concept design

Donax Seashell Headphones by the Seashore

Donax Seashell Headphones by the Seashore

Nature's most awesome amplifier is an echo, sure, but what's nature's most excellent sound container? A seashell of course, it's got the entire ocean hidden inside, all of the sound just waiting for you to listen. Apostol Tnokovski knows this, and he's right on the cuff of turning nature back into something we can package. Thusly there is the Donax headphone set, available in black or white. Should they be cordless? What about real shells, where does this leave them?

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Apple iPhone 4 Gaming Extension Concept

Apple iPhone 4 Gaming Extension Concept

Remember those Sony XPERIA Play commercials awhile back? The ones that made the iPhone's touchscreen seem like a miserable game playing experience? Well, here's a concept that could change that, or at least appease the gaming thumbs of dissatisfied iPhone 4 owners.

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Aqua clock concept looks like Tron’s identity disk

Aqua clock concept looks like Tron’s identity disk

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.

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PaperPhone Flexible Smartphone Prototype, Responds To Touch And Bends

PaperPhone Flexible Smartphone Prototype, Responds To Touch And Bends

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."

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iSense Concept Brings Braille To iPad

iSense Concept Brings Braille To iPad

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.

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iPhone Concept Case That Prints Polaroids

iPhone Concept Case That Prints Polaroids

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.

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Feno Notebook Concept Features Unique Folding Design

Feno Notebook Concept Features Unique Folding Design

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.

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Black Diamond Interactive Ambience iPhone Dock Brings Magical Party Time

Black Diamond Interactive Ambience iPhone Dock Brings Magical Party Time

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.

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HTC Tube Concept Design: Phone, Tablet, Notebook

HTC Tube Concept Design: Phone, Tablet, Notebook

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?

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Samsung Portable Gaming Concept, Powered by Android

Samsung Portable Gaming Concept, Powered by Android

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.

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Origami and Phones, Together At Last

Origami and Phones, Together At Last

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.

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And now for something completely different – a Folded Notebook

And now for something completely different – a Folded Notebook

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.

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