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iPad + Scrybe Technology

Posted in Media by aldorf on January 27, 2010

…just a matter of time. This is what Synaptics calls a “multi-modal interface.” Moving beyond the touchscreen. Here a demo of the Synaptics Scrybe multitouch gesture software interface for computer at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show. Similar is their Fuse technology — combining touch, force feedback, 3-D graphics, and grip and proximity sensing for mobile phones. Exciting times!

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Dream Ball by Unplug Design

Posted in design by aldorf on January 27, 2010

Designed by Unplug Design | Country: South Korea

“To the children in The Third World; Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Congo and etc, who can’t enjoy football freely because of poverty, war and natural disaster, having a football means a lot and can be a dream and hope to escape from their poor life.

However, the children are so poor that they can not buy a football. So, they play football with the ball made of plastic bag or coconut palm leaves, therefore giving them their own footballs which can give them hope. This is our aim for this project.

We suggest this Dream Ball made of relief boxes delivered to those poor children by recycling.

A. Create patterns that can help making a ball on the surface of an aid box.
B. Activities of giving aid boxes to children in The Third World.
C. The used aid boxes will be recycled as a football by children with the patterns on boxes.
D. By making Dream Ball with the children together, the aid organizations will get the chance to be friendly with them.”

Ben & Jerry’s Board Member Terry Mollner on the Sweetness of a Values-Led Business

Posted in ideas by aldorf on January 27, 2010

Tips For Better Ideas

Posted in Animation, design, film by aldorf on January 27, 2010

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The Rethink Scholarship is an $18,000 scholarship for aspiring art directors and designers to Langara College’s Communication and Ideation Design program. The winner will also receive a 3-month internship with

Studio Von Birken [Design]

Posted in design, fashion by aldorf on January 27, 2010

Studio von Birken
446 Kent Ave #12D
Brooklyn, NY, 11211, USA

Robotic Electric Car by Dutch startup 2getthere

Posted in ideas by aldorf on January 27, 2010

Dutch company 2getthere build these for Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City. Probably the most innovative technology to debut in Masdar City. A network of self-driving electric cars.Masdar’s futuristic vehicles won’t run on a track. RFID sensors built in overheads and magnetic sensors attached to the roads guide the cars, which automatically stop when pedestrians stand in the road. The battery-powered cars are charged using solar energy stored in battery packs.

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SEED Emergency Housing Shipping Containers

Posted in architecture, ideas by aldorf on January 27, 2010

Providing temporary relief for victims of hurricanes and earthquakes, SEED turns unused shipping containers into starter homes for emergency situations. The project was already underway when the recent tragedy hit Haiti, leading the group of Clemson University architecture professors (who’ve been developing it since the devastating Hurricane Katrina) behind it to work to implement their plan sooner. Strong enough to withstand hurricanes or earthquakes, the containers make robust instant homes and guarantee some degree of safety from more activity, such as aftershocks. Read full article here.


50 Three-Word Phrases That Can Make Your Start-Up A Success

Posted in ideas by aldorf on January 27, 2010

(via Dharmesh Shah blog. He is founder and CTO of HubSpot.

Startup advice in exactly three words

1.  Watch your cash.

2.  Pick founders carefully.

3.  Hire generalists early.

4.  Hire specialists later.

5. Invest in culture.

6. Avoid tempting distractions.

7.  Support customers maniacally.

8.  Avoid business plans.

9.  Write a blog.

10. Never fudge numbers.

11. Encourage diverse thinking.

12. Guard your time.

13.  Defer renting space.

14. Get enough sleep.

15.  Delay raising capital.

16.  Persist through downturns.

17.  Decide with data.

18.  Improve product daily.

19. Recognize revenue consistently.

20. Start charging early.

21. Reward early adopters.

22. Sell something today.

23. Say “NO” often.

24. Accept imperfect data.

25.  Recruit with zest.

26. Nurture your best.

27.  Treat vendors well.

28. Believe in yourself.

29. Respect your competitors.

30. Try something new.

31. Build a brand.

32. Focus, focus, focus.

33. Iterate more often.

34. Use your product.

35. Live your vision.

36. Encourage rational debate.

37. Make decisions swiftly.

38. Face harsh realities.

39. Don’t break laws.

40. Protect your health.

41. Celebrate your successes.

42. Cancel unnecessary meetings.

43. Improve employee’s resumes.

44. Beware big bullies.

45. Share the experience.

46. Maintain your relationships.

47. Keep it fun.

Note: After I originally posted this list, Guy Kawasaki (yes,the Guy Kawasaki) was kind enough to post some of his own triplets. Here are a few of them:

48. Sales fixes everything.

49. Ship then test.

50. Do not partner.

Google Voice sneaks on iPhone

Posted in Media by aldorf on January 27, 2010

Google Voice makes calls free or very cheap for international dialing along with transcriptions of your voicemail and free text messages, which challenges parts of the core revenue model for mobile operators. App only available through

Stylish Urban ChickenCrib

Posted in architecture by aldorf on January 27, 2010

by Rusty Lamer and Andreas Stavropoulos.

The Crib is designed from panels of sustainably grown, outdoor-rated Oregon plywood, cut to precision specs with a computer-controlled ShopBot at a small facility in Oakland. A quick and cheap –but still eco-friendly–method. The coop’s triangular shape allowed them to use as little construction material as possible–just three sheets of plywood for each unit. Each ChickenCrib costs $550 and ships as a kit. Once set-up, it can accommodate three or four hens who’ll lay about a dozen eggs a week. “One of the best parts of owning chickens is developing a relationship with a farm,” explains Lamer. “You should have an idea of where they’re raised.”

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