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A Look at Apple Prototypes from the 1980s

Wednesday 06.04.2014 , Posted by
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With Apple, it’s always been about the inspired and iconic design – and that was certainly true even in the early days. Keep It Simple: The Early Design Years of Apple is an insider’s look at those formative years as told through the eyes of designer Hartmut Esslinger. Working side-by-side with Steve Jobs in developing Apple into a global brand, their minds created the look and feel of the Apple IIc and Macintosh. These are the thoughtful concepts that surrounded those world changing products. [Read more...]

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Google Sent One Man to a Deserted Japanese Island… to Map It

Monday 05.26.2014 , Posted by
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Forget roads. Google is more and more frequently found mapping the entire face of the planet, often with their 360 degree recording, backpack-based Google Trekker. In one recent adventure, they sent one man to document abandoned Hashima island off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan. With buildings deteriorating so quickly that it’s reported you can hear concrete collapse when the wind blows, it could be the Trekker’s most dangerous foray yet. Don’t worry about wearing a hard hat though – you can now tour the island from the safety of your screen. [Read more...]

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Kittyo: Play with Your Cat When You’re Not at Home (and the Internet Rejoices)

Thursday 05.22.2014 , Posted by
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Ok Internet, this changes everything. Yes, I know you spend most of your hours stuck at your job, but what you really want to be doing is playing with your cat. Now, thanks to a revolutionary devise about to be massively funded on Kickstarter, you can work and play (with your cat) at the same time.

Kittyo is a one-of-a-kind product that lets you remotely interact with your cat while away from home, right from your smart phone. [Read more...]

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This 3D Printed Flower Bouquet on Kickstarter Will Blow Your Mind

Tuesday 05.20.2014 , Posted by
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Launched recently on Kickstarter, Joshua Harker has created the most astounding 3D printed flower bouquet. Made up of 12 different re-arrangeable flowers, a lotus lilly pad and a vase that beautifully imitates ripping water, the combined shapes are composed of a massive 1,918,416 different triangles. The wild thing is, these are just his Kickstarter “thank you” gifts. [Read more...]

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Addicted To Your Phone? Try These Signal Deflecting Clothes On For Size

Monday 05.05.2014 , Posted by
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In an age dominated by likes, tweets, and a constant flow of texts, it can be tough to take a break from technology. However, Japanese conceptual fashion designer Kunihiko Morinaga comes to the rescue with modern clothing that will force you to tear your eyes away from your iPhone. Morinaga’s newest garment collection, FOCUS, is crafted from fibers that deflect electromagnetic waves and thus render your phone completely unusable.  [Read more...]

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LIX: Draw in the Air with the World’s Smallest 3D Printing Pen

Tuesday 04.29.2014 , Posted by
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LIX is a 3D printing pen launched yesterday on Kickstarter and already funded by nearly 300%. Apparently this is going to be big. LIX is unique in the new market of 3D printing pens (including the 3Doodler) for two reasons: because it is very small and the fact that it can run off of a USB 3.0 port. If it works as advertised, those two factors will combine to make this one of the most useful and portable examples on the market – not to mention something comfortable enough in the hand to do some serious 3D sketching. [Read more...]

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These Friends Built a Floating Mobile Sauna

Tuesday 04.08.2014 , Posted by
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When life finds you in the grips of the far north, the best way to put a smile on your face is with a warm sauna. The next step is to take a plunge into a cold body of water… but you don’t want to run too far. This group of friends from Joensuu, Finland has the right idea: they built an altogether awesome mobile sauna in the form of a boat – complete with hammocks for summer use, a top deck to jump off and style galore. If this is sailing, sign me up! [Read more...]

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Tiny Planet in Motion: A 360 Degree Video Made With 6 GoPro Cameras

Sunday 04.06.2014 , Posted by
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You’ve seen tiny planets all over the internet (you might have even made one with Google Photosphere), but you haven’t seen one in motion before. That’s because of one problem in creating these little worlds: you need to see in all directions at once. Happily, German photo journalist Jonas Ginter recently employed the smart but obvious solution: use multiple cameras and stitch the resulting videos together. His resulting test video is simply awesome, featuring a small planet below the wheels of his bicycle, car and feet, slowly rolling away as the distorted landscape passes by. [Read more...]

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A Modernist iPhone Amplifier Crafted From Hand Blown Glass

Thursday 04.03.2014 , Posted by
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We live in a strange age when ‘digital tech’ and the ‘local and handmade’ both have their own respective cultural movements. There’s a representative aesthetic and process common to each movement and  they very rarely cross paths. What makes this modernist design iPhone amplifier so unique is that each one is made individually of handblown glass – and we’ve got some amazing pictures to prove it! [Read more...]

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Transforming Waste Into Art: World’s First Recycled Bottle Wall Art

Tuesday 04.01.2014 , Posted by
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When touching a print by CO2nscience, you would never guess that the soft, vibrant material was made from recycled plastic water bottles, but it was. The company, who is passionate about our planet and carbon consciousness, has started a Kickstarter to fund their amazing project that will transform 140,000 plastic bottles into enough wall art to cover an entire soccer field. The wall art comes in 4 different styles, each with three different sizes. They have a lot of ready made prints to choose from or you can customize them with your own pictures. [Read more...]

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