We Want Your Empathy

We Want Your Empathy

For their sponsored project held by RIM Blackberry at the Art Center College of Design, designers Kiki and Daniel had to incorporate an interface that integrates human emotions with the concept of social networking. The result of this exercise was the Empathy concept. The phone is used in conjunction with a biometrics ring that is worn by the user to collect “emotional data”. Spec-wise it features a transparent OLED screen that becomes transparent when not in use and opaque during interaction. The front is all touch surface, while on the back there is a physical keyboard.

0 Designers: Kiki Tang & Daniel Yoon

2010 Holiday Gift Guide

2010 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and this time we’ve put together a gift guide for all you design-heads. The most precious gift is time and love but if you have the money, splurge a little and remember don’t hesitate to treat yourself too. Thanks for another year of bliss and support. You guys are awesome. If you don’t like what’s in the guide, try our store. Might be something in there for ya. Now hit the jump for YD’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide.

0 YD's 2010 Holiday Gift Guide

Top 20 Best Of Best From Red Dot Concept Designs 2010

Top 20 Best Of Best From Red Dot Concept Designs 2010

Dot, dot, dot…The Red Dot Concept Design Awards 2010! Yes, the results are out and for many young-guns its time for jubilations! A high-profile presentation ceremony in Singapore, love and envy from your peers and acknowledgment from the best in the industry; that’s what Red Dot is all about!  As Media Partners for Red Dot Concept Design, we showcase here 20 Best of Best Concept Design Winners in random order, just to let you know which way the future of concepts is heading. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show….

Nuke on Wheels

Nuke on Wheels

Inspired by the $50,000 hand-made vehicles by the name of Ariel Atom, this fabulous automotive goes by the name “A REAL ATOM” and is designed by Imran Othman. This project is of course a concept, and is on the whole an aesthetic exercise. On the other hand, it’s got a lofty goal in mind: to be the world’s first nuclear powered car. I think you’ll see how clear even these renderings make that goal, right in front of your eyes in bright red.

0 Designer: Imran Othman

Your iPad Wants This, Wallee Review

Your iPad Wants This, Wallee Review

The iPad is a very useful and portable device but you’d be surprised at the number of poorly designed wall mounts for it. The Wallee is one of the better ones and we’ve got your review right after the jump. Designed in the land down under – why wouldn’t you want something semi related to a kangaroo?

0 Designer: Wallee (Buy it here $49.95 AU)

One Fantastical Technology Campus

One Fantastical Technology Campus

Those architecture masters over at UNStudio have their work cut out for them, and they’ve got the knives to do it. Today their project is Plot A of the Singapore University of Technology and Design campus (SUTD.) This location is Singapore’s fourth and most prestigious university, located on a site equalling 76,846 m². This set of buildings will be a place where technological innovation and economic growth will be driven, where advancement is their middle name, where people, ideas, and innovation spring forth and flourish!

0 Designers: UNStudio

Into The Upstairs

Into The Upstairs

Welcome to a private home in the inside of Islington, London. It’s here that an unnamed client asked some design heroes (listed below) to replace their lowly ladder to their loft with a permanent staircase. This loft was to be turned into a study and the connection needed to be improved! This staircase, thusly, was to fit inside a space of 140 cm x 90 cm (aka approximately 4.59 feet by 2.95 feet.) Wowzers!

0 Designer: Tamir Addadi

Bombshell Greens

Bombshell Greens

The Peaceful Bomb Vase reminds me of the Seedbomb project, which had a similar intent. The only difference that Seedbomb was peaceful bombing of seed-capsules to mother earth and the Peaceful Bomb Vase a showcase of the harvested treasures. The vase is a part of the design team Biaugust’s Peace Collection and apparently a part of the proceeds go to Biaugust’s cause A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism). Love this explosion!

0 Designer: Biaugust [ Buy it Here ]

Sunlight VS Pixel Power

Sunlight VS Pixel Power

Sunglasses, the coolest thing since sliced bread, are about to get a wild revamp. Designer Chris Mullin presents “Electronic Sunglasses,” a concept for blocking the sun not all at once, but in a targeted manner, creating not just a blocked vision, but a modified one. These glasses have what Mullin calls a “glare shield” that reacts to and follows bright light sources inside the glasses area, blocking it to a degree that will potentially change the way you see the world, letting you see straight forward when otherwise the sun would force you to blink.

0 Designer: Chris Mullin

The Best Pocket Cam, Flip UltraHD Review

The Best Pocket Cam, Flip UltraHD Review

Once upon a time pocket cams were poor substitutions for the real thing but those days are over. Flip, one of the originators, still sits on top as providing the best all around pocket cams. Still in its sleek package and ridiculously simple UI, the Flip UltraHD, as its name implies, shoots 720p video at 60 fps. The image stabilization is better than any competitor and at $149, provides the best bang for your buck. Hit the jump for our review.

0 Designer: Cisco (Buy it here $149.00)

All Wood iPhone Amplifier

All Wood iPhone Amplifier

Uh oh, look at this little beauty. Just what the doctor ordered. Need to listen to some fabulous banjo music but your electronic amp broke? No problem, just dunk your iPhone into this baby right here. It’s an iPhone dock that fits snugly around your precious smartphone and amps up the tunes with simple science. Through these two precision cut holes the music will bounce louder than they came. Very luxuriously done!

0 Designer: Koostik

A Seat for All Cool Jazz Readers

A Seat for All Cool Jazz Readers

DEDE DextrousDesign you guys did it again! This time it’s a completely amazing two-in-one chair that not only allows you to sit, but it takes care of your books as well. How? There’s no shelves or anything! Ah, but there is. Right behind your butt. There you can slip in a magazine or two, or maybe even a short novel. Then if you’re reading something very interesting but must take a short snack break, you can use the gap under your forearm to hold your page. Glorious!

0 Designers: DEDE DextrousDesign

Friday Giveaway: 64GB 3G iPad, $100 itunes Gift Card and complete modulR Starter Kit

Friday Giveaway: 64GB 3G iPad, $100 itunes Gift Card and complete modulR Starter Kit

Update: Congrats Nishtha Mehrotra!

We’re in cahoots with Santa and the creative elves at modulR to reward one very lucky reader. Here’s your chance to win a 64GB 3G + WiFi Apple iPad, $100 iTunes Gift Card and a complete modulR Starter Kit. Since modulR makes handy accessories for the iPad, we want to know where you’ll take it. For a chance to win, tell us about the cool uses and unique places you’d take the iPad and because this is about mobility, anyone can enter. Yes this is open globally!