Don’t be a Dinosaur, Join the IDSA Conference Today!

Don’t be a Dinosaur, Join the IDSA Conference Today!

You can’t afford to miss this year’s IDSA’s 2011 International Conference COMMUNITY: YOU.ME.WE Sept. 14-17, 2011 in New Orleans! The focus is on Community and speakers like Clay Shirky and Grant McCracken will give you insights on how consumers are shifting the conversation through engagement and participation. Other speakers include folks from YouTube, SENO etc. Today is the LAST DAY for Regular Registrations, so head over to IDSA and save your spot.

0 Conference Dates: 14-17 September 2011

Mixing Bar with Dumb!

Mixing Bar with Dumb!

I’m all for tidy exercise equipment at home or at work and this Bar&Dumbbell fits the bill right. In one clever re-design shift of merging designs, two heavy-duty gym equipments get an aesthetic new avatar and occupy much lesser space. Very clever!

0 Designer: Jun Hyun Kim

Modulating The iPhone Sound

Modulating The iPhone Sound

The Air Module is a very simple speaker design that requires no power supply! Yea, you got that right! It has a rubber brake, wood and ceramic system that allows it to modulate sound. Have a look at the pictures inside and you will know what I mean. So basically the module just envelops your iPhone (or any other device) and pipes out the music in rhythm. Cool!

0 Designer: Arthur Trichelieu

Doodle Masterpiece

Doodle Masterpiece

The Masterpiece Pad is a great take on the doodle pad that features a variety of whimsical frames that instantly give each piece a sense of permanence, encouraging the drawer to keep their work of art. Fold the pre-cut flaps, insert the tabs that hold it together and voila- you’ve got your own doodle masterpiece!

0 Designer: Benjamin Parton

Cleaning Cuttlefish Style

Cleaning Cuttlefish Style

To help preserve wildlife and the environment, the Oceanic Cleaning System uses solar power and automated satellite units to seek out and capture plastic particles and man-made waste. Inspired by cuttlefish, the satellites use lateral fins to maneuver through the water, collecting plastic and other debris. After waste is collected, the units navigate back to the base where it is deposited and sorted for recycling.

0 Designer: Erik Borg

DIY, FLat-pack Bamboo and Glass

DIY, FLat-pack Bamboo and Glass

Gotta love this simple, flat-pack, DIY design by designer Tamara Petrovic. The Star Table is the result of a study in form triangulation and features light frame construction that consists of 4 thin planes that interlock to form a lightweight, strong and stable base.

0 Designer: Tamara Petrovic

Scanning Watch

Scanning Watch

Inspired by scanning devices for scanning targets in sci-fi movies, the Sonar Watch has three themes – blue for sonar, green for radar, and red for a scanner interface. The time is shown as three targets which are lit up. By pressing a button, a radar/sonar/scanner animation will play. The dots represent the hour, minutes and seconds. Cool, novel design. Definitely something I could see Tokyoflash selling.

0 Designer: Samuel Jerichow

Helmet with Wristband Indicators... No You Cool

Helmet with Wristband Indicators… No You Cool

The Aura Commuter Cycle Helmet has an incorporated rear light and detachable wristband indicators. The indicators are automatically activated when the cyclist raises their arm to signal. The indicators attach to the helmet when not in use. The helmet was design to be appropriately styled to fit the urban environment, offering an alternative to race derived helmet designs.

0 Designer: Joseph Thomas

Tape on USB

Tape on USB

I’m a sucker for retro cassette tape concepts and they always take me back in time. So check this Player & Tape Concept, which features a portable music player that can dock 3 USB sticks at a time. It comes with a mock USB cassette tape that can store music and can be shared with friends. Just like how you used to make mix-tapes and compile romantic love songs! Ah, those were the days…

0 Designer: Jung Hoon Lee

Braille iPad

Braille iPad

The Omnifer is an innovative cover for the iPad that transforms it’s flat surface into Braille, reflecting the contents of the page you are surfing. Essentially the idea is to make the iPad accessible to the sight impaired. If supporting technology for this does come around, then I’m sure it will be quite a revolutionary concept to be commercialized. Nevertheless, when not in the Braille mode, the jacket acts as a protective gear for the iPad. Lovely!

0 Designer: Jayson D'Alessandro

Hand Washed Is The Best

Hand Washed Is The Best

I find it quite amusing that here we have a range of washing machines promising us features and cleaning like never before, and yet two daring designers are suggesting that we go back to the basics – hand washing. No doubt hand washed clothes have the best results, but it is quite a pain to sit crouched on the floor to do the scrubbing, even if you use a washboard. Hence the Pond is quite the apt answer to the problem. It’s a protective ridged cover that fits on a sink and allows you to hand wash clothes – standing! No crouching and good enough to do small batches of laundry! Superb!

0 Designers: Zhong-Fa Lie & Yoori Koo

Pet Stool, No I'm Serious

Pet Stool, No I’m Serious

Project “Pet Stool”, just a little something from Eyal Hirsh to bring a bit more joy and playfulness to our drab and stooless lives. The stool is made out of oak wood, solid yet a warm material. (HA!) The upholstered leg penetrates the seat  and just beckons to be played with. Inside that leg is a solid leg that keeps the stool stable. It’s humorous and I think quite comfortable to sit in. Not all furniture has to look like it came straight out of Dwell Design and no, that wasn’t a jab at Dwell. We love Dwell.

0 Designer: Eyal Hirsh

Endangered Door Handles

Endangered Door Handles

As soon as this came across my email, I immediately channeled my good samaritan ego and flipped open my checkbook. Listen, you’re smart. You know some of the most recognizable animals are on the endangered species list but that knowledge probably failed to motivate any kind of action. The idea behind Endangered Door Handles are handles that look like the animals themselves – a little reminder everyday and I assume all proceeds go to conservation work should this concept ever get approved.

0 Designer: Roohollah Merrikhpour