Clever ID Tag

Clever ID Tag

Braille Electric Plug Tags are Velcro fastening labels that identify a plug using Braille, embossed icon and English abbreviation of products. The concept is backed by the research that many independent visually impaired folks find it difficult to identify their appliance/gadget plugs, especially when many of them are hooked on a multi-socket power board. Clever and easily reusable, the concept is good for regular folks too.

0 Designer: Shuwen Chen

Breaking Grounds with Brick

Breaking Grounds with Brick

Brick is a sleek personal computer with a transparent display that kinda reminds you of concepts that Mac likes to work on. The concept here uses technology to the max by packing in features like magnifier, text translation, video and still photography, projector and much more. Working on the maxim that “a PC is no longer a PC anymore,” the designer duo want to convey that accessible networks and true mobility are the key ingredients of futurist products…even if it’s a PC!

0 Designers: Shaocheng Huang & Yuyin Huang

Trike Chair

Trike Chair

This interesting design aims to fulfill two very distinct functions: recreational biking and seating! At first glance, the C-Bike is just a chair on wheels, but attach it’s front-mounted 3rd wheel and you’ve got a fixed gear trike for trips to the park or around the neighborhood. A stabilizer on the inside of each wheel ensures you won’t roll away when your seated.

0 Designer: Reza Rachmat Sumirat

Modern Phototherapy for Newborns

Modern Phototherapy for Newborns

The Firefly is the first low-cost phototherapy device trusted by Southeast Asian clinicians to be used for treating newborn jaundice in the same room with mothers in rural hospitals, optimizing the cycle of phototherapy and feeding for rapid and effective treatment. Its combination top & bottom phototherapy, table-top size, easily cleanable bassinet, intuitiveness, and high-tech aesthetic make it an ideal (and affordable) device for low-resource, remote settings like Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

0 Designer: Design that Matters

Mercedes' 125th Anniversary

Mercedes’ 125th Anniversary

Mercedes Benz celebrated its 125th anniversary last year. There aren’t many motor companies that can lay claim to lasting longer than a centennial. It seems a creative light switch was turned on in Stuttgart because that A Class concept they released last year was absolutely stunning. Excuse me, my mind is still blown. On a completely related yet unrelated note (read: not an official Benz concept), designer Peter Verdai created this concept to celebrate 125 years of  3-pointed star awesomeness.

0 Designer: Peter Vardai

Well Configured Life

Well Configured Life

Steve Jobs once said that people don’t know what they until you show it to them. This is probably why we have independent gadgets now vying for integration with features of mainstream products. Can your tablet take good pictures; is your cellphone smart like a computer; can your MP3 player shoot videos? Not only are we duplicating applications, we are also diluting the individuality of a device. I’m not going to judge on the technology wastage here, instead I’ll update you on concepts like the Lifebook. An idea that integrates a tablet, camera, phone and music player to collectively form the hardware for a laptop!

0 Designer: Prashant Chandra

Ironing with a Twist

Ironing with a Twist

The 360 Iron is the result of an exploration into the evolution of the common iron and a representation of key improvements made to an appliance that has otherwise experienced minimal change over the years. The design revolves around a flexible, ergonomic joint that transfers twisting of the wrist to the iron itself thereby reducing hand-strain. A touch-screen display replaces complex dials and buttons adding to its intuitiveness and overall easy of use.

0 Designer: Bernardo Bajana

Relaxation Pod

Relaxation Pod

A response to increasingly urbanized environments, the SleepBox is a contemporary piece of furniture designed to be resting spot in semi-public spaces like airports and offices. To withstand constant use, the solid shell is composed of hardwearing, durable HIMACS that  also makes the seamless appearance possible. It’s as visually captivating as it is functional for catching up on a little R&R.

0 Designer: Caspar Lohner

Living Lotus

Living Lotus

This delicate-looking, floral inspired design by Hyun-Seok Kim at first looks like a sculptural floating egg, but when the petal-like sides come down the interior is revealed as a cabin fit with an underwater panoramic view, convertible sofa-bed, and water level deck. The Fiorella isn’t so much a yacht as it is a maneuverable floating picnic spot, but it is just as entertaining!

0 Designer: Hyun-Seok Kim

Magic Pen

Magic Pen

Recorder is this magic pen that converts your written notes into electronic files and then transfers it to your phone and computer via Bluetooth. I think it’s a great idea and can actually encourage us writers to take to the book and pen more often. I bet authors and illustrators will love it too! My only wish – it auto spellchecks the files.

0 Designers: Various

Funky Shoe Style

Funky Shoe Style

As the name suggests Topless Shoes have no upper constrictions or bindings. It’s like sinking your foot into a warm cushy hole and expecting it to ‘walk’ with you at every step. The elastic layer called ‘muscle’ parts under the foot and encloses it in a firm yet comfortable grip. Ideal for folks who find wearing shoes a huge task, and I’d sure like to give them a try.

0 Designers: Various

Minimalist Nano Wristband

Minimalist Nano Wristband

Though there are hundreds of iPod Nano watch band designs on the market now, few are as minimal and simple as Curve Creative’s NANOLET. The lightweight, flexible band is 3D printed as one single component that simply wraps around your wrist for a quick and easy way to carry your Nano. Perfect for users on the run! Own it here.

0 Designer: Curve Creative

Furnishings on Fire

Furnishings on Fire

While LED light is energy efficient and long lasting, it can also be hard to look at! With this in mind, Estudi Arola’s BlancoWhite series of table-top bookcases, shelving and wall lamps feature hidden strips of LED that are focused toward the center of each piece, creating a warm, indirect glow that won’t blind the viewer. It’s a versatile collection that’s as beautiful in the dark as it is in the light.

0 Designer: Estudi Arola