TRON Lamp, Need I Say More?

TRON Lamp, Need I Say More?

It’s obvious what inspired this. I want it. I want it bad. The TRON Lamp uses bioluminescent polymers to emit the kind of glow Hollywood spent millions of dollars in Special FX. The light intensity can be set by rotating the disk. Power is transferred via brush contacts on the outer copper ring. Clever and very production ready.

0 Designer: Loris Bottello

Lit by Wind

Lit by Wind

Wind Bulb is a light powered by wind. Winner of the LiteOn Award,  it’s designed for apartment balconies in urban areas. The tiny propellor at the top generates enough power to keep the light on all night. Love the design and the application of renewable energy. Love that it’s easy to install too. No need to run power anywhere.

0 Designers: WenCheng Hsiao & Jin-Dian Cheng

Walnut and Grass

Walnut and Grass

Designer Emily Wettstein uses reclaimed walnut and steel to craft this beautifully organic table. Love the rusted out legs juxtaposed by the lush planter. Not really my aesthetic but I appreciate the boldness. If I had one, I’d plant catnip and raise an army of cats.

0 Designer: Emily Wettstein

Food Freshness

Food Freshness

Time Clock is an airtight container with a food-freshness meter attached. The lid features a clock-like dial which lets you know how long the food’s been stored in it. You’ll never let left overs spoil again, unless it was really nasty then by all means, let it spoil and make sure you give that restaurant a low YELP rating. Serve the community people.

0 Designer: Min Seong Kim

Super Flat and Retractable Cord

Super Flat and Retractable Cord

River Cheng a.k.a. Ho-Tzu designed this super-flat retractable extension cord to prevent tangles. The slim structure of the cord is possible thanks to the use of polysiloxane (a silicone polymer). All you need to do is give it a gentle tug, and it’s back to the house. Retractable Tape Cord is a 2010 Red Dot Concept Design Award Winning Project.

0 Designer: Ho-Tzu Cheng

Don’t Dial My Number

Don’t Dial My Number

Remembering phone numbers is hard and although we have contact lists to assist, it can become quite cumbersome navigating huge lists. The Depict Phone lets you associate an image with a contact. Just draw a name or pictogram of who you want to call. Useful? meh. Fun? Yes!

0 Designer: Jang Jaeho

Parcel Tracking Made Easy

Parcel Tracking Made Easy

Losing packages suck and if commercial couriers aren’t going to do anything about it, we as consumers should be able to do something to prevent it. The G.P. Stamp is a small stamp-sized electronic chip with a built-in battery that keeps tabs on your shipment. All critical information is sent wirelessly in real time to keep you in the loop.

0 Designer: Ho-Tzu Cheng

Reprinting on One Paper Only

Reprinting on One Paper Only

Typically paper fibers can go through the recycle process five-to-seven times. Not too bad, but since we’re talking about innovation here, how about increasing thas lifespan? The Eco Printer uses specialized ink composed of photographic materials that disappear from UV irradiation. What this means is that non-sensitive documents can be printed, erased, and reprinted increasing the lifecycle of paper. Awesome!

0 Designer: Sharsha Lee for Liteon Technology Corp.

Escape Route Number 2

Escape Route Number 2

You can easily mistake the Rapunzel for a canister, instead its an easy-to-use safety-descending device. Designed by SADI student Sin Sun Ho, this safety line can be used in highrise buildings. You more or less have to glide down the side of a wall (Batman style), holding onto its secure wrist capsule design.

0 Designer: Sin Sun Ho

Spiral Garden System Fit for Urbanites

Spiral Garden System Fit for Urbanites

Another awesome concept from IIDA, the Spiral Garden System is a proposal for a sustainable public garden that’s totally self-sufficient. The architecture adds interest to the urban landscape with its transparent, yet suggestive mesh cage. Native vegetation greenhouses coexist with urban orchards along a walkway that just beckons to be used. It’s a great “twist” on the typical urban garden and looks to be well suited for any plot size. Hat tip to Designboom.

0 Designers: Benet Dalmau, Saida Dalmau, Anna Julibert & Carmen Vilar

Apple Tree, Literally

Apple Tree, Literally

The Appletree displays the iPad  without negating ergonomic accessibility. The iPad is still totally usable in portrait or landscape mode but in a more unique way. The stand works great for musicians, presentations, even as a decorative piece in the home. Simple and clever design out of some tubes.

0 Designer: Michael Hilgers

Green in the Virtual World is Good for the Real World

Green in the Virtual World is Good for the Real World

Stella is a collaborative project that offers a tangible interpretation of how ecological actions can positively affect the environment. It’s thought that if people can quickly see how simple acts like recycling can benefit the environment, they’re more likely to replicate those actions in the real world.

0 Designers: Julien Bergignat, Mathieu Azema, Arthur Brault, Maxime Billault & Nicolas Cloarec

ZIIIRO is a Go

ZIIIRO is a Go

There once was a watch name ZERO and after receiving a lot attention from our original feature, designer Robert Dabi decided to make it a reality as the ZIIIRO. Those of you who love his unique approach to telling time need to order one now. He’s even designed a metal mesh version if the original cuff isn’t your style. I want one, I want one bad. We’re incredibly proud of Robert’s success. Get it!

0 Designer: Robert Dabi (Buy it here)