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Canon 40d and Red Monkey

camera.jpgMy camera situation has evolved quite a bit the last two months... first there was the addition of the 10-22mm lens to my ancient (2+ yr old) Digital Rebel. And with that i needed a better bag to carry it in (enter, Botkier Satchel), which was perfect running around Paris. But the day i got back, i couldn't resist and picked up the new Canon 40d, and that coupled with the 10-22 has been my baby i've been carrying everywhere. The reviews are just starting to roll in, but overall, i'm smitten. And as much as people seem to hate having to manual focus on live view (and there are some work arounds) ~ i'm just thrilled to be able to see it live at all! And the fact that you can zoom in so ridiculously close while in live view, actually makes the focusing far better than i could have ever done on my slr... combined with a 3" screen this is really fun for my "put camera on floor to shoot" tendencies - and it's SO much faster! And feels more solid than the newer rebels.

Anyhow, next phase of camera evolution... i need a good strap. My old camo neoprene one from high school is reaching the end of its lifespan (it used to be on my AE-1). So when i saw these Red Monkey straps at Acquire, i think it was love at first site. Rockstar strap for my camera? I can pick any leather i want? Distressed, dyed, painted... And these guys are the real deal (their press archives are full of rockstars who have been wearing their guitar straps, and their watches seem big with the celeb set too... very cool story behind them as well)!

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Vers Speakers

vers1.jpgJust noticed these woody ipod speakers over at Acquire, and i can't stop staring. There is something about clean sleek wood and tech that just gets me every time. This is the Vers 2x - Hand-crafted cherry veneer cabinet - no two alike - 2 3" custom-engineered 15 watt speakers - Dual port design for deeper bass - Advanced 14 function remote control with 25' range (I wish there was a pic of this!) - 3.5mm audio cable for use with other MP3 players (i'm SO glad people are not locking you in to ONLY use it for your ipod these days). Its MSRP is $179... and they are even listing Target as one of the places to go find it in mid-Oct.

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Fashion Sidekicks

sidekickinmain.jpgWow, what happens when you give 15 fashion designers sidekicks to do what they want with? Some pretty crazy fashion/artsy looking phones. My favorites are below, and the stand out is definitely this Justin Giunta for Subversive one... gold bees, everywhere. Also interesting were the cool bags that some of the designers made to go with these... like betsey johnson, coach, tommy hilfiger, diane von furstenberg, and more... (even philip lim and j. lo did phones ~ crazy group they arranged) These are all being auctioned on eBay, and you have 4 days left! 100% Benefiting Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.

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Easy Buttons

easybuttons1.jpgReady for possibly one of my most ridiculous posts ever? (And my excuse of the moment is, i'm having some personal issues, so i'm coping by doing silly things like this). So remember the Staples Easy Button? I posted it about it back in December 2005... and i'm assuming that thanks to unintentional SEO, all those crazy comments of people discussing how to hack it (to become a garage door opener, make circus noises, etc) came from random searches. Well i never knew there were Staples Boton Facils too! But what really kicked this whole thing off was i was wandering around Yahoo Campus after the Company Store had already closed, and upon peering in the window i saw these INSTA-YODEL buttons, and HAD to have one. So i went back this morning to get one of those, and naturally needed to go grab the Staples one too (i had no idea there were facil buttons until i showed up).

Anyhow, more pictures below, and i even made a silly little VIDEO (because these buttons, as cool as they are, are meaningless without hearing them all)... and a mini rant on the design of these button options.

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Balmuda's X-Base

balmuda1.jpgThis heatwave in California needs to stop. It's seriously hot out ~ although gorgeous beach weather for sure... but one thing that is unnecessary is having my macbook pro function as a space heater in this weather while i work. Not sure about you, but nearly everyone i know and work with has a 15" macbook pro ~ and it is HOT, literally will burn your precious lap after an hour or so of serious working... which is where this overdue product review comes in.

So, i've had this Balmuda X-Base the last few weeks and we've all hovered around this gorgeous slab of aluminum with a giant heatsink, and really just weren't sure what to say about it exactly. But tonight i just realized, it is PERFECT for moments like this. It is far too hot to let my laptop overheat my room right now, and that heatsink works its magic the moment you set the laptop down on it. "X-Base is composed of parts machined from blocks of aluminum and stainless steel (except for the heat sink) bolted together." See more pictures and i'll continue my review below.

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Camera Bag?

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Question of the day i'm posing to all readers: What camera bag do you use for your dSLR? The reason i ask? I got a new lens for my "much overdue for an upgrade to the 40d" digi-rebel, and it got me hunting again for camera bags. What IS the nicest, most elegantly designed camera bag? I couldn't find any. I went through every camera store online, and then the brands official sites from there, and even trailed around through all the randomness on amazon. The nicest looking options really are going the messenger bag route which moves you away from screaming "there's a camera in here" slightly. But the issue i'm having is, i want the protection for the body and lens, but i dont want to have to sacrifice needing to schlep yet another bulky thing around (usually i've just been sticking it in whatever purses i have that it barely fits in). So i'm curious what you use or recommend?

My solution of the moment is my Botkier Bryant "Camera bag" Satchel. just wide enough to fit it nicely (as well as all the other contents of my purse, which usually include my smaller digicam and huge wallet, etc)... and i'm thinking of making a light foam insert for the bottom and around the lens. So i'm just curious, am i the only one who doesn't treat my dslr with the loving care i know it deserves and just sticks it in my purses? Isn't it about time someone designs some bags for those of us who take our camera everywhere with us, but don't want the hardcore photographer look? (I'm no photographer, but i do love taking the random snapshots at gallery openings and such for here) Ok i'm done griping... time for solutions!

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Mainframe

mainframe.jpgThis might be exactly why i stick with a flat panel and laptops... Mainframe ~ the brain child of Dean Bradley seems like something fresh out of my nightmares... an axe and keyboard wielding COMPUTER coming to get you. Luckily there is also something kind of cute about these little guys. See him in action (if animated gifs count as action) and some of the paintings this awesome character started out as. Now available over at our favorite purveyors of peculiar ~ StrangeCo.

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Graves for Drive Medical

michaelgraves.jpgOn design stories worth noting... where need and passion drive the design of some really thoughtful products, i just noticed these previews of legendary Michael Graves' Solutions line with Drive Medical over at MocoLoco. The exclusive relationship between Graves and Drive Medical was announced in 2005 (see press release) - a nice quote "In addition to the experience of his architectural practice and its broad interest in accessibility issues, Michael Graves, who is a paraplegic, will bring his personal insight into this new area of design. Now back at work full time, Graves says, "I have a new outlook on how improved design can add ease and dignity to life for all people who are concerned with safety in the home and coping with disabilities. I am delighted to be working with a company as vested in innovation and value as Drive Medical.""

These pictures have popped up on flickr via Ecumenweb, and its fascinating to see that he's designed a hand-held showerhead with built in brush, a tub rail that can be adapted onto any tub, and a bathseat. I must say they all feel a bit little tikes to me, in their inherent rounded, colorful, plasticy, simplicity.

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Periscope Tech

periscoping.jpgRemember building periscopes as a kid? Either to pretend you had a submarine... or to spy around the corner at neighbors and siblings... that excitement of tracking down empty paper towel rolls (or emptying paper towel rolls) and finding some mirrors... of chaining together complex structures of mirrors and cardboard tubes just to see how far you could push it? If not, go do it, you were deprived. If so, keep reading.

Well take that "technology" and apply it to these silly fixed direction webcams (particularly on the mac laptops) with with two mirrors and a mount.... *poof* you can now record whats on the *other* side of the laptop. This is precisely what ecamm has done with their Huckleberry... and they've smartly packaged it with their iGlasses software (the one that lets you tweak your ichat videos to your hearts content)... unfortunately neither the design (although simple), packaging, or their web page leave much to be desired.

Now to take that one step further - according to Gizmodo, "Ken and Greg Aspeslagh [the ecamm guys] claim that they created the application at the C-4 Developer Conference's Iron Coder Live this weekend, winning first prize." And thus video chat on iPhone is now possible... Read more about it on the ecamm-ers blog Mac Daddy World.

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Bravia Play Doh Bunnies

braviabunnies.jpgSo i've been hearing about the Sony Bravia play doh bunnies running around NY all weekend, and finally sat and tried to dig up whatever info and images possible (thank goodness for flickr... particularly dennyliem and davidwatts1978 who had great sets up from the shoot)... and i've compiled them below for a quick overview (and they just make me smile ~ i wish i could have seen them in person!).

So here's the story - its the third of the Sony Bravia "Color like no other" campaigns... the first being the bouncy balls in SF and then the paint explosions in Glasgow... and coming soon, the play doh bunnies in NY! I can't wait, check out what people have seen so far below. According to TV Ad Land, "Play Doh is being staged in New York by Frank Budgen of Gorgeous Enterprises, working with a creative team from Fallon, including creative director Juan Cabral."

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Matryoshkus

terabyte.jpgArt Lebedev's Matryoshkus showed up as NOTCOT.org #5562 from Fukudo, and this image struck me enough to feature it here as well. A playfully simple way to get kids (or adults) to catch up on a new way to visualize the sizes/naming of our digital forms of measurement which are difficult to visualize. It feels very much like a Montessori tool...

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NOTCOT.org Tech

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Belkin N1 Vision

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One of the most interesting new products announced by Belkin in the last week is definitely their N1 Vision router, and i got a chance to play with it in person at the Belkin Press Event last week. Finally a router that you don't need to hide beneath a desk, or behind your couch, that you only look at when your internet is down and you need to reset it. This one has a large digital display and one large button to navigate through its quick overview screens showing you everything from your speed, upload/download usage, devices connected, and even the date and time! (Yes your router just became your room clock). With its sleek and slim upright design, i can already see this replacing airports aesthetically (although no printing/wireless speaker hookups).

Also, while at the event, Belkin was kind enough to let me take a few snapshots of the gorgeous packaging for the N1 Vision, unfortunately the lighting in Vessel was terrible for photographing, but the images below should give you a good idea for now. Basically Belkin is really taking the user experience of its products very seriously, from the time you open the box, to every day usage. They have designed both the box and router to need minimal contact with the user... you unwrap, you open, and there is the router with an easy lift tab, and just below that lays two clearly labeled boxes for the power supply and network cable.

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Pinqy

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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 50:50

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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.

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Belkin @ Vessel

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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!

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iTrapped

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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.

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Meet Psy

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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!)

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Logitech MX Air Mouse

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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.

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Limited Ed Email

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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).

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Video Bulb

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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!).

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Bubblescope

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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?

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iPhone Packaging

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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.

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Belkin iPhone Remix

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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?)

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iPhone

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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.

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