Archive for Concepts

Turn your blinds into an air conditioner

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2009

Turn your blinds into an air conditionerThe Briz is a concept air conditioner that dreams big while keeping the form factor small. Small as in the size of blinds. Blinds usually just block out the sun, but when these blinds are open they keep the air inside cool. Neat idea.

It uses water-filled tubes that run beneath the bottom part of the blinds to emit a dry mist into the airflow. As the water evaporates, it absorbs heat and cools down the surrounding area. Your blinds can’t do that. Your Google blinds can’t even do that.

Recyclable Paper Laptop

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2009

Recyclable Paper LaptopMost of us buy a new computer every couple of years. For such a complex product, we go through them very quickly, and you can imagine what that must add up to in e-waste.

Computer companies are already looking to make their products more recyclable, but designer Je Sung Park is taking the idea of a recyclable computer about as far as it can go. His Recyclable Paper Laptop is made from pulp and reprocessed materials, and when you are done with it, it would be broken down into the same.

Ericsson Spider PC concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 29th, 2009

Ericsson Spider PC conceptAt the Taiwan Broadband show Ericsson showed off it’s take on a portable computer of the future. It uses a pico-projected screen and laser-projected keyboard. At least you won’t make any noise while typing. Pictured above is just the prototype.

Ultimately they would like to house it in a spider-leg tripod design. It would have wireless broadband connectivity and of course a battery. Laser projected keyboards by 2020? We can do better than that by 2020 can’t we? I think so.

DOoP Multi Sensory Alarm knows how long you have slept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 11th, 2009

DOoP Multi Sensory Alarm knows how long you have sleptWe are so busy and so sleep deprived these days. That’s why everyone is trying to invent the perfect alarm clock. Designer Tan Weihao Rios has one that he would like to share. The DOoP Multi Sensory Alarm. Creepy no?

This alarm clock will tell you how many hours you have been sleeping and how much you actually need. That’s important info that most of us are oblivious to. It features red and green dials on the face and will tell you where you are and how much sleep you need.

Moshimy iPhone dock is cool

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on October 7th, 2009

ipoddockconceptYou know most iPod docks tend to look the same. You can pretty much count on them being boxy and black no matter what the brand is. Sure, you can find some in other colors but the majority are rather bland looking. A cool design concept for an iPod dock called Moshimy has been unveiled that looks cool.

The dock is aimed at the iPod or iPhone user and was designed by Michael Young for Native Union. The device has a brushed aluminum cover and an olive green body. The dock slides in and out of the base of the device for a sleeker profile when not in use.

Foodle is a fork, knife and spoon that lets you doodle

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2009

Foodle is a fork, knife and spoon that lets you doodleKids love to doodle. And they love to do all kinds of things at the table rather than eating the meal in front of them. Well, the Foodle should have them covered at the dinner table. It’s a fork spoon and knife that they can eat with using one end and a colored pencil on the other.

It lets kids eat and doodle on placemats simultaneously. How much do you want to bet that kids confuse which end is which and continually stab themselves? Foodle is just a concept for now, thank god. Otherwise there would be a lot of kids with eye patches.

Alessi Laser Shot watch

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 3rd, 2009

Alessi Laser Shot watchWho needs old fashioned hands that go around a dial, when you can have lasers? That’s the thinking behind the latest concept watch from Alessi. Supposedly, the Laser Shot watch won’t burn your hand as it pew pew pews the time on your wrist using a laser beam.

So it’s totally safe. Unless you wake up one day to find the time permanently tattooed on your skin and glowing. In which case, it’s time to get a new watch. But hey, that’s the price you pay for having cool things.

iRock iPod Air Guitar concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on September 29th, 2009

iRock iPod Air Guitar conceptThis air guitar defies convention by not being made of air at all, but it’s still an awesome idea. It was designed by Julien Duquesnoy. The iRock is basically a guitar frame with a spot in the center for your iPod. See where this is going?

The neck of the guitar is a speaker, so what you have is a complete self-contained instrument of rock. The iRock is constructed of lightweight aluminum and would fit the iPod Classic and iPod Touch. It’s just a concept right now, but we can see this thing being produced and selling well.

Ora Watch measures hours in inches

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on September 29th, 2009

Ora Watch measures hours in InchesThis measuring tape watch called the Ora watch is sadly just a concept and not real. It uses a measuring tape to display the time. The creator says that “It focuses on the display of time via an unconventional mode, by replacing the expected dial arrangement found in the vast majority of the mechanical watches with a set of three interwoven tapes—one to indicate the hour(s), one to indicate the minute(s), and one to indicate the day.”

We’re just saddened that we can’t actually buy the thing. But maybe some DIYer out there can make a version and offer it up for tons of money.

StressWatch will calm you with colors

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2009

StressWatch will calm you with colorsWe live in stressful times. Traffic is stressful, so are long lines at the grocery store. So is your job, since your boss is always on your case. Oh and all of those bills. It’s enough to make you scream. Serenity now! The StressWatch can help. Maybe.

It’s a design concept that reads heart rate and body temperature data and then interprets them as levels of stress on the trippy screen. The black bar at the bottom is the stress line. And if the cool colors on the watch turn into hot pink, red or orange, man you are stressed. The idea is that it will help you know when you need to calm down.

A bike that grows with your child

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on September 6th, 2009

A bike that grows with your childWe’ve seen sneakers that are designed to grow with your child, so why apply that concept to your kid’s bike? It’s a great idea, because kids outgrow everything, forcing you the parent to shell out more money for something else they can outgrow.

Why not have one bike that can grow with your kid? That’s the idea behind this conceptual bike that designers at Kilo Design are working on. The bike expands along the sizes needed for kids aged 6 to 12. That’s six years of never having to replace a bike.

Awesome PS4 console design

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on September 6th, 2009

Awesome PS4 console designThe PS4 may be a long way off yet, but designer Tai Chiem already has all of the details worked out and it looks awesome. If only the PlayStation 4 could be like this. It sports a high end touch screen instead of the glossy body that the current generation has. And he’s even incorporated that touchscreen design into the controller, which is really cool.

The design would come in black or white. Hopefully that touchscreen material is scratch-resistant, otherwise your PS4 is going to look nasty in no time. Just to be clear, this is a concept, not an actual product. But we can dream.

Coffin mousetrap makes it easy to dispose of your kill

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on September 3rd, 2009

Coffin mousetrap makes it easy to dispose of your killThis is a brilliant idea for a mousetrap. Normally you’d set the trap out, come back later to find the corpse stuck to the trap and toss it in the trash or in your neighbors yard. This leads to trouble with your neighbor and if you throw it in your trash can, you now have to take out the trash because that’s just gross.

But with this coffin mousetrap by Sarah Dery, the trap sits in the rat’s final resting place, the coffin. No muss, no fuss. So all you need to do is bury the coffin. In the trash. Or throw it in your neighbors yard. Whatever. That twitchy rat bastich got what he deserved.

Hangman lamp combines old-fashioned lynching with lighting

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2009

Hangman lamp combines old-fashioned lynching with lightingWe like unusual lamps here, but this one goes beyond morbid. Sure, these hangman lights are cool and creative, but would you really want these things hanging around above you? Maybe if you have a really dark sense of humor.

They might be good for Halloween, or to decorate your old west jail, but I just can’t see many people wanting to hang these. Thankfully, this is just a concept from designer Ji-youn Kim. What do you guys think? Would you hang these guys in your home?

Progress Bar Clock loads your day

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2009

Progress Bar Clock loads your dayIn a society that lives inside of their computers, it makes sense to incorporate some online features into our daily lives. Or maybe I’m just taking something that’s extremely geeky and trying to justify it. This concept from Mint Pass takes the familiar progress bar and turns it into a clock or timeline.

The orange tabs are labels that mark events for the current day. Just clip it onto the proper time and it’s there as a reminder. It’s a prototype and not for sale yet, but this one may have a chance at hitting the consumer market. The clock is equipped with 24 alarms that you can configure to sound at whichever time of day those tabs are placed.