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Nokia Kinetic concept phone stands up when you get a call

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2010

We’ve never seen a phone raise and stand on it’s own like a zombie from a grave, but we dig this concept of just such a phone. This Nokia Kinetic concept design will use an electromagnet in it’s thick base to shift the balance so that it gradually rises or lowers itself.

When you get a call or a text message, the phone will gradually stand up, letting you know that you have a call. If you don’t want to answer the call, just tap it to reject. Pretty neat.

Halo Bike Lock texts you when your bike is stolen

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 11th, 2010

Summer. It’s a time of sun, fun, bikinis and…bike thieves. This concept from designer Steve Hunt looks just like a halo. It’s designed so that the connector cable is housed within the frame of the lock itself, which makes it harder for thieves to cut your cable.

The coolest feature however, is that Hunt wants to have an integrated wireless card inserted into the lock itself, so that when your bike gets stolen, the lock will notify you.

Folding Bike Concept locks itself to poles

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on July 9th, 2010

Here in the sprawled out state of Texas most of us can’t use a bike to get around unless we are in one of the big cities. It’s also hot enough to melt the tires off your bike in the summer so you have that to deal with in additional to worrying about your bike being stolen.

A designer has designed a new concept mountain bike that has a bendable frame to eliminate the fear of theft. That frame is designed to allow the bike to wrap around a pole to prevent theft.

Treadway electric shoe wheels vie for James Dyson Award

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on July 6th, 2010

Before James Dyson started constantly advertising his new vacuum cleaners, I never gave a thought to a vacuum. I bet there are many people out there who are the same way. Dyson has now also changed the way we think about fans, for the more expensive.

Dyson also runs a design award program called the James Dyson Award. The contest is to find the most innovative design and the winner may see their design put into production. One of the entries is too geeky to pass up and is called Treadway Wearable Mobility.

Gravity Series phone concept is cool but bulky looking

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on July 5th, 2010

When it comes to smartphones most of us want them to be large enough that we can get a big screen for viewing content. But small enough that they are lightweight and fit easily in a pocket. This new concept phone called the Gravity Phone is a bit strange.

It looks good, but the device appears to be a bit bulky. The designer says it would have a 1080p resolution HD screen and HDMI output. Those would be nice features.

Digital Wallet concept for easy money transactions

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 3rd, 2010

The Digital Wallet concept might just change the way you look at transactions. This digital device lets you perform safe and fast money transactions wherever you happen to be, no matter what time of day or night it is. Just connect the two devices to transfer money from one account to another.

Identity verification comes from placing your thumb on the outer ring, then after confirmation, you can transfer an amount by using the screen. The LED stripe will light up to confirm a successful transfer. This probably won’t be the new thing since we have several similar ways to transfer money already, but it’s interesting.

Use your bicycle as a shopping cart

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2010

Now you can take your bike shopping and also take your shopping cart for a ride thanks to the transforming Ville concept folding bicycle. It’s a bike/shopping cart hybrid vehicle for eco-friendly shoppers. It is bicycle and grocery cart in one.

The idea is that thanks to the bike’s shopper-friendly design, you can take it with you inside the store, so you don’t have to have it stolen. The fact that it will actually hold your groceries is a bonus.

Stamp.y Digital Camera stamps your pictures

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2010

The Stamp.y concept is an interesting one. It combines a digital compact camera with a rubber stamp. You take a picture using its camera, then open it up to get a stamp pad, which has the picture that you just took displayed on the rubber stamp.

Pretty cool. Then you can stamp a picture of that masterpiece in pixelated form. Sadly it would probably cost way too much if they could make this one.

Spider bike concept is made with airplane tech

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on June 28th, 2010

I used to work with a guy that was really into bicycling on the highway. He had a bike that was as expensive as many people’s car. The idea was to get as light a bike as possible so you can go faster.

A new bike concept on Yanko Design uses technology from aircraft manufacturing to make it light and strong. The bike is called the spider and is made from square aluminum tubing welded together.

Self-standing toothbrush

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2010

This self-standing toothbrush concept looks great. Plus it eliminates the need for those tacky toothbrush holders. The DEWS toothbrush, designed by Ryan and Harc, has a nice fat, weighted handle that keeps it upright, even if you try to knock it down.

This is such a great idea I’m surprised it doesn’t exist already. Hopefully someone will make this happen. Now, if it could only automatically dispense toothpaste, it would be perfect.

Desktop gadget sprays stink when you type dirty words

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2010

That device looks innocent enough, but it acts like a politically correct skunk. Called Pepper Mouth, it plugs into your USB port and sprays a foul stink whenever you type swear words. Well F*** that! Damn that stinks. Hey damn isn’t technically a swear word you ahole! Ewww! Stop it already. I’ll keep it clean.

It blasts a putrid peppery smell whenever it detects your online vulgarity, first warning you with a red light, and then when you make a second offense, it punishes you. That bastard! Dear god my nose!

Jump Rope concept charges batteries

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 20th, 2010

If we can harness the power of childhood energy, especially those who play jump rope, we could do very well. This concept aims to take that jump roping energy and make it useful. It’s called the E-Rope and can generate power to charge a pair of AA batteries in each handle.

According to the designer, 20 minutes of jumping would fully charge all four AA batteries. Not sure if I believe that, but anything that promotes exercise and gives you charged batteries is a good thing.

Android powered Coffee Maker

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 10th, 2010

Coffee makes the world go round. If we had no coffee, none of us would get out of bed in the morning. So it makes sense that we are always looking to improve coffee making technology. This new coffee machine concept is a bit different. And we aren’t sure it really improves things much.

It has a dock for an Android powered smartphone on top. Apparently the phone runs an app that would play music when docked, so you get have some tunes with your coffee. It has a QR-code scanner that reads the barcode-like tags on top of the coffee cartridges and plays music to go with the brand/flavor.

LG Flutter concept phone

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 3rd, 2010

Concept phones are cool, but not always practical. Check out the Flutter. It was an entrant for LG’s recent Design the Future contest. The design didn’t win, but it did snag the Prop Master’s Choice Award. When the phone is closed, the Flutter has a nice sleek design with only the keypad showing.

And when the phone is opened, it reveals a display that fans out, with a user interface that looks like the one on Apple’s iPhone. Pretty cool.

Stethoscope headphones

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2010

I’m not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV, but these headphone stethoscopes could make me a hit with the ladies. You know how they’re always on the lookout for doctors.

These are from creative agency Antrepo Design, but sadly they are not actual products. Not yet. Hopefully we’ll be able to buy these someday soon though. Take a deep breath. Again. What is it Doc? I’m not sure, but this Pink Floyd song is rocking.