ROBORAPTOR… another silly holiday gift (yes, an xmas/bday gift, but i’m not exactly all that religious, so holiday gift works?) Designed and engineered by Mark Tilden (NASA background), these brilliantly fun little robot beings are gorgeous to look at, and highly amusing to leave roaming around the house. Chock full of sensors, and ingenious AI never before seen in such an accesible toy for kids/adults alike… it’s fun and technologically changing the level of robotics in toys as we know it. Boyfriend also just got the Robosapien V2, and you can have him fetching balls, grabbing beer cans, and even dancing and delivering pick up lines for you… He also interacts with my Raptor which is pretty sweet. Click the pic to read more, the Roboraptor and Robosapiens have made many “IT toy of the season” lists this year (from fashion mags to techy sites)… WOWWEE.com
Birthday+holiday gift… i have given in and have converted to the gprs/mobile pda world. Unbranded Unlocked GSM Treo 650 with T-mobile Gprs [Actually this will probably benefit people who like me to get im’s and emails immediately and to YOU notcot readers, since with the great camera i can run around taking pics of amusing things while shopping/wandering through my world, and also memos are key. I’m keeping lists in here, so i forget less of the things i want to share!] … things i love about it… camera works great, sd card expansion and ability to play music nicely, great syncing with Mac (from vcards to well just about everything i can come up with so far).
Progs I can’t live without for Palm OS 5-
MissingSync - best sync ever with Mac
Salling Clicker - I loved this with my old Sony Ericsson’s, even more gorgeous with Treo, and now i can use the Treo as my bluetooth trackpad pretty much
Pocket Tunes - with the iTunes 5 Skin, so gorgeous, works beautifully
Treo Alarm - I can’t do without an alarm on my phone to wake me up wherever i may be… this one does it great.
VolumeCare - You need it, it allows you to bump up volume for everything
VILLAGE SIM! - Best game EVER, so cute. You run the village… you click and drag the little guys around and they go “oooooh”. They build huts. You drag boys on girls and they make babies. [note: ok so thats simplified, also works vice versa, and depends on after the embrace whether they actually get along, if so they may “go inside”, then maybe babies happen]
Filez - So you can actually file browse and see where all those installs go
Verichat - Aim/MSN/Yahoo/etc client, you need to subscribe annually since it goes through third party server - verdict’s still out on that
p.s. if you know of other things i need, or some fun hacks, help me out!
“That was easy.” It is a silly thing to post, but it amused me while i was in Staples waiting in line with a friend. And i’ve always had this soft spot for big red buttons… (long story short, some day my car will have a flip panel red eject button. many ideas what i may do, or not do)… and that human nature iressistability to pushing it. What is that all about? So here is the Staples $4.99 “EASY button” about 4” in diameter and made in plastic, another bizarre manifestation of a marketing ploy for the xmas season… see the fun commercials too. B/c somedays you just need an easy button.
UPDATE! I actually got hands on with an EASY button, FACIL button, and Yahoo! INSTA-YODEL button… videos, pics, etc.
Bar Codes for visualizing data &Design’s exhibition is focused on “Characterized Design” and essentially created a collection of objects which simplified the functions of the everyday into iconic pieces that are reminiscent of mac icons… (see the power switch if you’re questioning my statement… or the trash can?)
Transmit makes ftp-ing a happy shiny experience. What more can i really say. So check out this sweet shirt they’ve put out… for boys and girls! And if you’re not familiar with the folks at Panic and the brilliance they provide for your mac, well… go here.
These are hot. Podstar Nano skins… really changing the personality of your device.
I love Absolut presents… their design never ceases to amaze and amuse me… and this time i just couldn’t stop giggling when the Absolut Wrap above showed up, such a blatent rip off the smartwraps i kind of wanted earlier, but didn’t feel they were worth paying money for. But for design’s sake, i had to post this.
Apple launches new VIDEO IPOD… and remote… READ: me jumping on today’s bandwagon. But its cute, innovative, cutting edge tech… killing off more little 3rd party kiddies, yet so pretty and pushing good design onto stupid tasteless folks… yes, i’m torn. It is so pretty though. Yet part of me is so over it.
Ahhhh that ambient screensavers for your life/tvs/displays of any sort in full force, in conjunction with Pantone, the color authority… The vid previews are fun, and its interesting to see the companies buying into it so far, as well what they are using it for. Color therapy is coming up these days, and i must admit these are pretty gorgeous for what they are.
Yay. just stuck it in the ps2. that’s all for now. you know you want it. more to come later. but just excited for the moment.
A bit of opposite to the mini sd-usb card… but still fun in that funky, playful, toys meet some form of function? Mimoco.
SD card, where you can fold it and stick it into any USB port. This innovative design is such a problem solver… taking the need for card readers or cables out of the equation, making use of already used useless space… efficient, multifunctional, brilliant. Read more here.
p.s. this would also beat any of the tiniest USB keys in portability and size…
Designer hearing aids? It’s about time. The boundaries of design need to be pushed everywhere… This is from a new exhibit called Hearwear opening at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London this week. The show is a collaboration between the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID), design magazine, Blueprint, and creative agency Wolff Olins. I find the “Goldfish” particularly fascinating for its ability to instant-replay the last 10 seconds of sound… maybe elminating many of the “what?”s that come up in conversation? unless of course this means to hear the last ten seconds you just missed ten more… ah the recursive problem that might evolve.
80gigs for 200$ I’ve been on the market for a new portable ext hd, and prices have been coming down nicely… always love the small ones, and La Cie’s new SAFE drive is not only small physically and large in capacity, but it also has fingerprint protection for your data. Very tempting. Dimensions : 5.43 x 3.15 x 0.98 in / 138 x 80 x 25 mm. Weight : 200g. See more here, it’s shipping in July.