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

The Future of Thrill

The Future of Thrill

With the digital age in full swing, we no longer have to leave our homes to find new experiences. As powerful as alternative reality may be, by 2030 designer Marco Sweston expects to see a major shift in people’s attitudes, & imagines that many will not only abandon their controllers, but will seek even more extreme thrills than before the digital revolution. The Touch Effect racing event and vehicle is a result of this concept that puts the digitally stimulated user back in the driver’s seat.

0 Designer: Marco Sweston

The Is That a Watch? Watch

The “Is That a Watch?” Watch

Gotta love this minimal design by Samuel Jerichow! The Dot watch is made of a single flexible strap covered with a stretchable, retractable PVC-based sheet. The center mechanism consists of three cylinders- one “on” indicator dot that is permanently visible as it presses up against the sheet, and two hour and minute indicators that magically appear when the center dot is pressed. After 5 seconds the dots disappear again. A simple and futuristic looking timepiece with a playful analog charm.

0 Designer: Samuel Jerichow

Community Water Bottles

Community Water Bottles

The WaterStation is a refreshing new take on water filters that we find at food courts and supermarkets. Generally the dispensing machine allows you take water by the glasses. This new redesign includes water bottles that you can take to your table, use and then dock it back for refilling. If nothing else, this new idea will save me countless trips to the water filter and make food courts a better experience.

0 Designer: Kukil Han

Cute Miki Ears

Cute Miki Ears

Ear MIKI is a very cute ring that helps you manage your phone and earbuds in one go. Simply pull out the earplugs from one end and hook up to the phone/music device from the line. When not in use, slip the ring around your finger, like a cool accessory. The earbuds retract into the hub and give the Mickey effect. Sweet!

0 Designers: Jun Hyun Kim, Byeol Shim and Young Jun Kim

Helping Form Balanced Diets

Helping Form Balanced Diets

More about highlighting an issue than developing an end-all solution, the Completing Absence collection of conceptual dinnerware is the result of an examination into the influence an object has over a user’s decisions. The stack-able ceramic plates balance perfectly only when arranged in the correct order, encouraging the user to eat recommended portions in a specified sequence while discouraging indulgence and shifting the user’s idea of satisfaction from excess consumption to task completion.

0 Designer: Petra Schmidt

No Hassle Tea Tumbler

No Hassle Tea Tumbler

The Kicker Tea Tumbler, the latest concept from Kicker Studio, combines a teapot, infuser, and heater into a minimal tumbler that subtly incorporates technology to ensure that each brew yields the perfect cup of tea each time. The “low tech” feel and natural materials preserve the sensory experience of sight, touch, and smell of traditional tea making.

0 Designer: Kicker Studio

Is He/She Thinking About Me?!

Is He/She Thinking About Me?!

Awww! I love the idea behind this design by Christian Sallustro… Aura is an interactive lamp designed to split into two identical and symmetrical pieces that allows two geographically separated people such as family members, couples, or friends to share their feelings through light signals. The user’s physical interaction with the lamp’s surface translates wirelessly to its counterpart with varying expressions of light that let the user on the other end know you are thinking about them!

0 Designer: Christian Sallustro

Foldaboat!

Foldaboat!

Fold-a-boat is a seamless, hard shell, folding boat made from one single sheet of plastic. The objective is to create an accessible flat-pack leisure boat designed for flat water environments. The 2.5m vessel can be folded and packed into a small 150cm x 60cm parcel. Someone call IKEA! The product targets an outdoor activity market; water lovers, campers as well as potential boat owners. A  secondary market could be applications for NGO’s responding quickly to natural disasters.

0 Designers: Arno Mathies & Max Frommeld

When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly

I’m loving this Flying Piggy Bank. Save your money because someday it’ll give you “wings to your dreams.” We’re slowly moving to an age where tangible currency is becoming more or less wasteful and inefficient. Sure, you can save money digitally but it’s a little more satisfying to hear the “thud” of a dropped coin don’t you think? This piggy has new tricks too because the redesigned slot also accommodates paper bills.

0 Designer: Galerie Brigitte

Sexy Sound Box

Sexy Sound Box

The Sound Box is more than just a docking station for your iPad (or iPod); it is a radio and alarm clock with integrated hard drive to store your music. I love the super simple and sexy vase-styled wireless speakers. They blend into the room so perfectly. Touchscreen controls and intuitive interface are a given, what’s hot is the minimalist style that is so in-line with Apple products.

0 Designer: Emanuele Canova

The Real Notebook

The Real Notebook

The Real Notebook is a laptop concept that delves into the advantages of bendable AMOLED screens. It gives the notebook design a push in the direction of actually flipping through a book. You have to agree that we are always at looking to make technology devices more realistic and natural, this notebook is perfect synergy towards the efforts.

0 Designer: Kim Min Seok