Try Air To Stay Dry

Try Air To Stay Dry

Back in May last year I did a roundup of the Most Unconventional Umbrellas seen here on YD. I wish I had stumbled across the Air Umbrella then, because it’s the mother of unconventional designs! Imagine an umbrella with no canopy! The barrier between you and the raindrops is a sheet of steady air that is blown out by this hollow pipe. Physics and a lot of engineering stuff is clogging my brains to accept this design, but if I put these dark clouds of doubt out of the way, we may have something in this concept. Think about it!

0 Designers: Je Sung Park & Woo Jung Kwon

Tricked Out Appliances for Those On Wheels

Tricked Out Appliances for Those On Wheels

These are some tripped out appliances. This product set right here is called “Spot.” It’s full title is “Spot – Appliance Design for All.” Why? Because it’s designed for people who’re confined to wheelchairs or (I’d imagine) just short in stature. Three appliances, a fridge, a dishwasher, and an oven, for the supreme ease of use for all. (Post preview for everyone: I vote fridge for winner, how about you?)

0 Designer: Hideki Kawata

For When Earth's on Mute

For When Earth’s on Mute

You know it happens sometimes. Someone gets a remote like in those sci-fi movies or Adam Sandler walks by and boom, you can’t hear a thing! It’s crap! So what do you do? You get ahold of Dan Carrillo. That guy will hook you up with a combo that cannot be beat for the sound-impared. The “Emmerse” system uses glasses, a wristband, and an itsy-bitsy clampable keyboard. Speak or see, type or view.

0 Designer: Dan Carrillo

Starting The New Year With Earbuds!

Starting The New Year With Earbuds!

UPDATE: Congrats Coakley!

You guys were so wonderful with last month’s Holiday Giveaway that we’ve extended the gift giving and thanks to our friends at AKG and JBL, we want you to have a pair of AKG K 315 earbuds and JBL Roxy Reference 230 earbuds. Sounds awesome right? Pun intended thank you very much. For a chance to win, tell me your new year’s resolution. You have until 11:59 PM PST tonight so hurry!

0 Sponsors: JBL & AKG

At Home Bone Therapy

At Home Bone Therapy

Okay, geek out time. There’s an episode in Star Trek TNG where Dr. Crusher waves a curious wand-like device over a broken arm. Magically the arm is mended and the only side effect the patient complained of was stiffness. I NEED THAT DEVICE. Not that I go breaking bones all the time but that device is a wonderful security blanket should something tragic happen. The closest thing we might have today is Bone Repair Therapy.

0 Designer: Francisco Lindoro

Project Bee Helps, Doesn't Sting

Project Bee Helps, Doesn’t Sting

Project Bee is a talking, interactive GPS enabled navigation assistant intended for the visually impaired but there’s no reason why sighted people couldn’t benefit from it either. Lack of independent mobility and access to new emerging technologies has kept the visually impaired market behind but with Project Bee, designer Tao Lin hopes things will change – all via a very stylish bracelet.

0 Designer: Tao Lin

Write On The Palm Of My Hand

Write On The Palm Of My Hand

Sweaty hands will rub out all the urgent details that you doodled, plus no sheet of paper around! How do you go about this? With the Pen+Sprayer, of course! A neat little pen that features a spray on one end. Spray some of the specialized chemical (that turns into a make-shift writing surface) on the palm of your hand and doodle with the pen-end. The message will stay on the impromptu paper till you pull it off.

0 Designers: He Siqian, Zhang YaKun, Mu Zhiwei, Zhu Ningning, Hui Zhou & Te-Ning Hang

Technology Is Not So Scary

Technology Is Not So Scary

Forget the Silver Generation being weary of the onslaught of technology; people my age are sometimes stumped by it too. With manufacturers churning out futuristic, beyond imagination stuff; coping up with the functions and features on gizmos… Enter Space Jam (not the movie!), a multi-user shared environment that makes communication between the tech-savvy and the not-so-savvy, easy. The setup actually just includes a camera sensor and a projector, the rest is just more technology conjured up by the designers.

0 Designers: Hsien-Hui Tang & Wen-Jong Wu

Zen Habit While Dining, But Only For Kids

Zen Habit While Dining, But Only For Kids

I don’t believe in force-feeding children, but tots try and do their best to make meal-times really hell-times. A trick that I learnt while bringing up my kids was to entertain them with fancy dining accessories, so that they would at least stick to the meal for a wee-bit longer. I used to engage them with pictorial placemats, funny-shaped plates and bowls. Co Zen Maple Lacquer Cutlery Set is for the stage when children outgrow Mothercare but still need some cajoling during meals.

0 Designer: Keisei Takemata for NUSHISA

Magical Transformatron Boxes from Space!

Magical Transformatron Boxes from Space!

This project right here is called “Boxetti.” It’s a series of box-like forms that transform into everything you could ever want in a single piece of furniture. There are five different boxes you can choose from, or if you’re totally into this, choose them all: bedroom, sofa, office, television, and kitchen. I would NOT mind having any one of these in my giant beachside penthouse.

0 Designer: Rolands Landsbergs

Biggest. Lamp. Ever.

Biggest. Lamp. Ever.

It’s the extra extra extra large lamp. The name is “°XXXL(amp)”, by Eden Design. Without a doubt, the designers claim to be “space defining” with this mother is well founded. Inspired by the shape of a Chinese lantern, sort of like the top of a mushroom if you know what I mean. Twelve segments of pure upside-down hot air balloon. Bigger than my living room. Better than any lamp ever. Ladies like to stand under it.

0 Designer: Eden Design

Looks Like a Normal Keyboard, Doesn't it?

Looks Like a Normal Keyboard, Doesn’t it?

Definitely not! This right here is the Miniguru. It’s tagline is “Always on the Home Row.” Can you guess why? Perhaps it has something to do with these fantastic alternate keyboard layouts that are catching on more and more recently? Easier typing through location of letters, right? That and more! See those swirly buttons on the right and left of the spacebar? Keys to the keyboard’s brain. Any setup you wish, at your command.

0 Designer: Guru Board

Creativity In Smell Can Reward Handsomely!

Creativity In Smell Can Reward Handsomely!

Home remedies of using baking soda or vinegar for getting rid of domestic odors are good to learn in grade school. In the real world we need more sophisticated methods to do away with sickening smells. So if I were to ask you, what’s your brightest idea for preventing domestic smell, would you have one for me? I wouldn’t reward you tho, however if you presented it to the Swirl Smell Fighters Innovation Contest, you could win handsome prizes!