Toys That'll Make Them Meow and Woof!

Toys That’ll Make Them Meow and Woof!

Starting this month, AbsolutelyNew, Inc., a next generation consumer products company that develops the best ideas from independent inventors, is introducing four new pet toys into PetSmart stores. All four are designed to keep our feline and canine friends physically and mentally engaged, using interactive elements and natural encouragement. Two of the toys are for dogs and two are for cats. Below are descriptions of each.

0 Designer: AbsolutelyNew

The Power of Touch

The Power of Touch

Touch technology is more or less the best way to use a device, simply because it’s the most natural and intuitive human behavior. Banking on this theory, the designers of Ecopad have come up with a concept Tablet PC that uses no external power source to charge it. Right below the display is the nano piezoelectricity film that harnesses every touch or press on the screen, as an energy source.

0 Designers: Jun-se Kim, Yonggu Do & Eunha Seo

This Ring Fits Me Right

This Ring Fits Me Right

Those of you, who travel by cars, please move on to the next post, because this one is just for my friends who take the bus and trains like me! Overhead handles and rings, tell me about it! If god wanted us to be of the same height, he would have done so…..we don’t need the transport department helping us out there. Press, Change Length is a concept that allows the user to adjust the length of the grip ring so that we can keep a comfortable posture while standing in a moving vehicle. Buses in my route need this so badly!

0 Designers: Jia Shenghui, Zhou Hailun, Liu Zhen & Chen Jian

The Electrolux Smoothie Bar is Open!

The Electrolux Smoothie Bar is Open!

Want a sneak-peek into the appliance giant Electrolux’s Head Quarters in Stockholm? Now is your chance; they are currently running the live streaming of the Smoothie Bar, an open viewing channel where twice a day they have cool people giving interviews and employees come and chill out, grab a smoothie or juice. The promo is for their Powermix Silent – the quietest blender ever. So to prove their point, the juice bar will be operational in the background, while the presenter asks Henrik Otto the importance of design.

0 Smoothie Bar is open May 23 to May 27, CET 9.00 – 17.00

The Future of Vespa?

The Future of Vespa?

The monocoque body of designer Niklas Wagner’s Vespa concept combines the classic curves of the “twist & go” scooter with modern minimalism, creating a futuristic look and feel that also gives a nod to its origins. The instrument cluster has also been revamped in a recessed LED display but reflects the simplicity of the classic chrome and transparent plastic style on the original dash.

0 Designer: Niklas Wagner

Smiling Stool Gives Hope

Smiling Stool Gives Hope

The Smile Stool is the result of a study on the declining Indonesian furniture industry, that in recent years has had incredible difficulty competing its handmade craftsmanship against China’s mass manufactured products. In addition, the more than 3500 Indonesian companies often end up with huge amounts of excess material that often ends up as firewood. Using the waste in the construction & streamlining a simple assembly process, this sustainable design gives hope to the industry & provides a solution for the survival of the local craftsman.

0 Designer: Fitorio Leksono

Ancient Puzzle Meets Modern Table

Ancient Puzzle Meets Modern Table

Inspired by Japanese puzzle games, this simple table solution, appropriately named JOIN, can be assembled in a matter of minutes (without any tools!) by linking its 3 oak legs into a combination devil’s knot. The untreated base supports a circular smoked glass top measuring 750mm in diameter and can be quickly disassembled for storage or shipment. A DIY flat-pack design that’s as easy as it is fun to put together.

0 Designer: Ding 3000

When Noise is Good for Lights!

When Noise is Good for Lights!

C’mon noise can never be good or pleasant for anything! This pollutant give me enough grief when they tear down an old building and bring in them drill machines and saws! The only way I’m going to like them is if something useful like sound harvesting is done! Something like the Eco Noise, where these special tiles absorb the noise and convert it to energy to power up the gates with mesmerizing lights display. The idea is sweet, but I’d much rather power just one lamp than have a fancy fence.

0 Designers: Luo Lide, Chen Songrong, Li Daiyan, Lin Haoting & Xu Junwei

Flexible Notebook Has Sexy Features

Flexible Notebook Has Sexy Features

I call myself a concept technology glutton because I can devour the most bizarre and hypothetical features, in the hope that someday we will make those advances and sexy, psycho gadgets will rule! My hope is kept alive with concepts like the Flexbook that sports key features like a flexible joint that allows you to fold and configure the laptop to become tablet or a notebook in a jiffy.

0 Designer: Hao-Chun Huang

What a Tweeter

What a Tweeter

Don’t you have a love/hate relationship with your alarm clock? It’s probably one f the most reliable friends you’ll ever have yet we despise them. Error is the “little alarm clock that could.” To emphasize how annoying it is, Error looks like speaker tweeter. Now, it doesn’t necessarily function as a clock, but designer Niek de Kort wanted to create something that epitomizes the classic love/hate – happy/angry relationship, ultimately leading to Error’s destruction.

0 Designer: Niek de Kort

Sensual Interior Design: The Shade Club

Sensual Interior Design: The Shade Club

SquareONE’s latest renovation, located in the basement of a residential building in the center of Bucharest, was once home to some of  the most successful and downright sexy clubs of the 90s, some of which carried a notorious and even dark past. After 5 years of vacancy the Shade Club has opened its doors to reveal a sultry modern design that reflects the scandalous history of the venue.

0 Designer: SquareONE

Sly Lamp

Sly Lamp

This pendant luminaire, designed by Ding 3000 for online design retailer SKITSCH, is the latest member of the mega-successful family of 2D LED lamps. Like the original table and floor lamps, the shape mocks traditional lamp forms. The structure is deceivingly bare and even looks unfunctional, but recessed into its framework are inconspicuous strips of bright LED lights. A clever design that’s sure to make a great conversation piece.

0 Designer: Ding 3000

SNAP! Pen

SNAP! Pen

It’s interesting that a commonplace item like the pen can really tell a lot about a person, because as I’m sure you know, people can be very particular about their pens. Focusing on this idea, the Turtle SNAPback series of work and play pens incorporates both sophistication and fun into an innovative design sure to have its fair share of devotees. The casings, which are finished in either refined steel or vibrant plastic, are pulled rather than pushed to let it “snap back” and expose the nib. Get your Turtle here!

0 Designer: Turtle