Who Knew the Swiss Army Made Stoves?

Who Knew the Swiss Army Made Stoves?

They DON’T. But designer Ryan Cavenagh would like to imagine what it would look like if they did. Here, in a project he’s done his sophomore year, Cavenagh presents a small backpacking stove that runs on denatured alcohol. Swanky? Is it nice enough? Does it look legit enough? Rumor has it that the Swiss are pretty hard on their product approval. Would this make the cut?

0 Designer: Ryan Cavenagh

Chummy Fire Pit Hot Pot Experience

Chummy Fire Pit Hot Pot Experience

Look at that lady! She’s having a totally amazing experience! She’s using the “Firo;” cooking in an open, blazing fire. It’s a tube. It’s a tube with a drawer in it. The drawer holds several ceramic pots. Each of these pots is hung in a way that makes sure they are always upright. Stick that whole thing in the fire, and once it’s hot just open the drawer and take the pots out. Each of the pots has it’s own insulated container to keep it warm. Presto! A nice hot meal n stuff!

0 Designer: Andrea Nimtschke

Bikes Are No Longer Boring

Bikes Are No Longer Boring

Really, Bicycles are no longer just those pedal-some buddies that you use muscle power on, They are primped with other awesome stuff. We recently gave you a list of Folding Bikes, then we refreshed it with the Ever-so-folding bike; and now I have another bike only this one boasts of Solar Power! The Solar Man is folding-solar bike that weighs a handsome 12 kgs. Pedal-power is supplemented with the goodness of the sunrays, so if you’re not in the mood of burning some calories or just plain lazy, harness the sun energy and get going!

0 Designer: Chen Weiping

A More Humane Audio Headset

A More Humane Audio Headset

So you’re sitting there in a restaurant. You’re sitting there, eating sandwiches with some other people. And you’ve got ah… one of those crappy headsets on. It looks like a spaceship. But then you realize your madness. You realize you look like… a douche. So you seek out help. And you find it. You find the solution. It’s basically a beautiful earring. “Ripple Headset” designed by Ilya Fridman. Ill. Totally ill.

0 Designer: Ilya Fridman

RELAX Contest Winner, Fluid Rocker

RELAX Contest Winner, Fluid Rocker

Big congrats to Nick Trincia. His Fluid Rocker concept received the most votes from the panel of judges. Huge thanks to everyone who entered. The concepts were amazing – so amazing that I plan on highlighting a few of them in separate posts. Thank you so so very much to our sponsors Robert McNeel & Associates and Bunkspeed. Hit the jump to read more about the Fluid Rocker and noted honorable entries.

0 Designer: Nick Trincia

Bee Buzzes But Doesn’t Sting

Bee Buzzes But Doesn’t Sting

Have you heard of the latest Buzz? It’s about this Bumble Bee that doesn’t sting! Poor thing lost its stinging prowess to lifting heavy weights. Honestly, it’s just a pint-sized crane that does what most cranes do… the only difference is its compact size and Transformer-like capabilities. From a cylinder it expands out to a full-fledged crane! Yippee! Good for indoor hauling.

0 Designers: Yuan Biao, Qiu Meng, Liu Xiao & Tang Gang

When Disaster Strikes At High Seas

When Disaster Strikes At High Seas

At first I thought I would write a comedy of errors and make a fun post out of this, but regretfully it’s not funny getting shipwrecked or stranded in a dinghy at high seas. The chances of you and Brooke Shields making it to a marooned island are slim, so you may as well rely on your lifeboat, jacket and Reborn Survival Kit till a rescue team arrives. Packaged as a slim torch-like contraption, Reborn actually opens up to become a multi functional device.

0 Designer: Xue Zhichao

Unruly Cables, Bluelounge CableBox Review

Unruly Cables, Bluelounge CableBox Review

Take a look under your desk, behind the entertainment center and by your computer. Chances are you have a rat’s nest. The deliberate twisty-ties on carefully laid out cables when you first set them up have become a tangled mess. How does that happen?!?!

0 Company: Bluelounge [ Buy it Here ]

The Dark Side of Design

The Dark Side of Design

There is something really nasty about the Design Industry; something many know of but never really spoke of. In our ever-competitive society, we always seem to celebrate the winners, and outcast the losers. We often talk about the one that made it to the top and leave no space for second place.

Two Wild and Crazy Bracelets

Two Wild and Crazy Bracelets

I tell you: me and my brother, we know how to get the ladies. We just talked to Ben Greene about his boss tactic for getting matched up. Really! You put the band on, right on, on your hand, and you load up all your infos like about your love for mustard and whatnot. From there, it’s a synch! You just pick “teaser” or “seeker” (my brother and I are always the hip and together seekers) and you’re on your way! Really! I mean it! We put them on when we got in!

0 Designer: Ben Greene

AutoCAD for Mac OS X?

AutoCAD for Mac OS X?

It seems Autodesk wants to know if there’s interest in a native OS X version of their flagship AutoCAD program. Take the survey and sound off. As they say, ask and ye shall receive.

0 I Want AutoCAD on Mac OS X: Survey

Rebirth of Linksys

Rebirth of Linksys

There was a time when all routers were ugly boxes designed only to perform. Looks played no importance because it was normal to relegate them to the back of the closet or tucked away in the corner below your desk. Out of sight, out of mind. About 5 years ago things started to change. Design became valuable even for the oft’ dejected little router. Companies like Netgear and Belkin started redesigning the ubiquitous little box but with more sex. Now they were good looking enough to be proudly displayed alongside your computer and media center.

0 Company: Linksys

Phantom Water

Phantom Water

You guys wanted it, here it is. Our resident contributer and critic Zippy Flounder’s latest project called Phantom Water. A clock whose face is dynamically created by the science (magic) of ferro fluidics. His design goes beyond normal ferro fluids by being clear, non-toxic and eco-friendly. The technology is being marketed as “Smart Water” (isn’t that a drink?), which could go beyond clock applications to signage displays and anything else your creative minds can think of. Check out the video after the jump and sound off in comments!

0 Designer: Zippy Flounder