A Player For All Ages

A Player For All Ages

This is not another story about an MP3 player that looks groovy, has jazzy features and is full of it. It’s the story of a player that addresses the issue of older generation coping with technology. The Sony concept that we see here features a simplified interface with keys that are clearly laid out and raised. The screen is high contrast, with light text on a dark background rather than vice versa, making it easy to read. It basically targets the elders who enjoy listening to music but are bogged with stiff fingers (arthritis), poor vision and fear of complicated gadgets.

0 Designer: Damien Crossan

Greening Up

Greening Up

There’s this whole movement about bringing back nature into the concrete jungles we’ve built in the past 100 years but this is probably the most direct yet indirect way of doing it. Those painted line dividers we see everywhere serve a huge purpose but in an attempt to humanize and naturalize them, designer Ji-Hye Koo covers them with Nature On A Tape – essentially a pre-potted strip of grass that’ll grow with no effort. It’s sculptural and 3-dimensional but who’s gonna trim it tho?

0 Designer: Ji-Hye Koo

Cuppa Chai On The Go

Cuppa Chai On The Go

Typical Indian housewives are an addicted lot; they are addicted to their daily cup of chai (tea)! As the clock strikes four in the afternoon, every household gears up for that addictive brew and woe beholds that woman who misses her tea! I have actually seen my numerous aunts and mom go through stages of depression, headaches and withdrawal symptoms coz they missed tea thanks to an afternoon spree in the bazaar. Tea in the Sahara for Two sang Sting, I demand Tea4Two in the middle of Chandni Chowk!

0 Designer: Ben Peterson

Auto Zen Garden for a False Nirvana

Auto Zen Garden for a False Nirvana

Man, everyone knows you’ve got to rake the sand yourself. What? Unless you’re from the Roomba generation of Buddhist monks. Then you’ve got to get yourself affiliated with the Studio FRST crew. They’ll whip you up a set of “Jardin Impatient” or what I’d call Auto Sand Gardeners. You’ll never have to pull sand to be at peace again! What a relief! Time for a nice sit.

0 Designer: Studio FRST

Cube Speaker(s)

Cube Speaker(s)

This sinister looking black cube may look like pandora’s box but it’s really just a set of wireless speakers that can be positioned anywhere for optimal surround sound. Altogether there are 5 speakers and 1 woofer. They’re held together in cube form by the power of Voltron magnetism. The woofer’s top is a volume controller and itself is the main base unit that charges the other speakers.

0 Designer: Ji-Hyung Jung

One Leg, But Still Can Walk With Pride

One Leg, But Still Can Walk With Pride

I really admired Princess Diana’s grit when it came to humane issues like landmines and landmine victims. Did you know that landmines injure 15,000 to 20,000 people every single year? A majority of them have been civilians and children, who have died due to the sheer impact. Those who survive have to deal with a life no less painful than death, due to limb amputations. Efforts like these temporary prosthetic limbs offer very quick support to injured people and help them to not give up on themselves.

0 Designer: Tillmann Beuscher

Hush-a-by-baby Mommy's Gonna Con You

Hush-a-by-baby Mommy’s Gonna Con You

I’m sorry! I couldn’t help you decoding the cries of your baby, and neither did LT get you the right formula bottle. To make amends I bring to you this Music Pillow that features two speakers and an MP3 player. When you’re busy doing chores around the house and the baby is trying to get some sleep, con him with your pre-recorded soothing voice that plays over the speakers. As he lies in his cot, let him believe that mommy or daddy is close at hand.

0 Designer: Yw Li

Sit on It, Serralunga!

Sit on It, Serralunga!

Well, what’ve we got here? A versatile little seat contraption eh? Yeah, yeah, that’s what it is. Wait! It’s also a planter! Wait! It’s also a side-table, as they call them. This is exactly the octohedron I’ve been searching for all my furniture-seeking life. Isn’t a strange corner we turn around when at first we seek out a seat for our very own?

0 Designer: AquiliAlberg

Touchy Much? HP Touchsmart PC Review

Touchy Much? HP Touchsmart PC Review

Touchscreen interfaces; the delicate balance between technology and cost are slowly falling in unison and HP aims to be in the vanguard. The Touchsmart PCs have always tried to epitomize that future but the 1st gen machines weren’t exactly winners. We took the 2nd gen machines for a test drive and spoke to Randall Martin – HP’s Worldwide Director of Design for Commercial and Consumer Desktop PCs about the present and future of the Touchsmart PC line.

0 Company: HP Designer: Randall Martin

Apple Macmini Needs A Radio Friend

Apple Macmini Needs A Radio Friend

Apple freaks know pretty well that Jobs doesn’t indulge in concepts. Which is why any nugget that comes our way, we lap it up like starving puppies. Who wouldn’t love having this stackable Radio and Speaker System for Macmini on their table? Specs like Internet radio with access to about 10,000 stations worldwide, 2 front and 3 rear extra USBs and multi card reader, makes it a delectable item. Superb sound quality and sexy design are a given!

0 Designer: Sebastien Sauvage

No Walls, Only Partitions

No Walls, Only Partitions

Without compromising on privacy, the 4sides4home is an amazing interior option for those who have small apartments and even smaller families. The concept utilizes the given floor space optimally by doing away with the walls and incorporating partitions instead. Imagine a huge + (plus sign) on the floorplan where each wing is a specific room. What you design or expect from the modular room is up to you. For instance the four wings could each be a living room, a bedroom, a study and a dining room.

0 Designer: Studio Stanta

Grow A Bamboo To Get Better Sound

Grow A Bamboo To Get Better Sound

If you get yourself the Forsta Speakers then trust me, this is exactly what you will be doing. Stop splitting your sides; I’m serious about this concept! The idea is to install a speaker inside the bamboo hollow (on the vertical top) as the stem serves as a sound box; hence taller the bamboo grows, the richer the sound gets. Ok summary-time: you nurture a bamboo, which has a speaker inside it and you hook it to your TV/Sound System. Looks aesthetic, but will this concept be functional? Come on guys…you tell me! Leave me your comments.

0 Designer: Jocko Chan

Stack Books in your Grandfather

Stack Books in your Grandfather

He wont mind. Often in history, mashing two things together, furniture pieces, silverware, counties, anime characters, has been the good idea. No exception here. My grandmother has a grandfather clock that’s worked since the 1950′s – but not for carrying books n’ stuff. This new design, the P-Bookshelf, still has the clock, has new shelves, looks modern and could have the same method of distribution if it wanted…

0 Designer: Yar Rassadin