The “arts and crafts” badge. The “I may look like a scientist but I’m actually also a ninja” badge. The “sexing up science” badge. The “my degree inadvertently makes me competent in fixing household appliances” badge. The “I left the respectable sciences to pursue humanistic studies of the sciences” badge. The “has frozen stuff just to see what happens” badge (LEVEL III) The “dodger of monkey shit” badge. The “inordinately fond of invertebrate” badge. The “knows how to collect semen from more than one species” badge. (from left to right, top to bottom)…. THESE are some of my favorites from the Order of the Science Scouts Badges… but really they are all too hilarious (and cutely iconic) for words.
KeyPort - an all in one key fob… just get specialized blanks cut to match your car, house, boat, locker, etc keys and the slot right in. In the press kit it says that it is “created to complement your personal style and organize those jagged objects you can’t live without.” And currently under development are RFID for remote keyless entry (or anything else you can imagine - be creative here), Alarm Remote (for your car entry/alarms/etc), and Flashlight (mini LEDs!)… hey, where’s my usb key? Either way, i’m dying to get my hands on one to try it out, my purse could certainly use less things to get scratched up on! and it would certainly work better to slip in a pocket.
The Dyson DC18 “Slim” - there are so many design details that don’t get done justice in the usual pics… so here’s an overdose to get you up close and personal with the designer vacuum has changed the way i clean (disclaimer: i hate cleaning, dyson’s gone and made it FUN). And read this last post for why Dysons are THE vacuums for the FPS gamers, gadget geeks, ghostbusters’ fans, and sci-fi lovers.
Those are vacuums. Not screenshots from half life 2 gravity guns, etc. BUT, they COULD be. And better than real guns, these suck. Harder than any vacuum i’ve ever tried, but more to come on that on the proper unboxing and review.
Dysons are the gamer’s guns for cleaning… housework suddenly became a war on dirt (or anything that fits into its tubes) with their latest Slim and Stowaway, joining the ranks of the Root 6… together it is quite the arsenal… not to mention the clear canister that removes like the Ghostbusters’ Ghost Trap (you know, that thing that the proton guns zapped the ghosts into before transfer to the ecto containment unit in the basement).
Don’t believe me? See the pics (and token video at the way bottom) below… i may have may have gone slightly overboard, but it was too fun not to share (also, as bad as it is, and b/c i can’t resist - FPS = first person shooter? or in this case first person sucker?) Bottom line: how can you NOT have one of these in your house?
Lucifer, by Feel Addicted. (Yes the same guys that brought you Hotdolls on .org, the designer sex toys for your pups.) This is one of the most gorgeous implementations of matchbooks i’ve seen in some time. Interactions from shaking the match out (reminiscent of some of those toothpick dispensers), the satisfaction of pulling it out and having it light, being able to see all the matches inside yet untouchable…
It’s no secret, i’m a huge fan of Hulger - design, concepts, graphics, the people! So excited to share with you their latest launches for Milan Design week ~ since they have so much great info in their latest email, pasting the details below with more images of the two gorgeous new phones they’ve done for Spazio Rossana Orlandi - the ASTOR & SOPHIA (that’s Sohpia up there). These bluetooth headsets are more gorgeous than any other you will find… until their next, and i hear there are some reaaaaaaaally great ones launching soon as well.
Two words. Automatic. Shifting. Yes, its a bike. And doesn’t it have “design awards” written all over it? (on the website, beware of the energetically peppy “lets go out and play” music) ~ This is Trek’s new LIME. On top of the automatic shifting and great design ~ you can stash stuff in your seat, and skin the colors any which way you want ~ and comes in male and female models, normal and light. (Something about LimeLight works too well). Shade Elaine notes that its a bit “web 2.0 looking” ~ if thats possible in a bike. Also, i’m liking their site/graphic design as well…
I’m sure you’ve heard about flOw. It’s been hard to miss… as that $7.99 download game on the PS3, i thought the trailer (see below) looked impressive, and the concept incredible, but in all honesty, it alone made purchasing the PS3 and HDMI cable totally worth it. It is the most mesmerizingly beautiful game i’ve ever played. There is something visually inspiring about the simplicity and fluidity of the game play… particularly using the ps3 controller over the flash version. Playing it on a 42” in HD and surround sound is stunning, and you really can lose yourself in the space for hours… it would make the ultimate interactive projection wall in the future studio.
More on the history below… but here’s the short version ~ it has come a long way from the USC MFA project it started as…
Over hyped, then under hyped, then over hyped… following the saga of the PS3 the last year has been a rollercoaster. BUT this grey drizzly weekend, gave in and got one for fun… second to flow (more gushing to come on that later) ~ Folding@Home from stanford is one of the sweetest reasons to love a ps3. This is a project “people from through out the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world” in order to help in the study of of protein folding and protein folding disease. But why is it even better with the PS3? “This advance utilizes the new Cell processor in Sony’s PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) to achieve performance previously only possible on supercomputers. With this new technology (as well as new advances with GPUs), we will likely be able to attain performance on the 25 gigaflop scale per computer. With about 40,000 such machines, we would be able to achieve performance on the petaflop scale.”
What has WOW-ed me even more than the project itself are the gorgeous visualizations of the world (which you can spin and zoom, resembling the world at night nasa image meets the wii weather channel) and molecules in various 3d views.
Regardless of whether you are running it on a computer or your ps3, feel free to join our Folding@Home team (NOTCOT, team number 59465 - enter this when registering) ~ pics, youtubes, and more below…
If you want to talk green… or have the ultimate green fieldtrip ~ who would have thought you’d head to a gas station? Yes, this is the latest green project from BP ~ the Helios House. There are pictures of it in the day around the internet, but the way it looked as we drove by last night was just bizarre to say the least… almost like a disneylandish geary gone wrong? (it reminded me a lot of the plastic ice xmas trees and such at 3rd street promenade)… visually, it certainly makes you stop and think, WTF? as you pass the intersection of Olympic and Robertson.
Conceptually, this is brilliant though… an unique and powerful way to educate, encourage, and demonstrate what you can do when you think green. They have worked in everything from a green roof on the bathroom, farmed wood, motion sensor lights, solar panels, recycled glass in concrete floors, led lighting, recycling bins, and far more (see the site, and charts below for more details). They have even taken over the billboard on both sides, currently reading “a little better… gas station”… complete with the grass motif on the underside of the billboards as well. It really felt a bit like tomorrowland in old school disneyland style. Also great was watching the guys who worked there scrub down every scuff, scratch, smear on any part of the gas station almost immediately…
How far does YOUR wii love go? For one of the guys at Super78… his Wii love and freetime made this awesome cgi ad for fun… here’s what he told Gizmodo: “I really love the Wii and I had been reading these stories about Wii controllers flying out of peoples hands. We had some down time at the office so I got together with one of the animators and I sketched out a storyboard of the spot. In the board the controller is this high energy maniac and the nun-chuck just wants to get away. So our most talented animator Michael Smith created this fun spot there is a lot of character…This was done by us, Super 78, using our own resources, no agency was involved, no money changed hands. I am hoping that you could post it so we can see if it catches fire.” Watch the “ad” below…
Just in time for Valentine’s Day ~ FORM 6 ~ the latest in designer vibrators from Jimmy Jane. Waterproof with cordless recharging (check out its handy dock below), a seamless coat of silicon, varying digital vibration modes, and engineered for sound isolation… but really, its got some gorgeously sleek curves.
The wii is such a unattainable, trendy, brilliantly designed (from exterior to UI to UX), cultural obsession of the moment - following the stories and products coming up around it are just hard to ignore. Latest level of Wii-ness, NY’s boutique Hotel Gansevoort, “the first full-service luxury hotel in Manhattan’s meatpacking district” - has WII’s for guests to play with (as well as telescopes, LG HDTVs, directv, etc). LOVE this video on CRAVE of Caroline McCarthy having a chance to play with the PR ladies in the penthouse suite. I’m jealous, and the designer tech lover i am, even though i have a wii, i’m now more curious about any boutique hotel so that is brilliant enough to see the edge in providing wiis for guests in a time where people are still ready to line up all night outside a best buy in socal’s freezing weather! [side note: should there be, don’t drink and wii warnings?]
This is the “Auto Bird Turd Emergency Kit” by Grumpy Girl. Let the name settle in for a moment, and then take in the great carrying case and graphics… then realize how much you want it. Ok, well i want it anyhow, when i have the energy, i am the kind of girl who could really use some de-pooping supplies in the car to keep it in good shape. With everything from waterbottle, windshield wiper fluid, shop towels, plastic baggies, cleaner wax (!), microfiber sponge and towel, and antibacterial wipes ~ its genius really. [via Outblush and NYT]