We here at YD receive countless designer submitted concepts on a daily basis. The vast majority of them are relatively self explanatory and/or come with a detailed concept breakdown including such delectable little tid-bits like “purpose”, “functionality”, “materials in use” and a number of useful insights for a proposed design.
Designer: Jukka Rautiainen
Veteran at YD, designer Mac Funamizu has given us many techie ideas to dwell on in the past. This time around he’s come up with a non-techie solution for those who are fussy about the kinda pepper they use. There is a difference in the Black and White peppercorns, which is why this Black & White Peppermill. Color-coded as the namesake, just load the peppercorns into their respective compartments and use one hand to grind the seasoning over your food.
Designer: Mac Funamizu
Not quite on the level of chwarzenegger or Optimus Prime, but it’s getting there. The Chasercam intelligent sports-camera comes basically in two parts: the camera (with base), and the sensor target. When activated, the camera turns on it’s base and up and down, seeking in all directions the sensor target. What you do is stick one to the person doing the tricks, and one to the person who is chasing the person doing the tricks. Total coverage!
Designer: Bastian Albinus
Unlike the Beagle scarf-hoodie, SQUEASE is a jacket kinda haven for folks with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Fashionable and with-it, the jacket allows the wearer to apply deep pressure to their body, so that they can calm themselves and get over the sudden rush of anxiety. The integrated headphones reduce the sound level of high frequency noises like alarm bells or the sound of chairs scraping on a floor; soothing those with hypersensitive hearing.
Oh the iPod DJ. Have you ever seen one? You know how… not awesome… it looks. But take a peek at this. This is the electronic piano – Apple stamped on it – that can display your music, turn your pages, and teach you to play! Those who’ve gotten especially good at turning the page while playing might be a little sad on this, but those are the same people that got mad when they found out CDs would make music a lot clearer than vinyl. (And noone’s got love for 8-tracks but Cheap Trick.)
Designer: 李慧凯 Heyki Lee
Pinch me I’m giddy. I love this new renovation in San Francisco b Natoma Architects. They’ve retained the unique look and feel only found in the city by the Bay but there are several modern touches that push this building into the future. The perforated metal facade is the most noticeable addition, providing shade and privacy. The interior is an minimal as it gets without going overtly stark.
Designer: Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects
There aren’t any portable devices to analyze body movement. Most of them are giant lumbering machines that require whole rooms. A portable device opens doors to numerous commercial applications all thanks to the advent of small accelerometers. Imagine doctors like orthopedists getting valuable information about how you move to determine cause and treatment. One already exists thanks to designer Ricardo Sa Freire and he’s planning another for entertainment, training, and extreme sports. Endless possibilities.
Designer: Ricardo Sa Freire
While solar power and other such similar “green energy” solutions might very well be the solution to the 36% of carbon dioxide pollution sent up by commercial buildings in Europe, the business owners are reluctant to join the team. What this particular interactive eye on the wall does is to connect the customer to the direct result of the business using environmentally sound solutions – in particular, solar energy.
Designer: Martin Willers
Clearly the Volkswagen Conerto Concept Car is inspired by London’s rustic charm and the sustainability of Lego. While I won’t get into the personal journey of London retro-modern muse, I’ll explain to you how Lego is involved in the scenario. Take a piece of Lego block from any era, and you will see that it fits the current version like a glove. Using this idea as a base, the construction of the Conerto is such that it allows you to fit pieces of the car in a similar fashion.
Designer: Hong Yeo
Your ironing board need not be some magical piece of invention coz when you don’t use it you’re simply gonna stow it away in some crappy corner. Only if you were as smart as Therese! Adding a dash of functionality to the board, his idea is to transform it into a full-lenght mirror, when not in use. Super Intelligent I say! Lay it flat to iron your clothes; flip it vertical and its shiny mirror in the underbelly! I can see this going into production SOON.
Designer: Therese Glimskär
Welcome to the future – where plants take us by surprise and seal our fates as the dear or dying species on this planet! Our only defense is the “Jaguar Mark XXI.” Designer Christopher Pollard has made this nature defense vehicle. It drives like a mother. Then when parked, the black panels activate. These panels are photovoltaic, lift from the car automatically, and face the sun, like the sunflower. Scary, right?
Designer: Christopher Pollard
It always intrigues me what inspires designers when they do their thing. So when I hear a good solid story behind-the-scenes, I like to share it. Like the Whirlpool Chaac Water Dispenser, it’s been inspired by the Mayan Water God and modern Mexican society. Apparently Chaac (the Maya rain deity) strikes the clouds and produces thunder and rain. On a not-so-dramatic-note, the carbon filter of this system purifies tap water and the inbuilt-sensor dispenses the appropriate amount of water by judging the size of the glass.
Designers: Alfredo Ruiz and Rolando Hdz