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.
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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.
The "arts and crafts" badge. The "I may look like a scientist but I'm actually also a ninja" badge. The "sexing up science" badge. The "my degree inadvertently makes me competent in fixing household appliances" badge. The "I left the respectable sciences to pursue humanistic studies of the sciences" badge. The "has frozen stuff just to see what happens" badge (LEVEL III) The "dodger of monkey shit" badge. The "inordinately fond of invertebrate" badge. The "knows how to collect semen from more than one species" badge. (from left to right, top to bottom).... THESE are some of my favorites from the Order of the Science Scouts Badges... but really they are all too hilarious (and cutely iconic) for words.
KeyPort - an all in one key fob... just get specialized blanks cut to match your car, house, boat, locker, etc keys and the slot right in. In the press kit it says that it is "created to complement your personal style and organize those jagged objects you can't live without." And currently under development are RFID for remote keyless entry (or anything else you can imagine - be creative here), Alarm Remote (for your car entry/alarms/etc), and Flashlight (mini LEDs!)... hey, where's my usb key? Either way, i'm dying to get my hands on one to try it out, my purse could certainly use less things to get scratched up on! and it would certainly work better to slip in a pocket.
The Dyson DC18 "Slim" - there are so many design details that don't get done justice in the usual pics... so here's an overdose to get you up close and personal with the designer vacuum has changed the way i clean (disclaimer: i hate cleaning, dyson's gone and made it FUN). And read this last post for why Dysons are THE vacuums for the FPS gamers, gadget geeks, ghostbusters' fans, and sci-fi lovers.
Those are vacuums. Not screenshots from half life 2 gravity guns, etc. BUT, they COULD be. And better than real guns, these suck. Harder than any vacuum i've ever tried, but more to come on that on the proper unboxing and review.
Dysons are the gamer's guns for cleaning... housework suddenly became a war on dirt (or anything that fits into its tubes) with their latest Slim and Stowaway, joining the ranks of the Root 6... together it is quite the arsenal... not to mention the clear canister that removes like the Ghostbusters' Ghost Trap (you know, that thing that the proton guns zapped the ghosts into before transfer to the ecto containment unit in the basement).
Don't believe me? See the pics (and token video at the way bottom) below... i may have may have gone slightly overboard, but it was too fun not to share (also, as bad as it is, and b/c i can't resist - FPS = first person shooter? or in this case first person sucker?) Bottom line: how can you NOT have one of these in your house?
Hi everyone - tons of exciting news and posts coming up - but at the moment i am a little bit frazzled at the fact that Dreamhost is going down multiple times a day lately - (but from what i hear we've been lucky we've been up as much as we have been?!?!) So basically, while scrambling to try and figure out what to do - where to move - who has the least downtime, good support, php5, mysql 4-5, nice amounts of HD space and bandwidth... got any pointers? or things to desperately avoid? We played with media temple a while back, kept having some odd email issues... considering going back to them with their new plans...
So sorry for the mini posting break - technical side of things taking over for the moment (there really are pretty much 2-3 of us doing everything over here!)... but please bear with us as we try to smooth things out!
It's no secret, i'm a huge fan of Hulger - design, concepts, graphics, the people! So excited to share with you their latest launches for Milan Design week ~ since they have so much great info in their latest email, pasting the details below with more images of the two gorgeous new phones they've done for Spazio Rossana Orlandi - the ASTOR & SOPHIA (that's Sohpia up there). These bluetooth headsets are more gorgeous than any other you will find... until their next, and i hear there are some reaaaaaaaally great ones launching soon as well.
Every now and then, a series of images comes along and just blows your mind. I couldn't stop laughing, and then just kind of staring amazement at the micro scale "cooking" going on here ~ my friend is calling them Freebase Pancakes. How one even comes up with a concept such as this amazes me. See full set of imagery below. via Random Stuff
When it becomes good versus evil ~ which side of the foosball table are YOU on? On the team of Evil XI we have: Pot, Lucifer, Calgula, Ripper (as in Jack), Impaler (as in Vlad the), Hitler, Macbeth (as in Lady), Hyde, Klebb (as in Rosa), Amin, Catcher (as in the Child). Playing for Good XI we have: Claus (as in Santa), More (as in Sir Thomas), Moore (as in Bobby), Gordon (as in Flash), Robin (as in Christopher), God, Assisi, Jekyll, Poppins, Teresa, M.K. Gandhi.
This is a limited edition "opus football table" by Eleven Forty for the super exclusive 20LTD. Only 20 were made ~ and it retails for 14,500 pounds. We previously featured Eleven Forty back in June '05. See the team's lineup below...
Two words. Automatic. Shifting. Yes, its a bike. And doesn't it have "design awards" written all over it? (on the website, beware of the energetically peppy "lets go out and play" music) ~ This is Trek's new LIME. On top of the automatic shifting and great design ~ you can stash stuff in your seat, and skin the colors any which way you want ~ and comes in male and female models, normal and light. (Something about LimeLight works too well). Shade Elaine notes that its a bit "web 2.0 looking" ~ if thats possible in a bike. Also, i'm liking their site/graphic design as well...
Over hyped, then under hyped, then over hyped... following the saga of the PS3 the last year has been a rollercoaster. BUT this grey drizzly weekend, gave in and got one for fun... second to flow (more gushing to come on that later) ~ Folding@Home from stanford is one of the sweetest reasons to love a ps3. This is a project "people from through out the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world" in order to help in the study of of protein folding and protein folding disease. But why is it even better with the PS3? "This advance utilizes the new Cell processor in Sony’s PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) to achieve performance previously only possible on supercomputers. With this new technology (as well as new advances with GPUs), we will likely be able to attain performance on the 25 gigaflop scale per computer. With about 40,000 such machines, we would be able to achieve performance on the petaflop scale."
What has WOW-ed me even more than the project itself are the gorgeous visualizations of the world (which you can spin and zoom, resembling the world at night nasa image meets the wii weather channel) and molecules in various 3d views.
Regardless of whether you are running it on a computer or your ps3, feel free to join our Folding@Home team (NOTCOT, team number 59465 - enter this when registering) ~ pics, youtubes, and more below...
As for the exciting new release behind this contest ~ Aesop Rock has done a pretty sweet original composition for the Nike+Original Run Series (this is the 3rd, the first two being LCD Soundsystem and Crystal Method). Also if you haven't checked out the Nike+ site lately, go look, i'm impressed with how much they worked in new ways of motivation (beautiful design, great use of social and tech) ~ they have everything from widgets to track your progress, to special workout compilations like this one! (see below for the sweet cover art, and clips to listen)... anyhow, this seemed like a good enough reason to help get us all out and about and away from our screens more.
How do you win? Email me your 3 (or more) favorite workout songs at email@example.com and a winner will be picked on Wednesday, March 28th.
Louisa Bufardeci has created a unique blend of embroidery, technology, and information visualization ~ here is an example from 13 captured telephone conversations - all one minute long, 2006, machine embroideries. Perhaps the perfect installation for a sound studio waiting room? Visually the ability to visualize these in such a tactile manner is fascinating, and equally interesting are her embroidered portraits of Anti-War Speeches (more images below). via Gizmodo
One last one for the lonelier or more playful Valentine's Day people... OhMiBod turned up on .org a week or so ago, and we were intrigued. And conceptually its really pretty brilliant ~ basically its a vibrator that takes audio input and vibrates to the rhythm. For all your concert going kids, you know that feeling of standing right next to the sub? Now imagine taking that vibration you feel and concentrating it into this device... and aiming that wherever you please.
So two days before Valentine's, this box shows up containing the OhMiBod, the pink garter, the 'softskin sleeve', and a t-shirt. (unboxing images below) They've got some nice clean branding and packaging ~ and even provide itunes' playlists for songs that work especially well.
PEER PRESSURE! The latest from Alice Wang (of Audio Sticks and Pet Plus) - this time she takes on the issue of peer pressure and how it relates to the public and private aspects of your persona. Oh come on, on SOME level you kind of sort of care what people think about you.
So here is Peer Pressure, which is currently on display at RCA ~ including double sided headphones (for when you want to listen to embarrassing music on the inside, but project ANYTHING else outward), popular mobile (because constantly getting sms' means you're popular), fast typing keyboards... and more. Details and closeups below. (And you know i also love this project for its stark black and white look.)
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.
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 display—both a full-color, transmissive DVD mode, and a second display option that is black and white reflective and sunlight-readable at 3× 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.