Agency: Jung von Matt/Alster, Germany
Poietic Studio’s orchestra of ping-pong balls floating over an air compressor fueled machine, which can be controlled with an iPhone app and a WiFi. If music is played, the height of the balls is determined by the volume.
A great bit of musical folklore says that, to keep from being cheated out of money at gigs, blind R&B legend Ray Charles preferred to be paid entirely in $1 bills. If only he'd had the amazing new LookTel Money Reader app, it's likely Charles's billfold would have been quite a bit thinner.
It's almost too cool to believe: Simply wave a piece of American currency in front of your iPhone's camera and LookTel, created by software company Ipplex, will tell you the denomination without even having to access the internet.
Incidentally, if you're wondering how a blind person would even know where the app icon is in the first place, it so happens that Apple has a feature called VoiceOver that translates information on the touch screen into audio.
This is creatively beautiful.
Designer: Mac Funamizu
The Sophie is another concept from Mac Funamizu. The iPhone dock/case prints photos just like a Polaroid. A QR code and geo tagged map can also be printed to link it to a digital version somewhere on the web like Flickr. Clever and simple. This is a much better evolution of Polaroid technology. A certain company should take notice.
Agency: Jung von Matt
Guest Post: Catherine Mangosing // @myturtleneck
Apart from the obvious beauty and workmanship, these iPhone cases are also just cleverly designed. As an avid photographer and blogger, I do often utilize my iPhone as a camera. They also harken back to the old film SLR cameras (which I still own). I can't think of anything more appropriate than an iPhone camera case. This would definitely inspire me to take even more photos with my phone. I love these!
Design: Tjeerd Veenhoven - Netherlands
I for one charge my phone every day and am still amazed how short its power lasts. Quite often I run out of juice in the middle of the day, for these moments I came up with the iFan. A hardware App in the shape of a soft rubber skin with the energy wind fan included. Just slide it around your Iphone and it will charge everytime the wind blows. Your Smartphone relies on high tech battery power and power management which you charge almost every day in your outlet in just half an hour. By using a modified computer fan it took me 6 hours to charge my phone, rather long I think… but it works. I can shave off many charging hours by redesigning the fan blades, making it more efficient in catching the wind while sun bathing at the beach, doing walking trips in the mountains or just holding it outside your car window while driving along…