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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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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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Giving Tree Charging Station Concept Design

Giving Tree Charging Station Concept Design

Designers have caught our attention again with another simple and elegant concept. Dubbed the Giving Tree, this cute multi-connector charging station in the abstract form of a tree bears fruits of iPhones ready to be plucked once batteries fully ripen.

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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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Traffic Signals on Trees

Traffic Signals on Trees

A good way to green a city is to plant more trees and what better reason to do so than have trees replace traffic signal poles. Designers have conjured up the traffic signal of the future, called the Wearable Signal, in the form of a flexible LED solar panel that can wrap around any cylindrical form.

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Concept Camera Uses Single Glass Viewfinder / Touchscreen Interface

Concept Camera Uses Single Glass Viewfinder / Touchscreen Interface

If you're at all familiar with the work of Mac Funamizu, you know he's an industrial designer whose only limit is real-world application. He does not allow the technological limits of today have an effect on his work, therefor he does magnificent designs that might never exist. For this project, Mac found inspiration in a project by the name of WVIL Concept Camera, a camera with a similar aim but a much bigger package. The camera you're about to peek at is made up of a single piece of glass, a clip-on tiny lens, and a metal rim. Of course there'd be some technological insides, but take a look and imagine something so very simple.

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Android “Flip Phone” Concept with Three Flexible AMOLED Touchscreens

Android “Flip Phone” Concept with Three Flexible AMOLED Touchscreens

Well would you look at that, the perfect phone. All it took was a couple extra panels and there it was, all conceptualized and turned into a short ad for the world to see. This is a vision of a smartphone that takes the idea of flipping out an extra section (for a keyboard, for a speaker, etc.,) and took it a couple steps further. Designer Kristian Ulrich Larsen presents one lovely triangle.

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Blackbird Mercedes TRON Concept For Great Light Justice

Blackbird Mercedes TRON Concept For Great Light Justice

This is a design straight out of the concept books of both Peter Vardai and Tamas Fodor, both of whome have brought to life this magnificent machine for the world to get their TRON on in. It seems like this TRON fad has become a movement as the movie itself is leaving theaters yet concepts keep popping up. The goal of the designer of this project (Vardai) was to both reinforce the emotions people feel toward the Mercedes brand and bring their eyes up and out forward toward the future. Light strips on black sides will do that!

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