Frog Hosts 3rd Annual Portfolio Slam

Frog Hosts 3rd Annual Portfolio Slam

What’s a portfolio slam? It’s an open call for all design, research and technology talent to show your portfolio to Frog and participate in an open discussion about your ideas. This year it’s being held in Munich at the Brandhorst Museum on September 17, 2012 from 16:00 – 20:00. If any of you go, let us know how it went. We’d love to feature you! More info here.

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The Evolution of Headphones

The Evolution of Headphones

VOLVE Headphones merge innovative operation, minimalistic character & high-end technology to blur the boundaries between music and mind. Sure, they’re sleek and stylish, but what sets them apart is the transfer of play/volume functionality directly to the headphone from the MP3 player or other Samsung device. Volume can be adjusted by simply turning a rubber disc situated on the ear cups & play or pause is activated by a single push on the centerpiece, making them as intuitive to use as they are beautiful to look at.

0 Designer: Andreas Konradsen

Party in the Front, Business in the Back

Party in the Front, Business in the Back

Chances are you’ve never seen a rickshaw like this! Normally, they are pulled by a human runner or a seated cyclist and are most common in large metropolitan areas from London to Beijing. This design differs in that the driver is located behind the passengers, giving them a better view for sightseeing. It also features a pedi-assist system that only requires the driver to start the motion with a few pedals forward to kick the electric engine into action. Easier on the driver and still environmental friendly!

0 Designer: Jacob Mazor

Stones of Warmth

Stones of Warmth

It is quite common for Koreans to use hot stones for warming themselves during harsh winters. Keeping this in mind, we have here the ST-ON concept, which is a stone warming unit for mountain climbers. When the stone-shaped units are fully charged and warm, they turn orange and start radiating heat when removed from the charging unit. They keep you warm during your mountain climb, but I reckon anyone with cold feet can use this.

0 Designers: Sooeon Kim and Sangyong Park

Flat Pack Mouse

Flat Pack Mouse

I know the tech companies are doing their best to come out with a mouse that is sleek and compact enough to compliment a laptop. However I am sure most of you will agree with me that a full bodied mouse is what our hands crave, when we work one with a laptop. So to address the issue or portability and keep with the demand of a fully functional mouse, we have here the Flat CD Mouse Concept.

0 Designer: Taewon Hwang

The Queen is Under Pressure!

The Queen is Under Pressure!

The Air Tube Earphones are fitted with a pressure sensor in the earbuds. This helps the earphones instinctively understand if the user is still wearing his earphones or has removed them. The logic is that if you have removed the earphones, it means you are no longer listening to your music player….as a result the earphones automatically power-off your music player till you pop in the earbuds once again.

0 Designers: Sunmi Hwang, Hyunjoo-Lee & Jiwon-Seok

Ground Breaking Backhoe

Ground Breaking Backhoe

Aaron Montford’s modern backhoe redesign features a more stable platform with an adjustable profile as well as higher arm reach and better maneuverability with four wheel steering capability. The most significant update is a side mounted retractable telescopic shovel arm that allows for increased range of motion and more stable digging without moving the entire machine. Newer technologies include a ground penetrating sonar system built directly into the shovel to prevent underground pipe and cable damage.

0 Designer: Aaron Montford

Personalized Solar Flare

Personalized Solar Flare

The Solar Loop is a lamp that harnesses solar energy to work. The solar cells are integrated in a very fashionable way, giving the lamp a very kitsch feel. I love the way you can casually hang multiple Loops on a tree, giving them a very ethereal vibe. I reckon a better option than LEDs, especially they will work even through power failures.

0 Designer: Jang Eun Hyuk

Musical Ears

Musical Ears

EarPlay is a set of headphones that integrate an MP3 player into the body. Ot imports music in through the 3.5mm jack or USB ports. Essentially it negates the use of an iPod or its clan. The jacks on the device can be an input as well as output, giving you the freedom to hook up the device to a speaker as well. It even allows you to share music to other headphones.

0 Designer: Che-Yu Lu

Tree Friendly City

Tree Friendly City

As urban areas grow, so does the need to keep the soil underneath pavement and concrete hydrated for trees that line our city streets and sidewalks. This large-scale redesign features  walkways with grooves that direct water to strategically placed drains that carry water directly to the vegetation’s roots. A system of deep gutters also feeds rainfall directly to the soil surrounding trees placed at the same level as the lowest part of the gutter.

0 Designer: Rinat Alima

Modern Mobility with Super Versatility

Modern Mobility with Super Versatility

Sphere is a modern mobility scooter that expands on the capabilities of the traditional form and makes it possible for the user to not only move while seated, but also crouch, stand, or lay down all without leaving the chair. Secured in the ergonomic seat, the user can switch between positions with predefined buttons and steer with a multidirectional joystick. It’s a great solution that offers more independence to those with impaired mobility.

0 Designer: Allen Chester G. Zhang

Renault Baby Boom

Renault Baby Boom

The Renault Circular Economy – 4L Concept is a new age green car with some pretty neat features. It sports an energy interface dashboard that helps distributing and sharing the solar energy that it harnesses. At work you can hook up the car to an energy station while at home it juices up via the solar installation on the car. Superb!

0 Designer: Charlie Nghiem

For The Love of Boarding

For The Love of Boarding

The MOXTER kitelandboard features latest technical developments of all board sports combined. The deck is crafted out of a cnc-milled ash-core coated with glass- and carbon fabric. Chis explains, ‘This build-up strategy reduces 20% of the weight while giving the potential to design a 3D shaped board that combines two technically disparate requirements of kitelandboarding: flex and stiffness.’ The hole in the middle of the board looks good but is there for a reason, it increases the flex of the board to absorb the energy after a big jump.

0 Designer: Christoph Kuppert