Most of us aren’t of the means to buy boutique, $3200 sweaters and jackets. But it’s fun to see high fashion in artsy, glossy spreads like Vogue. This month, they did a big fashion spread featuring strange retro-futuristic models on a Mars-like landscape wearing Google Glass. It’s both a bit tongue-in-cheek and forward-looking. Via FastCo Design:
‘I’m Not There’ by Pol Úbeda Hervàs is a series of images that displays Hervàs looking at his own shadow. Though the man has been removed from the pictures and all that is left is a pair of sneakers and a dark shape. Hervàs was inspired to shoot this series as he said: ‘I don’t recognize myself any more.’ He leaves the sneakers in the images to remind the viewer that there is still a man somewhere behind the shadow. Via Ignant:
This summer, New York artist Kurt Perschke brought his famous RedBall project to the UK for the first time, installing his massive inflatable red ball in a total of 20 sites around the country. Photos of the public installations flooded the news and photo sharing sites like Flickr and Instagram, and I tried to live vicariously through them and imagine what it might be like to stand in the completely transformed spaces inhabited by this giant red sphere. Lucky for us filmmaker Danny Cooke was on hand during the entire RedBall UK trip and edited together this fantastic timelapse of the installation as it moved from location to location around the country. I recommend sitting back and watching it much larger for the full effect.
Google seems to be bringing us one step closer to that Cyborg future…
We think technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.
A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do.
Please follow along as we share some of our ideas and stories. We’d love to hear yours, too. What would you like to see from Project Glass?
Nice to see a plethora of high-tech accessories made from sustainable bamboo! Also, a friend of mine started Grove, listed below. Check them out!
Bamboo Tech Accessories Via CoolHunting
Four sustainable, lightweight and refined tech items
by James Thorne in Design on 30 March 2012
Beloved by progressive designers and earth-conscious consumers, bamboo grows free from pesticides and fertilizers in low water conditions. Add to that construction-grade strength and a naturally gorgeous grain, and bamboo emerges as a top pick for sustainability and good design. Recently, the material has been making waves in the tech world, used to build everything from smartphones to keyboards. Below you’ll find four creative new applications of the fibrous grass.
Determined to bring bamboo to smartphones, U.K. student Kieron-Scott Woodhouse designed a concept for a more sustainable Android device. His rendering was picked up by an entrepreneur, and they’re now hoping the ADzero Bamboo Phone will reach the market by the close of 2012. Besides the gorgeous look and grippy texture, the ADzero contains the first-ever rear-facing ring flash camera, a setup favored by portrait photographers for a diffused glow. Check in with ADzero’s Google+ page for updates on production.
The recently launched iZen Bamboo Keyboard is a wireless device composed of 92% bamboo. While Impecca has been creating bamboo keyboards for some time, iZen’s model has the distinction of being the first bluetooth-enabled wireless bamboo keyboard, which makes it compatible with devices and desktops alike.
The keyboard is built to the same dimensions as an Apple keyboard, with a texture that feels great for typing. iZen also makes bamboo tablet stands, useful when typing out tablet correspondences on the keyboard. Head over to the Kickstarter page to pledge to iZen’s next round of production, where $85 will secure an iZen keyboard.
While computer soft cases remain the standard, nothing beats the look and feel of an old-fashioned hard case. Lined with wool felt, Silva’s Macbook case is hand-sanded and finished with oil and polyurethane for a glass-like finish, with a thick leather handle practical for the lightweight case. Silva also makes two cases for iPad and are working on new models to accommodate the MacBook Air and 17″ MacBook Pro.
Fit for the new iPad, this case from Grove is molded to accommodate the tablet’s subtle curves. A range of covers are equipped with magnets to both wake and put the tablet to sleep, and the fabric lies flat against the back of the case when open. Wrapping slightly around the back, the covers lend an an ergonomic element for carrying as well. Overall, the case stands out for crisp, clean lines, especially when paired with the texture of Grove’s recently debuted wool cover.
FastCompany has a good list and good insight into what they claim are the 50 most innovative companies in the world. Check out the whole list, here are the top 5:
For walking the talk
For 800 million reasons to share
For expanding its hit lineup
For playing the long game
For making magic out of the mercantile
Storms. Giant thunderclouds, ominous skies and that spooky, electrically-charged air before all hell breaks loose. That’s the kind of scene that photographer Mitch Dobrowner can capture in an elegance I’d never seen before. His compositions are gorgeously calming , despite their kinetic foretelling.
Dobrowner’s Google + page is full of photo posts, and each and every one is a stunner. I would love to see his work printed wall-size. And beyond just capturing storms, he has an amazing ability to photograph craggly landscapes and barren nature in an almost dreamlike way. The blacks and whites ooze off the screen.
Many more photos of his work after the jump. Continue reading…
A new Gmail feature, big deal. And it’s not a big deal. But the simple animation, music and sound effects are cute and endearing, and make you happy. Nicely done, Google.