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Tesla’s interchangeable travel-pod system shows modularity in transportation

If any company had to build something as outlandish as a pod system with a fixed electric powertrain platform and an interchangeable upper pod based on use, it would probably be Tesla (or maybe we could count this Mercedes Benz concept too). Designed as a part of his thesis project, Fábio Martins’ conceptual Tesla Pod system is pretty intriguing, and especially makes sense, given that Musk is launching the Boring Tunnel project that will only work with a handful of cars that are compatible with ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Design, Tesla, Platform, Automotive, Public, Pod, Commercial, Private, Popular, Musk, Random, Mercedes Benz, Fábio Martins


The ANISO UNI is a Sundial with a Quartz Swiss Movement

It’s just two key differences that make the ANISO UNI the beautiful watch that it is. The ANISO UNI pulls inspiration from perhaps the oldest man-made time-keeping device, the sundial, and brings it to the more traditional analog wristwatch… and more importantly, it does so without changing too much, or making the watch difficult to read. The ANISO UNI is a contemporary timepiece that uses hands to tell time, but also uses light and shade to celebrate how we measured time millennia ago.Essenti...
Tags: Deals, Design, Watches, Popular, Product Design, Grey, Random, Raymond Lam, Uni, 316L Stainless Steel, Ivan Chan, Aniso Creations Ltd, Aniso Uni, Quartz Swiss Movement, Ivan Chan Raymond Lam, Aniso CreationsClick


The Cascade Cables Are The USB-C To Lightning Cable Gives Your Apple Device Superpowers

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d know that the USB-C standard is one of the biggest and best things to happen to consumer gadgets. The port is universal and is capable of doing quite a lot, including both power and data transfer. USB-C can power anything from a smartphone to a laptop, is capable of much higher data transfer speeds, and probably the most important feature yet… fast charging.Companies are eager to jump onto the USB-C bandwagon, with big players like Griffin, Belkin,...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Design, Technology, Ces, Macbook, Lightning, Lightning cable, Popular, Anker, Product Design, Random, Apple MFi, Charging Cable, Cascade Cable, Eastern Collective


The World’s Smallest Global Travel Adapter?!

Travel adapters are an absolute necessity when it comes to traveling to a different country; without them our electronic devices would become nothing more but expensive paperweights in just a matter of days. However, current adapters are bulky and heavy, and they occupy the already limited space within our bags… but this certainly isn’t the case with EVO, the world’s smallest global travel adapter!Measuring in at just 0.8inches thick, EVO may be small, but it sure packs a punch; two USB interf...
Tags: Travel, Deals, Design, World, Popular, Product Design, Random, Travel Adapter, Evo StudioClick


Any Smaller and this Bed Could Fit in your Mailbox

Companies like Ikea had it all figured out a long while ago. Compact furniture is good furniture. You can transport more in the same shipping space, making logistics easier and cheaper, and even less problematic for the customer who wants to carry the furniture with them. Besides, with the practical explosion of online purchase, customers are more likely to buy things online than travel to a brick and mortar shop to see a product that they might then have to wait to be delivered to them. Even ...
Tags: Deals, Design, Bed, Furniture, Ikea, Popular, Product Design, Random, Christopher White, Slash/Bed, Christopher WhiteClick


The Hurdle Hanger Can Organize your Clothes in Seconds

The clothes hanger is probably one of those products that each industrial designer looks at with disgust, and probably redesigns at least once in their lifetime. They’re so commonly found and horribly designed, that they’re the perfect product to relook and reinvent. I imagine YD sees at least 5 hanger redesigns each year, each better than the previous one, either improving on its strength, its eco-friendliness, or its function. The Hurdle Hanger, like all its predecessors, looks at the common...
Tags: Deals, Design, Popular, Product Design, Random, Hanger, Hurdle Hanger, Seungwoo Hong, Hurdle Hanger Front Holding


Listen to Hi-def Music While Listening to the World Around You

Audio cancelation is nice. It’s nice, however, indoors. Step outdoors and audio cancelation can be a dangerous thing. I remember almost getting hit by a bus ten years ago because I had headphones on, and didn’t hear the massive vehicle heading towards me. That’s where immersive, isolated audio can be somewhat of a drawback. What’s the solution? A pair of headphones that have the ability to adapt to where you wear them.That’s what the HB-V70 are. A pair of around-ear headphones that allow you t...
Tags: Google, Deals, Design, Siri, Popular, Product Design, Random, ANC, OEC, Active Noise Cancelling, HB-V70 Headphones, Open Ear Control, DJ Direct Inc, Open Ear Control OEC


This Unusually Compact Ball-pen Also Houses an Entire Sewing Kit Within It

You’ve probably heard of the phrase “ripped a hole in my pocket”? It implies that something is so expensive that it ripped through the pocket fabric to take all your money. Literal or metaphorical, the Darter Pen is neither. A compact, reasonably priced ballpoint pen, the Darter is the size of an AA battery, and aside from packing a Cross Matrix ballpoint refill for writing, the Darter even houses an entire sewing kit that packs everything you need for a stitch in time.An unusual looking and u...
Tags: Deals, Design, Popular, Pen, Product Design, Random, Edc, Sewing Kit, Darter, Darter Pen, Noval Bell, Cross Refill


The Activcargo Tribal is Half Sports Bag, Half Gym Locker

The Tribal sports bag is an aggregation of a number of good ideas, tied up well into a sports bag that’s a pleasure to own, use, and occasionally flaunt. Touted as the world’s first anti-theft sports bag, the Tribal comes with three security measures. A 3-digit combination lock sits on the front, protecting your sports gear and your belongings stashed in the main compartment. The Tribal even packs a YKK 8RCW double layer, anti-puncture zipper that can’t be pried or broken apart to access your ...
Tags: Deals, Design, Popular, Tribal, Product Design, Random, Yanko Design, Activcargo Design, Tribal Bag


The Top Consumer Electronic Products and Concepts of 2018

As the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is upon us, we thought that now would be the best time to review what trended in 2018, as we also take a look at how that may shape our 2019. Phones have always played a massive part of the consumer electronic showcase, and this year is no different. We tried to kill the bezel this year, and are one step closer to an all-screen phone. We’re also seeing 5G make its way into our lives. Along with phones, wireless chargers have taken off (except Apple’s AirPow...
Tags: Apple, Design, Technology, Microsoft, Lg, Popular, Product Design, Random, Edc, Don, Dreyfuss, Carlo Ratti, Blackberry Network, BB Network, Hubble Phone, PIQO


The Gaze Tray is Apple’s AirPower Charger with a Lifestyle-design Touch

The Gaze Tray joins an already powerful design movement to make tech and tech accessories more home-friendly. Technology that is present inside an interior space must recognize and respect the space it is in. Flashy, edgy technology doesn’t sit well in a subtle, minimal, Scandinavian interior space, and companies are now beginning to make use of interior-friendly colors, materials, and forms to make these products complement the spaces they are in.The Gaze Tray is a wireless charger with multi...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Design, Technology, Ces, MacBook Air, Popular, Qi, Product Design, Random, Ces2019, GAZE LAB, Gaze Tray, Hanah Jeong & Youngmee Lee, Juyoun Lee, Juyoun Lee Hanah Jeong Youngmee Lee


Push to purify!

The Grayl Geopress does what any water filter does, but does it A. Faster, and B. In the form factor of an ultra-portable bottle. A successor to the Ultralight purifier bottle, the Geopress makes a few improvements on the purification as well as the aesthetic front.The Geopress comes with the same frosted finish as the Ultralight, making the water inside look cool and refreshing, while the outer body also comes with a gripping pad that sports a nifty topographical texture. The inner chamber of...
Tags: Deals, Design, Popular, Product Design, Random, Grayl, Geopress, Grayl Geopress


The Flypack has the Soul of a Briefcase and the Storage of a Backpack

Designed like a backpack but with the spirit of a briefcase, the Flypack is a travel-carry with a touch of professionalism. It sticks to a feature list that makes sense to its user and most importantly to its scenario. The Flypack comes with enough storage for a 48-hour business trip, holding everything from your work essentials to your personal essentials in its segregated storage.Built with a custom-engineered fabric exterior that lends a firmness to the backpack, the Flypack isn’t a flimsy ...
Tags: Deals, Design, Backpack, Bags, Popular, Product Design, Random, Briefcase, YKK, Flypack Bag, Simon Cui, Flypack, Simon CuiClick


The Ever-lasting Pen!

The ManualPen pairs simplistic design with precision engineering, this results in a pen that creates a truly unique writing experience. By being machined out of a single piece of metal with exceptional levels of precision, it has allowed ManualPen to compose of just two parts, the solid metal body and rechargeable cartridge.This led to the need for a unique fixing mechanism; a slightly bent clip securely holds the cartridge in place to eliminate any unwanted movement, whilst ensuring it can st...
Tags: Deals, Design, Stationery, Pen, Product Design, Random, CNC, Kristoph Krisjans, ManualPen, Kristoph KrisjansClick


If Aliens and Humans Designed Timepieces Together

The Aision AN-S01 watch comes just at the right time to usher us into the space age. For a species that will, in roughly a decade, populate another planet, Aision’s watch is time-appropriate. Designed using the vast bank of science fiction as its inspiration source, the AN-S01 models itself on the design of a UFO, with a style that’s more futuristic than traditional… perfectly fitting for a species that will soon be interstellar!The AN-S01 deviates from the regular watch-face design, opting fo...
Tags: Deals, Design, Watches, Popular, Product Design, Random, Lume, Automatic Watch, Aision AN-S01, Lee Cheuk Chung, Lee Cheuk ChungClick, WatchAision AN S01 Black Rose Gold


The Sun Mood Lamp is Solar Power of a Different Kind!

The DeskSpace, as beautiful as it is, had one crucial element missing. Made from polished precious minerals, the DeskSpace displayed the entire solar system on your desk, arranged in linear order, comprising every planet made from the appropriately selected gemstone. However, the biggest piece to that cosmic family photo wasn’t factored in until now. Carved out of a single piece of premium golden calcite is the very heart of our solar system, the sun. Designed to work as a mood lamp, the sun c...
Tags: Deals, Design, Mexico, Popular, Product Design, Random, DeskSpace, DeskX, Mood Light, Sun Mood Lamp, Solar Sun Mood Lamp


The Banale Backpack Gives You an Extra Pair of Hands

The prime purpose of a backpack is to carry things on your back, rather than in your hand… because there’s only so much your hands can carry. Secure these items in a package and sling it over your shoulder, and not only can you hold twice or thrice the weight of what you could hold in your hands, but you’ve now also got your hands free for other activities. That very purpose of keeping your hands free is what the Banale backpack considers its biggest objective.Some bags come with fixed storage...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Design, Bags, Bag, Popular, Product Design, Random, Banale, Banale backpack, Diego Recchia, Diego RecchiaClick


You’re Probably Wondering Why this Pencil is Entirely Made from Carbon Fiber

The wooden pencil is like the reliable, four-door sedan. It’s been around for long, hasn’t changed radically, and has served its purpose well for decades. The mechanical pencil is a bit like a coupe. It’s an upgrade, both in terms of the way it works, and while it isn’t as ubiquitous as the wood pencil (or the sedan), the people who do use it, love it. The CARBONARA pencil (not to be confused with the classic Italian pasta) is a step up from the coupe… a roadster of pencils if you will. It’s e...
Tags: Deals, Design, Popular, Pencil, Product Design, Random, Carbonara, BoO Barcelona, Carbonara pencil, Miquel Tejero Gerard Arqué Oriol Gener, BarcelonaClick, Matte Black CARBONARA, Glossy Silver CARBONARA


Good Design Gets Better by The Year – Part 2

Hope you enjoyed my recap on the Good Design Awards 2018 here. Now it’s time to do a special countdown for you. Under the Chairmanship of Fumie Shibata and Vice Chair Seiichi Saito, the 2018 Good Design Awards saw about 4,789 entries and a total of 1,353 works were awarded. In this feature, YD picks its favorite 15 from the Good Design Best 100 list. It was a tough competition, and picked our 15 best!Gogoro is a transportation network system where the Gogoro scooter uses rechargeable batteries. ...
Tags: Transportation, Design, Technology, Awards, Sierra, Popular, Gogoro, Product Design, Random, Sony AIBO, Suzuki, Good Design Awards, Nagatani, G Mark, Fumie Shibata, Seiichi Saito


Most Buzzed Designs of December 2018

Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in December 2018.The Clip Art series features ten different paper clips from 1860 to 1934, recreated from ancient patent records.Made from a single piece of flat stainless steel, the One-Piece Knife is exactly that. Minimalism at its best, the knife is strong and features a flat blade that curls into a pipe to form a handle that’s good to hold onto.Simplistic yet mult...
Tags: Design, Technology, Nike, Intel, Automotive, Best Of, Popular, Product Design, Random, Archon, Vrailler, Arik Schwarz, Vault AR


Top 25 Furniture Designs from 2018

Furniture hasn’t radically changed much in the last decade, leave alone the year. It’s one of those essentials that’s more or less untouched by technology… so furniture design doesn’t “advance”, per se. However, there’s always a new idea, material, aesthetic, or scenario waiting around the corner. From seating designed to make you healthier, to facades that also integrate plants into them, to furniture from repurposed car parts, to probably the very definition of innovation and creativity, Nick ...
Tags: Design, Furniture, Porsche, Baker, Popular, Product Design, Random, Edc, Don, Nick Baker, Ben Young, Arctic Silver, Helen Kontouris, Aalo, Kekkilä, Custom Made American Walnut


These Carbon-fiber Spectacles are Unbreakable and Unshakeable

As a person who’s worn prescription glasses since I was 6 years old, I can safely say that it’s an absolute pain in my rear to A. wear sunglasses, B. wear protective eyewear like goggles or masks, and C. wear VR headsets. Prescription eyewear can be somewhat of a hindrance, often coming in the way of goggles or headsets (I couldn’t try on half the headsets I saw at CES), and this is slowly becoming a disability problem, given that roughly 60% of the world has less than 20/20 vision.The glasses...
Tags: Deals, Design, Eyewear, Popular, Product Design, Random, Carbon Fiber Composite frames, Nuke Optics


YD Handpicks: The Top Audio Product Designs from 2018

I’ll admit, I have an affinity for all things audio, so this list was bound to happen at some point! Audio isn’t, however, just a passion of mine… it’s also a massive industry that grows as the smartphone industry grows, because music and entertainment play a major role in the smartphone experience. We’ve seen a lot of growth in the truly-wireless audio wearable department (I even got my hands on the TicPods featured below… review pending) as well as the smart-speaker making its way into the hom...
Tags: Design, Audio, Lenovo, Popular, Product Design, Random, Barky, Eric Guack


YD Handpicks – The Best EDC of 2018!

What would we do without EDC? EDC is literally one of the most important categories of product design, given that they’re as invisible and as necessary as the air we breathe. An abbreviation for Every Day Carry, EDC is quite literally anything you’d carry with you or on you everyday. It comprises everything from your keys to your wallet, to a watch, to even a pen, or a multitool that you may keep on your person, to get out of tough fixes. Anything you’d carry with you every day, only because get...
Tags: Design, Popular, Product Design, Random, Edc, Accessories & Fashion, Caswell, Ekster, Kiridashi, Alt Pen, Top Designs 2018


The Quiver X: A Backpack for Jungles and Concrete Jungles

Backpacks, although used for their functional features, often cross heavily into the domain of fashion too. If there were five backpacks that did the exact same thing and cost exactly the same, a consumer would end up choosing the backpack that they connected with the most… so while we feature a lot of travel bags on YD, each bag speaks to a different sort of persona. Some bags appeal to the traveling businessman, while others appeal to the wanderlust. The Quiver X appeals to people who like a...
Tags: Deals, Design, Backpack, Bags, Popular, Product Design, Random, Robin, Edc, Don, DWR, Nock, Mandy Chan, CK Koh, Quiver X, Koh Mandy ChanClick


The Top Architecture Posts from 2018

While yesterday’s throwback looked at transportation, or moving spaces, today’s annual throwback looks back at architectural spaces through 2018. This year’s seen a whole tonne of prefab living and especially a lot of out-of-city homes, to escape the hustle and the bustle of the city life.Our prediction for 2019 is to see a lot more sustainable living, and probably a departure from cities themselves, as roads get better, and as transportation gets easier with flying cars and self-driving automob...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Mars, Popular, Random, Athena, Eindhoven Netherlands, Parthenon Seawall, Panorama Glass Lounge, Nolla, Mono Cabin, Treetop Cabin, Top Designs 2018


The Top Architecture Designs from 2018

While yesterday’s throwback looked at transportation, or moving spaces, today’s annual throwback looks back at architectural spaces through 2018. This year’s seen a whole tonne of prefab living and especially a lot of out-of-city homes, to escape the hustle and the bustle of the city life.Our prediction for 2019 is to see a lot more sustainable living, and probably a departure from cities themselves, as roads get better, and as transportation gets easier with flying cars and self-driving automob...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Mars, Popular, Random, Athena, Eindhoven Netherlands, Parthenon Seawall, Panorama Glass Lounge, Nolla, Mono Cabin, Treetop Cabin, Top Designs 2018


The Top Car Designs from 2018. #Automotivation

You’d expect this round-up to be populated with self-driving cars and flying manned drones, but 2018’s list of top car designs still has a good amount of diversity. You’ve got bicycles without chains, Tesla-built helicopters, wheels with changeable treads, tractors from the future, and so much more. Transportation design is so incredibly diverse, and this list is a testament to that!With companies now showcasing a wide variety of self-driving concepts, our prediction for 2019 is to see more car ...
Tags: Uber, Design, Tesla, Automotive, Ford, Honda, Popular, Product Design, Random, Ethec Electric Motorcycle, Thrustcycle, Top Designs 2018


The Eatense Digital-plate Brings UX Design to the Culinary World

Studies show that the color of the plate can often change your perception of how food tastes. For example, serving desserts on a white plate can enhance their sweetness by making their colors seem more saturated… and that tricks your brain into thinking they’re sweeter! In 1957 marketing pioneer Louis Cheskin reported that adding 15 percent more yellow to green in 7UP cans caused consumers to perceive the soft drink as having a more lemony-limey flavor. That’s probably why Sprite, although cle...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Design, Technology, Starbucks, Dining, Popular, Product Design, Random, Dinnerware, Plate, Louis Cheskin, Eatense, Eatense Digital


The Moonlight Sonata But the Bass Is a Bar Late, and the Melody Is a Bar Early

From composer and electronic musician Isaac Schankler comes an experimental take on Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. As the title says, the bass is a bar late and the melody is a bar early. Sheet music for the experiment can be found here. And some of Schankler's more serious compositions here. Follow Open Culture on Facebook and   Twitter and  share intelligent media with your friends. Or better yet, sign up for our daily email and get a daily dose of Open Culture in your inbox.  If y...
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