Braille iPad

Braille iPad

The Omnifer is an innovative cover for the iPad that transforms it’s flat surface into Braille, reflecting the contents of the page you are surfing. Essentially the idea is to make the iPad accessible to the sight impaired. If supporting technology for this does come around, then I’m sure it will be quite a revolutionary concept to be commercialized. Nevertheless, when not in the Braille mode, the jacket acts as a protective gear for the iPad. Lovely!

0 Designer: Jayson D'Alessandro

Hand Washed Is The Best

Hand Washed Is The Best

I find it quite amusing that here we have a range of washing machines promising us features and cleaning like never before, and yet two daring designers are suggesting that we go back to the basics – hand washing. No doubt hand washed clothes have the best results, but it is quite a pain to sit crouched on the floor to do the scrubbing, even if you use a washboard. Hence the Pond is quite the apt answer to the problem. It’s a protective ridged cover that fits on a sink and allows you to hand wash clothes – standing! No crouching and good enough to do small batches of laundry! Superb!

0 Designers: Zhong-Fa Lie & Yoori Koo

Pet Stool, No I'm Serious

Pet Stool, No I’m Serious

Project “Pet Stool”, just a little something from Eyal Hirsh to bring a bit more joy and playfulness to our drab and stooless lives. The stool is made out of oak wood, solid yet a warm material. (HA!) The upholstered leg penetrates the seat  and just beckons to be played with. Inside that leg is a solid leg that keeps the stool stable. It’s humorous and I think quite comfortable to sit in. Not all furniture has to look like it came straight out of Dwell Design and no, that wasn’t a jab at Dwell. We love Dwell.

0 Designer: Eyal Hirsh

Endangered Door Handles

Endangered Door Handles

As soon as this came across my email, I immediately channeled my good samaritan ego and flipped open my checkbook. Listen, you’re smart. You know some of the most recognizable animals are on the endangered species list but that knowledge probably failed to motivate any kind of action. The idea behind Endangered Door Handles are handles that look like the animals themselves – a little reminder everyday and I assume all proceeds go to conservation work should this concept ever get approved.

0 Designer: Roohollah Merrikhpour

Nooka Watch Giveaway Part Trois!

Nooka Watch Giveaway Part Trois!

Congrats to last week’s winner! If you didn’t win, here’s a third opportunity to win a Nooka Zub Zirc with a custom YD emblem watch strap. To enter, write a haiku about Nooka. Be creative and enter in comments. One winner will be chosen this Saturday so stop everything you’re doing even it’s work and get to writing!

0 Sponsor: Nooka, Contest ends 8/13

Did You Smile Today?

Did You Smile Today?

If not, then this alarm clock is going to be mighty nasty to you! The Smile Alarm Clock has face recognition sensors that turn off the alarm only if you give it a bright sunny smile; no half-smiles will do! What a positive way to begin your day….SMILE!

0 Designers: Kim Jungwoo, Ju Yongjun, Lee Jongmoo & Kim Taehwan

Keep inTouch

Keep inTouch

inTouch is an interactive cube with inbuilt camera, display and connectivity. More like the baby monitor, but in a grown-up version, to stay in touch with family and friends while you are away in college. The fun and playful design makes it easy to access and is quite intuitive as modular networking cubes.

0 Designer: Shan Lin

Carbon Neutral Yacht

Carbon Neutral Yacht

Introducing the world’s first “carbon neutral yacht,” the Emax Excalibur. The fly-bridge features a photo-voltaic exoskeleton that can harvest and return enough energy per year to offset up to 3,000 nautical miles! The Emax Propulsion System delivers advanced hybrid diesel power by combining the new VW Marine 350TDI v8 and GM Allison duel mode hybrid transmission- a revolutionary first step in the maritime industry.

0 Designer: Sauter Design

Plasti-Perch

Plasti-Perch

An alternative to the traditional wooden birdhouse, this playful design by Quentin de Coster is composed of thermoformed polystyrene and aluminum, making for a durable and long-lasting home for feathered residents. The circular disk that supports the house also doubles as the perfect perch for sun bathing.

0 Designer: Quentin de Coster

Hard Shell Honda Bike

Hard Shell Honda Bike

Using an unconventional balancing system in combination with a hard protective shell, the Honda Gyro² aims to target the consumer that doesn’t see the practicality or convenience of the traditional bike. This urban scooter uses two separte stabilizing technologies to balance its hard shell: Honda UX-3 software and a rotating gyrowheel. Using dual mono-swing arms the rider can steer at both the rear and front, avoiding lean at corners while maintaining balance. 

0 Designer: Robert V Hagenström

Tablet High On Felt!

Tablet High On Felt!

The HiLo is quite an interesting concept; it is a 10” OLED Tablet with a wireless felt keyboard. Now the thing about the keyboard is that it’s styled as a jacket to hold the tablet. At the same time it features fused (hot pressed – embedded circuitry) keys on the outside. Naturally, you use the keyboard as desired, however I’m getting a kick out of the casual interaction between the protective jacket and the tablet. It’s just too awesome!

0 Designer: Roni Margolin

Industrious Coffee Machine

Industrious Coffee Machine

Love me this industrious looking espresso machine. Aptly called the Kansas, it’s the labor of love of young Shenkar student Yotam Cohen. Details like a rim-bar to hold extra cups and the pressure gauge to regulate the steam, add to the retro appeal. Easy to use, and like Yotam claims, “a coffee machine that puts a smile on your face when you wake up in the morning.” Something different, something with character!

0 Designer: Yotam Cohen

Porsche Baby!!

Porsche Baby!!

It’s about time there is a little equality in the baby stroller market! The Porsche Design P’4911 blends a unique mix of materials such as carbon fiber, aluminum, leather, ball-bearing wheels,  into this tough looking design that is, to say the least, quite masculine (man growl). The minimal design folds compact enough to fit into the trunk of any Porsche.

0 Designer: Dawid Dawod