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Wake up to a Shrieking Ball

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

Wake up to a Shrieking BallAre you one of those people who can’t seem to wake up on time no matter what you do? You should probably get more sleep, but failing that you want an alarm clock like this concept. The Shrieking Ball concept alarm clock, if it ever sees production, should come with a lifetime guarantee that it will wake you pretty damn quick.

That’s because it will sound off until you lift the main orb from the base. As it shrieks, you’ll have to place it down just so in its cradle in order to stop the little hellspawn. I think this is a sure way to get somebody awake in the morning.

Apple Mac Folder

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

Apple Mac FolderIt’s like a Mac and a folder in one. The Mac Folder. Not all that different from any other laptop really, but you probably want Apple to make one very soon. The UI has been redesigned to work like the interfaces seen on the iPod Touch and iPhone.

You’ll also get a multi-touch screen and it’s uber thin. But what’s with those huge keyboard keys? They look big enough for grandma to use. After she calls you and asks you how that is.

Forget steampunk, check out the Art Deco keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Forget steampunk, check out the Art Deco keyboardI always wondered why more modders don’t go for the Art Deco look. I mean Steampunk is awesome when done right, but Art Deco is just as cool. It figures that it would be Datamancer who bridges the gap. They created this awesome Steampunk keyboard, and now are into art deco. It’s about time too.

Hit the link for more pics. Take it all in visually. Then you tell me if Art Deco is making a comeback. If you have a pulse, then you’ll know that the answer is yes.

Brionvega radio gets a 21st century upgrade

Posted in Radio by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2009

Brionvega radio gets a 21st century upgradeThis BrionVega desktop radio is based on a radio that the company actually made back in 1965 in Italy. The RR227 is an update of Marco Zanuso and Richard Sapper’s RR127 radio. The updated model features AM and FM radio tuners, plus it can play MP3 or WMA digital audio files. You load tunes on it by popping an SD card into the slot. There’s also an AUX jack for connecting your iPod or other media player too.

The design lets you set it down either horizontally or vertically and still be able to use the tuning dial easily. The radio comes in white, black or red. All look great. Also features a 3-watt amp, and there’s a headphone jack. It comes with an AC power pack and will also run on batteries.

Morfojet armchair is not your grandpa’s La-z-boy

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

Morfojet armchair is not your grandpa's La-z-boyWhy park your afterburners in an ordinary chair when you can sit still and look like you are flying in this thing? In case it wasn’t obvious, designer Gianni Pedone based the Morfojet chair on a pair of jet turbines.

It doesn’t just look sweet, the Morfojet also has a built-in CD player and speakers. It’s so awesome that a pair of aviator goggles should be required just to sit in it. When you’ve got turbines as arm rests, that says power. But why did they not put giant speakers in the turbines? That would have completed it nicely.

Tokyoflash unveils new desktop clocks

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on April 5th, 2009

Tokyoflash unveils new desktop clocksTokyoflash, known for its retro and futuristic watches, has its sights on making your desktop look more like a UFO. They have nine clock designs, all pretty wild in their own way, and they need your help. You can help decide which one should become an actual clock.

One looks like a boomerang, another resembles a cool lamp shade. The one above looks like something from Star Trek The Next Generation. How about a UFO? They’re all pretty wild and wacky. And as usual some seem indecipherable at first.

Schimmel “Ferrari” piano

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on April 5th, 2009

Schimmel "Ferrari" pianoUp until recently, Pianos hadn’t really changed very much. Ever. But lately Schimmel has taken the piano and evolved it in great quantum leaps. Like the Pegasus grand piano for instance. This particular incarnation pictured above makes it look like the piano will take off and take you for a wild ride.

It’s dubbed the Schimmel Pegasus Guoqin. It sports the Ferrari Rosso Red finish and styling, only missing the horse logo. I guess it isn’t officially endorsed. The price is $410,000. Which means, if you can afford this, you likely already own a Ferrari.

UpCart turns shopping carts into rolling trees

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 2nd, 2009

UpCart turns shopping carts into rolling treesWe’ve seen a surprising amount of shopping cart inspired design here at the “Brick. Sometimes artists turn them into furniture, other times it’s more about real world grocery store innovation, like the design above. And let’s face it, the shopping cart needs an overhaul.

With the UpCart, shoppers could use their carts like a storage system. Put your heavy items near the bottom, lighter items on top. The design makes a lot of sense. The bins can be easily moved around in any position for easy access. This cart may even help prevent traffic jams on aisle four. Maybe.

Is this what the next iPhone will look like?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

Is this what the next iPhone will look like?In all likelihood, yes. A new iPhone is expected to hit this summer, but the big question is, just how much are they going to change the design? Will it be dramatic or subtle? This concept is most likely what we will see. A subtle change in look, while slimming it down to a sexier body. It already has you drooling doesn’t it?

After all, Apple isn’t about to make any radical changes on a device that obviously “ain’t broke”. They’ll change it just enough so that loyal fans will upgrade to replace their current models. It’s what Apple does best. Probably won’t up the specs a whole lot.

Ping Pong dining table

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

Ping Pong dining tableThe Ping Pong dining table is two tables in one. Forget dinner and a movie, treat your date to some dinner and a game of Ping Pong. You know how much use you get out of your dinner table? Hardly any, when it isn’t dinner time. It’s a one trick pony. A waste of space. But this table pulls double duty.

When you aren’t eating, you are always up for a game of Ping Pong, right? Damn straight skippy. Now you can play Ping Pong any time you like…Except during dinner, unless you want a really interesting game.

The suicidal revolver

Posted in Weapons by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2009

The suicidal revolverWe’ve featured some pretty badass weapons here at the ‘Brick. This one is maybe the most depressing gun we’ve ever seen. But tough economic times call for a special brand of gun I guess. Great for the Wall street dude or banker who has just lost a vast fortune and is too chicken to take the plunge off a skyscraper. Actually, their victims could probably appreciate this gun too.

It’s a one shot weapon made for one thing only. Suicide. It makes the revolver ring look tame in comparison as well as the almighty Blast Knuckles.

Nokia’s song-inspired Bluetooth headset designs

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

Nokia' song-inspired Bluetooth headset designsNokia’s Music Almighty headset design competition attracted 6,000 entrants, and Nokia is showing off the five winning designs, which have been manufactured as fully-functional one of a kind headsets. The rules were that all of the headsets had to be inspired by a song.

So naturally that inspired a wide range of designs, like the Daft Punk “Robot Rock” set above, which we like the best. It was inspired by Daft Punk’s “Robot Rock” and was designed by G. Smith. Pretty clever competition.

6 speaker set folds into a cube

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

6 speaker set folds into a cubeDesigner Ji-Hyung Jung is pretty clever as illustrated by this interesting mobile speaker set design. The idea is that you have a cube held together by magnets, that is actually 5 speakers and a sub-woofer.

The whole deal looks pretty sweet once the pieces are out and displayed. And if you want to take them with you, they take up much less room than typical speakers. The volume control is on the top of the sub-woofer. It’s just a concept for the moment, but it’s a great one.

Mercury Skates make in-line skating smoooooth

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 19th, 2009

Mercury Skates make in-line skating smooooothI have seen the future of skates and its name is Mercury. It’s finally skating weather for those of you who enjoy it, but all that vibration due to crappy roads and sidewalks takes away from the experience, doesn’t it?

Maybe designer Pouyan Mokhtarani will make it a more pleasant experience with these skates that look like they are still scorching hot due to arriving from the future. Springs and airbags in the shoes could make skating feel as smooth as ice skating. Judging by the looks of these skates, skating may even be like flying.

Movable power strip, or puzzle game?

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

Movable power strip, or puzzle game?As geeks, we have a certain fascination with power strips. Probably because we never have enough outlets. This particular power strip could double as a geek puzzle game. It’s called Movable Power and it allows you to adjust the entire strip according to your needs at any given time.

With this concept power strip, you won’t need to adjust your space just to accommodate a bulky strip. And as a bonus, you have a cool game to play with when you get bored. Until you electrocute yourself anyway.