concepts

  • Is keyboard furniture the next memory foam?

    Is keyboard furniture the next memory foam?

    If you've got about 40 of the same keyboard lying around (aww, I only have 37!) then might I suggest fashioning them all into a chair of some type? That's what designer Dante Bonuccelli did with his "Text-ile" chair for the 2009 UMUL (Use More, Use Less) workshop in Milan, Italy. Read More

  • Support Radio: Internet walkie-talkie concept is like audio Twitter

    Support Radio: Internet walkie-talkie concept is like audio Twitter

    Designed to battle internet addiction, the Support Radio concept from designer Joe Malia is aimed at “partners, parents and kids struggling to cope with the non-involvement of an excessive computer user in the home.” The idea is that, for instance, if your spouse is addicted to Facebook and/or Twitter, you record a message into your radio and then someone else on the other side of the world… Read More

  • A phone designed by tech journalists: sweet or meh?

    A phone designed by tech journalists: sweet or meh?

    Wading through miles of devices gives tech journalists a unique outlook on what exactly everybody's doing wrong, but it's not always possible to take all that and turn it around into something that's exactly right. TechCrunch is working on a simple, cheap tablet PC (with some success) because there's nothing that fills that role right now. T3 felt the same way about mobiles, and has decided toRead More

  • Scottish glasses fill from the bottom while I fill from top

    Scottish glasses fill from the bottom while I fill from top

    If the river were lager and I were a duck, I’d buy a Trufill concept device designed for stadiums that can fill ten pints of beer in ten seconds and drink it all up. This amazing new concept uses magic and space technology to fill up glasses from the bottom up. How? I don’t know. No one knows. All we know is that we have to go visit FoodBev next week and if this amazing system is true… Read More

  • CARS! OF! THE! FUTURE!

    CARS! OF! THE! FUTURE!

    Blast has a story about the cars of the future, a collection of kickass concept vehicles from all over the world – well, mostly Europe and Japan but there is one Buick. American makers are busy figuring out how to get a cup holder next to the gas pedal. One interesting little car is the Mini SUV with Center Globe. The Globe is a glowing orb that shows most of your GPS and read-out functions… Read More

  • Art Lebedev Studio shows off Scartel WiMax handset concepts

    Art Lebedev Studio shows off Scartel WiMax handset concepts

    The design studio of Art Lebedev, perhaps most well known for their pocket-melting Optimus OLED keyboard, has been working on some WiMax handset concepts for Scartel, a Russian wireless carrier with plans to blanket Moscow and St Petersburg in WiMax coverage by the end of 2008. Though it’s likely little more than an idea at this point, the penned out concept specs are drool worthy. Tucked… Read More

  • The ‘iYo’ concept aims to make charging gadgets fun

    The ‘iYo’ concept aims to make charging gadgets fun

    Normally my gadgets run out of juice at the most inopportune times, so it’d be a bit agitating for me to have to play with a yo-yo in order to charge them up again. But if I were a yo-yo enthusiast to begin with, the iYo would almost certainly be fully charged. See, the iYo concept uses induction to charge a battery inside of the apparatus. You simply plug a USB-chargeable device into the… Read More

  • KDDI's cell phone prototypes look great on the web but rather dull in reality

    KDDI's cell phone prototypes look great on the web but rather dull in reality

    KDDI, Japan’s second biggest mobile phone carrier, showcased a number of cell phone prototypes in their five-floor Design Studio [JP] in central Tokyo. The phones were designed by award-winning design wunderkind Hideo Kanbara [JP]. I went to the so-called Ply Exhibition [JP] (which ended yesterday), made some pictures but actually left mildly disappointed. The phones (featuring built-in… Read More

  • Wearable, Tron-ish motorcycle concept, looks nice and safe

    http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1735797252 There’s a reason the “wearable vehicle” concept has only taken off in games and insane stunts. It’s probably that part where there’s heavy machinery attached to your body and if you take a turn wrong, it’ll tear your limbs off. Let’s hear what the creator has to say about the death machine pictured… Read More

  • Public concept products hurting the bottom line?

    Public concept products hurting the bottom line?

    Conceptual products are fun. There’s no denying that. Everybody wants to see a car that looks like a jet, spaceship or rocket. Just the problem is, more often than not, the concept car does not exist in real life. A recent article by Kontra alleges that concept products are actually bad for the company, citing the success of Apple as evidence. Apple internalizes all of its concepts, even… Read More

 
  • ‘Plica’ concept phone folds, makes me want it

    ‘Plica’ concept phone folds, makes me want it

    I’m not crazy about touchscreen keyboards — BUT! – I could probably make an exception for the Plica, if it ever comes out in real life. It’s a folding Nintendo DS-style device that can be used in landscape or portrait mode with one or both screens. It’s brainchild of industrial designer James Piatt, who’s thoughtfully made the hinges of the device into a USB… Read More

  • Thumbnail watch concept, would you buy one?

    Thumbnail watch concept, would you buy one?

    That watch is weird – I’m Brian Fellow! The TX54 took runner up in the Timex 2154 Future of Time competition. It’s a concept piece billed as “a disposable timepiece that is worn on the user’s thumbnail. While its translucency makes it blend seamlessly with the hand, a selection of text color options and a glow feature that activates on command make it easy to… Read More

  • Tiny cell phone concept with cool fold-out screen

    Tiny cell phone concept with cool fold-out screen

    Here’s a pencil-tiny cell phone (currently just a concept) for people with small pockets. From the looks of the device, there doesn’t appear to be much in the way of gobbledygook to confuse the older segment of society — except that they’d have to either squint or do that thing where they lift up their glasses and pull the thing WAY away from their face to see what’s… Read More

  • sPult remote concept sure looks nice, but would it work?

    sPult remote concept sure looks nice, but would it work?

    Am I crazy to admit that I actually enjoy the look of the design of this remote, called sPult? I don’t know how well it’d work—some of Yanko’s commenters have eviscerated it—but compared to some of the horrendous remotes I’ve used, it looks great. Read More

  • Automated sundial concept totally awesome

    Automated sundial concept totally awesome

    I’m not one to get excited over clocks (I like corkscrews!), but this is pretty interesting. It takes the concept of the sundial to a mechanized future. Three lamps on concentric rings circle the peg in the middle, giving a shadow to represent hours, minutes, and seconds. It’s quite charming, even though it’s just a concept now. If this goes into production, I’m getting… Read More

  • Some weird Nokia concept confuses me

    I’m all for future conjecture, but this kind of stuff just clouds the issue. Will we have e-paper phones? Sure. Will we use nanotech? Sure. But will we have them soon and will we be using them in the same candybar form factor as this strange video suggests? Probably not. Stuff will get weird in a few years, I don’t doubt it, but I don’t think we’ll be waving apples at our… Read More

  • Polaroid concept digital photo frame, just like the real thing

    [photopress:draft_3727_big.gif.jpg,full,left]The Polaroid brand refuses to die. Though you can’t get film for your camera anymore, Polaroid is all about using retro design and nostalgia to keep the name alive, and this clever mini digital photo frame is a great example. It’s a concept, but one that could enter production soon, if they can come up with a cheap enough way to run it. Read More

  • Concept lamp runs on gravity

    [photopress:gravia_w_person_cutout_bw_400.jpg,full,center] You can take your solar power and scrub it. Solar power is great if you live in, I dunno, daylightistan (aka Los Angeles), but for those of us up here in the Northwest, it’s not practical. But we have gravity, and this lovely gravity-powered lamp will work just fine. Invented by student Clay Moulton, the lamp is primed, then slowly… Read More

  • Hitachi Rollerball Interface Concept

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Another concept device using a very cool system of see-through rollerballs and a back button to do just about anything. They had a few mock-ups and it really makes sense once you see how smoothly everything works with just a ball. Maybe the next iPod can get a scroll-ball? Read More

  • Idea: Big League PC Makers Thinking of Going Steampunk?

    Idea: Big League PC Makers Thinking of Going Steampunk?

    We like Steampunk. For those not familiar with the term, it’s the name given to a modding movement that aims to recapture the warmth and style of the H.G. Wells and Jules Verne era, but with modern electronics. Computers and cellphones and other personal gadgets have all been modded with wood and iron and gears and valves to attain a Victorian-era look, while retaining all of their… Read More