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welcome to yr world | the m john harrison blog
"Apple’s iPhone 5C will come in yellow, green, blue and red. But is bright always right…? If you live in a world of toddlers it is. If you live in the world of people who manipulate toddlers to make their profits, the question itself is a gadget–a brightly coloured piece of plastic with no real function except to convince the user that she needs to pay for what it does. Fake objects, fake functions, fake commentaries, fake realities layered on top of the real function of everything, which is to make revenue and keep it moving up the hierarchy. Either you buy the plastic without a thought, or you think a marketing discussion represents the next clever level up. Welcome to your dinner party. Welcome to lifestyle. Welcome to your new housing bubble. Welcome to your new toy. Everything is going to be all right now. Welcome to business. Welcome to being a farmed consumer with a degree in farming consumers."
apple  gadgets  consumerism  iphone  marketing  hierarchy  capitalism  desire  mjohnharrison 
september 2013 by robertogreco
Chindōgu - Wikipedia
"Chindōgu (珍道具?) is the Japanese art of inventing ingenious everyday gadgets that, on the face of it, seem like an ideal solution to a particular problem. However, chindōgu has a distinctive feature: anyone actually attempting to use one of these inventions would find that it causes so many new problems, or such significant social embarrassment, that effectively it has no utility whatsoever. Thus, chindōgu are sometimes described as "unuseless" – that is, they cannot be regarded as 'useless' in an absolute sense, since they do actually solve a problem; however, in practical terms, they cannot positively be called "useful.""
japan  chindogu  technology  inventions  culture  design  gadgets  uselessness  usefulness  utility  sideeffects 
november 2011 by robertogreco
Polaroid’s SX-70: The Art and Science of the Nearly Impossible
"We could not have known and have only just learned–perhaps mostly from children from two to five–that a new kind of relationship between people in groups is brought into being by SX-70 when the members of a group are photographing and being photographed and sharing the photographs: it turns out that buried within all of us–God knows beneath how many pregenital and Freudian and Calvinistic strata–there is latent interest in each other; there is tenderness, curiosity, excitement, affection, companionability and humor; it turns out that in this cold world where man grows distant from man, and even lovers can reach each other only briefly, that we have a yen for and a primordial competence for a quiet good-humored delight in each other: we have a prehistoric tribal competence for a non-physical, non-emotional, non-sexual satisfaction in being partners in the lonely exploration of a once empty planet."
design  technology  art  history  science  polaroid  harrymccracken  edwinland  steevejobs  apple  photography  gadgets  entrepreneurship  tinkering  invention  sx-70  relationships  people  anseladams  normanlocks  andywarhol  OneStep  kodak  consumerelectronics  electronics  instantphotography  cameras  granthamilton  2011  children  companionship 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Playbuttton convierte a las chapitas en reproductores de MP3 - FayerWayer
"Playbutton es un reproductor de MP3 distinto. Mientras la mayoría de los reproductores te prometen millones de canciones en un pequeño dispositivo con horas y horas de batería, Playbutton es mucho más simple: un disco, en una sola chapita."
mp3  music  gadgets  buttons  edg  srg  glvo  wearable  mp3players  wearables 
december 2010 by robertogreco
Technology fetishism is skin deep | Guy Dammann | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
"We flatter ourselves with endless talk about living at the "cutting edge" in an era of "constant change" and "permanent technological revolution". Most of the time, though, by conspiring to keep capacity at a set distance from potential, the progress implicit in the technological cycle of perpetual upgrading is an illusion we use to distract us from the numbingly slow speed at which real change actually takes place. How else do you explain that, over 80 years after women obtained equal voting rights in this country, we still can't get more than four of them round the cabinet table, or more than one woman for every nine men into our company boardrooms?

Still, at least we can read all about it on the latest iDespair format while waiting distractedly for society to upgrade itself." [via: http://plsj.tumblr.com/post/853539470/we-flatter-ourselves-with-endless-talk-about ]
society  gadgets  culture  technology  consumerism  distraction  change  realchange  progress  gaudammann 
august 2010 by robertogreco
sevensixfive: But Today We Collect Gizmos
"The application of a heuristic gizmo is an act of pattern recognition - the intuition that some set of undifferentiated circumstances is isomorphic to some other set that was previously encountered, even if the context was wildly different. ... It has been said that things hardly "exist" before the fine artist has made use of them, they are simply part of the unclassified background material against which we pass our lives. The application of gizmo metaheuristics requires a certain kind of approach to interdisciplinary work and expertise: try it first, then read the manual. Like a western tourist using chopsticks, there is an attitude of being cheerfully out of one's depth, but willing to learn, and eager to add this new technique to the repertoire and impress the folks back home."

[See also: http://snarkmarket.com/2010/5803 ]
fredscharmen  architecture  cities  collecting  patterns  urbanism  patternrecognition  tcsnmy  classideas  art  science  interdisciplinary  crossdisciplinary  recombinantgizmos  gadgets  gizmos  theadjacentpossible  hacking  hacks  glvo  mashups  frankenstein  robertsmithson  reynerbanham  vernacular  collections  objects  folkart  closed-loop  ecosystems 
july 2010 by robertogreco
How the Tablet Will Change the World | Magazine
"The fact is, the way we use computers is outmoded. The graphical user interface that’s still part of our daily existence was forged in the 1960s and ’70s, even before IBM got into the PC business. Most of the software we use today has its origins in the pre-Internet era, when storage was at a premium, machines ran thousands of times slower, and applications were sold in shrink-wrapped boxes for hundreds of dollars. With the iPad, Apple is making its play to become the center of a post-PC era. But to succeed, it will have to beat out the other familiar powerhouses that are working to define and dominate the future."

[Guest essays here: http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/03/ff_tablet_essays/all/1 ]
apple  computers  computing  ebooks  edtech  future  gadgets  tablet  tablets  gui  innovation  interface  internet  ipad  media  mobile  technology  trends  stevenjohnson  kevinkelly  nicholasnegroponte  olpc  chrisanderson  marthastewart  bobstein  jamesfallows 
april 2010 by robertogreco
$11,000 for the First Apple Portable Computer! The Real Cost of Apple Products - What's the Big Deal?
"On the eve of Apple's iPad launch, we thought it would be interesting to see whether the cost of the iPad really is an 'unbelievable price' compared to previous Apple product launches.

Looking back through the archives, to the launch of the first Apple computer in 1976, we've worked out how much it would cost to buy each of Apple's new major product releases today - accounting for inflation.

So, is the iPad as good value as Steve Jobs would like us to believe? We'll let you make your own mind up."
visualization  infographics  inflation  infographic  statistics  apple  computers  mac  money  prices  gadgets  comparison  hardware  ipod  iphone  ipad 
april 2010 by robertogreco
yarel yair: sahara hat
"sahara hats are a popular must have for sun protection during travel adventures. unlike conventional travel hats, this head gear designed by yarel yair is equipped with two small, quiet electric fans to support the ventilation of air. the form of the hat consists of a wide brim to additionally shield against the sun's harmful rays."
glvo  travel  clothing  design  electronics  gadgets  sun  wearable  wearables 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Products - Kiran (Global)
"Light Performance: The Kiran provides up to 8 hours of light on a full battery and uses highly efficient LEDs. It is four times brighter than a kerosene lantern and provides 360-degree illumination. The lamp gives an even white light that can illuminate a workspace and can be used for a variety of activities like studying, cooking, or walking.
gadgets  lighting  solar  affordability  kiran 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Religion Finds Home On IPhones, Social Networks : NPR
"Technology is producing a new form of religious interaction. There are over two dozen Bible apps for smart phones. And beyond Scripture, people are using gadgets for devotional purposes."
religion  technology  iphone  applications  computers  gadgets  tcsnmy  ios 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Warren Ellis » A Sony Walkman, By God
"Clay Shirky’s line about how anything that ships without a mouse is broken — that’s her generation. (I still think he was just one foot behind the time...should have used is "touchscreen.") I found Lili crosslegged on her bed earlier, her guitar in her hands, earbuds in, watching something on her open laptop. I suspect it was either a guitar lesson, some tabs she’s been looking for, or listening to Theory Of A Dead Man and trying to detune her guitar to C-sharp to capture their tone. That’s how she treats the laptop — what else does it do? And the very conjuring of all those elements in the first line illustrates that her generation do not live with their heads in a laptop or a DS Lite or whatever. Less so, even, than the previous generation. It’s a fully integrated part of their lives, a Swiss army knife for the world. What else does it do?

If I tell her I have a YouTube app on the Sony Walkman I’ll never get the bloody thing back."

[related: http://www.openthefuture.com/2009/07/human_interfaces.html ]
society  future  warrenellis  netgen  swissarmyknife  technology  youtube  ui  touchscreen  walkman  generations  seamlessness  whatelsedoesitdo  integration  invisibletechnology  music  bbc  gadgets  audio  online  via:preoccupations  seams 
july 2009 by robertogreco
HP releases iPhone versions of classic calculators | Software | iPhone Central | Macworld
"Hewlett-Packard (HP) today announced iPhone-app versions of three classic HP calculators: the HP 12c, HP 12c Platinum, and HP 15C. When run in landscape mode, each app uses the original ROM code and provides an exact visual replica of the actual horizontal-format calculator, making it familiar to users of the originals. The $15 HP 12c and $20 HP 12c Platinum provide the same business-focused functions and formulas as the hardware models, and the $30 HP 15c includes all of the original's scientific algorithms and calculation sequences, including matrix, root, and complex-number functions. All three apps are also, like their hardware counterparts, programmable. (The HP 12c and 12c Platinum are still in production; the HP 15c is no longer made, but used models still command high prices.)"
hp  calculator  iphone  applications  gadgets  math  ios 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Get Great Gadgets. And Keep Them. - Last Year's Model
"We love cool gadgets as much as anybody else. We just want to be thoughtful about the stuff we've bought. Even the most cutting-edge, tech-savvy geeks in the world are choosing to hang on to their phones or their iPods that still work just fine."
gadgets  technology  environment  frugality  consumerism  sustainability  electronics  reuse  culture  green  possessions 
may 2009 by robertogreco
graphpaper.com - Who Watches the Watchman?
"How do you make sure that the night watchman patrolling your factory floor or museum galleries...actually makes his rounds? How do you know he’s inspecting every hallway, floor & stairwell? How do you know he is not just spending every night sleeping at his desk? If you’re a technology designer, you might suggest using surveillance cameras or even GPS to track his location each night, right? But let’s make this interesting...go...back...[to]1900. What could you possibly do in 1900 to be absolutely sure a night watchman was making his full patrol? An elegant solution, designed and patented in 1901 by the German engineer A.A. Newman, is called the “watchclock”. It’s an ingenious mechanical device, slung over the shoulder like a canteen and powered by a simple wind-up spring mechanism. It precisely tracks and records a night watchman’s position in both space and time for the duration of every evening. It also generates a detailed, permanent & verifiable record of each night’s patrol."
watchmen  security  interface  history  technology  time  space  gps  surveillance  behavior  control  gadgets  location-based  chistopherfahey 
may 2009 by robertogreco
The Long Tail - Wired Blogs
"as sometimes happens, I got obsessed, while he moved on to other things. In the past two years, I've made cellphone UAVs, Basic Stamp UAVs, autonomous blimps, and a true gyros+acellerometers+GPS autopilot version of the Lego Mindstorms UAV that's now in the Lego Museum in Billund, Denmark. We set up an amateur UAV community at DIYDrones.com, and get thousands of people each day exploring this new dimension of aerial robotics. Now this project has gone pro. Our first commercial autopilot, the Arduino-compatible ArduPilot, has been released and our goal of taking an order or two of magnitude out of the cost of an autopilot has been achieved: it's $24.95!"
lego  arduino  chrisanderson  uav  autopilot  electronics  microcontrollers  howto  hardware  surveillance  diy  make  gadgets  drones 
february 2009 by robertogreco
GOOD » Superb Idea: Bike Lane That Travels With You»
"The system projects a virtual bike lane (using lasers!) on the ground around the cyclists, providing drivers with a recognizable boundary they can easily avoid. The idea is to allow riders to take safety into their own hands, rather than leaving it to the city. And just in case you need to be convinced about the need for better cycle safety, watch this video about the stupidest bike lane in America."
bikes  gadgets  commuting  safety  lights  bikelanes  streets 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Lego announces line of digital cameras, PMPs, etc. for your teeny human friends - Engadget
"Lego's just announced that it's teamed with Digital Blue to bring out a line of digital cameras, PMPs, and walkie talkies for children. As you can see, the products will have the familiar "Lego" look to them (though not constructed out of actual bricks), and though we haven't heard anything in the way of specs yet, they're said to be arriving this summer with prices ranging from $19 - $60. Our opinion of these is currently hanging out in the "not really excited" file, but outfit these suckers a set of wheels and we'll probably be sold. Second photo after the break."
lego  gadgets  walkietalkies  cameras 
january 2009 by robertogreco
yorozu audio sound revolution kit
"using the yorozu audio sound revolution kit you can create instant speakers from paper, boxes, posters, cartons..basically any flat surface. users simply have to place the vibrating extension of the kit onto a flat surface with the included adhesive sheets, plug in the audio source and let the music begin."
electronics  diy  music  audio  speakers  gadgets 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Buddha Machine 2 released: Ambient device - Digital Tools
"The Buddha Machine is a small audio-gear, some kind of "multipurpose ambient device". It is a small portable device with batteries, a speaker and some build-in audioloops. You can select the soothing loops and they keep on playing. With two controllers you can select the volume and (this is the special part) the pitch of the loop. Nothing really special, compared to the things you can do with audio-software, but this device is very charming and inviting to some nice uses."
music  ambient  gadgets  gifts  sound  buddhamachine 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Botanicalls
"Botanicalls opens a new channel of communication between plants and humans, in an effort to promote successful inter-species understanding.

The Botanicalls project is fundamentally about communication between plants and people. We are empowering both by inventing new avenues of interaction. Plants that might otherwise be neglected are given the ability to call, text message and email people to request assistance. People who are unsure of their ability to effectively care for growing things are given visual and aural clues using common human methods of communication."
adafruit  technology  biology  diy  gadgets  plants  arduino  gardening  twitter  mobile  electronics  communication  software  sensors  microcontrollers 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Wtf: Daito Wanabe Electroshocks His Face to Create the Best Visualizer Ever
"Sure, iTunes' new visualizer is pretty, but you can't compete with the visceral, hypnotizing weirdness of Daito Manabe's facial electric stimulus. He tapes electric stimulators, looking like the same type used for electroshock therapy, to his face, and syncs them with his music so his involuntary facial contortions match up with the tune. Shots of the machine he used after the jump."
daitowanabe  music  faces  gadgets  electronics  visualization 
october 2008 by robertogreco
GoateeSaver | Grooming | Body
"If you want to have the perfect goatee? See the GoateeSaver($20). You just chomp on this bit and then you can shave around it for perfect results every time. And you adjust three rollers's width, flawlessly conforming to your face, and also to your notion of what a real goatee looks like. Inventor by Scott Bonge. A Hannibal Lecter-looking device. A clever kit for men those want to have the goatee."
beards  goatees  gadgets  humor  glvo 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Video: Tiny hands-on with Swinxs - Engadget
"Bottom Line: The €150 / $235 Swinxs does what the Disney or Nintendo babysitter can't: it gets kids moving, really moving... and that's a good thing too, chubby."
swinxs  games  rfid  gadgets  children  play  physical 
july 2008 by robertogreco
trackstick
" We lead the world in the field of GPS technologies, tracking, and data collection techniques. We will continue to develop innovative products and software that can be used to protect families, help law enforcement personnel, and allow government agencie
googleearth  gps  hardware  privacy  tracking  arg  gadgets  location  location-based  locative  maps  mapping  surveillance 
june 2008 by robertogreco
The Magical Water Princess
"Before the device was introduced in the 1980s, it seems that female patrons in restraunts would flush the toilet multiple times to mask the sounds, which wasted an incredible amount of water. Since males don’t usually go into public ladies’ rooms, th
japan  society  etiquette  water  gadgets  privacy 
june 2008 by robertogreco
FILE Magazine Project - The Illuminati by Evan Baden
"The Illuminati is a selection of photos by photographer Evan Baden that show young people seemingly mesmerized by the glow of their electronic devices. Evan explains his project:"
photography  youth  Illuminati  electronics  gadgets  society  teens  mobile  phones  ipod  etiquette 
may 2008 by robertogreco
robometer : dotmancando
"“Robometer” is a robot that monitors your robot level by GSR, voice and locomotion, in the position of a watch. After the seventh level, it will start talking to you in robot language, try to recommend you how to feel happy."
concepts  mood  emotions  happiness  biofeeback  electronics  gadgets 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Devotec Industries: Solar Battery Power
"The new Solar Charger is the latest and smallest addition to the Devotec range. Weighing in at less than 80g, this tiny charger can still keep your phone juiced up twice over before needing a recharge."
solar  charger  mobile  phones  gadgets  energy  iphone 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Team Ladybugs | Project Ladybag
"It's a conceptual gadget purse that scans its contents for your arphids and then reports if you've got all your tagged valuables by "smiling" or "frowning.""
rfid  technology  fashion  gadgets  projects  electronics  bags  digital 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Gadgets at Work: The Blurring Boundary between Consumer and Corporate Technologies - Knowledge@Wharton
"Consumerization posits that consumer technologies -- including social networking tools, user generated content and wikis (web-based software that allows people to create content collaboratively) -- are being increasingly adopted by corporate America."
consumer  electronics  gadgets  iphone  mobile  trends  work  enterprise2.0  applications  ios 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Cool Tool: Reelights
"A great investment for me: increased safety, no more batteries, and definitely the best "green" investment I've made for training. Short of breaking in a crash, these lights will last me decades. The LEDs are not likely to burn out for at least ten years
bikes  gear  gadgets  lights 
april 2008 by robertogreco
roBlocks is a robot construction kit.
"By combining sensor, logic and actuator blocks, young kids can create simple reconfigurable robots that exhibit surprisingly complex behavior. roBlocks are self-describing, so they can provide helpful feedback to the user, and automatically adjust their
arduino  construction  robots  children  learning  electronics  via:russelldavies  gadgets  robotics  toys  education  hardware  diy  make  programming  elearning  coding  teaching 
april 2008 by robertogreco
BUG+EDU educational discounts unveiled for little hackers - Engadget
"Students (with relevant ID) can now purchase modules at a 10% discount, while K-12 schools and secondary education institutions can buy Bug for 25% off."
schools  discounts  buglabs  electronics  gadgets  programming  microcontrollers  make  diy  education  learning 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Kage no Sekai | imgl
"We all have childhood experience of feeling there is "something" hiding in dark. This device expresses this perspective not by using existing media but in real world itself. The mechanism is concealed, giving device appearance of ordinary piece of furnit
children  childhood  newmedia  electronics  gadgets  fear  monsters  dark  shadows 
march 2008 by robertogreco
DIY KYOTO
"DIY KYOTO value simple things, and seek to produce products of perfect convenience and utility, elegant in their conception and efficient in their operation"
sustainability  environment  electronics  climatechange  conservation  electricity  energy  ambient  wattson  power  globalwarming  visualization  sensors  gadgets 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Gadgets: The Kiddo Kidkeeper Keeps Your Child on a Digital Leash
"Proximity alarm helps bring peace of mind to parents of adventurous children using wearable wireless transmitter. When child has wandered out of pre-set range, transmitter will trigger visual & audible alarm on parent's receiver, prompting them to reel
parenting  technology  tracking  fear  safety  gadgets 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Inhabitat » VIDEO: Mary Lou Jepsen on One Laptop Per Child
“By trying to do the right thing and by designing for the poorest people in the world, we’ve made the greenest laptop in the world. And that’s not just the color!”
olpc  green  sustainability  computing  environment  gadgets  ecology  technology  energy  engineering  maryloujepsen 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Voltaic Systems | Voltaic Backpack, Solar Backpack, Solar Bag
"Silver Orange Green Charcoal The Voltaic solar bags are mobile solar power generators designed to charge virtually all handheld electronics."
apparel  bags  batteries  camping  electric  electricity  energy  environment  gadgets  gear  sustainability  technology  photography  mobile  travel  portable  wearable  wireless  shopping  solar  green  wearables 
february 2008 by robertogreco
SunNight Solar
"SunNight Solar is dedicated to shining a light on problems plaguing the developing world. And SunNight Solar is dedicated to helping solve those problems."
light  shopping  solar  socialentrepreneurship  gadgets  buyonegiveone  energy  sustainability 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Solar Powered Battery Charger, SOLIO Universal Portable Solar Charger
"Solio™, the Universal "Hybrid" Charger is powerful enough to charge all of your handheld electronic products at home or on the move, anywhere under the sun."
electronics  energy  environment  gadgets  innovation  green  power  technology  sustainability  solar  shopping  portable  ipod  mobile  phones  cameras  iphone 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Saverclip Shames Your Electricity Usage » Yanko Design
"clothespin like device that reads electric usage on any power cable it’s clipped onto...How much power is it actually using and would the results make you change your mind to using something faster, like a pressure cooker?"
contextual  electricity  electronics  energy  environment  gadgets  green  productdesign  wattson  design 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Jan Chipchase - Future Perfect: (Short Term) Memory Aids
"unintentional precursor to new class of object that you'll wonder how you did without, another small thing with a big future. The post-it or thumb drive of its time...Secondary & tertiary displays - optimised to support your (short term) memory."
memory  nokia  storage  post-its  displays  japan  electronics  gadgets  janchipchase  postits 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Confessions of a technophobe | Features | Guardian Unlimited Film
"Why are so many dramas and thrillers now set in the past? Is it because, in a world of mobile phones, satnav and Google, suspense is impossible? Joe Queenan on the menace of gadgets"
film  gadgets  scifi  technology  storytelling  history  information  narrative  fiction 
january 2008 by robertogreco
thisplacement » Interrupter 1.0
"This is an preliminary prototype of a device that interrupts you while you move through the city. Its the first of a series of devices designed to studie “everyday life as urban infrastructure”. More on this later."
presence  attention  cities  engagement  reality  surroundings  space  perception  gadgets 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Bliss in a Box: Professor iPod Tells How IPods Insulate City Dwellers
"The iPod is a Sherpa -- it has all the things that you want. One of my (interviewees) said, "I store my valuables on the iPod; it's my data warehouse. If the house burns down, I'm not worried because the iPod has my family jewels.... " The iPod navigates
ipod  society  psychology  urban  urbanism  technology  books  control  gadgets  electronics  mobility 
december 2007 by robertogreco
Buy now, pay forever: the business of tech toys | Tech news blog - CNET News.com
"need to build imagination, develop problem-solving abilities, build real bridges to cultures that don't take Amex...become producers, not consumers...doesn't mean they need to give up play...parents just need to remember what it is"
parenting  play  children  technology  electronics  gadgets  toys  trends  gamechanging  authenticity  marketing  advertising  consumerism  webkinz  clubpenguin  computers  laptops  olpc  games  socialsoftware  socialnetworking  socialnetworks 
november 2007 by robertogreco
HobbyPrincess: Draft Craft Manifesto
"I’ve been trying to pin down what is driving the increasing popularity of crafting for a while now. This is what I’ve got so far"
activism  crafts  craft  diy  manifestos  making  make  sustainability  society  skills  selfpublishing  hobbies  hacks  hacking  community  gadgets  fun  gamechanging  trends  interaction  opensource  longtail  glvo  build  design  culture  creativity  create  howto  self-publishing 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Trackstick.com
"With the built in vibration detector and proprietary low power GPS technology, the Super TrackstickTM will run for over a month with average use. The 4Mb of flash memory ensures that it will log weeks or even months of travel histories."
gps  geocoding  tarcking  gadgets  photography 
november 2007 by robertogreco
LRB · Andrew O’Hagan: Short Cuts
"fail to answer mobile phone, or turn it off completely...announces that you are deep in the throes of a secret life..don’t care...not reliable...got something to hide...screening...few modern crimes so remarked on as the crime of unavailability. Answer
psychology  society  etiquette  availability  reachability  technology  mobile  phones  social  blackberries  gadgets  facebook  privacy 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Bug Labs
"BUG is a new kind of device, one that's designed by you, not us. BUG is an open source, modular consumer electronics platform that makes building hardware just as easy as writing software or Web applications"
appliances  coding  components  crowdsourcing  design  devices  electronics  embedded  gadgets  future  hacking  hacks  microcontrollers  innovation  interaction  prototyping  robotics  sensors  opensource  modular  hardware  programming 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Nokia perfects the clicky tactile touchscreen - iPhone gnashes teeth, swears revenge - The Red Ferret Journal
"taken them 10 years but Nokia boffins have finally perfected a ‘touch feedback’ touchscreen...you press a key on the screen, and it clicks under your finger with exactly the same sort of fingertip feedback as if you’d pressed a conventional keyboar
touchscreen  haptic  haptics  hardware  interface  iphone  nokia  tactile  gadgets  technology  usability  ui  mobile  phones  multitouch  keyboard  touch 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Eye-Fi Wireless Camera SD Memory at The Photojojo Store
"Never scrounge around for a USB cable again! Eye-fi is a magical orange SD memory card that will not only store 2GB worth of pictures, it'll upload them to your computer, and to Flickr, Facebook, Picasa (or 14 others) wirelessly, invisibly, automatically
photography  wifi  memory  hardware  gadgets  wireless  cameras  flickr  digital  technology  mobile 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Stephen Fry: Welcome to dork talk | Weekend | Guardian Unlimited
"little is as mutually exclusive as we find it convenient to imagine...we are becoming more and more fixated with an "it's one thing or the other" mentality...love of gizmos doesn't make me averse to paper, leather and wood...country walks."
technology  gadgets  hardware  people  society  stephenfry  balance  computers  digital  internet  software  shadesofgrey  media  electronics  luddism 
october 2007 by robertogreco
THE FUTURE OF FOOD Molecular Gastronomy for the Masses - Popular Science
"For the advanced kitchen chemist, or the merely curious—discover the high-tech appetizers, entreés and desserts behind today's culinary revolution"
cooking  food  moleculargastronomy  recipes  gadgets 
october 2007 by robertogreco
YouTube - Fibonacci Gauge
"Four thousands of years, architects and artists have followed the principle of the Golden Mean to make designs look just right. Build the Fibonacci gauge using our plans from page 13 of issue 173. Then, using the Shop Skills article on pages 14 and 15 of
design  gadgets  goldenmean  math  tools  construction 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Speaking Freely: Unlocked, Open Source Phones for Weary iPhone Hackers
"But a slew of free, open-source and hacker-friendly alternatives are coming to the market or already available, including a few big boys. Here are nine of the best that let you do things the iPhone won't."
gadgets  mobile  phones  opensource  open  Linux  innovation  technology  iphone  software 
october 2007 by robertogreco
TabletBlog.com by ThoughtFix: iPod touch vs. Nokia N800 - Filling the Other Pocket
"The winner depends which app is more important to ...If you want a richer internet experience, installable applications, wider variety of functionality, the N800. If you want slim, attractive media player with light browsing, iPod touch."
ipod  internet  gadgets  n800  nokia  apple  iphone  touch  comparison 
september 2007 by robertogreco
TENORI-ON - Yamaha Global Gateway
"Media artist Toshio Iwai and Yamaha have collaborated to design a new digital musical instrument for the 21st century, TENORI-ON."
tenori-on  music  gadgets  interface  interactive  instruments  toshioiwai  electroplankton  visualization  sound  hardware  audio  art 
september 2007 by robertogreco
the ODK - Yamanote Line Alarm Clock
JR East has begun selling a Yamanote Line alarm clock that plays those melodies you hear at various stations. Each station has its own melody which gets hammered into the subconscious of commuters.
japan  trains  gadgets  alarms  time  sound  tokyo 
august 2007 by robertogreco
AfriGadget
"Gadgets for Africa: Solving everyday problems with African ingenuity"
blogs  africa  gadgets  activism  craft  make  hardware  hacks  recycling  products  practical  technology  engineering  energy  environment  equipment  problemsolving  ingenuity 
july 2007 by robertogreco
Clive Thompson Thinks: Desktop Orb Could Reform Energy Hogs
"So here's the radical idea: Maybe the real killer app for ambient information isn't alleviating data overload or tracking investments. Maybe it's taming global warming. To improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions, we first need to make omnipresent
ambient  conservation  devices  energy  green  sustainability  visualization  electricity  economics  environment  gadgets  technology 
july 2007 by robertogreco
Sony shows off range of enviro-friendly "odo" gear - Engadget
"Sony's showing off a whole range of new environmentally-friendly gear in Japan at the moment, all of which can be used without ever having to be plugged in for a recharge."
japan  technology  green  gadgets  cameras  sony  design 
june 2007 by robertogreco
Feature Presentation: Financial Page: The New Yorker
"This spiral of complexity, often called “feature creep,” costs consumers time, but it also costs businesses money."
simplicity  technology  usability  gadgets  electronics  experience  ux  design  consumer  complexity  apple  business  choice  development  economics  engineering  functionality  marketing  production  products  psychology  software  user 
june 2007 by robertogreco
A fast rate of return | csmonitor.com
"With half of today's gadgets brought back to stores in perfect working order, manufacturers are aiming to simplify."
simplicity  technology  usability  gadgets  electronics  experience  ux  design  consumer  complexity  apple  business  choice  development  economics  engineering  functionality  marketing  production  products  psychology  software  user 
june 2007 by robertogreco
Summize - Summarized product reviews
"Over 6 million user reviews on 1 million products — visualized, summarized, simplified, fructified."
aggregator  amazon  books  cameras  color  visualization  visual  tools  readwriteweb  infographics  information  shopping  services  product  products  gadgets  gifts  graphics  graphs  hardware  consumerism  comparison  research  reviews 
may 2007 by robertogreco
Intel admits tech can be tedious | The Register
"Bell is a "resident anthropologist" at Intel, who has conducted years of research into everyday people's attitudes about technology. Her finding is that people are frequently looking for a respite."
anthropology  mobile  phones  technology  intel  research  society  people  gadgets  communication 
march 2007 by robertogreco
cabel.name: Multiplayer Game Of The Year
"My online game of the year? Jogging on the streets of Portland with the Nike+ iPod kit."
competition  exercise  fun  gadgets  health  humor  life  mobile  multiplayer  mmog  social  apple  software  sports  running  walking  ipod  nike+  technology  online 
march 2007 by robertogreco
Real Time - WSJ.com
"Never Mind Cursive -- Will Children Still Write In an Era Ruled by Computers and PDA?"
future  children  writing  communication  technology  gadgets  education  learning  parenting  creativity 
march 2007 by robertogreco
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