Plug and Play

Plug and Play

Years of clubbing and raving till dawn have taken their toll on many of us trying to live normal, productive lives. I am not exactly sure how much hearing loss I have suffered but I do think people tend to mumble a lot more now… or maybe I am just projecting my hearing issue onto others…what-ever, speak up!

0 Designer: Shing Lo

Silence is Loud

Silence is Loud

I always kind of liked the old egg-crate design of acoustic dampening you see in recording studios and theaters. But this latest design by Altera Design Studio called “Accustica” may not be everyone’s aesthetic cup of tea but it sure opens up this world to more interpretation from other designers. Corian is moulded for the base layer and upper layers are CorianÆ Bas Reliefed.

0 Designer: Altera Design Studio

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MMMuummmuummuusssssiiiiiiiiccccc for the deaf

Before I get tons of comments as to the merits(or lack there of) of this design, hear me out. I am all for inspiring designers to help people that are not given the same gifts most of us are born with. The gift of hearing is one of those we all take for granted everyday, and designer Pierre-Antoine Bouzard is contributing his part to help the deaf of the world share and “feel” the gift of music.

0 Designer: Pierre-Antoine Bouzard

Blockenspiel...you know, for kids!

Blockenspiel…you know, for kids!

Bust out the aspirin and put down that toy AK-47 fully automatic machine gun you were thinking about buying Junior for his birthday and think about giving the gift of music. Check out the latest in getting your groove on like a tyke, this ‘AMK’ is a modular sound toy specially designed for preschool children. Kiddies can independently play and combine sounds through plugging these uniquely programmed music blocks.

0 Designer: PKNTS Studio

Music a la mode...

Music a la mode…

Gadgets as fashion…don’t want it, don’t try it, can’t stand it… oh wait, unless of course it is done as well as this MP3 player just announced by INNO Design. It’s called the “INNO-B0″ in the Korean market, and takes the form of a pendant or button design. Emblazoned with the Taegeuk pattern, the INNO-B0 comes in fashion colors (ugh, did they really have to say that?) including hot pink, cacao black, white, orange and brown. My Shuffle just got a little passé.

0 Designer: INNO Design

Speak-er

Speak-er

Designer Sherwood Forlee (love the name) has a sense a humor for stating the obvious. A speaker is a device that converts electrical energy into sound waves. It’s also someone who expresses in language. So if you combine those two definitions together to form some sort of iconic gesture to retain both aspects, you get the Speak-er. As Sherwood puts it, putting the “speak” in speakers.

0 Designer: Sherwood Forlee

SpeakerBox, Just A Little Retro

SpeakerBox, Just A Little Retro

Most speaker related peripherals have a very modern or futuristic flare to their design. The SpeakerBox by Mark van Giessel eschews that trend for another – retro. It’s 50′s rounded curves and slick lacquer like finish are reminiscent of home appliances of yore. Don’t be fooled, underneath is a full array of USB ports and other whiz-bangs to interface with today’s MP3 players and mobile phones.

0 Designer: Mark van Giessel

The Sound Of Music

The Sound Of Music

The Sound From Wind is hands down the most innovative if not frivolous bicycle accessory to date. What you get are a pair of flutes that attach to either sides of the handle bar. As you ride you bike, air rushes thru chambers producing sounds similar to an ocarina. You manipulate those sounds by pressing keys on both flutes and if you want a fuller, richer sound – ride faster!

0 Designer: Joseph Kim

Button Down Tunes

Button Down Tunes

Plenty of designers have attempted to fuse fashion with gadgets. Most have been unsuccessful with often designs that were either complicated, cumbersome or just plain ugly. Here is an item that is simplicity at its best. The “Wire Button” by Jaehyung Hong untangles your headphone cables for your listening pleasure and looks subtle enough to avoid being branded a gadget geek.

0 Designer: Jaehyung Hong

Face melting Vinyl Stereo Speakers

Face melting Vinyl Stereo Speakers

Ed Lewis (aka Fungus Amungus) has posted a great do-it-yourself project that combines one of my favorite art forms with another of my favorite art forms. He took the hip, urban chic of vinyl toys and gave them the gift of music by fusing speakers into the faces of these “Munnny” vinyl toys from Kid Robot.

0 Designer: Ed Lewis

An Egg-celent Speaker

An Egg-celent Speaker

For some reason egg shaped objects induce an autonomic “awwww” response in my brain. Yea it’s cute but this Egg is more than meets the eye. ‘Crack’ the shell and two pieces become your satellite speakers while the base acts as a subwoofer. The base also provides a dock for your MP3 player. It recharges via induction and when portability is a must – comes with a cool neoprene jacket. Do want!

0 Designer: Nathan Gabriele

A Universal Remote For Everywhere

A Universal Remote For Everywhere

We often think of a universal remote to be a device that controls any and everything. The Mulit-Chalk one-ups that axiom by controlling everywhere. Huh, what?!? It’s a soft electronic device designed to slip on anything with a button.

0 Designer: Tobi Kim

The Shape of Music

The Shape of Music

The cone shape has always been a natural one for sound enhancement and projection. From the early days of circus hosts announcing some daring feat of high-wire acrobatics, to riot police announcing their intention to crack your skull open for having an opinion… good times. The cone is probably the first and best idea in sound delivery.

0 Designer: Paul Scarfe