Orée Touch Slab Trackpad

Orée Touch Slab Trackpad

As a person who’s quite interested in wabi-sabi, the idea of the beauty that exists in things that have aged naturally, the Orée Touch Slab is quite intriguing. Despite it’s wooden frame this is actually a sophisticated, Bluetooth equipped trackpad. What I think is really neat is how the wood would start to wear as a person uses it, the subtle gestures of their fingers wearing familiar grooves into it’s surface. It’s kind of nice to think of our technology aging gracefully, hopefully we start to see more thoughtful designs like this in the near future.

Bobby Solomon

September 19, 2013 / By

Twinkind, a 3D-printed life-like photo figurine

Twinkind, a 3D-printed life-like photo figurine

The image above is a nice photo of a man standing on a street corner, except something is off, like his features are too flat, it’s hard to tell, but something isn’t right. That’s because what you’re looking at is a miniature, 3D printed model of a man which is only about 6 inches tall. That’s the crazy innovation coming from Twinkind, a Hamburg, Germany based company which can make a mini-me of you for only $300.

All you have to do is book an appointment, get scanned by their “custom-engineered photogrammetry 3D scanner” (which they liken to the technology that was used in The Matrix), then they touch it up in post-production, print it, and ship it. It’s pretty amazing that they can get the colors so perfect, that seems like some black magic to me, but based on all of the examples I’ve seen it looks totally legit.

You can read more about Twinkind and their process in this Wired article.

Twinkind, a 3D-printed life-like photo figurine

Bobby Solomon

August 13, 2013 / By

Review: Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H6 Headphones

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H6 Headphones

Since 1925, Danish innovators Bang & Olufsen have been creating well-designed products that have filled a void in the drab world of consumer electronics. I remember the first time I came across B&O in the pages of Dwell magazine, and the first time I visited their physical store at Union Square in San Francisco. This was in the early 2000′s, and all I could think was, “Why aren’t all electronics built this well?”

Recently, Bang & Olufsen released the BeoPlay H6, a stunning pair of headphones which unites the classic form with cutting edge design features.

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Bobby Solomon

August 7, 2013 / By

National Geographic Turns Their Massive Archive Into A Tumblr

National Geographic Photo Archive

Last week, Bobby tweeted: “‘Remember when images didn’t move?’ – Our grandchildren.” It’s exciting to imagine such a future; one where your grandkids’ friend would reply “What?!” with bewildered astonishment that people ever lived without moving images being the norm. So what does that mean for the billions of still images lying around? Who knows. But before theirs get too dusty, National Geographic is releasing a small trove of previously unpublished still images on a Tumblr simply called Found.

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Alex Dent

June 24, 2013 / By

Meet the Smallest Flying Robot: the RoboBee

RoboBee a tiny flying robot inspired by bees

Earlier this week, we talked about a bee habitat designed by Architecture students in Buffalo, and now we are bookending the week with more about bees and the design of the world’s smallest flying robot. But what do bees have to do with tiny flying robots? A team of science folk from Harvard has spent more than a decade trying to build a swarm of tiny, biomimetic robots that are inspired by the industrious insects. And if bee populations continue to decline, we may one day depend on buzzing swarms of these mechanical wonders to pollinate crops.

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Alex Dent

May 10, 2013 / By

The Teton County Library in Jackson, Wyoming physically responds to the Internet

E/B Office Filament Mind Jackson Wyoming Library

If you’re looking for a fun place to hang out and interact with data (and who isn’t?) try the Teton County Library in Jackson, Wyoming. The library has a new addition built by Gilday Architects. And inside the new entrance lobby, you’ll find a stunning installation created by E/B Office. The New York-based practice has filled the lobby with five miles of fiber optic cable cut into a thousand segments.

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Alex Dent

April 4, 2013 / By

‘A Bionic Future’, A Glimpse Into The Future of Exo-Skeletons

'A Bionic Future' by Maris Curran

'A Bionic Future' by Maris Curran

The promise of what the future will bring always makes me incredibly hopeful. I know that technology will shape our future in exciting ways that few people can imagine, but I think about this all the time. Thankfully filmmakers like Maris Curran are documenting the rise of helpful tech, showing the potential for progress and just how far we still have to go. The video above is titled A Bionic Future, a look at exo-skeletons which are helping paraplegics to walk.

Honestly while watching this video I got teary-eyed. You can instantly see the joy these people are feeling. My favorite person featured is Matt Tilford, who puts it perfectly. “I like to watch my foot, actually take a step. Because, for four and a half years, I haven’t done it.” I think few of us can imagine what that must feel like. Thinking that you’ll never be able to walk again and then given the gift once more through the help of an exo-skeleton.

It’s also worth noting that Maris Curran is nominated for GE’s Focus Forward short film contest. If you enjoy the video I’d suggest supporting her by giving her your vote.

Bobby Solomon

November 15, 2012 / By

Harman Kardon BT Headphones: Classic design with modern technology

Harman Kardon BT Headphones

Harman Kardon BT Headphones

Harman Kardon BT Headphones

When it comes to headphones I never used to be very particular, this coming from a guy who really loves music. The little white earbuds that Apple provided me with were just fine… that until I tried a pair of Sony MDRV150′s that Kyle had, basically studio style headphones. Instantly my life was changed. I was hearing things in songs that I never had heard before; it was like a miracle.

Since then I’ve been curious about other headphones, wondering if other might unlock even more musicsecrets. These new Harman/Kardon BT headphones are my new interest. Harman/Kardon recently decided to dip their toes into the headphone market, releasing 5 new styles. The BT model stands for Bluetooth, which means for once in my life I wouldn’t have to deal with cords. It is 2012, after all, we should have wireless everything. You can’t beat the design of these either. The combination of the metal with the black gives the headphones a classic profile while still feeling fresh. No retro design, thanks. I’ve also owned a pair of Harman/Kardon SoundSticks for about 10 years now and they’re still working great, so I know they make good products. I might just have to take a trip to an Apple store this weekend.

Bobby Solomon

August 2, 2012 / By

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