Any Kinda Tape

Any Kinda Tape

The Hole Measuring Tape is pretty innovative with many facets to it. It allows you to draw straight lines and circles with precision. Although not clarifies, I am assuming the tape is retractable and offers measures in more than one measuring system. Simple and functional, I’m sure you designers will love it!

0 Designer: Sunghoon Jung

BlackBerry Peer

BlackBerry Peer

The BlackBerry Peer is a phone intended for children. More like a lifestyle accessory, considering these young consumers are initiated to the gadget world from the word go. It features a smart camera and myPeer app that comes in handy when traveling and taking photos. It even doubles up as a GPS locator, allowing parents to keep a tab on their kids in crowded tourist spots. The Peer records videos, takes pictures and allows image editing in realtime using add-on effects.

0 Designer: Felix Lorsignol

Autonomous Life Vest

Autonomous Life Vest

The Revival Vest is a self-inflating life jacket that uses Footfalls and Heartbeats smart fabric technology to monitor respiration and physiological changes such as drowning. The fabric detects changes in circumference and stretch around the chest while the diver suppresses breathing. If the wearer blacks out, the body becomes limp and life vest is triggered to inflate and raise the body to the surface for rescue.

0 Designer: James McNab

Fool-proof Violin

Fool-proof Violin

Half the work in learning to play the violin is maintaining the correct posture while keeping a stable grip on the right finger positions. The WAVE electric violin uses a combination of tactile, braille-like indicators to train accurate finger positioning and a built-in accelerometer to ensure the musician is in proper form. If the violin senses the player is in the wrong position it will automatically shut off, forcing the musician to readjust. Be a virtuoso in half the time!

0 Designer: Jaewon Hwang

Commissioning Work: Micklish Part 3

Commissioning Work: Micklish Part 3

After what worked out to be a little over a month, the Belomo sideboard was ready for delivery. Last time I saw it was a week prior when all the components were made and legs welded. Waiting those nail biting 7 days was nerve racking. I have the nails to prove it. What if I don’t like it? What if it doesn’t look right in my space? Why the hell am I so pessimistic? Curtis has given me no indication that he was anything less than stellar throughout this entire process. My phone rang… delivery. Hit the jump!

0 Designer: Micklish

Gum Power

Gum Power

Poor Singapore, chewing gum is banned in that country so I suppose they may never get to experience the Chewing Gum Battery Concept! It is a simple and innovative idea where paper battery is kept charged at a solar empowered dispensing station, and can be easily used for gadgets whose battery dies out unexpectedly. I suppose it is intended for tourist places or maybe college campus, but it sure is a neat way to get instant power.

0 Designer: Ping-Yi Lin

Making ‘Make Do and Mend’ Fashionable

Making ‘Make Do and Mend’ Fashionable

I have my moments of fighting the needle and thread, trying to mend some ripped clothes, but they always seem to get the better of me. Simply put, I HATE mending clothes and much rather replace them with new than pick an odd stitch. I know its wasteful, but unless someone makes it easy for me…simple as the Alto Sewing Machine, I ain’t fixing another ripped stitch!

0 Designer: Sarah Dickins

This Stool Rocks

This Stool Rocks

I’m loving the latest design from Snapp: the Orbit stool. The captivating design taps into our natural tendency to move and shift. Taking inspiration from the spinning top, it features a slightly pointed cork base so you can rotate on its spinning axis and wiggle all you want. For light reading, the tapered drum cushion also has a slim cavity on the side for storing magazines or books. Do want!

0 Designer: Snapp

Way Sexier than a Hearing Aid

Way Sexier than a Hearing Aid

In an extraordinary fusing of textiles and robotics, the Flutter functional garment was design to aid individuals with hearing impairments “feel” the sounds of the world around them. Within the cotton and polyester dress lies an inner framework of microphones and vibrating leaflets that detect the direction of sound. Leaflets nearest the sound are triggered to flutter in that direction, giving the wearer an alternative sensory awareness of their surroundings.

0 Designer: Halley Profita

Twist on Turkish Cookware

Twist on Turkish Cookware

The Beatoven is a modern interpretation of the traditional Turkish drum furnace that differs from other heavy, bulky and hard-to-use versions. Space is saved with its unique construction where the heating units are placed on both the top and bottom and the electrical cable can be stored within the oven when not in use. A touch-sensitive interface, customizable user profiles, and preset temperature/cook-time options make it much easier to use.

0 Designers: Burak Şahin, Lala Guluzade, Aybike Anaçali, & Nesrin Yüksel

Jump From Paper Bags Are For Real

Jump From Paper Bags Are For Real

Yes they’re for real. How do I know? I’ve seen them in person. Jump From Paper bags just released several new products and STILL I have a hard time believe they exist. I mean that in the tangible sense because every photo looks like a doctored up shot. That’s part of the charm. It’s like your touching a cartoon every time you reach for your bag. In fact, wouldn’t be cool if have the world were a cartoon we could interact with? Cool World much?

0 Designer: Jump From Paper

Two Beautiful Products From 11+

Two Beautiful Products From 11+

I often go into one of those modes when I do nothing but look for the hottest products around the world. Literally weeks on end of just surfing the net, contacting studios and manufacturers. I came across a new Korean studio called 11+ who are about to launch two products – a case for the MacBook Air or any tablet sized device and a case for the Samsung Galaxy S III. Hit the jump.

0 Designer: Cloud and co for 11+ (Yeongkyu Yoo, Youngduk Song, Sunman Kwon, Sungmin Kim) Facebook

Modern Material Among Ancient Beauty

Modern Material Among Ancient Beauty

24° Studio’s latest installation, Daphne, is situated within the tunneled stairway that interplays with the notion of concealing and revealing the ancient interior surfaces of the tunnel leading to the peak of the hilltop village Pyrgos in Santorini, Greece. The structure is made entirely of self-supporting paper panels and string LEDs that create an enclosure that plays with visitors’ perception as they witness the material merging of past, present and future.

0 Designer: 24° Studio