Design Concept

Engineering Students Create Cheap Way to Tell When Water is Safe to Drink

Engineering Students Create Cheap Way to Tell When Water is Safe to Drink

There's one way that will usually make a concept go from a plan to the real deal pretty quickly: make it cheap. While some concept designs may focus on helping the environment, or finding new ways to help humans in certain situations, they may make it too impractical due to costs. But, if you can manage to create something that is practical and costs less than five dollars to make, we're pretty sure that means you've got a winner on your hands. At least, that's what students from the University of Washington are hoping.

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ET3 Tube System Wants to Take You From New York to Beijing in 2 Hours

ET3 Tube System Wants to Take You From New York to Beijing in 2 Hours

If you're claustrophobic, then travelling on any kind of vehicle for transportation is probably pretty rough. Especially an airplane, where you're sitting right next to a lot of people, in a relatively small space (depending on how you fly, of course). So maybe a giant tube system wouldn't be to your liking. But, if you've got to get somewhere, even somewhere around the world, in a hurry, the ET3 system could be just what the world has been waiting for.

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Solar Vox is a Portable Solar-Powered Charger Looking for Funding

Solar Vox is a Portable Solar-Powered Charger Looking for Funding

For a concept design to become real, and find its way into consumers all over the world, it needs money. That's where Kickstarter comes in. A service designed to help creators find the means to get their ideas off the ground, and hopefully onto shelves where people can actually buy them. We've seen an iPod Nano watch hit the big time thanks to Kickstarter, and now a solar-powered portable gadget charger is looking for some funding. Designed by Eric Strebel, it's a simple device with a lot of potential.

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TRON Watch Concept Design Uses Hexa-Slots to Tell Time

TRON Watch Concept Design Uses Hexa-Slots to Tell Time

We're certainly covering the gamut of possible gadgets that could be inspired, and themed, by the recently released TRON: Legacy movie. While the orange-hued Xbox 360 controller and real-life light cycles may be the coolest "real" gadgets we've seen, this concept design from designer Abhinav Dapke has us hoping that some watch designer out there will pick up the reigns and make this watch real.

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Mouse for Men Concept Design Features Flexible Touchscreen

Mouse for Men Concept Design Features Flexible Touchscreen

There are a lot of different options out there for people who are looking for a particular mouse accessory for their computer. Touch controls are becoming popular, so here's a concept design that not only has touch controls, but also a flexible touchscreen, and pressure sensitive controls to boot. Not only that, but the designers made sure that when you look at this Mouse for Men, you realize that a real mouse was used for the inspiration.

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ZTE Corporation’s Double Smartphone Wins Red Dot Concept Design Award

ZTE Corporation’s Double Smartphone Wins Red Dot Concept Design Award

As far as concepts for cellphones and smartphones go, they can be pretty creative. As most concepts are, truth be told. But usually, they tend to have a few features in there that we'd love to see in our actual pocketable devices. For example, ZTE Corporation's concept design for the Double smartphone, which has the same features that plenty of today's favorite designs have, but also throws in plenty of interesting aspects that would probably be great additions for our smartphones of the future.

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Self-Sterilizing Door Handle Wins Concept Design Award, Needs to be Real

Self-Sterilizing Door Handle Wins Concept Design Award, Needs to be Real

Door handles are dirty, dirty things. Especially ones that you find in public places, where hundreds, if not thousands of hands touch it on a daily basis. And while these door handles may get cleaned every night (hopefully), it's just not enough to make sure that germs aren't being spread about everywhere, getting people sick. That's why we need a door handle that sterilizes itself. And why it's not surprising that when someone designs a concept for one, they win a concept design award.

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SEGA Toirettsu Brings Video Game to Men’s Urinal [Video]

SEGA Toirettsu Brings Video Game to Men’s Urinal [Video]

Over the years, there's been all sorts of additions to men's urinals to "help" those using it stay in the urinal, and not make a mess of the floor (or themselves). While there are still some urinals out there that feature cute little designs near the bottom, like that of a bee, it seems that Japan is still having some major issues, and now they're doing what they should have done right from the start: made it a game.

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Prosthetic Arm Features Flexible Tentacle Design

Prosthetic Arm Features Flexible Tentacle Design

Most prosthetic limb replacements focus on returning regular movements to those who need them. Prosthetic legs move in a natural way, or as best as they can, while prosthetic arms usually have a regular five-fingered hand at the end, helping those who have lost a limb use their artificial ligament in a more natural fashion. But, when a student is asked to "push the boundaries" of upper-limb prosthetic design, you shouldn't expect to find a design you'd find in the box.

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