The Tamagotchi Effect

The Tamagotchi Effect

This clever device, called PowerPlant, gives users a visual (and organic) reward for using less energy at home. Wireless transmitters fitted to the main power and water supplies regulate the amount of water the plant receives- the less energy used, the more regular watering the plant receives! The emotional link people have to the living plant (AKA the Tamagotchi effect) is sure to motivate awareness of their individual carbon footprints and help them track their environmental progress. 

0 Designer: Liam Higton-Shirt

Rewarding DIY Lamp

Rewarding DIY Lamp

MyLamp combines Scandinavian design simplicity with Japanese folding functionality into a beautifully basic yet eye-catching desk lamp that’s a piece of cake to assemble. Made from recycled cardboard and capable of being cut in near waste-less batches, MyLamp is a great solution for efficient production and transportation that also includes the user as part of the process. It doesn’t look half bad either!

0 Designer: Terkel Skou Steffensen

Benefits of CO2

Benefits of CO2

Fresh CO2 uses the carbon dioxide in the air to prolong the life of refrigerated food from 7 days upto a month! It basically controls the oxidization process and wilting of vegetables in a very controlled manner. Methinks it’s a pseudo plant mimicking the photosynthesis process and respiration functions. What do you think?

0 Designers: Feng Cheng-TsungWang Bo-Jin & Lin Yao-Chieh

Titanic Needed This!

Titanic Needed This!

One of the biggest fears while evacuating a sinking ship is the possibility of survivors being carried away by the tide, and people getting lost at sea. The Network Tube is a rescue tube with magnetic properties and aims to form a floating cluster, bringing people together via GPS. When people huddle together, they not only boost each other’s morale, but they also increase their chances of survival.

0 Designers: Various

The Power of Time

The Power of Time

Eco Clock is a brilliant way to make sure we extract every bit of juice from a discarded AA battery. There are 12 slots on the face of the clock to host the used batteries and collectively they power the device. The design also includes a really fun feature where the different levels of juice in each battery are represented by color. Totally cool and something we really want to see in the market, the Eco Clock well deserves the Liteon Award that it won this year.

0 Designer: Bor-Ru Huang

Full Spectrum Lamp

Full Spectrum Lamp

The simple yet functional Kenkolight by designer Young-Il Park features an extendable arm that allows it to easily switch from work light to night light. When the arm is closed, the built-in diffuser creates a faint glow perfect for subtle lighting. Just for kicks, the base also integrates a digital clock display as well as a timer that can activate the light at specified times to replicate sunrise or dawn.

0 Designer: Young-Il Park

Gentlemanly Benz Watch

Gentlemanly Benz Watch

Automotive enthusiast and designer Marko Petrovic’s Mercedes 320 Tourbillion watch is an homage to the Mercedes Benz type 320, a cabriolet first introduced in 1937. Inspired by the instrument cluster of the 320, the Tourbillion exhibits the same meticulous attention to detail and overall elegance still found in the brand today. Another nod to the automotive influence are hours and minutes shown as miles or kilometers in a racing scale.

0 Designer: Marko Petrovic

Xbox Evolution

Xbox Evolution

The 100% digital Xbox Prestige uses the foundations of the previous 360 Kinect to form this completely controller-less gaming console that’s even smaller than the Xbox Slim. A combination of motion sensor technology, including not one but two cameras built into the console, and integrated voice recognition make it a super responsive and hands-free gaming powerhouse.

0 Designer: Joseph Dumary

Singapore Calling – Live Coverage of the 2011 red dot concept design

Singapore Calling – Live Coverage of the 2011 red dot concept design

One of the biggest highlights of the red dot presentation ceremony in Singapore is the catwalk that the winners do. As they take center-stage, rejoice and strut their booty, YD will be there to capture each and every moment of their glory! Facebook, Twitter and this very homepage will be your window to Singapore! Come, take a peek….

0 Live Coverage: 25th November 2011, 6:30 pm onwards (Singapore Time; 2:30 am PST)

5 Cool Concepts that YD Likes

5 Cool Concepts that YD Likes

In our quest to bring you the best in concept design, we often come across projects that are simply superb but due to lack of information or technicalities are put in the backburners for further research. Here is a collection of 5 Cool Devices and Gadgets that were in our resource pool but never got published. Enjoy!

0 Designers: Various

Story of a Paint Can

Story of a Paint Can

The Edge Drop is not rocket science! It is a simple redesign of the paint can to ensure that you pour out all the paint into the mixing bucket without spilling any. Similar to the spout of a jug, the inward niche on the rim looks to be a practical solution and something that can make a difference. What do you think?

0 Designers: Junyoung Jang & Jiseok Heo

Apocalypse Please

Apocalypse Please

The inspiration behind the Adjust watch was an imaginative, apocalyptic storyline created by the designer that involves corporate control, an earth left in shambles, and a group of surviving humans communicating covertly through a new language based on triangles. I won’t get into the details – but have a look for yourself at this representation of their experience.

0 Designer: Nico NL1

Park Lover's Pit-Stop

Park Lover’s Pit-Stop

Viktoria Tomova’s urban outdoor rest area concept, Be Happy, features a unique mechanical awning system that can be retracted and extended via sunlight sensors or at the push of a button. The clean, minimal form of the U-shaped columns provides ample support for the protective covering while avoiding obtrusion of the view to the surrounding nature. Intelligent spatial decisions and purposefully placed seating also provide a nice balance of both privacy and invitation.

0 Designer: Viktoria Tomova