Archive for Concepts

Shacklie adds a handcuff to your umbrella

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2009

Shacklie adds a handcuff to your umbrellaIs there anything worse than umbrella theft? Umbrella theives are the lowest form of life. You may not be aware of it, but umbrella theft accounts for nearly 80% of all theft in the U.S. Even though I just made that figure up, it still sucks to have your umbrella stolen and have to get soaked on the way home.

The Shacklie can help. It’s basically a lock or handcuff on the handle of the umbrella. This way you can secure your umbrella while it’s not in use. Maybe even catch a criminal and escort him to the police.

Black Hole Phone has inverse proportion for texting

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2009

Black Hole Phone has inverse proportion for textingWhen you want to input something into your cellphone, touch screens are all the rage these days, but this concept may turn that on it’s head. The Blackhole phone features a large display when you are reading a message, but it turns into a large keypad when you need to enter some text of your own. Which is convenient.

We don’t have a clue how it is supposed to do what it does,but we like it. The guess is that motion sensing technology transforms the digital display from a big screen to the key screen. Switching modes is as easy as reversing the handset.

All Area Shaver for the Sasquatch in you

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2009

All Area Shaver for the Sasquatch in youDesigner Jonas Buck shows us this All Area shaver concept complete with some images of Ken dolls to show off just which hair on your body stays and which hair goes. If you are a caveman or Bigfoot, you now have one tool for all your hair.

The dots on the ken dolls(not shown) are placed strategically on the bodies at selected areas, representing survey results from 13 students from both genders. The question is this. Where should a male shave? All the typical areas have been dotted, which is why this shaver is called the All Area. Because it’s versatile. Sometimes it will function as a trimmer and with length attachments it can be used on longer hair.

Rocking chair to armchair in just 20 seconds

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 13th, 2009

Rocking chair to armchair in just 20 secondsRocking chairs are great for just kicking back and relaxing, but I don’t own one because I wouldn’t use it very often. I would just use it a bit, then go back to my armchair. Now if I could convert that rocker into an armchair, that would be perfect. “Fotel” by designer Peter Vardai does just that, and in only 20 seconds.

Optimus Prime ain’t jack if you can’t sit on him. Eat it Optimus. This design concept features a carbon fiber frame with springy and comfortable elastic bands on the seating surfaces. It looks pretty sweet and modern too.

Navigarius GPS concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 12th, 2009

Navigarius GPS conceptThe Art Lebedev Studio always comes up with stunning designs that have a great chance to hit retail. The Navigarius GPS concept is another home run. This GPS will feature touchscreen controls for easy navigation, USB connectivity, a microSD memory card slot, cigarette lighter adapter for use in your car, and a detachable stand.

It’s perfect for your futuristic dashboard. And it’s nice to see a round screen among a sea of squares. The only place square GPS units will get you is squaresville baby. It’s nice to visit, but no one wants to live there.

Orbis is more maneuverable than a Segway

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 10th, 2009

Orbis is more maneuverable than a SegwayThe Orbis has it all over the Segway. It’s half as big as the Segway, has easier maneuverability in tight spots and folds down for storage. It also sports a 13 mph top speed and is battery powered. Eat it Segway.

It isn’t all awesomeness though. It has some obvious balance issues. Those can be worked out though with some time and money. At the moment it’s just a concept, but a good one. It will likely come to pass, since this thing is like the hot rod of the Segway culture.

Mug for the blind prevents spills

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 9th, 2009

Mug for the blind prevents spillsFilling a mug is something that people with sight take for granted. For the blind it presents a challenge. Spills can happen when you can’t actually see the level of liquid. Of course clean up is challenging for us all and something that we would rather avoid if possible.

Well, this Braun Bell concept mug solves the problem in a unique common sense way. It chimes when the liquid hits one of three levels within the mug, allowing a blind person to know when their cup is filled to the level that they want.

Touch and feel navigation

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

Touch and feel navigationHere’s a concept that would really help the visually impaired and blind. The Touch & Go navigation system is a combination of a hand gadget and an earpiece that will give you directions as a relief map on its wearable navigator with tactile display.

The scale is 1:1,000 and the center of the display is where the user is currently. An arrow points toward where you should go, while audio through the earphones will speak any other details needed. Pretty interesting take on navigation for the blind.

Time Your Light concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2009

Time Your Light conceptWhen the apocalypse comes. Not if, but when, you are going to want a reliable light. Your home will have no power by which to defend yourself from robots or zombies. You’ll want the Time Your Light concept.

It gets its power mechanically, working like a windup doll. Just give it a twist and you have light. But is this just a timer with a light or a light with a timer? We just hope it doesn’t tick and give you away with typical wind up noise.

Wi-Fi TV concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2009

Wi-Fi TV conceptForget the fact that this thing looks like some hopped up PSP wearing bright orange sunglasses. The extremely eye-catching WiFi Tv is basically a handheld internet television that is designed to access on-demand TV services that are available on the internet.

The idea is that TV shows and films can be streamed straight from the internet to the 6-inch touchscreen display. It boasts two slide-out speakers that supposedly provide a comfortable hand position, though we don’t see it. There’s even storage for Bluetooth headphones and a charging point.

Shrinking jug keeps milk fresh longer

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2009

Shrinking jug keeps milk fresh longerNormally shrinking jugs requires reduction surgery, but that’s not the case here. This concept jug is designed to maximize your milks shelf life. Lets face it, as soon as you open a gallon of milk, it starts the process of spoiling. So how do you combat spoilage?

By reducing the air in the container. It’s the air that is milk’s enemy. It encourages bacteria and such that make it go bad. This shrinking jug is called “Fresh,” and it will keep the amount of air in contact with the milk at a minimum, because the container collapses as the milk goes down.

Motion Sensitive Remote Control

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 24th, 2009

Motion Sensitive Remote ControlSure, the Wiimote really upped the ante when it comes to motion control, but only with video games. This conceptual “Remotion” however, from Ryan Sorrell uses motion control with your living room TV. Even if it does look like a futuristic dustbuster.

To adjust the volume, just shake it up and down. Move it left or right to channel surf. Pretty easy and effortless. Plus it will at least force your lazy butt to move around some and burn at least a few calories.

Luna Breast Care device

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2009

Luna Breast Care deviceThis is a good concept that should help when it comes to early detection of breast cancer. This personalized unit allows you to do a self-examination in the comfort of your own home. It’s a handheld unit that features the latest intelligent biomedical technologies which are said to be capable of “feeling for lumps on the human breast as to detect abnormalities under the surface of the skin.”

Consisting of two components, the unit features a charging interface alongside a screen and a soft screening pad interface made of flexible, bio-elastic materials with multiple sensors that process the info. It stores all records of your screenings for future reference if needed.

DYA Cell Phone slides diagonally

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2009

DYA Cell Phone slides diagonallyHere’s a conceptual design that we haven’t seen before. The DYA phone concept has materialized from the future, with some interesting futuristic features. For one thing it’s got rounded bubble-type buttons that are easy to press, without having to look at them.

In back it’s coated with elastic paint that makes it pleasant to touch and reduces the chances that it will be damaged when dropped. Strangest of all, and maybe the coolest feature is the diagonal cut that makes it compact when not in use, but at the same time large enough to be used comfortably when you open it up to make or receive a call.

The ultimate reading lamp

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 16th, 2009

The ultimate reading lampSometimes an idea can be so simple that you wonder why you never thought of it yourself. This is one of those ideas. The Book-sensitive Reading Lamp was designed by French designers Jun Yasumoto, Alban Le Henry, Olivier Pigasse and Vincent Vandenbrouck.

You can figure out how to use it just by looking at it. The idea is that the lamp will turn itself off whenever you place a book on it, open to the page where you stopped reading. It will turn on again when you remove the book. This one is so good that it will likely become a reality.