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Steampunk PC is cool and not my style

Posted in Computers,Concepts by Shane McGlaun on March 19th, 2010

I like Steampunk stuff mostly because the things look cool and I can appreciate how long it would take to build some of these designs. That said you would never find steampunk gear in my house. I like my tech to look like tech, not something I might find in grandma’s attic.

A new steampunk computer with some serious attention to detail has turned up over on Yanko Design. The thing is the complete deal with a cool looking tower thingy that might be a speaker, a keyboard, mouse pad, mouse, and a display. The keyboard is my favorite part.

Crazy scooter lawn mower concept turns up

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on March 18th, 2010

I hate mowing my lawn in the summer. I live in Texas where it’s roughly as hot as the surface of the sun in the summer. Go outside for 5 minutes and you are dripping with sweat. Walking a back and forth across that lawn for an hour mowing is no fun.

A new concept mower might help us get our kids to mow without money changing hands. The concept is called the Lawn Mower Scooter and is just what it sounds like. The thing is a combination of a scooter and a mechanical mower.

Ladder concept is perfect for those with little storage

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on March 12th, 2010

Most of us need a ladder at some point around the home. If you own or rent a home where you have to change the filters in the AC system, you probably need one. The problem with ladders is that they are bulky and take up lots of space.

A new ladder concept over at Yanko Design is really cool and uses an ingenious design to give a leaning style ladder that breaks down for easy storage and transportation. If you have ever tried to carry a ladder in your car, you know how big an issue transportation is.

Foldable Keyboard for Tablets doubles as a phone

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

This may be just a concept for now, but we want one. It would be perfect for tablets. It’s basically an optional foldable keyboard that acts as a phone handset. You can carry the keyboard around in your pocket since it’s separate from your tablet, but it doesn’t work by itself.

It only works while connected wirelessly to the tablet. You could carry the iPad 3G and be ready to receive calls. Will we see something like this for real? Who knows.

Individual Washer sorts your clothes

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

This was bound to happen. Here’s a washing machine that will make it easy for those not skilled in washing clothes. The Individual Washer concept works differently than the typical washer. This upright washing machine has three compartments that will sort and wash your clothes together simultaneously.

Just put your whites in one section, reds in another etc. You won’t have to worry about color bleeding or bleaching and you’ll be saving water and electricity since it uses just one cycle.

OO HD wireless projector concept is very cool

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

Is it just me or does it seem like more and more of the tech products unveiled today look like robots from the films of 80′s childhood memories. Take the new OO projector concept; it looks very cool but it reminds me of flying robots from “Batteries Not Included” or that robot that you punch in the nose to turn off from one of the new Star Wars flicks.

The projector is made from a monocoque carbon fiber chassis and is wireless. It has WiFi or an internal SSD for content playback and runs off some sort of battery. The battery promises three hours away from an AC outlet.

Dream and Fly tiny hotel room concept is pretty darn cool

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on March 8th, 2010

I once missed a flight from Dallas to Las Vegas on the way to CES by a few minutes because they changed the gate at the last minute. I ended up sitting in the airport for six hours until the next flight left. That was the most miserable six hours of my life; counting the time I went with my wife to watch Titanic at the theater.

I can certainly see tiny hotel rooms for people stuck in an air port like the Dream and Fly rooms being very popular. The scant concept rooms are little cubes only a bit wider than a twin size bed with a bed, shower, and sink inside.

Maze of Time watch is surprisingly easy to read

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on March 8th, 2010

At first glance, this watch design concept called Maze of Time looked to be very confusing. The watch has different color lines that overlap in a sort of maze configuration. The watch face has a decoding color key on it to tell you what color is for what number.

Yellow and blue numbers are for the hours and red and green numbers are for minutes. Each colored set of lines makes a number and once you see how it works the thing is very easy to read.

Art Lebedev’s Segmentus clock is digital with analog hands

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 5th, 2010

The guys over at Art Lebedev Studio have just unveiled their latest conceptual design and all we can ask is just what are these guys smoking? Don’t get us wrong, we love everything they come up with, we just don’t know how they contnue to think this stuff up.

The Segmentus clock has hands just like an analog clock, it just has like 30 of them working together to produce a digital time reading.

Plants might have a chance at my house with Plant Mate

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

If plants should ever take over the world and only Mark Walberg, M. Night Shyamalan, and I are left to stand trial for mistreatment of innocent houseplants, I will be in big trouble. I have single handedly killed tons of my plants over the years from simply not watering them.

A new design concept at Yanko Design is cool and if I could get a set of the things, my plants might have a chance. The solar power Plant Mate sticks poke into the ground and would sense the moisture levels and nutrients in the soil.

Roly Poly Iron won’t burn your shirt

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 4th, 2010

You know how it is. Every time you and your wife get into a disagreement your shirt ends up getting burnt by the iron. Just an accident surely, but well timed. Well we can’t help you with that, but we can make sure that the iron itself doesn’t burn your shirt.

The Roly Poly Iron will make sure of it. When the iron is left on its own without anybody holding it, the moving weight in the handle rocks to the back of the iron, which tips it backwards to a standing position. Pretty neat. When you come back, just grab the handle and use it.

Smart street lights that bloom

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2010

This Sustainable City Lights concept is the latest in eco-friendly lighting. Each lamp post uses solar and wind energy for itself, and will use LEDs only when people are in it’s presence. When people are not nearby, it conserves energy by emitting only a soft glow.

The Sustainable City Lights open and close like a flower bud to harvest energy. Any surplus energy is returned to the main grid to use for other things. This is a not only practical, but pretty stylish as well.

Grass Lamp combines the green outdoors with light

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

If you are an apartment dweller, you are probably used to some of your objects having multiple functions. How about combining your lamp with a garden?

That’s the idea behind the Grass Lamp. You can’t grow vegetables in the Grass Lamp, but grass will just love the lamp’s light and maybe remind you to actually venture outdoors, while allowing you to appreciate the outdoors while inside.

Play Origami MP3 player

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2010

Everyone’s MP3 player of choice may be the iPod, but every now and then we do see something different in a concept, which we would like to own. The Play MP3 player doesn’t have a touchscreen or buttons. Instead it works by doing origami.

Fold the player in half to play. If you want to rewind, just slide one of the pieces. Sure it isn’t practical, but Origami fans should love it. Still, we don’t expect to see this one anytime soon.

Leech Plug unplugs itself when its finished charging

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

Here’s something that’s good for the environment and will save you money. We all know that our devices continue to cost us money even when the device connected to a power outlet is turned off or fully charged, but it’s a pain to keep unplugging these things.

The Leech Plug will help with this situation. It works like an actual leech, when the device is fully charged, this power adapter is smart enough to disconnect itself. It does this using a timer circuit and electromechanics that allow it to detach itself once fully charged.