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

Ecolights For Your EcoLife

Ecolights For Your EcoLife

Unsurprisingly, installing high power 500 watt lamps in your in-ground pool is a real pain and not something you want to try and ‘wing’.  Circumventing the whole electricity thing is Lysandre Follet’s Ecolights which use the pre-existing flow from the filter pump to drive a small turbine and a set of LEDs.  Nothing earth shattering, but a good reminder of how “ReUse” can apply to energy just as readily as the cardboard boxes you get in the mail.

0 Designer: Lysandre Follet

Hamada's Got You in Hot Water

Hamada’s Got You in Hot Water

When you’ve got disaster, you need heat. The Onsui (hot water) works for disaster area victims by generating heat without fire. Pour your water in the Onsui, wait a bit, pour the hot water out. Make some food, eat some beans, some crackers, and fix that disaster up.

0 Designer: Kiyoe Hamada

The Danube Flower Blooms Again

The Danube Flower Blooms Again

When you think the word “innovate,” you don’t often associate it with “recycle.” But what Stojanovic, Pavlovic, Milanovic have done here is both of those things, with a project called “Wellness Sky.” Together they transformed a 35 year old, lost and decrepit building into the once glorious landmark it was at its height, and they did it by turning it into a fitness center.

0 Designers: Djordje Stojanovic, Vlada Pavlovic & Slavko Milanovic

Computer Fits in My Palm, Pano Logic Review

Computer Fits in My Palm, Pano Logic Review

Desktop virtualization is a phrase you may be hearing more of sooner than later. The idea of computing in the cloud as opposed to today’s private desktop machines isn’t new but there haven’t been many products to put idea into practice. The Pano Logic designed by Whipsaw Inc. is the first of which I’ve seen blends the beauty of minimalist design with a seamless computing experience made near identical to the computer I’m using now to type this.

0 Designer: Whipsaw Inc. [ Pano Logic ]

Umbrella Lights The Way

Umbrella Lights The Way

LightDrops looks like an ordinary umbrella but don’t let that fool ya. There’s more than meets the eye here. As water pours over the surface, potential energy from raindrops slamming onto the conductive membrane called PDVF transforms into electrical energy powering embedded LEDs sending your umbrella ablaze with light. The heavier the rain, the brighter the light to help you see your way.

0 Designer: Sang-Kyun Park

Now That's a Grassy Phone

Now That’s a Grassy Phone

In today’s rapid consumerist society, consumption comes into question. How durable do we want our devices to be when they become near obsolete in 5 years? The source materials that make up their build often take hundreds of years to break down. An alternative ideology are disposable products made from natural sources. The Natural Year Phone is made of hay, sans screen and soft keys. The hard components get recycled while the hay is um. . . well I wouldn’t smoke it.

0 Designer: Je-Hyun Kim

More Impossibles from Mac: Tired of Numbers

More Impossibles from Mac: “Tired of Numbers”

Mac Funamizu names his newest project a little too well, calling the desktop hygrometer and thermometer “Tired of Numbers.” Yanko Design is, incase you were unaware, primarily a blog about design concepts. Project after project, time after time, Mac Funamizu defines the Yanko motto: “Form Beyond Function.” And I mean that in as positive a manner as possible!

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Technicals of Dark Fire Robot Guitars

Technicals of Dark Fire Robot Guitars

The Dark Fire is Gibson’s second robot guitar in so many years. This one is a beast. Three state-of-the-art pickups, robot-accurate frets and neck, “revolutionary rotary potentiometer.” Wonder what that is? The Dark Fire guitar “can play every single guitar tone ever.” Seem like a stretch? Come with me, and we shall spell out the doom that is the Dark Fire… !

0 Designer: Gibson USA