Unifying all of your mobile displays, researchers at the Tokyo University of Technology have been working on this prototype that lets you pull together content from tablets and smartphones that sit adjacent to each other with a simple pinch of the fingers. This simple action can then create one giant display making it possible to share photos as easy as it is with NFC but without the fuss.
Designers: Tokyo University of Technology
Aiming to offer the ultimate tablet, phone and camera experience that can fit snug in your pocket, the all-in-one ‘Wallet’ concept is made up of three folding screens that will allow you to multitask across and link up to expand the space for watching videos. With a 12.1-Megapixel camera, 1080p HD recording capabilities, mic, speakers and USB port to connect external devices it packs some pretty impressive specs for such a small device.
Designer: Claudia Copersito
This innovative irrigation tool catches water vapour as it rises, cooling it to soil temperature and hence back into plant-nourishing H2O, which is stored in an undersoil tank. The drought-alleviating gizmo scooped Edward Linacre the James Dyson Award for 2012.
Designer: Edward Linacre
Condense your home gym into this do-it-all Penny Farthing of fitness. The 3to1 combines an exercise bike, an elliptical bike to give you buns of steel and a rowing machine, with simple switching between all exercises. It also looks very stylish during periods of inactivity.
Designer: Michael Imbert
57. Blind Spot
One for social networking lovers who need to know the precise locations of friends (both virtual and real) ,this white cane detects obstacles using sensors and finds friends using Foursquare. Yes, really.
Designer: Selene Chew
58. Hula Washer
What would make doing the laundry more fun? How about if your dirty clothes and a dash of detergent were packed inside a giant, hollow hula hoop that you then had to gyrate on your hips like a human spin cycle? What’s that? You’d rather stick to your Zanussi? Oh.
Designer: Sang-Soon Lee
59. Solar Shelter
In the words of designer Samuel Wilkinson: “I want to create a solar ‘forest’ that could be used to create autonomous, powered street landscapes. A tree-like structure with solar panels on the top of the canopy supplies electricity to the street it’s on, powering everything from lighting and kiosks to, in future, charge points for electric cars. The canopy is shaped to maximise efficiency and also to provide shelter from both sun and rain.”
Designer: Samuel Wilkinson