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MK V Shutter watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2008

MK V Shutter watchHere’s a simple and yet interesting watch. This MK V watch from Storm London incorporates a working metal shutter that hides and reveals the face. They should have done this with a James Bond watch since it’s how the movies open. Pretty cool, though it might get old having to click a button to see what time it is, but then again when a pretty girl asks for the time, imagine the impression you’ll make. It’s available in black, slate or rose gold finish with a rubber strap and stainless steel case for $171 to $188.

Space Age Bar fit for George Jetson

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2008

Space Age Bar fit for George JetsonIf you’re looking for a bar in your home, but want something with a space age flair, this is right up your alley. It simultaneously ups your geek cred and makes your home look more like a 24th century dwelling. It will also give the aliens a place to mingle after you’ve been abducted and safely put back in your bed.

It’s the work of architect Zaha Hadid, who designed this masterpiece. I don’t think it has a single straight line on it’s metallic surface. It was designed for a showcase involving Lacoste footwear for some reason. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it suddenly lifted off the ground and entered hyperspace.

Another Sony PSP2 concept

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on October 16th, 2008

Another Sony PSP2 conceptSome of us think that the PSP could do with a major overhaul instead of just minor updates and upgrades. Designer Tai Chiem certainly thinks so, which is why he has taken it upon himself to unleash this radical concept on an unsuspecting world.

The idea is that the Sony PSP 2 is a small cylinder lightsaber deal with a flexible OLED display that can be rolled out when needed and rolled back when not being used. The electric charge that juices the display would stiffen it. It also sports stereo speakers on both sides. The design also supplies two joysticks, something PSP fanboys have been wanting. Sadly it will never happen, but it’s great eye-candy.

Freshwest creates a literal pool table

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 16th, 2008

Freshwest creates a literal pool tableI say it’s about time somebody called the pool table on it’s BS. It barely qualifies as a table, and it sure isn’t a pool. I know, I sound like Seinfeld, but how about a little trurh in advertising? Really a pool table is a ball table. Well, the design team at Freshwest have created a true literal pool table.

It’s actually a coffee table made with 50mm acrylic that reflects light so that it looks like a shimmering swimming pool. A pool suspended in the air, like somebody dug the ground out from beneath it. The miniature diving board on one end is a nice touch. Obviously, we want it, but who knows if it will ever be available to us regular folk. Then again, that’s gotta be a heavy table. And you’d need inflatable pool toy coasters.

Mrs. Hudson, the toilet that looks like a pipe

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 8th, 2008

Mrs. Hudson, the toilet that looks like a pipeSo some Russians had a bathroom design contest and they came up with this toilet, named “Mrs. Hudson” for some reason. I have no idea why. Maybe Mrs. Hudson is known for huge steaming BMs and affectionately called the pisser behind closed doors. It’s as good a guess as any. Design firm 2-B-2 Architecture claims that this winning toilet was “inspired by a water drop,”. Aren’t they all? The Russkies are crazy. I’m thinking some guy appears and shouts Riiicolllla and blows in this thing creating a huge mess.

Flashlight & lamp get together in one device

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on October 7th, 2008

Flashlight & lamp get together in one device“Two Lamps” is a simple and genius solution for joining a rechargeable flashlight with your lamp. At least it looks like it doesn’t completely suck. The flashlight is probably not that powerful, but just knowing where your flashlight is and having it at the ready is what’s awesome here. Plus, it saves space. Sadly, it’s just a concept right now, but it’s one that can easily find a place in the home. We’re thinking it will be available in a year.

RD 3 Wheel Vehicle concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 1st, 2008

RD 3 Wheel Vehicle conceptThis is one sweet looking single seat vehicle designed by Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar, who obviously channels the future like some crazy modern techno-shaman. I don’t know whether to drive it or just drool over it for an hour.

The idea is that the car works mainly through articulation meaning that this vehicle remains low at high speeds and it will also display helpful information during long trips through voice command by the driver. RD is convenient on busy roads as well as on long distance drives. Looks comfy too. It’s definitely a cool one to drive, but one problem. No room for a girl beside you. Check out a video below.

X Sting Wish: Fire extinguisher/Sci-Fi rifle

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 1st, 2008

X Sting Wish: Fire extinguisher/Sci-Fi rifleThe X Sting Wish not only has a clever name, but an even more clever design. You can easily see it fragging cyborgs and aliens. It’s from UK designer Adam Scott and according to him it’s for extinguishing fires, not fragging aliens. I don’t care what he says, I want to see it make something ugly or robotic into something dead. Not that Scott cares about my fantasies.

The idea is that the X Sting Wish is much easier to understand and operate than your average extinguisher, while still being recognizable. It sports a huge trigger and many firing options, like powder, CO², and water. Plus it’s ultra durable. This is one concept I really want to see become reality.

EPOS-lite: Touch interface cash register and built-in menu

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2008

EPOS-lite: Touch interface cash register and built-in menuEPOS-lite is a cash register with a touch interface that also has a built-in menu. It was showcased at the University of Wolverhampton degree show 08 and at New Designers 08, London. It’s good for the environment because it eliminates the need for a separate menu that holds the pricing details. Not only that, but it makes it easy to update the menu.

It’s light, it’s convenient, it’s on every table. This is the sort of innovation that makes life easier. It’s the little things after all. The concept device also features a wireless charging option for on-table recharging. Designer Stephen Allport knows what he’s doing and he obviously has an eye for what is needed to make life easier on both sides of the table. Awesome concept and we’d love to see this one in the future.

Porsche Design cellphone not as cool as the car

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2008

Porsche Design cellphone not as cool as the carPorsche is a name associated with two things, style and speed. The new P’9522 arguably has plenty of style (though I don’t see it), but it sports a Wi-Fi web connection instead of a 3G network.

With your powered down connection you’ll also get a 5 Megapixel camera, touch screen, and built in GPS. Apparently forged from a single block of brushed aluminum and a glass plate, this one is for the rich set. People who won’t care about speed as much as making impressions. It ships in November and looks like it will sell for aout $875.

Kenchikukagu mobile furniture

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2008

Kenchikukagu mobile furnitureHere’s an innovative way to furnish your space while keeping things minimal when not in use. The Kenchikukagu is designed for work, sleep and eating. Designed by Atelier OPA from Japan, the Kenchikukagu series includes a mobile work station, mobile bed and a mobile kitchen. You can actually order this on Amazon Japan for 800,000 Yen (about $7,500).

Closed, these pieces look like simple storage, but when opened they turn into useful furniture. Perfect for small living spaces and those who just like to play with their furniture. This kind of furniture also makes moving much easier since I’m sure it’s a breeze to fit through doorways.

Memorex miniMOVE Boombox, purse thing for iPod

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2008

Memorex miniMOVE Boombox, purse thing for iPodAt first glance you might think that Memorex has updated those old portable 8-Track players, you know the one’s with the handles from back in the day… Okay, they kinda have. The 8-Track cassette tape is now an iPod, but otherwise it’s pretty much the same deal. The Memorex miniMOVE Boombox for iPod resembles a purse and is obviously aimed at the ladies as a fashion accessory.

The portable boombox can go anywhere thanks to it’s innovative and retro handle technology. It’s powered by AA batteries or AC/DC. It’s even got a built in FM radio, backlit LCD display, and wireless remote. Comes in Pink, Black, Teal, or Silver and retails for $49.99. This is just the sort of odd and stupid thing that some Sex and the City character would have with her on-screen, thereby making it a hit and making every other Lemming follow suit. Am I wrong? What do you think girls? Would you buy this?

Black and Decker Studio Shredders get style

Posted in Office Gadgets by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2008

Black and Decker Studio Shredders get styleEverything has to look stylish now, even the old shredder. The 5 Sheet Crosscut Studio Shredder from Black and Decker might actually look good in your home office and not immediately scream shredder. Looks like they would go well with certain Dell laptops. With a 4″ space saving, slim design you can put it anywhere.

It features sliding feet that stabilize it so it won’t fall over and die. Comes in the black and red. There is a cost to it’s slimness however. It only shreds 5 sheets of paper… Hmmm. Good for the slow or small office then. It retails for $49.99.

Tokyoflash’s negative watch accentuates the positive

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on September 16th, 2008

Tokyoflash’s negative watch accentuates the positiveDespite the name Tokyoflash’s Negative watch is amazing as usual and for once it’s a breeze to read the time. The watch features a reverse LCD display which lets you view the time without pressing any buttons. The Negative watch gets its name from its “always-on” inverse LCD display which uses oversize black dot-matrix pixels to reveal the time, day or date.

Another feature is a multi-color LED backlight, which lets you sort between one of seven different colors. If you wanted to, you could have a new color every day. In “frenzy” mode the display will put on a little rave party with a colored light show. If that isn’t enough for you, you can choose from horizontal or vertical display orientations, and youll also get a built-in alarm. Comes in polished silver and polished black stainless steel and retails for about $162.

Marbelous furniture is marble madness

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on September 15th, 2008

Marbelous furniture is marble madnessWe’ve seen our share of bizarre furniture and if there’s one thing we know, it’s that furniture should be fun, not just functional. A good table should shock you or scare you. Even better, you should be able to play with your furniture, which is why we love Netherlands-based designer Tineke Beunders’ Marbelous.

It sports grooves cut into the tabletop, legs and supports, all so you can have hours of fun with marbles. The bonus is that you could roll peas and other round food out of your way and toward your dog. Hopefully your mom doesn’t see. Another bonus is that there is no marble cleanup and no one is going to break a hip stepping on them. It has cups built into the feet that that will catch most of them, and a long trough down the center, plus a box to store the marbles too. It’s an amazing piece of design and fun.