Wrist Phone For Troubled Times

Wrist Phone For Troubled Times

Given the volatile situation (political and natural) around most countries, I totally buy the idea of having an emergency phone around my space. Recent incidents of carnages and natural disasters imply that even a simple shopping, holiday or business trip can take an ugly turn instantaneously. This doesn’t mean that we stop traveling; it simply means we arm ourselves better. The Disposable Pre-Paid Phone could be that life-saving device, which could get you out of a sticky situation.

0 Designer: Shirley A. Roberts

Relax, Breathe Easy

Relax, Breathe Easy

Breathe Easy is an aeroponic growing system designed to improve home air quality. It utilizes toxin absorbing plants that clean the air and add humidity. It also doesn’t hurt to bring some of nature’s green indoors too. The plants are held in place by magnetic seals in the top opening. It’s a little confusing since the renders don’t say much but the familiar gel based nutrient substrate is tried and true. As an added touch, a row of LED lights line the bottom for some nice ground effects.

0 Designer: Paul Thomas

See Thru Iron

See Thru Iron

I’m all over this concept because of my fashion design background. The transparent B-IRON 725 makes getting those pesky wrinkles out and crisp creases in with ease. It takes the guess work out without sacrificing quality… or does it? The soleplate is made of tempered glass. Heat conduction works via a network of electro-thermal wires. Fascinating concept but as far as I know, stainless steel is the best material for pressing clothes. What do you guys think? Is glass feasible?

0 Designer: Dongseok Lee & Ji-Hyung Jung

A Slap in the Face to Wait Artists

A Slap in the Face to Wait Artists

Those who pride themselves in balancing the flat tray above their head have had their head above the clumsy rest of us. This “Drink’Tray” has finger holes for you to grip. You can grip tight and no more spillin’ for you. Use it at home to feel like a pro, or bring it to work for restaurant madness. Like training wheels for those servicing the drunk grabby-types.

0 Designer: Martino D'Esposito

Brass Knuckles Purse Would Probably Give Me A Black Eye

Brass Knuckles Purse Would Probably Give Me A Black Eye

I’m not saying I’m a misogynist, but I can’t help but feel traitorous with respect to my sex for posting this brass knuckle inspired “Punch-Bag.” I’m sure a woman who would use this on an ungentlemanly man would have good reason, but I can only hope the knuckles themselves are as plastic as the bag.  For those interested in the odd textile, it’s a laser-sintered polyamide formed into mobius-like links that chain together.

0 Designer: Jiri Evenhuis & Janne Kyttanen

The Cash Register You Knew was Coming

The Cash Register You Knew was Coming

Intelligent Cash Registers. Duh. They remember who you are, they know your “interests.” They know you! Intel is going to unveil this prototype “register” at the National Retail Federation show in New York on Sunday, but they’re really pushing the system, not the hardware. (Although, they do mention the fact that the hardware will use 90 percent less power than modern check-outs. Nothing to scoff at.)

0 Designer: Intel Corp and Frog Design

Keep on Finger Snippin

Keep on Finger Snippin

Cut! It! Out! You’ve got to be kidding me, girl! These scissors get three snaps in a circle, that’s my word. I suppose they’ll cause carpal tunnel, but what doesn’t, these days? Not much, I’ll tell you that. So will designer Efrat Gommeh.

And don’t forget the bonus concept!

0 Designer: Efrat Gommeh

Chronicle Your Travelogues The Digital Way

Chronicle Your Travelogues The Digital Way

Unless you are doing it for Discovery or National Geographic, nobody expects you to diary your travel experiences. Even your odd post on Trip Advisor really has no weight till it’s corroborated with a video or pictures. The question is, do you like jotting your travelogues? If yes, then something like the Backpacker’s Diary could be functional for you.

0 Designer: Eric Zhang

A Lamp For The Trophy Sea Anemone Hunter

A Lamp For The Trophy Sea Anemone Hunter

While a glowing sea anemone might be the first thing that pops to mind, this lamp’s structure is actually based on a number in the Fibonacci sequence, hence its name “610″. Expressive of the mathematical structure behind nature, 610 pops up in things like seeding plants or, in this case, a pine cone. In a rare case of availability, 610 can be found over at Freedom of Creation for as little  as360.

0 Designer: Janne Kyttänen

Immaculate Mini Lawn In Your Loo

Immaculate Mini Lawn In Your Loo

They say walking on fresh grass increases your blood circulation; I can’t vouch for that! Anyways, it is a reason to get going to the nearest park, remove your expensive Jimmy Choo’s and prance around. The Moss Carpet looks at getting the grass to your feet, and that too in your loo! Made from imputrescible foam called plastazote, the mat includes ball moss, island moss and forest moss. The humidity of the bathroom ensures that the mosses thrive. And that’s why you need to place it there and not anywhere else. Little gnomes not included.

0 Designer: Nguyen La Chanh

Getting Up While Getting Down

Getting Up While Getting Down

You new punk rockers and your graffiti skateboards! New wave, you say? No way. This skateboard is a strait up wild-style NYC modernist skateboard design. It’s an art-board, inspired by New York City “Wild Style” graffiti, but it’s also functional. Its unique shape provides lots of gawkers along with new bends, twists, and banks you’ve never broken your neck with before.

0 Designer: Loren Kulesus

Yanko Design Partners With Bunkspeed

Yanko Design Partners With Bunkspeed

We don’t often make announcements but this one certainly deserves its own entry. Yanko Design is partnering with Bunkspeed, purveyors of the excellent HyperShot rendering software. Those of you who have written us have testified to HyperShot’s amazing renders. We were especially smitten with its speed – honestly the fastest renderer we have ever used and it’s multi-platform, so that’s a win-win in our book.

0 Best Renderer: Bunkspeed HyperShot

Look Ma, No Hands!

Look Ma, No Hands!

The Cherry produces no pollution, has all electric drive, plug-in battery, adjustable driving positions, collapses for storage and could be the next generation in personal transportation… maybe. The gel padded seat hides the plug-in battery and cushions your bum. Steering is controlled by leaning – motorcycle style. Those arm rests control braking and the entire drive engine sits inside the massive front wheel. The reduced number of parts saves money and makes it easy to customize. I’ll take a Hello Kitty one please.

0 Designer: Alican Yılmaz