Walko Audio Player is inspired by the simplicity of the retro walkmans that had no-fuss features. Lemme round up its proposed specs for you: a full e-ink touch screen with automatic backlight when it’s dark; two bold black lines that indicate volume control and timeline; 4GB of memory (amount used up is displayed boldly); 3.5mm standart jack for headphones; Bluetooth 3.0. What makes it promising is the vow of low power consumption so that it lasts you longer than ever!
Designer: Dimo Trifonov for Studio Nufabric
The majority may be hooked to their digital players but there plenty of old-schoolers who hang on to their vinyl for dear life. Trying to appease this segment is “Linos”, a portable record player. Ditching the traditional full platter configuration for modern sensibilities, this player takes into consideration the space demands and limited mobility of regular turntables. Simply load the record to the lower spindle element and lock it into place from above. Pushing down on the power icon then releases the tonearm and spins up the record.
Designer: Charles Pyott
Not to be confused with the conceptual SoundBulb that we so admired, The Sound Bulb Speaker seen here is a speaker shaped like your typical light bulb. Basically we are talking about a LED light bulb that hosts a transformer, a speaker, and a wireless receiver to stream music from your iPod, PC, mobile phone, etc. Featuring a standard Edison thread you can screw this on to almost any holder. It also consists of a protective wire mesh or hood and a translucent frosted plastic shell to support the work-dynamics.
Well here is a novel concept. The Expansion Loudspeakers are a set or rings docked to a base station connected to a computer via USB. Each ring contains its own power source enabling you to take them anywhere. The idea isn’t exactly new. There are several wireless speaker docks on the market but none with cuff-like wearability. Knowing me, I’d probably wear all of them to become a human boom box. FYI, I do not think putting one around your cat would be wise. Hit the jump to see what I mean.
Designer: Miriam Liébana Yeste
The wires are abuzz with the Zune HD News, and many are wondering what Jobs has in store for the iPod this summer. However, the thread that ties both these MP3 players together is their form. Besides the obvious rectangle shape, very few people like Sony have ventured into a daring cylindrical shape for the MP3. Here’s a look at the adventurous folks who broke away from the mold and gave us Unique And Creative MP3 Players
The Mousse Earpiece is a bit of an oxymoron. It is a wireless headset even tho we can clearly see wires. The wireless bit comes from the little metal control unit. It transmits the Bluetooth signal but also doubles as a cord retractor because tangled wires piss me off and they should you off too. Aside from that, designer Ming Yi says noise reduction and volume control are a given. We will see since this is just a concept and since when does Braun make headsets?
Designer: Ming Yi
Are you tired, rundown, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unPOPular? The answer to all your problems is this little digital audio player from iXing. Dubbed the “Vitamin”, this tiny tune toter supports both MP3 and WMA files, features a seven preset equalizer and has USB 2.0 connect-ability. Controlling your tunes is almost as easy as popping a pill.
Designer: Sangnam Park
Are you still gung-ho about the days gone by? Me Too! Come, let me take you down memory lane with this ultra modern Radio Set. It screams RETRO on the outside and features all the goodness of modern technology on the inside. Alhambra Wi-Fi Internet Radio is a wireless internet radio receiver that streams in music to every corner of your home. As the designer puts it, “In contrast to its modern lines, it brings back details from old tube radios from the past.” I’m loving it!
Designer: Carlos Torres
Thanks to all for appreciating the Yi Earphone, but I must say that some of the responses that I have been getting are pretty overwhelming. All loyal YDers know that we editors merely showcase talents of designers and are in no way involved in the designing process. So it took me by surprise when a mail came in threatening me for showcasing “this copied design”! Well my-dear-upset-designer, I didn’t design it and tell me what are you gonna do about this Universal Zip Lock Earphone?
Designer: Seon-Keun Park
Part-radio and part-fashion accessory, the Toot-A-Loop was wearable technology. Worn around the wrist like a bracelet, or carried like a purse, the Toot-A-Loop was shaped like a tapered doughnut, twisting open to reveal the tuning dial on the inside. The AM-only radio also came with fun stickers so users could customise it.
Designer: Panasonic circa 1972
Recently Sony encouraged some ID students from China to think GREEN and come up with eco-friendly products that can be incorporated into everyday life. The results were amazing concepts like a showerhead kinda music player, a conductor’s baton-styled TV remote, a shoe clasp GPS device, a solar powered speaker dish and a bamboo work frame for a music system. Take a look at them in detail after the jump.
Your trouser fly just influenced my friend Ji. Quit smirking, coz his YI earphones concept will take care of a lot of wire-tangle-hassles in the future, if it ever gets to production. Simple thought process and application! If pants can have a zipper to hold in the essentials then why the idea can’t be used on earphones to manage them when not in use! Zip then open when you want to use them; zip them shut when you want to store them.
Designer: Ji Woong