Courier, Microsoft’s New Booklet Computer



The folks over at Gizmodo are reporting that Microsoft has created a new type of portable computer, not a tablet, but a booklet. Simply called Courier, this little device is definitely different from what people were expecting from either Microsoft or Apple, but my dreams of having Penny’s book computer from Inspector Gadget may be finally coming true. I’ve decided to write up my likes and worries about the device, but first you should visit Gizmodo and watch the video with the Courier in action.

First off I love the idea of this in general. Having a little computer book to carry around could be really great and save space in my bag. I love that you can not only use your fingers but a stylus as well, and I’d wager that it’ll be a multi-touch display, as evidenced by the pinching and dragging. I like the idea of a built-in camera, though I’m not sure how often I’d use it if I have my iPhone in my pocket. Having access to my contacts and maps is a no-brainer as well, so obviously this thing has WiFi support as well.

Okay, so now my worries and concerns. First, I would definitely point out that the video is completely computer generated. I’m doubtful that the screens are going to be that bright and vibrant, though I could definitely be wrong. There’s also the issue of speed and how quickly the system will react to touch. The video makes it look absolutely seamless, but yet again, who knows? I’m also quite curious to see how it actually feels in your hands, whether it will fit snugly or if it could be bulky and feel awkward. There are no spec sizes so far, so it’s hard to say. It also has writing recognition, which I feel is still a sketchy area to dabble in. My 84 year old grandmother has crazy, cursive handwriting, would it work on there?

Coming from a big Apple geek, I will definitely say that this looks absolutely amazing and holds a ton of promise. If this was Apple I would be absolutely drooling, knowing that they’ve meticulously crafted this baby into perfection. But Microsoft doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt, especially after Vista. I think that if Microsoft can really do this right then Apple is going to have a serious contender.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

September 22, 2009 / By

Broadcast & The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age

I’ve been a big fan of Broadcast for years now, and it’s been 4 years since the release of Tender Buttons. But spontaneously they’ve decided to release a new “mini-abum” called Broadcast & The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age which features 23 songs totaling 48 minutes. Mini-album, huh?

What’s great about this though is that they asked Julian House, the visual designer for Broadcast’s album art, to contribute, which is where The Focus Group part comes in. The visuals in the video above are absolutely amazing and some of the best I’ve seen in a while. The music is also pretty phenomenal, which gets me even more excited for the next album.

Click here to check out all kinds of more information on Warp.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

September 22, 2009 / By

Ceramic Speakers by Joey Roth







I definitely wouldn’t consider myself to be an audiophile, in any way at all. I love iPod headphones and can’t hear the difference between the Soundsticks on my computer and the internal speakers. But if you are an audiophile, you just might love these gorgeous ceramic speakers by Joey Roth. Joey used just three basic materials, ceramic, cork and baltic birch for the stand. It’s obvious that he has an extreme love for music and sound quality, and though I haven’t heard anything from these speakers, I would take a guess and say they sound amazing.

Click here to get more info about the speakers.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

September 22, 2009 / By

Where The Wild Things Are Pop-Up Shop at Space 15 Twenty



Last Saturday I spent pretty much all day traveling. I got on a plane in Chicago at 1pm and landed in Los Angeles at 8pm. Did that stop me from going to the Where The Wild Things Are pop-up shop at Space 15 Twenty? Nope. This time around they totally tricked out the space, filling ti with all kinds of trees and branches and even made a giant log nest kinda’ thing. Scattered around that were all kinds of Wild Things merchandise like t-shirts with Geoff McFetridege drawings, books, toys and stuffed animals. Max Records, the kid who plays Max in the movie, was even there running around and wearing a big silver crown.

I also wanted to point to a picture of the display artists that work at Space 15 Twenty and do an amazing job. They consistently create some of the best interior displays that I’ve ever seen and they definitely deserve a ton of credit for their work.

Check out a bunch of pictures of the space under the cut.

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Bobby Solomon

September 21, 2009 / By

Diesel’s Only The Brave Campaign by Tom & Tim Muller







Tom Muller and his brother Tim Muller recently worked on a campaign for Diesel’s new fragrance Only The Brave creating an amazing explosion of 3D graphics floating about in space. I can’t even imagine how you’d begin to create graphics like this, but I think they look amazing. The color and lighting of these blobs is what really gets me, coupled with Astronaut Daved Scott’s voice over you definitely get a sense of awe and mystery.

Check under the cut for more still images.

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Bobby Solomon

September 21, 2009 / By

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