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Rafael Sottolichio Paintings

Rafael Sottolichio Paintings

Quebec-based painter Rafael Sottolichio creates dream-like portraits using vivid colors. His characters appear to float through space while abstract swirls of color surround them. Take a look at some of Sottolichio’s work below. His sense of perspective is dazzling (as his palette).


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Futuristic Phone Designs


iPhone 6, with 3D Curved AMOLED Plus Display

Created by Chris Youn, the iPhone 6 design is based on 3D sound and 3D hologram interaction and it comes with a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display.


Armed Notebooks

Armed Notebooks

The Black Notebook Series consists of 3 cool armed notebooks featuring 3D weapons molded on the cover and unique pages in between. “Here, weapons which may typically be viewed as symbols of violence are converted to tools for peace. Our creativity and knowledge expressed through words and sketches are the best means to get our points across, not through force and/or violence – a strong message conveyed by the designer.”


Swim Like A Dolphin

Seabreacher Dolphin

Innespace’s Seabreacher Dolphin resembles a stylized dolphin, complete with dorsal fin and flippers that can leap from the water and dive into it, as well as perform “aquabatics”. Seabreachers enable their controllers to maneuver swiftly through the water: diving, jumping, rolling, porpoising… all within the safety and comfort of a dry, sealed cockpit.


Animal Inspired Bio Designs

Solar Powered COM-BAT Spy Plane

Solar Powered COM-BAT Spy Plane
The concept was conceived by the US military as a means to gather real-time data for soldiers, and the Army has awarded the University of Michigan College of Engineering a five year $10-million dollar grant to develop it.


Light Touch interactive projector

Light touch

Light Blue Opitcs has won the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Innovation Awards 2010 prize for Product Design with its Light Touch – an interactive projector that turns any flat surface into a touch screen. Light Touch™ not only frees multimedia content from the confines of the small screen, but also lets users interact with that content in the same way as they expect to on their other hand-held devices – using touch technology.


Blackberry Empathy – Emotional Communication

Blackberry Empathy Phone

Based on the idea of a mood ring, this futuristic cellphone integrates a keypad that changes color according to the emotional state, sensed from messages and phone calls, as the biometric ring transmits the body signals of wearer and sends data to the main device for interpretation. The goal  is to create empathy for one another and strengthen relationships.
Designer Daniel Yoon


Concept: Copper Phone Uses Heat for Power

Nokia E-Cu

The Nokia E-Cu by  Patrick Hyland is a mobile phone charged by sources of heat therefore eradicating the need for a charger. The phone has a thermo-generator integrated inside, which converts heat energy into electric potential energy. It is surrounded by copper with engraved heat sinks in a dry earth pattern which represents the effect of heat on the natural environment. The phone can be charged by placing it on any source of heat e.g. a radiator, even inside a pocket.

‘Prism Cloud’ Project over Abu Dhabi desert

Prism Cloud

Architects Matthew Johnson and Jason Logan have designed a unique project as an entry to the Land Art Generator Competition near Abu Dhabi. Called the Prism Cloud, it’s a cable-net structure that would hover over the desert and generate energy at the same time that it splits or diffracts light.


Conceptual Tree Planting Robot

tree planting robot

From Yanko Design and designer Anna-Karin Bergkvist comes this concept of a tree planting robot. The eco-friendly four legged machine can plant trees with the help of its long planting arm and the planting head. The legs reduce the pressure applied on the floor of the forest, enabling the robot to be smaller and move through rough terrain. By using hot steam to destroy competing vegetation (choking vines that kill trees, for example), it poses no threat to the animals that afterward come upon planting spots.


LG 3D mobile phone concept

LG 3D mobile phone

Petr Kubik has designed this all-in-one-piece that includes the glasses, intuitive stylus and expandable screens. The screen can be enlarged by sliding out the display from the center, and there are solar panels at the back of the display. The 3D apps support 3D movies and camera plus allow you to make surreal calls with family and friends that pop out of  the screen!


Aiptek Z20 – First Worldwide Mobile Projector & HD Camcorder


Aiptek is set to release the world’s first camcorder and digital projector. The device will be able to project content up to 65 inches diagonally. It generates power from a LED light and captures still images at 5 megapixels and HD video to be stored in a built-in 2GB of memory. The Z20 will be launched in Europe in April for 349€ . Check out the video.

Innovative Solar Powered Gadgets

Inkjet Printed Solar Cells

Inkjet Printed Solar Cells
Massachusetts-based Konarka Technologies has developed and successfully demonstrated the ability to print solar cells with an inkjet printer. By using the inkjet printing process in the manufacturing of solar cells, the need for “clean rooms” is eliminated, and manufacturers can work with a number of different substrates, including plastics, and different colors.


Pencil Printer


A very interesting concept design by Hoyoung Lee. This printer changes laser printer of ink powder to pencil powder. It grinds stubby pencil lead and mechanical pencil lead inside a cylinder. Then the stubby pencil lead burns by electricity, so pencil’s wood and lead can be separated.
The printer even contains an eraser cartridge that can erase the “print” on your documents.


A clipper in the clouds


Design and innovation company Seymourpowell has designed a giant, elegant “clipper in the clouds” airship, called “Aircruise”, that heralds a new era of luxury transport. Lifted by hydrogen and powered by solar energy, the Aircruise concept has obvious environmental benefits. Seung Min Kim, design director at Samsung C&T commented, “This was a dream concept project for us, helping to realize a future of sustainable buildings combined with innovative and luxury lifestyle. In an age where environmental impact is a key for architecture, we are keen to extend this vision of the future by searching for solutions that can be realised by 2015 – the year that many futurologists foresee as the turning point for the future.”
With a cruising speed of around 90mph, theoretically, it could ferry 100 people from London to New York in a leisurely 37 hours or from Los Angeles to Shanghai in just under four days .


Floating UFO Lamp


Using magnetism technology, this non conventional concept from Baita Design levitates in the air to illuminate your living place. It features foot controlled buttons, including power, up, down and polarity inversion,


‘Secret of Light’: interactive lamp design

‘Secret of Light’ interactive lamp design
This lamp, designed by Qin Xue, Cao iXiaoxiao and Wei Hangshuai, is a lighting system whose appearance and operation is based on the dandelion flower and our typical interaction with it. Dandelions evoke strong childhood memories for lots of us. The Secret of Light draws upon the dandelion’s nostalgic imagery with this inventive new lamp. Simply shake it to turn it on. You can control the amount of light it gives off by blowing on the bulbs you would like to turn off! It is a Red Dot awarding winning concept.


Mobile Phone Battery Charger

Mobile Phone Battery Charger
The ‘Swing Your Energy Charger’ designed by Song Teaho and Hyejin Lee is a solution in case your phone runs out of power and you don’t have your charger nearby. Just insert your battery into the device and give it a few good spins around your index finger and done you have enough power to chat for a little longer.


Experience what is on screen with Sense

Experience what is on screen with Sense

Sense is a futuristic wireless interactive product with a touch-sensitive screen that allows the user to have a sensory experience of websites, movies, and games via smell, taste, and touch. The user inserts their hand into the SENSE sheath and feels different impressions such as temperature, roughness, softness, hardness, or pressure.


The Light Ball: kinetic energy transformed into light

The Light Ball: kinetic energy transformed into light
The “Light Ball” designed by Yoonsang Kim, harnesses human energy and turns it into kinetic energy.The kinetic energy generated when kicking or bouncing is transformed into light energy to make the ball gleam in the dark, just like the way a lantern in your bicycle with a generator glows.

Eco-friendly Road Light for the Countryside

Eco-friendly Road Light for the Countryside
Road Lights, designed by Sungi Kim and Hozin Song, is a system of wind generated lane lights powered by the wind of vehicles whizzing by. The energy captured by the system illuminates a series of pegs 50-100 meters in front of you to lead the way.

Wear your Music

Mac Funamizu has designed a music jewelry concept that allows you to literally wear your music. This music gadget, by default, is transparent, but when you want to make it stand out, just change the colors/patterns or use your favorite photo on the background.


TOUCH HEAR: Knowledge at your Fingertips

Touch Hear is a futuristic concept developed by the Design Incubation Center, that would probably make pocket dictionaries a thing of the past. By touching a word or phrase in a particular piece of reading material, the user will be able to listen to its related information, like its pronunciation or its meaning. Totally useful whether you’re reading in your native language or learning a foreign language.



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