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Oral Fixation

When you read facts like there are about 10,000,000 bacteria living on a single toothbrush and toothbrushes must be kept at least 6 feet (two meters) away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush; you wanna re-think your oral hygiene options. Sanitizing toothbrushes is a way, and something like the Ultra Violet Sterilized Toothbrush System fits in. It consists of a UV base that sterilizes the brush once placed in the housing.

The base is an expandable one that can host 2-4 UV pods (for each brush) and plugs into the shaver socket commonly found in bathrooms. The brushes have a color coded band and the heads are replaceable, so discard them and use a fresh one after every few months.

Here are some random Toothbrush facts that you may/may not have known:

  • Initially the bristles were actually the stiff, coarse hairs taken from the back of a hog’s neck was attached to handles made of bone or bamboo.
  • Boar bristles were used until 1938, when nylon bristles were introduced by Dupont de Nemours.
  • One of the first electric toothbrushes to hit the American market was in 1960.
  • Manual toothbrushes become worn out after about 3 months and are not as effective as they once were.

Designer: Chris Anderson

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Long, Wide, and Flat

That’s what’s going on with this future car, future AMERICAN car I should say, by designer Colin Pan; long, wide, and fat. Aiming to emphasize the richness of the American automotive design legacy, the ‘Nebula’ is bigtime. Enlarged wheels to reduce vibration and improve fuel efficiency, trunk in the front, and LCD viewscreens along the interior. Works like a starship, runs smooth like one too.

Future starships, I mean, of course. Not the bumpy shuttles we’re still tin-canned in this day in age. The Nebula has what’s very obviously a low, wide windshield. Low visibility right? To make up for the aesthetic choice on the outside, the cabin of the car is surrounded by LCD augmented-reality screens.

Designer: Colin Pan

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Personalized Gas Chamber

There were rumors floating once that Michael Jackson used to sleep in an oxygen chamber to de-tox himself. Alas, he is no more but the quest for pure, unpolluted air continues. Knowing his quirky personality, this CAIR Air Helmet would have been the ideal gift for him. It’s this helmet kinda device that sucks in the air from the filter at the back; purifies it and vents it directly to the face-end. A protective visor ensures that purified draft doesn’t escape without hitting you first.

My question: would you use the CAIR incognito or flaunt it? I’m sure MJ would flaunt it.

Designers: Herald Tremmel, Szilveszter Buzasi & Milica Balubdzic

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CAIR Air Helmet by Herald Tremmel, Szilveszter Buzasi & Milica Balubdzic

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Traveling Alone In The Metro

Daisy’s bicycle was built for two, but somehow the future foresees her traveling alone in metropolitan Los Angeles in the year 2015. I’m specific to the date thanks to the Metro Cell Vehicle Concept which is designed specifically for Metro Los Angeles. The infrastructure is thus: Single person semi-private vehicle system called PDD (pickup-drive-drop) will be implemented. With the PDD system, a driver finds a ‘cellular-mobile stack’, engages a car and uses it within that limited area. Once the commute is done, they simply disembark and the pod goes back to the nearest mobile stack. Kind of like a hop-on hop-off system.

Designer: Eric Seung Hun Beak

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Metro Cell Vehicle Concept by Eric Seung Hun Beak

Magneto Need Not Apply

Who here loves magnets? Raise your hand. Oh that was pretty rough. Too bad you don’t have magnets on your arms and sides to make that hand raising a little easier. Here you are using muscles and such like a sucker! Designer Denis Santachiara at Studio Italia has a desk lamp that’s held up with magnetic forces. Magnetic forces are nothing less than pure black magic!

Ok maybe white magic. No race involved here, I’m talking about voodoo. That’s what seems to be going on with this design entitled ‘Magnetita.’

It’s got high efficiency, eco-friendly LED light emanating from its head via 2×3W Citizen LED bulbs. It’s finish is basically chrome. Made for direct and indirect light. And most importantly, it makes use of a balancing system that uses multiple magnets making for a totally perfect, precise, and smooth ride.

Designer: Denis Santachiara at Studio Italia Design

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What the Pho?

What is Pho? Pho is food. Pho is: ‘Phở (fuh) n.Traditional Vietnamese beef noodle soup. Enjoy it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.’ Find out more from, where else, Pho Fever! Now that you know what’s up, you’ve also got to know that our head editor Long Tran is master of Pho. Pho master Long has allowed his approval of this particular Pho design befo’ it’s even in his hands! That means it’s Photastic.

Omid sadri has designed a Pho tableware set just for the making and serving of Pho. Inspired by the form of a classical Vietnamese lantern, the bowl set here is designed to ‘simplify and enrich’ the experience of the famous Vietnamese dish.

The bowl set makes the entire Pho dish easy to carry, then creates a unique experience by revealing the dish layer by layer.

My stomach agrees with this design.

Designer: Omid Sadri

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