Tokyo Fiber 2009 SENSEWARE PART 2

Tokyo Fiber 2009 SENSEWARE PART 2

Part 2 of our coverage. Jun Aoki, Kashiwa Sato, Kengo Kuma, Kosuke Tsumura.

Part 1, Part 3

0 Exhibition: Tokyo Fiber

Fan Blades Made of Chicken Wings

Fan Blades Made of Chicken Wings

No joke! This fan can make your chicken wing fan fantasy a reality! With the “JOININ’ Fan” you can clip in whatever you like! Though you may have been inundated with false lab-made smells if you work amongst other people, your nose always knows. Let your nose have a rose. Clip in some pedals and let ‘er fly! Wafting the loveliness of whatever blades you choose to insert, the Joinin’ Fan is exactly the kind of cute invention that all free-spirited kawaii-seekers aught to peek at.

0 Designers: Qian Jiang and Yiying Wu

A Different Ball Game

A Different Ball Game

We all know that washers and driers consume a lot of energy, but how about a method that makes them do a U-turn? How about a system that harvests the potential kinetic energy generated while the machine is doing its thing? Super cool idea, right! The “Veos” orb is not much of a fuss-pot; all you got to do is toss it into the washer bin with the rest of your laundry load. Let it spin and catch some POWER!

0 Designer: Joe Brussel

Illustrated Sound, Win a Geneva Stereo!

Illustrated Sound, Win a Geneva Stereo!

Want a Geneva Medium all-in-one stereo? ($799) In cooperation with DWR and Parsons design students – Geneva is giving you a chance to win one and all you have to do is vote! The students were asked to design one of a kind “skins”, similar to the ones available to the iPod market. Hit the jump to see the designs. Voting ends May 19th so go get democratic and cast your opinion!

0 Vote: Illustrated Sound

Drawing in 3D

Drawing in 3D

The Wacomvision is a three dimensional canvas for creating and viewing art, products, and models. Three dimensional paintings can be created and shared online. Brush size, pressure sensitivity, and brush type are customizable. Snapshots and videos can be taken of your artwork. Not going to make it to the Louvre? You can use this product to download and view preserved art up close and from all angles.

0 Designer: Lauren Argo

Portion Control is the Key to Healthy Eating

Portion Control is the Key to Healthy Eating

One can just look at the palm of their hand to calculate how much they should eat, but if you’re like me and tend to fill up a plate, then you need something more deliberate. The Plus Minus system is dinnerware with the skinny-you in mind. On one side you have shallow recesses to control food portions. Feeling portly? Flip it over and you’ve got a giant sinkhole for all your binge needs. Stack them up and there’s a gestural play on skinny vs. fat. Hmmm… DO WANT!

0 Designer: Soo Kwon

Sexy Piece: Part II

Sexy Piece: Part II

Concepts and Apple don’t go hand in hand, however that hasn’t deterred designers from conjuring up iterations to challenge the stalwart. The latest challenge is aimed at disturbing the iPhone mania on three simple grounds; an appealing façade, discreet buttons and ample screen. The “Sony Black Tribute” that we see here, woos you with its ultra-wide screen and hot looks. Finished in aluminum with a satin touch; this phone scores well in the looks department. Unfortunately there are no tech-specs (apart from 3.2 mp cam) that we can boast about.

0 Designer: Jaren Goh

Motivating Sports Wheelchairs

Motivating Sports Wheelchairs

Mark Zupan, the quadriplegic wheelchair rugby captain from US is the inspiration behind the “HEROes Series of Sport Wheelchairs”. His spirit shows that mobility restrictions can’t be used as an excuse for not enjoying life to the fullest. This specially designed series of wheelchairs, allows a handicapped person to indulge in sporting activities such as freshball (a kind of beach tennis), Frisbee, badminton, croquet, wheelchair volleyball and especially beach rugby; without the shortcomings of being on a chair.  

0 Designer: Jairo da Costa Junior

Cutie Little Booties!

Cutie Little Booties!

This is the senior thesis of Industrial Design major Chris Padilla. Chris goes to school at Virginia Tech, and he’s interested in the shoes of little people. Toddlers! The project aims to “promote natural, healthy foot development for toddlers learning how to walk.” The inside is a super minimal inner bootie house-shoe “for safe, “barefoot” walking. The inside is hard as dragon scales.

0 Designer: Chris Padilla

Couch System for the Mobile Generation

Couch System for the Mobile Generation

It is called “Diagonal” and it contains only two elements. There’s the two types of padded movables, and the screen. The screen is meant to be a guide and an anchor point for the movable bits. The movables are cushioned and come in two heights. The shorter, lighter ones are for sitting, while the taller, darker ones are for laptops and other similar devices. Definitely for the cross-legged sitter.

0 Designer: o4i/office4ideas

Message Me A Smile

Message Me A Smile

This SMS generation has come out with many ways to convey emotions across the waves: LOL ROTFL, U get d drift? Since technology is about convenience, how about a phone that texts your emotional status without much fuss? The point in favor of the “Icon Phone” is the simplistic gesture-based input. SMS addicts often complain of Text Messaging Syndrome; however the pen-styled input application will probably take care of this complaint!

0 Designer: Sang-hoon Lee

Three Point Focus

Three Point Focus

Try changing a flat tire in the dead of the night, on a road that has no streetlights. Too farfetched? No stuff like this happens; it happens to people like you and me….and then to top it all off you either forget to pack in a flashlight or the battery on it dies out! Designer André Monteiro is glad to help in such sticky, rather dark situations with his Ylight.

0 Designer: André Monteiro

Spicy Hot Book

Spicy Hot Book

Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Anthony Bourdain; all my favorite men will agree with me when I say that it’s the spices that you add to the cooking that make or break the dish. Like most Asians, my kitchen too is stocked up with a variety of spices and I really miss my collection when I’m on vacation, cooking in my holiday-home kitchenette. Anyways, my point is that packing the spices is always a bother, which is why I leave most of them at home, but looks like with the MUJI taste-leaf book I won’t have to compromise on flavors anymore.

0 Designer: Nick Bampton