Keeping in Touch - Get it?

Keeping in Touch – Get it?

This project right here is called the “Squibble Portable Braille Interface” and it’s basically a text-message machine for the seeing-impared. Or if you’re able to read Braille, you’re in luck because this’d be an amazing pocket-chatter. Love the implications!

0 Designer: Andrew Mitchell

Cooler Than A Mushroom

Cooler Than A Mushroom

We normally think of central air conditioners as large cube shaped metal crates that do nothing for a building’s figure but the Mushroom AHU (air handling unit) proves design can make a world a difference. Apparently the shape of a mushroom is well suited to circulate air. One day, large buildings may have clusters of mushrooms in alleys and rooftops. I love the idea if it works but I’m more concerned about art imitating life. Are my Super Mario dreams coming true?

0 Designers: Sungi Kim & Hyunji Cho

Tea Making is So Steampunk

Tea Making is So Steampunk

Project Ignotus is a metal container used to boil water for tea traditionally called a samovar. The ingeniously retro modern design gives it the flare vintage samovars are known for but with an added steampunk twist. Tho updated, the mechanical workings are still old school. Charcoal or even coal provides the fuel to boil water  to be dispensed out of a spout engineered to give you that perfect stream into a cup. One added bonus is the double walled construction to keep water and tea hotter, longer.

0 Designer: Aleksey Belyalov

iSkin Solo Review

iSkin Solo Review

iPhone cases are a dime a dozen but a handful stand out combining functionality with beautiful design. iSkin is synonymous with protective soft goods so it didn’t surprise me how good the Solo was for the iPhone. It’s crazy affordable and there is a color/design option for every taste. The hardest part is deciding which one to get. Hit the jump for my review.

0 Designer: iSkin (Buy it here)

Angular Stiffness

Angular Stiffness

Due to the stiffening angles in this fabulous object, there is nothing included but the single flexible material. It is called TAKOOI, in all caps like that, TAKOOI, and it’s made of plastic/paper. The designer has been vague enough as to not reveal the SECRET behind the design, but perhaps you’re stealthy enough to figure that out.

0 Designer: Michael Sholk

Faucet Makes You Work For Water

Faucet Makes You Work For Water

You’re a water waster so designer Harvey Bewley devised a faucet called the Twist to makes you work for it. The tap is controlled by an aerator. To get water flowing you have to “twist” and crank it. Anytime people have to apply a little elbow grease to accomplish a task – they may think twice. That’s the whole point. Only use water when you REALLY need it. If that doesn’t destroy you water world dreams, there’s even a digital read-out. My favorite bit is the motion sensor that gives you just splash because sometimes that’s all you need.

0 Designer: Harvey Bewley

Such Pretty Moonstones

Such Pretty Moonstones

I’m in love with the Seoul Green Project called Luna Piedra which means moonstone in Spanish. These beautiful pebbles illuminate with embedded OLEDs. They replace traditional lighting setups which aren’t portable and waste a lot of energy. The Luna Piedra generates enough power by water currents using a very tiny nano generator. It doesn’t heat up and leaves no polluting effluents. I want one, NOW.

0 Designer: Yichun Chuang

No More Trippin Wires

No More Trippin Wires

The thing with extension cords is that they look ugly and the wires are a prime accident zones for tripping. There is nothing Elegant about them! Unless you’re looking at the “Post Line”, this one’s a gorgeous concept that makes full use of the circuit-printing technology and electrostatic paste material. Use it from point A (gadget) to point B (wall socket) by sticking it flat to the floor, and if it becomes less sticky and grimy, simply wipe it clean and its sticky flat extension cord tape again!

0 Designer: Chen Ju Wei

Yanko Claus: Win Autodesk SketchBook Pro!

Yanko Claus: Win Autodesk SketchBook Pro!

UPDATE: Congrats Peter!

Digital illustrators rejoice! Thanks to Autodesk, we’re gifting Sketchbook Pro ($100) to one lucky reader. Just share who your favorite illustrator is. A link to their work is appreciated. And remember to follow Autodesk on Twitter. You have until 11:59 PM PST Friday. Don’t forget. Yanko Claus is gifting something away almost everyday this month. Just check back!

0 Sponsor: Autodesk

Hallucinating Player Hovers

Hallucinating Player Hovers

The Melody Balloon is on its own trip, and by this I mean it flies, floats, hovers…whatever! While it’s on trip to la la land, the player stays grounded thanks to the earbuds fixed into your ears. Silly as this may sound to some, but children these days find no pleasure in the helium filled balloons, this Melody Balloon is more their types. Kinda like their RC planes, only this one’s flight and play are controlled via the finger ring that it comes with. Conventional folks may want to keep this rooted to the battery recharger.

0 Designer: Yoonsang Kim

Managing Medicines

Managing Medicines

I once asked an aged uncle of mine, how come he got by without taking any medicines in his life. He smirked and told me his secret; he had a bad memory so he simply kneaded all his pills into the roti and ate it! Ok, the joke may be silly but the situation is real, forgetting to take your pills on time is a common problem amongst many elderly people. Hence the Medicine Management System for the Elderly makes perfect sense, it makes them independent. The system is interactive and the electronic pill boxes are super neat!

0 Designers: Ying-Chien Lin, Yue-Hua Li & Wei-Yin Su

Umbrella For Graffiti

Umbrella For Graffiti

Designer Liu Hsiang-Ling quite poetically brings out the relationship between an umbrella and the rain. Simple pleasures from the past that we have long forgotten; jumping into puddles or using a stick to draw in the sand! Her take is this Rain Brush Umbrella designed with a paint-brush (silicon) like tip, so that you can dip it into the nearest rain puddle and start drawing water graffiti on the sidewalk. A nice past-time if you’re waiting for a bus or something.

0 Designer: Liu Hsiang-Ling

One Super Simple Spoon

One Super Simple Spoon

Who loves to fold!? Everyone loves to fold. Fold your newspaper, go to the local Mexican restaurant and fold a taco, fold your pet rabbit, and now fold your spoon! Yes, that’s what’s going on here. This spoon right here is given to you flat. Your job is to fold it, fold it right into usefulness! And best of all, this lovely design can be imprinted onto basically anything: paper, plastic, metal, anything!

0 Designer: Michael Sholk