Umbrella gets a new look!

There are some products that have remained the same shape and look for generations that we can remember of. This is because they solve the purpose for which they were made just in the shape and size they have been made for all these generations. One such product is the all so useful UMBRELLA. 

However came across this unique redesign that Stephen Collierhas given to umbrella. The Rainshader is a more crowd-friendly umbrella, designed to reduce the chance of dripping on someone’s feet or poking them in the eye.



How often we step out in the rain with our umbrella and only our head remains shielded while rest of our body gets wet because rains do not always come vertically downwards!! Covering your back with the Rainshader seems so very practical and useful.



There have been many others who have tried to make changes to the model of the Umbrella but nothing seems to be more practical upgrade than this Rainshader. Unlike an ordinary umbrella, which channels water in all directions from its center, the Rainshader instead channels water forwards and backwards via parallel panels of material. The back of the Rainshader hangs low over the user’s shoulders and the front is cut away to see forwards (though sideway vision would seem to be impaired, so the Rainshaded should go extra carefully when crossing roads).



So here we have an umbrella which gives your own private space protected from the nature’s wrath in Monsoons.


Portable Solar powered socket!

Solar powered products are the rage of the day. Anything and everything that runs on solar gets immediate media attention. But have we ever thought of how to harness the solar energy that is around us in our workplace and homes? There is abundance of solar power around us where we sit and work everyday. Designers Kyohu Song and Boa Oh have done just that and conceptualized a simple yet usable and practical device that each one of us can use. Its the Window Socket solar powered outlet.

ImageWhat I like best about the product is the simplicity and usefulness of the product. The portable socket attaches to a window pane that is receiving sunlight. On its underside, it has solar panels that generate the electricity. The solar panels suck energy from the sun. The charger converts that energy into electricity. You plug into the charger.

ImageEven better, the charger stores that energy. After five to eight hours of charging, the socket provides 10 hours of use. You can pop it off the window, stick it in your bag, and use it to charge up your phone with solar energy, even if you’re sitting in a dark room.

ImageI am not sure how much of power it can generate but then the objective is to save as much of small bits of fossil fuel that we can in our daily lives. The power from this solar plug should be sufficient to charge up our power hungry cell-phones and other mobile devices.


Send human touch wirelessly!!

There is no limit to the human imagination. The product below is working to give a new dimension to this. How would it feel if you are alone in another part of the world but can still receive the touch of your loved ones across the oceans and mountains?


The panGenerator in collective collaboration with Cheil is working on an innovative technology of transmitting the human touch between two individuals via bluetooth and internet connection provided by the smartphones. Its called remote tactile communication.



The bracelet is comprised of two elements, one for sending data and the other for receiving. Touch sensor located on the upper side of the bracelet converts swipes into tactile/haptic motion on the receiving device. The device is currently an early alpha version – the next version will be about 50% slimmer and the temporary textile strip will be replaced with casted polyurethane.

Checkout their video on the product. 
TACTILU – a bracelet for remote tactile communication ( work in progress )

Harnessing Kinetic energy to solve lighting problem

Danielle Trofe has combined aesthetics with pure science in her beautifully designed LED Hourglass lamps that are powered by the kinetic energy of falling sand! A brilliant self sustaining lamp…She has found a beautiful way of putting across a fact to the consumers that the source of energy will end unless we work towards preserving it.


The shape of the lamps are like hourglass and the lamps need to be flipped to continue working and require the user’s involvement to stimulate awareness of the finite nature of lighting energy sources. The lamp works on the simple principle of falling sand and is also solar powered to have a back up.


Read about her more on…

Danielle Trofe’s Hourglass LED Lamps Use the Kinetic Power of Sand to Produce Light

Purifying the air by Hand Tree

Hand Tree

Alexandr Kostin from Russia has developed a very unique product to tackle the global problem of air pollution at both the micro and macro level. His idea of Hand Tree, though a simple idea, but has far reaching benefits and potential impact. It works on the principle of how plants purify the air around them. The device shown below sucks in impure air and releases purified air along with some personal fragrances, depending on the user’s preferences.

Hand tree in principle


Alexandr believes by combining the power of millions of such Hand Trees around us, the overall quality of air in the cities and towns can be drastically improved. He has submitted his design at the Electrolux Design Lab and I believe this product if addresses issues of recharging the device with a renewal energy source, can be a potent device for controlling air pollution.

Hand tree in working


One can read more about Alexandr’s creation on this weblink Hand tree