Future Touch Tech

Future Touch Tech

This concept computer-of-the-future by designer Jakub Záhoř allows the user to operate the device anywhere they can find a glass surface. The user simply attaches the central unit to any glass surface like a window or coffee table, switches on the power, and watches their system light up before their eyes. The display appears as an interactive hologram on the glass that the user merely has to touch to operate. It also makes for an easy, take-anywhere way to project photos and presentations or stream movies. Windex not included.

0 Designer: Jakub Záhoř

We Interview Prof. Dr. Peter Zec from red dot

We Interview Prof. Dr. Peter Zec from red dot

Amid the frenetic pace of this year’s red dot award ceremony and gala, Troy Turner sits down with red dot founder Prof. Dr. Peter Zec to discuss the current state of industrial design, where it’ll be in 10 years and the problems facing many companies. Dr. Zec also tackles the “giant elephant” in the room in regard to Asian companies copying western design and offers sage advice to new designers that may surprise you.

0 Interview: Prof. Dr. Peter Zec

Everything in Tandem

Everything in Tandem

Tandem is a storage space, a seat and a side table all at once. It just depends on how you use it. Multifunctional is the name of this game. Store your laptop, phone, books and magazines inside the cubby holes. A work top rotates 360º to become a quick workstation and use the whole thing as a stool too. Made of white oak, it imparts a sense of refinement. The wood isn’t heavily treated. The core however is made of aluminum to provide strength. Like it?

0 Designer: Geoffrey Graven

Compact Disc is Mouse-ish

Compact Disc is Mouse-ish

One of the things with product design is that we need to let the experts figure out the “How” and concentrate on the design solution at hand. So when it comes to the question of how to make a computer mouse compact, portable yet feel like the true-blue desktop version, we’ll leave the figuring of technology to the techies and concentrate on a compact disc-esque mouse (disk+Mouse) that sits in the laptop tray when not needed. And cones up to a 3-D full grip version when required. Brilliant, if you ask me!

0 Designer: Seung Han Jung

Luminous Pipe Lighting

Luminous Pipe Lighting

E-M – Electronic Melody Lamp is an awesome piece of creation that is made from biodegradable materials, LED and solar paneling. Besides being decorative and functional, I love the way you can twist and create magical luminous lines that are different everyday. Let your imagination get the better of you! Do I see an ostrich today?

0 Designer: Fuming Wu

Morphing E-Bike

Morphing E-Bike

Besides looking just plain sexy, the Shavit electric sport motorcycle features a very unique riding position system that makes shifting from everyday upright stance to racetrack oriented lean as easy as the push of a button. Handlebars, footpads, and seat height can be adjusted independently, allowing the bike to morph from racing superbike to urban tourer. Emphasizing the lack of a bulky fuel tank, the chassis and body are kept minimal but maintain the sharp, aggressive look of its street racer inspiration.

0 Designer: Eyal Melnick

Agriculture Education Table

Agriculture Education Table

One good thing about growing up on a ranch is that I ended up with a bit of a green thumb, but even though I’m a big city kid now, I still appreciate the idea of growing my own food! Eat Play Grow is a “growing table” that promotes early education in growing vegetables & herbs from home. Fit with a watertight container for potting, storage for tools & seeds, & a chopping board surface, the table encourages interaction with plants & veggies from a young age & can even help picky eaters learn to love their veggies!

0 Designer: Ruth Vatcher

Avian Furniture

Avian Furniture

Giving a nod to its avian inspiration, the Airline Furniture collection of seating and shelving by Jeremy Heitz is constructed of used parts taken from various aircraft and reflects the shapes and sturdiness of the planes they came from. Here the HB-Table and HB-Shelf (named after the Swiss aircraft from which they were formed) are made from an adapted wing and accented with glass to make the rigid aircraft rib construction visible.

0 Designer: Jeremy Heitz

Headphones Double as Portable Speakers

Headphones Double as Portable Speakers

The Sinus headphones bring on the split personalities. The dished ear cup is a control dial, which transforms the headphones into a set of speakers. Take it a step further and integrate Bluetooth functionality and I’m sold. I want to be able to wirelessly pipe my music to them instead of having to use the 3.5mm jack.

0 Designer: Tino Klaehne

Citroen EV Doesn't Want The Family Image

Citroen EV Doesn’t Want The Family Image

The Citroen Egoiste is an unashamedly indulgent vehicle. A product that aims to celebrate the potential of the electric car and propose a glamorous and exciting future for Citroen EVs. Designed to be an uncompromising statement of confidence and seduction for equally confident and alluring professionals in their early 30s, the Egoiste is the antithesis of the apologetic and humble image traditionally associated with electric cars. Intrigued? Hit the jump.

0 Designer: Ian Kettle

Poop Picker Leash

Poop Picker Leash

A clever twist in the leash design and here we have the Doggy Poop Collector! The poop scoop is integrated into the handle of the leash. Once the poop-job is done, you just swing it out and clean up the mess in a jiffy. Doing the obvious in a very discreet way! Love it!

0 Designers: Kukil Han & Min-sung Kim

QWERTY Focus

QWERTY Focus

Most cellphones have joined the touchscreen bandwagon so once in a while it tickles me pink, to come across a QWERTY concept merged with the touchscreen option. The handy keyboard is placed to the right of the phone and it has a 30˚ slant to it. It’s quite a handful but in a good sense and I think we can do with a Samsung Cave!

0 Designer: Kim Min Seok

Hyper(reality)

Hyper(reality)

Fusing digital media and product design, Hyper(reality) offers an alternative perception of a user’s environment using an augmented reality helment in tandem with the Microsoft Kinect system. This digital experience shifts the user’s perception of their physical surroundings, allowing them to navigate through the 3D environment and encouraging new behavior and interaction within their real environment while immersing them in an entirely new world.

0 Designer: Maxence Parache