Backyard Science: The Solar Tree

Backyard Science: The Solar Tree

We all know that we are screwing the environment with the enormous carbon footprint that we leave behind, so its time we take charge and come up with practical solutions to tidy up the mess. On the sustainable side we have been harnessing Solar Power for a while, but existing solar panels on roofs have their own set worries like professional installation and structural issues. The Solar Tree offers a realistic solution to structural woes and more.

0 Designer: Gurdeep Sandhu

Sculpted Phone No Different From Hosta

Sculpted Phone No Different From Hosta

More often than not, designers take inspiration from the natural environment to come up with something spectacular in technology. If it weren’t for the dragonflies we wouldn’t have helicopter now, would we? The project we see here is a simple home phone taking inspiration from the Hosta Plant. For those with a serious lack of green-thumb-knowledge let me tell you that it’s a foliage plant that is not fussy and comes in a broad range of solid colors.

0 Designer: Anton Webb

Self-Sustaining Urban Area Abode Chapeau

Self-Sustaining Urban Area Abode Chapeau

Hydroponic Greenhouse. Turns air we breath out into air we can breath in. Uses solar-powered turbines to pump this air. Converts (biodegradable) human waste into food for plants. Plants are edible by humans. Greenhouse creates condensation which is collected for aquarium-dwelling animals, also edible by humans and hamsters.

Beautiful green building helmets.

0 Designer: Natalie Jeremijenko and Crew

Toilet Water. Not Just for Plants Anymore.

Toilet Water. Not Just for Plants Anymore.

You need to know all about toilet water. Believe me. When you grow up, you’ll have a toilet of your own, and then, you will want to know all about the water in it. And so will your dog and maybe hamster. Hamsters are conscious about water waste.

Water waste! This toilet uses the power of shower water to solve this cold case. Warm case?

0 Designer: Alison Norcott

New ACT Fire Extinguisher Release Party

New ACT Fire Extinguisher Release Party

Have you ever run from a fire extinguisher? I haven’t. They don’t scare me. But they scare you.

They seem so important, so untouchable. Why is that? Get above the fright! Make it cool to extinguish fires. That’s what designer Sigrun Vik is all about. Keep deadly fire unfashionable with Vik’s “ACT” fire extinguisher.

0 Designer: Sigrun Vik

Flashback Fridays: Apple Computer

Flashback Fridays: Apple Computer

In 1991 the Apple we know so well today was totally different. Steve Jobs had not yet returned to the company. Apple’s new focus was to diversify its core technologies beyond the scope of computers and CEO John Sculley was not shy about sharing the company’s secrets unlike the iron curtain Apple hangs today. Let’s take a step back and check out some of these concepts from yesteryear.

0 Credit: Zacislost

Pump-up Your Ride

Pump-up Your Ride

Ah…the pleasure of a skateboard! A teen’s companion and a worrying mother’s bane, this piece of board has transformed form a plane plank to a glitzy glam doll with finesse. Right now lets take a look at another kind that markets itself as a Pumpboard. Rolling up like a licorice wheel, this board can be pumped up with compressed air to make it a taut steady ride.

0 Designer: Maciej Puzon

The Floor Is A-Shining Under My Feet

The Floor Is A-Shining Under My Feet

The inspiration for the 2009 collection of floor designs from Bolon comes from the world of magic, and the colors are reminiscent of dusk – the change from light to dark, shadowy and shimmering at the same time. Check out these flooring materials called Twilight. There’s no LED backing or some magical elf beneath it. It’s the result of a unique material woven to create plays of light and shadow. I wouldn’t mind have these in our office (hint hint Bolon).

0 Designer: Bolon

It's A Key Thing

It’s A Key Thing

Keys here, keys there, keys everywhere, and then just when you need them, keys disappear. Funny how the universe works huh? The #8 KeyThing circumvents that fact of life by giving you one place to keep all your keys. The lady bug looking contraption is a simple piece of rubber with grippy port holes. As long as you remember where you mounted it, losing your keys should be a thing of the past.

0 Designers: Thomas Brinch-Møller & Jacob M. Lund

Spin Ye Mighty Music Color Wheel, Spin!

Spin Ye Mighty Music Color Wheel, Spin!

What have we got here? We’ve got one of the creators of the ever-so-popular inflatable bookmark, designer Rhea Jeong! What Jeong has for us today is the “Colorsonic”: an MP3 player that displays its playlist with color. Each color represents a music genre. When you want to play some songs n stuff, choose 1 (or more) color(s) from your wheel, and a list will be automatically picked for you made of songs from the genre colors you chose.

0 Designer: Rhea Jeong

For the Scoot People with Too Much Luggage

For the Scoot People with Too Much Luggage

Though the classic cross-city bike messanger method / character / lifestyle will never be trumped by a motorized vehicle, one can dream of a nicer* way to carry one’s briefcase to work. *Nicer, in this case, meaning, gosh, I have to go to work every day, but it’s only a short distance. I’d sure like a more eco-friendly ride, but I have too much to carry!

It’s time to stash!

0 Designer: Elliot Ortiz

Best of January 2009

Best of January 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 January 2009.

NasdaqQ3 Home Trading Terminal Keeps It Simple

NasdaqQ3 Home Trading Terminal Keeps It Simple

Designed for overworked Wallstreet traders, Allen Liu designed this home trading terminal to ease the infusion of work into home life. While an admirable effort, if you’re working, you’re working regardless of where you are and I don’t see this interface holding up well against an information-packed, 4 screen terminal. If that’s not enough, Allen completely failed to put in a “Private Browsing” button for those lonely, late-night trading sessions that last for hours.

0 Designer: Allen C. Liu