One Step Closer To Interactive Television

One Step Closer To Interactive Television

In the late 80′s I remember seeing many television concepts designed to engage the user. Remember Smell-O-Vision? Designers recognized interactivity was the future but they couldn’t foresee the advanced software and hardware solutions we have today. Check out MetaMirror, a concept software platform that enables you to access content relative to the show you’re watching. Almost everything today has secondary content and this is a much more elegant solution than sitting in front of a computer.

0 Designer: Notion

Seasoning Made Beautiful

Seasoning Made Beautiful

Agility and sensitivity are the two prerequisites for an accomplished chef. What will enhance the performance of even the most established professional is a system that can minimize the clusterfuck of seasoning. Cruet showcases a neat, streamlined container set design with generously diverse color schemes and types to be used in the kitchen. The smooth elegant contour of the container – a reminder of the conventional milk bottle – offers the chef a good grip; comfortable yet an intriguing aesthetic sensation.

0 Designer: Inno Design

Move-it When Shopping!

Move-it When Shopping!

The Move-it Kit is actually quite a neat idea for those who walk back home with all their shopping goodies. The DIY kit is a makeshift trolley that’s really durable and is made from self-adhesive cardboard parts. It transforms from reckless pieces of cardboard to a functional cart for parcels within minutes. You don’t have to be a genius to piece the cart together because its construction is very basic and simple.

UPDATE: David clarifies certain recycling apprehensions, read his story inside!

0 Designer: David Graham

Conversion On The Rule

Conversion On The Rule

The modern ruler or measuring tape hasn’t been innovated enough, or so feels designer Yan-Ting Chen. Especially when it comes to conversion of Metric Units to Imperial (or vice versa), while on the job, it’s tough to pull out the calculator or tax your brains with the mental math. So here’s the solution that will keep your hand steady while mark with the ruler aid and do the centimeters to inches in a jiffy, The E Ink Ruler! I’m not getting into the tech-specs (not been provided!), but for its idea per se I think this is super!

0 Designer: Yan-Ting Chen

Throne Fit For A Star King

Throne Fit For A Star King

Some chairs are better suited for sitting. Some are better suited for viewing. From the look of this new chair design by Darko Markovic, this chair was meant for both. The “Hodie Chair”(Hodie is Latin for “today”) is a minimalistic design with a wide, surefooted stance. Go ahead, squint your eyes a little and stare at this chair design. Do you see a mixture of intergalactic space commander seating mixed with a Formula One race car seating? No? Maybe it’s just me. Three point seat belt sold separately.

0 Designer: Darko Markovic

Swiss Army Coffee Cup

Swiss Army Coffee Cup

Did you know that Starbuck’s Coffee sells on average 30 MILLION cups of coffee a day? That’s almost 11 BILLION cups of coffee a year! As impressive as that statistic may be, the flip side of their fortune building is the tons and tons of wasted paper and plastic involved with every single caffeine fix. Designer Christopher Panopoulos does not have a solution for all that waste, but he does want the ubiquitous coffee cup to serve double duty and be slightly more sustainable. How about a Willy Wonka inspired edible lid? Or a lid that flips into an ashtray?

0 Designer: Chris Panopoulos

Universally Customized

Universally Customized

If you are planning on being an urban crime fighter but still can’t justify the gas guzzling tendencies of most superhero vehicles, well your ride has (conceptually) arrived. Designer Jean Baptiste Robilliard has rendered up this “CUSTOM BIKE CONCEPT” that would make Bruce Wayne’s attorneys take notice. Jean Baptiste describes it as a “two wheel muscle car”, hiding it’s electrical drivetrain and batteries in the frame. Featuring a FORMULA 1 inspired KINETIC ENERGY RECOVERY SYSTEM (KERS), that essentially coverts your braking into energy.

0 Designer: Jean Baptiste Robilliard

The Turning Point For A Phone

The Turning Point For A Phone

I love covering concept phones that may not have substance to them (tech-backing), but nevertheless are fun to read about. Featured here is a concept Sony Ericsson FH Mobile Phone that has a pivotal point to it. It flips vertical on a pivot to mimic a phone and rotates sideways to become a viewing screen for the media functions and web browsing. The phone even becomes an intercom of sorts when split into two, allowing easy communication between the two parties holding each end. What a high-tech walkie-talkie this would make!

0 Designer: Du Jun

Yellow Looks Good On Coffee

Yellow Looks Good On Coffee

For the first time I’m spying a Yellow Coffee Machine and I quite like it. Designed by Yaniv Berg, the piece has been inspired by works of the Italians designers and the Bauhaus stream of thought, hence the simple and minimal touch. The machine integrates 3 tubes for brewing and a definitive upper plate to keep the cups. What I want to know, is that will it brew my favorite blend of java or does it need a Yellow Submarine for company!

0 Designer: Yaniv Berg

Sugar, In And Out Quickly!

Sugar, In And Out Quickly!

The In Out Bottle for sugar dispensing has a very clever twist to it, the silica gel mouth kinda in-turns to form a funnel, so that you don’t spill the sugar while refilling it. Reminds me of the funnel refill bottle for soaps we did recently. So I guess the consensus is that funnels incorporated into the lid cuts around two steps in the refilling process, hence better! What do you think?

0 Designers: Yan-Ting Chen & Hsin Yeh

Plexiglass Trap!

Plexiglass Trap!

It seems like every once in a while there’s a big slew of illusion-based designs that come through. Remember that 2-legged table? Me either. Here’s something like it though, in the two leg department. It’s both the Magica (black) and the Magica2 (white), coming at you with two legs, wait! No! Four legs?! What in the world? Oh I see what you did there.

0 Designer: Davide Conti

Carbonless and Twistable

Carbonless and Twistable

You’re riding your bike through the mountains. You hit a bump. Your water bottle flies out, jumps off a cliff, and you’re left to want for water the rest of your journey. What SHOULD you have done? You should have gotten this “Anyway” bottle cage designed by Ian Hsu. Know why? The Anyway is made of non-carbon fiber material that not only looks fabulous, but is both lighter and more rigid than the competition.

0 Designer: Ian Hsu for T-One

Firefighters 1, Fires 0

Firefighters 1, Fires 0

Based on the IFEX 3000, the HPI 1000 Impulse Gun is designed for fast and effective control of small fires. With 25 bars of pressure, 1 liter of water can accelerate to over 400 km/h atomized through a special membrane. The high exit velocity enables deep penetration into a fire, curbing the heat within. Bad ass! If only I could get this for the next company water gun fight.

0 Designer: Jan Thinius