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22 February 2
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Flyfire

Under - Design, Industrial Design, Inspiration, Technology
Flyfire, Raster Image Display – Mona Lisa

Flyfire, Raster Image Display – Mona Lisa

Imagine transforming any ordinary space into a highly immersive and interactive display environment! This is what exactly SENSEable City Laboratory and ARES Lab (Aerospace Robotics and Embedded Systems Laboratory) aiming at MIT.

From the project website:

In its first implementation, the Flyfire project sets out to explore the capabilities of this display system by using a large number of self-organizing micro helicopters. Each helicopter contains small LEDs and acts as a smart pixel. Through precisely controlled movements, the helicopters perform elaborate and synchronized motions and form an elastic display surface for any desired scenario.

With the self-stabilizing and precise controlling technology from the ARES Lab, the motion of the pixels is adaptable in real time. The Flyfire canvas can transform itself from one shape to another or morph a two-dimensional photographic image into an articulated shape. The pixels are physically engaged in transitioning images from one state to another, which allows the Flyfire canvas to demonstrate a spatially animated viewing experience.

Visit Flyfire project website to learn more about it.

29 January 1
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iPad – actually it is an e-book reader …

Under - Industrial Design, My Musings, Technology

… disguised as a netbook or may be a formidable hybrid of both! But, with iPad Apple has defined a new category of products that many going to follow in coming days. With the revelation of iBookstore, it is foreseeable where the whole game plan is leading to.

Apple iPad

iPad is an amplified version of iPhone but without a phone that is going to run all iPhone apps. It is an excellent alternate to netbooks and thin enough to be used as e-reader. As an e-reader, iPad is way advanced than what we are currently familiar with in the form of Amazon Kindle or Sony Reader. As mentioned earlier in a different context, this device has the potential of becoming an ultimate e-reader and PMP.

Apple iPad

Smartphones are excellent but still small enough to be used as practical devices for everyday use. With iPad, Apple has successfully combined several products in one. Many would struggle to fit this product into the current hierarchy of consumer electronics but I see it clearly replacing conventional laptops, tablets and netbooks.

What future holds from Amazon Kindle or Sony Reader – I don’t know but I’m sure for one thing that iPad, when wrapped in leather, is a clear invitation to Microsoft Courier to enter into the ring with caution.

22 January Share your
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The Architecture of extreme connectivity

Under - Design, Inspiration, Technology

Usman Haque, Director of Haque Design + Research and co-founder of Pachube, talks about his theories of connectedness at CaT London.

Haque has created responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and mass-participation performances throughout the world.

19 January Share your
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Stargate studios’ virtual backlot

Under - Media, Miscellaneous, Technology

Founded in 1989 by Sam Nicholson, a distinguished cinematographer and special visual effects supervisor and producer, Stargate Studios was conceived as a high tech production company offering visual effects and production services to the film and television industries.

View more from Stargate Studios.

11 January Share your
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What is PUSH?

Under - Industrial Design, Technology

Smartphone war is heating up. NOKIA is not an exception anymore and now battling for its survival like many other mobile phone manufacturers. Almost every new Smartphone is coming with its own OS now claiming to offer features that others simply can’t – you need them or not is a separate topic. Those who don’t have their OS ready yet have innovative ways to reuse whatever available in the market.

I stumbled upon this NOKIA site which is a circus of hacks on their high-performance N900 mobile computer running Maemo. Although impressive but how practical?

28 December 2
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Bonnier and BERG – redefining reading experience for our time

Under - Industrial Design, Media, My Musings, Technology

Mag+

It is interesting to see how quickly technology and our needs are converging into new products and concepts – refining or redefining our habits and experiences. I’ve been quite happily reading digital magazines such as Bak, FF3300, Destructed and Proteus on my computer monitor for quite some time now. Issue took online publishing to another level by providing a platform to deliver exceptional reading experiences. All of this is enough to indicate where things are heading in near future.

Mag+

Mag+

Amazon’s Kindle, Sony Reader, and Fujitsu’s FLEPia have already added new dimension to this. Earlier this year Amzon brought Kindle to mobile platform, extending its reach but at the same time pushing competition into a new direction … I’m not talking about business here rather prospects of combining advance interaction, normally seen on advance mobile phone devices such as iPhone, HTC HD2, Palm Pre, Else Intuition etc with conventional reading experience. In other words, refining and redefining reading experience on handheld digital devices.

Bonnier and BERG collaborated to illustrate such a concept in Mag+, aiming to capture the essence of magazine reading, they compiled a video demo of a digital magazine on a touch tablet. The video demos how magazines like Bonnier’s Popular Science can be adopted for a handheld multi-touch screen device with gesture based browsing and non-obtrusive interface that you only see when you actually want to.

With publishers collaborating and preparing for digital future and technology advancements, any such product is not a dream anymore. I can hope to see it alive within a year or two.

26 December 1
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Jonathan Puckey’s ‘Delaunay Raster’

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Technology, Typography

Delaunay Raster - Jonathan Puckey

Amsterdam based graphic designer Jonathan Puckey created this image and many others with Delaunay image vectorization using Scriptographer and Color Averaging by Jürg Lehni. Jonathan’s work is an amazing combination of art and science … and typography. View more of his work here.

10 December 1
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Now ‘Print Your Toast’

Under - Industrial Design, Technology
Print Your Toast

Print Your Toast by Othmar Muehlebach

Securing second prize at the Berner Design Award ’09, Othmar Muhlebach designed this unique toaster that prints toasts sliced bread and ejects onto the plate bellow. Clearly, the inspiration is taken from desktop inkjet printer. I wish if he had added two cartridges for butter and jam in it – may be something for the next year’s competition!

10 November Share your
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Gizmodo’s tragic review!

Under - Industrial Design, Media, Technology

Gizmodo.com couldn’t find a decent title for their HTC HD2 review so they called it ‘A Tragedy’! This is one of the absurd product review titles I’ve ever seen read – setting a biased tone in advance for the product and then building whole story on the one and only trade-off. Yes, we know it is WinMo and nobody loves it and yes, HTC is hiding it with its own UI but – where is the tragedy?

I’m not kind of a Mac-fanatic who would look at this phone with disbelief nor have loyalties to Windows for whatever reason but for heaven’s sake have something solid before building negativity around something that genuinely deserves good.

And yes, thanks but no thanks to the Gizmodo author for suggesting to wait for Android-powered Xperia X10 from Sony. I have no interest buying a cell phone with three years old product design running some Windows Media Center type application.

7 October Share your
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HTC does it again …

Under - Industrial Design, Technology

This time even more beautifully with HTC HD2

HTC HD2

… and they even have put a promo on YouTube.