I like to check Yanko Design blog – they always write about some weird and cool designs. Here I picked few interesting eco-concepts for a closer look.
What is the world of a normal geek today? Charging and charging devices. Piles of wires in every room of your home. Several electronic appliances that grow your energy bill even if you wouldn’t be using them. The world must change!!!
1. What would happen if the geek would share a sip of coca cola with a mobile phone?
This is such a funny concept of powering up your device. A phone that drinks coca cola to function? That’s what the designer Daizi Zheng proposes. The phone feeds off carbohydrates (sugar) and utilizes enzymes as the catalyst to generate electricity.
I wonder how the UI would be… Instead of “battery full” sign you would get “I’m high on sugar” info note. Later on they could teach phones to eat healthy and power them with rye bread.
6. Would exercising be more tempting if you could turn your Calories into Watts?
This concept is a revolution to the humankind. Never again you have to exercise just because “it makes you feel better”. You can exercise for a reason. The reason is simple: Power up the devices you use of course!
While walking, biking or waiting you collect energy, which can then be inserted into all the machines. A dream of an eco-geek! Imagine, you can be like a plant that gives air to breathe to all your little gadget-friends.
It’s possible to paint your own wall decoration with sablunas for example; but that’s a lot of work. Walltat produces ready made “tattoos” that you just attach to the wall. I haven’t checked the details, but it would seem more eco-friendly to add an M1 qualified paint + tattoo than a wallpaper?
I just found my way to SpaceCollective. They have videos about past and future of humans, nature, robots and networks. Worth checking!
See for example this one. “The internet has become the largest man-made self-organizing system in the planet”.
There is also another movie, “4, Runaway Infrastructure” that warns about corporations starting to control the Internet. If that happens, it’s no longer the media of the people; similarly as electricity or television. What that would mean is censuring, lawsuits, no longer free thoughts, no way to unite against corporations who don’t understand what’s good for us. Interesting points… Just comes to my mind what happened to Napster, and how Google is spreading everywhere. It gives me a bit of a shivel thinking about Facebook’s future. Do I trust these companies too much?
This is such an simple idea I wonder why nobody thought about this long time ago. When you are driving a car, you could save gasoline by turning the car off in the red lights. The problem is that you never know when the light is turning green, thus it’s safer to keep the engine humming.
This design attaches animation next to the stop-light; so you know exactly how much time there is left, and you can relax. Excellent! Give the users feedback – make them less frustrated.
Remember this? When I looked at the “ecofont” few years ago, I thought it looked somewhat weird.
Seems I didn’t fully grasp the idea behind it. In normal font sizes, you see no different to a regular font, but you save up to 20% on ink. As ink is both expensive and polluting; it’s actually a great idea to save your money and save the planet!
What truly makes the idea shine is that they have developed a business concept: Any font can be an eco font! (of course). So you can buy an easy package that helps you to do that fast. Price for the tool is not yet available.