It's one thing for the novelty USB drives to commemorate games and anime characters, but the latest version is designed by New York artist Dino Alberto in the "Swirl" line of the Mimobot Core Series 2, according to GeekSugar. There's even a hoodie available for them, according to GeekSugar. But that's just wrong.
Ript is a new, free software application in beta development that lets you collect images and text from the Web, then compile and arrange them into pages you can print or share with friends and family. It's a simple freeware idea that makes sense...and it's from Oprah? Well, sort of. The publisher is the Oprah Winfrey-founded Oxygen Media, recently acquired by Universal.
Ript works via an overlay "Pile"--representing by a stack of documents--that sits on a layer on top of all your applications. You can work with your programs as you normally would, and … Read more
Jan Chipchase, a researcher for Nokia, observes how small things are likely to spread more rapidly than big ones, resembling ideas rather than things:
"Today we're comfortable with the rapid dissemination of information and ideas from one side of the globe to the other. What's in Tokyo today can be in Tehran tomorrow and vice versa. When physical things reach a certain size -- being pocketable seems about right, their ability to be picked up and moved around increases considerably. All things being equal small objects much like ideas, travel further, travel faster. They are put into … Read more
Around San Francisco, that mecca of art and technology, Oobject has become a favorite gadgety diversion--and inspiration. It's a tribute to industrial design and arty engineering, with a bit of a history angle.
Check out the site's clean design aesthetic and endless galleries of carefully curated collections, among them: "stunning ray guns," "Soviet satellites," "abandoned technology," and not to be missed, "DIY Frankenstein lab items."
One of my favorite document sharing services is Scribd. However, there's another document sharing service that has been around since early 2006, and boy if it doesn't have some good things going for it. It's called Issuu (pronounced "issue") and it's all about documents. In this case, it's only the ones in PDF format. Users can put together compilations of content and share them as they would photos or videos on other hosting services.
Issuu's big appeal is its media viewer, which presents the content like a real magazine. We've seen … Read more
Having just returned from New York City, I wonder whether I find it so intense because that's just how it is or because I tend to overbook my schedule, trying to squeeze in an ambitious number of meetings, rushing back and forth between midtown and downtown. In almost every cab ride I took on this trip, I noticed that many cabs now have a touch screen infotainment system that lets you pay with a credit card, watch TV, or access local city info (including a GPS tracker). I like the credit card option and the GPS but had mixed … Read more
The "Starry Night Bed" has more technologies than you can shake a remote at, but let's face it: It looks pretty homely, especially considering the cost of the $50,000 model.
The "Sphera" pictured here, on the other hand, is as much a work of art as it is a functional piece of multimedia furniture. The creation of designer Karim Rashid, whose work has appeared on Crave before, is an ultra-modernistic bed that includes a built-in 32-inch TV, massage system, LED canopy lights, and, of course, a champagne holder, according to BornRich.
As nice as … Read more
There's a reason that Sony's been around as long as it has, even with all the problems it's suffered over the years. It's all about design.
Nowhere is that more evident than in the ultraportable Vaio TZ series pictured with this item, adorned in subtle tones and patterns worthy of a SoHo boutique. Inside, these 11-inch-display models have been upgraded to a 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo chip and 2GB of memory.
We aren't sure why Nokia's product announcements are coming in dribs and drabs these days, but here's one that's more on the drab side. The 7900 Crystal Prism doesn't have anything extraordinary to offer, and the only reason anyone would get this instead of the earlier 7900 Prism is the sapphire crystal center key. Although the back cover and wallpapers are said to be designed by avant-garde artist Fr?d?rique Daubal, it still doesn't make up for the oddity of the triangular keys.
While we applaud Nokia for pushing the design envelope, there'… Read more
Is Apple's PR wearing thin?
Sure, there was the MacBook Air and the buzz around "thinnovation." But wasn't that--pun intended--too "thin" for a big media splash, especially compared with past years? Now that MacWorld is over, pundits are reviewing Apple's PR efforts, and when the expectations are so high (and a company is so good at it), it is not too surprising that some are disappointed with what they've seen this year. Frank Shaw, a PR professional at Waggener Edstrom, Microsoft's lead PR agency, is one of them, and you have … Read more