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!
Nothing, and I mean nothing, will kill the vibe of your interior faster than a TV. You’ve painstakingly curated your home with fine furniture, finishes and artistic details only to plop down a clunky electronic device that negates all your hard work! Unless, of course, you’ve mastered modern minimalism and integrated a flat-screen seamlessly into your wall only to reveal itself when it’s time to watch… but I’m guessing that’s not you (and it’s certainly not me).
For the majority of us who tend to mix traditional and vintage with modern, Teleavia Retro is the answer! It’s perhaps the first flat-screen television to invoke retro inspiration. It’s subtly vintage looking but not in a cheesy way. You get the benefit of the space-saving flat screen and modern features with the charm of a tube TV. DO want!
What if the Osulloc brand, known for their green tea treats, made a juicer? This concept by PDF HAUS explores that very question. As simple as it is powerful, it makes drawing juice a straightforward process that anyone can do. Simply drop in your desired veggies or fruits and turn on the tap to pour a fresh glass.
Aside from giving you wings, Redbull attempts to give your car wings of its own too! The RedBull conceptual car charger is an absolute home-run for the brand and a pretty neat way to usher in the age of electric car charging. The charging station by RedBull mirrors the look of the classic energy-drink can with its memorable logo and iconic color scheme, allowing it to be recognized from a distance.
The move towards car charging would be a brilliant one, if RedBull were to take it up. They’re invested in a large way in all sorts of high-adrenaline sports, including the Formula 1 races. They’re no stranger to automobiles, and their brand is synonymous with instant energy. So, why not, I say!!
What looks like a speaker, works like an air purifier and is made by a hair care product company?! The answer is the Braun Air Solution. From a Mercedes coffee maker to a Bose air conditioner, the designers at PDF Haus love an unexpected brand crossover!
This time, they apply the design language of Braun (normally known for grooming tools) to an indoor air purifier. The result is a distinctive design, minimal in form with straightforward functionality, much like other Braun products. A bit schizophrenic with that whole speaker look, sure… but an interesting attempt at expanding the brand!
Two distinct products… one sleek, sophisticated look. PDF HAUS applies the design language of unlikely pen-maker Lamy to a sewing machine. Modern and minimalistic, each variant takes color and finish inspiration from their unique selection of fountain and ballpoint pens. The result is a variety of looks from loud to understated.
The perfect surveillance camera for your home, the Vader cam is sure to deter criminals! Just the perfect cross between playful yet powerful, this adorable little Sith lord records video footage of your home. Just the kind of thing we could expect from the guys at PDF Haus!
PDF Haus has carved their niche in something I call design fusion. They take two concepts (in this case Darth Vader and Surveillance tech) and merge them together to see what kind of awesome product could arise from an unlikely combination.
Like the ones before, the Vader cam gets my thumbs up too!
The likelihood of Mercedes-Benz pursuing the home appliance industry is very low… but that doesn’t mean we can’t ask “What if?!”. PDF HAUS explores what we might expect from the automaker were they to put out a series of goodies for the kitchen.
Following the brand’s slogan, “the best or nothing,” this collection of toaster, coffeemaker and kettle deliver lux aesthetics with premium functionality. True to the Benz design language, they aren’t lacking frill and make a bold (nonetheless elegant) statement in your kitchen.
Designers: Lee Seokho, Jung Seri & Han Sujin for PDF HAUS