Ah, Hourglass Once Again

Ah, Hourglass Once Again

There seems to be an extreme fascination for hourglass timers, especially of the digital kind. The Dynamic Counterdown Timer is one of them; it’s meant to be used at outdoor sports arenas, representing game-time countdown in a more dynamic way. You have to agree, that the idea although not very original, has a very rustic appeal to it. What do you think?

0 Designer: Wang Shuai

A Pen with Perception

A Pen with Perception

This clever gadget’s function is almost unrecognizable… and that’s precisely its appeal. It’s a pen, but you won’t find any push-buttons or even hear a click! It features a touch sensitive surface that automatically triggers the nib to extend when you’re holding it. Set it down and it will retract to keep the nib fresh and out of harms way. Sleek and chic, it’s the finishing touch to any ultramodern office!

0 Designer: Wenhaowang

Hong Kong High Rise

Hong Kong High Rise

The PleXus Tower emerges from the banks of the West Hong Kong Harbor as a distribution of disjointed structures amidst the neighboring historic ferry terminal. The structure starts out as distributed pods that connect with the city’s transportation fabric. The misfit arrangement of these structural pods is bridged together by pipelines over the water, working in harmony with the existing terminal. Though situated on the water’s edge, residential & commercial spaces are completely accessible by car… all the way to the top! Hit the jump to see how —>

0 Designers: Various

The HP Connection

The HP Connection

In a brief by Raymond RJ Wong, Lead Industrial Designer at Hewlett-Packard, design students were asked to come out with creative solutions that improve real time communication in a social environment. Here is a look at one of the outcomes where 3 communication tools of tomorrow, 3 HP VISIONS were created.

0 Designers: Romain Guillame & Léo Marzolf

Guided Commute For Visually Challenged

Guided Commute For Visually Challenged

The ‘Station reported device’ is both a guide dog and Marvel’s ‘Dare Devil’ rolled into one wearable gadget. This concept is designed to assist visually challenged persons for a safe commute. It employs EVTSS technology to send electrical signals to a person’s brain to create 2 dimensional visuals of oncoming vehicles and possible obstacles. The multitalented device can also guide a person to the nearest bust stop, select a bus route, scan the buses with its inbuilt camera and alert the wearer when the right bus comes.

0 Designers: Liang Wenshan, Zhengmu Fang & Liu Junming

The Incredible Shrinking Speaker!

The Incredible Shrinking Speaker!

SSSSSpeaker by aiia transforms a utilitarian gadget into an interactive and entertaining object – bringing music experience to the kinesthetic level every day. This compact silicone funnel-shape speaker provides up to 8 hours of rich 3-Watt sound, while the innovative form of the SSSSSpeaker expresses its functionality. When folded, it’s no larger than a hockey puck, making it easy to carry or throw in a backpack. Do want!

0 Designer: aiia

Two in Wine

Two in Wine

Ever wonder why there are different glasses for different wines? The idea is that each wine deserves its own type of glass to enhance its unique flavor, aroma and color. It’s an often overlooked part of the experience that every vino-enthusiast has come to appreciate. Inspired by this concept, the Doublet incorporates not one, but two of the more common types into one beautiful, seamless, stemless piece. Even if you’re not a wine snob, you can clear out some cabinet space with this artistic two-in-one alternative!

0 Designer: Stefan Burlacu

Highly Linked Living

Highly Linked Living

New York City is a prime example of urban densification. With so many annual newcomers and little room to expand, there’s really nowhere to go but UP! Urban Alloy is a proposed structure at the intersection of the LIRR and 7 trains that aims to bring the energy of Manhattan to the 4 other boroughs without disrupting existing land use. Lucky residents will not only find that they are near a major transportation hub, but living as part of it with a spectrum of personalized units to choose from!

0 Designer: Chad Kellogg & Matt Bowles

TRANISM Episode 5: Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden

TRANISM Episode 5: Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden

What started as a successful Kickstarter campaign is finally shipping and I got my hands on one. In this episode I set up the Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden and discover it really is easy for anyone to grow their own herbs at home. Each Smart Herb Garden comes with cartridges for basil, thyme and lemon balm. Future cartridges will be available for chili pepper, mini tomato and I’m crossing my fingers for berries! Oh I also participate in #whaling. You won’t believe it!

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Putting the Auto in Automobile

Putting the Auto in Automobile

DOMI is a compact concept that provides a solution for both driven and undriven modes. The interior cabin can be laid out like an office or living room so the user can catch up on work  or simply relax while the vehicle self-guides to the destination using a combination of GPS and smart road sign technology. The “driver” can even fall asleep on the move, or, when they’re ready, take the wheel to zip around the city they’re own way!

0 Designers: Various

Another Adapter For The Blind!

Another Adapter For The Blind!

Yes, its yet another socket fixture, but there is a lot of innovative factors in the Blind Adapter. The extension is designed to fit with existing electrical outlets and has an annular magnetic electrode so that the plug stays fixed onto the socket. Convenient Braille tags allow one to identify the appliance being plugged in, just to be double sure!

0 Designers: Ching-Tzu Tsai & Xien-An Chen

Skip Till You Turn Red

Skip Till You Turn Red

It took a bunch of designers to figure out that a number of us fall off the wagon while following an exercise regime. Hence, they have designed a clever motivational and goal oriented skipping rope that keeps you on your course. The No Red No Stop encourages persistence and teams the rope with visual illumination, which acts as the encouraging factor.

0 Designers: Chen Xuyan, Fang Zhipeng, Gao Yuxiang, Lai Shengqi, Sun Duojun, Tang Chunhua, Yu Mengling & Zhou Tengjiao

Solar-Powered 3D Printed Tower

Solar-Powered 3D Printed Tower

Sand Babel is a group of ecological structures designed as scientific research facilities and tourist attractions for the desert.  Divided into two parts above and below ground, the main portion of each is constructed with sand, sintered through a solar-powered 3D printer. The resulting top structure mimics the form of the  desert’s natural phenomena like tornadoes and mushroom rocks!

0 Designers: Various