Written Messages

Written Messages

Rediscover the art of writing to your friends rather than typing on cold keyboards. Get it done with ‘Handwriting’, a digital tool fashioned as a pen that replicates this long forgotten art! Photoelectric sensors on the tip record your messages and transfer to your chat-friends via the Internet. Your friend’s chat appears on the side screen of the pen. Friends online and available for tête à tête are indicated via flashy lights and I think its kinda cool.

0 Designer: REN Fangying

Life-Size Tetris!

Life-Size Tetris!

The blocky styling of the To Gather series of furniture is more than just a little reminiscent of the famous puzzle video game Tetris! The modular sofa engages the user with individual elements that can be pieced together to form countless seating combinations that will never get old. A convertible loveseat/sofa, chairs available with or without arms, and a variety of colors offer even more personal customization.

0 Designer: Studio Lawrence

WiFi Fireplace, Seriously!

WiFi Fireplace, Seriously!

Designed with intelligent mobility in mind, fireplace manufacturer Escea’s handsome new line of gas fireplaces give users the ability to control all aspects of the fireplace directly from their iPhone or Android smart phone.  Simply download the app and in a jiffy you can control the temperature, flame, and manage the timer. Like the ultra wide, see-through DX1500 model featured here, the line is not only smart but incredibly stylish!

0 Designer: Escea

Hanging Hangers

Hanging Hangers

Gotta love this clever design by designer Jo Jae-Min. From afar the Dual Hanger looks like a stylish yet fairly standard coat rack, but take a closer look and you’ll notice that its removable “hooks” actually double as coat hangers!

0 Designer: Jo Jae-Min

Teaness

Teaness

I consider myself to be an amateur tea connoisseur, not so much about actual tea leaves. More so on the entire experience of making tea. Electric kettles, teapots, cups, etc. I have a whole cupboard filled with various tea sets and I’m so ready to throw down some cash to obtain TeaForTwo by designer David Pickett. They’re modern, handmade, 100% ceramic with a simple, functional yet elegant design. The main teapot with the exaggerated spout is genius. Love it. Fits me to a “tea”.

0 Designer: David Pickett

Shopping Assistant for the Blind

Shopping Assistant for the Blind

The See assistive technology concept aims to alleviate some of the difficulties in the process of product consumption that affect so many people with visual impairments. The ingenious bracelet-to-headphone system allows the user to scan bar-codes directly from their wrist and receive real-time audio information about the product at hand. Using the tool, visually impaired users can now compare prices of similar items, understand technical data, and easily find the desired color of a product they are seeking.

0 Designer: Dinard José da Mata Filho

Tablet Phone or Phone Tablet – You Decide

Tablet Phone or Phone Tablet – You Decide

Mobikoma is a concept phone based on modules that fasten on to each other via micro locks. Each module has its own power supply and computing processor making it a powerful individual. However the purpose is to use them collectively as a phone and if you’re in the mood for it, a mini tablet. There are two specific elements dedicated to the SIM storage with phone memory and microphone. These elements are distinguished with their fancy etchings on the back.

0 Designer: Kamil Izrailov

Inner Beauty

Inner Beauty

Plenty of lighting designs utilize reflective plates to maximize their output and direction, but none do it quite like the Eclipitic Lamp. A metal cone delicately descends inside an acrylic passage, reflecting the beam from above outwards. The intensity of the the light increases or decreases depending on the position of the reflective cone which changes in clear view of the user through its clear tubular casing.

0 Designer: James McNab

Wheelchair GT

Wheelchair GT

As you might have guessed by the name, the Ultra Long Distance Wheelchair was designed to extend the thrill of long distance touring to cyclists with disabilities. Inspired by the principles of GT automobiles, the trike was designed with an emphasis on comfort and high speed over straight-out performance, though it’s certainly not lacking. It’s one ultra-stylish ultra-tourer!

0 Designer: Andrew Mitchell

Opel Experimental Vehicle

Opel Experimental Vehicle

This futuristic EV is Opel’s premier aim at delivering electric mobility that’s affordable for everyone. The Rak e (pronounced rack-ee) is made entirely of recyclable, synthetic material and weighs only a third the weight of a modern car. The Rak E offers zero-emission driving and can travel 61 miles on a single 3 hour charge. The “inside-out” design approach dictated the unique form which features exposed rear wheels and a fighter plane-like cockpit fit with information displays and infotainment.

0 Designer: KISKA in cooperation with Opel

Cooking on Time

Cooking on Time

Well here’s a novel idea; an integrated timer on a pot lid called Time Me. Set exactly how long something is to simmer, boil, blanche and whatever else cookbooks tell you to do. This idea seems so obvious. If you’ve seen something similar, shoot me a link otherwise I’m going to have to call Captain Oblivious because this is most certainly a job for him. There’s no mention of what kind of “ding” the timer will make, because you know – that ding is very important. Zojirushi rice cookers hum a little diddy when they’ve completed their cook cycle. This needs something similar.

0 Designers: Various

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