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

Space Saving Kitchen Table

Space Saving Kitchen Table

The Cook n’ Roll is super compact but has all the necessary equipment for basic food prep and cleanup – cooktop, dishwasher, sink, oven, storage and sanitizer. The sliding top is inductive  and can opened to reveal a sink basin. Not sure where the water comes from without plumbing but it magically appears with touch controls. The top itself rests moves thru a negative ion slate to sanitize, just like the nano coated jungle of spikes that holds the dishes.

0 Designer: Zivile Januskaityte

Orbital Force In Washing Clothes

Orbital Force In Washing Clothes

What are your steps for laundry at home? Sorting clothes in separate baskets, loading the washer with the first batch and then adjusting the detergent…finally get the washed batch out into a basket and dry em up. Load the next! How about cutting a few steps in the process, revamping the concept of washing machines and getting you an Orbital? The machine-drum here is the basket…two baskets actually, white for the whites and blue for the color clothes.

0 Designer: Tiffany Roddis

Fold The iPad Or Double The iPhone To Get A Link

Fold The iPad Or Double The iPhone To Get A Link

That would be my simple explanation for the Intel Link Concept Phone. Easy and simple, the idea exploits the benefits of smartphones, computers and notebooks and linking them together in a dual screen phone. As the twins explain it (Mark n David are twins!) “Link with a dual screen allows for unique interaction while being in constant contact with a partnering notebook, utilizing the notebooks processing power, hard drive and software. The hand set has back to back screens, offering unique scope of interactivity.” Sweet!

0 Designers: Mark Law & David Law for Particle Design