Robots Are Now Precision Surgical Assistants

Robots Are Now Precision Surgical Assistants

Robots doing nip, tuck, snip are not new to the medical industry; therefore one would wonder what the agile MIRO is doing here. Well it’s here coz it’s a light-weight, versatile precision surgical assistant that will probably redefine open surgery as well as minimally invasive surgical procedures like endoscopic heart surgery. MIRO weighs almost 10 kg and has dimensions similar to those of the human arm.

0 Designer: Tilo Wüsthoff for DLR

Finding Comfort With A Bag

Finding Comfort With A Bag

We touched upon Autism when we showcased the Beagle scarf-hoodie, but that was more of a security comforter than an interactive design. Mary-Bean is a clear bag with multiple handles and is inspired by a special young lady with Autism. Collaborating with the teen and an occupational therapist, Emily Lin derived this amazing interactive carrier.

0 Designer: Emily Lin

I’m A Little Tea Pot…

I’m A Little Tea Pot…

…Short and stout, This is my handle and This is my spout. When the tea is ready the thermochromic technology comes into play. Watch me blush and change my colors all the way! A badass attempt at poetry, but anyways the point is, the Creativi*tea Kettle is an effort to hype up the mundane chore of making tea and adding color to the kettle by including the temperature-sensitive aspect to it. Cold = darker shade of red; Hot = increasingly luminescent red.

0 Designer: Sarina Fiero

No Need to Water this Grass Eye

No Need to Water this Grass Eye

Let me tell you a little bit about exterior design. It’s complicated. You don’t just mess around with the property you own that everyone can see. That said, people better not mess with you because of how your property looks. One time, my neighbor was ordered add a coat of paint to his garage (by the state), so he painted it bright-yet-pastel purple. Would you like to say what’s up to the world? It’s “Astro Type” for you.

0 Designer: George Simkin

PURISME Bracelet: The Black Diamond

PURISME Bracelet: The Black Diamond

Our friends at PURISME are at it again with their latest offering – a Bracelet made of carbon fiber. If you’re a regular reader, you know YD LOVES carbon fiber. We’ve always been a huge fan of PURISME’s products – even if it is pricey but luxury this exquisite is on par with precious stones and metals. After all diamonds and carbon fiber are made of the same stuff. The bracelet is high-tech, rich and timeless. I’ve always loved the idea of carbon fiber jewelry. It sparkles, it’s incredibly lightweight yet stronger than steel. Stay glued for more info.

0 Designer: PURISME

Smarten Up Poochie, Dog Brick Review

Smarten Up Poochie, Dog Brick Review

Pet owners know nothing is too good for their poochie or kitty. They readily spend $100 on their beloved companions without batting an eyelash. Hey if you got the money, who better to spoil than your pets? In my quest to find something not only fun but mentally stimulating for my dog Miko, I came across a line of pet toys from a Swedish company called Nina Ottosson. They were kind enough to send my dog a few items from their new lineup. Hit the jump for my Miko’s review.

0 Designer: Nina Ottosson [ Buy It Here ]

Make a label for the Blind

Make a label for the Blind

Sighted friends, you have the advantage of picking Coke over Pepsi simply by picking red over blue. What will my sight-impaired friends do? Nothing much, but ask you to help out picking the preferred soda pop. However wouldn’t it be convenient for both if there was a label in Braille stuck to the can? Yup, that would be convenient!

0 Designers: Soonkyu Jang, Jieun Seo & Seung-un Kim

Best of March 2009

Best of March 2009

Every month we take a look around and select some of the most interesting designs that was showcased here. Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in March 2009.

Foldable Bicycles: How Real Today?

Foldable Bicycles: How Real Today?

Perhaps you’d enjoy such a thing? Consider the following: not from the Twilight Zone, but for your approval: folding bikes. Seen any lately? At Yanko, we’ve had several. Lots of them have parallel features, the most common being the amount of collapsing the bike does. With this most recent inception into the folding hall, the “Antares Lift,” we get front stem, handle bars, seat, and back wheel, all folding up into the bike.

0 Designer: Multiple Designers

Mini Kitchen That LT Would Love!

Mini Kitchen That LT Would Love!

LT and I have many things in common, we both are here at YD; we share the same star sign; both are vegetarians and share the same passion for cooking. I wonder what his views (and of course you YDers) will be on this Electrolux Personal Mini Kitchen. Personally, I really like the concept but I have a large family and this one’s a small, one-unit thing that caters to individuals or couples at the most. The compact kitchen is a marriage of both cooling and heating elements coz it features a pull-out silicon cooking mat and chill boxes.

0 Designer: Kai Yu

Sittin' on a Pole with Cold Cathode

Sittin’ on a Pole with Cold Cathode

This thang is called the “Plof.” It’s a self-bearing structure (a sort of relaxed pole snake) with a 30mm diameter methacrylate tube containing a cold cathode lamp. The cold cathode light emits no heat, lives for 45,000 hours (aka 10 years,) and does not exceed 1000 Volts. You know what that means: big-time low volt party! Everyone party around the Plof!

0 Designer: Yonoh

S Is For SuperDuper!

S Is For SuperDuper!

No you are not looking at the new Jaguar XF or the Aston Martin Rapide. This is actually the new all-electric Model “S” sedan from often beleaguered Tesla Motors. It is the follow up to the much hyped and groundbreaking Tesla Roadster. This sexy four-door sedan comes loaded with the latest touch-screen technology, sleek styling and enough green karma to choke the Dali Lama. Did we mention it’s entirely electric and not a concept?

0 Designer: Tesla [ Via: Jalopnik ]

Are You Stressed? Break It!

Are You Stressed? Break It!

We all need stress relief. Some people internalize it. Some people lash out. You could pick up meditation or try to keep yourself busy but sometimes hitting something really hard is the quick (best) way to release all that tension. Break It is a body and mind relaxation kit – a meditation CD, some herb tea aren’t exactly new but in order to get to it, you have to “break it.” Pretend you’re a master martial artist and smash that sh*t open. Don’t worry, it’s made of potato starch.

0 Designer: Mi-Rae Kim