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12 January 5
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Nomad Brush for the iPad

Under - Art, Illustration, Industrial Design, Technology

This appears to be something that I had been waiting for but the video and the website do not provide enough information to address all your questions. It sure is a unique artist paintbrush stylus for the iPad made with a long handle and soft bristles, but is it pressure sensitive? Is it going to work with all those paint and sketch apps out there or would come with it’s own?

The information is very sketchy and I see a slight lag in response (may be just me!) in that three seconds demo shown in the video above. Available February 2011 so meanwhile enjoy this and yes, I hope Wacom is going to wake up soon.

30 December 1
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iPad lighting – how’s that?

Under - Industrial Design, Photography, Technology

Ok – this looks like an upmarket lighting solution where each unit costs somewhere between $499 to $829 depending if it is 16 or 64GB lighting device, or 3G! This would also come in handy to keep the light-person busy or may be not, as it would be rather distracting but anyway nice … as long as it is proof of the concept.

Out of all the unusual iPad usages, this could undoubtedly be put on top. Following the lead from this I could see people using iPad as a chopping board (it has already been used as a chopper though!) or something else.

Regardless, the outcome is great with very soft and diffused light. Interesting experiment by Jesse Rosten.

8 December Share your
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2019: A future imagined by Syd Mead

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Inspiration, Media, Technology

Visual Futurist Syd Mead (Blade Runner, Aliens, Tron) reflects upon the nature of creativity and how it drives the future. Photographed in P2 High Definition, this featurette provides insight into the fascinating mind of one of the most influential artists of modern cinema and automotive design.

26 November 1
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Multi-touch watch kits for iPod Nano

Under - Design, Industrial Design, Technology

This is brilliant, transform your iPod Nano into the world’s coolest multi-touch watches with TikTok and LunaTik by Scott Wilson and MINIMAL.

The idea to use the Nano as a watch was an obvious one ever since the product was announced. But we wanted to create a collection that was well designed, engineered and manufactured from premium materials and that complemented the impeccable quality of Apple products. Not just clipped on a cheap strap as an afterthought.

The project has raised over $390,000 on Kickstarter.com from over 5000 backers and there are still 20 more days to go.

Update 17/12/2010: The total amount raised is under a million ($941,558) dollars from 13,510 backers which is a record on Kickstarter.com. Interestingly the goal was to raise $15,000.

You can pre-order one here.

16 October 2
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Mojito shoes by Julian Hakes

Under - Industrial Design, Inspiration

Shoe design isn’t something that is discussed here quite often unless done by an architect!

Julian Hakes, an award winning London based architect, first released early images of the elegant and minimalist design for a new ladies fashion shoe back in September 2009 on a design blog where it became a viral and picked up by several leading online blogs resulted into generating media and fashion industry interest.

The Hakes Mojito is a unique shoe design concept. It is a single wrapped geometry which starts under the ball of the foot, sweeps over the bridge, then down below the heel before twisting back on itself to provide the support for the heel and ankle.

14 October 3
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Credo E-Bone: Eco friendly and sustainable concept bus by Peter Simon

Under - Industrial Design, Technology

Credo E-Bone, a brainchild of Peter Simon for his industrial design degree project at the University of West Hungary, is an environmentally friendly and sustainable public transportation solution. The concept bus is powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology with four in-wheel motors. The bus shell is made of lightweight composite plastic which is a bone-like material composition with varied density close to joints. The lightweight construction makes the concept energy-efficient.

The organic design is quite supplemental to the overall bus concept that catches attention immediately. It would be interesting to see such concepts becoming reality to make public transport greener.

View more here

20 September Share your
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Brother’s AirScouter – Retinal Imaging Display (RID) prototype

Under - Industrial Design, Media, Technology

This wearable head-mounted display concept is not new but projecting something directly onto the retina sure is. Brother’s AirScouter wearable Retinal Imaging Display (RID) prototype, shown at the Brother World Japan 2010, creates a mysterious effect, making it look as if there’s a 16-inch screen floating one meter in front of the eyes, and the scenery behind the screen seems transparent as well.

This display uses the ‘persistence of vision’ effect to project pictures onto the retina. It does this by shining a light, at a level of brightness that’s safe for the eyes, and moving the light at high speed. The images projected on the retina are recognized by the visual sense, making it seem just as if they are floating just in front of the eyes. Learn more

Amazing piece of technology, just that how one would look making a video call on this once Smartphone connection is possible or using an iPad style app in public? I never used a Bluetooth wireless headset (and will not either) having seen how people look while talking and staring at walls (or sometimes at you) in the middle of a corridor or sitting alone at a table in a restaurant or in a bus. Apologise to those who love wearing these – it is just that I can’t.

10 September 1
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Ora-Ïto: Industrial Design at its best

Under - Industrial Design, Inspiration

Some selected furniture designed by Ito Morabito.

Behind the Ora-Ïto brand is a creative young French designer (Ito Morabito) whose provocative ideas ensured his rapid ascent to the very top of the design world. At the beginning of his career he presented his designs and ideas for the virtual products, undersigned by known brands on his own website. People began ordering products which did not exist. Large companies like Louis Vuitton, Swatch, Apple and Levi’s, could have sued the young pretender but were so impressed by his designs, that they hired him instead.

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Ora-Ïto characterizes his recognizable style as simplexity; combining simplicity and complexity. His concepts are futuristic and provocative. Today, he designs for the world’s biggest brands, such as Heineken, Adidas, Ogo, Artemide, B&B, Cappellini, L’Oréal, Toyota, LaCie, Danone, Christofle, Ballantine’s, Sagem and many more.

25 August 1
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Wayfinding Systems

Under - Advertising, Design, Industrial Design, Media, Typography

Wayfinding systems

By Piotr Jankowski.

Square mobile payment system

Under - Advertising, Industrial Design, Media, Technology

Square mobile payment system

This was evident as mobile platform becoming more accessible. We have seen iPad replacing hotel menus so why can’t the same device be used for paying the bill!

Introduced by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey back in December last year, Square payment system makes it possible to accept payment cards on any (internet enabled mobile) device with an audio input jack.