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15 August Share your
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Lectori Salutem by Jeroen Verhoeven

Under - Art, Design, Industrial Design, Inspiration

Lectori Salutem (Polished stainless steel) – 2010

Jeroen Verhoeven fuses the fantastical with the functional to create design pieces of fragile beauty, wrought by technological and industrial production. The narratives of enchantment and innocence in Verhoeven’s works (as well as in the pieces made by his design firm Demakersvan) are achieved through an intensive method involving computer-generated models, machine manufacture, and the artist’s own hands.

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Leica M Monochrom – exclusively for black and white photography

Under - Industrial Design, Photography, Technology

As a photographer if colors always bothered you then this is something to consider seriously! Leica recently announced the arrival of their much-awaited black and white exclusive camera Leica M Monochrom. With a price tag of just US $8000 (body only) one can be sure to produce masterpieces – or may be not!

In Leica’s words:

Countless iconic black-and-white photographs have been shot with the legendary cameras of the Leica M-System.

So it was time for a camera to continue this tradition and finally make it possible to deliver authentic monochrome photography in digital form: the Leica M Monochrom. It is the first full-frame, 35 mm format digital camera to be designed exclusively and without any compromises for black-and-white photography. It delivers ‘true’ black-and-white images in unrivalled sharpness and dynamic range. This makes the M Monochrom the perfect camera for anyone with a passion for black-and-white photography.

All the technical mumbo-jumbo aside it does seem to produce quality result hence justifying it’s price (to some). Below are some select images produced by Leica M Monochrom.

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Galapagos – through the lens of iPhone 4S

Under - Geography, Industrial Design, Inspiration, Media, Nature, Technology

Hard to believe that this small short by Miguel Endara is done through iPhone 4s! A brilliant device for capturing video but even more brilliant the person behind who used it in such a way.

Thoroughly impressed with the quality and stability of the iPhone 4S. Video briefly documents the amazing 2 week honeymoon/adventure in the Galapagos with the lovely wife, Lily Vidal.

18 September Share your
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c60 Redux

Under - Design, Industrial Design, Music, Technology

IDEO’s Boston office team brought to life a concept from Martin Bone and Kara Johnson’s book, I Miss My Pencil, that brings physicality back to the experience of listening to music in the form of c60 music player.

16 July 1
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Here comes the first smartwatch: i’mWatch

Under - Design, Industrial Design, Technology

We have seen the multi-touch watch kits (TikTok and LunaTik) for iPod Nano that came to life a while back. Now comes world’s first smartwatch: i’mWatch.

At first I thought of it as another iPod nano watch kit – something similar to TikTok and LunaTik if not exactly the same but it is not an-iPod-in-a-new-kit and the software is based on Android:

The most common operating system in the world with performances never seen before on such a small device. Intuitive interface, rock-solid stability and amazing functionalities. The operating system is the heart of i’mWatch. A surprising result that will leave you lost for words. It only takes a few steps to learn how to use it: it is simple and intuitive. Just touch, drag, swipe or pinch to use all the functionalities or open any of the apps, preinstalled or downloadable from i’mstore.

i’mWatch displays time both analogue and digital formats. It can receive calls showing caller’s name and number and enables you to decide whether to accept or decline a call without reaching to your phone on the pocket. It can be used as speaker phone, view/receive text and email messages, check weather forecast, and catch-up (via notifications) with friends on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare besides listening to music and watching photos of your loved ones.

i’mWatch is touch enabled and multitasking. It comes with 1.54” (diagonal) colour TFT display with 240×240 pixel resolution (220 pixel per inch), 64MB RAM and 4GB Flash Drive. It has built-in 3.5 mm headphone, connection and power minijack, microphone and a speaker. The watch is compatible with iPhone 4, Android devices and Black Berry with Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR wireless technologies. The watch is available in variety of colors and as jewelry with – designed and assembled in Italy.

14 April 1
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3D bioprinting of human organs, what’s next?

Under - Industrial Design, Inspiration, Media, Technology


Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, focuses on growing and regenerating human tissues and organs. His team engineered the first lab-grown organ to be implanted into a human, a bladder, and is developing experimental fabrication technology that can “print” human tissue on demand with the help of 3D printing.

Surgeon Anthony Atala demonstrates an early-stage experiment that could someday solve the organ-donor problem: a 3D printer that uses living cells to output a transplantable kidney. Using similar technology, Dr. Atala’s young patient Luke Massella received an engineered bladder 10 years ago; we meet him onstage.

20 February 1
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Moullinex Catalina – 3D music video made with Kinect

Under - Industrial Design, Inspiration, Media, Music, Technology

We have seen Kinect’s untapped potential. This music video for Catalina is done with Kinect, Kinect Library for Processing, Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects. It looks like that the device is now becoming an additional tool for special effects besides CGI.

The detailed production walkthrough can be found here – even the original source files are available if one would want to venture into this.

13 February 8
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Keeping it real simple: NoteSlate

Under - Industrial Design, Technology

It might be rather disappointing for those who have been looking for a product gap between eReaders and iPad-like devices to market something new. If such a gap ever existed, it now has been filled by NoteSlate! Just wait till June this year and you could be a proud owner of a $99 grayscale tablet.

NoteSlate is low cost tablet device with true one color display, real paper look design, long life battery (180h !), together with very handy usage and very simple and helpful interface for pen and paper. This easy, compact and portable gadget is used anywhere you want to make any notes, drafts, sketches, any ideas for future reference. Paper for everyone! Write a note and check it later, save it, or delete it. Maybe send it after. Just one color is enough to express the basics. Keep your life simple.

Contrary to ‘… Just one color is enough to express the basics’, NoteSlate is going to be available in a variety of colors and even a multicolor version going to be released at some point in future. The A4 size tablet going to have simple three button interface to save, delete and view. Any ordinary pen/pencil would work just fine besides its own.

So, what’s the concept behind this low cost gadget?

The NoteSlate is trying to define the product itself, archetype, electronic paper. We are trying to define this archetype for general public, bit against their today`s usual network expectations. It`s active, creative, you cannot browse the web, networks, read, watch, play… the Internet, social networks, connecting everywhere are just beginning, part of the contemporary future. Although with NoteSlate, you will have always something, what you can be in. We don`t want to be overwhelmed with technology. The biggest simplicity is enough to express the basics, to explain the idea.

Am I impressed? Hmmmmmm … yes, may be. A notebook for $99 is a bit expensive but we like to buy gadgets like these often. I might not be that interested in this tablet as I already have one with all the bells and whistles, however, I do see a great potential for this 13 inch matte monochrome eInk display tablet within education industry.




19 January Share your
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Fund and follow creativity on Kickstarter

Under - Art, Design, Industrial Design, Inspiration, Resources, Technology

Obtaining seed money to launch a business has always been challenging, but, with a crowdfunding platform like Kickstarter things are changing. Founded by Yancey Strickler and Perry Chen, this New York based company helps people realize their creative dreams and ambitious endeavors.

Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.

A new form of commerce and patronage. This is not about investment or lending. Project creators keep 100% ownership and control over their work. Instead, they offer products and experiences that are unique to each project.

All or nothing funding. On Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Why? It protects everyone involved. Creators aren’t expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk.

I covered one of the record funding on kickstarter few weeks back, below is another successful projects from their 2010 Kickstarter Award.

Art By Eyes: TEMPT1 / EyeWriter Kickstarter Initiative.

15 January Share your
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3D video capture with Kinect

Under - Industrial Design, Inspiration, Technology

Oliver Kreylos hacked Kinect and reverse engineered it to produce 3D video – nice!

The Kinect is an accessory for Microsoft’s Xbox game console. It contains an array of microphones, an active-sensing depth camera using structured light, and a color camera. The Kinect is intended to be used as a controller-free game controller, tracking the body or bodies of one or more players in its field of view.

The motivation for this project was to convert the Kinect into a 3D camera by combining the depth and color image streams received from the device, and projecting them back out into 3D space in such a way that real 3D objects inside the cameras’ field of view are recreated virtually, at their proper sizes

By combining the color and the depth image captured by the Microsoft Kinect, one can project the color image back out into space and create a “holographic” representation of the persons or objects that were captured.

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