Life Gadgets

WalkCar transports passengers on a laptop-sized board

A Japanese inventor has developed the “world’s smallest electric car” – an aluminium board with wheels that carries a passenger like a Segway and fits into a backpack (+ movie). Kuniaki Sato’s company Cocoa Motors is set to launch the new personal transportation device this autumn. The lightweight aluminium board is approximately the size of a laptop and can carry loads of up to 120 kilograms. Available as an indoor and outdoor

Ultra-Compact Cooking: Modular Kitchen for Nomadic Singles

The average single person living alone doesn’t need an elaborate setup in the kitchen, requiring little more than a mini fridge, sink, a couple burners and some storage. So why not save some space with an ultra-compact kitchen module that contains all of the basics with the smallest footprint possible? This design is smaller than a typical kitchen island, and even features a fold-down dining surface. ‘Gali’ by designer Ana

Modular Cargo Bikes with Unusual Steering Mechanisms

As their name implies, XYZ Cargo cycles are built on a Cartesian grid. They’re intended to be easy to put together, easy to repair and easy to customize. And the square-tubed cycles, which come in both bike and trike variants, feature something rather unusual up front, as you can see below. Let’s start with the bike: XYZ CARGO BIKE uses a completely new steering design, resulting in a flat layout

6 Major Design Trends Shaping City Life In 2015

Co.Design talked to a slew of experts about how design is changing the way we experience cities, from where we live to how we eat. Cities are the future. By one oft-cited statistic, 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. But chances are, the cities of the future won’t look quite like the places where we live today. It’s up to designers—architects, urban planners, interior

Bike in a Bag

One of the biggest problems with a bike is its portability. Ironic?! Right. You can’t carry the conventionally designed cycles in trains easily. It takes more than just some bend and shift to fold bikes and which is why we have a very new direction to the design with the Kit Bike. Designed to be a bike in a bag, the wheels and parts completely dismantle and pack into a

Go Go Green and Glam

INU is stylish, state-of-the-art personal transportation that aims to make commuting within the city a cinch! Green and portable, it’s a fantastic option as a primary urban vehicle and is complimentary to public transportation. With one voice command or even a simple hand gesture from your smartphone it will automatically fold on its own! All you have to do is worry about getting from points A to B! Pre-order yours

CES 2015: iHome debuts HomeKit SmartPlugs, Flask speakers, wearables, Kineta pop-out battery speakers, more

Every year, top-ranked Apple speaker maker iHome comes to CES with an impressive array of new products — including something to show off Apple’s latest technology — and it isn’t disappointing at the 2015 CES. In an advance briefing before the show officially opened, iHome revealed its first Apple HomeKit product, SmartPlug ($40), as well as some daring new speaker and headphone designs… …like the first speaker we’ve seen hidden

Lightweight impossible electric bicycle folds to fit inside a backpack

lightweight impossible electric bicycle folds to fit inside a backpack images courtesy of impossible technology the ‘impossible’ by impossible technology, is a folding electric bike that can fit into a backpack and be carried around easily as it weighs less than 5kg. the design features a frame built around circles instead of a single horizontal girder to help equally spread the rider’s weight across the structure. as the seat and

The Cargo Moto

EQUS is an electric cargo motorcycle that allows you to bring along a variety of goods on your commute, while running errands or when you’re out for a leisurely ride. Its minimal yet robust frame is designed around a convenient cargo area found between the rider’s seat and the front fork. This purposeful placement provides a lower center of gravity and greater overall stability to the design.  Designers: Alejandra Hanashiro,

Brilliant Suitcase Doubles As A Scooter So You Never Miss Another Flight

We’ve all been there: sprinting through hordes of people at the airport as you carry your over-packed suitcase in one hand and cling for dear life onto your passport in the other. Now imagine that instead of frantically running through the terminal, you can simply glide past everyone on a scooter. A Slovenian designer, Bostjan Zagar, has come up with the “Olaf Business,” a carry-on approved suitcase that holds up to