Speed Bumps That Flatten for Slow Speeds

Speed Bumps That Flatten for Slow Speeds

Today my uncle and I were driving in his truck. We live in the USA, in Minnesota, where it’s currently snowing; his truck has a plow on the front. We were traveling at a modest 10 mph, and suddenly there’s a speed bump, we go over it, CRUNK goes the plow into the ground afterward, we almost flip the truck! We weren’t even going fast, and we were punished!

0 Designers: Jae-yun Kim & Jong-Su Lee

The Freshness of Labels

The Freshness of Labels

Bad meat. There’s nothing nastier. Though the area where I live has a pretty good hold on fresh food packaging and labeling, there’s always some stragglers. According to designer Naoki Hirota, mislabeled food is more than a tiny problem in some shops of the world. Thus, temporal labels are in order.

Or are they?

0 Designer: Naoki Hirota

Packs a Bassy Punch, Sonoro Cubo Elements Review

Packs a Bassy Punch, Sonoro Cubo Elements Review

Sonoro Audio Cubo Elements clock radio won a Red Dot award for best product design so we just had to review one to see what all the accolades were about. Right off the bat, this is no typical clock radio. In fact, my regular radio tucked its tail in and hid behind the lamp as soon as the Cubo Elements came prancing out of its packaging. Hit the jump for my review.

0 Designer: Sonoro Audio GmbH & Co.

That's a Juicer?

That’s a Juicer?

Nothing like a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice to kick start the day. The Seed is product aimed to make that task easier without offending your minimalist aesthetic. It’s supposed to look like a seed pod of sorts, hence its name. Put an orange in and squeeze that clamshell shut time. Juice collects into a reservoir below. I won’t knock it but I’ve always thought juicing requires a twisting motion to be the most effective. Oh and about that cup of OJ in the morn; don’t drink it after you brush your teeth. Yuck!

0 Designer: Gray Goh Szjin

Not Your Granddad's Building Blocks

Not Your Granddad’s Building Blocks

Block & Blockele is a novel building block system of characters, figures and elements that interlock with each other in an unlimited number of ways. The idea is to construct toys (or anything you can imagine) by combining abstract three-dimensional elements with surface graphics that transform each element into a unique character or element. Check out several examples after the jump.

0 Designer: Daniel Goddemeyer

The Perfect Gift for the Historic Boat Builder

The Perfect Gift for the Historic Boat Builder

If that special person in your life happens to be a New England lobsterman from the late 19th century, I know he would appreciate this chair based on the framework of historic “pea pod” boats. Designed by Palette Industries out of Canada, it comes from the same folks who brought us the Dhama Lounge. I can’t say it looks overly comfortable (having no back and all), but I’m willing to buy anything with that much visual appeal.

0 Designer: Palette Industries

M.E.R.M. Flea Market on Wheels

M.E.R.M. Flea Market on Wheels

So you fancy yourself a merchant, yes? How hardcore be you? Delve with me into the wicked world of the flea market, the ice cream truck, and the munch wagon. All three of these certainly have bearing when this vehicle is rode: MERM (Modular Electronic Retail Minivan.) Explore the trade and sale underground. And realize the future as it is brought back above.

0 Designer: Eric Zhang

Food Balls Around the Neck

Food Balls Around the Neck

You remember the ubiquitous Candy Necklace, right? Many of you probably still indulge in edible jewelry now and again. While the Candy Necklace might not have been designer His-Ju Chang’s primary inspiration, she has certainly refined the art. Using the surplus of the world, here’s the solution to global hunger: the Food Necklace!

0 Designer: His-Ju Chang assisted by Yu-Lei Chu

There's A Doody Floating In The Water

There’s A Doody Floating In The Water

For another out of season pool-related innovation from Lysandre Follet, we look at his Doody pH tester. Much like the canary in a coal mine, the Doody goes belly up whenever the pool’s pH level goes out of wack, allowing for fast response and fewer rashes from poor pool maintenance. What’s interesting is his re-imagining of the tester as a toy-like object you would want to leave in your pool, rather than an obtrusive set of test tubes.

0 Designer: Lysandre Follet

Touchy Radio, Go Ahead and Stroke It

Touchy Radio, Go Ahead and Stroke It

White Fruit Radio follows how biological organisms organize their internal and external components, both of which are intimately related. Electronics today are often designed linearly with one following the other. White Fruit is made of sycamore for its acoustic properties and an LED substrate is hidden beneath the thin surface. But wait a minute, no knobs or buttons?

0 Designer: Swann Bourotte

A Knobby Light

A Knobby Light

Designer Jeong-Sun Park is a deep man heavily interested in the butterfly effect – the idea that variations systematic outcomes can dictate behavior. His Knob Light is a door knob with an internal generator that stores energy and illuminates the way in emergencies or whenever you need a guide to the loo. How it relates to the butterfly effect theory is esoteric but simply by expanding the knob’s function to include illumination, you effectively change the way you use the knob.

0 Designer: Jeong-Sun Park

You Love Strange Looking Bikes Right?

You Love Strange Looking Bikes Right?

Well here you go! Revolve works, as most folks can figure it, just like an average exercise bike. It helps you exercise your legs, thighs, and butt. But the look is amongst those sort of things that make you look really crazy, sexy, and cool. And on top of that, it does what every modern electronic gizmo does (or should to) : it connects with your computer.

0 Designer: Mark Hagen

Baby on the Airplane...

Baby on the Airplane…

When the airplane is going to EXPLODE?! Or, of course, also, if the airplane is taking off or landing? Usually, strange and uncomfortable situations ensue. Would you, instead, like to be a kangaroo on an airplane? I would. Kangaroos are safe. Kangaroos have safe ways. Designer Karsten Willmann has channeled the safe ways of the kangaroo into this airplane safety device for babies.

0 Designer: Karsten Willmann