Even an Hourglass Goes High Tech

Even an Hourglass Goes High Tech

The Hourglass Lantern works like traditional hourglasses but turns the thousand year old tech upside down (literally) by using LEDs instead of sand. You can even adjust how long it takes for the light to flow from top to bottom by twisting the two halves like a dial. As time passes, luminance decreases on top as it increases on bottom.

0 Designer: Young Bok Kim

The World's Brightest Swizzle Stick

The World’s Brightest Swizzle Stick

While not explicitly intended as a swizzle stick, the Mahoo light from Stefano Pistilli uses the conduction of water to complete the circuit and power the light inside. Utilizing an interesting environmental trigger, these could also be great night time pool toys or even help see and identify other scuba divers on a night dive. Nevertheless, I’m drinking alone tonight and I’m hoping scotch and soda has enough electrolytes to power this friendly light on.

0 Designer: Stefano Pistilli

Hello World, I'm Drowning in the Ocean

Hello World, I’m Drowning in the Ocean

Another nifty project from Lysandre Follet, his Hello World camera takes wide angle shots of your worldly adventures and wifi’s them to friends (like the lovely blonde seen after the jump). Also tagging the photos with GPS coordinates, the camera keeps a sort of geopositional image log of you trip, allowing others to connect in and watch your progress. A great Idea that I’m sure is on the way by at least one manufacturer, that said I don’t think my image log would be very interesting: hotel room, hotel bar, hotel toilet, repeat.

0 Designer: Lysandre Follet

Speed Bumps That Flatten for Slow Speeds

Speed Bumps That Flatten for Slow Speeds

Today my uncle and I were driving in his truck. We live in the USA, in Minnesota, where it’s currently snowing; his truck has a plow on the front. We were traveling at a modest 10 mph, and suddenly there’s a speed bump, we go over it, CRUNK goes the plow into the ground afterward, we almost flip the truck! We weren’t even going fast, and we were punished!

0 Designers: Jae-yun Kim & Jong-Su Lee

The Freshness of Labels

The Freshness of Labels

Bad meat. There’s nothing nastier. Though the area where I live has a pretty good hold on fresh food packaging and labeling, there’s always some stragglers. According to designer Naoki Hirota, mislabeled food is more than a tiny problem in some shops of the world. Thus, temporal labels are in order.

Or are they?

0 Designer: Naoki Hirota

Packs a Bassy Punch, Sonoro Cubo Elements Review

Packs a Bassy Punch, Sonoro Cubo Elements Review

Sonoro Audio Cubo Elements clock radio won a Red Dot award for best product design so we just had to review one to see what all the accolades were about. Right off the bat, this is no typical clock radio. In fact, my regular radio tucked its tail in and hid behind the lamp as soon as the Cubo Elements came prancing out of its packaging. Hit the jump for my review.

0 Designer: Sonoro Audio GmbH & Co.

That's a Juicer?

That’s a Juicer?

Nothing like a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice to kick start the day. The Seed is product aimed to make that task easier without offending your minimalist aesthetic. It’s supposed to look like a seed pod of sorts, hence its name. Put an orange in and squeeze that clamshell shut time. Juice collects into a┬áreservoir below. I won’t knock it but I’ve always thought juicing requires a twisting motion to be the most effective. Oh and about that cup of OJ in the morn; don’t drink it after you brush your teeth. Yuck!

0 Designer: Gray Goh Szjin

Not Your Granddad's Building Blocks

Not Your Granddad’s Building Blocks

Block & Blockele is a novel building block system of characters, figures and elements that interlock with each other in an unlimited number of ways. The idea is to construct toys (or anything you can imagine) by combining abstract three-dimensional elements with surface graphics that transform each element into a unique character or element. Check out several examples after the jump.

0 Designer: Daniel Goddemeyer

The Perfect Gift for the Historic Boat Builder

The Perfect Gift for the Historic Boat Builder

If that special person in your life happens to be a New England lobsterman from the late 19th century, I know he would appreciate this chair based on the framework of historic “pea pod” boats. Designed by Palette Industries out of Canada, it comes from the same folks who brought us the Dhama Lounge. I can’t say it looks overly comfortable (having no back and all), but I’m willing to buy anything with that much visual appeal.

0 Designer: Palette Industries

M.E.R.M. Flea Market on Wheels

M.E.R.M. Flea Market on Wheels

So you fancy yourself a merchant, yes? How hardcore be you? Delve with me into the wicked world of the flea market, the ice cream truck, and the munch wagon. All three of these certainly have bearing when this vehicle is rode: MERM (Modular Electronic Retail Minivan.) Explore the trade and sale underground. And realize the future as it is brought back above.

0 Designer: Eric Zhang

Food Balls Around the Neck

Food Balls Around the Neck

You remember the ubiquitous Candy Necklace, right? Many of you probably still indulge in edible jewelry now and again. While the Candy Necklace might not have been designer His-Ju Chang’s primary inspiration, she has certainly refined the art. Using the surplus of the world, here’s the solution to global hunger: the Food Necklace!

0 Designer: His-Ju Chang assisted by Yu-Lei Chu

There's A Doody Floating In The Water

There’s A Doody Floating In The Water

For another out of season pool-related innovation from Lysandre Follet, we look at his Doody pH tester. Much like the canary in a coal mine, the Doody goes belly up whenever the pool’s pH level goes out of wack, allowing for fast response and fewer rashes from poor pool maintenance. What’s interesting is his re-imagining of the tester as a toy-like object you would want to leave in your pool, rather than an obtrusive set of test tubes.

0 Designer: Lysandre Follet

Touchy Radio, Go Ahead and Stroke It

Touchy Radio, Go Ahead and Stroke It

White Fruit Radio follows how biological organisms organize their internal and external components, both of which are intimately related. Electronics today are often designed linearly with one following the other. White Fruit is made of sycamore for its acoustic properties and an LED substrate is hidden beneath the thin surface. But wait a minute, no knobs or buttons?

0 Designer: Swann Bourotte