Sometimes the touchscreen on your tablet just doesn’t cut it. A Bluetooth keyboard can enhance your work but lugging two separate devices around isn’t ideal either. Designed with this in mind, the Cover Bluetooth Keyboard doubles as a place to safely store your tablet. Simply slide the device into the hollow-bodied shell to keep it secure during transport. Release it with the press of a button and slide it out to automatically pair with your tablet. Then, place it on the slot holder and get to work!
The designers at PDF Haus love a throwback! So, for this #ThrowbackThursday, we’re checking out their tribute to the original Sony Walkman. Unlike the one from 1968, it features a solid state drive, digital screen and is about a tenth of the size! Compared to minuscule, modern MP3 players, however, this smartphone-size remake is still a clunker! It features a tactile backside for gripping and oversized control buttons that are easily accessible by the thumb. While its large size might not be for everyone who’s already carrying a smartphone, vintage audiophiles might love it.
The guys at PDF Haus are pros at breathing new life into old products and this one’s a perfect example. They’ve taken 20th century inspiration from a Super 8 camera (the Minolta XL400) and put a modern spin on it with revamped functionality. Aesthetically it still has the that same simplistic, vintage vibe with a couple of minor enhancements like pure white cladding and ergonomic controls.
Aside from style, its other cool features include a pistol-type handle (that’s now entirely optional) for shooting live action. ISO, IRIS (F), and shutter speed can all be adjusted manually with a simple rotation of an oversized command dial.
It’s funny how Microsoft’s new product design language is plain and simple visible in its logo. Clean geometric shapes, no fluff, no nonsense. If you look at Microsoft’s tablet, keyboard, or even its phones, you’ll see it. Seokmin Jang and PDF Haus cleverly caught on that trend and made what I can only assume is the most visually different and useful keyboard of all time. The All In One Keyboard comes with this unusual design that looks funny first, but makes a world of sense later. Fitting inside its cuboidal frame is a keyboard, a trackpad, and a wireless charging dock (that not only charges the keyboard but even your smartphones).
The keyboard uses capacitve ‘feather’ touch to remain sleek and svelte. A cylindrical member at its bottom positions it at just the correct angle to allow you to type with ease. You can use the trackpad alongside to work even faster. It uses the Microsoft Surface’s stylus, allowing you to attain a level of precision you normally wouldn’t get with your finger on a trackpad. The extra touch is the wireless charging dock, that lets you place your phone on it, and even doubles up as an office tray, allowing you to place stationery in the empty space on the right. In doing so, the All In One Keyboard elevates itself from being just a piece of tech, to being a product that looks at the context of work and office very carefully… which is what all productivity tools should do, right?
Virtual reality… how could something so cool look so uncool?! Until now, that is. Introducing, Givenchy VR, also known as Ombré.
Taking on VR would be a foray for any fashion house, but for some reason Givenchy seems to be the brand of choice for designers considering it’s one of a couple of Givenchy VR concepts floating around.
Here, the brand’s signature gothic style is introduced to the goggle. While there’s no word on materials, its chiseled form is distinctly different from existing clunky designs. Instead of looking like you glued a TV remote to your face, you’ll be rocking a ready-to-wear accessory that looks right off the runway.
I vividly remember absolutely hating Samsung’s Serif TV. I loved the idea of designing a television to fit into a Scandinavian/Japanese styled home, but as far as the Serif TV’s visual language went, it was an atrocious combination of technology and typography. However, the Maison TV does right by that concept, creating a beautiful albeit block shaped TV that wonderfully fits into a home’s decor, while setting a completely new visual style for its product category.
Absolutely pure in its design language, the Maison TV looks like something Muji would build. The simple white block form with the four detachable legs give the TV a certain elegance which makes the television look like an object fit for a home, rather than a showroom. The thickness of the TV stems from its inclusive design, that has empty spaces in the back for storing streaming boxes, and even for cable management, so that you’re left with a TV that doesn’t have any odd boxes or wires corrupting its beauty. The Maison TV comes with beautiful flush controls on the side, along with a remote that echoes the same style that makes the Maison TV’s design language tick every single box in Rams’ ten commandments of good design!
Inspired by Gretta James from the musical comedy/drama Begin Again, PDF HAUS has designed this digital musical instrument that makes it possible to make music magic on the go! Compact and minimalistic, it’s ultra-portable and perfectly sized to throw in a bag or backpack.
It combines the familiarity of a classic guitar with the flexibility of a digital musical instrument. The user can play by connecting to the external music player, improve performance with various effects, or plug in headphones for quiet rehearsing. Use the dedicated smartphone app to make music on a whim anywhere from the studio to the subway.
Introducing, artificial emotional intelligence. That’s the name of the game for the Laier speaker. Over time, it learns you and your music tastes and how what you play relates to your mood.
It’s designed to distinguish between music types, rhythms, and to pick up on the subtle nuances that make a song happy, sad, fun, or mad. Then, it reflects associated colors and patterns of light on its 4 semitransparent layers to further enhance the mood!
The short answer is… yes it can. The long answer is, while phone cases don’t do much except for accident-proofing your gadget, or occasionally giving it a boost of battery power, it is capable of much more… even of saving a life. Modeled on the classic Realtone walkie-talkie from the 70s, the rugged Walkie-Talkie iPhone case concept by Sejung Oh and PDF Haus does something rather nifty. Not only does it protect the phone from falls, and also supplies it with additional power (via an extra battery within the case), it allows wireless radio-communication in times of distress. Built with an extra lithium-ion battery and a pretty large antenna above it, it allows for communication even when your phone’s carrier signal fails you. It does this by boosting the phone’s Bluetooth signal to cover larger distances, not only allowing you to broadcast audio signals, but even sending text-messages and sharing locations. Moreover, the case, like the iPhone 7 (for which it’s designed) is water-proof, insinuating that it may just be the ideal case for remote-traveling. Imagine being able to send out an SOS message or broadcast when comms are down. Lifesaver, isn’t it?
This Kodak concept cam just might revitalize the disposable camera we used as kids. Not just because it has a cooler pill shape, textured shell, and attractive packaging (those are just bonuses), but because it features FILTERS! Apply your favorites from a selection of city-inspired hues before having your film developed the old-school way!