Apple Ate My Mouse

Apple Ate My Mouse

I think very few people have ventured into concepts regarding the mouse let alone an Apple Mouse. So naturally when I came across this slim-trim device I was tempted to prod further. Besides looking AWSOME, the Apple Slim Mouse packs in Bluetooth and switches between trackball (400dpi) and laser (1600dpi) with a micro adjustment. Smooth sailing is what you get, and the options of aluminum or plastic finishes. BTW, I wonder why would anyone want to design a trackball mouse in this day and age!

0 Designer: Tryi Yeh

Let's Spill Some Pics And Splash Some Music

Let’s Spill Some Pics And Splash Some Music

Every time I have to do a Mac post I get butterflies in my stomach, coz you guys laud him too much or pan him badly! Either ways, I’m a big fan of concepts, hence here we go again. On the platter is the iAcqua iPhone Dock with a transparent touch screen, speakers and a projector. Place your phone on the top slot and tilt it slowly to either side (like a faucet) to access your photos, songs or movies. Amazingly all the icon images cascade down randomly like the flow of water. Touch a particular icon (before it disappears) to access it.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Is this Starfox on Wheels? Polygonal!

Is this Starfox on Wheels? Polygonal!

Get your Somersaults, Bombs, and Barrel Rolls all gathered up, folks, cause here’s the “Polygon Hot Rod.” From an old face with mad new ideas, designer Adam Zerbib brings this aesthetic-heavy concept to the streets, but not to the race track. Zerbib mentions wind-tunnel trials but tells them off as a limit!

0 Designer: Adam Zerbib of Zarb Design

Do You Know To Coffee Pot?

Do You Know To Coffee Pot?

Have you ever played the game Coffee Pot? Well it goes like this; you’re supposed to substitute a verb for the word Coffee Pot and your friends try and guess the word by asking questions related to the action. For example “I’m Coffee Potting Now!” (WRITING!) With no relation to this game, let me tell you about this ecological coffee machine called Cocoon. It is an insulated hollow pot that conserves the heat for a longer time, thereby reducing the need to re-heat coffee often.

0 Designer: Jan König

RELAX Design Competition

RELAX Design Competition

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Submission deadline: March 30, 2009

UPDATE 1: Closed. Take a look at all the entires! Hang tight people, we’re still judging all the entries based on concept, design, modeling, rendering, and presentation.

UPDATE 2: We need more time to judge all the excellent entries. Winner will be announced April 13.

Water Generates Free Personal Electricity

Water Generates Free Personal Electricity

You say you live in an apartment complex where you pay for your rent + electricity, and that’s it? Check it out. You get yourself one of these bad boys, (or 2, or 3,) and hook them up to the water pipes, and bam! Your on the slick road to free home electricity. It’s the “Mini Hydro Turbine” from Yanko frequent Jin Woo Han. Don’t mix up the cords!

0 Designer: Jin Woo Han

You Spin Me Right Round (Like A Record)

You Spin Me Right Round (Like A Record)

I relate a lot of stuff to songs you know; like the time when I wrote the K-95 USB Flash Drive post, the song that popped into my mind was the Yellow Submarine by Beatles. When I look at this seat, which is clearly inspired by the Mexican toy El Trompo (top), it reminds me of the Dead or Alive song You Spin Me Right Round (Like A Record). Quite like the vinyl, the TOtoyO spins a complete 360º and best of all, if you remove the inner cushion, it doubles up as a stadium for your Trompo or Babelade. Wicked!

0 Designer: Victor Aleman

Freeze it Until There's a Cure

Freeze it Until There’s a Cure

Don’t trick yourself! There’s no cure for smelly food. This pail right here thinks it is hot stuff. It’s called the “Minus” and it’s basically cold hearted. Open the lid, place the banana peels inside, close, click shut, set temp, and press go. Coldness. Do not drop your pop cans in here unless they are all the way empty. Also probably not a good place for dead animals.

0 Designer: Cem Tutuncuoglu

Aqua, Hydra or Simply Water; It Needs To Be Clean

Aqua, Hydra or Simply Water; It Needs To Be Clean

I don’t think I need to highlight the importance of clean drinking water to you elite crowd, but it is a major issue in many developing countries and war-torn zones. When designer Martin Bolton conducted a survey of the potable water that most rural houses in South Africa used, he was appalled at the quality and decided to do something about it. He devised an ingenious Potpaz Ceramic Filter system that is aimed at being a low cost water treatment device optimally suited to South African rural conditions.

0 Designer: Martin Bolton

Don’t Talk To Me, Talk To My Robot

Don’t Talk To Me, Talk To My Robot

The future of technology simply overwhelms me at times. For instance this Nokia Nia project that designer Sebastian Müller undertook along with the Nokia Research Center in Helsinki. Nia is a robotic communication device that strives to make everyday communication more intuitive. It’s that kinda device that takes care of your e-mails, messages, calls or news instantaneously. It adapts to your needs and executes operations as per your requirements.

0 Designer: Sebastian Müller

Robots Are Now Precision Surgical Assistants

Robots Are Now Precision Surgical Assistants

Robots doing nip, tuck, snip are not new to the medical industry; therefore one would wonder what the agile MIRO is doing here. Well it’s here coz it’s a light-weight, versatile precision surgical assistant that will probably redefine open surgery as well as minimally invasive surgical procedures like endoscopic heart surgery. MIRO weighs almost 10 kg and has dimensions similar to those of the human arm.

0 Designer: Tilo Wüsthoff for DLR

Finding Comfort With A Bag

Finding Comfort With A Bag

We touched upon Autism when we showcased the Beagle scarf-hoodie, but that was more of a security comforter than an interactive design. Mary-Bean is a clear bag with multiple handles and is inspired by a special young lady with Autism. Collaborating with the teen and an occupational therapist, Emily Lin derived this amazing interactive carrier.

0 Designer: Emily Lin

I’m A Little Tea Pot…

I’m A Little Tea Pot…

…Short and stout, This is my handle and This is my spout. When the tea is ready the thermochromic technology comes into play. Watch me blush and change my colors all the way! A badass attempt at poetry, but anyways the point is, the Creativi*tea Kettle is an effort to hype up the mundane chore of making tea and adding color to the kettle by including the temperature-sensitive aspect to it. Cold = darker shade of red; Hot = increasingly luminescent red.

0 Designer: Sarina Fiero