At first glance, it looks like Tron missed his identity disc when it was flicked back to him from someone he was trying to derez. This is actually an interesting concept clock that has turned up over on Yanko Design. Designers really like to create wild clocks that are only marginally capable of actually telling the user what time it is. The clock is filled with what appears to be colored water and has some sort of mechanism inside to change the level of the liquid.
Earlier today we mentioned that E-Ink, the company behind those Amazon Kindle displays, have been busy working on new and improved E-Ink screens that can display full-color content. And with that, were some nifty videos of the E-Ink screens in action on various flexible materials including cloth and Tyvek. Well now we have some more nifty videos, but of E-Ink technology being harnessed by a group of researchers to produce a flexible smartphone dubbed the "PaperPhone."
All the latest gadgets getting slick touchscreens and omitting actual physical buttons is great and all but they really exclude a demographic that relies heavily on tactility. A recent design concept dubbed iSense hopes to create a solution for the visually impaired so that they may also take advantage of today's innovations. The iSense concept brings Braille to the iPad.
Here's a neat concept called the Sophie that brings Polaroid-type functionality to the iPhone. Designer Mac Funamizu has conjured up a concept iPhone dock/case that prints photos. Polaroid should seriously consider this route rather than the bizarre Lady Gaga gadgets it's been pushing.
We've seen a good deal of design concepts that incorporate some sort of folding method to create a hybrid device and improve portability such as with the LG Tryptych folding smartphone/tablet concept. And despite tablet and smartphone combos being the rage right now, the Feno concept designed by Niels Van Hoof goes back to tackling the good old notebook. His foldable notebook design features a unique folding method that makes the portable size just slightly wider than the diameter of a DVD.
A Taiwanese duo has posted a nice little concept device at CKIE, a portal ideas/projects can be posted to seek funding. In their video, the two guys ask you to take a look at your drab room and then take a look at their's. See the difference? Yes, your room is missing the "magical" colors of the Black Diamond iPhone dock. The black translucent multi-faceted orb functions not only as a charging station but also as mood lighting by diffusing in a unique way the colors and lights coming from an app while your iPhone is docked.
Back in March, we covered an HTC Tube concept design, which is meant to integrate all of your devices using a removable cartridge that can transfer between the phone and tablet. Now Antoine Brieux, the designer, has added a keyboard which plugs into the tablet and creates a notebook, possibly inspired by the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer?
Is Samsung planning to enter the portable gaming market? And if so, should they? Here is an interesting concept by designer Dumary Joseph. It is called "Consolr HD3 by Samsung" (ummm, the name needs a bit of work), and has some crazy features, and according to Yanko Design is "a fanboi’s pipe dream about the ultimate gaming machine". After all, the best concepts are those that go past what we can currently accomplish. Check out all the details after the cut.
My first thought upon gazing on this concept design was a resounding "wtf", in a good way. Chengyuan Wei put together this little gadget that takes the ancient art of Origami and telephones and puts them into the same thing. How can this be? It's all because of the magic of technology.
We have laptops, we have netbooks, we have tablets, we have smartphones. But here is something different-ish. The Lifebook X2 concept folds into quarters, and then fits in a nifty little case that might just take me back to my flute-playing days.
If you've ever had a bunch of cheap USB flash drives that you've tossed around and abused, and perhaps cursed at for not having enough capacity due to you're data hoarding, then this concept design called the Collector USB Flash Drive will have you drooling. The Collector lets you custom configure as well as expand the memory capacity of your USB stick via the swapping of microSD cards. You may never have to delete anything off your USB stick again.