Archive for May, 2006

Water as Fuel…woa!

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

water as fuel video A must watch video!

Another video to follow from 1998, Water Power Car.
I’m a huge advocate for greener cars but my question is where are they? These videos are 8 years old. I’d pay well over 100k for a car now that just needed water as fuel. Hopefully I’ll see them soon, cause we need them. If your not motivated, you should watch the movie “An Inconvenient Truth”.

update: another water as fuel invention Daniel Dingel of the Philppines has been trying to get made for 30 years!!!

Update: Yet another option, air as fuel car, yes, I said AIR!!!

z-coil shoes

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

z-coil shoesCheck out these z-coil shoes, loaded with a massive spring coil under your heel. The z-coil technology is suppose to reduce impact and reduce pain. I kinda dig how you can rotate the spring heel, kinda like a wheel. Not sure if I’d be sportin these anytime soon, but perhaps a worthy try.

z-coil video

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

NotCot.orgNotCot just launched which is a visually rich library of inspiring products! Part of their collection is a somewhat eerie but cool project by StudioJSPR. (I’d be buying the white version). These cover tiles are customized in such a way to make them visible but still covered.(kinda makes me think pressed elastic or rubber) Anyhow, check out their site, get inspired, and return to designverb!

Google Eats!

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Google EatsI first experienced Googles awesome snack bar at TED2006, though the one at TED was twice as big as this image. Anyhow, that leads me to another reminder of how great Google is (Google life video). Besides their free laundry, shuttles, services, snacks, and fun environment is their cafeteria food. Yeah I know, cafeteria food can be pretty bad, especially at large companies but take a look at this google food blog and start to get jealous. (nothing fancy, but for a cafeteria, it seems like a visit to Wholefoods daily)

Force Flex, the Mercedes of trash bags!

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Glad force Flex trashbagsGive it up to Glad for coming out with a new trashbag (ForceFlex) that doesn’t get punctured easily. The new bag is made of a “proprietary plastic technology known as SELFING (Structurally Elastic-Like Film.) The plastic is deeply embossed with a diamond-like pattern that gives the material unique elasticity. Pressure is diverted away from the point of impact so that the trash bag will absorb force and stretch instead of breaking.”
The nytimes calls this bag “the Mercedes of trash bags”. Anyhow, the material in all is pretty sweet but makes me think of spidermans outfit for some odd reason.
A funny commercial review

Apple underground nyc.

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Apple Store nycApples mysterious nyc store is finally opening with word that it’ll be open 24 hours!!! Yes, 24 hrs of free WiFi and service. Reminds me of Seths Godins book the purple cow and how companies need to stop teasing customers and just go all out out like Ben and Jerrys Ice cream. Instead of having the yearly 30-40% sale, they said what the hell, lets have a free ice cream day!
Anyhow, I can’t wait to check out the store at 4am and see all the Wi-Fi junkies chillin up above their platform.

More pics via Gothamist

JetBlue Experience

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

JetBlue Bliss Shut Eye kitJetBlue has done it again, changing the in-flight experience into a more desirable experience for everyone. You know all those “red-eye” flights, we’ll jet-blue just started renaming that experience into the “shut-eye” experience which comes along with a little goody kit by Bliss which most passengers have not experienced unless flying international. Go Go JetBlue!

update: Seems Jetblue downgraded to a simple foil package with just the eye patch and ear plugs now. Sounds like Bliss pulled out or something. Picture of the new package after the jump.


Artist: Moon

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

ayo moonHere’s an awesome array of graphics, videos, drawings, and just plain cool visuals by artist Moon. I’d put this work in the layered, energetic, cultural, urban, graphic field.

via Ektopia

Ian Hundley

Monday, May 15th, 2006

Ian Hundley

Ian Hundley creates some awesome quilts inspired by maps! Yes maps… He was introduced to the sewing machine at a young age, got hooked, and eventually blended his fascination with maps with has passion to sew, creating these incredible quilts.

via coolhunting
video interview
Ian Hundley

Black Toilet paper?!

Friday, May 12th, 2006

I’m not sure about black toilet paper for the trendy and stylish. From my design knowledge, people like to know, know how dirty they are. Admit it, you look!!..There’s a reason why toilet paper, towels, and tissue paper are white. You sneeze, and you look…you wipe and you look! Dyson revolutionized the vacuum by letting us know and see how much stuff we picked up. People enjoy the fact that they just vacuumed up a big ball of dirt.

via thecoolhunter

Making Fire Using a Balloon(condom)

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Here’s a survival tip I’d never think up! Starting a fire with a balloon, ice ball, or condom.


Master of His Domain: Karim Rashid

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Karim Rashid Here’s an interesting interview with Karim Rashid. One portion that caught my thoughts:

How do you see history?
“I think tradition is what holds us back. You know, if I’m a Muslim or a Jew, I don’t eat pork. That’s absurd. The reason we didn’t eat pork at one time is that it was full of worms because we didn’t have refrigerators, right? We’re hanging on to ideas and values and ways to live that are six, seven thousand years old.”

Tradition or definitions are good at times, but sometimes definitions should only be defined by restrictions. This is something I think about a great deal in the design world!