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

Boombox On My Back

Boombox On My Back

Designer Joonas Saaranen must have been inspired by some hard partying because his B.A. degree work resulted in the Reppo II – an urban hardshell backpack with built-in speakers. Nevermind that boomboxes are the bane of public spaces. Let’s just focus on how cool this is. No matter where you go, music’s got your back.

0 Designer: Joonas Saaranen

Rocky Radio

Rocky Radio

The Natural Radio concept is a bit convoluted in its approach changing volume and frequency. Instead of dials or buttons, it uses a scale. By placing stones on either sides of the scale, you have organic control over radio. Functionality isn’t really the idea here. This is clearly an attempt to humanize a device that pretty much revolutionized communication. Can you image how many stones you’d have to pack on to get the right volume.

0 Designer: Cheol-Ki Jo

i Meme + Lipstick = iStick

“i” Meme + Lipstick = iStick

Designer Alexei Mikhailov isn’t out to convince people his iStick concept is the perfect mobile convergence device. In fact he clearly points out the iStick isn’t for viewing movies and the screen is too small for effective photo viewing. What it does have is a visual replication of the iPhone/Touch space inside a device the size of a lipstick tube.

0 Designer: Alexei Mikhailov

It's Like I'm Raving Everywhere I Go

It’s Like I’m Raving Everywhere I Go

The Music Light isn’t the first light show device generated by measuring certain frequencies of sound. In fact there are already a few on the market. This one takes it one step further because sound can be visualized in a way no current product on the market can do. Instead of just flashing, you can see pulses of light move up and down the cords, pulsating, rippling, shifting colors even.

0 Designer: Terence Woon

CD Player Concept, Even Tho It's 2008

CD Player Concept, Even Tho It’s 2008

Sure CD sales have steadily declined but that doesn’t stop some designers from envisaging new concepts created just for pure audiophiles. The Pandora Alcantara is a wall mounted CD player that borrows a little of today’s tilt sensing technologies to make the disc player more relevant. The remote control comes in the form of a tilt sensing bar fitted with a wait for it. . . touchscreen. Leaving the bar vertical lets you control volume while the horizontal position lets you scrub thru tracks.

0 Designer: Antoine Lebrun & Volkan Akbiyik

Hands-free Tie, Classy

Hands-free Tie, Classy

Tired of hearing people say, “do you have me on speakerphone?” or how about “why is it echoing?” Avid hands-free headset users know the drill and no matter how sensitive the mic is, truth is the ear is just a tad too far away from the mouth. The Tie Up concept is a solve to that problem by placing the mic right below your mouth. Slide it up the lanyard to answer and conversely slide down to hang up. 

0 Designer: Wooteik Lim

Another Simple MP3 Player

Another Simple MP3 Player

This one doesn’t have a name. It’s just referred to as the “Tactile MP3″ player. Why tactile? Simply because the 5 basic controls necessary to master your music are raised bumps, something like braille. The idea is you can control your music all by the sense of touch. Design wise, it’s pretty slick, like a dollop of shiny mercury backed by some creamy marshmallow puff. Mmm mmm!

0 Designer: Bomi Kim