Archive for February, 2006

Flybar

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

FlybarI must be behind in the pogo stick evolution, but these new Flybars really launch people up high. Check out the videos with some pogo tricks!

Flybar
flybar video
Flybar freestlye tricks


Tom Friedman

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Tom Friedman : toothpicksTom has some super cool projects dealing with everyday items. Above is a sculpture he made with probably a million toothpicks. I’ve seen his work in the past, but recently went to the ecstasy exhibit in LA and saw a piece by him which just made me laugh in a good way. It was a piece titled something like, “piece of paper I stared at for 1000 hours”. It was simply a piece of paper framed nicely behind a piece of glass, but the idea behind the piece is “what is art”. Tom stared at this exact piece of paper for 1000 hours. Is this piece of paper “art” or is that up to the observer/artist.

Toms other work (if any of you know of a better site with his work, please link)


Mohammed Bah Abba “pot-in-pot” cooling device

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Mohammed Bah Abba “Northern Nigeria is an impoverished region where people in rural communities eke out a living from subsistence farming. With no electricity, and therefore no refrigeration, perishable foods spoil within days. Such spoilage causes disease and loss of income for needy farmers, who are forced to sell their produce daily. Nigerian teacher Mohammed Bah Abba was motivated by his concern for the rural poor and by his interest in indigenous African technology to seek a practical, local solution to these problems. His extremely simple and inexpensive earthenware “pot-in-pot” cooling device, based on a principle of physics already known in ancient Egypt, is revolutionising lives in this semi-desert area.”

Projects like this amaze me. A simple product with a huge impact for millions of people. It also makes me realaize how much we rely on electricuty in our ever so tech-centric lives.

via rolodexawards


Muji Sketchbook w/pouch

Monday, February 13th, 2006
Muji Sketchbook w/pouch

I’m hooked!! These muji sketchbooks are awesome!!muji at moma


motion_watch

Monday, February 13th, 2006
motion_watch

Yves Behar has created a stunning watch for the mini_collection. The display has a landscape, portrait, and data mode. It’s a one size fits all, but it fits me fine, so no complaints on my end. I almost like looking at it more than wearing it.buy here!
FuseProject (yves behars firm)


Soft Magnets

Monday, February 13th, 2006
Soft Magnets

I got my hands on these fabuliciously cool soft magnets by GELTEC. When someone talks to you about magnets, you think about hard pieces of metal, but thees little suckers are as soft as gummi bears. Once you get these in your hands, it’s hard to let go…
check them out.GELTEC


Air Zooka!!

Monday, February 13th, 2006
Air Zooka!!

If you want some fun in the office, get an Air Zooka. This is one of the most surprising little science toys you’ll get out there. This lil bucket hurls an invisible ball of air at any target. If your good, you can pin point targets at up to 20 feet and really surprise people. It feels like a ghost punching you. Its the best $15 you’ll ever spend. ZeroToys also has a few other little gadget toys that are fun. Check them out!Air Zooka


Gecko Tape

Monday, February 13th, 2006
Gecko Tape

“A new material covered with nanoscopic hairs that mimic those found on geckos’ feet could allow people to walk up to sheer surfaces and across ceilings, say researchers.”I want some!!!

via NewScientist.com


Name Voyager

Monday, February 13th, 2006
Name Voyager

Have you ever wondered how popular your name was as a baby? Name voyager creates a visual diagram of baby name populations in the past 100+ years. Its interesting to see how some names just boom certain years..perhaps due to a rock star, movie, song, movement, etc.
Also reminds me of this discussion I had with a friend questioning the social implications of a persons life based on their childhood names. If any of you have info on this, please comment.
Anyhow, give it a try, type in your name, and watch the dynamic diagram flow.Name Voyager


A fun VW, VERDIER

Monday, February 13th, 2006
A fun VW, VERDIER

What would you do if you could go all out with your classic VW van? Well these guys turned it into a super modular unit with a few surprises here and there. I’m pretty sure this is just a concept, but the site comes along with some nice video renderings and music.VERDIER


How to dance properly, Ze Frank

Monday, February 13th, 2006
How to dance properly, Ze Frank

Ze Frank is one krazy dude. He’s got a bunch of curious games, videos, pictures, and just plain wacky entertainment on his site. Check out his dance lessons…this is how I first learned of the ZE.How to dance Properly
Zefrank
Singing Frog (works if you have a laptop or mic)
condeleza song (hysterical)


Vik Muniz

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Vik MunizVik muniz is a extremely fun artist with some bewildering projects. The picture above is him drawing clouds in the sky, with those exhaust stunt planes. He’s got drawings made from wires, finger paintings using sugar, crop drawings from the sky, and a bunch of other projects that just make you smile. I first met him at the TED conference and have been following his work since. Go to his pages and listern to his commentaries about his work.

Vik muniz