concept design

Genius Light Switch Design by Taewon Hwang

Genius Light Switch Design by Taewon Hwang

Have you ever walked into a house and had trouble figuring out what switch controlled which light? Designer, Taewon Hwang comes through with this delightfully intuitive light switch concept. He takes the floorplan of a house and turns it into the design for the light switch. One of these switches could make it easy to control every light in your home from one location, or you can install multiple switches for any configuration or purpose you can imagine.

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Volkswagon Bulli Concept, an iPad Microbus?

Volkswagon Bulli Concept, an iPad Microbus?

Volkswagen announced plans for a re-imagined Microbus for 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show. Germans call this iconic vehicle the Bulli. This concept carries a 113 horsepower motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. Theoretically, a full charge will carry you up to 186 miles with an hour of downtime to come back to full charge. It comes bundled with Apple's iPad, integrated throughout the car's systems. The tablet can interface with the Fender stereo system, the navigation, and even the air conditioner.

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360: Phone with Extra Folding Power

360: Phone with Extra Folding Power

In a new concept from the SADI design school, the 360 Compact Folding mobile phone has multiple touch screens that are hinged together to simulate a tablet-like feel, or can be folded down for a device that is easier to hold. The phone would have a "standing mode" where it can be propped up for viewing the main screen, "protection mode" when it is closed, "multitasking mode" using all three screens, and "open mode" for only using the middle screen.

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Mazda MX-0 Debuts at Los Angeles Auto Show

Mazda MX-0 Debuts at Los Angeles Auto Show

Take a look at Mazda's entry into the latest Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge. The design was created by Derik Jenkins, Tim Brown, Minyong Lee, Carlos Salaff, Jacques Flynn, Greg Lee, Paul Muzio, Dave Coleman, Julien Montousse. This most recent challenge was all about eco-friendliness and efficiency in a four passenger vehicle that could only weigh in at 1000 pounds. Mazda's team came through the with a design they named the MX-0. It's a 999 pound electric automobile that looks like it could cut you.

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Seesaw Battery: AA batteries get smarter

Seesaw Battery: AA batteries get smarter

From designer Young Suk Kim, this battery that would make the frustrating task of getting those darn batteries out the compartment a lot easier. And there's no need to break a fingernail in the process. It's called the Seesaw, and the ends of the battery are tapered, so that you can push down on one end and the other end pops up!

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Concept Phone: HTC Eerie HD3 by Wallec

Concept Phone: HTC Eerie HD3 by Wallec

The HTC Eerie HD3 is a new concept phone which, with its 4.7 inch AMOLED display, is closer to a tablet than a smartphone. The phone was created by Wallec (wwalczyszyn from Deviantart), and has some pretty amazing specs. To start with, a 2GHz Snapdragon processor, supports 1080p HD video...continue past the break to see more.

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Super Compact Book Printer from SADI

Super Compact Book Printer from SADI

Korean design school SADI has come up with this super compact printer - shaped like a book. It's so small, that you could really take it anywhere, and not feel like you are lugging around a printer, only 50 x 257 x 182 mm (or about 2 x 10 x 7 inches). The printer uses Bluetooth to connect with compatible devices. Continue after the cut to see more pics of this cute little printer.

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LG Triptych: Phone Morphs Into Tablet Concept Design

LG Triptych: Phone Morphs Into Tablet Concept Design

Designer, Edward Hale, recently shared some images of an LG concept phone called the Triptych that can morph into a tablet. This sounds familiar harking back to Sprint and Kyocera's joint announcement of the Echo dual-touchscreen phone/tablet earlier this week. But those two sure could take a lesson from Hale's design. The Triptych makes the Echo look very very sad. Luckily for them, LG is still busy pushing their first tablet the G-Slate. More images after the cut.

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Orbo Watch Takes Circular Face, E Ink, Tells All

Orbo Watch Takes Circular Face, E Ink, Tells All

We've got a soft spot for conceptual design in our collective hearts here at SlashGear, and when a bit of industrial design comes along so very close to production that they only need a little nudge to get out of the door, we can't resist. Especially when that design is brilliant to the level that this watch is. It appears to be analog until you realize what the hands are telling you - the hours, minutes, seconds, day, weather, and basically anything else you'd like, all of it in a cleverly fashionable design.

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SkinDisplay Prints Phone and Text Messages On Skin

SkinDisplay Prints Phone and Text Messages On Skin

With mobile phones dominating our lives these days, we seem constantly connected virtually yet ever more easily disconnected in person. To limit this intrusion of mobile distraction from our daily face-to-face connections, a company called Vitamins Design has developed two interesting concepts—Smart Call and SkinDisplay. The latter concept involves printing messages directly on to your skin.

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