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Frostie – Digital Music Player Concept

Have you ever tapped a table with your fingers as if you were playing the piano? Or drums? Air guitar? Yes I have and I wish there were real sound made according to the movements of my fingers.

So what about a digital music player that not only plays music like iPods, but also actually plays sounds in your mind?

If it could listen to your song and adjust the tone, it would be more fun. Auto cord sounds would be exciting.


I love music, but I’m not satisfied with a digital music player I can only carry with me. I want something that can be part of me; something that is with me all the time, gives me what I want and creates what I imagine. You know, music is not only for listening.

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Trou – Hologram Projecting Flexible Mobile Phone Concept

This is the second idea I submitted for a future mobile design competition held last month. The theme was “Design the mobile phone of 2020″.

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The technology of holography is progressing day by day. In 10 years, I hope it will have already been developed for mass production and will of course used in our mobile phones. The area conventionally used for a display in a mobile phone will no longer need to be a screen with 3D projecters. Instead, it could be a hole, which allows another useful purposes.

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At the same time, the materials used for the outer body of a mobile phone will become softer and softer. By successfully combine those attributes, there could be a mobile phone with a flexible vacant frame, which projects hologram in the vacant area.

When you have it in your hand, you can use it just as a conventional mobile phone except for the fact that what you see is 3D holography!

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Because its frame area is flexible enough to let your wrist go through the hole, you can wear it around your wrist. A quick phone answering can be done while you are wearing it.

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3D projectors are located inside the flexible frame, which project dramatic holography.

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Funny USB Memory Sticks #5

Funny USB Memory Sticks #5
How about a USB memory stick that looks hungry when there’s no data in it?

Funny USB Memory Sticks #5
The inflated belly means the memory is full.

Funny USB Memory Sticks #5

Funny USB Memory Sticks #5
This one is different from the other previous ones.

Funny USB Memory Sticks #5
Plug it in a USB port and start pumping it, then on the screen, the icon scatters what’s in it.

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The harder you pump, the farther the icons travel.


Also visit the other series of this gadget.


Part1


Part2


Part3


Part4

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iAcqua

Maybe I’m into projector concepts.

It’s an iPhone stand with a transparent touch screen, speaker and projector.
Dock your iPhone at the top.

iAcqua- iPhone speaker, visualizer, projector

Tilt it slowly to either side and your photos, songs or movies start running one after another at random like water coming out from a fountain. Each image will disappear in a few seconds. You can touch a photo to see it, a movie to play and a music icon to play the song.

iAcqua- iPhone speaker, visualizer, projector

iAcqua- iPhone speaker, visualizer, projector

Now turn up the faucet and when the dish is full, the images will be spilled on the floor, which are actually projection from the stand. You can also tilt the stand to spill images little by little to a certain direction.
And now you can play with larger images.

iAcqua- iPhone speaker, visualizer, projector

When you play music, you can see the visualizer working. Spill the visualizer on the floor and you see “full-screen” projected visualizer!

iAcqua- iPhone speaker, visualizer, projector

iAcqua- iPhone speaker, visualizer, projector

behind the scenes
Behind the scenes on my Flickr
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Snowcorn: Another Sixth Sense Device Concept

It took a few days to render these images and while I was rendering them, I was surprised to see this demo at TED. The concept is almost identical! How nice!

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Mine’s a bracelet like flexible device with a camera, a projector and Wifi installed. You can also put it on anywhere on your cloth around your chest or neck.

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The transparent part is a screen to show basic function or the time. Customize it with the colors and style you like.
Complicated controls can be done in the projected UI.

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Scan a business card to add the person’s name and other information to your address book through wifi.

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Translate a word/phrase you’re not familiar with in a book.

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Look for a way to get to a station on a train map.

There could be a lot more ways to use this device, so I’ll make the posts later.

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Sign Language Interpreter

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The camera captures the motion image of the speaker’s hand gesture. It translates it into an oral language and gives out the translated words.

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sign language interpreter
(the camera capturing the image)

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You can pre-choose what kind of voice you’d like it to speak in. I’ll pick up tat of George Clooney’s. 🙂

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Speech Balloons for the Hearing-Impaired

Speech balloons in comic books show very well how the characters speak. If we could instantly visualize how people speak, wouldn’t it be nice for the hearing-impaired? It means they can SEE our voices.

Speech balloons for hearing-impaired
Stressed words are rendered larger than those spoken less loudly.

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Arrows of the balloons show from where it’s spoken (of course).

Speech balloons for hearing-impaired
A scream is shown in a balloon with jags.

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Imitation sounds are also rendered, but with other colors than spoken words.

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When spoken to from out of the screen, it shows the words with the direction the voice is from.

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A pair of glasses with the same functions could replace the device if we could figure out a good way not to block visual information.

Also visit the other series of this gadget.


Part1:”Future of Internet Search: Mobile version”


Part2:”Future of Mobile Internet Search: Applications”

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Part3:”Look at What You Don’t See Through Glass”

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Part4:”Future of Mobile Search for Diet”

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Part5:”Future of Mobile Search- Search Beyond Time”

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Part6:”Future of Mobile Search- Power of Visualization”

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Part7:”Future of Mobile Search: Virtual Shopping #1″


iPhone with Looking Glass
See also the iPhone version of this concept.

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