Yeom

Grasp and Water, Your New ZEN Players

Grasp and Water, Your New ZEN Players

We are so fixated with the “i” prefix that we rarely see anything beyond the Apple realm. Its designers like Li Qing who dares us to think beyond the “i” and open up our minds to the Zunes and Zens of the world. Featured here is not one but TWO ZEN MP3 player concepts: Grasp & Water. We love them for their fluid minimal look and intuitive design. The nano and Shuffle are nice but there are still some wonderfully designed options out there.

0 Designer: Li Qing

Music In My Head

Music In My Head

Here’s a wild idea that takes creating music to another level! Imagine having a DAP that instinctively registers the beats of your finger-drumming, or translates your air-guitar antics to pleasurable music? Frostie, a concept by none other than Mac Funamizu, could be a revolutionary tool in making melodies from your hands. Listen to music or fashion your own remixes from your favorite artists and bands. Björk, Kanye, where y’all at!

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Book Reading Made Haptic And Easy For The Blind

Book Reading Made Haptic And Easy For The Blind

The Haptic Braille is a mouse-like device that’s capable of translating ordinary text into braille on its surface. This means that the blind can read virtually anything the sighted can. The technology uses optical character recognition. Simply skim it over any text and wait for the haptic feedback. I like how you can pocket and carry it over to the library. Just imagine how many books literally become available at your fingertips. Splendid!

0 Designer: Baek Kil Hyun

For Scenes Above And Below The Sea Level

For Scenes Above And Below The Sea Level

UNDERABOVE is a dual-lens buoy-style camera that can take pictures of the underwater happenings and above the water happening, at the same time. The idea is to experiment and add more dimensions of picture taking while at sea. The clever design incorporates air in the top-half of the body and water in the lower half, to help it stay afloat. An LCD screen gives you a quick preview of the shots taken, and a timer facilitates self-portraits as well.

0 Designer: In Kyung Han

3D Projections for Airplane Learning

3D Projections for Airplane Learning

Winner of the 2011 Gold Design Award of Germany (aka the country’s highest distinction for design, aka the “Design Oscar”) is the following project: Lufthansa Brand Academy 360degree Tower project. This architectural masterpiece was designed by Dan Pearlman, Berlin brand and experience group, and consists of a 360° projection in the tower of Brand Academy. That’s right, a spacial experience consisting of three hundred and sixty degrees of digital projection magic.

0 Designers: Dan Pearlman design agency

Replaceable Earphones

Replaceable Earphones

DIY is a set of earphones that is very smart. Each and every wire in this set is detachable and hooks up to a central module. This means the left earbud, right earbud, central module and line out are all independent and replaceable when busted. The central module works as a remote control for the player and features basic functions like volume, play and stop. This module is proposed to come in two modes: basic and Bluetooth. Obviously the Bluetooth one connects to the player wirelessly!

0 Designer: Choi Hyong-Suk

Virus Beware, The Spuit Is Here

Virus Beware, The Spuit Is Here

There are two sides to a coin, on one side we have groovy gadgets and on the other we have hidden malware and virus to spoil our fun. To combat it we resort to many protective gears and a futuristic attempt is the Virus Spuit. This handy vaccine device is capable of detecting and removing virus in devices like a Portable Hard Disk. It even features the intuitive action of a syringe that draws in or releases liquid, to extract the malicious content.

0 Designers: Kim Hye-won, Kim Ji-eun & Park Na-hyun