Toasty Charger

Toasty Charger

The Toasty Charger by Hyun- A Ko makes each charging session into a breakfast scene, or whenever it is you toast. For me, that’s breakfast. Assuming it can take all varying sizes of lithium ion batteries, you slide one in, push the toaster handle down and wait for it to pop back up again. Granted this is one toast that’ll take a little longer than usual so if you’re not around to see it pop, there’s a handy dandy color coded LED light in the shape of toast for visual reference. Mmm, breakfast!

0 Designer: Hyun-A Ko

Tria Wireless Sound System, Minimalism Be Damned!

Tria Wireless Sound System, Minimalism Be Damned!

TRIA is a wireless sound system that allows the user to listen to music from vinyl records and rip it to a built-in hard disk. YES! Composed of three elements – a wireless vinyl player and ripper, wireless stereo speakers and a wireless controller,  music can also be transferred from the player’s built-in hard disk onto a USB storage device or MP3 player.

0 Designer: Ricardo Baiao at Mola Ativism

Charge Up Your Car Inside Your Car

Charge Up Your Car Inside Your Car

Having a propensity for wild and crazy automotive here at Yanko Design, the GYM Concept Car comes as no surprise! Obviously very inspired by a recent gym renovation project, this vehicle tries a new combo, acting as a fully electric mobile workout center. Each workout charges the car for more driving.

0 Designer: Da Feng

Blinded by the Price

Blinded by the Price

A device to see without sight, adding distinguishable sound to objects that can’t be identified by sound. Dubbed “Info Jewelry” by designer Ryoji Takahashi, this ring and earpiece combo are used to scan products in stores. Once scanned with the ring, the signal is sent to the earpiece which conveys the product name and expiration date, where applicable. What other use could such a thing be? Perhaps many things could come of it!

0 Designer: Ryoji Takahashi

Real Mature Milk Cartons

Real Mature Milk Cartons

If you thought “Freshness Labels” were a trip, wait till you get a load of this cheese. What designer Ko Yang’s got for you is the difference between a liquid and a solid. Milk. Dairy products. Shop owners everywhere can make use of their bad milk by putting it on the cheese self now! And the graphics are really nice, right?

0 Designer: Ko Yang

You and Me, Sitting in a Tree, K I S S I N G. . .

You and Me, Sitting in a Tree, K I S S I N G. . .

Mua was designed with lovers in mind. The organic shape invokes the idea of two people intertwined, embracing each other. Wicker wrapped steel on the outside, red for love in the inside. Mua dangles from a tree suspended for all voyeurs to see and at the perfect angle – looks like a giant heart shaped pendant. Implying love in a design can border the esoteric to the ridiculous but I think the Mua strikes the perfect balance. I just hope those red covers are washable because. . . well, I’m not gonna go there.

0 Designer: Victor Aleman

Even an Hourglass Goes High Tech

Even an Hourglass Goes High Tech

The Hourglass Lantern works like traditional hourglasses but turns the thousand year old tech upside down (literally) by using LEDs instead of sand. You can even adjust how long it takes for the light to flow from top to bottom by twisting the two halves like a dial. As time passes, luminance decreases on top as it increases on bottom.

0 Designer: Young Bok Kim

The World's Brightest Swizzle Stick

The World’s Brightest Swizzle Stick

While not explicitly intended as a swizzle stick, the Mahoo light from Stefano Pistilli uses the conduction of water to complete the circuit and power the light inside. Utilizing an interesting environmental trigger, these could also be great night time pool toys or even help see and identify other scuba divers on a night dive. Nevertheless, I’m drinking alone tonight and I’m hoping scotch and soda has enough electrolytes to power this friendly light on.

0 Designer: Stefano Pistilli

Hello World, I'm Drowning in the Ocean

Hello World, I’m Drowning in the Ocean

Another nifty project from Lysandre Follet, his Hello World camera takes wide angle shots of your worldly adventures and wifi’s them to friends (like the lovely blonde seen after the jump). Also tagging the photos with GPS coordinates, the camera keeps a sort of geopositional image log of you trip, allowing others to connect in and watch your progress. A great Idea that I’m sure is on the way by at least one manufacturer, that said I don’t think my image log would be very interesting: hotel room, hotel bar, hotel toilet, repeat.

0 Designer: Lysandre Follet

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