September 25, 2010
"7 Seconds" — Neneh Cherry and Youssou N'Dour
Collapsible Shot Cup
From the website:
For a quick shot of espresso in Florence, whiskey in Glasgow, tequila in Tampico (and water for aspirin the next morning in Tampico), this leak-proof 1.7 oz. Collapsible Shot Cup goes the distance.
Great for hot or cold
liquids, it's made of food-grade stainless steel with a metal cover and
a carabiner clip that attaches to your keychain, purse or
Includes a faux-leather zippered travel case.
HAL suits — File under "things you'll see on the street in Japan"
Above and below, Cyberdyne founder Yoshiyuki Sankai's HAL suits, "robotic suits worn by humans. They let the paralyzed walk and give careworkers extra strength to carry the old and infirm to a wheelchair."
According to a September 16, 2010 Economist article, "For the first time this year, Mr. Sankai's HAL suits have been used in hospitals around the country [Japan]."
In a post here last month on the rise of robotic exoskeletons I wrote, "HAL from Cyberdyne is currently available in Japan for individuals with muscle weakness and those with disabilities due to spinal cord injury or stroke."
BehindTheMedspeak: Hippocrates on doctors as actors
"... for as they have the shape, and dress, and personal appearance of an actor, but are not actors, so also physicians are many in title but very few in reality."
Created by Dutch designer Bertjan Pot for Established and Sons.
"The jumper chair is named for its novel knitted
cover which resembles a sweater, or jumper."
"The cover, a single piece of wool, is knitted on an industrial knitting machine and is then washed at extremely high temperatures, which shrinks the fabric and eliminates its stretch."
Wrote the designer, "When I first made the seamless chair that took 40 hours of felting by hand I never thought something industrial would come out. But when I ran into some machines at the textile museum in Tilburg it turned out to be not that impossible at all."
"Jumper is a chair upholstered with a knitted woolen cover. The cover was knitted on a special machine that knitted the whole piece in one go. Normally a knitted woolen cover would not make it through an abrasion test very well, but because we felted the cover by washing it at a high temperature the textile became very dense and durable."
Said Sebastian Wrong, "It's very comfortable. It feels like a sock or a sweater."
Buttoned on the underside.
Frame of steel and wood.
Barcodes as icons
From Fast Company:
Barcodes grace almost every product for sale. Given how much package real estate they command, why shouldn't they look cool?
Since 2005, D-Barcode has been creating custom barcodes for a mostly Japanese clientele. They've even begun selling their wares to anyone who wants to license them, starting at $1,500 for the design, and $200 a year for licensing. A custom or exclusive use code will run upwards of $4,000 — but given that companies spend millions on designing a single package, why don't we see more detailed thinking like this? Middle managers spend weeks arguing about kerning — it'd be better if they spent more time rethinking every inch of such highly prized real estate.
[via Joe Peach]
Tank Top Safe
From the website:
Looks like a tank top, hides valuables and foils thieves
Cleverly designed to look like a woman's
tank top, it contains seven clear zippered pockets and one file-sized
compartment to hide cash, jewelry, passport and travel documents.
Hang it in a closet layered under a shirt or stash it in a drawer, and venture out with peace of mind.
Made of cotton, it looks and feels like the real thing.
14½ x 24".
$25.85 (valuables not included).
Clicker — "The simple way to find, share and watch TV and movies online"
Sounds good to me.
Free, the way we like it.
"Clicker contains more than 750,000 episodes from over 12,000 shows from over 2,500 networks along with 30,000 movies and 90,000 music videos from 20,000 artists."
"Staying on top of what programs are available online and offline, organizing them for you, and recommending gems for you to discover is what Clicker is all about."
There goes the day.
Sticky Notes on a Roll
From the website:
Tear off any length sticky note with this ingenious dispenser.
need an inch for daily reminders or a full foot for to-do lists, Zip
Notes lets you decide.
Plastic dispenser includes 3" x 150' roll of
yellow sticky notes.