A Smarter Smart-watch

A Smarter Smart-watch

Unlike many other smart-watch concepts, the Echo doesn’t stray from the familiar watch form. Instead, it merges the most essential smartphone apps into a simplistic touch-screen circular face. Access your email, calendar, map, fitness and music apps all from the convenience of your wrist! Check out the vid to see its near-perfect interface —>

0 Designer: Brian Khouw

Ignore Mom! Play with your food!

Ignore Mom! Play with your food!

Pixelate is a Guitar-Hero-style eating game in which players compete in a one-minute showdown to see who can eat the most food in the correct order. (Yes, fo’ real!) A digital interface built into a custom dining table shows players which foods to eat and when, while the game detects whether they’ve eaten the correct food by measuring the food’s resistance on the fork. Pixelate gameifies the act of eating, challenging players to consider whether they think before they eat, or eat before they think! Video after the jump!

0 Designers: Sures Kumar & Lana Z Porter

Age of the MotoCar

Age of the MotoCar

Following in the footsteps of companies like LIT Motors, the Volkswagen AERROW concept vehicle marries the benefits of both the car and motorcycle into a one-person urban commuter. Powered by a TDI-Hybridmotor, it’s more efficient and aerodynamic like a motorcycle. But, its completely enclosed cabin and extra room for cargo make it akin to a car. Electric gyroscopes keep the vehicle balanced at stop lights and even during accidents!

0 Designer: Andreas Blazunaj

Open Your Mouth And Say… Ah!

Open Your Mouth And Say… Ah!

The non-fuss E-spatula is a primary examination device that a doctor uses to depress your tongue and peek inside your throat. This clever gadget integrates the spatula, light, and thermometer and takes the patient’s temperature in just one procedure. The device includes a disposable tip, which is a single-use transparent silicone shell. This helps maintain hygine.

0 Designers: Bao Haimo, Tang Ya, Wu Bei, Xu Kun & Qiao Song

Direct Power

Direct Power

The Parenting-Battery is a twist to the numerous battery concepts we have seen here on Yanko Design. It basically houses two pencil cells that can be collectively used as one battery. Moreover you can directly recharge the cell thanks to the embedded socket plug. Looks to be a bit complicated to function, but you get the drift, right? The idea is to prolong the useful life of the battery and stay within the eco-friendly parameters.

0 Designer: Fan Shizhong

Stealth Chic

Stealth Chic

The Stealth light’s simplistic form is achieved by laser-cutting and folding a single sheet of super-strong and lightweight perspex. Mountable on the wall or ceiling, its sleek, barely-there aesthetic will garner compliments without overpowering a room.

0 Designer: Timothy Ben Furniture

A simple way to make crushed ice

A simple way to make crushed ice

Fine crushed ice is reserved for those with a fancy in-door refrigerator dispenser, right? Wrong! This hand-held ice crusher works by manually twisting each end to activate the internal crushing components. Small enough to throw in a drawer, now anyone can have flaky ice to add an aesthetic and textural effect to beverages!

0 Designer: Jeroen van der Liende

Get a Feel for Photography

Get a Feel for Photography

Unless you’re a professional photographer, even the simplest of digital cameras can be perplexing with all those complex features! The Autodidactic Camera focuses on our tactile senses, using textured adjustment rings to make simple changes like brightness, framing, blur, and contrast. See your adjustments in real time on the simple angled interface/viewfinder before uploading to Facebook, emailing, or uploading to an online album directly from the device!

0 Designer: Adrien Guerin

Sweet Noise

Sweet Noise

Can noise ever be sweet? Yes, only if it’s routed through the Music Yue – noise converter device. The idea behind this project is to transform everyday noise pollution to something more soothing. Imagine living near the railway tracks or on a busy street and having to live with those track noises and blaring horns! The Music Yue simply detects a recurring rhythm and transforms it into a pleasing tune. Imginative and something we urbanites could do with!

0 Designer: Jiawei Huang

Visible Keys

Visible Keys

Wow Clear is a keyboard cover that magnifies the letterings and also provides OLED backlighting. The concept germinated from the thought process that as we age our eyesight gets weaker and we resort to vision corrections. This keyboard cover helps you view the keys better and customizes the colors according to your fancy! What quirky fun!

0 Designers: Yu-Cheng Lin, Wei-Hsiang Tang & Yen-Kai Chiu

Fire Away!

Fire Away!

I’m a little embarrassed to admit I have no idea how to use a common fire extinguisher… but I know I’m not the only one! While I’m sure it’s somewhat basic, compared to the SafeHome extinguisher, it’s way more complicated. Just pull the pin to release the trigger, point in the direction of the fire, and let ‘er rip!

0 Designer: Moises Hansen

Twisty Lever Light

Twisty Lever Light

Appropriately named the “Mechanical Light,” this industrial desktop lamp is stripped down to the bare minimum for a stark, minimal, yet fun and brightly colored look! Intuitive and easy to move, its functionality is obvious in its simplistic lever form that uses a weighted balance to achieve the user’s desired angle. It’s cool, industrial style is a perfect compliment to both the modern and classic office space. Check out its sweet moves after the jump —>

0 Designer: Julia Kononenko

What an extinguisher should be...

What an extinguisher should be…

We generally imagine fire extinguishers as large, bulky, single-use items kept behind safety glass. Though they’re built for emergency situations, they’re ironically not something you’re able to keep very handy. This design by Philip Andersson, however, solves the portability problem with a compact unit that can be held in one hand. Durable, lightweight, & easy to pack, it’s perfect for the car, camping, or keeping handy in the kitchen! Hopefully you don’t need it more than once… but if you do, it’s refillable!

0 Designer: Philip Andersson