Power Of P

Power Of P

Apparently the Urea in your pee reacts with the hydrogen ions in water and releases electrons. If we go by this scientific information then there is a possibility of your pee generating electricity. This harnessed energy can be used to power the sensors that trigger flushing of the loo and perhaps the entire lighting set up of the bathroom. I have no validation to this theory but if it can be done, then someone please step on it. Otherwise a lot of pee is just going down the drain for nothing!

0 Designers: LIU Yi, Yue-Bo Shen & Fang-Tian Ying

The Great BNTO Giveaway to Satisfy Hunger Pangs – Four Jars to WIN!

The Great BNTO Giveaway to Satisfy Hunger Pangs – Four Jars to WIN!

You have read about BNTO here so I am not going to waste my ink on it. Instead I am going to focus on how you can use it to stay fit and maybe lose a couple of pounds in the long run. When hunger strikes on the go, we usually end up gorging on a Mc D or Pizza Hut, in short greasy unhealthy snacks. BNTO gives you the advantage of carrying your own sumptuous snack and dip combination, thus a healthier option than many. WIN your very own BNTO NOW!!

0 Contest Closed

2-Wheels, No Tip!

2-Wheels, No Tip!

Gyrobike is a twist on the electric scooter that utilizes mechanical energy storage and gyroscope technology that allows the rider to navigate in an entirely new way. The system uses the principle of reverse block connection with heavy turners operated by a single control lever. The driver adjusts the lever to the manipulate the scooters lean and turning. With the lever in a vertical position, the vehicle will stay upright, but when positioned to the left or right, the angle changes accordingly.

0 Designer: Alexander Shevchenko

Hide your ugly AC unit!

Hide your ugly AC unit!

Designers Daniel LiCalzi & Paul Genberg got sick of looking at all of the ugly air conditioners sticking out of people’s windows in the summer, so they’ve created this clever cover that gives the unit a makeover! Babilawn, inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, allows the user to express their own personal style in the form of a mini lawn fit with a tiny white picket fence, daisies, and even a garden gnome! It instantly turns an eye sore into an adorable window ornament!

0 Designers: Daniel LiCalzi & Paul Genberg

The Flux Table

The Flux Table

The intricate geometry of the Flux table is derived from “Toranj,” a mathematical pattern used in Iranian architecture that generally appears as a radial effect in a rhomboid contour. The resulting structure is a three dimensional extension of the pattern, with legs that appear to drip from the convergence points of the base pattern. Though its inspiration is rooted in tradition, the form and color palette are ultramodern and even a tiny bit gothic.

0 Designer: studioINTEGRATE

Drinkable Sea Water

Drinkable Sea Water

Before you scream ‘absurd’, let me tell you that I am talking about Puri – a sea water desalinating bottle. There are several ways to remove saline from sea water, for example evaporation, vapor-pressure, and ion-exchange membrane method but all of them are not practical for use on a life raft or rescue boat and require big equipments. The Puri on the other hand is a slim portable bottle that works with a pumping action. Take a look at its video below.

0 Designers: Younsun Kim, Kangkyung Lee, Byungsoo Kim and Minji Kim

2013 TISDC is now open for entry!

2013 TISDC is now open for entry!

UPDATE: Registration / Submission Deadline extended to Aug 26, 2013 (Monday) 24:00 (Taipei GMT+ 8:00)

When you start out as a young designer, there are several steps that you can take to create a strong foundation. Building online presence through a portfolio site is one of them; the most critical one is getting validation of your creative genius by participating in Design Competitions. The 2013 Taiwan International Student Design Competition is now open for entry. The most compelling reason to participate is of course the $12,000 grand prize.

Flex Lighting

Flex Lighting

The Fluida lamp earns its namesake from the flexible, fluid form of the bendable LED strip at its center. The two magnetic bases at each end can be set in a variety of positions to vary the direction and projected size of the light depending on the user’s need. Compact and customizable, this versatile concept is ideal for small workspaces!

0 Designer: Studio Natural

Simple Made Better

Simple Made Better

If this chair looks familiar, it’s because it’s seemingly similar to the iconic Eames DCM chair that’s been a staple since 1946. Called the NoCo2 chair, it too will cradle you in a comfortable position, and also uses rubber shock mounts to buffer movement. Instead of new rubber, however, it repurposes old scrap tires to cushion both the back and seat. Unlike the Eames, extra tensioned padding is given to the seat for a “floating” effect, more comfort, and a cool modern aesthetic!

0 Designer: Peter Danko

The virtual keyboard has arrived.

The virtual keyboard has arrived.

What’s better than an ultra-thin, compact, wireless keyboard?? One that doesn’t actually exist at all!! The Lumiquitous mouse system rids your desktop of the cumbersome keyboard, replacing it with a virtual keyboard projected directly on the desk surface. The two mice (one for each side) have a triple motion sensor, beam projector, and optical sensor that detect the movement of the hands and fingers. Because the keyboard moves with the mouse, there’s no more repetitive switching your hand from mouse to keyboard!

0 Designer: Sung-Hyeon Yoo

Living Herb Lights

Living Herb Lights

LivingLight is a set of ambient OLED lights that house an herb garden within. Designed for homes, the lights can be used in almost any space to create their magic. The beauty of having a self-sustained suspended garden that exudes light is simply fantastic. Satisfying both your green thumb and lighting needs, this easy-to-maintain green patch is a breather to nurture.

0 Designer: Michael Oechsle

Exact Rice Serving

Exact Rice Serving

I am a pretty accomplished cook when it comes to dishing out exotic cuisines; however the basics like cooking rice and bread still intimidate me. I suppose this set of designers had me in mind while conceptualizing the Rice Pack! More than being a simple package for rice; it is also a guide to the ideal amount of water required to cook the rice in a rice cooker. The package contains enough rice for either one or two serves.

0 Designers: Park Kyungran, Kim Miyeon & Gho Hyejin

Blurring Time

Blurring Time

When standing in front of the MOCAP wall-clock, its numbers are clear and visible, but walk around it and you’ll notice that they slowly dissolve, falling apart in a vague white fuzz. Inspired by the movie industries motion capture technology, this striking optical illusion is created by small, white balls that extend various distances from the matte black surface on pegs of the same color and appear to float effortlessly in the air. Own it here!

0 Designer: J.P.Meulendijks Design Studio