This Compact Microwave Is a Must-Have For Your Car

Designer Jake Rich has come up with a better design for the microwave that no longer requires a permanent parking spot on your kitchen counter. His Mediumwave concept has a footprint about the size of a dinner plate, and the traditional metal box form factor of microwaves of old has been improved with a removable dome… » 7/08/14 12:40pm 7/08/14 12:40pm

It Would Be Amazing if This iWatch Concept Was Real

The iPhone 6 is said to be bigger than its forebears, and, if the latest rumours are to be believed, the iWatch won't exactly be petite either, with a screen said to measure 2.5-inches diagonally. Armed with that snippet of possible information ,SET Solution has put together a (fairly) plausible-looking iPhone concept. » 7/03/14 7:47am 7/03/14 7:47am

This Folding Origami Grill Has a Metal Mesh Hammock For Firewood

When you're cooking dinner in the woods, the last thing you want is to be responsible for burning down acres of trees down because you were careless with your campfire. A portable grill helps keep everything safely contained, and the folding Grillo even keeps your burning briquettes or kindling off the forest floor. » 4/24/14 9:40am 4/24/14 9:40am

The Jedi Putter's Constant Feedback Makes You a Master of the Green

Mastering the perfect golf swing is a lot harder than it looks, and putting is even harder than blasting a golf ball down the fairway. So while it will probably never be approved for use in PGA tournaments, the Jedi Putter—designed by students at Rice University—provides real-time feedback helping an amateur golfer… » 4/22/14 11:30am 4/22/14 11:30am

Electronic Monocle Uses Biofeedback to Track Your Favorite Websites

The internet is a fire hydrant of content. Keeping track of the pages you enjoy is a pain. A team of UK design students has a conceptual solution: Amoeba, an electronic monocle that files away the pages you find most interesting, as measured by your biofeedback response. It's the emotion-tracking Google Glass you… » 4/19/14 7:00pm 4/19/14 7:00pm

A 3D-Printed Ultrasound Cast That Looks Awesome and Heals You Faster

Old-fashioned casts are nasty, a festering stinksleeves that you wear like a medieval torture device for what seems like forever. 3D-printed casts take care of the smell and itch issues, and now Deniz Karasahin has designed the next step: a custom cast with an ultrasound device to speed up bone healing. » 4/18/14 12:40pm 4/18/14 12:40pm

Volvo's Inflatable Child Seat Concept Fits in a Backpack

At one time the military actually tried to develop inflatable planes that were strong enough to fly, but easy to transport. Those never materialized, but the technology involved—a drop-stitch fabric that can be inflated to very high pressures—has enabled Volvo to create an inflatable child car seat that's just as safe… » 4/11/14 11:29am 4/11/14 11:29am

The Hal 9000 of Grills Tells You When It's Time to Flip the Meat

No one likes a backseat griller, especially if you've spent years perfecting your bbq craft. But for those starting out, a little coaching can help avoid turning steak into charcoal. And Lynx's voice-activated Smart Grill will actually ask you what's going on the barbie so it can then recommend the perfect setting,… » 4/08/14 9:20am 4/08/14 9:20am

This Futuristic Truck Was Actually Designed By Walmart

With 7,000 tractor trailers currently in its fleet, it makes sense that Walmart would have a vested interest in designing more efficient delivery vehicles. The company's new ultra-aerodynamic Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience—or WAVE—concept is lighter and more fuel efficient than other trucks on the market, and can… » 3/04/14 10:00am 3/04/14 10:00am

A Strong Case For an Umbrella With a Bendable Handle

As useful as an umbrella is for staying dry when it's pouring rain, they can be a pain to deal with when you get back inside and they're soaking wet. But designers Liang-Hock Poh and Ming-Hung Lin realized that by simply making the umbrella's handle flexible, it was far easier to hang somewhere for drying, and easier… » 2/28/14 9:20am 2/28/14 9:20am

A Brilliant In-Car Touchscreen Interface You Never Need To Look At

Touchscreen displays in our cars aren't going away anytime soon. So designer Matthaeus Krenn figured that now was as good a time as any to radically improve their interfaces, replacing grids of ugly buttons and options with an elegant and minimal multi-touch UI —-that the driver doesn't need to look at. » 2/19/14 4:28pm 2/19/14 4:28pm

Snow Tires With Studs That Retract At the Push of a Button

Studded tires are probably the best way to avoid sliding all over the place on slippery, icy roads. But when that layer of snow and ice is gone, they're not particularly friendly to bare asphalt. Nokian Tyres, though, has developed this concept tire with studs that extend and retract with the push of a button on your… » 2/17/14 12:40pm 2/17/14 12:40pm

Airlines, Listen Up: Here's the Boarding Pass You Should Be Using

It hasn't been a great decade for air travel. And while crappily designed boarding passes aren't at the very top of my list of axes to grind with the airline industry, they're more important than you might think. Just take a look at this great version by UK designer Peter Smart for proof. » 1/17/14 3:20pm 1/17/14 3:20pm

A Paper Shopping Bag That Transforms Into a Hanger Back Home

If you get lucky, the clothing store where you bought that new sweater or shirt might toss in the plastic hanger it was on free of charge. Otherwise, you'll have to scrounge one up yourself—at least until this wonderful redesign of the shopping back becomes a reality. With a few folds the Hangbag transforms into its… » 11/29/13 2:00pm 11/29/13 2:00pm

Stop Soggy Bread With This Clever Roll-On Olive Oil Dispenser

A measured approach is always best when you're seasoning food. And to prevent a fresh slice of bread from being soaked and overpowered by olive oil poured from a bottle, this brilliant dispenser works like an over-sized ballpoint pen to evenly spread a thin coating of oil—instead of blue ink. » 11/12/13 11:20am 11/12/13 11:20am