Skip Till You Turn Red

Skip Till You Turn Red

It took a bunch of designers to figure out that a number of us fall off the wagon while following an exercise regime. Hence, they have designed a clever motivational and goal oriented skipping rope that keeps you on your course. The No Red No Stop encourages persistence and teams the rope with visual illumination, which acts as the encouraging factor.

0 Designers: Chen Xuyan, Fang Zhipeng, Gao Yuxiang, Lai Shengqi, Sun Duojun, Tang Chunhua, Yu Mengling & Zhou Tengjiao

Solar-Powered 3D Printed Tower

Solar-Powered 3D Printed Tower

Sand Babel is a group of ecological structures designed as scientific research facilities and tourist attractions for the desert.  Divided into two parts above and below ground, the main portion of each is constructed with sand, sintered through a solar-powered 3D printer. The resulting top structure mimics the form of the  desert’s natural phenomena like tornadoes and mushroom rocks!

0 Designers: Various

A Rejuvenating Vehicle

A Rejuvenating Vehicle

Paean is far-out concept takes aim at today’s workaholics, offering a break from the day-to-day grind! The vehicle changes shape to work in three modes- the first is an aerodynamic “speed mode” so the driver can get out of the city quickly, the second is an open air “healing mode” that lets the driver enjoy the fresh air and exposure to nature, and the third is a “rest mode” where the user can park, kick back and relax. See how it transforms —>

0 Designer: Kyoung-duck Ryu

Must-have Fire Mask

Must-have Fire Mask

One of the more common injuries during a fire isn’t a skin burn, but lung damage from breathing in dangerous smoke. The Fire Escape Mask helps users to escape fire situations safely by catching smoke before it enters the lungs. A liquid reservoir is activated when the user opens the quick-access package, permeating the mask to absorb smoke. It not only protects the lungs, but also gives victims more time to escape to safety.

0 Designers: Various

Hot-Key Board

Hot-Key Board

For someone like me, who regularly uses half a dozen 3D and 2D software, remembering each one’s hot-key shortcuts are a nightmare. The ikeyboard might be able to bring back my kindred from the verge of hot-key induced mental breakdowns. This keyboard turns hot-keys into cool keys by displaying them right on the keyboard itself.

0 Designers: Various

Share Your Vibes

Share Your Vibes

They say happiness doubles when shared. I have often seen friends or lovers listening to music tracks by sharing one earphone bud each. Such a sharing considerably reduces the quality of the music experience. Well, not with the ‘Easy Share’ earphones on. The earphone’s jack doubles up as an extender, providing more audio outlets. Be it a park or a commute, this set of earphones lets you share your favorite tunes or videos with your dear ones with out a hassle. Let the world around blur away while music connects the souls.

0 Designers: Various

Get Your Plastic On With KeyShot

Get Your Plastic On With KeyShot

Plastic. As product designers the look has to be spot on. Whether it’s a rough matte finish or a glossy transparent cover, it’s just easier to get the look you need with 3D rendering software. Dries Vervoort is a mechanical designer who has honed is skills creating visuals for radiator components. It’s paid off for him, with the ability to produce plastics that look like the real thing, and he shows you how using KeyShot to make it happen. You can see how and download the resources he uses here. Below are just a few samples of his work.

0 Designer: Dries Vervoort

Thirst-Quenching Trees

Thirst-Quenching Trees

Designed for use in tropical desert areas of Africa and the Americas where temperatures vary greatly between day and night, the Hope Tree is a large tree-shaped device that absorbs moisture from the air to supply drinking water. The design’s expansive folded surface of the canopy directs H20 particles to the central column to be filtered. Then, fresh, drinkable water can be collected via the easy-access base. 

0 Designers: Various

The blanky for when things gets shaky!

The blanky for when things gets shaky!

Living in Los Angeles’s recently active earthquake alley, my neighbors and I are interested in products like the Second Skin blanket more now than ever! This emergency protection blanket was designed for immediate use after a devastating quake. Both a temporary shelter and a stretcher, it makes it easier for untrained volunteers to assist in rescue efforts. It’s also brightly colored so those in need are easy to spot amidst the rubble.

0 Designer: Nick Dephoff

Easy Urban Hen House

Easy Urban Hen House

Nest is a kit-set hen house and supporting system designed specifically for first-time hen keepers in urban areas who can provide refuge for spent hens (hens considered unusable by farms). To minimize damage to the owner’s property, the house has been designed to rotate 360 degrees on a ground spike and bearing system. Other key features include a regulator in the roof to control light and air flow and a specialized slatted floor which allows dropping to fall through into a wood shavings mix that helps prevent odor. 

0 Designer: Stacey Kenny

Touchy-feely Hearing Aid

Touchy-feely Hearing Aid

Conventional hearing aids come with a lot of short comings. Loud noises making the wearer feel irritable, the awkwardness of wearing bigger sized hearing aids and many more. The CLOSE is an attempt at an alternative system to provide speech input to the hearing impaired by means of tactile sensations.

0 Designers: Zhengmu Fang, Liang Wenshan & Liu Junming

Sound Solution

Sound Solution

It is an irony that the very properties that makes a noise cancellation earphone desirable, can also deem it hazardous. Even though it feels nice to get disconnected from the chaos and din of the streets, the feature also renders you deaf to possible warning sounds such as the honking of a car or a bicycle bell. The ‘Master Your Sound’ earphones are designed to provide the best of both worlds with a feature to turn noise cancellation on and off at will.

0 Designer: Ye Yuan

Spray the Right Way

Spray the Right Way

Maybe it’s because you were groggy in the morning, or maybe that you didn’t have your glasses on… whatever the reason, we’ve all accidentally sprayed ourselves with hairspray, perfume, cologne or something like it! The Free-Hole Spray bottle and nozzle ensures that never happens again! Six holes are arranged around a silicon button. When pressed, the malleable button covers all the holes except for the one in the direction you’re pointing.

0 Designers: Various