Smarten Up Poochie, Dog Brick Review

Smarten Up Poochie, Dog Brick Review

Pet owners know nothing is too good for their poochie or kitty. They readily spend $100 on their beloved companions without batting an eyelash. Hey if you got the money, who better to spoil than your pets? In my quest to find something not only fun but mentally stimulating for my dog Miko, I came across a line of pet toys from a Swedish company called Nina Ottosson. They were kind enough to send my dog a few items from their new lineup. Hit the jump for my Miko’s review.

0 Designer: Nina Ottosson [ Buy It Here ]

Make a label for the Blind

Make a label for the Blind

Sighted friends, you have the advantage of picking Coke over Pepsi simply by picking red over blue. What will my sight-impaired friends do? Nothing much, but ask you to help out picking the preferred soda pop. However wouldn’t it be convenient for both if there was a label in Braille stuck to the can? Yup, that would be convenient!

0 Designers: Soonkyu Jang, Jieun Seo & Seung-un Kim

Best of March 2009

Best of March 2009

Every month we take a look around and select some of the most interesting designs that was showcased here. Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in March 2009.

Foldable Bicycles: How Real Today?

Foldable Bicycles: How Real Today?

Perhaps you’d enjoy such a thing? Consider the following: not from the Twilight Zone, but for your approval: folding bikes. Seen any lately? At Yanko, we’ve had several. Lots of them have parallel features, the most common being the amount of collapsing the bike does. With this most recent inception into the folding hall, the “Antares Lift,” we get front stem, handle bars, seat, and back wheel, all folding up into the bike.

0 Designer: Multiple Designers

Mini Kitchen That LT Would Love!

Mini Kitchen That LT Would Love!

LT and I have many things in common, we both are here at YD; we share the same star sign; both are vegetarians and share the same passion for cooking. I wonder what his views (and of course you YDers) will be on this Electrolux Personal Mini Kitchen. Personally, I really like the concept but I have a large family and this one’s a small, one-unit thing that caters to individuals or couples at the most. The compact kitchen is a marriage of both cooling and heating elements coz it features a pull-out silicon cooking mat and chill boxes.

0 Designer: Kai Yu

Sittin' on a Pole with Cold Cathode

Sittin’ on a Pole with Cold Cathode

This thang is called the “Plof.” It’s a self-bearing structure (a sort of relaxed pole snake) with a 30mm diameter methacrylate tube containing a cold cathode lamp. The cold cathode light emits no heat, lives for 45,000 hours (aka 10 years,) and does not exceed 1000 Volts. You know what that means: big-time low volt party! Everyone party around the Plof!

0 Designer: Yonoh

S Is For SuperDuper!

S Is For SuperDuper!

No you are not looking at the new Jaguar XF or the Aston Martin Rapide. This is actually the new all-electric Model “S” sedan from often beleaguered Tesla Motors. It is the follow up to the much hyped and groundbreaking Tesla Roadster. This sexy four-door sedan comes loaded with the latest touch-screen technology, sleek styling and enough green karma to choke the Dali Lama. Did we mention it’s entirely electric and not a concept?

0 Designer: Tesla [ Via: Jalopnik ]

Are You Stressed? Break It!

Are You Stressed? Break It!

We all need stress relief. Some people internalize it. Some people lash out. You could pick up meditation or try to keep yourself busy but sometimes hitting something really hard is the quick (best) way to release all that tension. Break It is a body and mind relaxation kit – a meditation CD, some herb tea aren’t exactly new but in order to get to it, you have to “break it.” Pretend you’re a master martial artist and smash that sh*t open. Don’t worry, it’s made of potato starch.

0 Designer: Mi-Rae Kim

Shop Laboratory, Good For Business?

Shop Laboratory, Good For Business?

During their scholarship year at the Designlabor Bremerhaven in 2008 an interdisciplinary design team devised temporary usage concepts as part of a strategy to counter the number of unoccupied shop premises in Bremerhaven. These innovative concepts were tested in a vacant shop under experimental conditions. This was in turn transformed into a gallery, a media café and finally an outlet offering its own design products called the Shop Laboratory.

0 Designer: Designlabor Bremerhaven

My Faucet Is Better Than Yours

My Faucet Is Better Than Yours

Your Morning routine: head to the sink, open the tap, water pours down, brush your teeth, and gargle with cup. My Routine: head to the sink, open Fountain Tab, water flows upwards (with the push of a button), brush my teeth, no cups for gargling…just lap up the water directly from the faucet. I told you so, my faucet is way too cooler than yours!

0 Designers: Jin-sun Park & Byungmin Woo

Let’s Talk About Camping Essentials

Let’s Talk About Camping Essentials

Every time I hear the word camping and the only image that comes to my mind is the Carry on Camping movie. That was one PARTY CAMP flick! Alas, real life is not as much fun as reel life, so it’s best to be prepared with handy tools and gadgets to make a camping trip successful. Along with the Swiss Army Knife, ropes, kettles, provisions and tent, it would be wise to carry something like the Vertigo. This one’s a self-heating food and beverage container featuring a high performance dynamo that makes it possible to heat food in minutes.

0 Designer: Nicolas Bernal

Its Either ME OR The Remote

Its Either ME OR The Remote

Hey YDers, this NVISIBLE TOUCH – IT Universal Remote Control concept is a very tricky proposition. If something like this were to hit the stands, then either we women would lose our “who owns the remote control” battle to our men OR we could use it effectively to get chores done. Go on woman; hide it till he doesn’t do the dishes! Invisible, shiny, emotional, intuitive, personalized settings, interactive, touch sensitive, ah…the list goes on…we’re sure to lose this battle!

0 Designer: Zeynep Altmisoglu

Energy Seed: A Yanko Love Story

Energy Seed: A Yanko Love Story

Listen, we all love Sungwoo Park here, don’t deny it. There’s been more than one satisfied reader here on Yanko when it comes to Sungwoo. But this time, the reader took an extra step and became an inspired advocate for action. This reader cum designer, Jerome Demers, took the Sungwoo Energy Seed concept and made it DIY and desktop sized. Don’t you want to play along with the “dead” batteries too?

0 Designer: Jerome Demers