Electric Bicycle with Hydro-formed Frame

Electric Bicycle with Hydro-formed Frame

This thesis project by Vojtech Sojka for Superior Bikes looks to change the game without straying too far from the norm. It has a hydro-formed aluminum frame with the motor positioned in the bottom bracket, for a clean look and better weight distribution than a motor in the rear hub. The battery is also centrally located in the seat tube, and a carbon belt drive with a Shimano Alfine hub completes the drivetrain.

0 Designer: Vojtech Sojka for Superior Bikes

Functional Waking Trap

Functional Waking Trap

Search for Alarm Clock on Yanko Design and you can view from the obvious to the most bizarre ones, all under one roof. For a change we have one here that is functional: functions as an alarm clock and functions as a socket! Alternate Alarm Clock, I reckon this one is for those who can’t open an eyelid without first gulping down tea/coffee. Wakeup and hit the switch for the percolator in one go!

0 Designer: Kihyun Kim

The Power of Four

The Power of Four

Quarter Block Battery divides the battery cell into four equally powerful pieces. Each piece screws onto the next, making them kinda modular. The purpose is to discard the empty quarter and replace it with a juiced-up one. In the long run, the cycle of replacing and using up all four quarters may prove to lengthen the original life of the battery. But I’m not so convinced about it. Nevertheless I think if we get our physics and chemistry right, we may have a winner in our hands.

0 Designer: Sun-you Lee

Steamy Cuppa!

Steamy Cuppa!

The Steam Mug is a cute little humidifier that uses up the leftover water from your drinking mug, to humidify the room. Its efficient enough to work with the small quantities left in and is cool enough to hang out with your desk-stuff. As far as looks and styling go, it’s very similar to the The Cup. And I think that’s what makes it awesome!

0 Designer: Young-Suk Kim

Our Picks from the 2011 red dot awards!

Our Picks from the 2011 red dot awards!

Nearly 4500 entries were submitted for the 2011 red dot judges to review! After a meticulous, hands-on study of each submitted product they finally narrowed it down to 793 winners of the “red dot” award, 154 “honourable mention” award winners, as well as 59 “best of the best” awards reserved for well… the best of the best! We’re impressed that the judges tackled 4500 original entries when we could barely keep our hands off all 900+ winning designs! We did, however, manage to narrow it down to 10 that we just couldn’t keep our eyes off of…

Amazing Rock Drill, Still Loud Though

Amazing Rock Drill, Still Loud Though

ROC C1 is a compact rock drill solution for jobs where flexibility and maneuverability are key. It can be folded together and transported in a 10 foot container. Four independently controllable tracks are suitable for any terrain. The articulating arm enables free sideways and upwards motions. With a semi-autonomous solution the operator can work alongside the rig or at a distance.

0 Designer: Erik Borg with Atlas Copco

Chinese Herbal Shower

Chinese Herbal Shower

I think the Medical Shower is a brilliant concept. Basically what it does, is it gives you a refreshing herbal bath, thanks to the use of Chinese Herbs in a teabag-esque sachet. Not all of us have the luxury of taking a soak in essential oils and aromatherapies. I have 6 bathrooms in my house but none of it with a bathtub! So this shower is the next best thing I can have for some self-pampering! Love the clever showerhead design too! Kinda like a filter to hold in the herbs.

0 Designers: Various

Color Me Music

Color Me Music

“Colorme” is a hypothetical brand created by Ivan Jaddou, which is inspired by the sensory phenomenon of synesthesia and the ambiguity of international color symbolism. The project explores in unconventional methods of prolonging the experience of music, reaching beyond the realms of sound and into colors, emotions, and activities.

0 Designer: Ivan Jaddou

Travelogue with Total Recall

Travelogue with Total Recall

I have this keen sense of attaching places with certain smells, especially when I’m on vacations. For example, whenever I wear this Armani perfume of mine, it triggers of memories of my trip to Japan, because I used that fragrance on my trip. Likewise, many people associate different images and sounds with their travels. SEED is like a total recall agent that captures the essence of your travels (sights, sounds and smells) so that you can share them with loved ones.

0 Designers: Moonhwan Lee, Nakamura Shohei &YoungWook Jung

Ten Amazing Cellphone Concepts on Yanko Design

Ten Amazing Cellphone Concepts on Yanko Design

I often reason with my children that we survived the 80’s without the cellphone, here in India. We grew up to be safe and sound and managed to get home the message that we’d be late for dinner! I don’t blame the technology; it’s just that the user interface, product designing and features in today’s phones are so awesome, that they become a natural extension of our wrist! Here are Ten Amazing Cellphone Concepts that I have rounded up for you, ten reasons to look forward to new arm candy.

0 Designers: Various

Micro Four Thirds Camera Brings Cinema Quality

Micro Four Thirds Camera Brings Cinema Quality

Shift is a hybrid digital camera system for the ambitious filmmaker. Based on the Micro Four Thirds standard, it combines superior image quality with an intuitive operating concept. Individualized control functions and film effects can be integrated into the host and are triggered live. A sophisticated housing provides a swiveling touch screen and an ergonomic handle extension. For unusual perspectives, the control unit can be removed, and the camera operated wirelessly.

0 Designer: Daniel Spönemann

Braille by Hand

Braille by Hand

I’m sure you recollect seeing Braille staplers and dispensers here on YD. What we have today is the Braille Tape; I think it’s the simplest and most functional of them all. It’s just a sticky tape with parallel dots that you can hand punch to write a Braille message. Label bottles or mark out the danger zone, do it in a jiffy.

0 Designers: Kukil Han, Yongju Kwak, Young-Seok Kim & Dongbin Shin

The Graceful Spout!

The Graceful Spout!

Roofers are specially designed lids for jugs, thermos and teapot with the purpose of making liquid pouring an easy experience. When we pour from a regular spout the liquid tends to drip and settle around the spout opening, resulting in limescale formation. The graceful redesign solves the issue plus keeps the bottle completely covered.

0 Designer: Shota Aoyagi