Dual-Mode Headphone Concept from LG Electronics

Dual-Mode headphone offers multi-function device for mobile users. It’s a Bluetooth concept headset that emits sound in 2 different ways: ear buds or embedded speaker. We know that many of us enjoying listen to the music wherever we are, whether we are cycling, driving, jogging, hiking, etc. However, when you are wearing headphone to listen to your music, it shuts out external sound, thus, it’s difficult to know what’s going on around you. It might cause serious accidents.

With this Dual-Mode headphone, you can choose how to listen your music. You can choose to use the speaker while riding your bike or use the ear buds when in a train or a bus. This concept device doesn’t have any button, to make the music starts, you can simply tap the front part and tap it again to turn it off. Swiping the side backward to turn the volume up and swiping the side forward to turn the volume down.

Designers : Yeom Ilsoo, Choi Eunji, and Lee Nari for LG Electronics

Dual-Mode Headphone Concept by LG Electronics

Dual-Mode Headphone Concept by LG Electronics

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Eya Presenting Everywhere : Presentation Concept Device by ENTWURFREICH

EYA is a concept projector to complete your mobile lifestyle. Nowadays, mobile working places, smartphones, or cloud computing are just some examples of our enhance mobility in modern day. ENTWURFREICH has an idea to combine personal mobility with great presentation capabilities, in this way, we all can avoid any cumbersome set up and wiring devices.

The result is Eya, a novel approach to develop a product that fit-for-purpose solution in our busy lifestyle. The main goal is to provide user with optimum ease of use, fast connectivity, high density media format processing while delivering a framework with the most compressed structure inside.

Designer : ENTWURFREICH

Eya Presenting Everywhere by ENTWURFREICH

Eya Presenting Everywhere by ENTWURFREICH

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Hank Bought A Bus Project Transformed A School Bus Into A Tiny Living Space

Hank bought a bus, that’s the title of this project but really, Hank did buy a bus and convert it into a mobile tiny living space. As an architecture student, Hank was tired of drawing buildings for imaginary clients with many details that he didn’t fully get it, so he started to work his own project, exploring details and working with his hands at full scale. The school bus was purchased on Craigslist for $3000 and it required $6000 in improvements, the result is a cozy living space that costs less than a down payment for a house. Although we think it’s an amazing work, the architecture student still feels that he didn’t explore thoroughly of the bus potential, his goal was to show people the possibility of converting an existing vehicle to something different.

This school bus project demonstrates the value of full scale iteration in architectural education, it shows how we can build a small structure with simple detailing that turns out to be more valuable than designing a complex building which is poorly understood. The images below describe the flexibility of each object inside the bus to accommodate your everyday needs while you’re traveling.

Designer : Hank Butitta

Hank Bought A Bus Project Transformed A School Bus Into A Tiny Living Space

Hank Bought A Bus Project Transformed A School Bus Into A Tiny Living Space

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Gen-X Buskers Amp : Mobile Musical Equipment for Street Performers by Nathan McDonald

The problem all musicians have is the transportation of their musical equipment, and it is because of this that you will often see a guitarist (for example) struggling down the street with his/her guitar and case, an amplifier, and a backpack full of other stuff they need (like cables, foot pedals, a microphone and stand, and a drink).

Based on extensive research done by Nathan McDonald, a product designer, he found that buskers (street performers) have two options in the way they perform: they can either play acoustically and strain their voices to be heard, or they can play electrically but have to bring their own power source. The most common power source for this is a car battery, which is just something else to carry, and car batteries are not light! This is where the Gen-X Buskers Amp comes in.

The Gen-X Buskers Amp is an innovation in mobile musical equipment. The Gen-X incorporates a back-pack style design, this is to aid in the transportation of musical equipment, since it is easy to carry and other smaller pieces of equipment can be stored inside the Gen-X’s storage compartment. For increased sound quality the Gen-X has a hard polypropylene shell, but because of this the back panel has to be shaped to fit the spine for comfort. The Gen-X uses 3 oval speakers that have been arranged to create the ‘new face of outdoor performing’.

Although named a ‘buskers amp’ this could in fact be used by any musician on the move. Gen-X Buskers Amp can be used outside, powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery, or indoors powered by an AC adaptor.

Designer : Nathan McDonald

Gen-X Buskers Amp by Nathan McDonald

Gen-X Buskers Amp by Nathan McDonald

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Be Inspired by These 30 Semi Finalists of Electrolux Design Lab 2012

Electrolux Design Lab 2012 has announced its top 30 finalists from over 20 countries. Be inspired by these talented industrial designers’ works where each concept represents the philosophy of Electrolux that creating home appliances that stimulate, engage and enlighten all of our senses.

On October 25, 2012, 10 finalists will be invited to join the final event held in Milan Italy where they have to present their concept in front of the jury of design experts.

Here are 10 finalists of Electrolux Design Lab 2012 in random order, you can click here to view the rest of the designs.

1. Cruet Salt and Pepper by Harry Hale
This concept is a unique salt and pepper shaker that increases social interaction between you and your guests at dinner table. Choose your favorite music from your smart phone and Cruet will play to boost your meal experience with your friends or families, roll around these shakers to keep your dinner time fun and enjoyable.

Electrolux Design Lab 2012 - Cruet Salt and Pepper by Harry Hale

Electrolux Design Lab 2012 - Cruet Salt and Pepper by Harry Hale

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Smart Garden : Hybrid Physical and Virtual Gardens by The Meme

Framed by local, organic, and sustainable food trends, popular interest in urban, backyard, and community agriculture has been surging in recent years. At the same time, “virtual gardening” applications, games and tools, from Farmville to iBotanika, have transformed gardening from a low-tech, introspective pursuit, to an information-rich, social experience that hybridizes physical and virtual environments and activities. This Smart Garden project explores how “Smart” technologies such as chemical and thermal sensors (pH, moisture, solar exposure), automated mechanical processes (watering, lighting, fertilizing, etc), and information monitoring and control systems, developed for large-scale agro-businesses, could be deployed within an ecosystem of new products, applications, and services geared for the consumer market.

Smart Garden creative process was framed by three main goals:

  1. Providing gardeners with precise, actionable data about the their plants’ health and growth
  2. Expanding the healthy, delightful, and rewarding presence of the garden in the life of the gardener
  3. Facilitating dialogue, information sharing, and social interaction within gardening communities.

Integrated by a software application for web and mobile, The Meme Design envision three hardware components that address the needs of multiple scales of use, from the single potted plant to the community garden.

Designer : The Meme

Smart Garden - Hybrid Physical and Virtual Gardens by The Meme

Sensor Stake – A low-cost wireless sensor unit staked in individual potted plants or in a domestic garden, transmitting data about a plants’ health and growth to a web/mobile platform.

Smart Garden - Hybrid Physical and Virtual Gardens by The Meme

Simulator Behavior – A plant “simulator” constructed with shape-memory polymers, that changes shape according to the state of a real plant in the garden or remote location. Caring for the real plant returns the simulator to its “happy” state.

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eleMMent Series Premium Recreational Vehicle From Marchi Mobile

Marchi Mobile is presenting an exclusive limited lots of world class recreational vehicle series called eleMMent, featuring a unique combination of yachting, aviation and motor sports aspects. The futuristic and extraordinary design of the RV has been achieved through contemporary elements uniting in a harmonious way. The cutting edge design along with great combination of exterior color has given the vehicles a notable aerodynamic appearance. Besides, the windshield as well as the driver’s cab is something you have never even imagined. The interior is equipped with baroque stylistic elements of Austrian-Italian interior architecture that gives the rider a unique experience of luxury, comfort and elegance. Powered by a 510hp, automatic transmission engine, the 12 meter long vehicle can produce reasonable speed for long distance transportation.

Designer : Jens Scheiwe and Mario Marchi

elemment series premium recreational vehicle

elemment series premium recreational vehicle

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WristPC : An Innovative Ultra-Mobile Personal Computer

WristPC is a pioneering concept that combines all computer functions, capable of handling all the vital requirements of the user throughout the day. This wearable ultra-mobile personal computer plus communication device concept offers a novel experience with is great portability and innovative architecture. It can be worn like a wristwatch, allowing the user to remain connected to the web anytime, anywhere. The WristPC concept boasts a completely functional 3.5 inch touch-screen display plus a keypad onto the side of the wristband. One can position the display panels at different angels to make the screen face the user when the device is used for SMSing or GPS. The wireless earpiece can be easily detached from the wristband and can be used for making conference calls, watching videos on the move and listening to music. Well, the wristband’s rubber-feel material offers a comfortable grip for gamers.

Designers : Saharudin Busri, Mohd Nizam Najmuddin, Mohd Rohaizam Mohd Tahar, and Nuzairi Yasin

WristPC Ultra Mobile Personal Computer

WristPC Ultra Mobile Personal Computer

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Electrolux Design Lab 2011 : Top 8 Finalists Offer You Intelligent Mobility Solutions

After releasing top 25 finalists, now Electrolux Design Lab 2011 Award has chosen eight young industrial designers to present their concept to a jury of expert designers at Business Design Center in London, 7th September 2011. Each of industrial designer students was challenged to design intelligent mobility within home appliances. Henrik Otto as SVP of Global Design at Electrolux said that those 8 finalists had shown innovative and creative thinking to make it this far in the 2011 Electrolux Design Lab Challenge.

The award prize for the first winner is 5,000 Euros, the second prize is 3,000 Euros, and 2,000 Euros for the third winner. But the best prize is not the money, it’s the six-month paid internship at an Electrolux global design center. The experience is going to be priceless.

Here are the 8 finalists in random order:

1. Portable Spot Cleaner by Adrian Mankovecky (Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava – Slovakia)
Who doesn’t like clean clothes especially when there’s no effort involved to get them. This device is one of essential tools you have to carry when you travel a lot. The negative ions and steam will refresh your clothes and remove stains. Powered by a sugar crystal battery, you can choose suitable cleaning program from its interface.

Portable Spot Cleaner - Top 8 Industrial Design Finalists of Electrolux Design Lab 2011

Portable Spot Cleaner - Top 8 Industrial Design Finalists of Electrolux Design Lab 2011
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INDEX:Design Has Unveiled 61 Finalists for INDEX:Award 2011

The world’s largest design award, INDEX:Award has unveiled its 61 finalists. The Danish non-profit organization processed almost 1,000 design submissions from 78 countries around the world where this year theme is about creating product with the ability to improve the lives of people all over the world. Currently the International INDEX: Jury are trying to find the best 5 submissions as the five winners of INDEX:Award 2011. So, are you among these 61 finalists? Check it here :
http://designtoimprovelife.dk/index.php?option=com_content_custom&view=category&id=32%3Afinalists-2011&Itemid=302&layout=default

INDEX:Award 2011 Finalists

Here are the top 10 of our favorite designs:

1. Embrace Infant Warmer by Linus Liang (United States of America), Naganand Murty (India), Rahul Panicker (India) and Jane Chen (United States of America)

Each year, there are around 20 million babies born prematurely, and 4 million of them die. Babies’ lives can be used by providing them with thermal regulation from incubators. However, traditional incubators are expensive and required electricity which usually not available in urban/rural areas. Embrace infant warmer is a smart and cost-effective technology that provides heat to an infant at a constant temperature to fulfill a condition for survival. It’s been carefully engineered to maintain baby’s temperature at consistent 37 degrees for around 4-6 hours even without electricity.

Index:Award 2011 - Embrace Infant Warmer

Index:Award 2011 - Embrace Infant Warmer

2. PURE by Timothy Whitehead (United Kingdom)
PURE is the answer of how to get clean drinking water in the most hostile of conditions. After traveling to Zambia, Timothy realized that how difficult to get the clean water there, mostly children die each year due to contaminated drinking water. Timothy has designed a device that can provide clean drinking water in just under 2 minutes by taking advantage of ultra violet light to sterilize the water without any weird taste. We have featured this design here : PURE by Timothy Whitehead.

Index:Award 2011 - PURE Purifier Water Bottle

Index:Award 2011 - PURE Purifier Water Bottle

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Bus Stop Shelter Design by Gavin Harvey Simplifies The Operational Logistics of Forthcoming Public Transport Infrastructure

A bus shelter has been designed for the purpose of developing a real time final year project of an industrial designer, Gavin Harvey. This innovative bus stop is capable of charging an electric bus wirelessly. It is also built-up with a mechanism to charge mobile phones and laptops. It simplifies the working logistics of next public transport infrastructure. The hybrid electric bus is at the place where it combines the wireless technology from the WiCity Technology. Big sized rigs and the decrease in stored electrical capability and the implementation of top up charge are present. It costs approximately 14-16 thousand for production and manufacture.

Designer : Gavin Harvey

Bus Stop Shelter Design

Bus Stop Shelter Design

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Powertrekk Fuel Cell Charger Provides Instant Power Anywhere For Your Gadgets

Outdoor enjoyments are a real fantasy, provided you have all the necessary things with you. But, what if your gadget runs out of power? This can make you geeky. Well, worry no more! Power your gadget right away with the new PowerTrekk fuel charger. This small and handy fuel charger acts as a lightweight charger and serves its purpose especially during instances where people are away for their home for long periods. The device is ideal for people who wish to camp but want to have their music player going. The charger consists of a two-part system and features a hydrogen fuel cell together with a battery pack. The portable battery pack serves dual purpose of acting as a storage tool for the fuel cell or can be charged on its own. The device features a USB port that can charge any gadget that requires a USB port for power. The only constraint is that you need to carry the charger cables with you. With a novel fuel pack and water, you can keep the fuel cell in working condition. The price is still unknown. Hopefully we can do hands-on review of this cool portable gadget.

Designer : Powertrekk

Powertrekk Charger

Powertrekk Charger

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Robust Arctic Explorer Vehicle Helps Researchers Cover Parts Of The Arctic Undisturbed By Human Presence

Now this is something I would definitely bring to the poles in case the humans want to conquer the vast no man lands, the arctic has to offer. This robust arctic vehicle is amazing, it has three basic features that make it outstanding. First is the ability to run on different terrains such as snow, flooded areas or even water and earth. It’s an amphibious all terrain research vehicle. The vehicle has an independent suspension for the track system and the float. The suspension is fixed using a pivot attached to the side, giving the Arctic Explorer a staggering maneuverability and the chance to offer it’s passengers a smooth ride across any extreme surface. This suspension system also facilitates a good entrance in the water filled areas and a smooth and safe exit. The body has been designed to have a small boot for material stocking in the back. The Arctic Explorer is designed to serve the researchers in the arctic regions and due to its clean motorization is also Eco-friendly.

Designer: Bastien Peletot

Arctic explorer concept6

Arctic explorer concept1

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The Winners Of 3rd Annual Design The Future Competition By LG Mobile Phone

John F. Kennedy has said it very well, “Victory has a thousand fathers and defeat is an orphan”. Winners are always being appreciated and surely my visitors would like to know about the winners of LG 3rd annual design the future competition.

The 1st place was occupied by Zack Filbert, Chris Carpenter, James Connors, and Kees Luyendijk, a team of second year industrial design students who created a smartphone with one-handed using ability. ‘Premium’ won the 2nd position of the competition created by Nouphone Bansasine’s, a professional car designer, that contains a 3D interface to connect the phone with the user’s car and do various tasks wirelessly. For the first time, this year Dua Xiong has won the Prop Master’s Choice Award for his smartphone Flutter that has been envisioned to be used in future blockbuster films. Atlas is another phone design that was selected as an honorable mention. This phone can be docked into a base and can project different pages and applications over any plain surface where users can interact with different options through gestures. Another honorable mention is titled as ‘Surface’ that provides a unique shape and Braille keypad to ensure convenient use for the blind people.

Source : Crowd Spring

lg design competition

lg design competition

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Groundbreaking Functional Mouse Designs by Eclipse

Eclipse has introduced two excellent mouse concepts. The first one, the touchmouse, has been designed with streamlined ergonomics and features 1600dpi laser technology, three button operation and Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity to ensure a multitude of office and home tasks. The touchscroll module offers the convenience of using a traditional horizontally scrolling wheel, while ensures the precision of a laptop track pad. Aside from its four-way scrolling ability, users can make combined commands of the mouse button and finger movements. The mobiemouse is another innovative mouse concept that uses premium materials with a die cast frame that ensures efficient use of mobile business use.

The scroll ball allows easy 4-way scrolling and features audible click feedback and requires no cleaning. This fully wireless mouse also uses 1600dpi laser technology to ensure smooth operation of different surfaces. It features flexigrip, a modifiable back leg, which provides flexibility and hand comfort to offer optimum glide height.

groundbreaking functional mouse designs by eclipse

groundbreaking functional mouse designs by eclipse

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