Imagine, if you will, a big floating camera-enabled balloon that follows you around on vacation, recording your hijinks and beaming them to family and friends back home using cloud-computing technology.
Shohei Nakamura, MoonHwan Lee, and YoungWook Jung imagined just such an odd contraption--and it beat out thousands of other entries to win a judge's special award in the Fujitsu Design Award 2011 competition co-sponsored by Designboom.
Posting vacation photos on Facebook, of course, would probably be a much easier way to keep the posse updated on your travels, but the Total Recall Agent, as the balloon is dubbed, is certainly a novel way of going about things. And that's precisely the point of the contest--soliciting innovative creations that may or may not make their way into production.
Other prize-winning concepts this year include a smart walking cane with an SOS button and sensors for measuring pulse, blood pressure, and temperature; a laptop that generates electricity when the user presses the touch screen; and several hybrid computing devices that change form factors in an instant. There's even a laptop that gets enhanced functionality, such as a projector and aromatherapy sticks, via pin-like components stuck in the lid. Get a look at a computer getting acupuncture--and other winning designs--in our gallery. … Read more