Design Concept

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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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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No more “big black blot” with a Transparent TV

No more “big black blot” with a Transparent TV

With a new design from Michael Friebe, TVs may start looking a lot cooler. The Loewe Invisio television is completely transparent, allowing it to blend in with the existing design in the home. As Yanko Design stated:  "This magnificent TV is not a big black blot in standby mode...It’s a clear, frameless glass surface that keeps the room in its “visually unaltered” state."

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Shoei’s Optical/Resistive Touch Panel on Display Automotive Electronics Technology Expo

Shoei’s Optical/Resistive Touch Panel on Display Automotive Electronics Technology Expo

As the outside of our vehicles get more advanced, the inside is advancing at a far quicker pace. And while having the word "resistive" in any type of touchscreen implementation may not seem all that advanced to anyone, Shoei has created a hybrid touch panel that actually uses resistive technology in a useful fashion. Of course, it helps that the company doesn't have any intention of implementing their idea in an actual display.

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Chase 2053 Concept Car Features Hydrogen Engines

Chase 2053 Concept Car Features Hydrogen Engines

Most concepts won't become reality. It's a sad truth, but one nonetheless. In the case of the Chase 2053 concept car, it may have a chance at becoming a reality. Not because of the technology inside, but because the designer, Thomas Larsen Røed, has allowed plenty of time for this idea to get passed around amongst those who might make it a reality some day. 2053 isn't around the corner, and that could be the singular hope for this vehicle to make it to production lines in the future.

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Biolamp Concept Cleans the Air, Fuels Eco Cars

Biolamp Concept Cleans the Air, Fuels Eco Cars

While we've seen concept designs recently really focus on helping the environment in one fashion or another, we haven't seen many that actually focus on two separate causes at once, and aim to fix both of them with one device. The Biolamp concept design is meant to not only clean the air, but also fuel eco cars. The design implements solar energy, as well as the usage of a specialized liquid to make the magic happen.

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AA USB Concept Design Combines USB Drive and AA Battery

AA USB Concept Design Combines USB Drive and AA Battery

Combining devices, gadgets, or ideas into one useful object is something that more companies should try and implement. Of course, getting the idea out of the concept stage is tough, especially if you're a designer that hasn't been picked up by a huge company. For Wonchul Hwang, the concept design for the AA USB is something that many people would probably find some use in.

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Yacht Concept Shows That Huge Boats Can Fly [Video]

Yacht Concept Shows That Huge Boats Can Fly [Video]

Yachts are generally a good way for a concept to become reality. There's generally enough money being tossed around at any given moment on a yacht that, say, including an iPad-controlled thermostat (and many other functions) just seems logical, and not superfluous. But, there's a line where you have to look at a design, especially for something like a yacht, and just shake your head. Perhaps even roll up the plans, and start working on something else. For designer Phil Pauley, having a dream is one thing -- but making it a reality is something entirely different.

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NASA Showcases Airplane Designs for 2025

NASA Showcases Airplane Designs for 2025

With technology becoming more advanced every day, and even the way we build our vehicles getting better at a rapid rate, it's no surprise to see some of the designs for what the future of airplanes may look like. NASA issued a request to Boeing, Northrop Gurmman, and Lockheed Martin to design what the airplanes of 2025 may look like, and all of the manufacturers came back with their own take on what the future of flight may look like.

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TagCandy Uses Augmented Reality to Change the Way we Eat Candy [Video]

TagCandy Uses Augmented Reality to Change the Way we Eat Candy [Video]

Engineering students at Keio University's Yasuaki Kakehi Laboratory in Japan have set their sights on candy. Using a sort of augmented reality, based on sound and sensors, the students have created a new way for people to eat, and enjoy, candy. With a demonstration on video, the students have high hopes for their device, which can give you the sensation of biting into an apple the next time you put a sucker in your mouth.

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InteraXon Demonstrates Controlling an iPad with Your Thoughts [Video]

InteraXon Demonstrates Controlling an iPad with Your Thoughts [Video]

There's been gadgets in the past, that have allowed for an object to be controlled with our "thoughts," thanks to a certain type of headband that we put on. And this new idea from InteraXon isn't the first we've seen in the "mind-control" department for iOS-based devices. But, this isn't the Canadian-based company's first foray into the idea of thought-based actions making our every day usage of devices all that better, either. They first showed off their in-flight entertainment system, controlled merely by thought, last year. And now they're setting their sites on the iPad.

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ScentSciences ScentScape Lets You Smell the Movies You Watch, the Videogames You Play

ScentSciences ScentScape Lets You Smell the Movies You Watch, the Videogames You Play

Immersion is part of what makes movies, and some of the best videogames, so enjoyable. For however long, the audience is taken away from the normal, every day world, and transported somewhere else where, perhaps, anything is possible. That's why some enjoy 3D so much, because it adds another level of that immersive element. But, 3D can only get you so far. If you really want to get yourself into a movie or videogame, then you've got to be able to smell the world around you. That's where the Scentscape comes in.

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