iPhone touchkeys become real

iPhone touchkeys become real

Designer Moon Myounghak has made a lovely effort in a very real way (conceptual on the verge of reality) in creating a case that allows the iPhone to become a touchkey phone. WIth the keys this case creates for the iPhone, you’ve got a very physical set of keys accented by a touchscreen that contains five icons across. In other words, this wouldn’t be allowed by Apple as it stands here, but with a hacked iPhone you’d have gold.

0 Designer: Moon Myounghak

Green Thumbs Up

Green Thumbs Up

Pod is a thoughtful indoor gardening system that expands on the trend of growing herbs and veggies in smaller, urban dwellings by making it easier than ever to share and trade produce with friends and neighbors – literally cultivating a sense of community! The plug-and-play system automatically disperses nutrients and H20 in the form of fog rather than liquid, making it cleaner and easier to care for. The modular pods are perfect for trading with friends or creating a custom gift that you’ve grown yourself. See how it works!

0 Designers: Various

Green Lantern channeled for bicycle security

Green Lantern channeled for bicycle security

If you equate cosmic superhero power with the right-now technology of Bluetooth, designer Hsu Wei-Che has the bike lock for you. Made specifically for short-term parking, this lock attaches to the spokes of your bicycle when you’re going to head into a convenience store (or whatever other short trip you’re on) and notifies you of movement via a fabulous green sensor ring. The power is yours!

0 Designer: Hsu Wei-Che

Innovative Food Storage

Innovative Food Storage

The Pyrex brand has steadied itself as a leader in food storage, and the designers at Streng have developed the latest addition to the line to build on that heritage with a series of colorful and functional containers. The No-Leak Clear series is nothing short of innovative, featuring a new steam-release mechanism that allows the user to release steam without removing the lid entirely. It’s easier than ever to reduce pressure and cool food items without warping the container.

0 Designer: Streng for Pyrex

Googly Eyed Watch

Googly Eyed Watch

Silly really is the best way to describe this adorable timepiece by designer Mathilde Ampe! The clever SoH (Second of Happiness) watch has two separate axis for hours and minutes that resemble a couple of googly eyes. The face was designed to be easily interchangeable, allowing users to personalize the look of their watch. As time ticks by, the expression changes from cross-eyed, to bored, to mischievous. Wear it long enough and you’ll soon associate the time of day with the looks your watch is giving you!

0 Designer: Mathilde Ampe

Laser beams keeping crosswalks safe

Laser beams keeping crosswalks safe

There’s a lot to be said about taking a perfectly simple aesthetic gesture and turning it into a guide for the public. In this case it’s a couple of laser beams stopping humans or vehicles from crossing paths at the same time. This design by HOJOON Lim goes by the name Guardian and will bring a perfect stop to a crash that could have been near you.

0 Designer: HOJOON Lim

The Keyboards And Coasters Story

The Keyboards And Coasters Story

The first thing that I added to my workstation, when I became a serious online writer, was a set of coasters. Coffee mugs, water bottle and last minute sandwich plates have a knack of leaving a stain and messing up a perfectly clean table-top. Hence to maintain the sanctity of my sacred space, a coaster became a must. If you are as finicky about keeping your desk as spotless as me, then the Keyboard Coasters is a quirky solution that I recommend. Perhaps it’s that geek-quotient of keyboard design that is striking, nevertheless, it’s worth a try.

0 Designer: Yujin Ono [ YD Store | Buy it Here ]

High Performance Sled

High Performance Sled

Winter is officially here and even those of us in sunny SoCal are looking forward to playing in the snow! Now, if only we could get our hands on New Zealand based design company 4DESIGN’s Stealth-X snow sled. This super lightweight, monocoque sled is made entirely of carbon fiber to enhance its strength. Sitting in a position similar to an F1 car, the rider leans as they would a motorcycle to navigate turns at a top speed of 40MPH. It’s so maneuverable it can be skidded to a stop just like a snowboard. Leave it to the Kiwis!

0 Designer: 4DESIGN for Snolosleds

Crutch as a lamp held aloft

Crutch as a lamp held aloft

It would appear that the way to lead with light might soon be by way of crutch – at least that’s how the designers behind the Leader would have it. The full name of these devices is “Leader Outdoor Crutches” and their designers, Cathy Wen and Linxi Lee, have made it clear that there will be no more darkness on the trail as long as they’re at the head of the pack.

0 Designers: Cathy Wen and Linxi Lee

Psychedelic Jelly

Psychedelic Jelly

This modern pendant lamp, named Medusa, was inspired by the majestic jellyfish and mimics its elegant form and colorful fluorescence. Similar to the way the tissue of the jellyfish disperses light, the Medusa lamp creates a vibrant, directional glow from within its bell-shaped shade. Colorful translucent strands, visible only when looking into the shade, allude to tentacles and create a filtering effect with a spectrum of light intensities and magenta tones.

0 Designer: Marko Vučković

Tron-inspired smartphone hits The Grid

Tron-inspired smartphone hits The Grid

Designer Wooseok Suh is coming on correct today with a lovely smartphone device by the name of “Another World”, made right out of the box to present an entirely new environment for you lovers of the unique. This smart device could be called a smartphone or it could simply be called an electronic touch device – it breaks barriers either way.

0 Designer: Wooseok Suh

The World's Smallest Recessed Light!

The World’s Smallest Recessed Light!

The 1PUCK LP! The whole idea behind landscape and recessed lights was to hide them, right?! Well, most in use are still large and unsightly – except this amazingly miniature design. Barely the diameter of a US half-dollar, but as powerful as standard lights, the 1PUCK makes lighting subtly a cinch. Embed it in the floor, hide it in the walls or mount it on the ceiling for directed light that won’t intrude on your aesthetic. Get it here!

0 Designer: MINIMIS

You Got That Super Bass, Ceramic Subwoofer

You Got That Super Bass, Ceramic Subwoofer

I wrote about Joey Roth’s Ceramic Speakers way back when and reviewed it. Hell, I even own a set connected to an Airport Express to enable Airplay. It’s been my main setup in the bedroom for years but due to Joey’s own desires to expand the line or calls to improve the speakers’ bass response, there’s an accompanying ceramic subwoofer to complete the setup. I’ve yet to hear it in person but plan to very soon post holiday shenanigans. Hit the jump for deets!

0 Designer: Joey Roth $695