Yanko Welcomes the Age of Mobile Kawaii!

Yanko Welcomes the Age of Mobile Kawaii!

Next in a long line of contenders for the so-called “Smart Phone.” Featuring a very limited button selection, camera, color screen, and hiding feature, (and not much else,) here comes the “Cute Phone!” It requires only one more feature to be true to the culture: a hole to hang colorful keychains and blinky beads!

0 Designer: Joseph Liang

AMOLED Touchscreen Courtesy of Cowon S9

AMOLED Touchscreen Courtesy of Cowon S9

What started as a concept earlier this year is actually coming to fruition as a real retail product this December. The Cowon S9 will retain all the proposed specs; sleek body, curved back, 3.3″ AMOLED touchscreen display with 16 million colors, 500Mhz DUAL CORE CPU (hello!), T-DMB, bluetooth, FM radio, voice recorder, dictionary, USB 2.0, T.V. out, and tilt sensors. Hardware wise – it’s a win. Now lets see the interface. If it passes that, the only thing holding it back is price but knowing Cowon, it’ll be surprisingly affordable.

0 Designer: Cowon

This iPhone is Touchier Than Most

This iPhone is “Touchier” Than Most

As wonderful as the iPhone is, it leaves out anyone visually impaired. This Silicon Touch iPhone case works in tandem with an app to allow special accessibility functions like text to speech and moon type tactile feedback. The case is engraved with modified bas-relief buttons each corresponding to a modified home screen on the iPhone. None of the phone’s functions are compromised. Multi-touch and finger flick scrolling are all intact. BRILLIANT!

0 Designer: Bruno Fosi

Smells Like Noon

Smells Like Noon

And you know what that means right? LUNCHTIME! Everyday at noon butterflies flutter around this clock called “Scent of Time” because they’re drawn to the sweet smell of roses in bloom. Lets extend that concept further by allowing you to designate what each hour smells like via tiny fragrance capsules. Once you train your brain to the hourly smells, you’ll be able to gauge the exact hour of the day. Mmmm 7 AM smells like toast and eggs. YUMMY!

0 Designer: Hyun Choi

Design Your Own Bike

Design Your Own Bike

Okay, maybe not from the ground up. You do start with a Trek bike (name synonymous to race quality) but you choose the colors, the components, and accessories. It’s bike couture because it’s custom fitted to you, not just aesthetically but for your body too. I built mine to a cost of $4,500 with a 30-day build period. Even if you can’t afford one, it’s fun just building out your dream bike.

0 Link: Project One

Need a Solution? Ask Nature

Need a Solution? Ask Nature

It’s true, whatever problem you’re working on – nature probably already solved it thru billions of years of “trial & error.” Need a way to stop calcification in water pipes? Look at clams. They’re totally made of calcium yet they somehow control their own calcium build up. Ever wonder why plants have an uncanny ability to stay clean? Maybe their solution can be applied to our buildings and cleaning agents

0 Resource: Ask Nature

Best of November 2008

Best of November 2008

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 November 2008.

Bulb is in the Heart .. of d:light

Bulb is in the Heart .. of d:light

Did you know you’re not supposed to put your light-bulbs in the trash? Don’t pitch ‘em! Put them in the “d:light.”

Designer Tim Edgeler presents. A new solution (maybe) to the light-bulb problem with his product, the “d:light.” It acts as both a lamp and a method for mailing the dead bulb to the correct disposal place. And of course, it’s constructed of real super “green” materials.

0 Designer: Tim Edgeler

Full Sense Entertainment in Surround Smell

Full Sense Entertainment in Surround Smell

You have the surround sound, the widescreen, the high definition. Your choice of lights, screen, sound. The next step is, and has been for a long time, quite obvious. Smells! As virtual reality continues to become a more and more realistic situation, designer David Sweeney allows our nose to enter another false reality: the smell jungle.

Here’s surround smell; here’s the “Olfactory Display.”

0 Designer: David Sweeney

Breathing Plants Demand Attention

Breathing Plants Demand Attention

It’s easy to forget plants are complex living organisms because their movements are so sedentary. It’s only when things start wilting do we suddenly realize “damn this plant needs help!” The breathing pot helps us find an analogous emotive connection with our plants. The pot expands and contracts simulating breathing. If the breathing stops, you better give that plant some water and place it in sunlight.

0 Designer: Jae-Han Song

Clean Air in a Windowed World

Clean Air in a Windowed World

‘Window’ is an air purifier that looks like an actual window. We’re used to looking out a window to gauge our environment but this purifier does the opposite. A transparent LCD becomes dark if it senses the air quality in your home falling dramatically. To turn on the purifier, “slide open” the window to begin the cleaning process. As for the flying paper fish, I have no idea what that is but it seems to show up in a lot of Asian concepts.

0 Designer: Jae-Han Song

Star Palace Accesses the Magic Void Space

Star Palace Accesses the Magic Void Space

A grand realization from UNStudio. The firm itself specializes in architecture, urban development, and infrastructure. The department store known as Star Place, resides in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and specializes in “ohh’s” and “ahh’s.” Take note of the building’s most obvious feature: the entire side of the structure creates a false moiré pattern, attracting the eye, preparing the shopper for the void inside.

0 Designer: UNStudio

Always Thirsty in the Ocean?

Always Thirsty in the Ocean?

So you’re lost in the ocean, right? You need a boat probably. You also need to get saved. But most importantly, you need water. What!? Yes. Do not drink that salty water. You will go insane. Instead, heed the Ocean Rescue -it’s bright orange and has the drinks you just gotta have.

0 Designers: Seol-Hee Sohn, Seung-Hyun Yoon