Draining Your Peas

Draining Your Peas

Look at this clever idea, a flexible strainer mesh embedded in a rubberized mold that fits snuggly on the rim of any pot or pan. This allows you to drain off the liquid while holding back food. Not that we can’t use a regular strainer to do the job, but it’s cool to try practical stuff like the “Comfort & Not Leak – Pan Strainer.”

0 Designer: Wei Min

Chemically Powered to Charge

Chemically Powered to Charge

The Eco Power Strip is an alternate energy production source that bypasses traditional oil and the new-age hydrogen alternatives. Electricity is produced by electrolysis – the combination of oxygen with hydrogen in bio-ethanol (DEFC: Direct-ethanol fuel cells); using energy without carbonic acid gas. The tech is viable but will we ever see this in practical applications?

0 Designers: Jun Hyuck Choi, Jooyeon Kim & Sungi Kim

Sleek Cradle for My iPhone

Sleek Cradle for My iPhone

There seems to be a deluge in iPhone stands this year. I say the more the merrier! What’s cool about this Smarthone Stand for cars is that it goes on sale by the end of this month. The stand has video-out, charging dock, external function touch-keys, clock and display. Sang-hoon, reserve one for me please!

0 Designer: Sang-hoon Lee for PPYPLE Company

CES 2011 Part 1

CES 2011 Part 1

I’m as giddy as a school girl at CES because I’m literally going to be living in the future for the next few days. The annual Consumer Electronics Show has so many products to offer that I’ll just play curator. Hit the jump!

0 Exhibition: CES 2011 Part 1

A Laptop so Minimal, it Hides

A Laptop so Minimal, it Hides

If you thought Apple couldn’t possible simplify the aesthetics of the MacBook Pro line any further, take a look at the HIDE laptop. The ultra minimalist design hides all ports when closed. Aside from the small hinge and indentation to help lift the cover, it just looks like a solid aluminum block. It’s naive and utilitarian. I really like it.

0 Designer: Youri Hong

A Watch for Automotive Enthusiasts

A Watch for Automotive Enthusiasts

Shift Hybrid is a watch based on automotive engineering featuring elements like disc brakes, speedometers, seat belts, and gear shifts. The materials used are also found in cars. Parts like aluminium, carbon fibre, stainless steel, rubber, and glass. Take a look after the jump and see if you can spot all the automotive influences.

0 Designer: Menghsun Wu

An Analog Fan

An Analog Fan

I often like to guess what concepts are before reading descriptions because I enjoy the surprise in being totally off-base. This Analog Fan uses an old trick with gears and pulleys to generate enough power for 5 minutes of hair blowing wind. Not meant to cool a room down but it keeps air moving and all without electricity. By the way, I originally thought it was a clock.

0 Designer: Luc van Hoeckel

Lock Thy Knife and Throw Away the Key

Lock Thy Knife and Throw Away the Key

Wait a minute there is no key involved here in the Knife Locker. Apparently the knife itself is the key. It locks into position with a 270-degree counterclockwise turn and kick starts the UV sterilization process. Ready for the next use, bright and shiny! That sleek house will look good on any kitchen counter, what do you think?

0 Designer: Min Seong Kim

One Ring to Peel Them All

One Ring to Peel Them All

One can never have too many peelers because none are created equal. The Companion Ring Peeler slips onto the index finger. The outer ring peels the skin as you drag it across an apple. Will this form be good enough for tough skin fruits and veggies? Doubt it, but it looks like a practical companion for picnics and traveling. Will I buy one? totally!

0 Designers: Qing Ji and JiaYue Wu

iPhone Serpent Round My Neck

iPhone Serpent Round My Neck

The Vyne is quite an elaborate iPhone Stand, in fact I think its one of the most obvious ones I’ve seen. It has a flexible strap that coils into various forms… going round your neck like a snake charmer’s serpent to sitting pretty on your desk. The flexible elastomer neck and plastic clip secure your phone into place. Good for when you want to watch some videos on the phone. However, don’t even try using it while walking!

0 Designer: Clint Spencer & Ryan Eder

Dual Purpose LUMI Mask

Dual Purpose LUMI Mask

LUMI is the world’s first sleep mask that not only blocks light, but also simulates sunrise. It focuses on two strong sleep cues, darkness and light, to help you fall asleep with ease and wake feeling alert and refreshed. I think it’s brilliant. Designer Taylor Franklin Hide has already reached his goal of 10k but there’s still 17 days left. Pledge $50 or more and you’ll receive a LUMI Mask.

0 Designer: Taylor Franklin Hide (KickStarter)

World Kitchen What’s Bubbling? Kitchen Tools! Design Competition

World Kitchen “What’s Bubbling? Kitchen Tools!” Design Competition

Update: Closed!

“Put that emotion in the food, because it’s so much more rewarding down the line”; says Hell’s Kitchen celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey. Cooking has become such a habitual ritual that we rarely put in the extra effort for gourmet meals. Blame it on time constrains or pressures of life, but home-cooking has undergone major transformations, demanding serious changes in our kitchen too.

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