Archive for Concepts

Sound Scrape concept projects images to match your music

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

Music visualizations can be cool to watch, but the Sound Scape concept takes it to a another level, using a built-in LED projector to delievr those visuals, which will match the music that is being played.

It’s limited though since it’s all based on nature. Don’t expect to see a gangsta movie when you’re playing rap. You’ll get something soothing instead. Like fluffy clouds and water. The controller can change tracks or volume of course, but it is just a concept for the moment.

Two way toothpaste solves an age old problem

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2010

Putting caps on both sides of a toothpaste tube should have been done a long time ago. Two Way Toothpaste. Get it? Why it hasn’t been thought of before, we have no idea, but we’re glad that it’s finally here. It’s just a concept right now, but you know that some company will run with this one.

Now if this tube could have some actual working toothpaste inside that actually makes dental visits obsolete, then it would be perfect. If any of it actually worked, dentists would be out of a job.

Live Checking Cards

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2010

These live checking cards could change the way that people budget their money and make it easier to eliminate debt. It shows you very clearly what you’re spending and what you owe. The concept was created by several designers at Yanko Design.

In addition to being a credit card, it would also track bank transactions through RFID. Amounts would be displayed on the card every time it is swiped, allowing you to have your account balance at your fingertips. The card uses E-Ink technology combined with RFID technology.

The Screw Coffin

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

They screw you in life, so why not in death? Life is just the turn of some giant screw anyway. Screw it. The Screw coffin puts a new spin on coffins and burials. It works pretty much how you would think. Insert the body of your loved one into the large screw, screw it into the ground and you’re done.

One cool thing is that the lid is your grave marker. Not only would such a system save space in cemetaries, but it’s also bound to be more economical. I would imagine it’s also easier to exhume bodys as you just unscrew it.

Rethink Hanger uses plastic bottles to hang clothes

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

In the quest to eliminate waste, or at least stop some waste from hitting landfills, humans have created some interesting designs in the last 2 years. This is the latest. The Rethink, a hanger that’s not a hanger until you ttach two plastic bottles.

It’s from designer Xuan Yu and it’s just a hook with two holes that hold empty bottles. Just pick from all the empty bottles you’ve been hoarding and screw them into the holes. Now you have yourself a hanger. One that isn’t as flat as a normal hanger and won’t let you hang as many garments in your closet, but at least you are being green right?

Window Fridge lets you decide before opening

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

It’s a common practice around the world. You open the fridge and then just stand looking at all of your choices. Problem is you are wasting electricity and letting the cold out. The Window Fridge is a concept that eliminates the need to open the fridge, by providing a window.

That helps save the environment while you ponder whether you would like a Coke, Pepsi or Dr. Pepper. The fridge has a tube design that makes it easy to open the panel and spy on all of your food inside.

Washable Rx tablet PC for doctors

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2010

Doctors are filthy. Half the time they have their hands inside various body orifices and the the other half they are touching everything in sight. Sure they wash their hands regularly, but germs are still everywhere. And it isn’t just doctors. Hospitals are cesspools of bacteria and germs.

The Toshiba Rx tablet from designer Geoffrey Cooper can help. It’s a portable electronic replacement for a nurse’s clipboard. The touchscreen tablet lets them instantly document cases on the go and facilitates quick diagnosis and communication. The Rx tablet has a docking station and a keyboard for those times when you are actually sitting and the dock also functions as the charging unit, which is made in a single piece of removable and washable rubber that makes the tablet easy to clean.

Gravity Ruler weighs your luggage

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2010

Airlines suck. They will charge you extra for everything. So it’s important to know how much your luggage weighs. The Gravity Ruler is an easy way to weigh your luggage before you head off to the airport. You don’t want to be surprised and get stuck paying more fees.

It’s simple to use. The Gravity Ruler is nothing more than a bungee cord that you loop through your luggage handle. When you lift it up, an orange band on the cord moves through a clear sheath to show you how much the item weighs.

Phone concept powered by Coke

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2010

It’s hard enough keeping our gadgets charged with electricity, but now they are stealing our Coke and will soon leave us thirsty. Chinese designer Daizi Zheng has a cylindrical Nokia straight from the future that drinks Coca-Cola to stay juiced.

All you do is unscrew the top and pour the coke in. According to Daizi a single can of Coke could last longer than a lithium ion battery by three or four times. Though I’m not sure it helps the environment any. I recently heard somewhere that a single liter of coke takes something like 800 gallons of water to produce.

PowerPost powerstrip puts outlets where you need them

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

This is a great idea. Our desk is the where we need more outlets. That’s where all the work happens. So it makes sense to free up one leg from your desk and make it a powerstrip.

The concept couldn’t be simpler. One table leg is turned into an outlet strip. As long as you tuck all of your wires away safely, I don’t see a problem. Of course if you don’t, this could be an injury waiting to happen.

Finger Battery Charger concept

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

Sometimes charging gadgets can be a real pain. Too many adapters, not enough outlets or USB ports. Plus they take a while to charge up. Well, with this concept, all you need is your finger. Which beats carrying extra juice packs and chargers everywhere.

This concept is from Song Teaho & Hyejin Lee and it allows you to charge your devices battery with a few quick spins on your finger. Well…More like about 130 revolutions. But hey, it keeps you juiced up and gives your finger some exercise.

Cake server not only slices, but lifts treats

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2009

Until now cake server technology has only allowed us to cut our tasty treats. The lifting was left to us. The technology just had not advanced. Until now. The Magisso Cake Server is a cake serving game changer as well as a design concept by Finnish student Maria Kivijärvi.

Slice this stainless steel utensil into any cake or pie and with a light squeeze you can lift it out, onto your plate or directly into your piehole. Your choice.

The Rambler Socket hides an extension cord in your wall

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

Short cords on things like vacuum cleaners really stink. And if you use an extension cord, well, it just gets in the way. Let’s face it, cords are just plain messy no matter what you do. Well, the newly designed Rambler Socket is here to help.

It’s basically a 1.5 meter cord rolled up and hidden behind a socket. When needed, all you need to do is pull the cord out and connect your appliance instead of using an extension. When you’re done, just give the cord a slight tug and it winds the cord back into the wall.

Audi Traveling Shaver concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2009

Normally we don’t think of shavers as being beautifully designed, but this concept shaver from Audi sure looks sweet. It’s enough to make you shave all day long even if you aren’t covered in hair like a Sasquatch.

For now this is just a concept, but if artist Poling Huang ever gets it done for real, Audi lovers will be well groomed indeed. Just look at that beautiful sheen and shape. Looks like all it’s missing are the wheels.

Trash Know dustbin knows best

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

Taking out the trash is hard work. You have to lift it out of the bin, carry it elsewhere, then tear off another bag, shake it out and insert it inside. Whew! If only we could eliminate a few steps.

The Trash Know dustbin is a more practical trash can that makes it easier by incorporating disposable bags into itself. At the bottom of the bin is a dispenser that holds the bags. Just pull one to line the bin whenever you take the trash out, and when the bag is full, just tear away the bag.