GPS Guided Dog

GPS Guided Dog

Guide Dogs for the blind folks generally come trained for taking them around the neighborhood and maybe an extra distance. This surely curtails mobility and independence in case they want to explore more than their usual territory. The Peepo GPS Device gives these people a certain degree of freedom to travel beyond the normal route. The GPS system charts the course and guides the dog to the desired destination using a series of vibrations to steer him.

0 Designer: Jason Perkins

The World Through My Eyes

The World Through My Eyes

How would images look if we captured them on a camera that was based on the Human Eye? Taking into consideration our field of vision, optical sensory and the brain’s perception of images, George Milde has developed the Human Eye Camera. This device combines modern technology with digital postproduction. When the light hits the “eye” of the camera, it is spread via a prism onto three arrange-able sensors. And like the digitalized version, this one too offers the RAW format, which is variable in focus and focal length.

0 Designer: Georg Milde

Erasing Darkness

Erasing Darkness

The big push takes the place of the little switch with this new light device by Steffen Kehrle and Julia Landsiedl for Moree. Apparently it’s difficult to dim these new energy-saving lightbulbs. They be bright. Ths solution these two designers have here is to literally block the light, the object replicating the look of a push-out eraser with a paper cover. Don’t worry though, this is made of aluminum.

0 Designer: Steffen Kehrle and Julia Landsiedl for Moree

Electric Bike + Laptop + Phone

Electric Bike + Laptop + Phone

The Amur Leopard. Ryan McGinley’s solution to all of the modern Beijing resident’s electric bicycle needs. So you ride an electric bike all the time, right? You know it’s kinda basically difficult to transport anything other than yourself. What this little thang has is a spot for your laptop case under the seat. Not only that, it’s got a built-in navigational/communication device for you drive n text n crashers.

0 Designer: Ryan McGinley

Better than Skates or Skateboards; It’s Even Got Brakes

Better than Skates or Skateboards; It’s Even Got Brakes

It’s not a half-baked attempt to tout a new Segway and neither is it replacing the rollerblades; StepGlider is in a league of its own. Using the natural swagger of us humans as its inspiration, this new kind of travel mode guarantees stability as it causes a linear locomotion which gives us a sense of safety. As Thomas describes it, “The momentum is caused by the correlation between walking and a force among the hands and a gearbox, through which an accelerated movement is obtained.”

0 Designer: Thomas Van Halewyck

Zero Boundaries Design Competition Results

Zero Boundaries Design Competition Results

Competitions are healthy coz it brings out the best in you. It did so for many folks who took part in the Zero Boundaries Design Competition. On YD we did run you the details a while back and here are the results. Winners were awarded in two categories: solutions targeted specifically at today’s youth and more forward-looking solutions for the designers’ target of choice. Skip ahead for the results.

Animate For Obesity? I Don’t Think I Agree!

Animate For Obesity? I Don’t Think I Agree!

One of the reasons behind developing the Animate project was to motivate the obese-TV-Video Games-addicted-generation to move their butt and get some exercise. I don’t buy that theory. My point is, if Wii Sports couldn’t get me toned and slim, then nothing can! However, besides this Animate is cool gadget that kids on the block would love. It’s got a camera, MP3 player, watch band, communication feature and videogames.

0 Designers: Hugo Kretz & Marc Haldemann

Shape Changing Plate Washer and Drier

Shape Changing Plate Washer and Drier

This thing right here is a rollercoaster for plates. Not only does it catch plates on a conveyer belt, wash, and dry them, it converts them to whatever shape you wish – plate, bowl, whatever! Using Electrostatic Flocking, the shapes of these dishes can be changed. Each plate changes shape via electrostatic contact points and can thus they can be washed and stacked with supreme simplicity.

0 Designer: Teo Kai Qiang

Lean Back Electropositive

Lean Back Electropositive

Ah lean back, lean back. Two seater three wheeler electric cruiser. It’s the Electropositive. It’s a tilter. It’s got an electric brushless motor in each wheel. Carbon fiber “exoskeleton”, photovoltaic transparent polycarbonate body panels. And it’s got a lean. It’s got the mad craziest lean you’ve ever seen.

0 Designer: Ionut Predescu

How Many Pushups Does Your Battery Do?

How Many Pushups Does Your Battery Do?

Me? I can do 20 reps at the most, but my Energizer does plenty more…or so says the guys at Mint Design. Although I haven’t seen the ad, apparently once there was this one, which showed a battery come out and do about a million pushups; to show how long it worked. That left an impression enough on the designers to come up with this Pushup Mint Battery #2. Now it’s designed for no apparent reason, but purely for the fun of pitching one battery against the other, to see who emerges the winner!

0 Designer: mintselect @ mintpass

Balls Clean My Air, Seriously!

Balls Clean My Air, Seriously!

These “Air Balls” as I call them, are purifiers you can move room to room. They use a form of ionization with a photocatalyst complex sterilizing collection technology. Por que? This enables the unit to not only filter the air of fine particles, smoke and odors but also eliminates nasty bacteria and viruses. An active carbon filter even removes nasty gases like formaldehyde and VOC’s. The whole contraption doubles as lighting and the design is supposed to fit in any decor. The display stand is actually a snazzy charging cradle.

0 Designer: Taejin Choi

Be Flexible With Diabetes

Be Flexible With Diabetes

Gluos is a non-invasive blood sugar meter with a detachable sensor for more flexibility. As a diabetic you really want to measure  fast, easy and unobstrusively. The small device measures sugar levels using a display with an LED scale between a low result and a high result in different colors. Low sugar levels are shown in red. A normal level appears in white white and a high level goes orange. It stores the result and transfers it via bluetooth to a mobile phone and computer so your doctor has instant access.

0 Designer: Tobias Förtsch

All The Single Ladies, Put A Switch On It

All The Single Ladies, Put A Switch On It

Girl buys new pack of fresh batteries. Girl doesn’t realize unused batteries lose their charge overtime albeit slowly but still, it’s like money slowly pissing away. If only there were a way to keep the internal charge from being active until you needed it. Girl figures it out. Put a switch on it. The science is simple. I mean you’re essentially just switching the anode off to prevent current from flowing but does this actually work? Energy doesn’t seem to be something that likes to stay put. Maybe one of you could speak to it, figuratively that is.

0 Designers: Ren Tong & Luo Jie