This clever device uses the energy of your motion to recharge any device with a USB port. It's a bit like those watches that turn your wrist movement into kinetic energy. Walk 10,000 steps, cycle for an hour or run for 30 minutes and it will recharge three hours worth of battery life on a smartphone. Cheapest Kickstarter bid is US$75 so not too bad for the pocketable device.
2. Ion SmartScooter
Commuting can be a miserable experience, especially when it comes to getting a bike on a train. Luckily there is the Ion SmartScooter, an easy to carry device (weighs 26lbs) for gliding around the city on two wheels. It can manage 17 miles on a single charge of the lithium ion battery at speeds up to 15mph. Best of all; it can be had for US$399, making it cheaper than its competitors.
3. Pace Robot Team and Classroom STEM equipment
This Kickstarter project wants a mere US$800. For that it plans to start a robotics team in the UK so younger minds can get a glimpse into the science. At the very least learning to build a robot will make maths and science more appealing for those who find classroom learning difficult.
4. The Pronto Fast-Charge Battery
Time waits for no man (or woman), so we rather like The Pronto ─ Fast-Charge Battery. This portable battery pack can store the energy to recharge an iPhone 5 9 times over in 60 minutes. One charge is done in five minutes. It comes in a tough aluminium case and in two versions, 5 and 12. 5 has a 4,500mAh battery, while the 12 has a 13,500mAh capacity. Plenty of juice for a variety of gadgets.
5. Project Leviathan
A group of students at the University of Sherbrooke want to smash a record held by MIT. Project Leviathan is a human powered watercraft that hopes to beat the world record of 34km/h by 3km/h. Kickstarter funding is the final piece in the puzzle. While donating doesn't get you your own Leviathan swimmer, you can at least help the mechanical engineering students afford the use of a lightweight carbon monocoque chassis.
Anyone who has wanted to fly behind an aircraft needs to check out WingBoard. This clever extreme sport gadget takes the idea of wakeboarding and skydiving and evolves it into something that lets a human fly through the clouds. Perfect while we wait for the long awaited hover board, then.
7. Salt ─ Keyless entry for your phone
For anyone who wants a little extra security but without having to enter in a pin code every time they want to use their phone, Salt's keyless entry card is the answer. It basically unlocks your device when you are within 10-feet, saving you the hassle. Walk away and your phone locks as usual. It is the size and shape of a credit card so you can just put it in your wallet and works with an easy to use app. No wonder it smashed its US$50,000 goal.
8. Packed Pixels
One of the worst bits of working away from home is you end up losing the dual or sometimes triple-screen experience and the productivity it provides. Fortunately the Packed Pixels Kickstarter attaches to a laptop, giving you two extra 9.7-inch screens in total. As it only weighs 340g total, it's light enough to go into a laptop bag or your luggage. Plugs into any Thunderbolt, DisplayPort or MiniDisplayPort laptop.
9. Granola Strolla
It sounds like a mixture of a food and baby walker, but the Granola Strolla is in fact a neat device that harnesses the power of the sun so you can charge your gadgets. It stores the power of the sun in a lithium iron phosphate battery, while being lightweight, water resistant and affordable. It can even work indoors ─ just more slowly, as you would expect.
10. World's First DSP Enabled Wireless Headphone
XTZ wants to bring the world's first DSP-enabled wireless headphones to market and this Kickstarter project is the way in. The clever cans aim to give the listener DSP sound optimisation for better sound quality, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity so no pesky wires, NFC pairing for easy setup and an app for changing the sound depending on your surroundings. Yours for a pledge of US$99.
We will be the first to admit that our camera skills are more below par than Martin Parr so that's why we love the Panono. This ball camera allows you to take 360 degree panoramic shots by throwing the thing up in the air. The Panono is clever enough to know what the optimum height to take a picture is so you end up with snaps that are both clear and a whopping 108MP in quality. It's rugged too – made of the same water/life resistant plastic that a GoPro is.
Design Boom | Out: September 2014
12. Flykly Smart Wheel
The idea of an electric bike is unpalatable to many a true cyclist but Flykly is different. Add this wheel to your existing setup and what you have is a connected bike that helps you cycle more efficiently and comfortably. It will speed up your journey but works at your pace and it comes with a tracker so if someone decided to take off with your bike you will know exactly where it is. The key to Flykly's success is that the wheel fits pretty much all frames and it comes with its own app too.
Kickstarter | Out: November 2014
Atlas calls itself 'the first fitness tracker' which isn't strictly true. But its maker believes that it deserves this moniker as it identifies what workout you are doing, evaluates your form and will even count your reps for you. It's like having a personal trainer without the massive inferiority complex that inevitably goes along with this. Oh, and it will also measure heart rate as well as working with many a fitness app that's out there too. And, looks wise, it definitely gets our vote.
Indiegogo | Out: December 2014
14. Avegant Glyph
While Oculus Rift has the VR headset market all sewn up before it is even launched, there is still plenty of space for headsets that offer an experience that strips out the virtual and focuses much more on the reality. This is what the Avegant Glyph is promising. It's a personal movie theatre that immerses you in the film, offering a 45-degree image to bathe your eyes in. The Glyph is packed with DLP (digital light processing) technology and while it may look like your headphones have slipped from your head over your eyes the results, according to those who have tried it at CES 2013, are incredible.
Kickstarter | Out: December 2014
15. Pine Smartwatch
While the smartwatch revolution hasn't exactly started yet – no matter what Samsung says – there are a trickle of devices that prove there could well be something in strapping a smart device to your wrist and letting it control bits of your life. The Android-powered Pine Smartwatch goes even further – offering everything from the ability to text, video chat and take photos from your wrist. This is the Dick Tracy watch you are looking for, but you do have put up with a bit of bulk to accommodate the sizeable 2.4 inch screen.
Kickstarter | Out: March 2014
Dubbed 'the brain of your devices', Lima is a tiny plug-and-play device that can hook up to any USB stick and then share whatever media is stored to as many devices as you want. It's a bit like a non-virtual Dropbox. But instead of relying on the cloud it finds a use for fading USB storage, unleashing your content and allowing access whenever you want through the Lima app. When it is released it will be Mac, Windows and Linux compatible.
Kickstarter | Out: March 2014
17. Ninja Sphere
When you name your product Ninja Sphere, it better be something to shout about. This future-styled gadget offers a way into the internet of things that is actually cool. It allows you to control your home's environment by monitoring things like temperature, lighting and energy usage. Hook it up to your home via a smart plug and it will tell you through an app if you have forgotten to turn off a light or if someone has been rummaging in your fridge.
Kickstarter | Out: June 2014
18. The Pocket Drone
Before the AR Drone made automated flying machines cool again, drones were destined to have a bad rep forever – what with their association with various armies using them as killing machines. Of late, though, everyone is getting into the drone business, even the likes of Amazon, and The Pocket Drone is a perfect addition to this category. Coming complete with a collapsible design, The Pocket Drone is completely hackable and upgradeable and can be used straight out of the box – just strap a small camera to it and away you go.
Kickstarter | Out: June 2014
'Suit up. Game on.' That's the sort of tagline we can get behind and it just so happens to brilliantly describe PrioVR, a new virtually suit by YEI Technology. The PrioVR is a suit that comes equipped with two hand controllers that allow you to 'walk' through virtual worlds by merely pressing a thumbstick. Promising low latency and real-time motion tracking, PrioVR could well be a successful successor to Kinect – except without those messy privacy issues as it doesn't use a camera.
Kickstarter | Out: June 2014
20. Robot Starter Kit
The Robot Starter Kit is for those who think LEGO is strictly for kids. Inside the kit you will find everything you need to build your own robot companion. That is if your idea of a robot companion is something that looks like a cross between a raver and a tripod. As this is a modular kit, you can build the robot to whichever specifications suit you best and then rip it apart and start over again. Or buy more and create your very own robot army.
Kickstarter | Out: April 2014
A button, we hear you cry? A button? Yes, and a smart one at that. The WiseButton is a good-looking addition to your keychain that not only allows you to control a number of devices remotely, it will notify you if you are about to leave your phone somewhere you shouldn't. WiseButton support smartphones and computers alike, is Android, iOS and Windows friendly and comes in a variety of colours. And if you want to stretch the whole tracking thing further, it also comes with stickers that can also be used to track other objects that may go missing.
Indiegogo | Out: June 2014
22. Touch Base
Business cards are one area of the office that haven't really been given a tech makeover – that is until now. No, we're not enamoured with the name either but it does go some way in explaining just what a smart business card is. Touch Base is the idea that you can have a business card that won't get lost in someone's wallet as once it is touched on a phone, all the details are instantly recorded.
The best thing about the cards is that they don't use NFC but reacts with the capacitive nature of your phone screen. Great stuff and not a QR code in sight.
Indiegogo | Out: May 2014
This is definitely one for the 'awesome but I don't think I have a need for this' category. Essentially it is your very own miniaturised robot arm that you can plonk on your desk and do whatever you want with it. The uArm is a 4-axis parallel mechanism robot arm that was inspired by those giant arms that are used to put cars together and the like. The smaller version can be used as a light, a grabber... whatever you want really as the makers have made the arm as mod-friendly as possible.
Kickstarter | Out: June 2014
24. Sammy Screamer motion alarm
Okay, you've got us. The first thing that attracted us to the Sammy Screamer was that face. Just look at it – it's like a cartoon character stuck in perpetual fear. But then we looked a bit further and Sammy Screamer isn't just a scared face, but a great little motion alarm as well. Hook the small plastic device up to your smartphone and Sammy Screamer will let you know if something is on the move. Whether that something is your bag, your dog or even your baby's buggy. This gadget proves that simplicity is the key to the Internet of Things.
Kickstarter | Out: April 2014
The Ark is a wireless charger with a difference. It is 100% cord free (crazy, we know) and is small enough to carry around with you so you are never without a power boost. How does it work? Well, like most chargers you do need a case or patch for your phone but the device has enough juice in it to power three phones while on the go. And you can charge two devices at once on the block.
Kickstarter | Out: February 2014
It may sound like a band whose sound is dripping in angst and desolation but EmoSPARK is actually a great spin on AI in the home. Feed the box your music habits, speak to it and allow it to access your TV, smartphone and computer habits and it will offer up recommendations no matter what emotional state you are in. It's all a little HAL on earth but EmoSPARK is hooked up to Google and the like so can offer information as well as trying to please you when you are a bit down.
Indiegogo | Out: May 2014
With the advent of Android gaming has come a glut of controllers and devices that aren't actually very good. The Drone controller is hoping to change this though. It is a controller that is for any smart device and made by developers that lovingly embrace open source. This means that no matter how you use your controller it can be modded to your specs and so can game developers. It's pocket friendly too so there's no worry that you will leave home without it.
Evolution Controllers | Out: Mid 2014
With rumour of Apple looking to release it's very own iRing, the idea that you can have connected jewellery is certainly an intriguing one. Fin is a wearable ring that actually turns your palm into a gesture interface or numerical keypad – whichever takes your fancy. It is done by hooking the ring up to your smart device via Bluetooth and using sensors to track movement. It looks like something Apple would make and that is definitely no bad thing.
Indiegogo | Out: September 2014
29. Dash Smart Earphones
These Tron-flavoured wireless in-ear headphones are a huge step in the right direction for audio kind. They are Bluetooth 4.0 ready, so you can stream music from your phone, and equipped with 4GB of storage in case you want to leave your handset at home. But the real 'wow' factor is that Dash Smart Earphones double as a fitness tracker, come complete with touch control and can even be used as a phone headset thanks to some interesting bone conductive technology. Impressive.
Kickstarter | Out: November 2014
30. Wood keys for MacBook & Apple Keyboards
If you often think the only downside to your MacBook is that it doesn’t offer enough wood, then some folk over in a Brooklyn design company have a product especially for you. Crafted from Rosewood and Bamboo, the keys fit over your keyboard and can be easily removed without leaving a sticky, gluey residue.
Designer: RAWBKNY | Kickstarter
31. AGENT smart watch
Another project to smash the million dollar Kickstarter pledge barrier is the next in a long line of smart watches designed to give you glancable information on your wrist. Connecting with your smartphone using super low powered Bluetooth 4.0, the AGENT watch will let you know when your phones ringing, if you have new texts and remind you if you leave your phone in Starbucks. Its nifty fitness features, and Qi wireless charging pad could give this the edge over other smart watches. Until of course, Google and Apple decide to release theirs.
Designer: Secret Labs + House of Horology | Kickstarter
Space has always fascinated us. Right from the classrooms, to the movies it has been seen as mysterious and just down right exciting. Arkyd, created by private space company Planetary Resources, aims to allow us normal folk the chance to control a space telescope, for purely personal reasons. It has received the support of NASA and will cost just a fraction of what was spent on the Hubble telescope.
Designer: Planetary Resources |Kickstarter
One of the best things about Kickstarter is its ability to allow people to create ingenious things that most would never even have thought about. The BubblePod is exactly one of those ideas, letting you create professional looking, high-res panorama photos, without those annoying blurry spots. The ingenuity doesn’t stop there, BubblePix has also designed it to fit on a tri-pod, and even on a wine bottle, for perfect 360 degree party snaps. An online sharing service lets you distribute your creations with other users.
Designer: BubblePix | Kickstarter
34. The Buccaneer
Gaining over a million dollars in Kickstarter pledges, The Buccaneer is certainly making its impact felt on the crowd sourcing site, and with good reason. Aiming to make 3-D printing accessible and affordable, this brushed aluminium and clear plastic rectangle looks like it could have been cooked up by the design chiefs at Apple. It is feature packed too, with cloud printing, easy set-up and the ability to print from mobile devices.
Designer: Pirate3D inc | Kickstarter
35. Darkmatter Xbox Laptop
If a PS Vita just doesn’t satisfy your portable gaming needs, then the Darkmatter Xbox kit could be just your thing. It may not be exactly pocketable, yet it still offers full Xbox 360 and Xbox One gaming on the go and even has Xbox Live access. Perfect for a bit of online Call of Duty when you’re out of the house.
Designer: Techjango | Kickstarter
36. Goji Smart Lock
Keys are so 2012. The Goji Smart Lock ditches those metal things and replaces them with your smartphone, offering easy access to your humble abode. What sets this apart is its ability to easily send access to other people who may be coming to stay, allowing them to enter the house from a particular time. Even more inventive is the embedded camera that sends a snap of anyone at the door to your phone. This truly looks like something straight off the Enterprise.
Designer: Goji | Indiegogo
Jamstick claim that their product offers a real guitar playing experience that connects to your iOS device, and from their introductory video it seems they may be telling the truth. With the looks of a severely decapitated guitar, the Jamstick integrates with apps, like Apple’s Garageband, and allows you to record music anywhere. It features in-depth tutorials, no need to keep it tuned and some nifty finger tracking tech.
Designer: Dan Sullivan | Indiegogo
38. Micro Phone
Smartphones are all well and good. Yes they can direct you anywhere, take great photos and hold your entire music collection, but can they fit inside your wallet? Definitely not. The Micro-Phone however, can. It’s the shape of a credit card and would be perfectly suited to someone who can fore-go the needs of a modern smartphone. A clever locator function means the phone can be tracked so you can keep an eye on your kids.
Designer: Yan Yan Li | Indiegogo
39. MonkeyLectric's Monkey Light Pro
Bicycles are everywhere, yet for some unknown reason (to us anyway) no one has yet managed to do something colourful and wacky with that untapped space on the wheels. MonkeyLectric’s Monkey Light Pro looks to change this, by adding LED lights that can show animations and customisable patterns transmitted by Bluetooth. The images shown also look steady, even while the wheel is spinning, due to something called "persistence of vision".
Designer: MonkeyLectric | Kickstarter
40. NanoState Flash Flood
Nanostate is an innovative solution to that age old tech problem of accidentally spilling your morning brew over your pricey phone. All that is required to waterproof your device is to cover it in the military used product, leave it to dry and you can spill to your hearts content. Nanostate claim one coating lasts around 12 months and it won’t cause any ill-effects to the phone.
Designer: Steve Mich |Indiegogo
Sitting down while gaming may be the norm, yet it can get a tad boring. The Omni hopes to change this by adding an element of movement, allowing you to actually walk to move around, instead of flicking a controller nub. It looks a little sci-fi fantasy and wouldn’t exactly go un-noticed in the lounge, yet its support for Oculus Rift could finally make complete VR gaming a possibility.
Designer: Virtuix | Kickstarter
42. SONTE windows
So, you have Wi-Fi in your phone, laptop, camera and even your fridge. Think that’s enough? Course you don’t! These windows from Californian tech start-up SONTE integrate Wi-Fi so you can do away with blinds and simply alter the transparency of the glass with a smartphone app. Best of all it’s completely DIY and the special film can be used on your existing windows.
Designer: Bernard Kwan |Kickstarter
43. The Practical Meter
Pretty much every gadget you own - whether it's a brand new smartphone or some brick-sized MP3 player from the dark ages - tells you roughly how much battery you have. So why does nothing ever tell you how close you are to being fully charged? Enter 'The Practical Meter', a simple USB dongle that tells you roughly how long you have to wait before your tech is fully charged. Neat.
Designer: David Toledo | Kickstarter
This Android-compatible speaker/docking station hybrid is completely wireless - that means no power cables and no charging cables either. Just place your Android device on the top, and it will charge automatically as well as connecting to the dock so you can stream music to the speaker. Rotating the device will adjust the volume too - genius.
Designer: Matteo Massimi
45. Apple iLens concept
What if Apple made (another) camera? This ultra-slim digital snapper has a 50mm interchangeable lens that fixes onto the camera magnetically - the idea being to make the camera sleek for casual users as well as capable enough to be useful to serious photographers. The 4.8-inch Retina display on the back is a nice touch, too.
Designer: Rishi Soman
46. Grand Wizard
This is technically a smartphone, but it's not really built for calls and texts. Slide the unit open, and what you've got is a portable set of DJ decks, complete with turntables for each thumb, and equalisers in the middle, along with touch screen controls at the top. Looks like great fun - almost certainly will never, ever happen.
Designer: Yu Hiraoka
For those moments when you're without running water, Klenzi is like a Karcher Window Vacuum, but all up in your face. It has interchangeable heads for body, face and hair and cleans your skin with water and detergents which it then reabsorbs. Perfect for festivals, camping and lazy couch potatoes.
Designer: Hamed Kohan
Thanks to a flexible OLED touch screen, Bluetooth earpieces, and a myriad of other connectors, LifeHub can be shaped into a watch, a smartphone, a headset... even a Bluetooth speaker, or a projector. The idea is that you don't need all these separate devices - the convergence of digital technology should mean that we can have it all in one.
Designer: Lucid Designs
The Y-Drum is a portable drum kit consisting of nine minimalist grey drum pads and two cymbals. The whole kit slots neatly into a combined case/Bluetooth receiver/amplifier, and it connects to Roland’s drum app on smartphone or PC for digital drumming on the go. The drumsticks even double up as a carry handle.
Designer: Kevin Depape
This concept for a Bluetooth portable speaker features a sleek circular grille surrounded by hundreds of tiny bubbles, all embedded in a lozenge of crystalline silicone. The bubbles are micro-sized solar cells called Sphelar, and the curvaceous design lets it soak up rays from every angle.
Designer: Jeabyun Yeon
51. Heat-electricity Conversion Storage Device
Snappily titled, this battery clips around fluorescent lighting tubes and turns waste heat into useful electricity through a thermoelectric conversion material. A LED screen shows the charging process, outputting power through a USB port. Cleverly, the plastic clip lets you clamp together batteries for an ersatz USB charging station.
Designers: Shuguang Li and Xiaoping Chen
52. Loading... Watch
Waiting just got a little more unbearable with this teasing design, conceptually using an e-paper or LCD display. The top bar is split into twelve blocks for each hour and a percentage counter for the whole day, while the bottom bar ticks up in seconds. After a minute is up, it ticks over to another “file”.
Designer: Max via Tokyoflash
53. VUUM Smart Hanger
Hang your clothes on this Korean design while you sleep and a stream of air infused with millions of negative ions helps sterilise bacteria. Meanwhile, a blast of far-infrared rays resists the development of mould. The “smart” deodoriser removes cigarette odors and helps your clothes smell peachy clean.
Designers: Beom-Seok Lee, Dong-Il Kim, Wan-Il So & Ki-Won Song
A virtual personal trainer, SmartIron uses a magnet to stick to plates, dumbbells and kettle-bells. Program in a workout routine and it’ll take you through it step by step, counting each hard-earned rep and uploading it to the cloud. You can then check your progress and set goals online.
Designers: Keith Nielson and Kevin Vann
This tiny snapper designed for Japanese retailer Muji aims for simplicity both in its form factor and in use. With two touch interfaces that you can interact with via finger gestures, the button-less camera uses an accelerometer to recognise which of the surfaces you are using to avoid confusion. Specs-wise there’s an 8-megapixel sensor with LCD flash, mini USB charging support and 4GB of built-in storage.
Designer: Forrest Radford
56. Nokia Lumia Play
We know Nokia is already playing nice with Microsoft on the Windows Phone front, but what if the Finnish mobile-maker took the existing Xbox integration one step further? Clearly inspired by the Xperia Play ‘PlayStation phone’, this gaming-centric Windows Phone 8 handset powered by Xbox features a gamepad that slides out from the back and hosts a 1136x640 resolution HD screen with an eight core processor taking care of running games and answering the odd text or email in between.
Designer: Antônio Lucas Celestino da Silva
One of the standout concepts from CES 2013 that might not be too far away from production, Paper Logic is hoping its 10.7-inch flexible paper tablet could usher in the next generation of slates. Running on an Intel Core i5 processor, PaperTabs can work together to help you get tasks done quicker. Sending an email? Simply type it on one tab then place it on another and off it goes.
58. Colour Clock
We’re suckers for innovative-looking timepieces and this watch which appears to have an iPod Nano as a screen, swaps conventional time-telling methods for shades of colour to indicate different times of the day. So, five to green means it’s time to get up and jump in the shower and if it’s half past red it’s time to power down the computer and leave the office.
Designer: Maxim Mezentsev
59. Ghetto blaster backpack
Taking the boombox off the top of your shoulder and strapped to your back, the 80s inspired portable sound system packs eight speakers that deliver 100 watts of sound and a built-in rechargeable battery to give you six hours of power. There’s plenty of connectivity with USB and SD support alongside 32GB of internal storage and a 200 lumen pico projector to shoot out video and images making it perfect for building up the atmosphere at a dance-off in an empty car park.
Designer: Massimo Battaglia
Hoping to one day be an alternative to the iPhone, the slender handset has a screen that is divided by a thin metal band which means you can customize the lower screen to browse the web as you make a video call on the other half. It’s a similar idea that has been seen on the Galaxy Note, and this would certainly be another elegant way to do some mobile multitasking.
Designer: Su Meixian
61. Headset iPhone concept
We know that the Retina display is already a pretty nice place to watch videos and films, but this concept tries to take the mobile cinema experience one step further by combining a pair of headphones with a hands-free placeholder to grip the iPhone to keep the smartphone at eye level and create the mobile home theatre experience.
Designer: Mike Enayah
62. LG Touch Concept
Recent winner of the 2012 LG Mobile Design Competition, this ambitious smartphone concept features a raised touch screen and can provide tactile and visual feedback making it easier to use for visually impaired users and the elderly. Designer Andrea Ponti aims to create a product that has the difficult task of fitting all users perfectly but at the same time feel custom made. We’d love to see it work.
Designer: Andrea Ponti
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
67. 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
68. 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
69. 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
70. Tweeting Seat
Uploads images of who’s sitting on it to a live Twitter feed – @tweetingseat. As you sit down on the bench two cams snap to it: one captures the surroundings; the other’s pointed at you. At last, social network immortality for Special Brewsupping gentlemen of the road!
Designer: Chris McNicholl
71. Urban Beehive
The Fidelio brand which has been something of a success story for Philips has dreamt up an indoor beehive shaped like a beekeeper’s mask – meta. Enjoy the honey; don’t watch My Girl.
72. Volve Headphones
A little like Parrot’s Zik cans, these feature controls built into the ear cups: twist them to change volume and push the centre button to play or pause. The eye-catching stainless steel tubing design can be adjusted to fit even the smallest or biggest of heads.
Designer: Andreas Konradsen
73. Warm N’ Cool Box
This lunchbox-sized fridge not only keeps leftovers fresh but can also reheat them via thermo-electric batteries charged by the refrigeration process.
Designer: Arthur Kenzo
74. X-51A WaveRider
Military tests are underway on this “hypersonic” aircraft, which flies at Mach 5: five times the speed of sound. It’ll take you from London to NYC in less than an hour – five times as fast as the Cessna Citation X, the world’s current fastest civilian aircraft.
75. iPhone 6 concept
Seventh generation Apple smartphone anyone? We haven't even seen the iPhone 5, yet the guys at NAK Design have dreamt up this iPhone 4S-looking device that most notably hosts a larger 4.9-inch screen. Measuring in at 125 mm x 63 mm, the iPhone 6 mock-up makes room for the extra screen estate by repositioning the home button to the side of the device. Would Apple ever entertain the idea of removing that humble home button? Never say never we say...
Designer: Antoine Brieux
76. iPhone 4S Elevation Dock
77. Multi-touch Keyboard and Mouse
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the future of computing. The entire thing is operated by touch control, and thanks to the lack of moveable parts and the tempered glass surface, this keyboard isn't going to break down after a small spillage. The potential for a touch sensitive input device like this is enormous, especially as inventor Jason Giddings is making the accompanying software open source.
As an additional bonus, Jason Giddings claims his invention is "coffee and donut resistant", making this mouse and keyboard combination essential for modern day Kojaks everywhere.
78. July 2012: Samsung Galaxy S4 concept
Now the iPhone's closest rival in terms of features and sales, could this be a glimpse into a future Galaxy? Designer Bob Freking certainly hopes so and has created this mockup takes inspiration from the more rectagular looking Samsung Galaxy S2. The 5-inch Super AMOLED display smartphone comes in dark grey and polycarbonate models and will sport a mammoth 11.8-Megapixel camera, have Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board all of which will be powered by a Exynos 5 ARM 15 dual core processor.
Designer: Bob Freking
79. July 2012: Amazon Kindle Fire 2
The next Amazon tablet will have to be something pretty special now that the Google Nexus 7 is on the scene, and if the list of rumoured specs rings true this may well be how the Kindle Fire 2 will look if it lands as a 7-inch or 10-inch device. Incorporating the same 'Shelf' style interface, designer Jonas Daehnert believes has mocked up both devices with to include front and rear-facing cameras with a speaker located on the top of the device. Other specs rumoured for the next Kindle Fire includes 8/16GB of storage and a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quadcore processor powering the Amazon tablet.
Designer: Jonas Daehnert
80. July 2012: Doodle Book in Hand
This two piece highly portable tablet-like device that looks like it has been modelled on the kind of notepad a police officer carries on duty is meant to make 'doodling' on the go easier than ever. Supporting touchscreen and stylus pen interaction, the device hosts a transparent OLED display and allows users to draw on top of documents, images and videos. It would probably come in handy for games like Draw Something as well.
Designer: Pyeong Yeol Yoo + Hun Park
81. July 2012: Arc Mouse
If you still find the trackpad navigating experience on a notebook a frustrating one, the Arc Mouse that will grip onto surfaces will give you back traditional computer control. Made from soft materials, the Arc Mouse connects to a laptop or notebook via a receiver and an optical sensor in the mouse that can be moved in all directions and will even fit on the arm rest on a chair at work or even on a sofa.
Designers: Seunghoon Shin and Chang Seok Kim
82. June 2012: Gigaset Concept
First and foremost, the Gigaset is a phone, but it's designed to clip onto your clothes, making the phone itself hands-free and removing the need for headphones or a Bluetooth headset. Unclip the phone and put it into the docking station, and it'll automatically turn into a clock. Turn it on it's side, and it becomes a loud speaker for a phone call or for music. The Gigaset is a multi-talented handset, albeit a conceptual one.
Designer: Patrick Loh
83. June 2012: Future Cook
Induction hobs are already busy making kitchens look like Star Trek cabins, but Future Cook is a different beast altogether. This is an interactive kitchen counter, with built in induction hobs, food processor and washing area. The Future Cook will even give you nutritional information on the food you're cooking, and even recipes for you to follow.
Designer: Aslıhan Tokat
84. June 2012: U-Transfer USB
The U Transfer lets you transfer files between USB sticks without the need of a PC. The USB drives slot together to transfer information, and the small touch screen on the device itself would presumably be used to select files and folders to trade between the memory sticks.
Designer: Yiyan Cao
85. June 2012: Navigation Glasses for the Blind
The Navigation Glasses help blind users to visualize their surroundings, both in front and peripherally. Sensors in the glasses pick up the layout of the surrounding area, and deliver this information to the user via auditory feedback through the accompanying earpieces. In addition, a microphone allows the user to communicate with the device and get accurate real-time feedback.
Designer: Xu Guang-suo
86. June 2012: The Blue Experience Facebook Phone
The Blue Experience is a dedicated Facebook Phone, designed for the social media-savvy modern day gent or lady. It has instant buttons for easier access to different applications such as Instagram and Spotify, and a dedicated ‘Like’ button. The wedge design means the display is easily viewable even when the phone is flat on a table.
Designer: Tolga Tuncer
87. May 2012: Samsung Galaxy One tablet projector
We’re not so sure whether another Samsung tablet is really necessary at the moment, but if it looked anything like this, we'd definitely have some time for it. Sporting Galaxy Beam-like projector functionality, the One tablet would swap Android for Windows 8 and enable users to display movies and data onto the nearest wall. Measuring in at 14mm thick and sporting an aluminium body, it would be the perfect kind of kit to show off in a meeting.
Designer: Laura Hong and Charles de Belizal
88. May 2012: iPad 4 concept
For those not satisfied with Apple’s third generation tablet mainly because of the lack of a keyboard, you might just be wishing that Apple makes this a reality. As well as a built-in keyboard, designer Luis Pedro Fonseca suggests the iPad 4 will feature Bang and Olufsen speaker technology and a new 12-Megapixel 1080p HD camera. He also suggests the fourth generation tablet should have an aluminium frame which should enable the device to take a knock or two.
Designer: Luis Pedro Fonseca
89. May 2012: Circle printer
The words 'printer' and 'sexy' don't generally go hand in hand, but if they looked a bit more like this “courteous printer” we’d happily invest more time and money in one instead of waiting to do our printing at work instead. Swirling the paper around a vertical drum the finished print out arrives at the bottom of the bucket design and with minimalist looks shouldn't take up too much of the computer area in your house.
Designer: Yang Jae Wook
90. May 2012: Facebook Phone UI
Reports of Zuck’s attempts to break into the smartphone-making business has once again surfaced and it’s not taken long for someone to second guess what the Facebook founder could have planned if the latest stories prove true. This mock-ups suggests that the social networking wonder will be deeply integrated into the operating system and largely inspired by design of the existing smartphone app. All we ask is that it’s not called ChaCha if it does land.
Designer: Jay Moon
91. May 2012: Acer smartphone concept
One day maybe Acer will make a smartphone that will be universally loved and maybe it will look something like this gorgeous-looking concept. The Android 4.0 smartphone with two ‘chins’ uses the lower one to display icons and apps and the other dedicated to the camera. Available in a variety of colours, Hsus suggests the phone would feature the latest quad-core chip processor technology. Let’s hope Acer are keeping an eye on these slick designs…
Designer: Dan Hsus
92. April 2012: iPad Mini
With rumours of Apple releasing a smaller version of the iPad swirling around the net, it’s no surprise that a few people have gone to the effort to illustrate just what it might look like. These pictures give a good idea of the size difference we can expect if speculation is anything to go by, which still isn’t a huge difference when compared to the iPhone sitting alongside it. And if you want an even better idea, Ciccarese Design have made a printable paper version of the 7.85 iPad for you to hold in your eager hands.
Designer: Ciccarese Design
93. April 2012: Halo
We particularly like Halo. Not just because the concept product is incredibly stylish, but because we can also see it being extremely useful. Halo is a small electronic business card, built like a very tiny tablet. The diminutive device stores and displays a copy of your business card just like the physical version, then all users have to do is touch their Halo with someone else’s and their cards will be exchanged. Saves sifting through those piles of tattered cards on your desk.
Designer: Fitorio Leksono
94. April 2012: Rieul-Useful
When’s a yacht not a yacht? When it’s pretty much a floating home. The Rieul-Useful comprises of two floors: the top consists of two bedrooms, a lounge and kitchen; the bottom is a private dock with space for a single hull yacht up to 15m long. The whole thing has a very art deco look to it, and perfect for those who want the life at sea without skimping on the luxury amenities.
Designer: Hyun-Seok Kim
95. April 2012:
Here's one we can see as particularly handy for architects and engineers. The Softsheet concept takes the flexi screen concept to the next step, projecting a drawing onto a touch sensitive transparent sheet, which you can zoom in and out of using your fingers. It’s also foldable, so when you’re finished you can roll it up as if it were ordinary paper. And because it doesn’t require the destruction of any trees, it’s eco-friendly – which can only be a good thing.
Designer: Gautham R Varma
96. Oakley Augmented Reality Glasses
Google caused a stir with the unveiling of its Augmented Reality glasses, but it’s no surprise to see potential competition already brewing. Sunglass designer Oakley claims it is developing a similar technology capable of projecting information onto lenses, specifically targeted at athletes. Oakley’s CEO said that the headgear would also utilise voice commands, much like Apple’s Siri. We think they look more stylish than Google’s proposal...
97. April 2012: Windows Phone 8 concept
It's still early days for Microsoft's mosaic-style mobile OS, but this Windows Phone fan is already looking to the next instalment with a handset he is calling the Nokia Lumia 920 and runs on Windows Phone 8. Adopting much of the same design elements seen on Windows 8 tablets such as grouping live tiles and also features the logo. Renders they may well be, but its a stunning vision of what could be when the next Windows Phone OS lands.
Designer: Jonas Dahnert
98. March 2012: Apollon
Fancy a bit of social photography action? This concept snapper enables a group of friends who are also need to be in possession of an Apollon camera to take photos of the same event and then combine them wirelessly to deliver the action from different angles. You can then also transfer digital copies of all the images back to your camera, leaving you to choose which ones are keepers.
Designer: Gordon Tiemstra
99. March 2012: OSX on iPad with magic mouse
Those Cupertino chaps continue to work on merging iOS and OSX worlds closer together, but what would it look like if you mix and matched the hardware? Maybe it would look a little something like this. Taking the Bluetooth Magic Mouse and keyboard from a Mac and combining it with the Retina display-toting new iPad, it could just be the ultimate laptop/tablet hybrid...
Designer: Zeki Osek
100. March 2012: The Four concept
Maybe you would never consider hanging up your iPad on the wall, but this 145x235 mm tablet is geared towards adding slate action to your living room or wherever there is a free space to give it pride of place. Toting a multi-touch AMOLED screen, the slick-looking tablet which doubles as a digital painting, will deliver weather forecasts that can be quickly accessed before you head out, deliver travel planning facilities and create a natural ambience to put you in a good mood for the day ahead.
Designer: Marko Vuckovic
101. March 2012: BlackBerry Blade
Assuming a beautiful quad-core phone would ever make it into the real world considering the latest news from RIM, we'd like to think that if BlackBerry changes its mind further down the line, the Blade could compete against the iPhones and Android phones of this world. A quad-core processor running at 1.5GHz, 4.5-inch AMOLED display and 12-megapixel camera are touted for a smartphone we are most certainly never likely to see.
102. March 2012: Lamborghini Ferruccio concept
Ahead of the Italian car manufacturer’s 50th anniversary next year, transportation student Mark Hostler has designed this concept which draws from Lamborghini’s long and luxurious design history. The car will most likely feature a small 5.0 liter V12 engine, powered by two turbochargers and feature direct injection technology. It also looks a little bit like the Batmobile which makes us want to drive it even more.
Designer: Mark Hostler
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104. February 2012: Nokia 1 Tablet
Nokia 1 Tablet
This Lumia-inspired Nokia tablet comes courtesy of Jonas Daehnert. This design opts to go with the controversial stylus, but there's no denying that Windows 8 looks tailor-made for tablets and partnered with typically chic Nokia styling, this concept shows just how mouth-watering the prospect of a Nokia tablet is.
Designer: Jonas Daehnert
105. February 2012: Tokyoflash Kisai Stencil LCD Watch
Tokyoflash Kisai Stencil LCD Watch
On first look, the Tokyoflash Kisai Stencil LCD Watch looks like an unfathomable mess of dots and lines. Look closer. It's not the lines and dots that tell you the time, but the space around them. Get it?
Once you get used to how the watch works, it's remarkably simply to read, and very nice looking to boot.
Designer: Heather Sable for Tokyoflash
106. February 2012: Trax Mark II
Trax Mark II
The Trax Mark II concept watch tells you the time using a caterpillar track-inspired belt system, slowly rotating its way through the day. The correct time will always be that shown between the red brackets in the middle of the watch-face.
This is currently only a concept, but if you jump over to the Tokyoflash website you can register your vote and help this watch find its way onto your wrist.
107. February 2012: D-Can Camera
Designer Jean-Michel Bonnemoy believes that modern camera designs are out-dated. Traditionally, camera form factors were dictated by the need to include a roll of film in the back. Nowadays that is obviously not the case, so why do cameras still retain a traditional form factor?
The D-Can is cylindrical, designed for ergonomics and ease of use over everything else, and it is far more compact as a result.
Designer: Jean-Michel Bonnemoy
108. February 2012: Magic Macbook Pro
Magic Macbook Pro
Take a Macbook Pro and... hide a iRemote in it? Works for us.
The iRemote is stored behind the trackpad, which slides out when needed. The remote is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, meaning you can deal with your music, files and other bits and pieces from afar.
Designer: Enrico Penello
109. January 2012: Mercedes DICE
Minority Report was a great film right? But it's legacy will always be one thing and one thing only: it inspired a blind fascination with gesture controls. This time it's Mercedes' turn to try and make it work, with their 'Dynamic & Intuitive Control Experience' (DICE). The idea is great - you can use gestures to control all your normal dashboard functions, including music, GPS and climate control. For the moment though, the system is in a very early development stage so it isn't really up to scratch... yet.
110. January 2012: Husqvarna Concept Baja
Husqvarna Concept Baja
Husqvarna's latest concept bike is a beauty. Whilst clearly flaunting some 70s retro-chic, it's not afraid to show off some modern touches such as the LED headlights and instrument display built into the crossbar. The Concept Baja is no slow-coach, and is powered by a 650cc single-cylinder, four-stroke engine with an electronic fuel injection and a five-speed wide-ratio transmission. Husqvarna has a good record of putting their concept bikes into production if they're well received, so we could be seeing this in shop-windows sooner rather than later.
111. January 2012: Nikiski Concept Laptop
Nikiski Concept Laptop
Intel executive Mooley Eden took great pride in showing off some ideas surrounding this years generation of ultrabooks. The most interesting of these was that displayed by the Nikiski concept laptop, which prominently featured a transparent, elongated touchpad. Both sides of this window function as touchpads, meaning that even when you close the clamshell, you can still use a letterbox-sized portion of the screen from outside the laptop. The demonstration featured a funky, tiled, Windows 8-esque interface that looked like it had a lot of potential.
112. January 2012: Chaotic Moon Board of Awesomeness
Chaotic Moon Board of Awesomeness
It looks like an electric skateboard with a kinect sensor and a Windows 8 tablet stuck to the front of it... because that's exactly what it is. At least, on the top that's what it is. Underneath is an 800-watt motor, two power supplies and an interface module. And the result? A gesture controlled, all-terrain electric skateboard that is capable of speeds up to 32MPH.
Designers: Chaotic Moon Labs
Link: Chaotic Moon
113. January 2012: People People Wi-Fi Invisible speaker
People People Wi-Fi Invisible speaker
Whilst T3 demands high-end audiophile sound as standard, we’re also gluttons for peer-impressing interior design – particularly if it’s devoid of wires and opacity. Doing away with the monotony of black plastic and brushed aluminium, People People’s see-through body gives a unique take on the home speaker and, when fixed to the wall and paired with a small wireless adaptor, removes the need for unsightly and obtrusive cables as well. It gives a new meaning to the term “transparent” sound – you can have that joke on us; tell it to an audiophile and they’ll fall about laughing, guaranteed.
Designer: Per Brickstad - People People
Link: People People
114. January 2012: Sensics Smart Goggles
Sensics Smart Goggles
Films like Tron are both evidence of our fascination with virtual reality and inspiration for companies like Sensics to keep chasing the VR pipe dream. Sensics' 3D Smart Goggles look rather Tron-inspired, though they are very much in a prototype stage at the moment. The holes on the front are all cameras, capable of tracking head movements inside the goggles and hand gestures outside the the goggles giving you full control in your new world.
Link: Sensics Smart Goggles
115. 2011: Samsung Galaxy Skin
Samsung Galaxy Skin
Many a manufacturer has flirted with the concept of a bendy screen, so it might not be too outrageous to think that the Galaxy S2-makers could be the ones to make it a reality. The Galaxy Skin concept is acutally the work of a design student who suggests the use of a flexible Super AMOLED touchscreen housed in a slimline body with minimal physical features.
Designer: Haeyon You
116. 2011: Xbox Prestige concept
Xbox Prestige concept
Will it show up at CES 2012? Is the new Xbox primed for an E3 2012 announcement? The speculation on the 360 successor is set to ramble on for some time and this concept should keep people talking. Visualizing an Xbox with motion sensor technology at the very heart, it would feature two built-in cameras, an 8-core processor, support for 3D and the ability to purchase games by scanning a chip that let's you play the game in the cloud.
Designer: Joseph Dumary
117. 2011: ABC Keyboard
This all touchscreen keyboard can be customized to work with any language and can change colour if the glossy black finish isn't really your colour. The ABC keyboard also caters for left handed typers and would have built-in memory to keep your docs, pictures and video easily accessible.
Designer: Iaroslav Neliubov
118. 2011: Airbus plane concept
This is the plane of the future, according to Airbus. The structure of the concept cabin mimics the efficiency of bird bone and features an ‘intelligent’ membrane that can be made see-through for unrivalled panoramic views as you fly. The walls change colour according to lighting conditions, and it features holographic pop-up gaming displays to keep yourself occupied while you fly.
119. 2011: Easy Set Easy Control Alarm Clock
Easy Set Easy Control Alarm Clock
Not a morning person? The Easy Set Alarm clock hosts a LED panel and dimmer lights to alert you as to how much time you have before you should be heading for the shower. It certainly beats unsuccessfully reaching for the snooze button.
Designer: Chang-ho Lee & Ki-hoon Han
120. 2011: MacBook 2020
We know that the Cupertino company likes to refresh its MacBook line pretty much every year, but we may have to wait some time for one to turn up looking like this. This vision of the Mac future suggests a paper thin build, tactile feedback, 3D scanning and absolutely no wires.
Designer: Tommaso Gecchelin
121. 2011: My Pace Goggle
My Pace Goggle
Upping your game in the pool these tracking goggles host a LCD panel that can project real-time performance and stats which the swimmer can view just as they perfect the front crawl. It runs on soiar power so it should stay juiced up for some time as well.
Designer: Joh Minhoo
122. 2011: Svelte Cam
We are sure there is many an amateur snapper still frantically jumping from different modes to capture a great picture, but with the Svelte cam it shouldn't really be a problem. The 12.1 meg shooter would feature an iAuto mode to adjust settings to whatever environment you are in to ensure stellar snaps. Its compact and slender build should also make it a pocket-friendly piece of kit.
Designer: Vladimir Nikolic
123. 2011: Samsung HD3 console concept
Samsung HD3 console concept
One plucky designer has spilt his conceptual guts out on this rather Vita-looking machine. According to the designer, the Samsung HD3 would run Android, sport the Galaxy UI and blow anything Sony can do out of the water. Sound too weird? Well, remember that people laughed at both Sony and Microsoft when they got into gaming.
Designer: Dumary Joseph
124. 2011: Digimo Camera Concept
Digimo Camera Concept
Capturing expertly shot scenic shots from all angles should be a breeze with this concept that combines multiple cameras which can be positioned anywhere to allow photographers to take snaps wirelessly from a distance.
Designer: Sangik Lee
125. 2011: Tea-time tea steeper
Tea-time tea steeper
Making a cuppa with a difference, the tea-time tea steeper uses a timer/filter to prevent tea leaves from ending in your cup as your brew trickles down into the bottom beaker. It's a simple and sleek tea-making solution that doesn't look too shabby doing it either.
Designer: Pengtao Yu
126. 2011: Tomodachi Block
If Tweeting and Facebooking from your laptop, tablet, smartphone, car is simply not enough, the Tomodachi blocks could be next on the social networking agenda. Wirelessly connecting to the web, each block is dedicated to a friend whom you'll be able to interact (stream video and audio) while blocks can be piled high for some group chat action.
Designer: Aya Shimada
127. 2011: Eclipse cordless phone
Eclipse cordless phone
It's sad that with the explosion in popularity of mobile phones we'll never really have a use for this uber-cool landline design. A sleek metal oval, the bottom portion serves as a charging dock for the cordless phone.
Designer: Sebastien Sauvage
128. 2011: Nokia Kinetic
British designer Jeremy Innes-Hopkins thinks he has painted the future of Nokia with the handset that is all about movement. The sizeable posterior contains an electro-magnet and holds a camera The magnet moves, shifting the weight distribution and allowing the phone to effectively 'stand up' on its own. This allows for a rather novel way to interact with the phone, to reject a call, you simply tap the phone and it will retreat back to its original position.
Designer: Jeremy Innes-Hopkins
129. 2011: Sketcher Digital Sketchpad concept
Sketcher Digital Sketchpad concept
The HB pencil is dead, long live the tablet. Well, it's not quite true, but with the likes of Wacom perfecting the art of allowing you to sketch your digital designs as you would do on paper, this concept could be the next step. Using a 12-inch AMOLED multitouch screen with LED backlighting, illustrators and designers uses a jog dial to zoom into areas of the canvas and a 5-megapixel camera to snap hand-drawn sketches and turn them into digitized pieces of art.
Designer : Massimo Battaglia
Revolights could finally be a solution to the eternal problem of bicycle visibility, both for other road users and cyclists themselves. The lights themselves are two very thin LED rings that mount onto the inside of your wheels. A thin wire connects this light ring to a small USB battery whilst a magnet provides the speed and orientation information to the LEDs, which keep time with your pace to light up at the back and front of the bike. Clever stuff indeed.
It could be the sci-fi nerd in us, but the chance to start rolling around the streets of London like we're in the ENCOM mainframe had us throwing fivers at the screen like wedding confetti.
131. 2011: mChip portable HIV testing card
mChip portable HIV testing card
A portable HIV testing kit that gives a positive or negative result in minutes, and costs about a dollar per unit. This isn't just wishful thinking, either; the mChip is already in the prototype stage, and uses a $100 card reader to identify diseases including HIV and Syphillis. Trials have shown the tech to be just as accurate as expensive and time-consuming lab tests, and patents have already been filed, so expect it to start saving serious lives in the near future.
Designer: University of Columbia
132. 2011: PlayStation 4 concept
PlayStation 4 concept
No doubt likely to be the first of many, this mooted design concept for the next generation PlayStation suggests it will include a 1.5TB HDD and Full 3D 4K2K compatibility amongst other high end features. Crafted from 60 per cent recyclable materials, there's further green points gained by using 0 watts of power in standby mode with an ECO Restart feature meaning gamers can resume games at the point they turned the console off at without requiring large amounts of power. Throw in a 3D Blu-ray player, HDMI connection ports and USB 3.0 connections, Qriocity integration, Sony Ericsson sync PlayStation widgets and we'd be quite happy with that.
Designer: Joseph Dumary
133. 2011: Ford Evos Concept
Ford Evos Concept
We may never be able to drive it, but this could well be the blueprint for cars in the near future. Connecting driver and vehicle through a 'personal cloud' Ford explores the idea of making your driving experience unique to the individual by choosing the same music you stream in your house in your car and selecting the ideal interior temperature before you get in. When will we see it in action for real? We hope it's not too long...
Video: Ford Evos Concept
134. 2011: SeaSTOL Very Light Jet
SeaSTOL Very Light Jet
Flying cars have always had a Jetsons crapness about them, as far as we're concerned. This SEASTOL Very Light Jet is a whole other beast, however. An acronym for Sea Short Take Off and Landing, the VLJ is a personal aircraft that's as happy landing on short runways as it is landing on water. Norwegian aircraft designer Tomas Brødreskift now runs a personal aircraft manufacturing company, and describes the VLJ as being "still on our design table". We'd like to register our interest in a review copy now, please, Tomas.
Designer: Tomas Brødreskift
135. 2011: Honda Chopper
If driver-less car pods sound a little too detached from you your sci-fi future, try this Honda chopper on for size. Designed by Peter Norris, the chopper is fully electric and takes design pointers from Star Wars and Japanese manga.
Designer: Peter Norris
136. 2011: Lockheed Stratoliner
The Stratoliner is monstrous bird, designed to fly higher and further than any plane in history. It's trick is to switch off it's engines for the last 20% of its inter-continental flights, using its onboard computers to glide it back to Earth, thereby saving on fuel.
Designer: William Brown
137. 2011: Citroen Taranis off-road racer
Citroen Taranis off-road racer
Like the offspring of an drunken fumble between a Citroen Saxo and Christopher Nolan's Batmobile, the Taranis rolls around on double-jointed wheel arms and is accessed through gullwing doors. Also, it's named after the Celtic god of thunder, which can only ever make things more awesome.
Designer: Peter Norris
138. 2011: Spiderbot
These spider robots have been designed to perform repairs and sort problems in places human beings can't go. At least, that's what the scientists who designed them say. As far as we're concerned, the arrival of running, jumping mechanical spiders our cue to start bulk buying tinned food and pulse grenades.
139. 2011: Razer Switchblade
Named 2011 Innovation of the Year at this year's T3 Gadget Awards, we still hold out hope that this portable gaming console will still come to life. Developed with Intel, this is about the size of a CD case, making it the most portable gaming laptop ever. There’s no need for a mouse, as the keys adjust their configuration depending on what you’re playing, so all your weapons are to hand in a first person shooter. The screen is also multitouch, adding another dimension to this pocket-sized gaming demon.
140. 2011: BeFresh fruit storage
BeFresh fruit storage
Remember those episodes of Dr. Who where everyone wears jump suits and sustains themselves by eating nothing but nutrient pills? Well, we prefer this vision of the future, in which fruit is not only still on the menu, but kept ripe and fresh for longer in a BeFresh fruit storage unit. Using a process called photocatalysis (one for Wikipedia), the BeFresh fridge would remove the gas ethylene that causes fruit to go mouldy, keeping our future fruit crisper for longer.
Designer: Davide Pietrasanta
141. 2011: Scan Board portable scanner
Scan Board portable scanner
A portable scanner that allows you to take it to the book, rather than the other way round. The concept is simple: just pop the clear display over the page, snap a scan of the text and then upload it to the computer via USB. The actual business of scanning uses a moving laser pane inside the clear panel, just like in a regular desktop scanner - although how well this would work without darkness could be a sticking point.
Designers: Jo Jae-Hwan and Shin Se-Hwah
142. 2011: Split Computer
The next logical step on from current devices like the Lenovo Ideapad and the Motorola Atrix, the Split is a modular laptop that lets you pick which of the components you'd like to use. So, you can use the display on its own like a tablet, or from a distance with the wireless keyboard, or chuck everything in together and be left with a laptop.
Designers: Dae Hoon Jung
143. 2011: Airborne Avalanche Rescue System drone
Airborne Avalanche Rescue System drone
An unmanned aerial drone that would hunt down victims caught in avalanches, the AARS (quiet at the back) launches from its solar power dock and sprays the locations of any buried people it finds with bright paint, making it easier for search and rescue to dig them out.
Designer: Tatjana Rolle
144. 2011: Autonomo autonomous vehicle
Autonomo autonomous vehicle
A sci-fi movie staple, the pilot-less car of tomorrow could one day look a bit like this sexy piece of automative futurism. The Autonomo would use a drive-by-wire system to direct it while pootling about, and is wrapped in a photovoltaic skin that turns the car into one big solar panel.
Designer: Charles Rattray
145. 2011: Tropical Island Paradise Yacht
Tropical Island Paradise Yacht
What to give the oligarch who has everything? If they've already splashed the cash on a couple of megayachts and a private island, why not offer the convenience of both in the same, monstrous entity? That was the thinking by the folks at Yacht Island Design, who cooked up this floating middle finger to poverty, starvation and economic recession. There's even a little volcano on the top, which we can only pray erupts and buries the whole thing in magma.
Designers: Yacht Island Design
146. 2011: Phillips Beehive
Fresh honey with none of the bulky beekeeping suits? Phillips reckons it's all in our futures, with this concept Urban Beehive which lets you keep your very own bee colony in your living room. Bees come and go through an entrance hidden under the flower on the front panel, and then toil away making honey in the pre-constructed hive. Getting at the honey requires pacifying the bees first, which is done by pulling on the dangling cord, which releases a puff of smoke into the hive that makes the bees sleepy.
147. Galileo for iPhone 4S
Josh Guyot and JoeBen Bevirt are the founders of Motrr, and the sort of robot enthusiasts that you expect to come up with whacky ideas like the Galileo. Stick your iPhone in this robotic dock, connect it to your iPad, and BAM! You have a remote control camera stand, one which you can use for video conferencing, Skype calls, video, cinematography and a whole host of other stuff.
The Galileo is capable of full 360° pan, and moves at 200° per second, so it's no slouch either. We love the idea, and clearly we aren't the only ones. The project smashed it's target of raising $100,000 by raising over $700,000 from over 5,000 interested backers.
148. 2011: Wine Stopper
The perfect stocking filler for the tech-savvy oenophile, this futuristic wine stopper assesses the drinkability of the stoppered wine, reporting the temperature and even suggesting a time at which the wine will be at its most quaffable. Being from the future, it would also beam updates on your wine to your phone or tablet via WiFi. Madness.
Designers: Kwang-wi Park and Eun-ji Lim
149. 2011: iFood remote control kitchen
iFood remote control kitchen
The iFood is a remote-controlled kitchen, kitted out with Tron-like appliances that take orders from a touch-display on the fridge. From here, you (or your robot butler) can control the temperature of the hobs, monitor the kitchen's power usage and predict potential glitches or meltdowns, while the iFood's LED displays blink through important information like food temperature, weight and readiness timers.
Designer: Chiara Daniele
150. 2011: Tanning Printer
An environmentally friendly solution to the world's printing needs (and perhaps finally putting an end to all that "think before you print" bumf at the bottom of e-mails), the tanning printer uses a magnifying eye to concentrate natural light into a beam that burns black and white text or images onto the page. We can see some problems cropping up during the winter months, but with enough light to absorb the tanning printer would do away with black printer ink altogether.
Designer: Hosung Jung, Junsang Kim, Seungin Lee and Yonggu Do
Gaming accessories for tablets and smartphones have been largely more novelty than useful, but the Israel based company has dreamt up this mobile gaming add-on that you wear around your index finger and will play nice with your touchscreen device. Claiming to bring the best capabilities of a joystick and a mouse, the Ringbow hosts a D-pad with nine direction control, supports Bluetooth and can automatically integrate with mobile operating systems like iOS and Android. The SDK has already been available to developers to optimize the accessory for games so it could be coming to an iPad or Galaxy S3 soon.
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