Concept devices are cool in that they show what some people thing the future of products might be like. Generally, the concept is something that will never come to market and is just a flight of fancy.
The winner of this year’s James Dyson Award may not be a high-tech smartphone or some other exciting consumer product, but it is innovative and most importantly very practical. Invented by Edward Linnacre, a student at the Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, the AirDrop Irrigation system condenses water vapor from the surrounding air and turns it into water.
I recently replaced my old inkjet printer with one of those 3-in-1 printer, scanner, and copier combos, and I have to agree that it’s definitely a huge space saver. My desk used to be so cluttered with stuff piled on top of the other because my printer and scanner took up so much space.
We’ve seen a variety of takes on the power strip that address not only the need for more outlets but the awkward fit of different plugs and adapters. Designer Chih-Yao Chen’s solution is simple: break the power strip apart so that you can re-arrange the parts as needed.
I used to think that motorcycles were like bicycles that were made for lazy people. They certainly weren’t as roomy or comfortable as a car, that much was obvious, and they definitely require less effort on the part of the rider to keep things moving than a bicycle.
I just finished watching the Back to The Future trilogy again this weekend, so I have that Huey Lewis Back in Time song stuck in my head. Perhaps the name of this watch was inspired by that song, since it’s called “Pac-in-time.”
Picture this: your alarm goes off late one morning, so you’re scrambling around your apartment with burnt toast in one hand and random work stuff in the other. You wash everything down with coffee, grab your car keys off the table, and rush out the door – completely forgetting about your electric pancake griddle that’s still hooked up and plugged into the socket.
My sister’s youngest daughter got sick over the weekend while she was sleeping over at my place, and let me just say, it was as close to hell heck as I’ve ever been. (I’ve been choosing my words carefully while she was under my care, under strict instructions by my sister.)
I was checking out the 2012 Time Traveler’s Calendar at Kickstarter when I stumbled upon – kickstarted upon? – this clever gadget by ESDevices. It’s called the Wiretap, and it’s a more versatile audio splitter because it also lets you use the headphone jack as a microphone jack.
I remember having to sit in the third or fourth row in class back when I was in elementary school because I was allergic to chalk dust. I only discovered that sad fact after going home with bloated eyes and a runny nose one day after my teacher tasked me to clean up the blackboard erasers.
I guess Tetris-themed furniture works well because of all of its straight geometric pieces. I’ve come across a few Tetris furniture items over the years, and here’s another one to add to the block-building collection.
Pedro Machado’s T@tris concept looks like an ordinary sideboard – until you look more closely, and you realize that it’s made up of a bunch of perfectly-stacked Tetris bricks.
What I really like about it is that the Tetris pieces aren’t simply decorative, but that they slide out to transform the piece into a small dining table for two, and also serve as storage drawers.
I could actually envision an entire series of furniture that works using the interlocking block idea like this.
Earlier this year we featured a concept for an iPhone case called iShuttr that not only made the phone look like a camera but added camera functionality as well, such as a Xenon flash and shutter and zoom buttons.
I’ve always been a fan of stuff that uses the persistence-of-vision illusion to create images which aren’t actually there, but appear thanks to the trick that our eyes and brains play on us when trying to recreate images from pieces.
With all the rumors that Apple is now working on their own line of televisions, it was only a matter of time before someone would start circulating some concept images of what an integrated Apple TV might look like.
Isn’t it just annoying when you’re all settled in and the lights are all out, when you realize that you’ve left your keys in the kitchen table or your phone in the bathroom, and you have to get out of bed and bump your knees and shins all over the place to get there?
Touchscreen keyboards in tablet are only barely usable, which is why along with cases and stands, external keyboards are one of the most popular accessories for the iPad. Most of these third-party keyboards require power, are quite bulky and add another thing to carry with you.