Posts Tagged ‘gadgets’
October 10th, 2013 – A few years back Parrot teamed up with designer Philippe Starck to create a set of next-gen “Zik” headphones; noise canceling, hands-free calling and Bluetooth capabilities with concert hall-quality sound and a hyper-intuitive touch panel located on the entire right earpiece. This week, Parrot has announced an expanded range for the popular headphone collection with the launch of the Zik “Gold Collection”. The new collection includes three variations of the Parrot Zik, offering something for every taste and style: yellow gold – matte white with a yellow gold skeleton, rose gold – matte white with rose gold details, and black gold – Sleek black monochrome.
The Zik “Gold Collection” offers the same innovative technology as the Parrot Zik “Classic” – noise canceling, hands-free calling and Bluetooth capabilities with concert hall-quality sound and a hyper-intuitive touch panel located on the entire right earpiece.
To change a song, you just swipe your finger left or right against the right panel; to change volume, you move your finger up or down; to pause, you simply remove them from your ears. A free dedicated app, Parrot Audio Suite, enables users to personalize their sound.
Parrot Zik hosts the most advanced technologies in the Bluetooth wireless audio and telephony headphones. Designed as an extension of your Smartphone, it is equipped with a touch panel on the surface of the right headset for volume, music tracks or phone calls control with a touch of your finger, and one of the many powerful functions is their Active Noise Cancelling system that can capture and reduce noise.
The Parrot Zik “Gold Collection” will be available in November 2013 for $399 at retailers including Brookstone, Barneys, Bloomingdales, Fry’s Electronics, Apple, Ron Robinson and Parrot.com. The classic Parrot Zik, designed in black with silver accents, will continue to be an option for consumers as well.
After the designers agreed on the crater-like design of the Luna Skin, they journeyed forward to make a durable and marketable product. “We tested concrete a lot of times in various ways to make a product that has marketability. After lots of fails, it is finally completed,” the designer noted.
Once the product achieved the high standards of the design team, the crew paired up with Junyeong Lim, CEO and designer of ‘Posh project’, to start distributing the Luna Skin.
“Each concrete skin will have a specific and unique concrete pattern that is the only one in the world,” Lee explained. The names of the design studio’s are etched into the bottom of the skin, signifying the first collaboration between Posh Craft & Realize. The Luna Skin is expected to be sold by mid-summer for $20.00.
June 28th, 2013 – Do you want the good news first? Or the bad news? Good news is that British Airways is leaping ahead of the airline pack by creating a highly innovative Electronic Bag Tag, so you will always know where your luggage is. The bad news is that with the deteriorating and desperate state of most other airlines outside of British Airways, it’s doubtful the e-bag-tags will be implemented into other airlines in the near future – if at all. UK-based creative agency Designworks have partnered with British Airways to develop the Electronic Bag Tag, which will make it’s debut next month. British Airways is to trial the state of the art electronic bag tag that could do away with the need to have a new paper tag every time you fly.
Once checked in, customers just need to hold their smartphone over the electronic tag, which automatically updates with a unique barcode containing their flight details and an easy-to-see view of their bag’s destination. Designworks have provided insights, design and engineering expertise to deliver fully functioning bag tags for the live trial to evaluate the effectiveness of this new concept. Lewis Freeman, Designworks lead designer for the project said ‘this step into digital tagging of luggage is a huge leap forward enabling your luggage to become a connected object, providing a seamless experience for frequent travelers with British Airways.’
Not requiring a traditional paper tag to be printed and attached, customers can then save precious time by having their electronic tag quickly scanned at the bag drop, going straight through security to relax before catching their flight. It is intended that the patent-pending hi-tech tag can be used time and time again.
Frank van der Post, British Airways’ managing director, brands and customer experience, said: “This is a fantastically simple, yet smart device that gives each customer the choice to have their own personalized electronic baggage tag that changes with the swipe of a smartphone – every time they fly. “As the saying goes, ‘good things come in small packages’, and this innovative device is no exception. Have a nice flight.
May 22nd, 2013 – Swedish born industrial designer Victor Johansson’s new Ceramic Stereo seamlessly merges the physical and digital to create interactions with improved sensory richness. Using the Ceramic Stereo is simple; connect your smartphone device via bluetooth, place your phone on the wooden center, then move your phone towards a specific edge of the speaker where the phone will detect a command (play, pause, radio, etc.).
Johansson constructed the Ceramic Stereo during his final year at London’s prestigious Central St. Martins University, to illustrate a cohesive way of human interaction with digital design.
“The Ceramic Stereo is one of three outcomes from my degree-project at Central St. Martins. This means that there is about 6-months worth of research and design work preceding the concept,” Johansson explained. While building the Ceramic Stereo, the designer seemed to breeze through the technicalities of constructing the device, but molding the ceramic was a different story. “What took the longest was to create the ceramic bowl itself, I had no prior knowledge to working with ceramic so this was quite a challenge, luckily the amazing technicians at CSM helped me.”
“The interaction-design paradigm of the moment is being centered around swiping our fingertips on glass. May it be phones, tablets, computers, in-car systems, or even refrigerators.” Johansson wanted to reach further, and create objects that humans can interact with in a less tangible way, such as voice commands and waiving your hands in the air.
More tangible options do exist. These options often offer more natural interactions with greater tolerances and error margins and that stimulate a wider range of human abilities than it’s screen counterpart. However, more often than not these tangible interfaces end up having very few functions and limited in terms of adaptation and customization. The Ceramic Stereo is Johansson first stab at creating an interactive product containing user friendly commands that act upon movement.
“It’s signature crown still provides an effective means for changing the hour while its hidden e-ink screen shows off the vivid color bands with exceptional definition, ultimately maintaining an analog aspect while also providing a longer battery life.”
Hinting toward the arrival of more e-ink reading technologies in flexible devices, the ‘Swatch’ Ring Watch concept is cool stepping stone for the wearable technologies industry and will surely be the inspiration for more creative and visually pleasing wearable gadgets.
Photography By JVG
December 30th 2012 – A team of designers based out of the charming little surf town of Encinitas, California think headphones should be as gorgeous as a piece of fine jewelry. Frends, (a suitable name for the creative team who are a tight knit group of comrades) created dainty earbuds that are the audio equivalent to a pair of classic stud earrings transformed into a genius sound machine. The Ella Earbuds are crafted out of materials that are usually reserved for luxury goods and the team has used particular jewelry-making techniques for the construction, causing detailed form to meet function and high quality.
Frends recently released two pairs of headphones; the Taylor, a larger yet feminine pair of headphones, and the Layla, the mini version of Taylor – both designed to be a more feminine solution to clunky headphones. Ella is the third addition to the collection; a meticulously handcrafted metal design that comes in Gold, Rose Gold, or Silver. The soft touch fabric cord comes with an easy three-button mic with volume, music and phone control. We owe a massive thank you to these southern California creatives who are giving the world a stunning alternative to the traditional over-sized chunky headphones!
October 12, 2012 – In the late 1800s, Thomas Edison introduced the phonograph, and just like that, life had a soundtrack. The Gramophone, designed by the team at Restoration Hardware, borrowed the iconic speaker horn from those early machines to amplify sound with the power of pure physics, creating the perfect contraption for your modern day devices to fit in with your retro styled space. The Base is handcrafted from solid walnut and the horn is made from iron and brass with the ability to boost its volume by three to four times, with no need for electricity. (Buy Here)
September 24th, 2012 – It might be time to kick your movie watching experience on your mobile into high gear with the new Mini Cinema for iPhone 4/4S. This fully non-powered device will not only magnify the screen, but also has a pair of epic speakers thanks to the cone shaped sound amplifier. You’ll get a much larger display and a louder sound without batteries, cords, power or any constraints! ($68.00)
(Photography: Mini Cinema For iPhone)
August 7th 2012 – It’s almost time to bust out the scarves and windbreakers, as Autumn is fast approaching. To get you into the fall time mood we went on gear patrol and rounded up our top picks for the season’s best fashion & gear for men. Wool socks, indestructible headphones, and a high quality wind breaker all made the list – along with some quirky gadgets to help keep the indoors a little more interesting!
Supermarine Anorak by Outlier ($580)
Men’s Geometry Eco Friendly Wool Socks ($34)
California Silverado Headphones ($230)
Leather Town Gloves By Rapha ($170)
Element’s Emerald Collection: Three Panel Shoe ($TBA)
Men’s Deluxe Toiletry Kit ($325)
Toaster & Egg Poacher ($29)
Crocheted Skull Mask ($75)
Filling Pieces x Flybird Pack: Sneakers and Backpack ($TBA)
Raw Denim Tie by White Horse Trading Co ($82)
Custom BBQ Branding Iron ($41)
Best Made Company: The Gear Bag ($240)
Wooden Bear Slingshot ($15)
Stone drink dispenser By Uncommon Goods ($125)
Leicia Brown Leather Camera Case ($150)
Nike DWR Chambray Vapour Jacket ($148)
Leather Lunch Tote ( DIY )
Moonshine: A Gentleman’s Cologne ($72)
Andrew 2 Boot by J Shoes ($TBA)
Darth Vader Apron ($22)
Wooden Handlebars by F&Y ($80)