Archive for 2008

Pic Lens

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

PicLens creates a 3 dimensional experience in browsing images and videos. Install the plug-in and PicLens gives you an option to view image+video searches via their zippity fun matrix gallery. It’s a bit slow but visually cool, especially after a few hundred images upload. The visual browsing experience gets more appealing everyday…hopefully bandwidth isn’t an issue =) (thanks dfresh)

Reminds me a bit of TiltViewer or Searchme.com


GEL, Art Center, Pangea Day!

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

pangea day sony studio LA

It’s been an incredibly busy week of travel and work and I apologize for not posting as much.

First came the wonderful GEL (Good Experience Live) conference in nyc, which made me ask “why” every time I experienced something bad in this world, rather than just letting it happen. Why do voice mail avatars talk for sooo long before I can leave a message, why do the same avatars talk for so long when I want to hear my voice mails, Why does technology direct 2 people calling each other at the same time to each others voice mail rather than connecting them, why is the nyc train system so confusing for a newbie… this world is full of bad experiences, and as a designer, discovering, revealing, and disrupting the norm is needed…especially when it comes to sustainability and health care experiences. I’ll post about GEL later on, but here is a great recap collection.

Anyhow, this week I venture off to the “Art Center: Serious Play” Conference in LA. It’ll touch base on user experience, design, and bits of everything. I’ll bring my laptop, but no promises on live blogging.

After that, I’ll be experiencing the incredible Pangea Day on May 10th at the Sony Pictures Studio in LA. If you didn’t catch my last post, this is MUST do…invite a bunch of friends, family, or even strangers over…gather around, watch this global event for 4+ hours, get inspired, and make change! There will be 24 films, live music, and several fantastic speakers very much like TED.

I’ll be twittering most of my journey on the sidebar..feel free to follow me on twitter, or just on this blog… I’ll post when I can, but for now, a few late weekend links below:

Use Whatever Clock: Pretty cool, sell the function, let customer create looks.
Wearable Chair: I had this idea sometime ago, but executed a bit differently.
Twistori: Following Twitter by emotions.
Scrapile: Using wasted wood to make cool wood composites! Very sustainable!
Sunlight Poem Projector: Public Poem based on sun location. Pretty neat!
Soba Machine: Make you own soba at home. I’m in soba mode after going to Soba Koh nyc.
A billion Pennies: What does 1 billion pennies stack up to be.
Momofuku Ko restaurant: reservations only online! Brings the experience beyond the restaurant.


Pangea Day: May 10

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Filmmaker and 2006 TED prize winner Jehane Noujaim made a wish to “Create a day in which the world came together through film.”

That exciting day is this May 10th, gathering a global audience to watch a series of films made by the world for the world, which will broadcast around the globe live at the same time.

Gather a community of your family and friends and watch this amazing inspirational film together. Host an event in your home, backyard, office, or any other location to share this extremely rare experience with all.

Watch Jehane’s wish during TED here, host an event, check out the Pangea Day webpage, or watch a few more videos on their Youtube site.

I’ll be in LA during this event… this is a must do, watch, spread event.


Bert Simons: Paper Portraits

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
Bert Simons paper portraits

First comes the whole pixelation craze then comes Bert Simons with his paper craft portraits which appear as fractal faceted faces in a somewhat eerie way….maybe it’s just how he hangs them like deer heads. Anyhow, very cool visual…Not sure how to do this on my own, but I just might have to upload my face via some 3D program (maybe Blender as he did..it’s free) then print out a cutout mixing it up with the cool illusion of the Gardner Dragon! (that would rock if I could mix these two)

I’ll copy a few of the over here after the jump!
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Cozy Seat: Diagonal Seats for heads to rest!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
delta cozy airline seats

Cozy Seats: Diagonal seats allowing individuals to finally rest their bobbing sleepy heads somewhere on airplanes!It’s about time an airline tried these out, though a sliding wall would have done the trick. I’m not too sold on this idea for spacial reasons, but it’ll be interesting to see even though meeting cool strangers sitting next to you will be tricky. Laptop peepers, yeah..I’ll be asking for aisles seats. Delta planes to install theses in some economy class seats by 2010.

Some pics after the jump via newlaunches.
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Weekend Links

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

wii guitar hero shirt
– an awesome Wii Guitar Hero shirt above.
DIY sawed off USB stick..seriously nerdy awesome!
– A great intellectual interview(mp3) to Bruce Schneier on Security and Beyond Fear.
Paparazzi for the rest of us: the service in getting photographed secretly!
- Visualization of our current space debris!
Hilarious iphone review! (video).


Japanese Automated Bicycle Park

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

In a period where bikes are just as congesting as cars comes the invention field in storage. Watch the above video for an automated bicycle parking facility in Japan which is pretty cool! It reminds me of the VW car storage system.

Either way, very cool, though for the biking system, I’d prefer it to be a tower like the VW rather than a big tunnel underground. I’m also not sure what would prevent someone from sitting on their bike while the robo machine jolted ya down to the lower levels…love the camera work in the video!

via gizmodo


Gardner Dragon Illusion

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

This is an amazing illusion that plain makes ya go woa, what, wow!
Print out this dragon, cut it out, fold it a few times, and you’ll get this freaky illusion that the dragons head becomes 3 dimensional and it’ll follow your every move sideways, up, and down… ooo, and you need to close one eye to get the illusion though I had a few people get the illusion with both of their eyes open…seriously, this is awesome! I’m making a bunch of them!

Watch the video above
Download the Dragon image here.
via paperkraft


John Kanzius : Cure Cancer Through Radiowaves!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008


Woa! This is amazing! John Kanzius was diagnosed with leukemia, hence went though several(24) painful chemotherapy operations. He asked if there was any other treatments, and doctors said no. He has no college degree nor any medical engineering history, but he did have some knowledge tinkering with radios.

He took his wife’s pie pans and built a machine that heated up sections in a hot dog without any side effects at all. The basic idea, inject the cancer cell with some metal substance, and the radio waves heat up the metallic areas hence zap the cancer away with no radiation ever needed! Doctors and medical researchers are amazzzzed!

I’m no science geek or anything, but if this idea tricks out, hot damn awesome! This just reminds me that innovations are usually outside of your normal job! So designers, stop going to design conferences, reading the same design magazines, etc….expand your horizon…learn from other fields, and apply them to your design discipline. We are a hybrid economy!

video via cbs
Another more updated Youtube video


Searchme.com

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Search Engines have been all the same lately due to Googles domination. I do recall Ask.com doing some pretty cool visual add ons, but I’ll have to give them another try. Google’s top secret ad free engine SearchMash.com has it’s benefits as well…i dig the continuous pages.

Anyhow, I stumbled into Searchme.com which is in beta, but you just sign-up and you get access. Basically, it takes the web snapshots Ask.com uses and flips them into one fluid Coverflow like experience. They also have a pretty neat filter system for different topics. Sign up, give it a try! I’d say it’s only for users with fast connections as it is a very visual experience (more memory and higher bandwidth)

searchme.com videos


Sony Foam City

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

“Sony Foam City Ad”. Makes ya smile and want to go on an adventure!
One other making of clip at Gizmodo.


Chenhui Su: Chair-Chair Pad

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

chair chair pad su chenhui

Chenhui Su made these awesome chair pads transforming your generic seating environment into a very modern blast from the past, with prints from antique chairs to classic Eames chairs! I love it! Every office needs this! If ya can’t afford an Eames, just make it like you have one ;)

I think this is just a concept project, but hopefully these make it out to market! If not, contact me Chenhui …I can intro you to some people!

Chenhui Su’s project page.

More pics after the jump!
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