Custom Embroidered Cases

Custom Embroidered Cases

Even though there are tons of phone case options out there, it’s hard to find one that’s original, let alone personalized. The DIY Stifin case makes it possible to create unique designs all your own by cross-stitching it directly onto the case (there’s also pattern guides for the stitch impaired!). After you’ve stitched your case, cross-stitch the earphone ornament to add a little cuteness to your phone and protect your earphone jack at the same time. It’s a fun way to make a case that’s so “you!”

0 Designer: Leese Design

Sticky Steamroller

Sticky Steamroller

If you guessed that this is the latest in heavy construction machinery, congratulations, you’re… WRONG! It’s not a steamroller at all! The latest from OTOTO, this deceiving design is actually a handy tape dispenser that will add a little character to your desktop. It makes tearing tape strips a cinch and, if you’re like me and constantly misplace your spare tape, the rear wheel opens to store extra rolls.

0 Designer: OTOTO Design

Rider and Bike Become One

Rider and Bike Become One

This cutting edge sports bike isn’t just HOT AS HELL aesthetically, it also uses cutting edge materials and technology to enhance safety and power. Hybrid technologies include specialized film and paint to harness solar energy and a kinetic energy recovery system as a secondary source of power. Coolest of all is a genius system of high-precision optic lenses and sensors that wirelessly connect to the rider’s HUD helmet to display everything from speed to object distance so the rider never has to look down.

0 Designers: Various

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.

0 Frog Portfolio Slam

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