Not Everything is as it Seems!

Not Everything is as it Seems!

Almost impossible to spy as a camera, the Twitch cam doubles as an attractive wearable pendant for easy access. In contrast to today’s complex personal cameras, Twitch has straightforward functionality. Simple lift up and the built-in accelerometer activates the “on” function. Twist the front to focus, and snap away! Lift it up again to turn it off. Crafted from European beech and polished aluminum, it’s a clever way to compliment your wardrobe and ensure you never miss a moment! 

0 Designer: Jess Hunt

solidThinking Evolve 9.5 - Free Webinar on July 24

solidThinking Evolve 9.5 – Free Webinar on July 24

Everything you ever wanted to know about Evolve, but didn’t know who to ask…. Ah well, I’m sorry I couldn’t resist the quote. But now that I have your attention, it will be great if you make a note that solidThinking Evolve 9.5 is hosting a 45-minute webinar will include a brief presentation followed by a live demonstration of the new Evolve 9.5. With just two days to go, the webinar will be hosted twice: July 24, 2013 9:00 AM Eastern and 2:00 PM Eastern. Details here.

Go Further with Ford Trend Conference

Go Further with Ford Trend Conference

Ford invited YD to the Go Further with Ford trend conference where the company will emphasize how newer technologies in production, manufacturing, and design are shaping the company inside out. It was a great opportunity to hear from one of the largest car manufacturers in the world discuss their position in this new era of mobility & transportation. We sent a guest writer, Neil Carpenter to Dearborn, MI to get the scoop. Hit the jump!

0 Guest Writer: Neil Carpenter

Easy Glider

Easy Glider

Alexander Shevchenko’s Delta hang-glider explores the use of new materials that are more efficient to fix or replace in common occurrences like breaks, cracks or other damage. Composed primarily of laminated foam, the winged structure maintains rigidity and lightness necessary for flight but can also be easily and cheaply repaired, replaced, and recycled. 

0 Designer: Alexander Shevchenko

Retro Brick Phone

Retro Brick Phone

If we imagine a world without Smartphones, then it’s easy to picture this Just 5 Brick Phone by Art Lebedev Studio as a must-have. However, we do live in the world of Technicolor so a large-key, monochromatic graphics-display phone sounds a bit off. Or does it? Specs like retractable antenna, radio, alarm clock, flashlight, calculator, calendar, handheld meter, only one game – “Race” and mapping are nostalgic. The winner of course is the one-week battery power. Will you trade this for your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy?

0 Designer: Art Lebedev Studio

Monitor Your Vision

Monitor Your Vision

Imagine being able to stare at your computer screen all day long without your glasses or contact lenses. A farfetched though for myopic folks like me, unless we undergo surgery; or we see the fruition of the i-Free concept. The idea is to have auto-correcting screen that portrays images according to the prescription number you have. This ways you strain your eyes lesser and it helps your vision in the long run. I’m all ears to know more if this idea is plausible; any comments?

0 Designer: Ryan Jongwoo Choi

I Used to be a Washing Machine

I Used to be a Washing Machine

At the end of a clothes washing machine’s lifespan, we have no problem leaving the old thing out on the curb. What’s it good for anyway, right? Wrong! Did you know that inside your old washer is a chair…or 2… or 3??!!  Taking repurposed material to a whole new level, Tony Grigorian shares his “I Used to be a Washing Machine” project with us and shows YOU how to DIY your own chairs from washing machine scrap. Check out the vid to see how it’s done!

0 Designer: Tony Grigorian

Fool-Proof Perfect Lines

Fool-Proof Perfect Lines

Unless you have a guillotine-style paper cutter, cutting in a straight line is near impossible! The Linear Scissors, however, take the heavy equipment out of the equation and are so easy to use that premarking the line with a pencil isn’t even necessary. The solution:  handles with a built-in right angle that square up to the edge of any table, making it possible to cut perfectly straight. Better yet, the handle’s shape diverts the excess material out of the way while cutting. Genius!

0 Designer: Tamás Fekete

Cruise in Classic Style

Cruise in Classic Style

Though it’s more of a day-cruiser than a full-size yacht, the Spearhead doesn’t skim on style or quality. The wing-stabilized leisure craft features classic wood detailing and a simple, minimal floorplan that makes the most of limited space. The more compact, sharp, and hydrodynamic shape make it ideal choice for those looking for powerboat performance with upscale trim.

0 Designer: Alexander Shevchenko

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

Call it vanity or insane obsession, but there is something glamorous about looking into a mirror and appreciating your gorgeousness! ‘Tell me, mirror’ is a take on this sentiment and incorporates glam LEDs that light up when you come near it. Sensors do their work and you end up feeling like a movie star! How awesome!

0 Designer: Yoori Koo

The Push Pull Plug

The Push Pull Plug

A clever use of physics is seen in the Stable Plug. It basically has a push-pull feature that allows you to easily slide in and out a plug from the socket. A ‘stable’ design that eliminates problems associated with wall-sockets and plugs!

0 Designer: Liquan Li

Light up your day!

Light up your day!

The Soft Impression lamp is a desktop novelty thats only aim is to cheer up your day! Its shade is the worldwide symbol for happiness- a yellow smily The balloon acts as a shade over the light source and can be inflated and deflated to various sizes of the user’s liking by using a simple squish pump. As an added bonus, you can use it as a punching bag when coworkers are on your nerves!

0 Designer: Oyi Ya

Gandalf-approved E-Pipe!

Gandalf-approved E-Pipe!

Electronic cigarettes are the future! They’ve triggered a revolution in the world of nicotine, but what about an alternative for pipe smokers? This clever design uses the same personal-vaporizer technology in the form of the classic smoking pipe. Cheaper, cleaner, healthier, and cooler!

0 Designer: Cyrille Durand