There are some times when making a product look retro turns out really cool. Things like the new Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro are great examples of how designers can use cues from old products to make something new and cool.
oI have a few hard and fast rules when it comes to fashion. No flip-flops or sandals unless you are at the beach is the first. No hoodies once you are old enough to make your own clothing purchases – unless you are running a marathon in the cold is the second.
We’ve featured a number of unusual finds from Korea’s EarlyAdopter over the years, but this is the first time I’ve seen them come out with their own electronic hardware. While it might look like some sort of strange antennae or musical instrument, this otherworldly-looking device is actually a complete audio system.
OSIM brings you the latest in head massaging technology, the OSIM uCrown 2. It’s gray and it’s ready to massage your pains away.
It’s kind of hard to decide what to make of this product. Was there ever a uCrown1?
I always thought that making speakers out of something as fragile as porcelain would be a bad idea. But these bulbous clay speakers look intriguing enough that I might be willing to risk breaking ’em.
Korean design firm Studio Lim created these unique speakers called Sound Pots.
The design minds over at mintpass are at it again. One of their latest conceptual gadget creations is the Mint Cube, an unusual retro take on the modern MP3 player.
The 2-inch Mint Cube features a striking cubic design that’s punctuated by large analog meters on three sides of the cube.
Immortalize your mixtapes with the Ion Tape Express, an easy to use device that converts your favorite songs to mp3 files. Just pop in a tape, connect it to your computer via USB, and let the bundled EZ Tape Converter Software work its magic.
Touch DJ is a soon-to-be-released iPhone app that lets you mix music in real time, just like you would with professional DJ equipment.
Created by Amidio – the same folks who brought us the amazing noise.io
As far as hacks and mods go, retrofitting a decommissioned hand grenade with mp3 playing guts is on the top of the clever and creative list. But as far as real world application is concerned? Well, I wouldn’t be whipping this thing out at work anytime soon.
While I wouldn’t say the Aperture Laboratories radio was as iconic as – say – the weighted companion cube, it’s still got its own cult following from die-hard Portal fans. Now – thanks to the hard work of one enterprising modder, it’s been brought to life for all to enjoy.
If you’re looking for a new alarm clock that looks like a big old hunk of wood, then look no further than here.
The Wooden Sound Box Clock features a bold design sensibility, peppered with just enough technology in make it seem at home in any geek’s bedroom.
This handy gadget adds a complete digital sound system on the handlebars of your bicycle.
The Lavod Bikeman LFB-615 clips onto a sturdy mount on your bike, and lets you play your favorite digital tunes through its built in amp and directional speaker.
I was making the regular rounds of my favorite Asian technology sites when I came across this intriguing hybrid of modern and classic technologies.
The Arch Audio T2 radio combines the warm analog sounds of a tube-based amplifier with the modern digital sounds of MP3 and WMA files.
This new media player from Korea has a unique design punctuated by a bright red LED eye on its face. Why? I don’t know. Maybe so bloggers like me would write about it rather than ignore it amongst the vast sea of PMPs out there.