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Stackable iPod dock concept

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

Stackable iPod dock conceptHere’s an interesting concept that makes the iPod dock more practical. The idea is that you can stack as many of the modules as you like, which lets you have multiple speakers, lights, even air purifiers. Usually iPod docks are pretty boring, but this one opens up a whole world of possibilities.

Maybe they could add a messaging screen on the front and it could display your instant messages. Maybe one could be a USB hub, or have a hard drive. The possibilities are endless.

Self-Aware All-Sports Steady-Cam

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

Self-Aware All-Sports Steady-CamThis is sort of a tag-team approach to an intelligent sports camera. It’s dubbed the Chasercam and it consists of two devices. The camera (with base) and the sensor target. Just activate it and the camera turns on it’s base and as well as up and down, seeking the sensor target.

You place one of these on the subject, while the other is attached to the person following the subject. Normally the persn holding the cam has to worry about walking into things or tripping, but with this, it’s a piece of cake.

The Google-G0: How Android could take on the iPhone

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

The Google-G0: How Android could take on the iPhoneWe’re no stranger to shiny touchscreen phone concepts, but here’s one that we’d really love to see in production. It’s designed by Taiwan’s Tryi Yeh and called the Google-G0. It’s both a touchscreen phone and a slider, with four large navigation buttons for quick access to your email, web browsing and more. The buttons change to fit your needs, depending on what you’re currently doing. Speakers and a camera are on the back.

It’s really slick and sexy. With some interest features. This is the kind of thing that can givethe iPhone a run for it’s money. Apparently the functionality continues when you plug it into the charger. For instance the image of the dock makes it look like it will let you watch TV on your phone, or use your G0 like a remote.

Project Nomad: In the future, we will ride mechanical lions

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

Project Nomad: In the future, we will ride mechanical lionsThis concept shows us one possible future, where humans will roam the earth riding on transformer-like animals. Fueling your beast is easy. Just let it eat nature’s vegetation and it will also energize the driver.

Project Nomad was created by Jason Battserby, who must be a transformer fan. It’s cat-like design allows it to traverse all kinds of terrain and even climb rocky terrain at fast speeds. So, do you think a big mechanical cat is in your future?

Flash purse flashes Paparazzi back

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

Flash purse flashes Paparazzi backHere’s a crazy concept that celebrities are sure to love. It’s basically an LED flash built-into a clutch purse. When it senses a flash it will send out an even brighter flash to blind the camera. And probably the cameraman too. It prevents the picture from coming out right.

The result is a bright halo around the subject with no facial features identifiable. I’d be real surprised if celebs don’t get this thing mass produced. First the bugs need to be worked out as it hasn’t been perfected yet.

Elevating wheelchair concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

Elevating wheelchair conceptHere’s a design that should help those who have trouble getting around. The design is smart. In fact the Elevating Wheelchair concept is smart enough to go from sitting and standing like a transformer.

The electric-powered wheelchair could also serve as a vehicular concept at some point in the far future, but for now we would be happy to see the disabled using this in the real world. It would give them more mobility and independence.

The Intelligent Hose curbs waste

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

The Intelligent Hose curbs wasteWhat do washing the car, watering plants, and wet T-shirt contests have in common? That was a trick question. You probably answered that they all waste water, but only the first two are a waste of water, wet T-shirt contests are understandable. But they all do add up to a large utility bill. That’s why this intelligent hose concept has a consumption meter.

It will measure your consumption and look futuristic doing it. With the Intelligent Hose, you can spray away on your cars, plants and boobies, safe in the knowledge that you will save money.

Folding design thins down the obese UK plug

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

I’ve never been to the UK myself, mostly because I don’t trust their large and obese outlet plugs. Yep, your plugs are enough to keep me away from your country. I mean, if you can’t figure out a small plug… Well, I don’t want any part of that. The large UK plugs may soon change however, thanks to one designer.

The video is slow side, but here’s a breakdown. Like us, the UK is filled with slim electronics, but those gadgets have actually become skinnier than the required 1.8-inch-thick power plug. This new design can collapse to just 1cm (or .4 inches) when not in use, allowing it to squeeze into small bags and pockets. And no more unnecessary pressure on the prongs when your bag is set down the wrong way.

Mobile Script Phone needs no batteries

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

Mobile Script Phone needs no batteriesBatteries? The Mobile Script Phone doesn’t need no stinkin’ batteries. It’s a concept device that features Internet browsing, working on-the-go, games and communications. All the stuff you already enjoy, just better. Plus no batteries.

The device has a few touchscreen displays, one in the standard format, the other is a flexible OLED display that can stiffen when a low voltage charge goes through it, to give you added viewing area.

B-Touch: A phone for the blind

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2009

B-Touch: A phone for the blindThis isn’t the first phone concept for the blind that we’ve seen, but it’s an interesting one. It’s from designer Zhenwei and it’s called the B-Touch. The idea is to help the blind communicate more effectively in a mobile friendly way with family and friends.

It features a touchscreen display for Braille, thanks to blind touchscreen technology and uses a combination of voice systems and programs to make it fully functional. It even sports other features, like a navigational system, an e-book reader and an object recognizer.

LOOP: Ecofriendly Dell desktop that never becomes obsolete

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 14th, 2009

LOOP: Ecofriendly Dell desktop that never becomes obsolete Normally, we buy a computer, use it for maybe two years, sometimes less, and it’s headed for the landfill. A more conscious user might just recycle the parts and use them for something else. An even better idea is this new system that never gets obsolete and so never requires throwing away.

This Jocko Chan designed computer for Dell provides an easy update of better components. Called LOOP, the system is ordered online and delivered directly to your home. All upgrades are available to rent for a limited period of time with an additional charge. The company’s employees would take care of all repair and enhancements. The components which are working in good condition are re-used whereas all other components are taken back for recycling.

Rock: Nissan mystery vehicle

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 14th, 2009

Rock: Nissan mystery vehicleThe folks over at Yanko Design came across this mysterious miniature vehicle named ROCK. Sure, it looks like Darth Helmet’s head on wheels. Very little is known about the device except the obvious: It is dark and ominous and possibly how cats will take over the world.

It was created by designer Alberico J. Camacho and sports a tiny Nissan logo. That’s Really all we know, but it seems to be some kind of music player, like a more robust Sony Rolly. The ROCK could also be a scale model prototype for a concept car that Camacho worked up for Nissan.

Trou Hologram Phone

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

Trou Hologram PhoneThe Trou Hologram cellphone has no screen, instead relying on 3D holograms projected onto the vacant area to display what you are looking at. Small projectors are lined up on the inner surface in order to bring the most lifelike images to life before your eyes.

They will have to figure out how to solve the power issues, since projectors suck a lot of energy. But one day we may just have this device in our hands fully working. That day is a long way away, but if we can envision it, we can eventually do it.

Electrolux’s Laser Oven concept cooks food fast

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 8th, 2009

Electrolux’s Laser Oven concept cooks food fastThe Laser Oven concept by Electrolux may be the future of cooking. It will cook your food in no time at all by using three laser beams that pew pew pew your dinner. The Electrolux Laser Oven has a sleek, compact design that makes it look futuristic too.

A single laser can’t cook anything, but crossing the lasers can cook the food easily. In Ghostbusters crossing the streams are bad, here it’s a good thing. It will allow you to choose the desired texture of your food, and even scans it before cooking. Forget timers and thermometers, the Laser Oven stops cooking when the food has reached the texture that you want.

Easter Moai concept phone

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

Easter Moai concept phoneDesigner Joong-Ho Choi created this concept phone called the Easter Moai cellphone. It sports a touchscreen LCD display and all of the functions keys are on the corner edge. By placing all of the keys in the corner, it has room for a larger screen.

The idea is that the phone itself has all of the bare necessities and when docked, it not only gets charged but will work as a portable music player as well, with built-in speakers. The end result is a phone that’s intuitive, functional and sleek.