Gardening for All

Gardening for All

The U-CAN, inspired by the elephant’s super-functional trunk, features an extended tactile spout and built-in wheels on either side of its reservoir that make it easy to pull from gardening area to gardening area. Usable by adults, children and seniors alike, this functional design is particularly useful to users with limited mobility or strength by preventing injuries and exhaustion.

0 Designer: Diane Dupire

Blade Bodyguard

Blade Bodyguard

I cringe every time I see an ice skate in a horror movie… you know that thing is going in someone’s head! You’d think that would be a reminder to be extra careful, but accidents still happen with those super sharp blades. Kootsu’s new skateguard protects both the blade & the user with a patented spring-activated catch & release mechanism that allows the unit to be installed on the skate blade with minimal contact & effort. A widened rubber sole also enables the user to safely walk in the them as if they were shoes.

0 Designer: Aki Hirano & OHM

Ultra-Compact Bike Share

Ultra-Compact Bike Share

The Urbanspeed bike-share system aims to not only reduce the carbon footprints of urban societies, but also the overall physical space that other systems often overlook. A sliding frame combined with folding pedals and rotating handlebars allow the bikes to compress to 22% of their size, minimizing the space they occupy in public spaces.

0 Designer: Hamish Tennent

Tattoo with a Purpose

Tattoo with a Purpose

The Arrow concept looks at starting a trend amongst teens, where they get hooked to sticking these glow-in-the-dark arrow-tattoos, which double up as hand signals for night time cycling. The socially responsible message is evident and I think the ‘cool quotient’ is good enough to lure sensible and safe riding practices. Love it!

0 Designers: Weiche Wu & Kwang Hyun Ahn

New Bathtub Obsession

New Bathtub Obsession

I am going to assume that the Lotus is a Bluetooth speaker that syncs with your smartphones and devices, to provide sublime auditory satisfaction while taking a soak. Float it next to your yellow duck and simply take in the ripple sensations as they stir the water in rhythm to the beats of the music. Waterproof et al, the Lotus has in it the makings of a brilliant new bath toy! I want one now.

0 Designer: Lim Loren

Prismatic Storage

Prismatic Storage

Peep is a unique series of lightweight, portable storage units is composed of sheer panels that come in a number of different hues. The semitransparent sides give the design a feeling of lightness and allow your most prized tchotchkes to be admired from any angle. In 4 different shapes and sizes, they’re a colorful option for an endless variety of functions.

0 Designer: Note

Hold the Phone

Hold the Phone

Gotta love the über-cool iLoop iPhone holder! The designer was inspired one day while playing with an phone in one hand and an old exercise hand grip in the other. The resulting design has a playful aesthetic and is a nifty solution for stabilizing your iphone when you’re recording videos, FaceTiming with friends, or playing music.

0 Designer: PROVOCO

Fighter Inspired

Fighter Inspired

Though the brand may be nearing its end, Swedish automaker SAAB will always be remembered for producing and advancing the technology of jet fighters still in use today. An ode to SAAB’s rich history, this coupe concept takes inspiration (and name) from the Viggen fighter, mimicking its lines, glass cockpit canopy and overall clean design.

0 Designer: Feliciano Ruy-Díaz

Things That iPad3 is Not!

Things That iPad3 is Not!

iPad3 is not a tablet with an extending screen; however the Extending Note is! Made from two modules stacked together, this baby can slide sideways to transform a regular tablet to a megacreen in a jiffy! The goodness extends to solar charging capabilities and OLED screen, features that you simply won’t find in the upcoming iPad announcement!

0 Designer: Kim Hyung Geun

Sexy Manhole Cover

Sexy Manhole Cover

The Fuel Cover is a manhole cover that serves two essential purposes. Primarily it functions as a safety indicator, displaying the methane and noxious gas levels from the ducts running below the road. Secondly it acts as a hub to harness biogas and kinetic energy that can be used by maintenance workers for their equipments, when they require it. As far as innovation, the precautionary feature serves more purpose than the plausible use as a power reserve. No doubt, the cover looks slick!

0 Designers: Wang Yi & Ji Ze

A Cute Lil' Space Heater

A Cute Lil’ Space Heater

Inspired by the warm winds that originate in the Mediterranean between Africa and Spain, the Levante 360° fan heater provides efficient multidirectional heat that is pushed outward from the circular vent that surrounds the body. Unlike many conventional designs on the market, the Levante’s protective grille is replaced by an attractive tactile shell that makes it almost unrecognizable as a space heater (as you know, they can be quite an eyesore).

0 Designers: Stefan Otzelberger & Denis Beyer

Touch Sensitive Digitar

Touch Sensitive “Digitar”

As the name indicates, the Touch Sensitive Guitar uses Touchskin surfaces in the neck, drum and wheel that allow users to effortlessly strum to their favorite tune. Aside from being easy to use, the guitar also includes a myriad of features including wireless linking to social media sites where you can see how you measure up to your friends and direct downloading of digital music tutorials for the built-in LED lighting guide.

0 Designer: Formquadrat

Plug and Glow

Plug and Glow

The verSTECKlichT is a quick solution to providing a subtle glow to any area imaginable. The super-simple design consists of a single socket and plug, both covered by wooden caps, and a neon glowing ring accent. Connect to any outlet for instantaneous illumination that you can hang from the ceiling, dangle on the wall, or rest on a flat surface.

0 Designer: Modell-N