No More A Cookbox

No More A Cookbox

Microwaves have always been boxy in design. Just changing their outward appearance isn’t innovation enough! The challenge is to come up with a practical design that is radical in features, plus space saving enough to abide by the modern-day kitchen diktats. Innowave is one such approach to out-of-the-box thinking. The microwave has been redesigned to fit in a kitchen like a regular drawer, thus freeing up the work surface.

0 Designer: Anoush Mortazavi

Stop That Door!

Stop That Door!

Hand Door Stopper is a clever way to pull down the doorstopper without having to bend over or using your foot. The stopping mechanism is integrated into the handle itself and is very convenient. Moreover the angle of the door handle will always make you aware that the stopper has been activated. So no accidental door-pushing! Simple and functional, just the way we like it.

0 Designers: Yu-Jin Kim, Jong-Chan Mun, Joon-Ki Park & Eun-Ji Yoo

Emergency Rescue Bike

Emergency Rescue Bike

Designed for use by the Coast Guard, the Sharpshooter electric bike concept aims to be a viable alternative to the current limited range motorcycles for routine patrols and emergency rescues. For water rescues, the body can be bent and transformed into a lightweight throwing device and the motor can be used as a winch for collecting rope quickly. Aside from being multifunctional, this electric bike is a more environmentally friendly way of patrolling compared to the common motorcycle.

0 Designer: Jurmol Yao

Demolition Robot

Demolition Robot

As construction methods grow in complexity, so does the need for more sophisticated demolition. Designer S. Dogan Sekercioglu imagines a future shift towards the use of unmanned robotics to reduce risky demolitions, especially those of nuclear plants, chemical factories, and sewers. The Cynomy demolition vehicle incorporates innovative controls and robotic arms that can be fitted with a number of tools to perform various tasks, moving humans out of harms way while providing calculated and precise maneuvers.

0 Designer: S. Dogan Sekercioglu

Home for the Modern Bird

Home for the Modern Bird

Designer Alejandra Castelao gives the traditional birdhouse a total facelift with this unorthodox design, the Nido Birdhouse. Made from ceramic and coated with a lead-free glaze, this geometric, multifaceted home is better shaped to resist the elements, and sports a futuristic feel our feathered friends are sure to appreciate.

0 Designer: Alejandra Castelao

Left And Right, Alright!

Left And Right, Alright!

I have been wearing contact lenses since I was in my 8th grade, so this story is too close to home and I know exactly how this design is going to help me. RLens are contacts with temperature-sensitive diagrams of “R” and “L” printed on them. The alphabets become visible when the lens is out of the eye and disappear when worn. This feature is beneficial in two ways: you will always wear the correct lens & incase you drop one; it will be easier to find it because of the visible lettering.

0 Designers: Young-Woo Choi, Seok-Young Ahn & Se-Ryeong Nam

Ambi-Keytar

Ambi-Keytar

As you might have guessed by its name, the Ambidextro keytar was designed for use by righties and lefties alike. The compact instrument features a unique double-sided key design that enables the musician to play two distinctive sounds in an ergonomic reach-around style, allowing for greater movement and musical control no matter the player’s dominant side. All we need now is a synthpop comeback!

0 Designer: Wilson Wen-Cheng Liang

The Perfect Pocket Phone

The Perfect Pocket Phone

I love me some snug jeans! The only problem is that I also love my big phone, and squeezing it out of my pocket just to check texts or the time can be quite a procedure. The slim, minimal Glance phone by designer Alan Farías is tight-jean friendly and features a genius little screen on its bottom side in addition to the larger main screen, so even when your phone is in your pocket you can take a discreet glance down to check the battery, see who’s blowing up your email, texts, twitter, or even to casually check the time.

0 Designer: Alan Gerardo Farías

Where the #@$% is the Bus?!

Where the #@$% is the Bus?!

If you’ve ever taken the bus you know the whole waiting part can be a total drag. It’s usually my luck that I’ll be tempted by the nearest snack shop, run in for something quick, and end up missing my ride! This smart bus shelter design, imagined specifically for the city of Dublin, syncs with buses to provide riders with a visual indication of estimated wait times through simple, color-changing LED panels.

0 Designer: John McGowan

Hyundai Concept Motorcycle Stretches

Hyundai Concept Motorcycle Stretches

Inspired by musculature, this concept evokes a fluidic sculpture from the upper and lower sections intertwined together. The whole body is made up of materials that stretch and contract just like your muscles do and enables steering without any kind of assistive apparatus. When turning a corner, the entire body relaxes so that it can smoothly corner, and when accelerating, it contracts to form a rigid body. I’m totally intrigued by the idea. Not so sure about the design though.

0 Designer: Min Seong Kim

iPhone 5'ish Likes Your Fingerprints

iPhone 5′ish Likes Your Fingerprints

The iPhone5 concept by Zeki Ozek suggests using a fingerprint scanner instead of home button. You can assign your fingerprints for opening apps. Swipe your finger twice for background working apps and of course use your fingerprint for NFC payments and app store purchases. It looks similar to the iPhone 4 except squattier (sic) – cute chubby little thing. I’m 100% sure the real iPhone 5 won’t integrate any of these features but that brings up the question, why aren’t any of the major smartphone makers using biometric sensors?

0 Designer: Zeki Ozek

Ear Cleaning With A Zing

Ear Cleaning With A Zing

We have professional ear cleaners here in India, who can be found on the streets, ready to clean out the earwax for a petty fee. Amazing as it sounds, the uppercrust doesn’t indulge in the practice, they still prefer the trust old ear bud! And this brings me to the Easy Buds; a redesign of the old with added features like adjustable buds and contour fitting! The bud consists of three major parts flexible rubber cover, adjustable stainless steel sheet and detachable synthetic rubber buds. Apparently this design is more comfortable to use and is more effective in collecting the wax.

0 Designer: Basil Jose

Coffee Delights

Coffee Delights

This delightful Nespresso concept machine is as clean and crisp in design as a smooth cuppa cappuccino! It is a basic machine with minimal functions and can be operated with one simple action. The handle reclines back allowing you to insert the ground coffee beans or coffee capsules; a choice between a short or long espresso on the dial switch makes you the heavenly cuppa joy.

0 Designer: Eyal Carmi