Archive for March, 2008

Regenerative Limbs via Cellular Matrix(pig bladder)

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Amazing! A dude cuts off half an inch off his finger. His brother gives him this smelly powder (ExtraCellular Matrix) made of Pigs bladder to apply daily on the wound. 4 weeks later, his finger regrows fully, skin, vessels, nails, like new!

Bio engineering, natural engineering, surgery…man, what a crazy medical world!

Watch above or here.

via CBS


ZipZip: Zipper Cushions

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

zipzip zip ping collection modular zipper cushions
Very cool! I’m not sure how often I’d be zippin and changing these cushions around, but for individuals who like to change things up often, go for these , though they sound pricey…”email for price“.

Reminds me of the “carpet poof” dots.

via ApartmentTherapy
Ping Collection


Weekend Links

Monday, March 24th, 2008

pens
Thought of the week: Does liability hinder innovation or is it worth the gamble?

– Very cool inspirational video about MASS INNOVATION!
Sony Rolly…dancing spinning mp3 player.
Cool Frisbee trick, if ya have a round wall to play with!
– First comes solid state hard drives, now solid state fans! sweeeeet!
16 extreme beds!
Extreme stairs…(includes on of my projects from 2002)
Google’s freaking amazing Zürich office. (Be prepared to be jealous!)


Richard Hutton: Leaf Magnets

Friday, March 21st, 2008

richard hutton leaf magnets
I’ve a huge fan of magnets over tape or pins when it comes to posting up your doodles on walls. I usually suggest the cool ergo Magnutz, but after seeing Leaf Magnets by Richard Hutton, I can’t help but think how cool it would be to have a small forest of leaves along with your sketches connecting you with nature a bit more in your more than likely windowless cubicle, meeting room, or boring office space.

They seem easy to pull off+on and come in a few colors though I’m in my neon bright butt color phase now…so where are the neon bright autumn leaf colors?

Very cool! I want many!

via Dezeen


Dave Eggers: Once Upon A school, TED Prize.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Awesome stories. I love the makeup of the various school stores! A must watch!

“Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, author Dave Eggers asks the TED community to engage with their local school. With spellbinding eagerness, he talks about how his 826 Valencia tutoring center inspired others around the world to open their own volunteer-driven, wildly creative writing labs. But you don’t need to go that far, he reminds us — it’s as simple as asking a teacher “How can I help?” Share your own volunteering stories at his new website, Once Upon a School. To brainstorm on this wish and get involved, visit TEDPrize.org.”

Buy Dave Eggers best selling book “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius”.


Weekend Links

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

light grafitt art ufo

Above image via. It’s a painting, but would be a cool graffiti placement.

-funny fake movie trailer for Minesweeper.
The desks of creative people. Reminds me of my post!
Can you tell the original pic from photoshopped! Amy Dresser is a master at this!
Oobject.com, a nice set of collections!
The FAIL Blog …pretty funny! (thanks gordon) Reminds me of ICanHasCheezburgar.com


Sky Factory: Art for Healing

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Sky factories ceiling installations
Claustrophobic, scared of being bored, damn tired of at looking at those ugly white ceiling tiles in offices and most medical environments? Welcome to Sky Factories solution. Creating visual portals of space through existing structures, allowing a breath of the outdoors in, and easing patients emotions as large robotic x-ray machines roam around their head, or at least something more interesting to stare at as the dentist picks at your gums.(my dentist gave me headphones before, but I had no clue what to look at besides my reflection off his glasses into my bloody mouth)

I’d initially think this to be a bit cheesy, but I’m pretty damn sure it works. Windows, illusions of space, and visualizations such as this always fool the human mind to relax us some, at least compared to those ugly cracked white ceiling tiles we all know of.

I’d really like to see an animated version putting breeze into play but of course that cost more money. Perhaps just a few LCD’s tiled works, but then I’d want to watch a movie o play a video game..anyhow for those budget conscious, go for Sky Factories environmental installations…just make sure to clean it often so those dirt bugs don’t collect.

Check out Sky Factories Galleries and amazing customer stories for some simple solutions for a better user experience. This ideas been around for years, but this is the first I’ve seen it turned into a business.


Craig Venter: Creating Synthetic Life

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Craig Venter the human genome pioneer, oceanographic microorganism voyager, and now engineering new life forms through his new company Synthetic Genomics!

Watch his incredibly scary, questionable, perhaps world-changing glimpse into his new adventure in creating synthetic microorganisms or bio robots that eat up waste(perhaps carbon) and in return spawn out useful chemicals such as bio fuels! Seriously dangerous yet mind blowing!

Watch the video above or directly here.
Buy Craig’s book “A Life Decoded” here.


Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

One of this years TED conference highlights was Jill Bolte’s incredibly insightful, curious, inspirational, and whimsical talk about her stroke experience as a neuroanatomist (studying the nervous system including brain) Woa, what a crazy story! A must watch!(18 mins)

“Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.”

Watch it above or directly here.
Buy her new book “My Stroke of Insight” here.


Weekend Links

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

weekend links clouds

DIY: Bloxes, the new large cardboard legos.
Cool: Lenticular Clouds, a nice collection of them.(I love these clouds)
Art: A nightmarishly cool exhibition by artist Chiharu Shiota.
Odd: Did you know a majority of sand is parrotfish Poop!
Neat: Cool paper Cutouts.
Style: Nice Fatboy Bags.


Van Jones: green jobs instead of jails

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

I mentioned Van Jones awesome speech during my PopTech adventure last year and now it’s online, or watch it above!(22 mins) He has an incredible vision, a whimsical way in delivering and connecting everyday people to his message, and is one damn smart cookie. Basically, he talks about building a green economy to lift people out of poverty, and giving green jobs over jails! Give it a definite watch and pass it around!

PopCast Video
Van Jones website.


Adobe Light-Field Camera

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008


adobe light field multi lense

As a designer, I’ve come to love, breath, and sketch through photoshop and illustrator because of Adobe! Besides their awesome software, Adobe’s recently uncovered a fascinating bug-like multi-lense product that snaps pics at various depths, allowing photographers to later decide the focal length. Basically, it gives 2 dimensional images a 3rd dimension….best part is that it’s an attachment, so, no new camera, just a new component to latch onto your gear to take some sweet images. Watch the video above which will give you a better sense of this awesomeness!

via PopSci
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