I've never actually craved a fire extinguisher before, and suddenly i find myself here wanting one for the car, desk, kitchen, friend's house, sidewalk... everywhere basically, b/c as a design object even, this Pinqy extinguisher is ADORABLE. At a mere 14cm tall, apparently it can put out the starts of fires... turning every man, or even girl, into an "ordinary fire man" as the videos say. And this one is by far the best. This looks like what happens when you cross fire extinguisher, a grenade, and a designer. Saw this at Core77, and its been stuck in my head since.
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Luck. Is it a cosmic balance kind of thing? "One man’s good luck is another man’s bad luck + feel guilty when you get lucky"... regardless of what you believe, like all Alice Wang projects, i love this one on multiple levels this Saturday morning. Her simple infographic snippets and diagrams are brilliant, and just complex enough. See her full manifesto here... but wait. There's more! To further exemplify this view of luck, she has also designed the 50:50 Radio.
The radio is sold as a pair, however, only one radio can be controlled at a time.
The person in control can tune the radio by twisting the antenna while the other radio's antenna will be down. The person with no control over the radio can listen to what the other radio is tuned to and does not gain control until the other radio is switched off.
It may seem like luck at first, but once either user discovers each other's routines, patterns are then revealed.
Belkin held their SF Press Event today at Vessel, and Linhchi and i stopped by to see their latest products up close and personal. It was (or is, since its on for another half hour) a dark underground lounge space that managed to feel dark when it was an extremely hot and sunny day above ground... and filled with open bar, appetizers, washable mice, more ipod and iphone cases than you knew what to do with, routers, laptop coolers, USB hubs galore, and more. So, honestly i don't even know where to start... how about you jump below and you can get a feel for the event, what was there, what we liked... and everything in the Belkin gift bag too (which feels kind of like a back to school bag... go see, and it will make a bit more sense). And it was far too fun to play with the washable mouse in person!
iTrapped, yes this came up on .org yesterday (#5182) linking to Photojojo who then got dugg to the point where they were down and no one could view it. Well... checking out google blogsearch, i saw that one of the guys (Joshua Blankenship) that got iTrapped in the iPhonez actually noticed it on our site, and i agree with him, iTrapped is MUCH better than "Smooshtacts"... he says "It’s weird to open up my daily tabs and find my face on NOTCOT. (Oh, and calling it “Smooshtacts?” Honestly, Photojojo… worst name ever. It’s iTrapped, people.)" Hehe, it made me laugh in my half awake state, and i just loved the iTrapped name and this great image he had up, and am now imagining people starting the trend of photobooths where they are pressing against a glass pane for this effect with a black backdrop... oh the drunken scenarios waiting to happen.
There's a scavenger hunt afoot on the web and you've just found a piece of the puzzle. Ok, confused? Well read about the details at Mimoco. With SD Comic Con coming up next week, Mimoco will be launching its nine new Core Series 2 Mimobot Art Toy USB Flash Drives, and i'm proud to announce the first one below - so, meet Psy! This adorable cyclops of a flash drive has an adorable reptilian (or dino?) like look that will definitely keep your data safe. So there are 4 Psy Mimobots for you to win... one through the scavenger hunt (more details below), and three from NOTCOT! If you'd like to win one of our three, leave a comment with your idea for a great new USB device/toy/creature, and i'll pick three winners on July 25th (which is the end of the scavenger hunt, and the release of all 9 new Mimobots!)
Apparently the latest drool worthy design gadget from Logitech is the MX Air Mouse, which Engadget describes as their "attempt to bridge the gap between mouse and remote control with a touch-sensitive scroll-panel (instead of a scroll wheel) and a dedicated pause/play and volume control." You can apparently push the volume button and then flick the mouse to t he left or right to increase and decrease volume! So gorgeous, dying to play with one! This RF goodie is set to retail around $150 in August.
On strange cryptic emails, here's a new one. Apparently i was *lucky* enough to receive number 442/500 (yay i made the top 500 of some list?) of Limited Edition Emails from Multi@MultiPolarProjects.com. Being lazy and confused by all of this, instead of following the precise framing descriptions, lets visualize and pretend the iphone is my shadowbox... This thing came with an invoice email as well... (read it below)... and thank goodness mine came "PAID (Compliments of the artist)" because this "Media: Variable depending on the buyer" goes for a whopping $1,000 USD - but luckily they say: "We will verify Edition Number & Purchaser for ebay and auction house sales." I hope i didn't destroy its value by spreading the sarcasm to all of you! Since, "You may only print out ONE copy. If you make multiple prints, your edition will then be revoked."
Also, i'd like to take this chance to say... this email is awesome because it gave me something fun to do with my iPhone before i go return it tomorrow or weds. I may try again once updates come out, and things become a bit more useable for my day to day life. But don't get me wrong its a great ipod with fancy email and web browsing, and zooming in and out is far too fun (as is wasting more time watching youtubes than i ever did on a computer).
Video Bulb - it's described like a lipstick tube that you plug into your RCA jack on your tv... and along runs this black and white pixel movie of BITMAN! Apparently great for parties, and a fun screensaver for your plasma? Relatively simple, just a really cute idea, and although CoolHunting had it back in '05 ~ i just rediscovered it and love the packaging (see below) and also found a youtube of what you'd get on it (also below!).
Bubblescope... bringing the 360 degree omni cam into the hands of any and everyone! This on brings me back to my UCSD HCI Lab days, where we had our omnicam strapped to the top of Infiniti Q45, capturing 360 degree video data of subjects' drives... which were then used to process lane changes, driving behaviors, etc etc... fascinating stuff, naturally i was amused with watching the circular video footage both in circle form and after you stretch them back to normal.
But enough about that, the Bubblescope!= was over on Josh Spear and i hadn't had time to write about it until now (with all that iphone madness and what not)... Tom Lawton is turning this into a water bottle looking camera for everyone. Now we can ALL take 360 view images... its especially fun indoors as well as capturing vast expanses of fields, etc... really fun way to completely change your perspective of a space. Point and shoot panorama's anyone?
Ok ok, so perhaps you're sick of the iPhone by now, or you're just starting to fall deeply madly in love with it, but either way... i was just playing around with the iPhone bits on my desk, and wanted to point out some design details in the PACKAGING. (and as for my take on the UI, the verdict is still out, and part of me wants to return it, although its growing on me.)
So first thing... did you notice that on top of the over dramatized shadow on the only button on the front of the iPhone... the designers actually bothered to have an actual indentation where that button is on the cover of the box? The whole phone is extruded as well, but that is even more subtle than the button... More silly packaging design gushing below.
iPhone. Yes, we've all been inundated with the video a day leading up to launch, then launch lines, waits on activation, etc etc etc... so i'll assume you've gotten your hands on one by now (seeing as hardly any stores are sold out) and have played with it enough to have a feel for what is and isn't working with the tactile UI. So next question? What's your iPhone wearing?
Did my rounds on on the options available and decided on the Belkin Remix Case... for now. It's brilliant really, super sleek simple acrylic case, all clasps are optional (so when it lives in my purse its protected just enough), and when i choose, i can snap on the panel on the back with the rotating belt clasp that doubles as a stand! So yes, you can work at your desk and have it propped up for youtubing and ipoding nicely (calling it what it is, the iPhone really is just a glorified iPod with some internet/email access at this point, i'm not giving up my pearl quite yet). And you can even mount the rubbery piece somewhere to hang your iphone... (does this mean it doubles as your digital picture frame too?)
Gah iPhone day!!! (Can you believe i held back from iPhone gushing this long?) And leave it to people to plan events on iPhone day.... SO i just rushed over to Daniel's from the Federated Media Author Meetup on the penthouse of Hotel Vitale to gush over our new iPhones (yes we got two). The meetup was a great way to get to meet so much of the FM team/family in person like John Battelle and his lovely wife (who had the most incredible glasses we will have to NotCouture later), as well as catch up with some of the ladies from Sugar Publishing (Yum Sugar, Party Sugar!), Digg folks, Mena Trott (that this blog wouldn't exist without), ... ok and so many more, but for now, just wanted to give you the quick update, while i go find some much needed food. Few more shots of the iphone madness below... and um, i was a skeptic, but its pretty sweet.
What's in your pockets? Face Your Pockets is a great scanner art project scanning the faces and pocket/purse contents of people... its one of those fascinatingly voyeuristic pieces that you can't stop browsing through, and the style of the imagery takes the whole "what's in your bag" themed photo groups to a whole new level. via Evasee.
You too can contribute your face and pockets: "The process. Place the objects on the scanner. Place your face/part of it on the scanner as well. Aaaaand scan it! Send us the picture you've got to: firstname.lastname@example.org -- (Don't forget to mention your name and occupation. Also the email should include the list of objects you've scanned - keys, granny's photo, gum etc.) & Attention! During the scanning process it is recommended not to open your eyes. If you feel that you can handle it and open them, DO NOT follow the light on its move! The authors of this project didn't find any side-effects on themselves. However, the authors do not bear the responsibilty for possible consequences. At your own risk :)"
Syntes Studio has done a gorgeous job designing O2's latest phone... the Cocoon. It's sense of subtlety of the glossy white exterior is gorgeous, and the blue LED scrolling displays are playfully simple... not to mention the way it opens to expose a dark center. Only thing more fun than checking out the beautiful O2 site and images, are the concept sketches and renderings featured on their website. Something about that pebble like sketch demonstrating how when cut open, exposes the unexpected interior, translated very nicely to the final piece. And as for technical details... well it plays music, takes 2mgp pix, etc... cutest detail? It scrolls Good Morning to you when its nested and in alarm clock mode!
Latest gorgeous gadget to find its way to NOTCOT is the Lelo Elise. This is the latest pleasure object from the Swedish company, and they really do go all the way when it comes to scandinavian design details, gift worthy packaging, and technological performance... and in white, it looks like something you might find in the apple store. (The Elise also comes in a rich plum color.) Previously i showed you their Nea which was more pebble like, with the delicate floral illustrations... In the case of the Lelo Elise, "Sculptural simplicity and alluring tactile qualities define her essence. Well in tune with the natural curves of the female body, the stem forms a soft arc for easy access to all those special places." Lots of unboxing and hands on imagery below ~
YES - you can text my shirt. There are social networks online - then there is good old fashioned face to face networking. And then there is everything in between... latest comes from Textmarks + Revl Industries - the fashion house that brings you Headline Shirts, Gytha Mander, Revl - there are now Reactees... combining the genius of your tshirt as your billboard and text messaging. Someone can now stand right in front of you and get a message from your shirt via text - and you don't have to say a thing.
Ok, but in all seriousness ~ imagine the possibilities... at a club, conference, televised sports game... you can leave notes to strangers (you can textmessage and update the automated response at anytime) and future friends. You can give people a way to contact you without knowing your phone number, and you can call/text them back once they request the Reactee shirt's automated message.
I stopped by the Revl Industries HQ earlier today to pick up my shirt you see above ~ and conceptually it's fascinating... for a mere 20$ you basically get a magic code people can text and get a message from you (yes you could update this like you do twitter) AND a shirt. You could even print this code on business cards, put it on away messages,... get creative. Additionally these guys know quality and are as anal as we are about making things look gorgeous (and they are also sticklers for comfort and as eco friendly as possible)... more below! and images of their studio.
Palm Foleo just announced... basically a streamlined laptop ideal for wifi usage on the go, or sucking internet and email over from your treo. It's got my gadget sense tingling... i think i need one. Even though i did switch from treo to blackberry pearl and the iphone is coming out soon. GAH. Can we say technology identity crisis, so many to crave, so little time to adopt them all properly? Anyhow, the images of the Foleo (ugh, on the spelling) are definitely drool worthy, especially if the black rippled coating is that slightly rubbery feeling finish. More details below...
Introducing my latest tech impulse buy - welcome the Canon TX1 to my pile of purse gadgets. Still in NY for Design Week, but to be honest i've been completely spent mentally and physically... so today has been incessant posting and enjoying the hotel room, with a minor excursion - where on the way back i stopped by the legendary B&H which happens to be across the street. I've never been! And i was amazed and horrified with the crammed amount of technology and lines... it was like disneyland, with a line for EVERYTHING (to check in my bag, to talk to the digicam guys, then to pay, then to pick up the products, then to pick up my bag...) it felt like a super dense overly efficient fry's like technowonderland. And i've been quietly stalking and hoping to find a Canon TX1, which were supposed to be out this month, but no one has them! Even amazon is saying 1-3 weeks before shipping. So imagine my surprise when the guy behind the counter tells me he hasn't seen them yet, but will check. And they have 3! The clerk next to him says he just checked this morning and there are none... but NOW there are three. So i couldn't resist. (and yes, even the most serious of the B&H clerks were ready to drool over this incredible little piece of tech)
I don't think you understand till you play with this hybrid digital camera/video TX1... its about the size of the tiny elph cameras. It is 7.1 mgp for stills with 10x OPTICAL ZOOM... and it shoots HD video. and its new physical UI is a pleasure to use, and the automatic lens cap is brilliant. And rotating lcd (so no more purse scratches for me). Not to mention image stabilization, and up to ISO 1600. Now - if only i had managed to get this a few days ago, my purse would have been much lighter (been shooting with the Digital Rebel) - and there might have been some videos... well, there's still part of tomorrow left!
I am sad to admit i was a bit too excited and premature on posting the minimal info that Engadget led me to on the Wacom Bamboo. (I should have known better when i saw the awesome box graphics!) Apparently Wacom has pulled out all the stops on an insane international web campaign for this one.... well, international minus the americas so far. Here are some screenshots of the various sites... europe/africa and china's being most impressive. The flashy line drawn graphics (and overly peppy music) on black are a nice touch. They even have desktop wallpapers... with screensavers and buddy icons coming soon. Screenshots below. Fascinating to see how they alter the branding for each market.
We all have a soft spot for certain objects... on my long list are Wacom Tablets... especially in this gorgeous black, and not to mention it would look PERFECT next to the Logitech Di Novo Edge Keyboard. Saw this over at Engadget, apparently Wacom has a new tablet out in Japan, the Bamboo. Looks like a replacement for the low end tablets, but it sure is getting prettier.
We at NOTCOT love our tech and gadgets. We love Batman and James Bond because they're more or less just regular guys (however fictional... sigh) with awesome stuff. So what if they lived in, say, the 1880s? Perhaps they'd have this tiny pocket-watch camera (although it's actually a lady's watch... so maybe it's one for Batgirl?). For some reason this just totally amuses me to no end. I keep picturing two spies hanging out, and one has this super techy tiny digital camera with satellite link up or something, and the other one busts out this antique thing. But at the same time, I gotta say this looks beautiful and intriguing. I'm sure someone spent a lot of time making it, and someone spent a lot of money to acquire it... it recently sold at auction for £18,000!Via Boing Boing.
The iPod nanos always felt like a bar of soap to me, a wet bar of soap, the type that was ready to launch out of your hand. Vakaadoo's Soft Feel changes that to have that great slightly grippy texture, and you barely notice the case on it. (Unless you want to - by picking contrasting colors, etc.) Been playing with this for the last week or so, and actually have found that its brilliant feature i've fallen for is that i can attach my keys, etc to it, so while working out i don't need to worry about various loose pieces. And the quality of the piece is really nice, almost surprising how seamlessly the front and back pieces slide together, and hold so well! More images below of what other goodies come packaged in with the case.
Belkin has become quite a design force to be reckoned with. (Remember their incredible booth at CES?) - well their innovative and gorgeously design power strips blew my mind this weekend. Picked up the Compact yesterday to sit on the back of the new couch (that is lower than the height of the cushions) - so its just perfectly hidden and oh so accessible - and its the perfect place for me to dock in to charge phones, cameras, laptops, etc. And when people do notice it, its gorgeous enough not to be embarrassed of. Additionally their Conceal model sleekly hides all the cables inside behind your desk (although i think this is only really good for people who set things up and dont mess with them much), and the Clamp-On is just brilliant for any where you might want to have a power strip handy off the floor (side of the desk, work bench, shelf, etc). More imagery below.
Leatherman - the finest in multitool design and engineering have branched out... into Pruners. And i'm impressed (keep in mind, unless flying, i am never far from my Leatherman wave which has served me so well for nearly a decade) - if i were more of a gardener or hunter i'd probably have both of these new models by now (these might be great gifts for mother's day and father's day which are quickly approaching). Introducing the Hybrid for gardeners and the Vista for hunters.
What do these tools have? Both are stainless steel with non slip handles, a critical bottle opener, and nylon sheaths - the Hybrid has Bypass Pruners, Wire Cutters, Weed Remover, Grafting Knife, Bark Lifter, Phillips Screwdriver, Saw, Flat Screwdriver, Sprinkler Tool, and Ruler - the Vista has Bypass Pruners, Awl, Choke Tube Tool, Flat Screwdriver, Saw, Straight & Serrated Edge, Combo Knife, Phillips Screwdriver, and Soft Wire Cutters.
Although this may look like an alien face hugger... and it *could* suck your face off... This is the new Dyson DC21 Stowaway. I know you can't possibly be Dyson'd out by now (seeing as i recently posted the extensive Slim review and my visual rant on why all Dyson's are giant sucking guns)... so below is another gratuitous mass of imagery showing you all those intimate details of why a Dyson is unlike any other designer vacuum to date.