We currently place a lot of emphasis on the digital gadgets we own.
What if we were looking at the wrong paradigm and it’s not about the form factor or the physical object?
What if instead was all about what we wanted to do and achieve?
Welcome to the world of Invoked Computing from the University of Tokyo.
Think of the consequences…
1. All the stuff we could get rid of.
2. The environmental benefits of doing that
3. The lamented demise of the electronics product designer and product design (via Core 77)
The guys at BERG are just amazing. No wonder they came up with an amazing product.
Here’s what’s important…
1. Printers are the most boring things around-(we worked on Epson and know the challenges) these guys managed to make one that’s cool
2. It’s cool because it has personality- “little printer” shifts it from a inanimate object to something personal and cute
3. It’s cool because the form factor plays with our conception and expectations of a printer
4. Small is the way to go because it matches and fits with our other devices- it’s a printer that doesn’t look out of place with our mobile devices and it looks like we can take it wherever we go
5. It recognizes and demonstrates to us that we might have things on our mobile devices that warrant printing- smart user understanding
6. HP dominates the business and has spent millions trying to make printers cool and they have failed every single time
7. Anyone can have an idea, but not everyone brings them to life
8. You need to bring it to life in a clever way- Berg’s film is great and agencies should have no problem doing this part
9. If you can dream it up- why not make it real? There’s nothing stopping you from dreaming up a product, bringing it to life and selling it- why not make your own products? (via influxinsights)
Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera which captures a full spherical panorama when thrown into the air. At the peak of its flight, which is determined using an accelerometer, a full panoramic image is captured by 36 mobile phone camera modules.
Patent pending. More info: http://jonaspfeil.de/ballcamera
A project of the Computer Graphics Group, TU Berlin.
To be presented as an Emerging Technologies demonstration at the SIGGRAPH Asia 2011: Jonas Pfeil, Kristian Hildebrand, Carsten Gremzow, Bernd Bickel, Marc Alexa
- Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera (makezine.com)
According to IDC, smartphone manufacturers shipped 100.9 million devices in the fourth quarter of 2010, while PC manufacturers shipped 92.1 million units worldwide. Or, more simply put, smartphones just outsold PCs for the first time ever.
The number of smartphones sold in Q4 2010 was up 87.2% from the 53.9 million sold in Q4 2009. For the year, vendors shipped 302.6 million smartphones – an increase of 74.4% from the 173.5 million in 2009.
PC sales were up in Q4, too, but just barely. From Q4 2009 to Q4 2010, the increase was only 5.5%. When looking at the yearly totals, however, PCs were still king. Manufacturers shipped 346.2 million units during 2010, compared with the 302.6 million mentioned above from smartphone makers. (via readwriteweb)
John’s Phone is the world’s most basic cell phone. They have 5 colors to choose from and a limited Gold Edition. John’s Phone allows you to make and receive calls anywhere in the world: no frills and no unnecessary features such as a camera, text messaging and an endless number of ringtones. John’s Phone keeps things simple. Designed by John Doe Amsterdam, making the cell phone a unique piece of Dutch design.
John’s Phone is a large-key phone. It requires no explanation. Perfect as a kids’ cell phone and for older users too.
The back of the phone features a flap containing an address book and a pen.
Eco/Being Green category
- Winner: TripSketch Green Traveler by TripSketch Corp. (United States)
- First Runner-up: RecycleME by John Paul Lozano (Singapore)
- Second Runner-up: Green Plaza by Webdunia.com Pvt. Ltd. (India)
- Winner:Comics Creator by Nextwave Multimedia Pvt. Ltd. (India)
- First Runner-up: Morpho QuickPanorama by Morpho, Inc. (Japan/United States)
- Second Runner-up: Tudou Mobile by Tudou.com (China)
- Third Runner-up: Angry Birds by Rovio, Ltd. (Finland)
- Winner: BlogRadio by BlogRadio (United States)
- First Runner-up: Ansel-A by Kristopher Kantor (United States)
- Second Runner-up: PlanEasy2D by InfiMatra Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (India)
- Third Runner-up: WakeUp by Roland Michelberger (Hungary)
Life Improvement category
- Winner: eLiteracy by AppCRAFT (South Africa)
- First Runner-up: Car Black Box by Neusoft Mobile Solutions S.R.L. (Romania)
- Second Runner-up: Mobile Babycare by Shenzhen LEG (China)
- Third Runner-up: Medica by IRWAA, LLC (Egypt)
- Chinese Video Site Tudou Will Be Going Public “Soon” (newteevee.com)
- Tudou.com Plans IPO, Compete With Youku in China (businessweek.com)
- China’s Tudou.com Raises $50 Million (online.wsj.com)
- ‘Singapore can help develop property market in India’ (thehindu.com)
- America Has Lost Its Innovation Mojo? (paul.kedrosky.com)
- More Nokia related articles on my blog