Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pebble Time

The Register reports: [edited]

Pebble put its first colour screen smartwatch on sale on Kickstarter – and raised $5.4m from 26,000 backers in just a few hours.

The wrist-puter will eventually go on sale in shops at $199, and is due to ship in May.

The 9.5mm-thick Pebble Time has a back-lit colour e-paper Gorilla Glass screen that's apparently readable in daylight, has up to seven days of battery life, comes in one of three casing colours (black, white and red), and has full compatibility with all previous Pebble apps.

It can use any standard 22mm wristband, is water resistant, has three control buttons, a microphone, and silent vibrating alarms. It needs to talk to an iOS 8 iPhone 4s or newer, or an Android 4.0+ phone, to get messages, email and other information from the internet over Bluetooth.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Free Font - Blenda

Behance reports: [edited]

Blenda Script is a free experimental font inspired by Lobster Font with a number of alternative letters and swashes.

License: Free for personal and commercial use.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

House that prouduces more energy than it consumes

inhabitat reports: [edited]

Fronted by a floor-to-ceiling double-glazed facade, the 'Carbon Positive House' was designed to maximise solar gain and passive design strategies. The naturally ventilated home uses in-ground tubes to pull in cool air from the south side. The building is topped by a green roof for added insulation as well as a set of sliding vertical garden walls that shade and cool the building in the summer.

The north-facing home is divided into two main areas: the double-glazed sunroom that serves as a buffer zone and spans the width of the structure; and the living quarters tucked behind the sunroom on the southern side.

The compact living space comprises an open-plan dining area and kitchen on one end, and a bathroom and bedroom on the other; the private area is separated from the common space by a modular cabinetry wall.

The bright and airy wood-paneled interior is made up of sustainably sourced and non-toxic materials, and the home’s energy-efficient appliances make use of rainwater recycling.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

London-Somerset-London 21 & 22-02-15

London to Somerset
Dancehall Domine - The New Pornographers
Live It Up - Mental As Anything
The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
Jake Summers - Fight Like Apes
I'm in the mood for dancing - The Nolans
Whiteboy (Radio Edit) - James
Blood Sugar - Pendulum
You're Not Alone - Olive
Dominos - The Big Pink
I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
Mansard Roof - Vampire Weekend
Get Your Feet Out Of My Shoes - The Boothill Foot-Tappers
Islands In The Stream - Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers
I Saw The Sign - Ace of Base
Poison - Alice Cooper
Tragedy - Bee Gees
The Lone Ranger - Quantum Jump
Cinnamon - The Long Winters
Twistin’ The Night Away - Sam Cooke
Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3) - Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Rockin' The Suburbs - Ben Folds
Get Ready for This - 2 Unlimited
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Remix) - deadmau5
If You Can't Give Me Love - Suzi Quatro
This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us (Fnm Remix) - Sparks
Don't You Want Me - Human League
Goldyloppers And The Three Bearloaders - Stanley Unwin
Polk Salad Annie - Tony Joe White
Time To Pretend - MGMT
To Be Or Not To Be - B.A. Robertson
Wouldn't It Be Good? - Cascada
Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
You Spin Me Round (like a record) - Dead Or Alive
You're My Best Friend [2011 Remaster] - Queen
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club
Maxine Nightingale - Right Back Where We Started From
Tattva - Kula Shaker
Every Day Should Be a Holiday - The Dandy Warhols
Regulate - Warren G
Forever Lost - The Magic Numbers
If You're Happy and You Know It - Disney
Clocks (PsyClone remix) - Coldplay
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk
Strange Magic - Electric Light Orchestra
Don't Stop Me Now [2011 Remaster] - Queen
The Beginning Stages, Part 9 (Reach For The Sun) - The Polyphonic Spree
Kiss Me Deadly - Lita Ford
Girl All the Bad Guys Want - Bowling for Soup
Should I Stay Or Should I Go - The Clash
January - Pilot
Every Other Time (Radio Edit) - LFO
Last Night - Vitamin C
Build Me Up Buttercup - Foundations

Somerset to London
Some Kind Of Wonderful - Paul Young & The Q Tips
I Ain't Mad At Cha - Tupac (2pac)
If I Had You - The Korgis
How Do You Do It? - Gerry & the Pacemakers
Baggy Trousers - Madness
Fader - The Temper Trap
Girls Aint Nothing But Trouble - Fresh Prince (Will Smith)
Hey Ya (mightyjust remix) - Outkast feat. Sean Paul
Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson
Tequila (Mint Royale Shot) - Terrorvision
A Bar In Amsterdam - Katzenjammer
Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That - Dolly Parton
Wild West Hero - Electric Light Orchestra
Theres a ghost in my house - R Dean Taylor
Torn - Ednaswap
Baby Loves Me - Eels
Little Secrets - Passion Pit
Hippychick - SoHo
Leader of the Pack - The Shangri-Las
Disco Inferno - Trammps
Creep - Radiohead
Sweet Freedom - Michael McDonald
Let your love flow - Bellamy Brothers
Way Down Now - World Party
In The Key Of C - Jim Noir
Smile (Radio Edit) - Lily Allen
All The Things She Said (DJ Gollum feat. Scarlet) - Nightcore
There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis - Kirsty MacColl
The Real Slim Shady - Eminem
Windy - The Association
I'm Shakin' - Jack White
Seasons (Waiting On You) - Future Islands
River Deep, Mountain High - Tina Turner
Galaxies - Owl City
Out Of Space - The Prodigy
Animaniacs theme - Animaniacs
Doctorin' The Tardis (Dr. Who) - KLF (The Timelords)
I Know What Boys Like - The Waitresses
Untouched - The Veronicas
My Keys, Your Boyfriend - Everything Everything
The Father Of A Boy Named Sue - Tom 2.0
ABC - Jackson 5
Charlton Heston - stump
New Dorp. New York (feat. Ezra Koenig) - SBTRKT

Friday, February 20, 2015

SXSW 2015 Bittorrent

The (unofficial) SXSW Torrents reports: [edited]

These torrents include tracks that can be previewed on the SXSW website for SXSW 2015. The first torrent includes 844 files totalling 5.41GB. Note that the filenames and ID3 tags were updated to properly reflect the artist names and song titles.

[Cover art image available here, Ed.]

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Free Font - Cabin

Impallari reports: [edited]

The Cabin Font is a humanist sans inspired by Edward Johnston's and Eric Gill's typefaces, with a touch of modernism.

It incorporates modern proportions, optical adjustments, and some elements of the geometric sans.

Cabin comes in 8 styles: Regular, Medium, Semibold & Bold, with their corresponding italics.

Monday, February 16, 2015


Uncrate reports: [edited]

An unusual cross between a lowrider bike and a Vespa, this scooter amplifies the force you generate by pushing off with a small, rechargeable electronic motor in its wheel hub. The fat tires let you carve the streets and sidewalks, cruising at speeds of up to 15 mph. Thanks to an aluminum body, it only weights 61 pounds, so it's also easy to move and store.

Price: $3,950

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ampersand Table

Behance reports: [edited]

In homage to the fabulous curves & dynamic line weights of the great American type designer, Herb Lubalin (and his unsung genius letterer Tom Carnase), this table for two is modelled on one of his voluptuous 1970s ampersands for U&lc Magazine.

Construction was inspired by the simplicity of surfboard fins – the legs are attached with a precision-fit slot and tab technique. No nails or screws.

Designed by Matt Innes & Saori Kajiwara. CNC router cut, hand glued & finished in Danish oil & beeswax. 1100 x 1000 x 350mm, hardwood ply, food-safe glue. 45mm 3-ply surface.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Cellulon PicoPro

9to5Mac reports: [edited]

PicoPro ($349-$399) packs a high-definition video projector, a battery pack, and wireless capabilities into a 0.55″ thick enclosure with the same footprint as an iPhone 6 Plus. Overall, it’s the best small projector I’ve tested: much easier to use, quiet, and capable of delivering a better complete viewing experience.

PicoPro’s performance is impressive given its size. PicoPro projects a true widescreen image with an actual detail level that’s several times greater than both smaller and larger but similarly-priced projectors I’ve used. Even high-definition iTunes-protected videos played through connected iPads and iPhones without complaint.

An even more intriguing component of PicoPro’s performance is its utter lack of configuration. There is no focus dial nor the need for a focus dial: the laser-projected image starts and remains impressively sharp, unlike typical projectors. For better or worse, there also aren’t contrast, colour balance, or keystone configurations to figure out. There are volume up and down buttons on the top, a battery life indicator button on the back, a power button, and a mode button. That’s it.

PicoPro isn’t a perfect little video projector, but given its size and the realities of pico projection, it does a lot better than I would have expected. Nearly three hours of run time with the battery, cool and quiet operation, and 720p HD video support are all welcome steps forward over prior units I’ve tested.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Dell XPS 13 (2015)

Engadget has published a review of what is currently the world's smallest 13-inch laptop.

Summary & 'Pros & Cons' follow:

"With Intel's new fifth-generation Core processor, the redesigned, 1.2kg XPS is notable for its nearly bezel-less display -a design feat that allows it to have the footprint of an 11-inch machine. And a starting price of $800 (or, if you are in the UK, £1,099! Ed.)."

Other than an update to the touchpad, there's very little we would change about Dell's redesigned XPS 13: It's compact and well-built, with a gorgeous screen, fast performance and surprisingly good audio quality. You'll pay dearly to get it with a touchscreen, but even then, it's priced in line with other flagship Ultrabooks.


- Nearly bezel-less display
- Vibrant screen
- Excellent audio
- Attractive & well-built
- Comfortable keyboard
- Powerful


- Average battery life
- Touchpad not great
- Expensive with touchscreen

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bionic Bird

BBC reports: [edited]

This 9g device looks like a bird and flies like a bird - flapping wings included - and is controlled using a smartphone.

A big part of the Bionic Bird is the related Flying App. There's a 100 meter range, a 'cruise control' mode, as well as easy and expert modes, and sensitivity settings to help ensure you don't lose control while getting the hang of things.

Charging is accomplished via an 'egg'. The bird is perched on top of it, with charging taking place in 12 minutes. The bird, then, is able to fly for a total of ten 8-minute sessions. As for the bird itself, the device is made from 'indestructible foam' and carbon fibre.

For more information, click here.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Leatherman Tread

Wired reports: [edited]

The Leatherman Tread is an interesting departure for the company, and an industry first: a serious multi-tool that can be worn on the wrist. Each link on the band includes two to three functional tools, for a total of 25 usable features.

The bracelet is fully customisable and can be re-built with slotted fasteners. The user can rearrange links, add or remove tools, or just adjust the bracelet’s size for comfort down to one quarter of an inch. Even the clasp is functional, with a bottle opener and #2 square drive. Other tools include hex drives, screwdrivers, box wrenches, a carbide glass breaker, and a hook-style box cutter that doubles as a SIM card pick.

The wristband is constructed of metal-injected molded 17-4 stainless steel. The tools may be tiny, but they’re not going to snap or bend under stress. There’s an optional Swiss quartz movement watch available in the fall of 2015.

It is TSA- and security-friendly. In fact, that was the original inspiration for the Tread: being able to travel and pass security checkpoints with a full complement of Leatherman tools.

The Tread bracelets will be available in May 2015. The stainless steel finish will cost $150, and the black diamond-like carbon finish will cost $200. The tread watches will cost $500 for stainless steel and $600 for black DLC.

Friday, January 23, 2015

96W 10-Port Desktop USB Rapid Charger Cradle

Because you can never have enough charging ports :-)

Allputer reports: [edited]

Charge up to 10 USB devices simultaneously from one wall outlet. Simply connect any USB mobile device, such as an iPhone, iPad, iPod, Tablet PC, Smartphone, camera, a Wireless Hotspot etc. and quickly charge all your devices from one place. This giant USB Charger is durable and lightweight and works great at home or at the office. This is a must-have travel companion to charge all your USB-power devices.

Price: $119.95

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Laser etching makes metal hydrophobic

Sploid reports: [edited]

Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a metal that is so extremely hydrophobic that the water bounces on it as if it were repelled by a magic force field. Instead of using chemical coatings they used lasers to etch a nanostructure on the metal itself.

From the construction of airplane surfaces — which will avoid water freezing of the fuselage — to non-stick pans to phones to computers to TVs to cars to whatever you can imagine made of metal.

They are also thinking of applying the technique to create 100-percent efficient water recollection systems in underdeveloped countries and the creation of latrines in areas where water is not abundant enough to allow for effective cleaning.

The lead scientist says that 'the structures created by their laser on the metals are part of the material surface' so they will not disappear over time, like current chemical coatings do.