Prosthesis of the Future

Prosthesis of the Future

To ensure the most accurate and comfortable fit, the Active Leg prosthetic concept uses structural sheet metal with programmable deformation zones and an internal layer for pressure and temperature measurements. Sound a little complicated? Just wait… it also includes a neuro-circuit sensor that sends and receives info to and from the brain to control electro-active polymers (sort of like a faux-muscle). Pretty cool (even though we might have to wait until the year 2050!).

0 Designer: Jorge Rui Machado F. Silva

Bird's Eye View of Baby

Bird’s Eye View of Baby

There are two things that almost every parent/newborn has – a baby monitor and mobile. Why not combine the two?! This was the challenge driving designer Denny Tsai to create the Aegis mobile/monitor combination. As a toy, the device keeps newborns pacified, but its embedded video camera also provides parents a bird’s eye view of the crib that no other monitor on the market currently provides.

0 Designer: Denny Tsai

Non-Lethal Home Defense

Non-Lethal Home Defense

I’m not a big advocate for weapon design in general, BUT this design aims to provide a non-lethal solution for defending your home when the security system and locks have failed. The weapon pulses and invisible laser that super-heats the surrounding air. The resulting plasma explosion delivers a swift kick to the intruder while electro magnetic waves induce temporary paralysis. OUCH!

0 Designer: Isaac Richardson

Awesome Bot

Awesome Bot

This curiously fun robot design merges advanced connectivity technologies and an adorable steampunk aesthetic, making it more than just a toy but a complete interactive experience. Using an iPhone or iPad, the user can control it to play games, perform tasks or even let it interact on its own with other robots! The designer has thought of everything! An on-board camera, high quality display, multiple apps, seamless connectivity… the list goes on!

0 Designer: Jaehong Eric Han

iPhone LiquidMetal Orgasm

iPhone LiquidMetal Orgasm

I love Antoine Brieux’s enthusiasm and his perception of the next-gen iPhone. Rumors about the use of LiquidMetal’s alloy and how durable yet liquid the overall experience will be, has got me excited (what can I say…. I’m a fangirl!). For the moment this iPhone 5 LM Concept fills the gap, with its virtual ‘Home Button’ replacing the physical one. Utopian specs whet our appetite while Jony Ive and his team keep the real deal under wraps.

0 Designer: Antoine Brieux for NAK Studio

Put a Bird On It!

Put a Bird On It!

The latest in a trend of avian-themed product designs, the Marina’s Bird collection takes the form of our feathered friends in an iconic series of ceiling and tabletop lamps. Sure to bring life to any interior space, the playful designs comes in a wide range of materials from wood to glass to fit any style.

0 Designer: Fajnodesign

Ceramic Craftsmanship

Ceramic Craftsmanship

Somewhere between a three-legged stool and a china ornamet, the Ceramiko stool blurs the boundary between functional furniture and decoration. Made in Stroke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England, the slip-cast stool keeps the tradition of quality ceramic craftsmanship that has continued in the area since the 17th century. Rest assured… it’s top notch. Get it here!

0 Designer: Moko Sellars

Timed Cluck for Better Tea

Timed Cluck for Better Tea

Chicken & Kitchen is a quirky take on timer-enabled teapots. I love the bright red rooster-esque reference to the timer feature. As easy as it says….turn the crank to set the time from 5 minutes to about an hour, and at the set minute, this chicken is sure to cluck! Ah, the pleasures of a perfectly steeped cuppa chai; hard to deny myself one!

0 Designer: Jin Young

The Raincoat Bag!

The Raincoat Bag!

Love the idea of this Telescopic Raincoat, so much so that if it ever sees the light of day, I’m buying a pack of six for my family! A strategically located drawstring near the hood folds the entire raincoat inside out to a dry bag, making it easy to carry indoors. Unfurling the coat simply requires you to shake it out. Simple and awesome!

0 Designers: Various

Braille Rail for the Visually Impaired

Braille Rail for the Visually Impaired

This thoughtful design addresses the independence sought by visually impaired persons who prefer or have to get around spaces with out assistance from others. The Raynes Rail is a handrail system that features Braille messages located on the rail’s inner face. In addition to the raised messages, audio information can also be accessed at strategic locations (a tool which sighted individuals will also appreciate).

0 Designer: Coco Raynes Associates

Audio On-The-Go

Audio On-The-Go

FYLM is a foldable speaker that goes anywhere you want it to go!  Just millimeters thick, the flexible form can be folded and tucked away into any pocket, notebook or handbag for convenience. Simply unfold it and connect to your device for full, rich, directional sound. It’s the perfect on-the-go companion for portable audio anywhere. Genius!

0 Designer: designaffairs

Fitness and Style Combined

Fitness and Style Combined

At first glance, Vela might look like nothing more than a peculiar modern sculpture, but it’s actually the first of a new breed of exercise equipment designed for the aesthetically attuned user. The design thumbs its nose at other exercise bikes that, more often than not, end up an eye-sore in many people’s living rooms.

0 Designer: Lunar Studio

iPhone Nook

iPhone Nook

Gotta love this simple, attractive and user-focused Nook iPhone Alarm Clock! Nook features a tactile surface and ergonomic shape, making it comfortable and easy to use in both landscape and portrait modes. In addition, a Nook app is available as an easy-to-use, attractive alarm clock that perfectly suits the aesthetic of the pure white unit.

0 Designer: Rob Bye