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5 September Share your
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The Creators Project

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Media, Photography, Resources, Technology

The Creators Project taking place in Beijing on September 17, 18, and 19th, and bringing with it an eclectic assortment of musicians, artists, designers, and filmmakers from around the world.


The Creators Project is a new network dedicated to the celebration of creativity and culture across media, and around the world. At a time in the history of the arts where digital technologies have revolutionized distribution, democratized access, and completely re-imagined the scope and scale with which an artist can create a vision and reach an audience, The Creators Project is a completely new kind of arts and culture channel for a completely new kind of world.

4 September Share your
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Firefox 4 introduces Panorama and Sync

Under - Miscellaneous, Technology, Usability

Firefox offering some new incredible features in its upcoming version 4. One of the new features is Firefox Panorama (formerly known as Tab Candy) which provides an excellent way of organizing tabs for someone like me who keeps at least 3 dozen tabs opened at any time. I think it is one of the best browser features after tabbed browsing itself.

Another feature that I liked is browser settings synchronization on multiple devices for bookmarks, open tabs, passwords and history. I’ve been using Xmarks to sync my bookmarks and opened tabs but with this built-in function, I’d be less worried about keeping things organized on one browser at least.

There are several new under-the-hood improvements and features such as support for multi-touch and WebM in addition to HTML5 and CSS3 but no word on improving memory usage though. Firefox 4 beta can be downloaded from here.

21 July 1
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Flipboard – your social media magazine on iPad

Under - Design, Media, Technology, Usability

I’d say that the guy in this Flipboard video is boringly serious or seriously boring but I like the way he talks! It’s the second video in past few weeks that I see him in, both about geeky products. The first one was about Square mobile payment system that I mentioned earlier.

And yes, the Flipboard. It’s a crossover between social media and a digital magazine. Just checked the application on my iPad and I too, like many others, liked it very much. Flipboard taking online social media out of its mould into mobile social media, we would see this kind of apps becoming a norm soon. This is something that I highlighted in detail a while ago under ‘Future of Web Design’.

Flipboard

Read more about it here.

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.

13 July 3
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Quadrocopters are coming …

Under - Industrial Design, Inspiration, Technology
Control of multiple quadrotor robots to cooperatively transport a payload

Control of multiple quadrotor robots to cooperatively transport a payload

Every now and then we get to see a video of these quadrocopters from the University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Lab performing new precise manoeuvres in a cooperative logic. The technology becoming mature as the time is passing and the practical use of such devices (or systems) in future is not very far – military or civilian.


Cooperative Grasping and Transport using Quadrotors

Micro Autonomous Systems Technologies (MAST) is a collaboration with University of Maryland, University of Michigan, BAE Systems and Army Research Laboratories. Our vision is to develop Autonomous Multifunctional Mobile Microsystems (Am3), a networked group of small vehicles and sensors operating in dynamic, resource-constrained, adversarial environments. While individual units may be specialized, Am3 will be multifunctional because of its heterogeneity, the ability of individual units to automatically reconfigure and adapt to the environment and to human commands, and its distributed intelligence.


Aggressive Maneuvers for Autonomous Quadrotor Flight

London’s new Routemaster

Under - Industrial Design, Technology

Whatever the critics say I find this new bus design awesome. It’s beautifully done and indeed iconic.

New Routemaster

New Routemaster

The New Bus for London is inspired by the much-loved Routemaster and will use the latest green technology when it launches in 2012.

The New Bus for London will meet London Buses’ requirements for vehicles in public service in London, including high standards of accessibility, safety and emissions abatement. In addition, it will be more durable, more fuel efficient and better ventilated. The bus will incorporate a double-deck and a platform at the rear near-side corner, so passengers will be able to get on and off easily.

New Routemaster

New Routemaster

6 July 1
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Keep food fresh for (much) longer …

Under - Advertising, Media, Miscellaneous

… with VitaFresh Bosch fridges!

Bosch Refrigerator

Bosch Refrigerator

Future of UI by John Underkoffler

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

Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos g-speak — the real-life version of the film’s eye-popping, tai chi-meets-cyberspace computer interface. Is this how tomorrow’s computers will be controlled?

IOGraph – turn your everyday activity into modern art

Under - Art, Technology

IOGraph is an application that captures cursor movements and clicks on your screen and outputs them into an image. The end result resembles a piece of modern art – nice!

IOGraphica

IOGraphica

IOGraphica

IBM’s Smarter Planet – color sensitive interactive billboard

Under - Advertising, Design, Industrial Design, Media, Technology

IBM’s Smarter Planet campaign acknowledges the importance of intelligent systems in the world today. In the retail industry, for example, consumer data around something as simple as color can have massive implications around shipping, inventory and, ultimately, overall sales.

This interactive billboard is a simple and engaging virtual demonstration of how a smarter retail system can work.