Birth of a Table (1915)

Birth of a Table (1915)

So you’ve got this table, right? It’s got several levels separated and maybe even held up by these thin steel bars. The bars are different wacky colors, and the table is titled “1915.” — Let’s crack this enigma! — First off, this project was made by industrial designer Teruhiro Yanagihara with design firm Isolation Unit. With a name and a company name like that, you know this project is gonna mean business…

0 Designer: Teruhiro Yanagihara of Isolation Unit

Short Distance Solar Powered Rental Bikes

Short Distance Solar Powered Rental Bikes

Just what the title says! It’s made for you to go to the station and pop in a little cash to take it for a spin! The carrying case in the middle comes standard, with folding out sides (but just a bit!) so you can fit your stuffs in there. Lithium-based accumulator batteries store energy which are charged by plugging in to a standard socket, the energy provided ideally 100% by a solar-panel laden station roof. Ride on!

0 Designer: Tobias Bexten

It Plays Only My One Song

It Plays Only My One Song

On one hand we have MP3 devices by the score, boasting of infinite giga amount of memory and on the other hand we have The Single. A brave little soul that plays only ONE (uno) song! This feature may send you gadget-crazy generation into a tizzy, but I quite respect the designer’s decision to stick to one song format. Even the functioning is pretty simple, one giant play button that starts and pauses the song. Load the music via the USB and hang it up on the wall.

0 Designer: mintselect @ mintpass

Zubin Metha's Next Assistant

Zubin Metha’s Next Assistant

Apologies to Yiran and all those who play music, but many of us YD-ers may be ignorant on the nitty-gritty of music composition, play and practice. So before I launch into a full detailed explanation of the Lyra project, I must get some basics clear. Musicians often use a metronome to help them practice their sessions however this device does have its limitations. And apparently musicians also have heightened peripheral vision in comparison to us normal folks.

0 Designer: Yiran Feng

Cleaning Up The Wire Mess

Cleaning Up The Wire Mess

OMG, not another electrical gadget at home…where do I plug it…too many extension cords, wires, plugs, hassles! Does this thought often bog you down? It did bother designer Ashley too much, since she resides in a Victorian house where wiring and plugs haven’t been changed for more than 70 years! Instead of cribbing, she mulled and came up with the AllSocket Power Track and AllPlugs. Now she has the perfect solution for us…see her demo it for us after the break.

0 Designer: Ashley Kelly

Ten Unusual And Creative Bicycle Designs

Ten Unusual And Creative Bicycle Designs

Researching for this article I was surprised to learn that although a refined version of the cycle was available by early 1800s, it wasn’t till late 19th century that designers thought of coming up with a version suitable for women. Anyways, let’s not get into the battle of the sexes and enjoy ten amazing designs for cycles that can revolutionize the industry. After all, more than one billion worldwide use this mode of transport daily!

0 Designers: Various

Bottle Topping Biking Clipping

Bottle Topping Biking Clipping

You know what I like? Things that can be made cheaply with just a little bit of space where the sponsor of the product can be printed or stuck. They’re perfect. They stay popular for a season or two, fade out, and meanwhile the designer has cashed in on a moment of brilliance. What we’ve got here is a bike clip for standard bottled drinks. It’s easy to clip on and off, simple to use in multiples. When used with booze, safety not guaranteed.

0 Designer: Matthias Ries

Nissan Concept Car Goes Flowery

Nissan Concept Car Goes Flowery

Imagine yourself in a FernGully-like leaf vehicle, chairs enough for you, your betrothed, and a single animal friend. This is almost exactly what you’ve got here in the Nissan NUVU concept car. … I mean if you close your eyes and imagine, of course. In reality, the outsides of this car, along with the insides to much greater extent, are uniquely elemental to a degree that will make you think you drove right out of elvendom on Earth.

0 Designer: Creative Box

Bloody Eye and Ripped Ear!

Bloody Eye and Ripped Ear!

Ever heard of Kutuzov or Van Gogh for that matter? Inspired by their escapades in history, designer Konovalov gives us this in-your-face Intercom, which has all the makings of a good practical joke. Kutuzov’s eye on the outside is a fully functional camera and Van Gogh’s ear in the inside is a speaker. What’s quirky is that if you don’t like the guests calling at your door (read ma-in-law), you can set the spooky eye to a red, bleeding torrent and freak them out. A green glowing eye means you’re happy to receive the intruder. Truly Whacko!

0 Designer: Victor Konovalov

Getting Wasted with Jeong Min Kim!

Getting Wasted with Jeong Min Kim!

It’s the “FOODOO!” In Korea, food waste cannot be tossed out with the rest of the garbage. The food must be collected in a separate bag, kept together until garbage day when it’s handed to the garbage people. During this time it gets YUCKY. And you know what happens when things yet YUCKY: things also get real SMELLY. What Jeong Min Kim has here is a device that both heats and dries the food waste into a solid block. Don’t put your puppy in there!

0 Designer: Jeong Min Kim

Express Yourself Musically

Express Yourself Musically

Unless you play some instrument or do some sound mixing on your gadgets, there’s very little chance that you actually (like physically) get to express your music. The Physical Sequencer is a grid-based, human-scale interface that allows you to transform your movements and gestures into techno-trance sounds. It’s better than sitting and reading that paper mister! It features 56 proximity sensors arranged in a 7×8 grid that convert the gestures into music via a software.

0 Designer: Giuseppe Guerriero with Yamaha

Fancy Blinds Are Speakers!

Fancy Blinds Are Speakers!

The effort behind the Sound Blind Speakers is pretty sane; the designer wants us to have fancy looking speakers that don’t occupy much space. In fact they resemble the blinds that we have on windows. Only thing Sound Blind also functions that ways. It rolls up and twists just like those sun-blinds! The last time I checked, I didn’t see any technology that supported this theory of folding and twisting speakers! So the moral of the story is that you may have a sane intention, but your iteration may just be insane!

0 Designer: Wonho Bae

Better Than The Innovention’s Dream Home Kitchen

Better Than The Innovention’s Dream Home Kitchen

Wishful thinking for a home like the Disney Innovention is futile coz Neverland brought Michael only grief! It’s safer to sit on the fence and review similar concepts while hoping technology will sustain the efforts one day. For example, this N1 Robot Table 2012 (farfetched?) can give the kitchen table found in the Innoventions home a run for its money. It’s got stuff like touchscreen, built-in camera, internet connectivity, speed dial, music, recipes, screens, energy consumption meter, etc.

0 Designer: Doyeop Kim