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

Yanko Claus Has Gifts For You!

Yanko Claus Has Gifts For You!

Sleigh ride all finished– the mare, eating Christmas oats, hears house noise, and snorts!

Want a Lubix bluetooth headset? Just leave us a Holiday haiku comment. 7 winners will receive a headset along with 2 skins thanks to our friends at Lubix. Open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. Ends Dec. 19th. Contest closed.

0 Sponsor: Lubix

This Grasshopper Folds and Generates Electricity

This Grasshopper Folds and Generates Electricity

Grasshopper is a foldable electric bicycle that turns into a trolley for easy transport. The use of composite materials provide rigidity and strength. The aim of the design is to satisfy those who like to bicycle in normal everyday life but live in places/cities where the configuration of the terrain is too severe (cough: hills). The target market is mainly composed of active people with environmental concerns and health concerns who live in urban centres, plus people who live nomadic lifestyles.

0 Designer: David Gonçalves

Screw Money

Screw Money

Rob Maslin had the clever idea to redesign bolt and screw heads that can be tightened and loosened with ordinary coins. Of course if this works as well as he thinks, I doubt all the hardware tool makers would sit idly by watching their profits sink.

0 Designer: Rob Maslin

Holiday DO WANT! Gift Guide 2008

Holiday “DO WANT!” Gift Guide 2008

The holidays are right around the corner so there’s no time like the present to make out your shopping list. Having trouble thinking of something for that family or friend really into modern design? Or perhaps you feel like treating yourself to something special for being extra good this year. Check out our DO WANT! Holiday Gift Guide after the jump. There’s a little something for everyone. Check back often as we continue to add more items. Have a suggestion? Leave a comment!

0 Holiday DO WANT! Gift Guide 2008

Praise God and Pass the Wall Tiles

Praise God and Pass the Wall Tiles

Who loves non-traditional wall coverings? Raise you hand! Then raise your other hand an pray! Because here’s the Porcelain Enshrinement Tile! Start a collection and built up, or just use a few! No need for a shelf or hook, each tile creates a shrine for your tiny items (and coats and photos too.) Check em out, then click through to the whole Yanko wall covering collection.

0 Designers: Chris Kirby & Alexandra Campbell

More Disturbing Machinations from Isolation Unit

More Disturbing Machinations from Isolation Unit

When I make my own studio, I’m going to call it Friends Party. And we will do battle with Isolation Unit, the studio of Teruhiro Yanagihara- the designer of this fantastic little flower pot creation. To activate the pot, all you have to do is follow the instructions given by the nice lady in the preview picture: open, expand over cup, look approvingly, and insert flower!

0 Designer: Teruhiro Yanagihara at Isolation Unit

Better Bottle for Baby, Adiri Natural Nurser Review

Better Bottle for Baby, Adiri Natural Nurser Review

If you’ve ever been to a store that caters to mothers and newborns, you were probably overwhelmed at the selection. The number of bottle choices alone are staggering! One of the latest contenders is the accolade laden Adiri Natural Nurser. Designed by Whipsaw Inc. to simulate a mother’s breast and nipple using BPF FREE materials, it’s a baby bottle simplified in design but as it turns out may be better than the generic bottles flooding the market.

0 Designer: Whipsaw Inc. [ Buy it Here ]

Paranoid About Privacy? Put a Lid on it

Paranoid About Privacy? Put a Lid on it

Nicolas Lehotzky notice a niche trend among Mac users with built-in webcams Many cover it with post-it notes out of privacy concerns even tho there’s no way to turn it on without actively doing so. He created a little “lid” accessory if you will, that slides across the top of the screen bezel. If ever you feel like you’re being watched, just slide the cover over that tiny webcam lens and rest assured, even the best hackers aren’t going to be able to see what you do home alone.

0 Designer: Nicolas Lehotzky

Headphones Kinda Neon Evangelion w/ Built-in Webcam

Headphones Kinda Neon Evangelion w/ Built-in Webcam

This unnamed design by Andy Kurovets and Kris Dekeijser is a headphone that doubles as a webcam. That giant crystal on the side is actually a cover hiding the lens. The idea is no matter where you’re listening to music, seeing your friends is just a crystal popping moment away.

0 Designer: Andy Kurovets & Kris Dekeijser

Some Tiny Audio Chops, Some Chops Indeed

Some Tiny Audio Chops, Some Chops Indeed

Boy oh boy do you know a dude who loves portable speaker systems. It is me. And I say that while the best portable system will forever be the giant Ghetto Blaster, smaller and smaller competitors continue to show their chops. What do we have here? It’s JukeBrick: portable music holder, player… and performer. Yon-U Cho makes a little symphony with JukeBricks:

0 Designer: Yon-U Cho

The Innards of an Eye; Reformed to Light a Room

The Innards of an Eye; Reformed to Light a Room

When an establishment you do own, a hook you must have. You need to be able to make people have an experience when they enter your place of business, one that they want to continue or repeat. With the FLUX, people experience an eyeful of space, formed by light. Matali Crasset (w/assist) brings a new level of astound to “sitting around the campfire.”

0 Designer: Matali Crasset

Swing Your Club and Charge Up Your iPhone

Swing Your Club and Charge Up Your iPhone

Apple much? A device that might work on any “smart” phone, or if you’re talking to Wired’s Kevin Kelly, any handheld “screen.” Take a swing at power with the Handgrip iPhone Charger from our friend Mac Funamizu. Swing for power and plug in device to charge it right up

- plus an added bonus!

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu