Replicating Guitar Reality

Replicating Guitar Reality

I would like, if I may, to take you… on a strange journey. Actually on a weird, wild, perhaps futuristic guitar trip. What we’re dealing with here is an electric guitar that the designer reports has all the pros of electric sound with none of the downsides of a non-analog. Pickups and frets with digital imputs which work on a MIDI-signal that’s adaptable to replicate any guitar and amp setup. And what’s weird about that? No strings – but your fingers wont believe it.

0 Designer: Anton Weichselbraun

Deep Sea Exploring

Deep Sea Exploring

Fluke is a diving robot designed for the deep abyss. The data collected serves to deepen our understanding of the ocean as an ecosystem. The research probes are equipped with flexible, pressure-resistant carriers suitable for holding various sensors in order to prepare for the respective missions. Extremely effective and featuring reduced energy consumption, the low-complexity drive system concept is based on the movements of a fish and can be manufactured affordably.

0 Designers: Ralf Kittmann & Annalisa Koch

Projecting With OO

Projecting With OO

Built from semi monocoque carbon fiber, the durable OO wireless projector is a part of the GEO series from designer David Riesenberg. As he explains, the projector displays high definition (1080p) data via WiFi or internal SSD storage and works independently from any wire for up to 3 hours. It does rely on its internal Li-Ion battery for some support but hooks up to any power source (via a single wire), should the need arise.

0 Designer: David Riesenberg

Entertain Yourself: Jamo A 804 Speakers

Entertain Yourself: Jamo A 804 Speakers

In part 1 of our Entertain Yourself series we took a look at the Sony BRAVIA NX800 3D HDTV. It’s our pick for amazing picture quality, industrial design, and packs a wallop of future proof technologies to take you far beyond 2010. Tho the built-in speakers are a wonder in themselves we wanted dedicated speakers. Last year we came across the Jamo A 804 and have been in love ever since.

0 Designer: Jamo (Buy it here)

Pendolo for Listening to Pendulum

Pendolo for Listening to Pendulum

Have you heard of the “band” Pendulum? They’re totally insane. You could listen to them on these. These are super speakers. Super speakers indeed. Just look at them! It’s a 2 way loudspeaker system inspired by the sounds they’re about to play. The woofer is shaped to a sphere, while the acoustic base is a horn shape. One located above the other with the tweeter on top. The sound shall flow naturally!

0 Designer: Omer Sagiv

Solar Power Spikes for Plants

Solar Power Spikes for Plants

Literally listed as a “solar powered gardener wannabee helper.” It is a guide for any gardener on a sort of small garden (or potentially giant garden) project that needs a little bit more than eyeballing. It’s a set of spikes you jab into the ground, each of them powered by the sun, each of them made to relay information to you about the moisture and nutrient levels of the soil, as well as sun exposure and temperatures the plants are receiving.

0 Designers: Tom Dooley, Mansour Ourasanah, and Mathieu Turpault

Free Diving is a Dangerous Sport

Free Diving is a Dangerous Sport

And yet more and more people are doing it. Why people why?!?! Listen, we weren’t meant to be underwater. The fact that our cell walls start to explode and oxygen levels deplete in a few minutes should be half a clue that mother nature didn’t design us to be here. Then again, nature didn’t design us to fly nor sit at the computer blogging all day so I digress. If you love free diving, then you may need the D-eepdive gadget.

0 Designers: Murat Ozveri & Anil Dincer For Design Quadro

Food For Thought

Food For Thought

There’s a paradigm shift in the science of food. Fifteen ago proper nutrition meant augmenting the kind of foods you ate. Buzz words like low-carb, low-cal, non-fat, low-glycemic, organic, and natural made their way into our vocabulary and yet we’re becoming fatter and unhealthier. Philips Design envisions a range of products that not only identify the true contents of food, but also how it affects your individual body.

0 Designers: Philips Design

Printing With Ballpen

Printing With Ballpen

Forgive me for the overdose on Printer Designs, or rather re-design, but apparently current cartridges and toner ink is a major source of worry for our designing community. The evil existing ones are BAD for the environment; hence after Pencil I and Pencil II, it’s time to consider draining out the last drops out of a Ballpoint Pen and use it for printer ink. So let’s dissect the REENK…only request, keep the discussion to why you think this will work or why not.

0 Designers: Hyo Sun Ahn & Min Koung So

Walk the Mobile, String it Up!

Walk the Mobile, String it Up!

How many times have you, as an adult, or as a young adult, been walking along the sidewalk thinking, gosh! I wish I had a yoyo right now. And the phone rings? That’s almost certainly what happened to Emmanuel Hanson the day this yoyo mobile phone charger concept was whipped up. What does it do? It yoyos! And what happens when it yoyos? It charges your phone!

0 Designer: Emmanuel Hanson

9 Spots For Your Eye

9 Spots For Your Eye

The Motion Global Eye by China Telecom aims to create a humanistic platform for the vision impaired, one that will enable them to interact with today’s modern technologies in a much more natural and intuitive way. The devices has 9 points and a central guide. This setup mimics today’s most commonly used key input – the alphanumeric keypad. The unusual feature is the video recording capability. I’m curious as to what a blind person might record.

0 Designers: Shanghai Research Institute of China Telecom Corporation Limited

Entertain Yourself: Sony BRAVIA NX800 3D HDTV

Entertain Yourself: Sony BRAVIA NX800 3D HDTV

In this first of a three-part series called “Entertain Yourself”, I’m going to put together a quick and dirty home entertainment center out of three products I’ve reviewed earlier this year. Mind you, this won’t please the hardcore video or audiophile. I wanted products that seamlessly balance industrial design with home entertainment and as designers, we all know that’s how the general consumer perceives products. I call it utilitarian sex and first up is the stunning BRAVIA NX800 HDTV from Sony.

0 Designer: Sony [ Buy it here ]

The Headphones that Captured All

The Headphones that Captured All

Hey so I know you want to capture everything that you experience. Wait you don’t? Then don’t read this. You’ll get all mad probably. This is a concept design about a set of wireless headphones that also have a 10.1 megapixel digi-cam on one side and a digital image projector on the side. You can capture your world all the time and put that stuff on the internet right away. Instantly.

0 Designer: William Gerwin