Infatuated by a Phone

Infatuated by a Phone

You have to agree that our mobile phones have become an emotional extension of who we are. Right from the screensaver to the mood message to apps (like Siri), details like these give several insights to a person’s individuality. Concepts like the Empathy and now the Heartbeat Mobile Phone, all go to show how the future foresees us building an intimate relationship with our device. Healthy or not, this kinda intuitive interactive-ness is here to stay!

0 Designer: Sang-hoon Lee

Design, Draw, Repeat

Design, Draw, Repeat

Inspired by similar creative methodologies, designer Duncan McKean’s Iterations cards are geared specifically towards product designers. Each card has an input as well as a set of ambiguous instructions that will get your creative juices flowing. Experiencing “designer’s block?” simply start with your concept sketch, draw a card, and add to your concept based around your interpretation of what the card says. 

0 Designer: Duncan J McKean

Go-Anywhere Drinking Water Condenser

Go-Anywhere Drinking Water Condenser

NJORD (named after the god of the sea by the same name) is a portable water condenser targeted for warmer climates that was designed to condense the moisture in the surrounding atmosphere to create useable drinking water throughout the day. An internal thermostat monitors air temperature and adjusts an internal polar polymer to create the needed conditions for condensation to occur inside the bottle. Simply turn on the device and in two hours you’ll have a liter of water (in 50% humidity). Genius!

0 Designer: Reymin De Leon

Riot!!

Riot!!

So it might be just a little paranoid, but the Riot Table is definitely one uniquely versatile piece (and quite attractive!). A response to recent rioting around the world, the table features a welded steel pipe frame and removable top that doubles as a shield! You never know!

0 Designer: Max & Max

Always Socially Connected

Always Socially Connected

The LG Finestra is a display-charging cradle-Smartphone concept. What we have here is a display with a charging cradle and the ability to sync with the Smartphone so that you can access your social sites at whim. The advantage is that you can manipulate the display to showcase pictures as a window display and enjoy different sceneries. The phone beams out a virtual keyboard for easy navigation.

0 Designer: Kairi Eguchi Design

When Skinny Appliances are Cool

When Skinny Appliances are Cool

The trend with appliances these days is to get slimmer and sleeker so that you don’t hide them in closed cupboards but proudly show them off as a part of your kitchen décor. Consider Slim Toaster to be a part of this concept. Wall-mounted and with a very practical approach towards functionality, I’d use this over my current Philips Toaster, any day.

0 Designers: Muzaffer KOÇER & Ayca Guven

Urban Jungle Aircraft

Urban Jungle Aircraft

About the same size as a Mini Cooper and twice as fast, the Megacity Aviation concept was designed to transport goods rapidly through cities with major gridlock. The majority of the biofiber reinforced bioplastic frame is hollow like the bones of a bird, making it incredibly lightweight. Powered by two hydraulically operated coaxial rotors, it’s highly maneuverable and can carry up to 200kg.

0 Designer: Alex Jantschke

Reptilian Roadster

Reptilian Roadster

Designer Zhi Min Lin’s prediction for the future of ground transportation is that cities will become so crowded & dense that new streets will eventually change from the current 2D flat roads into a 3D U shape to utilize limited space. The U-Wall Lizard is a vehicle adapted for driving on these new roads. Four independently powered wheels, expandable clawed tires & a unique suspension system allow it to grip terrain on both horizontal & highly angled surfaces all while balancing the body of the vehicle.

0 Designer: Zhi Min Lin

Manga Art Handles

Manga Art Handles

If you’re familiar with Manga art then you know that the stylistically angular shapes and bold expressions, particularly of the eyes, make it instantly recognizable. The Mangake and Mangaka doorhandles were inspired by the form of the distinct eye shape, and reflect the elegance and beauty of the popular Japanese art.

0 Designer: Sanchit Gupta

Handsfree Landline

Handsfree Landline

Sadly not much innovation has come about in landline phones, which is why the Wavelength comes as a breath of fresh air. Basically the phone does away with ‘any external receiver or headset to transmit and receive sound.’ What this means is that you talk totally handsfree without the fear of eavesdropping and multitask like taking notes or chop some vegetables!

0 Designer: Daniel Fitzgerald

In the Mood for Neon

In the Mood for Neon

Adding a third dimension to bendable neon tubes can have spectacular results. I’m talking about the Neon Tetra, a mood lamp that breaks the 100 year old tradition of glass tube bending only in 2 D. Vibrant and soulfully geometric, the lamp looks Über cool in pink, blue, red, green and yellow hues. As the designers point out, “looks high tech, cold to touch & consumes lesser power compared to light bulbs.” Me wants!

0 Designers: Paul Sandip and Suhasini Paul

All-Terrain Electric Beast

All-Terrain Electric Beast

The menacing-looking Misha all-terrain vehicle was designed specifically as a family car for use in the harsh Siberian climate. The slightly asymmetric body exists so the driver has a little more room to operate comfortably and so passengers can have a unique riding experience from seat-to-seat. Powered by four independent electric motors located in each wheel, Misha also features tires inspired by bear claws that have been adapted to grip the most treacherous of terrain.

0 Designer: Alekseev Andrey

Smarty iPad Cover

Smarty iPad Cover

As a proud iPad owner, I am disappointed to say I have yet to find a cover that I really love. I’m a purist at heart (and maybe even a little picky), so I like to hold the bare iPad & feel the aluminum back & overall thinness. The Smart Stand Sleeve is probably the closest thing I’ll find to what I want. It uses an ingenious folding technique & magnets to transform the case from a soft, protecting sleeve  (that isn’t bound to the iPad) into an angled stand for working or watching videos.

0 Designers: Various