Posts tagged ‘toys’

November 1, 2010

Framework- The Most Iconic Men’s Eyewear of the Last 100 Years

by Matt Forcey

Legend:

01. Woody Allen 02. Kanye West 03. Buddy Holly 04. Michael Caine 05. Kurt Cobain 06. John Lennon 07. Geordi LaForge 08. Malcolm X 09. Johnny Depp 10. Dame Edna 11. Stephen Colbert

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November 1, 2010

Play Digital Spy with Covert USB Drives Hidden Around the City

by Matt Forcey

In a scrupulous world, this would be a really cool idea.  As part of his residency with EyeBeam in New York City, Aram Bartholl has created an interesting sociological experiment.  An anonymous, offline, peer-to-peer file sharing network.  On the sly, he has secreted USB flash drives into walls, buildings and street curbs, in publicly accessible spaces

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October 21, 2010

Share Your Most Extreme Moments with an Extreme Video Cam

by Matt Forcey

Anyone watching the news coverage last week from the Chilean mine rescue, at some point would have found themselves inside the rescue capsule as it made its ascent up the tunnel to the surface.  You were there with the miners thanks to an amazing piece of video (which if you haven’t seen, watch it here) that was recorded on a very spartan, very rugged, and all around very impressive little digital video camera called the GoPro Hero.

Created in 2004 by a group of self-professed athletic super geeks in Silicon Valley, the GoPro Hero was originally designed for fellow amateur outdoor sports enthusiasts who needed an easy-to-use, wearable recording device, to capture then share with the world the crazy shit they do.  True to the original design’s form with their latest model, the new HD Hero 960 is

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October 17, 2010

Clowning Around on an Innovative Self Balancing Motorized Unicycle

by Matt Forcey

 

Friends, nerds, countrymen, lend me your ears.  More portable than folding bicycles and more respectable than (most) mopeds, Focus Designs‘ new Self-balancing Unicycle (SBU), keeps you upright and cruising with a similar accelerometer/gyroscope stabilization set-up as the Segway, and an innovative in-hub motor.

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October 10, 2010

Google Goggles. Magic Eyes for Your SmartPhone

by Matt Forcey

Google Goggles is now available for both the iPhone and Android-powered smartphones, as a feature of the latest version of the Google Mobile App.  Expanding on the concept of Augmented Reality, Goggles is an innovative application that works in conjunction with the camera and GPS on your phone to help you discover more about the world around you. 

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October 5, 2010

Turn Any Bicycle Into a Smartphone-Controlled, Hybrid E-Bike

by Matt Forcey

 

Smart, responsive and elegant, the Copenhagen Wheel is a new emblem for urban mobility.  It turns the bike you already own, quickly and easily into an electric bike with regeneration and real-time environmental sensing capabilities.

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September 30, 2010

Mozilla Seabird: Concept Phone Boasts Projectors, Wireless Charging

by Matt Forcey

While buzz around the rumored Facebook phone reaches a fever pitch, a smartphone concept called the Mozilla Seabird has surfaced and given us a glimpse into the possible future of mobile devices.

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September 30, 2010

Telegram -(Stop)-

by Matt Forcey

You’re inundated with digital communications, email, text messages, MMS.  Wouldn’t be nice to get an actual letter in the mail on occasion? 

Not nostalgic enough for you? 

How about a telegram?  Old, old school.  A new online service enables you to send an honest-to-goodness telegram to anyone, anywhere.

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September 24, 2010

Socially Networked Scooters from Mini and Smart Use iPhone as Key

by Matt Forcey

Just ahead of the Paris Motor Show, which runs Oct. 2 -17, small car rivals Mini (owned by BMW) and Smart (owned by Daimler) have unveiled new electric scooter prototypes, the Mini Scooter E and Smart escooter. Both lithium-ion powered designs plug into a standard household electrical outlet, offer a variety of safety features not typically found on a two-seater (airbag, ABS, Blind Spot Assist) and use a smartphone for a key and instrument display panel.

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September 23, 2010

1930 Art Deco Henderson

by Matt Forcey

The motorcycling world loves a ‘barn find’—an old, obscure machine wheeled out of the woodwork for the first time. And this is one of the biggest revelations of recent months. It’s a 1930 Henderson that was customized before WW2 by a fellow called O. Ray Courtney and fitted with ‘streamliner’ bodywork.

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September 21, 2010

Future of Reading’s Present Filled with Smart Concepts

by Matt Forcey
By Tim Carmody

With the success of the Kindle, Nook, Sony readers, and tablets like the iPad, it seems like electronic books have finally arrived. But I think we’re actually still stuck in between two developmental phases on the way to the future.

For a long time, work on interactive books was about building either theory or prototypes. People talked about what multimedia reading might or could or should look like, and they built what were mostly one-off or low-volume projects using CD-ROMs, software applications, or the web.

Now, though, the theory and the prototypes have blended:

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September 20, 2010

This Pool Room is a Real Dive

by Matt Forcey

As a kid, my friends and I made imposing fortresses in my parent’s basement.  Our blockhouses were buttressed with old cardboard boxes and bed sheets that we found in storage closets and out in the garage.  Pretty typical boy stuff.  But when your garage is full of vinyl sheeting and steel cable, and your entire family is scuba certified, your “construction projects” might just take a different direction.

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