Desktop Warmth

Desktop Warmth

My Luncbox is a very nifty appliance to have in your office. It takes away the bother of queuing up in front of the office microwave at lunchtime. A USB enabled base hooks up to your laptop for power sourcing and heats up the warming element in a jiffy. Simply place your lunchbox on top of the warmer, set your time and temperature, and it’s all set. It will even pop a message on your laptop to let you know that lunch is warm and ready to be served. Awesome!

0 Designer: Dan Lou

Eye Candy Camera

Eye Candy Camera

I love the Iris concept camera for its utilitarian functionality and simplicity. The camera works at the command of your blinks, yes and its so amazing. Its almost as if you gaze into a crystal ball and capture moments that you think are precious and then share it with the world. The concept uses biometric technology to identify people by recognizing their unique iris signatures. Once it identifies the iris, it automatically uploads that users preferred setting. It even recognizes subjects using the same technology and even tags them.

0 Designer: Mimi Zou

Limber Lamp

Limber Lamp

Gotta love this clever design by Product Tank! The Clamp Lamp was inspired by those silly collapsing toys that stand and fall with the press of a button. Like the toys, the lamp uses an internal system of cables that make it flexible when the lever is gripped or rigid when released. The user can bend it, move it, twist it, or turn it to the desired shape or light direction with one simple squeeze.

0 Designer: Product Tank

High Tech Grooming

High Tech Grooming

Here’s a design that every guy, not just metrosexuals, will appreciate. Headcase combines the functionality of a hairdryer and infrared hair-growth stimulating technology into a sporty design that looks more like a power tool than a blow dryer (man-growl here). If it means preventing hair loss, you bet he’ll use it!

0 Designer: Filippa Vajda

Vinyl Goes Wirelesss

Vinyl Goes Wirelesss

Designer Kőrös Benedek noticed that 99% of today’s vinyl players were designed for DJs and were really more suitable for mixing or scratching than playing music. His response was this compact player, designed for serious music junkies. While the Golden Era is minimal, it utilizes advanced technologies like DLNA and Airplay to bridge the gap between the MP3 generation and the golden era of music.

0 Designer: Kőrös Benedek

YD Live at the 2012 red dot awards!

YD Live at the 2012 red dot awards!

That’s right ya’ll! We’ve been practicing our red carpet walk & we’re ready to head back to Deutschland for the 2012 red dot product design awards!

We’ll be d̶r̶u̶n̶k celebrating alongside this year’s laureates, the best of the best & the design team of the year to honor the greatest designs of 2012! Of course, we wish we could bring you, but we’re fairly certain the hotel might have a problem with us all trying to squeeze into one room. Sigh… but don’t worry! We’re bringing red dot to you!

0 red dot gala live - July 2, 2012 - 8:30 pm CET

Capturing The Bigger Picture

Capturing The Bigger Picture

In an era where cameras are as sleek as the Nikon and Canon, coming up with arustic design as the M-icro Camera is quite a dare. However, this dare pay-off and gives us a delightful macro camera that captures macro photography effectively. Incorporating the elements of art deco, the ergonomic form and simplistic functions, make it a complete package of desire. It is interesting to note that the zoom feature has been simplified and enlarged, so that it’s an easy-to-use cam.

0 Designer: Thomas Sims

Shade Under The Lampbrella

Shade Under The Lampbrella

The concept of the Lampbrella is as romantic as getting wet in the rains with your partner. The design incorporates a rain and motion sensor into the shaft of the streetlamp and opens up the umbrella canopy when it rains. It’s a clever integration of a street lamp and umbrella, but my only worry is that it may end up injuring someone while opening or closing. So till that open-close system is not refined, lets just call this a romantic solution!

0 Designer: Mikhail Belyaev

Flying Bike... 'Nuff Said!

Flying Bike… ‘Nuff Said!

I know what you’re thinking – NO WAY! But hypothetically, this idea is pretty cool. The Flying Bike concept uses a complex combination of advanced lightweight structural elements and high-precision propulsion and stabilization technology to give lift to the rider for brief periods of time; 5 minutes or so to be exact. You might not be able to weave in and out of traffic, but you might be able to fly over it!

0 Designer: Technodat, Evektor and Duratec

Experience Color Through Touch

Experience Color Through Touch

As you can imagine, the concept of understanding color can be incredibly challenging for visually impaired individuals. The Reveal project aims to bring a tactile system of simple shapes that can be easily learned by anyone for application in everyday life. Using tactile flashcards and posters as well as an audio-app for smartphones, colors are associated with touch and relayed to the user. Tactile tags on clothing and other objects then provide color information simply be feeling.

0 Designers: Melissa Kelly, Allen Aliangan, and Chhunpora Rith

Über-Functional iPhone Case

Über-Functional iPhone Case

I’m sure you’ve picked up on the trend of iPhone cases that do more than just protect the device- we’ve seen designs with kickstands and others with compartments for headphones. Finally, here’s one that has both! The Ö Case features a multifunctional component that stores ear-buds and also doubles as a stand to prop up the device. It’s still compact enough that the user won’t notice a difference in size.

0 Designer: Loyto Esineiden

Cozy Cooking Stove

Cozy Cooking Stove

Angoria incorporates a new fabric surface to cooking food; it allows cooking and heating directly into a tissue, without any extra kitchenware. Inspired by the biomimetic process in a watermelon, the appliances aims to make cooking a convenience using minimum utensils and procedures. The designer explains the working process, after the jump.

0 Designer: Ana Marta

Doodle-an-AC

Doodle-an-AC

Functional Window AC is a lighter-side-of-life take on window ACs and the general concept of owning updated appliances. With innovations in technology and frequent design changes, most window air conditioners get outdated pretty fast. By equipping this concept with a blank sketching surface, the designer suggests that we design our own AC covers and keep them updated with doodles and current themes.

0 Designer: Stephen Reon Francisco