A Teddy Bear With A Smartphone Heart

A Teddy Bear With A Smartphone Heart

Remember Teddy Ruxpin? He brought all the boys to the yard to listen to him read a story from one of his convoluted adventures aboard an airship. The Cocolo Bear is Teddy Ruxpin 2012, although I’m pretty sure they’re unrelated because Cocolo comes from Japan. Cocolo talks to you, answers questions, and plays games thanks to his smartphone heart and app but otherwise is a glorified speaker phone. Parents can even leave messages for their kids. I need a reader from Japan to send me one PLEASE!

0 Designer: Cube Works, $62

Saving The Eyesight

Saving The Eyesight

Children are stubborn and they don’t understand that viewing the computer (or TV) screen from too near a distance can affect their eyesight. As a victim of wearing glasses right from the eight grade, I have learnt this the hard way too. So designers Zhichao Xue & Chen Yizi have a very clever solution at hand. Place the I-CARE sensor on top of any screen and it keeps a check on the distance from which a person is viewing the screen.

0 Designers: Zhichao Xue & Chen Yizi

Translucent Seclusion, Live in a Bubble

Translucent Seclusion, Live in a Bubble

This is the second project from Swiss design group Micasa Lab that I’m in love with. The Cocoon 1 is a sit in, chill in, relax in, live in bubble with reconfigurable cushions to really personalize the space. I think it’s a genius idea. A retreat that simultaneously informs the world of your need for solitude while giving you full access to the world around you. Plus, this revives memories of that terrible excellent movie Bubble Boy about a man born without an immune system so he has to live inside a bubble. Good stuff.

0 Designer: Micasa Lab

Expanding Mobility

Expanding Mobility

The Volkswagen Expand is a super-versatile concept vehicle that offers not 1 but 2 functional expansions that make it the perfect urban commuter. The first is an extendable cabin that accommodates 1 or 2 additional passengers or extra cargo. The second is the car’s removable front wheels which double as personal transportation using a sophisticated gyroscopic sensor system similar to a Segway. It’s a limitless, all-in-one solution for getting around the urban jungle!

0 Designer: Luiz Antonelli

Home Sweet Cube 2.0

Home Sweet Cube 2.0

We recently featured Justin Chong’s charming, super-minimal Cube home… well he’s back with an alternative version that reworks the usable space to accommodate more storage, sleeping room, a full bathroom and even a laundry area fit with a compact clothes washer/dryer combo! The other design was a lil dark so the most significant addition is built-in, ultra-thin LED lighting accents in inconspicuous places like under the stairs or kitchen shelving.

0 Designer: Justin Chong

Bambootiful

Bambootiful

Designed from highly sustainable bamboo, the Lock table’s shape is formed by taking advantage of the material’s natural bending curve. The layers of bamboo become intertwined at the center, locking in place to form a secure and aesthetically intriguing base. Nature and geometry come together to create a dynamic shape that is beautiful, functional and environmentally conscious!

0 Designer: J.P. Meulendijks

3D Food Printing?!

3D Food Printing?!

The 3d printing industry has been transformed from a handful of manufacturers producing costly machines, to hundreds of individuals creating their own machines and sharing the instructions on how to make them. The incredible accessibility to this technology has the potential to affect many aspects of our daily lives, including how we think about food. What if instead of street hot dog stands we had 3D food printer carts?! This twist on the classic food cart sheds light on the future of this awesome tech.

0 Designer: Green Geometries Laboratory

Mujjo Sleeves Up For The iPad mini

Mujjo Sleeves Up For The iPad mini

Those Dutchies are fast. Just the other week I told them they needed to make iPad mini sleeves. I’m not saying they listened to me but as I sit here writing this post on an iPad mini, I can’t help but grin because Mujjo just announced the Originals sleeve collection for the iPad mini. Hear that? That’s the sound of 10,000 Steve Jobs booming in exclamation. They come in either brown or white made from the same supple leather and felt Mujjo is known for. Holiday gifting idea? Buy me one too while you’re at it – your devoted editor at YD.

0 Designer: Mujjo

Nooka Zub Zirc 20 Giveaway!

Nooka Zub Zirc 20 Giveaway!

I wanna make you fabulous. I want you to feel good. I want you to smile and so I’m giving one of you lucky readers a chance to win a limited edition Nooka Zub Zirc 20 Clear Grey watch. The photo doesn’t do it any justice. The color is smoked out and makes this watch outstanding. For a chance to win, come up with the best meaning for the acronym N-O-O-K-A. You can be serious, clever, or funny. “No One Owns Koalas Anymore”. Leave it in comments. I’ll pick a winner this Friday. UPDATE: Winner announced soon.

0 Sponsor: Nooka

Silicone Bathroom Goodies

Silicone Bathroom Goodies

Oh snap, Kontextu’r and designer Josh Owen came up with bathroom accessories that are fun while err’ing on the side of sophistication. Fantastic job because I want all of it. The Hanging Line consists of a wall-mountable towel/magazine holder, a toilet paper roll holder and specially designed hooks – all made from flexible and durable silicone.  The toilet paper holder uses a magnetic catch to quickly change rolls. I’m less excited about the mirrors but as a stand-a-lone piece, they could transform a bathroom from drab to hella fab.

0 Designers: Josh OwnKontextu'r

Transform Your Shoes to All-Terrain

Transform Your Shoes to All-Terrain

There are snow chains for your tires, so why not your shoes?! The Yaktrax Run system is a traction accessory that can adapt to any shoe for comfort & performance in snow or difficult terrain. The asymmetrical shape was designed to match the contours of the foot & features swappable spike pods of different lengths that can be interchanged for different conditions. When you’re going back indoors, simply slip em off & throw in your bag! With winter just around the corner, its perfect for keeping up your routine!

0 Designer: BOLTgroup

Home Tweet Home

Home Tweet Home

Picto is a versatile and modern twist on the traditional birdhouse. A soft, playful shape and 17 colors to choose from make it an attractive addition to any garden, patio or balcony. Not only is it nice to look at, but the design has greater functionality than other birdhouses. The back features a glass door to observe nesting without disturbing and also makes it super-easy to clean. It’s the shelter of choice for picky feathered friends!

0 Designers: Laure Joye & Nicolas Bonnet

Less is More Lighting

Less is More Lighting

This minimal upright lamp concept, called the LED Uplighter, takes inspiration from historic design icons like Star Trek’s Starship Enterprise and Citroën’s unique one-spoke steering wheel. The design features two powerful, separate LED lights, one facing up and one down, with separate dimming controls that allows for total control over the ambience by simply adjusting its two intuitive touch buttons. Reduction in form, but not in functionality!

0 Designer: Claesson Koivisto Rune