Ride the Vacuum!

Ride the Vacuum!

Dyson. It’s the wackiest vacuum. You know it is. It’s the off-orange/yellow floor etc cleaner with the spherical wheel. The object designer Adam Alpine is trying to accomplish is “to push a brand [Dyson] beyond its product genre maintaining the brands design principles.” To maintain the principles of a vacuum brand in a toy vehicle. What a lovely idea for a project!

0 Designer: Adam Alpine

Livestrong Nara Newson Hirst

Livestrong Nara Newson Hirst

Since Lance Armstrong with Livestrong put their finger in the light socket that is the art world, there’s been wild electricity. This year sort of got started with the Livestrong x Shepard Fairey collaboration. That was fire. These are definitely hot. Designer Marc Newson, the childlike artist Yoshitomo Nara, and the most expensive artist in the world Damien Hirst. I’ve got butterflies!

0 Designer: Trek Bikes, Damien Hirst, Marc Newson, and Yoshitomo Nara

Getting To Know Your Fishes

Getting To Know Your Fishes

Aquariums can be fun places for kids to learn a thing or two about marine life, but try and get preachy with them in terms of show-reels and storyboards and they are a lost cause. Since interactive is the new mantra with them, concepts like “Hark Acoustic Transmitters” can go a long way in educating them (subtly) about fishes and the kinds of sounds they make, their habits and many such details. Besides, it looks like a cool gadget that would intrigue the tots into using it. Technological advantage eh!

0 Designer: Cenk Aytekin

Oral Fixation

Oral Fixation

When you read facts like there are about 10,000,000 bacteria living on a single toothbrush and toothbrushes must be kept at least 6 feet (two meters) away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush; you wanna re-think your oral hygiene options. Sanitizing toothbrushes is a way, and something like the Ultra Violet Sterilized Toothbrush System fits in. It consists of a UV base that sterilizes the brush once placed in the housing.

0 Designer: Chris Anderson

Long, Wide, and Flat

Long, Wide, and Flat

That’s what’s going on with this future car, future AMERICAN car I should say, by designer Colin Pan; long, wide, and fat. Aiming to emphasize the richness of the American automotive design legacy, the “Nebula” is bigtime. Enlarged wheels to reduce vibration and improve fuel efficiency, trunk in the front, and LCD viewscreens along the interior. Works like a starship, runs smooth like one too.

0 Designer: Colin Pan

Personalized Gas Chamber

Personalized Gas Chamber

There were rumors floating once that Michael Jackson used to sleep in an oxygen chamber to de-tox himself. Alas, he is no more but the quest for pure, unpolluted air continues. Knowing his quirky personality, this CAIR Air Helmet would have been the ideal gift for him. It’s this helmet kinda device that sucks in the air from the filter at the back; purifies it and vents it directly to the face-end. A protective visor ensures that purified draft doesn’t escape without hitting you first.

0 Designers: Herald Tremmel & Szilveszter Buzasi

Traveling Alone In The Metro

Traveling Alone In The Metro

Daisy’s bicycle was built for two, but somehow the future foresees her traveling alone in metropolitan Los Angeles in the year 2015. I’m specific to the date thanks to the Metro Cell Vehicle Concept which is designed specifically for Metro Los Angeles. The infrastructure is thus: Single person semi-private vehicle system called PDD (pickup-drive-drop) will be implemented. With the PDD system, a driver finds a “cellular-mobile stack”, engages a car and uses it within that limited area.

0 Designer: Eric Seung Hun Beak

Magneto Need Not Apply

Magneto Need Not Apply

Who here loves magnets? Raise your hand. Oh that was pretty rough. Too bad you don’t have magnets on your arms and sides to make that hand raising a little easier. Here you are using muscles and such like a sucker! Designer Denis Santachiara at Studio Italia has a desk lamp that’s held up with magnetic forces. Magnetic forces are nothing less than pure black magic!

0 Designer: Denis Santachiara at Studio Italia Design

What the Pho?

What the Pho?

What is Pho? Pho is food. Pho is: “Phở (fuh) n.Traditional Vietnamese beef noodle soup. Enjoy it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.” Find out more from, where else, Pho Fever! Now that you know what’s up, you’ve also got to know that our head editor Long Tran is master of Pho. Pho master Long has allowed his approval of this particular Pho design befo’ it’s even in his hands! That means it’s Photastic.

0 Designer: Omid Sadri

Paper Furniture, Way Basics Review

Paper Furniture, Way Basics Review

No tools or instructions required and it won’t break me into sweat to assemble it?  Sign me up! Way Basics is a company that produces these module furniture pieces made from, wait for it… paper! zBoards as they call it, is a revolutionary material that is sustainably made and 100% recyclable. It’s super strong yet weights 62% less than particle board. They sent me their basic cube and in less than 10 minutes, I had a new shelving unit all with the magic of 3M tape. I’m serious!

0 Designer: Way Basics [ Buy it here ]

White Shining Light Goes DISCO

White Shining Light Goes DISCO

How about a light that’s all white and prim when you want it as a spot, but goes psychedelic on a whim? The ELS-magnetic is an acrylic smart LED lamp that conforms to this. Now I did say it was smart; it’s got no visible switches to work it, but instead relies on two special zones on the surface where you can touch it to make the changes.Smartness personified; you can create your own modes with the software that comes along and transfer the new settings to the lamp without hooking it to a PC.

0 Designer: Dmitry Agurkov

Lights, Camera…Projector, But In A Kitchen

Lights, Camera…Projector, But In A Kitchen

I wonder what else we will be seeing in futuristic kitchens, but for the moment let’s stick to what Nelly has for us. Since my French is no-good I’m going to do my best to explain what she is trying to convey. Oniris is the kitchen for the future that integrates technology to its advantage. The central working unit doubles up as a dining, washing, cooking and storage area. There is a chandelier on top of the unit that houses LED lights, a motion-sensor camera and a projector as well. You guessed it, the projector displays recipes/images on the countertop.

0 Designer: Nelly De Macedo

Going Pro on a Budget, Olympus E-3 Review

Going Pro on a Budget, Olympus E-3 Review

It’s not the newest kid on the block but the Olympus E-3 still produces amazing pictures. The 2008 flagship model faces stiff competition but fans are loyal because of the amazing Zuiko optics, splash-proof magnesium body, and the world’s fastest autofocus. I took the E-3 and the Zuiko 12-60mm SWD lens to the San Diego Zoo for a test run. The results are impressive.

0 Company: Olympus [ Buy it here ]