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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.

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

7 October 3
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Time-lapse and HDR short films by Patryk Kizny

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The Dalescapes of Time by Patryk Kizny

I must admit that I’m starting to like HDR videos. The effect somehow looks even better in motion than stills.

Patryk Kizny shot these two short films (below) featuring a combination of time-lapse photography and HDR videos. Patryk Kizny’s method of creating HDR video is frame by frame which is different from Soviet Montage’s, who actually shot over and under exposed videos with two Canon EOS 5D cameras simultaneously. Both methods might have their pros and cons but the stuff below is simply beautiful.

He also put together his timelapse post-production workflow here just in case if you are curious.

25 September 1
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Making Future Magic: iPad light painting

Under - Art, Media, Motion Graphics, Photography, Technology, Typography

iPad light painting

Very innovative use of iPad by Dentsu and BERG in this iPad light painting video ‘Making Future Magic’:

This film explores playful uses for the increasingly ubiquitous ‘glowing rectangles’ that inhabit the world.

We use photographic and animation techniques that were developed to draw moving 3-dimensional typography and objects with an iPad. In dark environments, we play movies on the surface of the iPad that extrude 3-d light forms as they move through the exposure. Multiple exposures with slightly different movies make up the stop-frame animation.

iPad light painting

Read more here and 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.