Multifunctional Is The Key Word Today

Multifunctional Is The Key Word Today

Shame on you lazy lumps who can’t multitask! It’s the era where we need to be multifunctional, multi-everything! That rule applies to our batteries as well; if they only juice-up our devices then they are no good, they need to double up as something more. Like this IF-battery, it powers your devices AND has pins on the side that pop out, and plug into a socket for recharging. This does eliminate the need for a recharging station, but it also means you can charge only one battery at a time.

0 Designers: Qian Jiang & Yiying Wu

Where’s The HotSpot?

Where’s The HotSpot?

An imperative question when you are looking for some free internet access! I have a device for you here, that will turn you into the Water Witch, HotSpot Witch! Divina detects WiFi spots and allows you to expand the network by amplifying the signal thanks to the built-in hi-range sensors. The form of Divina is clearly inspired by the magical stick that Dowsers use. My only request, don’t go as crazy as them in the middle of the airport when you detect strong WiFi signals!

0 Designer: Stefano Pertegato

Inflate the Wave Fantastic

Inflate the Wave Fantastic

Hello again, Extreme Sportsmen-and-women. It’s not far off; that lovely season when the whole of North America can jump in the water and splash about wildly. Here’s a toy that boat and super-fast pontoon owners can look forward to. It’s the “LULU1.” Super steerable, fun, bright and colorful for this midwest-lake fashion season. It’s the “first” inflatable tow-able watersports toy that you can do tricks on. Turn a 180, 720, 6120; whatever strikes your fantasy.

0 Designer: Sportsstuff Inc.

Sow Your Seeds, Grow Your Veggies

Sow Your Seeds, Grow Your Veggies

The idea of DIY VeggiePatch is to get involved in the process of growing vegetables for families and communities and in some ways nip food miles, packaging, food processing, and flood irrigation at the top of the food chain process. The project proposes to reduce eco-footprint by using materials like cardboard, banana paper and tire crumb to construct the patch. The pros of the patch include eliminating the need for transportation, refrigeration, and storage of vegetables plus the health benefits of organic food.

0 Designer: Jo Szczepanska

Electric Dream Machine

Electric Dream Machine

Is that the cross section of a Foo Fighter? No way, it’s a tattoo machine. It’s the newest tattoo machine. It’s the best. It’s weight is less than a third of the average machine. It’s carved out of solid aluminum. It’s much less painful to the tattoo collector than the classic machine. It’s got two methods for mayhem: while it’s the first air-powered tattoo machine in the world, it’s got an attachment which allows it to also run on electricity as well. It’s the “Neuma Hybrid Tattoo Machine” pokin’ through.

0 Designer: RKS Design

Better Cutting, Better Cleaning

Better Cutting, Better Cleaning

A combination of form and function, the Bamboo Appetito is a cutting board designed to reinvent conventional food preparation. With traditional boards you have to sweep waste off to make room for more food. The Bamboo Appetito solves this problem with a split cutting surface and track running underneath that conceals a stainless steel utensil tray.

0 Designer: Joel Robert Axelrod

Power Of Three

Power Of Three

Without being to preachy about how you waste water while showering, a group of ID designers have come up with valid solutions instead. Not 1, not 2 but 3 options to save/conserve water is what the OLI Shower Water Conservation Project is all about. Briefly it includes a REFRESH-N-REMIND shower monitor, REDUCE-YOUR-USE mat and RELAX-N-REUSE seat. Hit the jump to know more.

0 Designers: Nallieli Santamaria, Brad Smith, Franklin Crosby, Raymond Bessemer, Sergio Coronado & Sean Whang

Rule The Dunes

Rule The Dunes

One of the most spectacular things that you can do in the arid deserts of Dubai is the Desert Safari. The 4-wheel drive flies over the rims of the dunes at such precarious angles that for a moment you feel the jeep will topple over. After the thrill ride, they usually stop and allow novices like me try a hand at Sandboarding. My first attempt at the sport saw me gulp in mouthful of sand; it was a funny sight! They say practice makes perfect, and I’m gonna practice with the Sandviper!

0 Designer: Marc Bischoff

Let's Groove In The Womb Mommy

Let’s Groove In The Womb Mommy

The best baby books, my 2 pregnancies and family/friends’ stories all indicate that babies are responsive to the parent’s voices and are soothed by music when in the womb. Although scientific evidence to support this theory is quiet scant, it did inspire Geof Ramsay to capitalize on the Mozart Effect; a theory that proposes a baby will be more intelligent if exposed to classical music during the course of pregnancy. His B(l)aby device is a massaging wrap that goes around the pregnant tummy and includes a player as well.

0 Designer: Geof Ramsay

Would You Use a Bone Folder as a Knife?

Would You Use a Bone Folder as a Knife?

Do you know what a Bone Folder is? It’s a plastic utensil used for scoring paper, putting folds in it. Originally the Bone Folder was made of real animal bone. Some people still use animal bones for this very purpose. It works. It’s nature. Check it out. Here’s a team of people who’ve done the same thing for eating sticks. You know, knife, spoon, fork. All those things you use for eating the meat off the bones of the recently deceased.

0 Designer: Pod Design and Media

Beauty is Minimal, OneLessDesk Review

Beauty is Minimal, OneLessDesk Review

A long while back we were enamored with a seemingly simple bi-level desk from a company called Heckler Design. After a couple emails and a lot of patience (thank you Dean), we finally have our review of the OneLessDesk. At first glance, you’d be hard pressed to understand why something this simple could command a $649 price tag. But as with most minimalist designs, it takes some creative engineering and expensive manufacturing to pull off the perfect balance between aesthetic/function. Hit the jump for my review.

0 Designer: Heckler Design [ Buy it here ]

Rock-A-By-Doggie

Rock-A-By-Doggie

I am totally floored by Ilya Fridman’s design for a Dog Hammock. First of all as a dog-lover, I simply adore the idea of getting a pet pooch his own hammock, and to top it off the dog-bed helps in subtly collecting stray dog fur by harnessing the attraction power of static electricity. What a blessing! Ilya also win’s my vote for using recycled materials in the construction of Jamboree.

0 Designer: Ilya Fridman

Big Ears Has Its Advantages

Big Ears Has Its Advantages

Will you think less of me if I confess that even at my age I find cartoons and children’s programs adorable? I mean, why is that grownups have to be judgmental and scorn Mr. Bean or scoff at Tom & Jerry? Why can’t we be as easygoing as innocent children? For example I can literally visualize many of you going “Tch Tch, why is this Shrek MP3 player here? This ain’t a toy store!” FYI, it’s here coz many well known MP3 manufacturers ignore something as vital as earphone management while designing their players.

0 Designer: Sang-hoon Lee