iPhone Laptop? Wait WHAAAT???

iPhone Laptop? Wait WHAAAT???

OLO Computer updated their site with a mysterious laptop with what looks like an iPhone as the trackpad and OS X on the screen. Now I’m only thinking out loud but the iPhone, tho powerful, isn’t powerful enough to run a full blown version of OS X. Does OLO know something we don’t know or are they just reaching for pie in the sky? Care to ruminate?

0 Designer: OLO

Make an Avatar!

Make an Avatar!

One of the new features on our site are the Gravatars that appear when commenting. Gravatars are globally recognizable avatars. They reflect who you are so why not make one? It’s fast, free, and easy. The cool thing is you just sign up once and every time you comment on any blog supporting the Gravatar service, your avatar will appear! So go! Make your Gravatar and come back here to leave a comment. I want to see all of you!

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Alien Inspiration

Alien Inspiration

In 1999, Lithuanian designer Jonas Jurgaitis was captured by aliens, upon his return to earth, he immediately began to sketch out a sofa design that he was told to pass along to us here on earth. Appearing more like dreadlocks cut from the head of The Predator, the sofa, is truly out of this world. Sure to get a second look, “Alien” the sofa, is a great contrast of molded polyurethane on a plywood frame combined with a hi-tech fabric.

0 Designer: Jonas Jurgaitis

A Phone That's Not Afraid to Mess with Water

A Phone That’s Not Afraid to Mess with Water

Among the grievous wrongs done by touchscreen technology, the worst is its disregard for tactile feedback. Without the pleasant sensation of a button being pressed, we are woefully incapable of using any gadget without complete visual attention. This Nokia concept tries to right this wrong by using a small pump to fill a substrate beneath the screen that gives our fingers something to feel and press. Maybe now I can finally type out these posts while driving to work without having to put my coffee in the cup holder.

0 Designer: Rune Larsen

Grocery Bag Chic, Moukisac Review

Grocery Bag Chic, Moukisac Review

Walk into any supermarket today and you’ll see a new trend. People are bringing their own shopping bags. With plastic bags labeled as the evil accomplice to the environmental problem, a number of companies have taken it upon themselves to design grocery bags durable enough for hauling while remaining questionably stylish. After all, being “green” is now a message people want to project so shopping bags have had to evolve into accessories. I’ve been using the Moukisac shopping bag for the past few months and it promises utilitarian chic.

0 Designer: Marie Naubert [ Buy it here ]

Trashing Batteries for Brighter Sidewalks

Trashing Batteries for Brighter Sidewalks

We all know alkaline batteries are really bad for the environment if you don’t dispose of them properly. The right thing to do is send them to special recycling centers but hundreds of tons end up in landfills where their toxic innards seep into the earth. Perhaps a good solution is the Energy Seed, an LED lamp post powered by trashed alkaline batteries.

0 Designer: Sungwoo Park

Leave Thee a Stain on Thy Bike Thief

Leave Thee a Stain on Thy Bike Thief

In nature, things that are sharp, or colorful, or hard, are a lot less likely to be eaten by bears. Bears will eat salmon instead of porcupines or cacti (supposing they have cacti available.) This is also true of bike thieves and bike locks. There are plenty of relatively excellent bike locks out there, but how many of them explode? The Smart Lock – It Explodes.

0 Designer: Michael Lambourn

I Want Your MP3s for the Rest of My Life

I Want Your MP3s for the Rest of My Life

Liberty Fearns presents the Twinned MP3 player: two devices that act as one. After they’re broken apart, they’re activated: both MP3 players hold the same playlist together… forever. Together forever and never to part / Together forever we two / And don’t you know / I would move heaven and earth / To be together forever with you.

0 Designer: Liberty Fearns

When a Building's Skin Ripples

When a Building’s Skin Ripples

FLARE is a pneumatic building facade system. The FLARE system consists of a number of tiltable metal flake bodies. An infinite array of flakes can be mounted on any building or wall surface. Each metal flake reflects the light. When the flake is tilted downwards by a computer controlled pneumatic piston, its face is shaded from the light and this way appears as a dark pixel. By reflecting ambient or direct sunlight the individual flakes act like pixels formed by natural light.

0 Designer: Christopher Bauder and Christian Perstl

Protecting your iPhone, invisibleSHIELD Review

Protecting your iPhone, invisibleSHIELD Review

If you’re one of the 10 million people with an iPhone then you understand there’s a huge market for protective covers and cases for it. Even the tiniest scratch somehow totally ruins Apple’s minimal aesthetic. Most people opt for cases for full protection but that defeats the purpose since the iPhone was meant to be seen. There are protective films but each manufacturer’s quality is questionable. So who’s to trust? I tried out the ZAGG invisibleSHIELD and came away impressed but not without some marring issues.

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If You're Really Into Butterflies. . .

If You’re Really Into Butterflies. . .

Then you’ll love this Nissan Teana concept circa 2023. Everything from the exterior sheet metal to the heavily overworked interior is supposed to invoke one of nature’s most beautiful insects. The sensibility isn’t for everyone but there’s something original about all the detailing. It’s ornate but in a modern way. Get past the design quirks and you’ll find a car full of tech wizardry like a heads up HUD display and auto-driver mode. So how about it, would you drive one?

0 Designer: Chen-Wei Chang & Hsuan-Ju Chia

Divining Rod Tech Rediscovered in Clock Form

Divining Rod Tech Rediscovered in Clock Form

I tell time and weather with the stars, of course, but soon I will be able to tell these things just as easily with a hunk of wood. That’s right! Inovaxion has created a wooden bit of clock and weather station that no sensible person with a hot collection of design oriented fun and helpful object would be able to turn down!

0 Designer: Sebastien Wallet

That's a lot of Black Rubber

That’s a lot of Black Rubber

A building clad in black rubber may sound ominous but in this instance, it’s a testament to modern design. The Soundhouse by Jefferson Sheard Architects and Carey Jones Architects was designed as the University of Sheffield’s state of the art music practice and studio facility. The striking quilted rubber envelope is a first and a technique never seen before in the UK or anywhere else for that matter.

0 Designer: Jefferson Sheard Architects