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Gadget Modification
The desire for multi-purpose goods floods the marketplace with phone mods
Implications - The lure of a multi-functional product is strong, and so are add-ons that increase multi-tasking capabilities. Especially in the mobile phone arena, modifications to amplify productivity, efficiency and effectiveness are now saturating the marketplace. The drive for more personal time and better performing products will see this trend incorporated into a variety of goods.
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play_circle_filled Swiss Army Cell Covers
Swiss Army Cell Covers
The TaskOne iPhone Toolkit Will Now Fully Equip Your Smartphone
You might be thrilled with the feeling that your mobile phone has everything you need on it, but with the TaskOne iPhone Toolkit it would be even more useful to you in a wider variety of situations.... MORE
play_circle_filled Smartphone Polaroid Cameras
Smartphone Polaroid Cameras
The Impossible Instant Lab Turns iPhone Images into Real Photos
The Impossible Instant Lab camera is going to blow the minds of any iPhone and Polaroid fanatics out there. The new product makes it possible to turn your beloved iPhone photos into real polaroid... MORE
Digital iPhone Dogs
Digital iPhone Dogs
The Bandai SmartPet Transforms a Smart Phone into a Loveable Companion
Since cell phones have seemingly overtaken the canine companion’s traditionally held role of ‘man’s best friend,’ it only makes sense that the Bandai SmartPet would... MORE
play_circle_filled Chest Mounted Tri-Pods
Chest Mounted Tri-Pods
The Hitcase Polycarbonate iPhone Case & Chestr Mount are Great Film Aids
If you’re into snowboarding, skiing, snowboarding or basically any outdoor sport, this polycarbonate iPhone case and chest mounted carrier are the perfect way to get some great footage. The... MORE
Point-and-Shoot Smartphone Accessories
Point-and-Shoot Smartphone Accessories
The Snapgrip for iPhones Allows for One-Handed Photographs
Smartphone photography has taken off thanks to ever improving technology and social media apps such as Instagram; it is only natural that as a result there is a market for such accessories as the... MORE
Wearable Display (UPDATE)
Hi-tech eyewear innovations provide unprecedented viewing experiences
Implications - Earlier this year, Trend Hunter uncovered 'Hands-Free Tech,' innovative eyewear giving consumers extra functionality, whether it's connecting to social media or taking photos. Now, we're seeing even more hi-tech eyewear that provide display and projection features to create a completely enhanced and unprecedented viewing experience. These include everything from virtual reality contact lenses to bluetooth-enabled specs that can display images from your phone or tablet, all of which stand to transform the way today's media is delivered and digested.
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Portable Healing
Innovations ensuring quick treatment for medical emergencies
Implications - Getting medical treatment can be incredibly time-consuming, but thanks to innovations that speed up the entire process, now consumers can do everything from treat and diagnose themselves to getting emergency help from a trained medical professional closest to you with the touch of a button. Consumers like taking matters into their own hands, and having emergency help always on the ready definitely falls into this category.
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Hi-Tech Emergency Kits
Hi-Tech Emergency Kits
First Aid 2.0 Guides the Lifesaver Through a Rescue with its Digital Screen
No matter how many times people learn their basic lifesaving skills, in those moments of panic, many are likely to forget it all. The First Aid 2.0 assumes that the first person at the scene of an... MORE
Portable Diagnostic Imaging
Portable Diagnostic Imaging
The Radio Fast Radiology System Would Reduce Waiting Times in the ER
Few people have had efficient emergency room experiences. The polar opposite is far more common. The Radio Fast Radiology System is an ingenious technological solution that has the potential to remedy… MORE
Pre-EMS Apparatuses
Pre-EMS Apparatuses
COR First Response Cooling has the Capacity to Save Lives After Heart Attacks
Next to an automated external defibrillator, the COR First Response Cooling System would be the next essential apparatus for installation in fitness centers and public pools. The contraption is... MORE
High-Tech Safety Jewelry
High-Tech Safety Jewelry
MyRingGuard Sends Distress Signals to Contacts in Emergencies
Whether you're out for a run or walking in the dark, it's always good to have a product like the MyRingGuard on, because anything dangerous can happen spontaneously. Rachel Owens came up with the idea… MORE
Comical Lifesaving Bags
Comical Lifesaving Bags
The Medkit Backpack is Inspired by the Video Game 'Left 4 Dead'
Everyone wants to be the person to run in and heroically save the day, and what better way to do this than with the Medkit Backpack. The Medkit Backpack comes from Etsy shop WTCrafts and is inspired… MORE
Everywhere Ergonomics
Innovations in ergonomic design augment overall health & productivity
Implications - Ergonomics, the study of designing products that aim to "fit" a person's body to enhance productivity while preventing repetitive stress injuries, has long been an important part of design -- whether it be furniture, equipment or tech gadgets. While ergonomic design has lately been focused on tech gadgets such as computer peripherals, designers are now increasingly paying attention to the ergonomics of everyday items, ranging from crowbars and walking sticks to coffee mugs and razors. Consumers place high importance on comfort, so anything that offers enhanced usability will likely stand out, no matter how mundane the product might be.
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Smartphone Photo Handles
Smartphone Photo Handles
The Belkin iPhone Shutter Grip Provides a Steadying Ergonomic Handhold
As convenient as smartphone cameras may be, sometimes they can also seem strangely cumbersome because they lack the easy handholds and balancing weight of an actual camera; the Belkin iPhone Shutter... MORE
Ergonomic Tablet Grapplers
Ergonomic Tablet Grapplers
Comfe Hands Helps Make Handling the Device More Comfortable
The Comfe Hands was invented to make one's experience handling the iPad for extended periods of time more comfortable. The Comfe Hands was created specifically for people who have a tendency to use their… MORE
Sleek Pivoting Presses
Sleek Pivoting Presses
This Iron by Adam Wendel Affords a More Fluid Maneuverability
With certain household appliances, it's easy to get the impression that the manufacturers must not ever engage in chores that put their products to use. To this day, many are incredibly ineffective in… MORE
Contorted Coffee Cup Handles
Contorted Coffee Cup Handles
The Kruzhkus Mug is Ergonomically Designed to Be Held With One Finger
Sometimes you have to wonder how many designers test out the handles of their teacups before sending the prototype out for manufacturing. It's surprising that vessels like the Kruzhkus Mug are a rarity,… MORE
Detachable Nozzle Urinals
Detachable Nozzle Urinals
The Moveable Urinal is Ideal for Men with Limited Mobility
Men are lucky enough to have the parts to pee with little preparation and the Moveable Urinal concept brings that ease back to guys with physical disabilities. It's difficult enough to transition from… MORE
Portable Safety
Innovations designed to protect consumers on the go
Implications - Natural disasters, crime, freak accidents -- there is much to fear in today's danger-ridden world, which is why consumers are now more cautious than ever, cognizant of decreasing risk wherever and whenever they can. Thankfully, there are many different innovations (however bizarre some may be) to alleviate their anxiety. Ranging from shopping bags that double as helmets to pepper spray phone attachments, the number of tools designed to protect consumers while they go about their day-to-day lives is increasing. Since it takes advantage of a consumer's desire to feel safe and secure, appealing to fear, as many brands have uncovered over the years, can be an extremely effective marketing strategy.
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Hands-Free Tech
The transformation of eyewear into high-tech devices
Implications - Ordinary reading glasses may be a thing of the past, now that designers and innovators are coming up with hi-tech eyewear that can serve a myriad of purposes, including taking pictures, connecting to Facebook and completely overhauling the multimedia entertainment experience. Leading the wave is Google, whose 'Project Glass' is setting the stage for the future of technologically savvy eyewear. With more consumers embracing mobile applications and requiring convenience in day-to-day living, this direction in hands-free gadgetry is certainly a logical next step in tech innovation.
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Hi-Tech Projecting Eyewear
Hi-Tech Projecting Eyewear
Lumus Glasses Lets You View Video, TV and Internet Content
With the Lumus glasses, you'll be be able to watch videos and connect to the Internet wherever you are. These hi-tech glasses, created by the Israeli company Lumus, will display a virtual screen that lets… MORE
play_circle_filled Mood-Enhancing Anti-Shades
Mood-Enhancing Anti-Shades
SEQINETIC Glasses Shine Sun-Like Light into Your Eyes
There is an enormous market out there for eyewear that dims the glare of natural light. Is it surprising then to see these SEQINETIC glasses which strive to achieve almost the opposite? The effect is… MORE
play_circle_filled Internet-Savvy Eyewear (UPDATE)
Internet-Savvy Eyewear (UPDATE)
Project Glass is Googles' Recent Release
Google has finally emerged from their sinister technology cave headquarters with news of their heads-up display Androids glasses, now known as Project Glass. Though there is no word yet on when the... MORE
Search Engine Shades
Search Engine Shades
Google Glasses Put the Web in Front of Your Eyeballs
Rumor has it that Google is in the process of developing a new product: Google glasses. The product is a pair of electronic glasses that can stream information directly to the eyes of its users. It may… MORE
play_circle_filled Tech-Savvy Data Eyewear
Tech-Savvy Data Eyewear
Zeal Z3 Goggles Records All Your Information On the Slopes
It's the season for winter sports and for competitive skiers who want to keep track of their progress, there's the Zeal Z3 Goggles. The Zeal Z3 Goggles brings a tech-savvy piece of eyewear for those who… MORE
Paper Preservation
Innovations that promote paperless living
Implications - Increasingly, the paperless office is becoming the goal of many organizations and has since extended to the day-to-day lives of the average consumer as well. To aid in this goal is the availability of electronic forms of information and communication, which range from digital business cards and touchscreen paper to erasable photocopiers. Considering, however, that the average American office worker prints abut 10,000 pages annually (according to GoPaperless.com), society still has a long way to go. Nonetheless, innovations that encourage paperless living will provide extreme benefit and appeals to eco-minded consumers; even if society never goes completely paperless, the use of less paper still counts toward a greener planet.
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The Tweet Life
Reality becomes pervaded by offline Twitter extensions
Implications - Consumers are increasingly being bombarded by social media spin-offs and extensions both offline and online. Twitter, in particular, is becoming a part of daily reality -- not just in the form of branded merchandise, but in the form of offbeat extensions that range from devices that will read updates from your Twitter feed to you, to innovations that are dependent on tweets to simply function. Since Twitter is more one-dimensional than other social networks, it is more easily translated into such offline extensions, which in turn can help elevate once-ordinary products to a new level of virtual connectedness.
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Multi-Tech
Gadgets with multiple functions offer extreme convenience
Implications - Increasingly hectic schedules are causing consumers to look for convenience wherever they can find it. One area that can meet this need is tech design; as consumer demand grows for gadgets and innovations that offer multiple functionality and practicality, creating devices that offer multiple uses is one way tech companies can maximize the appeal of their products.
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Multifunctional Tablet Covers
Multifunctional Tablet Covers
The Enclave iPad Case Provides Five Separate Features
The Enclave iPad Case has a useful five-in-one functionality to protect your sleek tablet. This chic case is made of hardshell materials that make it strong and sturdy. It can be popped into a stand for… MORE
Multi-Use Tablet Connectors
Multi-Use Tablet Connectors
The 5-In-1 iPad Connection Kit has Five Different Ports
The 5-in-1 iPad connection kit may be the most useful iPad accessory on the market today. Most iPads fall into one of two categories: cool cases/covers and cool stands. The 5-in-1 iPad connection kit doesn't… MORE
Clothespin Flash Drives
Clothespin Flash Drives
The MemoryPin USB Stick is Doubly Useful for Laundry and Tech Situations
The MemoryPin USB Stick will ensure you're getting the right amount of bang for your buck, as it looks beyond the initial purpose of a flash drive and into other possibilities. Although disguised as a… MORE
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Car-Mounted Tablet Docks
The SpinWork2 Multi-Use Stand Offers Practical Use in Every Way
If you've got yourself a new iPad, then chances are you're looking for a dock of some sort, so check out the SpinWork2 Multi-Use Stand. The SpinWork2 Multi-Use Stand is a hardshell cover that will effectively… MORE
Flash Drive Cameras
Flash Drive Cameras
The Deceptively Designed Fuuvi Pick is a Fully Functional Digital Camera
The Fuuvi Pick is probably the cutest digital camera ever made. The Pick stands about three centimeters tall and is being marketed as a "toy digital camera." Tell me how many "toy" cameras can take 1.3… MORE
Projection Tech
Consumers create their own holographic reality with innovative gadgets
Implications - With the popularity of projection-based marketing, which was used throughout 2010 and 2011 for everything from fashion campaigns to celebratory events, it wasn’t long before technology companies everywhere would begin creating projection-based gadgets for individual consumers. From computers to watches, these innovative creations are taking consumer electronics and technology to the next level, allowing tech users the ability to project their own holograms whenever they want.
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