Design Concept

Traffic Intersection Powered By Footsteps Concept

Traffic Intersection Powered By Footsteps Concept

A group of college students have designed a traffic intersection that harnesses the power of vibrations from passing cars and pedestrian’s footsteps. The designers, Ian Jaye, Jovan Popovic, and Patrick Houin based the design on piezoelectricity, which converts vibrations and movement into electricity. We don’t see the use of piezoelectricity very much nowadays but the technology has been around for 100 years.

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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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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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