Flexible Learning

Flexible Learning

Adaptive learning has been the new “it” word among educators for some time now but the tools of the trade haven’t really met the needs. Flexible Learning by designer Lena Edman addresses those issues with a tool kit consisting of a UMPC (ultra mobile PC), a PMP (portable multimedia player), and 60 mini e-ink screens.

0 Designer: Lena Edman

This Little Seedling

This Little Seedling

Somebody should have thought of this a long time ago because it’s brilliant. Seedling by Brett Duncan is a biodegradable pot you can layer into larger ones when the plant out grows it. It’s less mess since you don’t have to re-pot and less stress on the plant ensuring a healthy transition.

0 Designer: Brett Duncan

Design Digest Vol.14

Design Digest Vol.14

It’s that time of the week again so get those limited attention spans ready. It is time for the YD Design Digest; A compendium of easily digestible design delights from around the inter-webs. Sleeves are the new skins when it comes to keeping your computers cozy, this “F84 Mac Air Sleeve” by Freitag fits like a glove.

Lights, Camera, Glass...Action!

Lights, Camera, Glass…Action!

Glass surface inputting is the new hotness for almost every gadget maker today. From from the iPhone to Microsoft’s Surface technology, flat is where it’s at. Introducing the flattest full size QWERTY keyboard to date, “No-key Keyboard” by Kong Fanwen. Consisting of just a glass surface, camera and lighting, this alternative keyboard concept will use the latest motion capture technology to watch your fingers nervously select just the perfect smiley for your online bantering.

0 Designer: Kong Fanwen

2-D Lamp Design

2-D Lamp Design

How many dimensions does light need to have anyway? Well, when you figure that out, you might just feel the need to pick up the “Lamp Chop Light” by Jeth Koh. Jeth basically chopped off all the unnecessary bits from traditional light sources and delivered this laser cut, foldable lamp made form a single sheet of metal. Able to hang from a wall or stand all on its own, this lamp is sure to NOT stand-out from the rest.

0 Designer: Jeth Koh

Dumbbells Make Getting Swoll A Lot Easier

Dumbbells Make Getting Swoll A Lot Easier

If it weren’t for lack of motivation and the trouble managing a set of dumbbells, I’d be one buff guy, for serious ya’ll! The Revolution Dumbbell enables you to digitally adjust weight by rotating a dial and pushing a couple buttons. Inside are tiny balls that spin. The faster they spin, the more weight is generated. No mention on how much energy would be required to power such a novel idea but that’s just all in the logistics. I need this now.

0 Designer: Sang-Hoon Lee

Restless Leg Syndrome is Real!

Restless Leg Syndrome is Real!

Let’s face it, our hands get all the fun. From playing with our food, to playing with our favorite person, our hands get all the digit action. Maybe it’s the lack of an opposable thumb but our feet sure could use some good healthy play time themselves. Enter “The Webble” by BriteObjects, the world’s first active footrest device.

0 Designer: BriteObjects

Shelter and A Hammock When Lazy

Shelter and A Hammock When Lazy

Respite is a shelter made for people on the move. It’s red nylon shell transforms into a hammock when you need to relax after a long day’s hike, and easily turns back into a tent when you need the rest. The strong steel tubing that make up its frame folds into a backpack for quick transit. All it’s missing is a grill and a machine that’ll do all the fishing for you.

0 Designer: Ryan Heiser

The Cootie Catcher. I'm For Serious Ya'll

The Cootie Catcher. I’m For Serious Ya’ll

Inspired by a popular origami game, designer Vivien Mullter created the cootie catcher (yes you read right) or fortune teller (coin-coin in French, it also means corner-corner). It’s made of 2 basic parts, 4 sections of 8 in aluminum pieces fixed together with nuts and bolts.

0 Designer: Vivien Muller

Rotterdam Cube

Rotterdam Cube

Taking a page from Apple’s big-glass-cube school of retail architecture, developer Multi Development and The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) presented a multi-use concept design. This design is punctuated by the use of massive sphere recesses where people can reflect on the empty space in their souls, compelling them to try and find happiness through consumption.

0 Architect: OMA

BMW - No More Dents and Dings

BMW – No More Dents and Dings

BMW is really thinking outside the proverbial box with their latest concept design exercise. If the previously featured M1 concept did not strike your fancy, maybe this GINA Light Visionary Model will do the trick. The GINA is a roadster concept wherein the use of sheet metal found on bodies of production vehicles has been replaced with a special, flexible, highly durable and extremely expansion-resistant fabric material that stretches across a metal structure.

Tear down your walls

Tear down your walls

Anyone who has spent a significant period of time either living in a small windowless apartment or tripping through the galaxy on a mind bender may have at one point felt the urge to tear a hole in the wall to let some light in. Judging by this concept, designer Billy May almost surely has. His Torn Lighting is perfectly disguised on your wall while hiding it’s LED secrets from view.

0 Designer: Billy May

A Whale Off Port Bow!

A Whale Off Port Bow!

This Whale Vase is so simple, so elegant, so perfectly executed. It comes in two pieces you strategically place on any surface, as if the whale is breaking tide. Designer Alessandro Beda is currently looking for a way to mass produce and we couldn’t be more happier with the idea!

0 Designer: Alessandro Bêda