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

One Album Band Aid

One Album Band Aid

The Skinny Player kinda reminds me of the O+ Music Campaign where the promotional kit offers one song in various mediums. The concept here with the Skinny Player is to offer one album space on a portable – Band Aid-esque device. The self-sticking player houses a play/stop button and flexible speakers. Although I am not so sure about the sound quality for the output, but the idea is worth exploring. The user-scenario is for exercise or such places where you want to keep your hands free, but still carry your music with you.

0 Designers: Chih-Wei Wang & Shou-Hsi Fu

Volume Goes Up And Down! What Fun!

Volume Goes Up And Down! What Fun!

Humor me for a second here, but I swear to you, the concept of the Vol Portable Speakers is too similar to the Diwali Lanterns available here in India! Have a look at this or this! However I don’t mean to take away the novelty in design of what Carson Leong has done here. In fact, I think it’s a great approach of using the natural up-down sliding motion to increase and decrease the volume of the speaker. So much better than just hitting some buttons or turning a dial!

0 Designer: Carson Leong

Music By The Window

Music By The Window

Eclipse is a media player that uses the photovoltaic cells on its backside to draw in solar power and sticks onto the window via a suction cup. As expected of any “good media player”, this one too features Bluetooth connectivity to steam in music from your MP3 player or catch weather updates, podcasts & radio. The speakers are built-in but the cutest aspect to the design is the compartment to hold your music device. It resembles the compartment used in cassette tape players from yester-years; the evident “eject” button et all!

0 Designers: Hoang M Nguyen & Anh Nguyen

Cubish Audio Blasters

Cubish Audio Blasters

This project goes by the name “Edge” and it comes in a bunch of different colors and works wirelessly. What more could anyone want? Let’s talk about what it actually does – it’s an audio player. It’s got a USB plug and an audio jack in the back for digital music formats as well as stereo sound. Edge has the ability to play audio over Bluetooth via AirPlay. Dynamic bass for voluminous amounts of deep sound. Big open surface spaces for customizability to the max.

0 Designers: FORMBOTEN

Walnuts for Music

Walnuts for Music

You learn something new every single day. Today I learned a term for an action for which, before today, I did not know the name of. It’s “walnut rolling” and it applies to the spinning of two spherical objects in your hand. You’ve done it before, I’m sure. Designer YuKwang Kang took this action and turned it into an MP3 player. It’s the aptly named “Walnut Player” to the rescue! Spin me some music!

0 Designer: YuKwang Kang

Cassettes PMP Are So Retro And Cool!

Cassettes PMP Are So Retro And Cool!

Debating with a colleague of mine on what inspires designers, we concluded that since 90 to 95 % of designs (in any field) have already been created, inspiration comes from the ones that already exist. Like I know for a fact that many of you readers come to Yanko Design to be inspired, and during those Random Searches, the Cassette Tape inspired an idea thus the eTape born! Whatever the reason behind it, I love the refinements and in-sync designing. It’s the era of touchscreen and detailing, both of which are reflected in the product.

0 Designer: Song Han Xin

This UFO Stays Grounded

This UFO Stays Grounded

Have you ever had a set of those gigantic box speakers, the kind your mom or dad had hooked up to their turntable or radio tapedeck, the ones that had heads as big as yours? Did you ever decide that because you totally hated them, you’d get them good by turning the speakers downward, blasting the floor with sound? If you have, you know you get quite a unique sound depending on the materials and density of the surface under your feet. Designer Jm.Jo (Jeongmin Jo) found this out too, and thusly created and brought forth the UFO bluetooth speaker.

0 Designer: Jm.Jo (Jeongmin Jo)

Mobile Hi-Fi Audio, B&W P5 Review

Mobile Hi-Fi Audio, B&W P5 Review

Listen we’re family right? Can I share something with you? They’re called the P5 Headphones from Bowers & Wilkins. You’re probably familiar with their goods. I’ve reviewed them here and here and only had good things to say. The P5 is no different. It’s ultra-lux, sounds good, and has a built-in mic/volume control for the iPhone! I’m not even gonna make you wait til’ after the jump. I’ll tell you now the P5 is awesome. There, I said it. Ambivalent? Hit the jump.

0 Designer: B&W and Native Designs (Buy it here)

Headphones to Speakers Instantly

Headphones to Speakers Instantly

You’ve got your headphones on, and you hear the greatest song of all time. What do you do? You just chill with it, if that’s the way it affects you. But sometimes a song slides through your headphones that explodes upon you in a way that demands you share it with everyone. What do you wish you had instead, at that point? Speakers. If you’ve got “Dubnium,” speakers are exactly what you’ve got. Dubnium is a pair of headphones until you flip them to position two: high quality multi-person speakers for the whole world to hear what you’d love for them to hear.

0 Designer: Adrian Jankowiak

Piano Mode For MP3

Piano Mode For MP3

Most digital players come with an array of bizarre functions, some essential and some of them frivolous. If bizarre is the name of your game, then I’m sure you will appreciate the Piano Silhouette, an MP3 player that comes with a roll-out piano keyboard. So you can listen to music and make some too! For now it only allows you to play along with the music, kinda like reverse karaoke. *But what will be really kickass is if it allows you to record compositions directly to the player.

0 Designer: Jia Peng

Flat And Folding

Flat And Folding

The Flexible Speaker for the iPhone is quite a departure from conventional speaker styles. More like a pretty hanging charm on the phone, this device makes use of “Flat Flexible Laminated, (FFT) Loudspeaker technology” to its advantage. Read: paper-thin & foldable. The folding aspect is relevant; coz with each un-fold of the connecting speaker, the volume goes up. Charming!

0 Designer: Chun-Chieh Yang