Better Than Disposable Plates

Better Than Disposable Plates

I think Mina Song’s idea for an inflatable plate called the “Air Dish” is quite a sound one. You’re on a picnic and you care for the environment so you use the garbage can to dispose your used paper plates. But still that’s waste of plates/resources right. Change the scene and use the vinyl Air Dish instead: inflate it, use it, rinse it, fold and stow it….no bother of disposing it anytime soon. Just be careful about pricking it.

0 Designer: Mina Song

Conduct Your Projections

Conduct Your Projections

What I mean is that with the Maestro you can fulfill your desire of being the Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra (always dream of the best!) and use the baton to gesture-control your projector. No buttons or complicated menus to navigate this beauty, only expression and an A-1 impersonation of Zubin Mehta!

0 Designer: Sang Hoon Yoon

Designs with GPS are On The Map!

Designs with GPS are On The Map!

You know that’s what this whole thing is about, right? Designing something so spectacular, so helpful to society that it puts a picture of your face on every map. This is where they designed the product fantasique! The people in this post know what’s going on. The following is 10 unique designs whose creators knew it’d be an awesome idea to incorporate a Global Positioning System, aka, GPS.

0 Design: Lots O' People!

Yanko Claus: Win an iSkin Package!

Yanko Claus: Win an iSkin Package!

UPDATE: Congrats John Davis Carroll!

Happy Monday and hopefully this gift-a-way sponsored by our friends at iSkin will perk you up like that morning coffee. We have a massive iSkin package worth over $242.00 and all you have to do is tell me your one wish. You have until 11:59 PM PST tonight to get your comments in and remember, Yanko Claus is gifting something almost everyday this month so check back!

0 Sponsor: iSkin

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!

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