Most sinister sports car i’ve laid eyes on… it’s those swarovski looking false eyelashes on the headlights look isn’t it? and those wolverine claws coming out of the trunk that does it? You know, imagine you’re watching transformers or some animated feature, you would see this and KNOW it was either the villian, or the vehicle of the villain… the very deviously genius villain. So here we have the freshly announced in Paris, 2008 Audi R8. Gorgeously evil. Wicked fast. Fun images and schematics below. Watch videos of it in action at Left Lane News.
September’s SEED magazine (possibly one of the most gorgeous non design mags out there to grace my mailbox) ~ has an article titled “You Look Around: A Visual Exploration of Complex Networks” featuring some mind blowing visualizations of amino acid sequence alignments, visual correlations of spatial awareness, and this one which intrigued me the most… Above (full image and more below) you see the relationships in the del.icio.us network. “It employs simple algorithms that recommend items of personal note to the user, and demonstrates the operation of interest and influence within an online community - in this instance, between a group of eight participants.” Created by Ian Timourian, Mandalabrot.net, San Francisco. See more in depth graphs and explanations at del.icio.us project.
Possibly the most brilliant business card i have seen to date. [Thanks Craig!]… and apparently they are functional picks… Would love to get my hands on one to see how the tension wrench works (bending it yourself and all). Designed by Jeni Mattson.
Wacom announces the new WIDESCREEN Intuos 3 line. Funny thing is that while i’ve been working with my old massive first gen Intuos tablet with the 23” Studio display, i never really considered why i had issues when i set it proportional to the screen… and it all just clicked now. And i guess i kind of want a widescreen tablet to go with my widescreen! Pity they aren’t stretch to desired proportion… maybe the next gen will be!
This is the Logitech NuLooq, i have been trying to figure out how i missed this when the press release came out a few months ago, but none the less - here it is. For photoshop junkies like us, and those who need new ways to interface with their tech. I’m curious - have any of you played with it? and the new ToolDial?
Its an interesting new USB/dial/touch sensitive scroll/zoom tool for designers aimed at easing the constant tool switching we do while chained to our large monitors. My main curiosity is regarding the use of this tool while working, and how intuitive it really is. The physical design of this product reminds me a lot of various projects i worked on during my masters program - and the ability to combine various layers of dials/wheels for zooming and panning simultaneously intrigues me. So posting this as a physical interface worth playing with as a case study, and might need to buy it just for this reason! And i haven’t even begun to discuss the idea of the ToolDial software/dock interface they’ve designed to match as well. [More details below]
Just noticed the Amazon page for it and the reviews seem surprisingly good. As for ToolDial, just downloaded the demo, and its actually kind of nice… will try it out for a few days, but off to get some 3:30am sleep now.
Been a saturday filled with fighting with my now basically dead crapbook ~ transferring and cleaning up files to the macmini so i can post and work from it, so needed a silly post to cheer me up. And then found this golden porsche that just made me smile. Perhaps less because it was gold, and more watching the pictures and imagining how much time it must have taken that man in the pictures to cover the porsche one gold leaf at a time. Currently on display at Schmuckwelten, a jewelry museum in Pforzheim, Germany.
Tarsh Einfallsreich posted this great Australian Polaroid Rossa over to .org [which is under construction, the rss feed is down, and registration is in the works - we might need a few days to get this sorted, so post GENTLY] This is one sexy Polaroid that i am desperately wanting - and since the .org post look is very polaroidy - you won’t be surprised that their interface is something i can’t help but love! So check out Polaroid Rossa, you know you want it.
I know i showed you this limited edition treo 650 before, but i’m a bit obsessed with it today - and just found this great hands on review of it over at Treonauts. The coating of the whole phone is the same as that great thin subtle rubbery coating that the hardcase has… i can’t stand how slippery the current one is. Tempting.
Happy 10th bday to Palm. They are releasing this special “Black Tie” edition of the Treo 650 (which i guess is only something us GSM folk can crave, since everyone else has moved on to the 700 and 700p?) - bundled with this hardcase and a stylus. My focus here is actually more on the hardcase, when i first got the treo back in december, i couldn’t find ANY cases i actually liked - then at CES the palm rep had this great case i loved - and then shattered my excitment by telling me it was just a prototype… but there it is. Something about that sleek look of it just gets me.
Designed by the Cucumber Lab, this incredible object is the CL Sound Machine. It seems reminiscent of an overhead projector, mailbox, and gramophone to me. The fusion of the familiar to create something so beautiful and still functional - certainly qualifies as drool worthy design. “Beats emanate from our sound projecting, music machine with automated transitional glass for direct visual surveillance of one’s finest wines. It features high gloss finish, 12 bottle wine-liquor storage, Smart Glass technology, direct drive digital record player, 5 disc slim line cd player, universal mp3 player and stand, 200 watt rmf mono bridged amplifier, 8” subwoofer, and 42-25,000 Hz range.” Hyperventilating slightly? Me too. I want one. And you haven’t even seen the interior yet… after the jump.
News Flash! American Apparel Store opening today! (Yes, we know it feels like one opens somewhere everyday)… opens on a private island… a private island in Second Life. Second Life, being a virtual environment. (and this store is designed in colaboration with AA’s own architect) Is this where we get philosophical? If your avatars and their little world don’t know what it feels like to be overworked, and underpaid - do they care if they wear sweatshop free clothing? Can they drive SUV’s without scrutiny since it is a virtual automobile running on virtual gas in a virtual world? Or do they have new problems - like stunted resolution by bandwidth limitations - or… i dunno, keeping their world spam free? Shrug* I’m not a big player in all of the goldmining possibilities of what you can place value on in those worlds yet - but it sure makes you think. Digression aside, your Second Life avatars can now be sweatshop free in AA just like you! And thats what it really comes down to when you spend that dollar, right? [via Springwise]
My obsession of the day is Untangled Life… and their Wibrary (think wireless library?) - and as much as i hate to admit it - their visuals won me over first. Their ads/etc are hilarious, and gorgeous. And like a proper one - two punch, next thing that hit me was their brilliant concept - UNTANGLED LIFE - the title says it all on so many levels, they are simplifying your life, they offer free tech support (totally sending my mom to these guys), 5$ handling + free shipping, and they provide all things wireless. Its like a dream store, i would even go so far as to say, when these guys put a physical store together, it will blow the apple store away.
WOW. Remember those “This is your brain. awkward silence This is your brain on drugs. show complete mess” styled ads? Well thats what these images remind me of… This is your server on Linux/Apache awkward silence This is your server on WINDOWS/IIS. (click image to see bigger) As i’m sure you know, i’m visually oriented - you can describe to me the benefits between systems over and over, but an image like this drives it home… wow. look at that mess. [via IslaFriki]
On that note - Plea For Help! I’m going to start freelance writing/blogging for another site covering Tech/Gadget Blogs [and pet blogs too] - and would love to hear what sites you guys love and know about that deserve some recognition! I’ll post more info up here when it gets going, so far, it seems like a really fun venture NOTCOT lovers might enjoy… i’ll keep you posted.