Category: Future Gadgets

Num Lock

The B.Y Handle Lock is an oversimplified lock for cycles. An extending wire from one end of the handle loops into the tire of the cycle, and is secured via a number lock on the other side. A few points of refinements come to my mind, like the wire should be made retractable so that coiling it back into the handle shouldn’t be a hassle. The other point is of course, the wire should be heavy duty so that it can be secured to a fence or a tree. Otherwise, it’s a pretty neat idea, what do you think?

B.Y Handle Lock is a 2011 iF concept design entry.

Designers: Dong Young Seo, Ho Sun Kim & Yea Jin Kang


I can’t make up my mind about the Light Bulb Radio, I think it borders between cheesy and sleek and am unwilling to write it off so soon. What I like most is its clever designing and the way the radio + nightlight combo has been given a new vibe. The light bulb influence and simple user interface makes it even more appealing. What do you think?

Designer: Na Yoon-mi

Do you remember the song “I’m only happy when it rains?” Looks like the small flying ball shaped concept designed by Penghao Shan knows best how to “enjoy” the rain.

The Water Catcher concept is a flying rain catcher and water purifier. The device dispatches small flying balls in te air to catch the raindrops that will be purified. Once purified, the balls take the drinking water directly to a person, that’ll appease the thirst. The homing tray (the place from where the balls are launched) can read fingerprints to determine what additives should be added to the water to ensure the drinker optimizes their health.

DARPA’s looking for a way to give soldiers on the ground more direct access to air support, and the solution that they’ve come up with involves a nifty-looking set of holographic sunglasses.

Generally, when soldiers request air support, that request has to wind its way through patchy radio links, complicated computer systems, intelligence analysts, commanders, lawyers, air traffic controllers, and ultimately aircraft pilots before anything actually happens. DARPA wants to bypass all that with a set of augmented reality holographic goggles that would give troops a direct link to their support aircraft.

Funding has gone to consumer video goggle manufacturer Vuzix, along with traditional defense-tech heavyweights Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, to develop a system that would visually allow troops to “request and control near-instantaneous airborne fire support.” The concept calls for a set of hologoggles slaved to a head tracking sensor along with a data link that can provide real-time information on what resources are available:

“The head tracker knows where the user is looking, so the information the user is seeing changes as he moves or turns his head. Theoretically you could look up in the sky and a little green triangle would appear telling you, you have an F-16 30 miles out at 21,000 feet. It could also tell you what type of ordnance the plane was carrying, so you could make a quick decision if that plane would be appropriate for the mission.”

The goggles would also be able to provide all kinds of additional information from the aircraft, which DARPA hopes would help to minimize things like friendly-fire accidents. If Vuzix can get these things to work, they’d only be about 3mm thick, and entirely transparent when turned off, which sounds pretty slick to me. Tech like this may be great for the military, but it would be great for consumers as well, so let’s hope that’s a little extra incentive for Vuzix to make it happen and bring some hologoggles to market for the rest of us at the same time.

When it comes to brainstorming on a design project, computer aided design is the default technological interface that we use. But in the larger creative world, design interfaces differ vastly with the interfaces traditionally used in pottery design being different from that being used in designing home furnishing and auto design and so forth. The Brainstorm Egg by Haemi Yoon looks to find a common platform which can enable designers to integrate sensuous stimuli like space, various interfaces, different activities, system behaviors, human gestures, affordances and physical objects in the process of creating new ideas.

The project is basically a communicator that can interact with various interfaces during ideation providing users the ability to remember details during a group discussion. The project operates on two levels, using a projector and the egg to provide a common interface for interaction.

The high-tech projector is roughly the size of a coin which allows for greater portability and allows designers to present ideas on various everyday surfaces and virtually anywhere. This liberates people from incurring the cost of getting people together in a specific place for a presentation.

The Egg itself is a touch-enabled multi-surface interaction tool with a menu tool that helps users take advantage of the built-in texture scanner, camera and microphone that can record ideas in various formats to be presented later. An accelerometer is also built into the Egg that detects motion and allows greater flow of interaction during a presentation.

The integration of the projector and the egg will form the bulk of the interface that will contribute immensely to the creative process. Easy access to saved references, the ability to view past inspirations and the capacity to visualize ideas as they are formed helps speed up the brainstorming process. It would also allow users to “save” inspiration or ideas as they occur to them without having to physically write them down or input in a computer.

Designer: Haemi Yoon

Robo TAP makes use of an indoor positioning system as it follows its own route to vacuum household floors. This design improves upon automatic vacuums like Roomba by giving users more hands-on control. When you want it to pay attention to a particularly dirty spot, you just tap your foot twice to summon it. The foot-controlled Robo TAP keeps you on your toes.

The Nike Hindsight gives bicyclists a pair of bifocals for their peripheral vision. By using Fresnel lenses on the sides, riders can detect motion in a field of vision beyond the normal human limit of 180º. The obvious benefit is in the early warning of approaching vehicles, but a less obvious advantage is reducing the necessary head rotation to check behind.

Paper Display

You may soon get to see a new generation of color and flexible e-paper coming from LG Display. According to a recent SEC filing, the company is expecting to begin mass production of 9.7-inch color and 19-inch flexible e-paper by the end of the year. The 9.7-inch color e-paper could go into future generations of e-readers like the Kindle or even multimedia devices like tablets.

Apparently, the 19-inch display is same one that was unveiled in January this year. We can hope to see it being used for a newspaper-sized device. The new display technology is sure to make a mark in the e-paper world.


Sporting a trendy watch on your wrist surely makes you keep in touch with time as well as adds style. How about a GPS powered watch that will track all your moves? Sounds cool, isn’t it? Nike has come up with a sports watch that will ensure you live life the healthy way. Working in combination with a shoe sensor the GPS will keep you updated. Going for a jog and want to count the number of calories burnt to distance traveled grab the Nike+ SportWatch GPS powered by TomTom.

Having won two CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Innovation Awards in the Health and Wellness and Personal Electronics categories, it will precisely evaluate the tempo at which you move and also inform you the exact period you were springing with action. Set new goals and compete online with other enthusiasts. Such a connection will inspire you to leap ahead stick to your goals.

Feeling lazy and planning to skip your jogging? Well you better tie your shoe laces as this won’t happen anymore. With constant reminders this sport-swatch will get you moving in no time.
Charging and data uploading can be done by plugging the watch directly into the USB port. With your actions sealed onto your wrists, keeping an account and leading a healthy life have never been more stirring.

In this fast-moving era where people barely get time to organize or settle down their personal affairs, no matter how important they are, thinking of entertainment or recreational aspects is virtually a crime. Designed by Kingyo, a UI designer from ChengDu, China, the “Mercator” is a life support equipment that makes use of holographic imaging and nano-technology to help people manage their day-to-day needs with minimum fuss. You can use the hi-tech device to manage your regular tasks, like health checkups, appointments, shopping, maps, navigation and more. Combining the nano-materials with the new AMD processor chip, the device comes in the form of a bracelet, made of nickel-metal hydride, and integrates rechargeable batteries. The Mercator not only changes color, but also presents a curvy design for the ease of use, while enhancing the personality of the user.