Archive for Concepts

Fleximus camera for those hard to reach places

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2009

Designer Art Lebedev apparently likes to take pictures of things that are not easily accessible. And so his new design concept called Fleximus, was born.

There’s a lens on one end and a compact peephole viewfinder on the other. Need a larger peephole? Just snap on Art’s larger viewscreen to give you a better look at things. We suppose it’s a good spy cam if you don’t need to be very stealthy. Maybe you can look through keyholes, from around a corner.

Art Lebedev’s Transparentius makes roads safer

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2009

Transparentius is a simple and great idea. Just put a camera on the front of a large truck, then project that image onto the back of the truck. This makes the truck “transparent” for the driver behind, who now has much more information about what lies on the road ahead.

If you know what’s coming, you won’t get flattened like a pancake on the road when you try to pass. We don’t know how the rear projection is achieved or how sunlight glare factors in, but Art Lebedev usually has it all thought out. The real question is, how expensive would this be?

HTC Evolve concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2009

HTC Evolve conceptHere’s a nicely designed concept tablet design that isn’t branded by Apple. The “HTC Evolve” is pretty cute, even good looking. Along with an ergonomic design, it uses a stylus pen to help you draw renders and such.

It also features an extra OLED touch screen that pops out on the side. Some other specs include an Intel Atom processor, Touch screen display, 128GB SSD, 1.5GB RAM, Custom skinned Android OS, Possible fast booting, Two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI port and 3.5mm headphone jack, Camera and microphone.

Retro Philco PC concept

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

Retro Philco PC concept This concept looks like it came out of the 1950s, while it would also look at home in the Jetson’s home of the future. This retro Philco PC concept is designed by SchultzeWORKS design studio. The moment you see it you easily spot all of the retro design elements from 50′s televisions, typewriters, etc.

It’s just plain sexy and classy. Sure, it has Windows 7, but we don’t even care. We are too in love with the design. The keyboard alone is drool-worthy.

Sustail Wind-up Mouse

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

Sustail Wind-up MouseLooking for a mouse that looks and acts like an old wind-up toy? One that might even do away with the battery problems of wireless mice? Well, this is one way to go. And it looks like an actual mouse too.

The Sustail Wind-Up Mouse winds up using the key, which is stored underneath when not in use. You’ll hear a distinct sound when it’s fully “charged”. Looks like a happy meal toy for a techie kid.

Nokia Unik concept phone changes texture to fit your mood

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2009

Nokia Unik concept phone changes texture to fit your moodNokia’s latest concept phone kicks things up a notch. The Nokia Unik was designed by French designer Clement Logereau and consists of 152 small tiles that allow the handset to transform itself. Well, you will have to transform it by adding new squares that are different in material and color.

The squares can be added after you purchase them from Nokia stores. Once they have your money, they come in metal, transparent and rubber. Yeah, it’s easy to see that this one will forever remain just a concept.

A faucet with a new twist

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

A faucet with a new twistMost faucets don’t require a lot of work. Just open the valve and you get a steady stream of water. But environmentalists worry that the fresh water supply will become a shortage in the future.

So we need something that will make us think about how much water we are using. That’s why designer Harvey Bewley created this Twist Faucet. The Twist makes you work for your water by cranking the knob in and out. Thereby reminding you that water is a precious resource. It also has a digital readout that shows your consumption, along with water temperature.

Void LP Player

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

Void LP PlayerThis may be the coolest record player concept ever. The Void LP Player concept from Rhea Jeong consists of a magnetic levitating disc carrier plus a small self contained player in a ball with an integrated needle, amplifier and speaker all wrapped up in one. Truly a space age record player.

The record player uses a carrier and dock with a magnetic and auto-calibrating control system that holds the LP in thin air as it is playing. The record player in the form of a red sphere, contains a needle, amplifier and speaker and spins around the record.

Mons Lavabo Monster Sink

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2009

Mons Lavabo Monster SinkHere’s a monster of a sink. Literally. The Mons Lavabo is an eco-friendly sink concept design that’s controlled by an automatic hand sensor. It’s designed to be appealing to children, but if I were a kid, this sink would scare the bejesus out of me.

It looks like it’s going to eat you as your blood slowly goes down the drain, leaving no evidence for your mom and dad, who are obviously the next victims. But hell, until it does eat your kid, the automatic sensor means that kids won’t waste water. If they can even be persuaded to get near it anyway.

Milky Way alarm clock

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

Milky Way alarm clockThis is one of the more interesting alarm clock concepts we’ve seen lately. Designed by Henrik Amberla, the innovative design of the Milky Way serves two functions.

It functions as an alarm clock of course, but it’s also a nice piece of art. Want to activate the snooze function? Just turn the device. Setting the clock and the alarm is as easy as doing another turning motion. The Milky Way Alarm Clock is only a concept right now sadly.

SOUNZZZ lets you feel the music

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

SOUNZZZ lets you feel the musicMusic is interesting not just for the way it sounds, but for what it is. We hear music through our ears, but really music is just vibrations in the air. Those vibrations allow the deaf to “feel” rather than hear the music. SOUNZZZ is designed to allow the hearing impaired to enjoy music just like we do.

The sound gets translated into stronger vibrations that are felt by holding the weird egg-shaped device. It will also play a light show along with the vibrations and even has a headphone jack for people who can hear who may want to use it while playing music.

Tio ghost teaches kids about energy conservation

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

Tio ghost teaches kids about energy conservationThe Tio ghost concept comes from designer Tim Holley. The idea is to teach kids the value of conserving electricity in a fun way.

The switch will stay green whenever it has been left on for an hour or less, and the longer it is left switched on, the more the color will gradually change to yellow, until you end up with an angry red ghost. This might be a great way to teach them about time as well. Who knows, we may see this move beyond the conceptual stage and bore kids for real with learning stuff.

Street lights powered by trash

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

Street lights powered by trashCity streets could do with a makeover where lighting and trash are concerned. Designer Haneum Lee thinks he has the solution to both. This concept could keep streets lit while keeping them relatively trash free. The base of the street lights are trash baskets that turn what they can into compost, using methane to generate the power needed to keep the lights going.

It could definitely work, especially in large cities, since there is no shortage of trash. We love to see concepts that kill two birds with one stone or two problems with a single idea.

Rotating Outlet solves the International Outlet problem

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

Rotating Outlet solves the International Outlet problemAs travelers know, different countries have different outlets. It can be a real pain and it can be costly too if you have to buy special adapters. These countries are not just going to come up with a standard anytime soon either. That’s why this spinning outlet is such a great solution to the problem.

The info is scant on this thing, but it looks like it offers several major plug types which are accessed by spinning the three segments around. Great for hotels, where travelers are always having problems because they can’t charge up their gadgets.

Art Lebedev’s 3D socket concept is five plugs in one

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

Art Lebedev's 3D socket concept is five plugs in oneOne day soon we might have wireless power, but until that day we will still have the necessary outlets all over our home. Art Lebedev’s Rozetkus 3D socket looks like a fairly normal socket, but when you push the button on top it pops out to provide five plugs.

This is definitely something we can all use with our many wired devices. There’s no info on possible release, but our guess is that we will see this one in homes soon.