Archive for Concepts

flOw wireless speaker concept shakes up your music

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

It’s just a concept at the moment, but David Boyce’s flOw has a lot of potential. The five-speaker set can be arranged into an iPod docking station, but unlike other docks, any of the speakers can be taken somewhere else while the music follows wirelessly.

The real interesting part is that each ball has integrated gesture sensors and accelerometers, allowing you to turn down the volume by turning it over or you can switch tracks simply by shaking the speaker. Shake it lightly and you get a soft jam, shake it hard and you get Heavy Metal.

Hungry Batteries concept get thin as they get drained

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

This interesting concept will let you know visually when your batteries are low. Designer Mac Funamizu came up with the Hungry Batteries concept that has the batteries physically slim down more as they hold less charge.

Great idea, but it’s cheaper to just include one of those strips that can tell how much juice is left. If our gadgets also shrank, this would be great. No idea what they are made of or how long they would last.

Space Invaders toaster

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2010

We love us some Space Invaders around here and this Space Invaders toaster is pretty awesome if we do say so ourselves. It was designed by Chris Naylor, a student designer in London.

This Space Invaders toaster toasts individual invaders into your bread so you can zap them with butter or jam and eat them up. Should this toaster ever go into production, we would buy it in a heartbeat.

Keyhole for drunk people

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on May 9th, 2010

Much like the handicapped, drunk people need special help. Bars on a restroom stall, so they won’t fall in, etc. Unlike handicapped people, their impairment will pass after a night full of puking, stumbling and people laughing at them.

One thing we can do to help these common-sense impaired numbskulls is to make it easier for them to get into their home and away from the rest of us. That’s where this keyhole comes in handy. It would be hard for anyone to miss the keyhole with a device like this on your door.

Takoyaki Power Strip offers wireless charging

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on May 7th, 2010

This Takoyaki concept power strip is nice to look at and also useful. The sockets are pretty useful since they can be rotated. And each socket allows you to coil your cable inside it, minimizing the amount of cable clutter on your floor.

All good features and aside from all of them this thing also glows blue when in use. You can also replace those round sockets in order to fit in a wireless charging accessory that will charge your device wirelessly.

Swatch concept has no crystal to scratch

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on May 7th, 2010

Back when Swatches were popular, I had a bunch of them in bright 80′s colors. The things looked good for a few weeks, and then they were too scratched up to even tell the time on. A new concept carrying the Swatch brand has a design that resists scratches.

The watch has a face made from plastic and coated in rubber with the time markings on it. Around the edge of that face is a glass bezel positioned where scratches won’t be an issue that covers the bright green hands.

verTick Wall Clock concept

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

Clocks are all pretty much the same. Square, round, rectangular. verTick is an unusual and interesting clock, operating with sticks and numbers instead of a digital readout or hands.

The middle of the clock has an aluminum section with windows. The sticks move up and down on motors to put the right number in the windows to display the time. The sticks just go up and down.

Crazy couch turns into a punching bag

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on May 3rd, 2010

Most of us have those days where we just feel like punching something. We have all felt that way before. A new couch design called the Champ for campeggi furniture is perfect for those days.

The couch has an articulating back rest that is round and can be stood upright to punch when the urge hits. The back is padded so you won’t hurt your arms or legs if you kick and hit the punching bag.

Desktop Microwave

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on May 2nd, 2010

If you spend a ton of time at your desk, the Desktop Microwave would be perfect for you. Sadly, it’s just a concept at the moment, but if it ever becomes real you won’t have to ever leave your desk again.

The Desktop microwave comes from the mind of designer Steve Gates, who’s life goal is apparently to make everyone fat and deskbound, with a taste for microwaved food. Oh, wait. Isn’t that the America we know and love?

Office Assault: Post-It gun is coolest office gadget ever

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

One of the few pleasures I had back when I had a real job was burning through as many office supplies as I could in any given week. Post-Its were the favorite fodder around the office. Some folks would stockpile the things like they were Cold War era rations.

The coolest office gadget I have ever seen has surfaced and gives you a way to blow through those Post-It notes even faster. The thing is called the Office Assault: Post-in Gun and it is sweet. It has a clip that you can load with Post-Its and when the trigger is pulled, the sticky notes are pushed out the barrel of the gun.

Lamptop concept uses Ctrl Alt Del to turn it off

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

You know the drill for what to do when you run into computer trouble. Just hit Ctrl Alt Del to reboot or turn it off through Task Manager in Windows. Well, the Lamptop concept puts this into practice to turn off your lamp.

A regular Power symbol switch is used to turn it on. The device also comes with RAM and a display so that it can double as an electronic picture frame to display uploaded images. It was designed by Alex Nesterenko and we hope to see the Lamptop become a reality some day soon.

Blue Flow concept monitors your Asthma using your phone

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

Here’s a great concept for those who are asthmatic and need to pay close attention to their health. Multiple doctor visits can really add up and put you in debt, but Blue Flow can help, by helping you monitor your asthma.

Blue Flow is a system that combines a peak flow monitor with your mobile phone, allowing information to be wirelessly transferred to your phone for your doctor to look over. The end result is that you can more easily keep on eye on your health.

Supermarket Electric Vehicle concept makes shopping easier, shoppers fatter

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

Remember in the Wall-E movie where all of the future humans were lethargic and fat, riding around in hover chairs. Well, this is where it starts. Right here with this concept. Some future fatty may need to put down the soda and chips long enough to time-travel back to 2010 and fight this thing.

A designer has come up with a nice leisurely way to pick up the groceries with this Supermarket Electric Vehicle. The battery-powered vehicle will allow you to zip around the aisles without having to burn a single calorie.

USB drive glows to show what’s on it

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

Can your USB drive do this? No, of course it can’t. Neither can mine. This USB stick concept lets you see what’s on it without having to plug it into a computer. The glass “screen” on the surface shows what kind of files are on board by color: pink means images, blue for documents, green for movie files etc. Wonder what porn looks like. They even fill the space on the back proportionally so you can see which ones are taking up a lot of room.

This design would probably require some kind of battery, which would make the price a bit unattractive, but we love the idea. Many of us would pay extra for the convenience it provides.

Ripe Radish garden light concept looks like a power up

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on April 15th, 2010

As a gamer, I know that a glowing vegetable is a good thing. I mean, this is the sort of game goody that does stuff like make you fly or turn into a giant. In the real world, glowing vegetables aren’t common.

A design concept called Ripe Radish makes a glowing vegetable common though. The red glowing portion is a garden light that you stick into the ground. The green plant out the top is a plant just as you expect.