Wireless Router Flower Vase Concept Also Doubles As Nuclear Cooling Tower

Generally, water and gadgets don't tend to play nicely together. But I'm a fan of this wireless router/flower vase concept design from Saudi telecom company STC. With it, the router doesn't have to be shoved away in the corner, its tangle of wires collecting dust bunnies by the pound. Now, how aboud a daffodil—or a… » 11/21/08 12:40pm 11/21/08 12:40pm

Hanging Enclosure Concept Piggybacks a Hard Drive on Your Laptop Lid

As tiny 1.8" hard drives continue to get larger in capacity » 10/03/08 9:20am 10/03/08 9:20am and , this design concept for hanging one from the back of your laptop display seems like the way to go—it's using a 2.5" drive, but a 1.8" would really be better. I've got a 3G card that hangs like this already, but piggybacking an external drive would be…

Wastebasket Facilitates Hands-Free Toilet Reading

Who knew a minor variation in the shape of the top of an ordinary trash can could be so useful? There's usually a trashcan next the toilet, so Snowtone Design figured it might be nice to put that receptacle to use during the times you're not throwing stuff in it. Just drag it around in front of you as you're doing… » 10/29/07 9:37am 10/29/07 9:37am

Mach 8 Hydrogen Hypersonic Airliner on the Drawing Board

It looks like that Boeing jet we showed you yesterday isn't going to be the only airplane using hydrogen if the European Union has its way. The European Space Agency just got $14.5 million in a second round of funding from the EU to study the idea of developing A2, a hydrogen-fueled hypersonic aircraft that might… » 10/25/07 9:51am 10/25/07 9:51am

Canon Snap Concept, a Microcam for Your Index Finger

This is one of those design concepts that might also require a genie in a bottle to actually come into fruition. It's called the Canon Snap, a high-quality camera small enough to wear like a ring. Push its single button, and you've got digi-photos. Sure, looks neat. If they could just make that lens retract down to… » 10/22/07 3:15pm 10/22/07 3:15pm

PlugLight Grows Out of the Wall, Has a Flower Filament

Some designer has figured out how to make a lighting filament out of different-colored materials and sculpt them into the shape of a flower. Attaching the bulb to a flexible support that plugs directly into the wall, the result is PlugLight, a charming decorative light that ends up being a pleasant little decoration. » 8/03/07 2:13pm 8/03/07 2:13pm

First Useful TV Packaging In History Transforms Into a TV Stand

Wouldn't the packaging for a big-screen TV be the perfect size for a TV stand? Yes, and a clever designer decided to do just that. We knew there were some tricky designers working on various packaging techniques for electronics devices, judging from all the puzzle-like intricate packing schemes we've seen in the… » 7/18/07 9:06am 7/18/07 9:06am

Three-in-One Lawn Care Device Mows, Throws and Blows

Why take up all that room in your garage for a lawnmower, leaf collector and snow blower when you can have this three-in-one device that handles all three tasks and only requires a third of the space? Oh, wait. You can't have this device because it's just a concept, but its modular design by Gustav Lamberg looks like… » 7/03/07 9:15am 7/03/07 9:15am

Ghetto Blaster Nouveau is No Less Annoying

Here's a redesign of that annoying ghetto blaster from the '70s and '80s, but this one is more ergonomic, with a shape that naturally hangs on the shoulder. There's plenty of room inside the top section for a nice big bass speaker, while the extended part that hangs down your back gives those big bass sound waves some… » 6/05/07 9:21am 6/05/07 9:21am

Malignant Mole Bikini Scares You Out of the Sun

Check out this Malignant Mole Bikini, whose ghastly melanomas begin to fade in as you get more and more sun exposure. It's designed by Fiona Carswell, the same guilt-inducing designer who brought us that Smoking Jacket that shows the effects of smoking on a pair of smoked-up lungs. What good is this bathing suit,… » 5/24/07 11:15am 5/24/07 11:15am

Wall-Mountable Wireless Printer Saves Space, Frames Up Your Print

We're usually not too stoked about printers, but this slim wall-mounted wireless printer is different. This design concept is thin enough to hang on the wall like a picture frame, or you can prop it up on a tabletop. When you've printed your page, it displays it for you right there as if it were a work of art. Push… » 5/23/07 4:15pm 5/23/07 4:15pm

Horrifying Cuckoo Clock Design From The Shining

Who knew the mild-mannered cuckoo clock could evolve into such a gruesome object? Fans of the Stanley Kubrick film The Shining will adore this takeoff on the innocent pop-out clock, where every hour Jack Nicholson's crazed face pops through the door, yelling "Here's Johnny!" as Shelley Duvall screams in terror. Cuckoo… » 5/16/07 1:00pm 5/16/07 1:00pm

Next-Gen PC Competition Results in Some Wild, Beautiful Designs

Microsoft announced the winners of its 2007 Next-Gen PC Design Competition, and this year's champs gave new meaning to that old cliché, "outside the box." These PCs won't be available anytime soon, but their industrial designers pick up some serious recognition along with a substantial wad of cash for their efforts.… » 5/16/07 9:42am 5/16/07 9:42am