Like a fish tank filter for humans...

Like a fish tank filter for humans…

With all that surface area, it makes perfect sense that our skyscrapers should be doing double duty! A response to environmental pollution in urban areas, the Hyper Filter Skyscraper  was designed to inhale carbon dioxide and other harmful gases in cities and exhale concentrated oxygen. The skin of the project is made out of long pipe filters that catch particles and store them for disposal or reuse later. 

0 Designer: Umarov Alexey

Phablet – Tablet = Phone

Phablet – Tablet = Phone

It looks so funny when people try and talk on the Galaxy Tab (like a phone) and on the flipside we rue that the iPad can’t make calls. I love the middle path taken by the s.Max, which is a tablet with a detachable mobile phone. The clever design allows both devices to be used independently or in conjunction with each other. I love the ease with which you can get a closer look at the stage, when in a concert. Brills!

0 Designer: Su Wen Yuan

Fun Ball Sphero Is A Programmable Robot

Fun Ball Sphero Is A Programmable Robot

Remember Sphero, the fun robotic ball you can control from your smartphone? We got a chance to learn more about it and discovered that it is also a completely programmable robot! In short, the fun robotic ball brings programming off the computer and into real life by letting you be the master. Bet you’d want to try one, which is why they are running a National Robotics Week Sphero 2.0 Sale!

0 Sphero: Special Discount Inside

Fate is in your hands!

Fate is in your hands!

Energy efficiency is synonymous with eco-friendliness, living green, and saving the planet. Nuture is a living energy monitor that embodies this idea with a literal sense of life or death! The amount of water that the plant gets fed is entirely dependent on the cumulative energy use of the user- less when your energy use is too high, and just the right amount when it’s low. It’s a living representation of energy consumption and a symbolic reference to the consequences of overuse. Keep your plant alive and you’ll help keep the world alive!

0 Designer: Angelo D'Onofrio

Floating Fantasy Furniture

Floating Fantasy Furniture

Pop-art meets fantasy furniture design in this lighthearted seating installation appropriately named the Balloon Chair. Mounted on any wall, 10 bright balloons and one tufted leather seat give the illusion that you’re floating away in thin air. It’s the perfect place to daydream, find inspiration, or just let your imagination run wild!

0 Designer: h220340

Libratone Loop Wireless Speaker Review

Libratone Loop Wireless Speaker Review

Acoustic bliss in an orgasmic sense. That’s the best way I can describe a speaker to you since you can’t hear it. Audio is totally subjective. My review is based on three basic points – how it looks, how it sounds, and how it compares. The Libratone Loop has already won almost every major design award in our industry so it stands to reason the accolades along with the $499 price tag means a really good speaker. Hit the jump for my review!

0 Designer: Libratone, Buy it here

Playful Pixel Furniture

Playful Pixel Furniture

The Tarta series of outdoor furniture is a clever combination of industrial design, art and technology that offers a contemporary look at transforming the virtual world into the real world! Inspiration for the chair and table was found in geometry consisting of multiple modules that remind of the diamond-shaped pixels of modern displays. These hexagons are matched to each and bent to become three dimensional, creating a texture by variable thickness that moves in space to create an enveloping seat and table top.

0 Designer: Roberto Paoli

Hewlett-Packard Once Again!

Hewlett-Packard Once Again!

It is so refreshing to find designers indulge in fantasy games that go beyond Apple and Microsoft. Not that we can do without another iPhone 6 (or was it 7) concept, it’s just the question of visualizing other another brand from the intellectual realm. Apparently Raymond RJ Wong, Lead Industrial Designer at Hewlett-Packard, asked a bunch of designers to come up with what they think about social communication, and this is what we got.

0 Designers: Romain Guillame & Léo Marzolf

Ah, Hourglass Once Again

Ah, Hourglass Once Again

There seems to be an extreme fascination for hourglass timers, especially of the digital kind. The Dynamic Counterdown Timer is one of them; it’s meant to be used at outdoor sports arenas, representing game-time countdown in a more dynamic way. You have to agree, that the idea although not very original, has a very rustic appeal to it. What do you think?

0 Designer: Wang Shuai

A Pen with Perception

A Pen with Perception

This clever gadget’s function is almost unrecognizable… and that’s precisely its appeal. It’s a pen, but you won’t find any push-buttons or even hear a click! It features a touch sensitive surface that automatically triggers the nib to extend when you’re holding it. Set it down and it will retract to keep the nib fresh and out of harms way. Sleek and chic, it’s the finishing touch to any ultramodern office!

0 Designer: Wenhaowang

Hong Kong High Rise

Hong Kong High Rise

The PleXus Tower emerges from the banks of the West Hong Kong Harbor as a distribution of disjointed structures amidst the neighboring historic ferry terminal. The structure starts out as distributed pods that connect with the city’s transportation fabric. The misfit arrangement of these structural pods is bridged together by pipelines over the water, working in harmony with the existing terminal. Though situated on the water’s edge, residential & commercial spaces are completely accessible by car… all the way to the top! Hit the jump to see how —>

0 Designers: Various

The HP Connection

The HP Connection

In a brief by Raymond RJ Wong, Lead Industrial Designer at Hewlett-Packard, design students were asked to come out with creative solutions that improve real time communication in a social environment. Here is a look at one of the outcomes where 3 communication tools of tomorrow, 3 HP VISIONS were created.

0 Designers: Romain Guillame & Léo Marzolf

Guided Commute For Visually Challenged

Guided Commute For Visually Challenged

The ‘Station reported device’ is both a guide dog and Marvel’s ‘Dare Devil’ rolled into one wearable gadget. This concept is designed to assist visually challenged persons for a safe commute. It employs EVTSS technology to send electrical signals to a person’s brain to create 2 dimensional visuals of oncoming vehicles and possible obstacles. The multitalented device can also guide a person to the nearest bust stop, select a bus route, scan the buses with its inbuilt camera and alert the wearer when the right bus comes.

0 Designers: Liang Wenshan, Zhengmu Fang & Liu Junming