Book Reading Made Haptic And Easy For The Blind

Book Reading Made Haptic And Easy For The Blind

The Haptic Braille is a mouse-like device that’s capable of translating ordinary text into braille on its surface. This means that the blind can read virtually anything the sighted can. The technology uses optical character recognition. Simply skim it over any text and wait for the haptic feedback. I like how you can pocket and carry it over to the library. Just imagine how many books literally become available at your fingertips. Splendid!

0 Designer: Baek Kil Hyun

Favorite Mobile News Reader, The Flud

Favorite Mobile News Reader, The Flud

Its slick interface has the media gushing so we decided to give it a go. There’s a diverse collection of content already featured in the Flud ecosystem. Each one you subscribe to gets its own panel and regardless of said content’s CSS, the Flud app overrides it with its utilitarian, yet visually engaging interface. Want it? Act fast because it’s free to download both on the iPhone and iPad for a limited time. Android user? Don’t feel left out. Hit the jump and I’ll tell you a secret…

0 The Flud | @fludapp

Lamps and Geometry

Lamps and Geometry

Here’s a quick design tip. If all else fails, turn it 45 degrees. Try it with anything you do because it may just work. Lamp 45 by Jaren Goh is a simple, unpretentious desk lamp engineered from aluminum and steel mesh. Simply by turning the mesh cage and bulb socket 45 degrees, he’s created visual interest. My eye is drawn to things slightly askew in a world that demands uniformity. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I’m loving the raw geometry. If you hate it, turn your head 45 degrees then everything will balance out.

0 Designer: Jaren Goh for Munkii

Why Do So Many Designs or Products Look The Same?

Why Do So Many Designs or Products Look The Same?

Ever wonder why so many products look the same? On the surface, it may appear designers have found the ideal form factor so there’s no need to change anything, but there’s more than meets the eye. The reasons are deeply rooted and the key to breaking the mold is to first understand why. Hit the jump!

0 Contributing Editor: Brian Ling

Only The Essentials, Haworth LIM Light

Only The Essentials, Haworth LIM Light

We’ve written a lot about minimalism but what is it? To say it’s simply stripped down and devoid of the frivolous is inaccurate. We’ve all seen designs that embody that statement, yet fail in all intentions. When I got my hands on Haworth’s awarding winning LIM Light, I knew minimalism. It’s the removal of the non-esssential to embrace and enhance the functional. The LIM Light embodies it and has become one of my favorite products of the year.

0 Designers: Pablo Pardo and Ralph Reddig for Haworth

Each Hour By A Cyclist

Each Hour By A Cyclist

To pay homage to cyclist Graeme Obree’s amazing career, Mr. Jones Watches just released “The Hour” watch. Each hour of the day is revealed by a cutout with words that have particular meaning to Mr. Obree. For example, the 12 o’clock position reveals the numbers 52.713 which is the distance Obree covered to win the world cycling championship in 1995. Inspired by Obree’s flare for the unconventional, the watch uses design cues normally reserved for children’s watches. It’s playful, allows for intricate illustrations, yet very professional and functional.

0 Designer: Mr Jones Watches

Paper Pot…

Paper Pot…

Did you realize that it’s the attention to detail that always makes a difference? Sure you can just have a bunch of paper napkins sitting on the sideboard or hang out a toilet roll in the loo. But if you want your place to look classy and elegant you need to invest in knickknacks like a napkin holder or up-scale tissue box. It need not be an expensive affair; it just needs to be different…like this Paper Pot!

0 Designer: AI Collection [ Buy it Here ]

For Scenes Above And Below The Sea Level

For Scenes Above And Below The Sea Level

UNDERABOVE is a dual-lens buoy-style camera that can take pictures of the underwater happenings and above the water happening, at the same time. The idea is to experiment and add more dimensions of picture taking while at sea. The clever design incorporates air in the top-half of the body and water in the lower half, to help it stay afloat. An LCD screen gives you a quick preview of the shots taken, and a timer facilitates self-portraits as well.

0 Designer: In Kyung Han

One Component Wind Power

One Component Wind Power

How would you like your very own take-it-home apply-it-yourself wind power generator? How about a whole array of them? This is a design that’s just that, take it home, unpack it, screw it into the wall, connect it to whatever battery you’ve got that can hold generated power, and let it rip! This design is made up of blades, the generator, a telescopic shaft (so that the fan can be extended or “away”, electric power plug, and switch. With an array of 15 of these fans, you can power a household of four people for a month.

0 Designers: Liao-Hsun Chen and Wen-Chih Chang

Dome of Justice

Dome of Justice

This is one fabulous looking concept car, that I must say. Every once in a while a concept comes along that is not only fabulous in its plan, but fabulous in its rendering as well. Take a look at the realism in these digital illustrations and tell me you aren’t impressed by their excellence. Then lemme tell you about this car. It’s called the Astrum Meera, and it features several elements which play a role in safety, sustainability, and what the creators call “practical design.”

0 Designer: John Baltazar

3D Projections for Airplane Learning

3D Projections for Airplane Learning

Winner of the 2011 Gold Design Award of Germany (aka the country’s highest distinction for design, aka the “Design Oscar”) is the following project: Lufthansa Brand Academy 360degree Tower project. This architectural masterpiece was designed by Dan Pearlman, Berlin brand and experience group, and consists of a 360° projection in the tower of Brand Academy. That’s right, a spacial experience consisting of three hundred and sixty degrees of digital projection magic.

0 Designers: Dan Pearlman design agency

Friday Giveaway: Win An Icon iPhone Battery Pack!

Friday Giveaway: Win An Icon iPhone Battery Pack!

Last June we featured the Icon Battery Pack. It got people talking about how much they loved the idea. Well the good news is that Essential TPE is giving you a chance to win this Apple-approved iconic pack for your precious iPhone. Yes, this battery pack works with all iPhone generations. To WIN, tell us which App or phone-function you use drains the most battery!

0 Contest Closed

Exclusive For The Boys! Gift Ideas For Under $25!

Exclusive For The Boys! Gift Ideas For Under $25!

If you are in this zone with a guy and want to keep this Christmas budget-wise a low-key affair for him, it doesn’t mean you have to compromise on getting him something less-meaningful or great. Here are 6 wonderful ideas that stick with your budget of under $25! The goods are awesome with a price to match, so hit the jump and discover what you can get for your guy….

0 Designers: Various