USB Drive Has Another Electrifying Side

USB Drive Has Another Electrifying Side

So you have a USB drive that you use quite often, so often that you keep it hooked to your computer most of the time. What added value can we give to that USB stick drive? How about doubling as a AA battery! Yes, the kind that recharges in USB mode and turns into a functional AA when the need arises; rightly calling it the AA USB.

0 Designer: Wonchul Hwang

Ironing with Ceramic

Ironing with Ceramic

The precepts of ironing hasn’t changed much. Take a hot flat surface and apply it to textiles to relax the fibers. Sometimes you use steam to crease and set them but if you step back, there’s still room for improvement. The “Easy Ironing” concept lets you define how much ironing you want to do and in turns tells you how much water to use; no waste. It also uses a ceramic glass panel which has superior thermal stability and makes it easier to clean. One of the top 25 finalists in this year’s Philips Award.

0 Designer: Mohsen Ahi Andy

Transmutive Tableware

Transmutive Tableware

There’s a vintage paradigm of tableware that may need to be reinvented to better suite modern living. “Slice” adopts the idea of transmutive tableware – soft plastic that can change form from cups to plates to bowls by using agraffes. It’s space efficient and much easier to clean when everything is essentially the same shape when unfurled. I love the idea.

0 Designers: Qing Ji & JiaYue Wu

An Illuminating Idea

An Illuminating Idea

The Book Light is made from a solid translucent plastic body with integrated LEDs and doubles as a bookmark. You can recharge it and set the illumination intensity using touch controls. Like any polite night owl, partake in joy of reading without disturbing others.

0 Designer: Mikhail Stawsky

A Twisted Outlet Extension

A Twisted Outlet Extension

Plug too big? Just flip it. AC adapter don’t fit? Just flip it. No idea what I’m talking about? I’m talking about the Flipi, an outlet extension with three sockets that pivot at a press of a button. Attach glowing stickers too so you know what’s actually plugged into each socket.

0 Designer: Shlomi Platzman

Backpack of the Future

Backpack of the Future

In the future, our electronic devices will be more than just rectangular screens in our pockets. They will be bolder and more integrated into the fabric of our lives – literally. The Androcell backpack is an electronic communication device designed with a “Cradle to Cradle” approach.

0 Designer: Karan Singh Gandhi

Providing the Third Basic Need

Providing the Third Basic Need

Shelter is one of the three basic necessities — this is why this project exists, and this is why if it doesn’t work, something eventually must. Quoting UN Habitat, the designer of the project notes that the number of people living in slums is currently at 1 billion, and is likely to grow to 2 billion by 2030. Blocks House is an shelter project made to create houses of any size to accommodate a family. Blocks Houses are made of recycled Polyethylene, Polypropylene and can protect people from the elements at a low cost.

0 Designer: Altamash Jiwani

Bicycle VS Predator

Bicycle VS Predator

The following bike is inspired by one of your humble narrator’s favorite films: Alien [1979 Ridley Scott]. I would say it should be more directed at the man who designed the alien itself [HR Giger] but it has a lot to do with the environment and the spaceship interiors, everything all encapsulated in one aggressive bike designed be Richard Malachowski and mechanically engineered by Cannondale. This is the exoskeleton loveliness of the Demon Downhill Bicycle.

0 Designer: Richard Malachowski

LED Array for Telling Time

LED Array for Telling Time

Yesterday the design community basically flipped its collective lid for the other Jonathan Frey watch we posted, one with E-Ink for a display. I imagine the response for this one won’t be QUITE as wacky since LEDs are cool, but E-Ink? That’s wild. But hear me out – you like colors? This one has that. You like fabulously simple time telling, so simple there’s not even any numbers on the face of your watch? You’re in luck.

0 Designer: Jonathan Frey

Picture Perfect Shot

Picture Perfect Shot

REC is a delightful camera that gives the subject an equal opportunity to view his pose as the camera clicks the picture. A rotating display at the back of the camera slides out to show what’s being captured in the frame. It may sound like a silly idea but I’ve had many good shots ruined because I trusted the photography skills of complete strangers. REC, you get my thumbs up!

0 Designer: Dongyeon Kim

King of the Cephalopods

King of the Cephalopods

Besides being editor of YD, I’m also a unicorn herder and recent crowned King of the Cephalopods, but a king ain’t a king without a throne. In 2010 a minion of mine by the name of Maximo Riera cast a series of chairs inspired by different species called The Animal Chairs – one of which is a black octopus. It’s over-the-top and beautifully executed. In fact, it was the most time consuming and production intensive from the series. Now that I have a proper throne, BOW TO YOUR OVERLORD.

0 Designer: Maximo Riera

Every Drop Goes Into the Flowerpot

Every Drop Goes Into the Flowerpot

Sometimes it takes a simple re-design to add functionality and solve a problem. For example the Cavity Flowerpot – it’s designed with four receptacles to hold wet umbrellas. Excess water drains off and collects into a dish whereby plants absorb into their root system. Good idea.

0 Designer: Merve Sarışın

The Power Train

The Power Train

The Chain Power Strip caters so well to our plug-ing needs that I’m completely sold on the idea! The strip is like a chain link so it can fit different sizes of plugs plus one of the modular fittings accommodates USB hook up. Now isn’t that clever!

0 Designer: Deng Kai