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]
Sony’s OLED screen prototypes really did have quite the shrine and mob scene… but look at how THIN, bright, and energy efficient they are! With no back lighting, OLED technology is potentially one of the next big screen revolutions in the making (once all the potential kinks get worked out), so it was great to get a chance to drool over these… but really… how thin they were blew my mind…
No it doesn’t vacuum, unless you program it to do so. But this one goes on the list of launches i read about before i got to CES, and was still impressed enough by it that i needed to post it after playing with it.
iRobot Create. I was quite a fan of the give your hamster wheels ~ as in it runs in its ball, and that drives the Create… and the robotic arms are pretty fun too. In a nutshell, the folks that brought you the roomba, unleashed a streamlined programmable version, basically the ideal starting point for future engineers, programmers, robotics geniuses everywhere…
AND not a bad deal for $99! (use coupon code ‘createces’ to save 30$ off the usual 129$) ~ and for normal roombas, 20% off with code ‘ces222’ in the iRobot Store.
Another CES highlight - getting to see the 100$ “One Laptop per Child” machine over at the AMD booth. We’ve been hearing about it for a while all over the internet, but to actually play with it, it was impressive to say the least… and i am a big believer in saving the future one laptop per kid at a time…
(excerpt from their faq) What is the $100 Laptop, really?
The proposed $100 machine will be a Linux-based, with a dual-mode displayâ€”both a full-color, transmissive DVD mode, and a second display option that is black and white reflective and sunlight-readable at 3Ã— the resolution. The laptop will have a 500MHz processor and 128MB of DRAM, with 500MB of Flash memory; it will not have a hard disk, but it will have four USB ports. The laptops will have wireless broadband that, among other things, allows them to work as a mesh network; each laptop will be able to talk to its nearest neighbors, creating an ad hoc, local area network. The laptops will use innovative power (including wind-up) and will be able to do most everything except store huge amounts of data.
This is the one. The one item at CES, that i am dying to actually throw money at (assuming it works well with a mac, i was so frenzied i forgot to ask). Out of so many tech toys at CES, this one is the one i crave.
Logitech Di Novo Edge keyboard… super thin, bluetooth, laptop like keys (i can type like a demon on it, vs this bluetooth apple keyboard, ugh), touch sensitive volume slider, mouse circular touchdisc scrolling… seriously, Logitech has been making some serious waves in human computer interaction. I can’t imagine life without my MX Revolution (hyperscrolling has truly changed my life, the way i photoshop and blog)… the NuLooq changes the way i design. So while apple may be my os of choice… logitech is making me swoon with each new product.
Ok runner up for most memorable booth? QUALCOMM! It’s not everyday you get to see a technological archaeological dig - and if you do, what better place to relive the past of all the new gadgets, while experiencing the latest in what will be shaping our future? Took FAR too many pictures here, so posting a few below to give you a good feel for the booth. Brilliant idea, so very fun and playful… and conceptually it really made its point, and does make you stop and reflect on how far we’ve come… The Evolution of Technology. Wow.
I must admit, it feels great to wake up and not be in vegas, it just isn’t my kind of city… also i had dreams/nightmares of gadgets and the madness that was the last few days all night… and STILL couldn’t decide where to start with sharing CES with you. So from a designer standpoint, we are going to go in order of what is MOST memorable to me.
BELKIN BOOTH. If i had to pick one standout booth, they are it. This one was fit to be at the Salone even… gorgeous concept and execution… from the bird/tree black and white motifs for wallpaper, to all the leaf silhouettes for the labels/stickers/etc. and notice the style of their minimalist furniture. If anyone had a great feel for design trends now, this was it. They even had a seriously tastefully pimped out convertible silver mini, and a tool themed display for the ipod accessories. Room by room, even while packed with hundreds, this was the booth i felt most at home at. They even had various “lifestyles” being demonstrated by the man and women in the window… Below is my little tour of the belkin booth.
While we all oooooh and ahhhhh about the iphone, and start to save up now for the 600$ + cost of changing services fee we will be faced with come june… just wanted to do a quick post of the MOTOMing. It’s quite cute… but the main reason is just, part of my name is Ming. Also just to let you know that i spent Mon-Weds in VEGAS at CES, and can no longer feel my legs. It was exhausting, overwhelming, and like disneyland, only filled with geeks and pornstars, 108” tvs, windows vista, programmable roombas, keyboards worth splurging on, technological anthropologists, pcs for every child, weather units that show you how to dress, a tord inspired belkin booth, and practically paper thin oled screens to name a few. So for tonight, i leave you with this - and will try in the morning to catch you up on what i found inspiring at CES 007.
Just a quick update - been a little quiet/all over the place this week… because last week i got bored and drove up to SF for what ended up being a week (freshly back in socal now) - and well, on the way up, happened upon a target that had wii’s and Shade Elaine (and everyone we know in SF) and i have been having quite a bit of fun with that. If you haven’t tried it yet, get one! I hate to admit its much sweeter than i thought (although i must say nintendo was brilliant to stick it on that slanted stand, but if you put the wii lying down, it really is JUST another external drive… with a blue glow) So yes, between all the bowling, boxing, rabbid rabbiting (best game EVER), zeldaing, and mii-making… we are big fans of the wii here at notcot. [Oooh, and if you haven’t seen the wii site, the videos of “real people” playing are great. And i love these stills that the penny arcade boys did for Raving Rabbids.)
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Also on the technology note… will be heading over to vegas Mon-Weds for CES… and will update you on what gorgeous goodies i find. Will probably be avoiding posting the 100”+ lcd tvs, etc etc… but they are certainly drool worthy in person. Anyone else coming?
Huby = the USB/Firewire version of what would happen if you mixed the Ogo bottle with the Power Squid? It’s like a white bomb of techy goodness. With the guts by La Cie, and the designer styling of Ora Ito… i need the Huby…
“Designed exclusively for LaCie by Ora-Ito, the Hubyâ€™s round shape, glossy white polycarbonate finish, and flexible cables give it a distinctive, modern look. Add 4 USB ports and 2 FireWire ports to your computer system and connect up to six devices simultaneously*. Bundled with 8 flexible, twistable cables (5 USB 2.0 & 3 FireWire 400), a USB fan, a USB light, a USB extension cable and a FireWire 400 extension cable” $79, ready for pre-order, shipping end of Dec. La Cie Huby (noticed it on Uncrate!)
I spend a lot of time obsessing and researching methods of discovery, search, and browsing lately… and two new sites have been getting a lot of coverage the last few weeks: Like.com which allows you to shop by searching shape, color, price, which can be selected by cropping a section of an image, and Retriever which will search images in flickr’s interesting pool based on a doodle/sketch or upload an existing image. Both introduce new ways to find similar objects, and its exciting to see these working fairly well for certain situations… watch closely to see how these scale in the upcoming months, and whether it could completely change the way we look for and catalog things. It’s only a matter of time before we’re all visual, right?