design or function ? the Doorbot Wifi Doorbell.

Doesn’t this look wrong ? It’s supposed to be an high-tech doorbell, which I have no doubt it is, but the design… I’m speechless. It looks just like an elevator pannel. You don’t believe  me ? look at this picture and tell me the contrary:

There is even a glowing light ! “which floor are we going mom ?/ It’s not an elevator my son, just an ugly doorbell” And it’s made of “unibody aluminium”, in order to look like apple (or star wars, I don’t know). Seriously guys, aluminium isn’t the only metal on earth is it ? Of course the camera is 3 foot long, like every normal camera.

Appart from that, It’s a camera that can viewed from “anywhere in the world” from your Iphone( so you can make people believe you’re at home). The great feature I give in are the lokitron capabilities, which I’ve already talked about. When someone rings, you get instant one way video chatting, and a lock/unlock button, if a lockitron is connected to your network.

Overall, it’s a great product in a shitty design. I think I will wait to have one with Lockitron neat design, not this elevator functional object.

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wallet round-up #4: the keylet

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I know what you’re going to tell me: this is not a wallet. Well maybe I just didn’t wanted to talk about stupid minimalist wallets any more, even thought that’s my objective,  and the full name of the keylet is “Keylet : A Minimal Key and Wallet All In One System”. See ? there is wallet in it. I have an excuse :).

So as you’ve seen, the keylet is a key holder. As a French guy, I have to tell you this kisskissbankbank project had the same idea about a year before. Sadly, his project didn’t make it. The crowndfunding community is France is terrible. I don’t think one out of 1000 people know what it means. And I mean it.

Anyway, what I like about the keylet is that it can store 4 keys in the thickness of 1and a half key, and it doesn’t make a sound.If yo have a specially thick or weird key, you can send the key the  them and  What is super great is that they thought of people with a usb in their pocket: they created the keycaddie, which is also available for USB+key. This one can store 4 keys too, if you don’t take the USB option.

This project ended in September, a dark time when I didn’t have this wonderful blog, so here is their kickstarter ended project,and here is their facebook page, because they don’t even have a website or blog. Even I do, why can’t they have one ? doesn’t matter. What matters is that I found the official video on youtube, because vimeo videos are always blocked. I noticed some blog have the official vimeo videos. How do they do ?

the Olive One: the idea of the All-in-One Home Music Player comes true

the Olive One is a recessive idea in music management: create a tactile experience in the living room for easy music listening. But it’s not just a utopian concept created on paint by a jobless designer. It actually looks good, and fell easy to navigate. First, the design is cool, nobody would deny it:

the only little downside I would find here is the shape of the screen, which could have been round, but it’s not really important. And it can be mounted to walls. You can also add huge speakers under the One, just like this:

Secondly, the OS doesn’t come from nowhere and looks really efficient: It combines youtube, Pandora, Spotify, Deezer, Aupeo, Songza, and many more. That means if you have a Spotify account, You can stream all you music seamlessly to your Olive One. this makes the olive one even more useful, in my opinion.

The Olive one can easily connect to other One around,making it possible to listen to your music in all the house at the same time, just like airplay promised a few years ago. It connects over wifi to all your Wi-fi enabled speakers, including those directly sold by them, which can also be put under each other to create a sound tower. In this way, the Olive music system is very flexible.

Thirdly what we all want know is to control all of this with our smartphone or tablets. So logically, A free IOS and Android app is coming with the Olive One, and a windows 8 app too is scheduled. The Olive also has this weird function to connect to your TV, which is said to become the center of our modern home, although people like them don’t think this way; So why sink the boat you’re sailing with ? Well I don’t know.

The Olive One also has Twitter and facebook connectivity, which means you can share the music or videos you are watching with, well, your followers and friends. It also has a 1TB hard drive, large enough for almost any music library. IT also functions as a personal cloud, so if you are abroad, you can connect yo you Olive on your smarthone and play the songs and videos in there, just like any NAS or cloud solutions.

That is how it looks mounted on a wall, it just the dream of every music moler ( at least me):

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How the World Will End (Pt. 2)

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This is part two of a series (Part 1) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) covering several ways that humanity’s time on Earth could conceivably come to an end. The study of the apocalypse, known as eschatology  has been a pervasive force in religion, science, and popular culture since the development of the first cultures on Earth. Some of the theories about the end of days are more plausible than others, but all are thought-provoking nonetheless. In Part Two, I describe a few of the most likely ways in which the world as we know it could end due to Natural Disasters from Space. Cheers to the end of the world!

We’ve all seen the movies: asteroids and comets, earthquakes and volcanoes, solar flares and gamma-ray bursts…all natural ways in which our world can come to an end. And while the most…

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Real “touch” screens and tasteful computers: IBM predicts the future

looks like IBM is still innovative 🙂

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What if a computer could let us “feel” the texture of a fabric before we buy clothes online? Or gives us a whiff — or even a taste — of a meal we’re thinking of preparing? That’s pretty game-changing stuff. And, it’s also within the realm of possibility in the next 5 years, according to IBM’s (s ibm) list of technologies it thinks are on the cusp of adoption.

Every year IBM polls its R&D braintrust about what technologies that may have “been at the hairy edge before but are now closer to the scalp,” IBM fellow and VP of innovation Bernie Meyerson told me recently. This year those “closer-to-the-scalp” technologies converge around computers’ growing ability to handle richer, more diverse data and churn out more valuable output — such as the feel of cloth, the smell or taste of food. The general premise is that these sensory and cognitive technologies…

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FORM 1: An affordable, professional 3D printer

Many people, at least the 2000 backers and me know about this awesome project, but i’m gonna explain it to you so that I’ll know I did all i could to tell the world what I love.

so FORM 1 is a sweet 3D printer,the design is great,as you can see:

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it’s not only classy apple-style aluminium, the transparent orange is a genius move, in my opinion.

So what’s so original about it except the design ? It’s performance: using stereolithography, the Form 1 is, according to the makers, 200 times or so more precise. and when you look at the render of machine like the replicator, or makerbot, you start to want something more:

FORM 1: An affordable, professional 3D printer by Formlabs — Kickstarter

do you want to see an object made by the machine ? here they are:

to watch it working, check out this video , and don’t hesitate to follow the blog if you like it !