With daily life being infiltrated more and more by technology and computers, it only stands to reason that people would start to find more activities that technology could be apart of, like art and sketching. That is the purpose of the Wacom’s Bamboo range of digital tablets. They aim to give working on your desktop, laptop, iPad and smart phone a more organic feel, where the stylus replaces the fingers to make movements finer. Wacom has three different tablets, Bamboo Capture, Bamboo Connect and Bamboo Create, each specializing in its own area. Capture and Create can be used to edit digital pictures, paint and draw and Connect can be used to mark up documents, sketch and annotate.
Ever needed a projector and couldn’t get one from the Audio Visual department because the company only has two in stock? Or some great pictures that you took on holiday that you want to show off but you don’t have your laptop with you. The Pico Projector from Microvision takes care of all of those problems by being small enough to fit in your pocket and able to hook up to your XBox, your cell phone, laptop, iPod, iPhone or iPad. You can see a couple of videos of how this incredible device would fit into your life, but I’m thinking there would be a great many other ways you could use it. Its got my vote. How would you use it? Let us know in the comments down below.
In an effort to slow humanity down, Samuel Wilson has devised Biome, a terrarium with climate controlled through your smart phone or tablet computer. It works just like those Tamagotchis from the nineties. Please don’t make me feel any older than I already do and say you remember them, if you don’t, lie. Anyway, the climate, water level, and nutrients given to the plants are controlled by an application on your smart phone or tablet computer. The only difference between killing these plants and killing your tamagotchi is the guilt, these plants are actually alive. The Biome was developed for an exhibition titled Slow Tech – Designs for Digital Downtime at trend agency Protein’s exhibition space in August. The exhibition was curated by Henrietta Thompson editor-at-large at Wallpaper*.
There is a major trend towards placing the latest technology next to one of mans oldest construction materials, wood, like these iPhone speakers from Koostik. We saw it with the bamboo speakers and now Koostic has speakers made of solid wood that amplifies the normal iPhone sound by up to 2 to 4 times. The design makes the music sound like the band is playing unplugged, certainly better than the sometimes tinny sound more common to smaller speakers. Koostic has also introduced the mini Koo, as well as the wooden speaker for iPads. [Read more...]
Oh my gumdrops, I have the best news. There is an alternative to the iPad, it’s called the I’m Watch and you can do just about everything on it that you can do on a smart phone or tablet computer. It is run on Android, one of the greatest and fastest evolving operating systems in the world, designed by Italian company Blue Sky and fits around your wrist just like a normal watch with a few small differences. With the I’m Watch, you can update twitter and Facebook, download and listen to music and look at pictures. You can also make calls, keep appointments and check the weather with a few of the amazing apps available for this innovative piece of design.
At the age of fifty six, and forty years of innovation, Steve Jobs has passed away, peacefully surrounded by family. The announcement was made on Wednesday the 5th October 2011 by Apple, from which Jobs resigned in August. During his tenure at the head of Apple Inc., he managed to build a company able to produce technology before the customers (more like fans?) realized they wanted it. Steve Jobs and Apple Inc. have managed to change the mobile phone, music, television and laptop industries almost single handed. I wonder, as I’m sure many did after his resignation, whether this is the end of the Apple era.
From Woodford Designs, comes an ingenious product called the FridgePad. It is a magnetic frame that enables you to mount your iPad onto your fridge. No need to get out your tool box, the mounting case features a powerful magnet that holds it securely to your fridge door. Even when the door gets banged closed it stays secure as you can see in the video above. The FridgePad is compatible with both the iPad 1 and 2 and can be used either vertically or horizontally. The iPad magnetic mounting case is easy to use, as it allows your iPad to be simply clipped in or out.
As promised by every single science fiction movie and television series produced by man, you can now type your messages or that dissertation without worrying about typos from keys too small for your fingers. Spelling, however, is still entirely up to you. The Virtual Lazer Cube Keyboard projects a virtual keyboard onto your desk top or almost any flat surface so that you can use a full size keyboard without the space needed to store one.
However the photo’s that caught me eye were ones that probably didn’t make it high on many political analysts or government agency lists. The two photos in question were of the kitchen at No 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the Prime Minister of the UK.
OK I know its not something that would interest many people, but I found it interesting. The first photo was taken in 1989 when Baroness Margaret Thatcher was in residence, we see her all dressed up making tea in the kitchen featuring basic fittings, stained walls and basic standard run-of-the-mill accessories. We even see her wash rag draped over the dish rack, I mean wow talk about normal.
If you are looking for something for a seriously hard-to-buy person, we have just the thing. Of course, they have, to have an iPad, but that’s a small obstacle in our eyes. The aim is to give the objects you use everyday a unique and cool appearance. All leather accessories are hand made to order out of 100% fine kid skin leather and cow hide. All the graphic designs are original and are printed directly on to the leather.