Archive for the ‘Concept & Design’ Category
December 16th, 2011
We’ve seen plenty of round mice, including Apple’s infamous puck, and many devices that derive power from a yo-yo-like pull string mechanism. So we’re not quite sure why we’ve never seen those two concepts married before. In retrospect, a wireless mouse charged by the kinetic energy of using it as a yo-yo seems like a painfully obvious idea. As an added bonus, this tiny pointer with an LCD battery gauge makes you get up every so often and get your limbs moving — thus saving you from chronic back pain. Huzzah! Of course, there’s no guarantee you’ll ever actually see one of these on shelves. Check out the source for a few more pics.
SOURCE via Yanko Design
December 8th, 2011
Manufacturers are never going to agree on a universal charging standard, but Innergie makes that empty promise easier to stomach with their Magic Cable Trio that’s got you covered whether you need a microUSB, miniUSB or Apple dock connector cable.
The tips all daisy-chain together, creating a single cable when you need to use it with an Apple device. But as they’re individually removed to gain access to the micro and miniUSB adapters, the hinged design ensures the unused tips don’t go missing in action. And it’s just $20, so if you stash one in your drawer and in your bag you’ll always be covered for any charging or syncing emergency.
SOURCE via Red Ferret
December 5th, 2011
Created by Danish designer Pil Bredahal, this water jug is not only beautiful but useful, opening automatically when you pour and keeping ice and any other solids inside. Also, the picture makes me thirsty for a gin-tonic.
SOURCE via CNET
December 5th, 2011
If the minimalist aesthetic in your kitchen is cramping your ability to brew up a cup of joe whenever you need a caffeine boost, Scanomat’s Top Brewer keeps all the grinding and brewing hardware under the counter, out of sight.
In fact all that’s visible is a gooseneck dispenser sticking out of the top of the counter, a small grate for catching spills and sprays, and an LCD touchscreen UI that serves as an alternate way to order up your beverage if an iPhone or iPad isn’t readily available. While some drinks require longer brewing times than others, on average the Top Brewer can produce up to four cups of coffee per minute, and is self-cleaning so you can walk away and enjoy your brew right away.
It even has what it boasts to be the smallest milk foamer in the industry, installed at the very tip of the dispenser where it heats and foams to the required texture as needed. And if coffee isn’t your thing, the Top Brewer can be configured to dispense hot and cold water, milk, fruit juices or even just steam for blanching vegetables. Pricing is still TBA, but you can expect it to cater to those who don’t mind paying a premium for a great cup of coffee.
SOURCE via Uncrate