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GetPeek: 1 Day Lifetime Service $300

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Okay, it’s late, I’m a bit tired, but this grabbed my attention. GetPeek, the thin simple mobile device that let’s you email and text message (through email) that usually cost $100 with a $20 monthly service fee is going all out and offering a 1 day lifetime service purchase for $300! Yes, I said Lifetime!

I’m not sure what to think, besides this is tempting… but then again, do I need it, do they need it, why are they doing this. Anyhow, it’s a 1 day deal, so I’ll let your mind make up a decision. As far as I know, if it’s a lifetime purchase and I can change the email several times, then I might just get it and pop it in the car, or hand down many generations, or, just use for some bizarre project.

Kudos to GetPeek for doing something first… or at least this is a first I think…is it? Buy it here.

Air Bear by Joshua Allen Harris

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Air Bear by Joshua Allen Harris. Another cool making of video here. via core77

Objectfied Film Trailer

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Gary Hustwit, creator of the incredible documentary Helvetica, brings to us his journey in discovering the world of Industrial Designer in Objectified, premiering in March 2009.

Objectified is a feature-length independent documentary about industrial design. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the people who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability. It’s about our relationship to mass-produced objects and, by extension, the people who design them.

Through vérité footage and in-depth conversations, the film documents the creative processes of some of the world’s most influential designers, and looks at how the things they make impact our lives. What can we learn about who we are, and who we want to be, from the objects with which we surround ourselves?”

Some appearing in the film are Paola Antonelli (MoMa), Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Naoto Fukasawa, IDEO, Jonathan Ive (apple), Marc Newson, Karim Rashid, Smart Design, and more…

This line up already tells a tale of what to expect from the film (more of a euro flavor about objects, furniture, materials, service, space, and the simple obsession with emotional design.), but I’m sure it’ll be just as good as Helvetica, and if so, bravo! I cant wait to watch it! Watch the trailer above or here.

Entertainment Gathering (EG) 2008

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

I’m off to Monterey CA for TED conference founder Richard Saul Wurman’s newer “Entertainment Gathering” Conference!
The speaker list is quite impressive with a seemingly circus like theme this year based on this cool pdf program floating around.

Some highlight speakers I’m craving to meet:
– Violin guru Joshua Bell
X Prize founder Peter Diamandis
Applied Minds inventor Bran Ferren
Viral Global Dancing Matt Harding
– Egypt’s Indiana Jones Zahi Hawass
– HEROES writer Tim Kring
– Illustrator David Macaulay
– MIT MediaLab founder Nicolas Negroponte
– Technologists David Pogue
Dirty Job’s dirty man Mike Rowe
Mythbuster’s Adam Savage
– PIXAR co-founder Alvy Ray Smith
– Magician Jamy Ian Swiss
Penn&Tellers Teller
– A floating Zepplin, idea makers, shakers, and creators everywhere! Plenty of surprises…

Iron Man uses Flickr Creative Commons photo

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Uploading photos online is very common (everyone should do this!). Creative Commons is a free way to protect yet share your photos online for creative uses while receiving credit. Sometime you receive a few emails that you ignore, and sometimes you realize Woa!!.

Meet Jeremy Keith. He took a picture and posted it on Flickr. He receives a few emails, and just says use what you want and credit me. Next thing he knows, 3 minutes into the Box office hit Iron Man movie is the picture he took being used as the background! Pretty awesome!

Read the whole story here.

Obamafy yourself plugin for Photobooth

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Shepard Fairey’s amazing Barack Obama “Hope” poster the whole Worlds seen by now has been made into plug-in for Photobooth by Dubi Kaufmann, so go Obamafy yourself!

Obamafy info here!

Fluid Tunes: hand motion navigation

Friday, December 5th, 2008

FluidTunes from Majic Jungle Software on Vimeo.

Using cameras to navigate your interface has been around for some time, but just a refresher, here’s yet another one called FluidTunes! Only for MacOSX. Again cool, but overtime, I’m not sure if I’d use! Cool is not always usable in the long run, hence cool becomes uncool!

via lifehacker

Adobe: Video Manipulation Tracking

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Interactive Video Object Manipulation from Dan Goldman on Vimeo.

Adobes playing around yet again with manipulating images, but this time in video! Take a peek at this video demo showing the simplicity in adding anything to an existing video which then latches onto objects without any post production. This is nothing groundbreaking since Video Tracking has been around for some time, but it’s good to see a corporation such as adobe giving it a go!

Also check out Video Tracing!

via engadget

Sakurako Shimizu: Waveform Series

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Artist Sakurako Shimizu has a great set of jewelry, the Waveform Series, based on sound. She inputs noise or spoken sound, then translates that it into a wave format which is then laser cut into metal pieces turned into necklaces, rings, brooches, etc. A ring with a wave saying “I do”…pretty cool! If only there was a way to play it back directly like the top of a vinyl record!

Reminds me a bit of NewsKnitter (turning daily news into a sweater) and VoicePrints (turning your voice into a pattern for textiles)

Weekend Links

Monday, November 24th, 2008

A few months back I noticed an oozing mustard filled hot dog sliding down the back windshield of a taxi cab. I’m guessing a pedestrian threw their hot dog of the reckless taxi cab after nearly getting hit by them! This sight amused me for the next few blocks driving!

Japanese Lotion Spin Game Challenge (video)
Charlie Rose vs Charlie Rose video
Drawing with Water video
Automatically make your last Flickr image your Twitter background!
Zink Tomy, the camera with a built in printer!
A Tire hits a car dealership!

Bruce Lee Ping Pong

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Hahaha, awesome mashup video! Bruce Lee nun chucks his way into ping pong!!! (I’ve been on a ping pong crave for the past year)

Kokuyo Highlighter

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Kokuyo adds a simple twist to a highlighter pen allowing you to highlight, circle, or outline any text!

Several years ago I slammed my highlighter into a corner and left 2 jagged edges leaving vampire like tips (I might have also just carved a triangle out with an exacto blade late into a creative night procrastinating). Anyhow, I used the pen until it dried up, but I never thought I’d see this accident turn into a product! Accidents(procrastinating) are sometimes the best inventions!

via spoontamago