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.
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.
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.
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.
When my son was born, and his vibrating bouncy seat started eating through AA batteries like jelly beans, I bought rechargeable batteries. But I found them kind of a pain. They didn't always charge back up very well, and it took a long time to charge them. Therefore, the battery charger is now in a drawer, and while we still go through AAs like crazy for all those electronic toys, I just buy regular batteries. But if this concept design comes to light, I might just switch back. Continuance is a battery with a USB port right in the side.
At any given moment in a busy metropolitan area, there are lots of pedestrians waiting to cross the street. And of course, most of us could use more exercise. Designer Li Ming has decided to kill two birds with one stone with a new traffic light. The light features an animated figure doing some stretches and exercises.
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.
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.
Word-a-day calendars are neat and all, but who the hell uses paper calendars? Oliver Shal has designed a brilliant, brain teasing calendar that'll start your day with the confusion you need to excel. Imagine how relaxing it would be to wake up, and know you've either felt the smartest or the dumbest you're going to feel that day already. The iQ alarm clock is so brilliant I'm certain its inventor is a robot.
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!
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.