DIY Player

DIY Player

Simply called the DIY Player, this device is quite intriguing. The concept is simple, we as humans lust for a lot of shiny gadgets and hunger for innovation. DIY Player combines our greed for Cell phones, PMPs, gaming consoles and other such gadgets into one. It comes with a base screen and has detachable modules to it. Hook up the keypad to make it a phone or swap it for the gaming controls. Awesome idea, neat renders and a whole lot of imagination going on here!

0 Designer: Shao Wen

Pulsating Music For The Elbows

Pulsating Music For The Elbows

Physiotherapy for children with Cerebral Palsy can be quite challenging. No doubt they are more resilient than adults, but getting them to do their daily motions needs a zing of innovation! Feel The Beat adds a dash of freshness to the routine by using simple pneumatic air pump technology and music synchronization to become this interactive and toy-like wearable elbow device. Strap it on to your special child and do a different routine!

0 Designer: Ang Weiquan

Let’s Yank A British Plug

Let’s Yank A British Plug

We all know what will happen if you yank a plug off the socket; the cable will snap internally or the plug-house will split open. It isn’t the wisest way to remove a plug from the socket! Unless you are using a 3 Pin British Plug! Just go right ahead and tug at the red-sweet spot. The reason why the cable or plug-house doesn’t snap, is that the cable is reinforced internally and the plug is made from durable PVC.

0 Designer: Konstantinos Ladas

Watch your Speed

Watch your Speed

You race car enthusiasts and automotive lovers better look out, there’s a new watch in town. This is the “Speedometer Watch” from the design group called Projects. It’s look is sleek with its fabulous false face, appearing to speed forward in overdrive as it keeps perfect time. Dedicated to high quality design, Projects presents a speedometer on a tire band for the wrist. It’s a clock that makes your arm seem like it’s ripping around the track at full tilt! Plus there’s lights, dials, everything you need to get your time on the racetrack spent well.

0 Designer: Projects [ Buy it Here ]

Cocoon on Wheels

Cocoon on Wheels

The name of this project is the “Hyundai Aebulle” concept car, and it’s designed by Shane Baxley. The word Aubulle, when translated directly from Korean, means “cocoon.” When you are in the cocoon, you are definitely cocooned. A sort of lay-down seating situation with the vehicle wrapped all around you. Cruising through the streets on a luge of Aubulle. The mobility and speed of a motorcycle with a cocoon-like safety for the body of the driver. Plus super fabulous light strips.

0 Designer: Shane Baxley

Japanese Wooden Sandal Update

Japanese Wooden Sandal Update

They don’t have rockets, they don’t transform into anything, and no, they do not have ice skates pop out the bottom of them.* What they DO have is a couple lovely innovations that designer Silvialy Tjhin was ever-so-thoughtful to include. Silvialy Tjhin created these in a class whilst at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where in a Methods & Materials class, was going through a lesson on woodworking machines, and Tjhin, being an ever-so-clever utilitarian, created a pair of shoes.

0 Designer: Silvialy Tjhin

Bubbly Soundscape

Bubbly Soundscape

Inspired by J. Cage’s Inlets (1977), this carafe set, part of a collection called Domestic Soundscape, uses the idea of sound and water to create a bubbly rhythm from the simple act of pouring. As the main chamber of water fills the smaller chambers, a bubbling sound resonates to reinforce that yes, you are about to drink something. Hmm, celebrating the beauty in everyday rituals I guess. Why not right?

0 Designer: Chiara Onida

Drag That Dress

Drag That Dress

Look, if you’re a chic, nomadic traveler, you can’t be bothered with traditional luggage and bags. The Dragging Dress is some strange rolling skirt hiding a pretty substantial carrier in a big ass bustle. Only captain oblivious wouldn’t notice this mass protruding from your rear but hey, at least you can really live up to that saying, “girl got a lotta junk in her trunk.” Fo’ real tho.

0 Designer: Miya Lee

Caution! Not Slippery When Singing!

Caution! Not Slippery When Singing!

Come weekends and street bands are out in full force, trying to impress and maybe cajole a Dollar or two out of you. Besides carrying an array of equipments, have you noticed how they try and add a zing to their show with wee bit of histrionics? The Look! Speakers can add the zing without much fuss, naturally you’re going to notice the caution-sign, but only this time, it will be hooked up to the mike / instrument of a performer! Awesome!

0 Designers: Lin Ding Yuan, Yeh Lan Hsing & Shao Wei Jhe

Pen Is Mightier Than The Bullet

Pen Is Mightier Than The Bullet

Being in the writing business I know the power of words and at times, the pen is mightier than the sword. Inspired by this is Choose Your Bullets – a desk accessory that is a constant reminder of the corruption, bad decisions and violence, which plague our society and everyday life. Currently retailing in Mexico, each serial-engraved piece is awaiting your decision for the day…violence or the pen?

0 Designer: Jorge Diego Etienne

Ball Pillow Conglomerate

Ball Pillow Conglomerate

This is a ball pillow project like I’ve never seen before. It’s probably the best ball pillow project I’ve had the pleasure of writing about all year. It’s the “Daydreamer” furniture piece by Feng, Cheng-Tsung and Lin, Kai-Ting. Made from artificial fur, low-density foam, high-density foam, and canvas, these balls, like most balls in all forms of course, are made to work with one another.

0 Designers: Cheng-Tsung Feng and Kai-Ting Lin

Like a Mass of Firebugs

Like a Mass of Firebugs

Here’s an interactive lighting project you’ll love to wash your body in. Run through it, wave your hands around in it, and do some pretty ballet twirls around it. It’s called “Firefly” and it’s designed by Kkristen and Vincent Moreau. You can dance around in it and it will dance right back. This, what I’d call installation art, plays with you as if it were a mass of firefly insects flying about you, reacting in real time to the movements you make. Installed currently at Shanghai World Expo 2010.

0 Designers: Kkristen and Vincent Moreau

Water Zoomin with Personal Propeller

Water Zoomin with Personal Propeller

Do you ever get tired of floating along on your water raft, having to use your hands and feet to get around? Here’s the key for you! This is the “Inflatable Water Propeller” by Chao-yang Chou and Sian-Zong Chen. It propels you through the water. It can also sit still while you chill in the water. This first one includes the inflatable air cushion that attaches to it. Burn your skin all day, floating about, or use this device to rock and roll. What you do is hold on tight and let the propeller JAM you through the waves. Speedily!

0 Designers: Chao-yang Chou and Sian-Zong Chen