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I've been watching Phojekt 2D/3D illustrations pop up in trendy design books for a few years, but I've only just stumbled on the website of Ash Bolland AKA Phojekt. A clipping of one of my favorite designs is below:
Matt points to TiVo's survey on possible TiVoToGo features. I'm sure I'm not the only one who really dislikes the idea of having a security dongle. Happy yellow and orange designs or no... it's still a hassle or, at best, something to lose or forget. I just imagine getting excited about catching up with a season of West Wing on a long, cross-country flight only to find I left the dongle plugged into my machine in the office at home.
It's not just the dreadful thought of 5 hours of in-flight radio and SkyWay magazine that make me wish for something better. Even if companies can't survive the legal issues of, god forbid, using an open format that lets consumers use any number of existing tools to do almost everything TiVo implies it may do in its survey, one would hope that TiVo could find a way to make the experience a little less cumbersome. At a minimum, shouldn't we expect TiVo to provide an experience equal to that of (and I know it has its problems, too) iTunes? At least with iTunes, I don't have to worry about losing my dongle.
NEC shows a design concept for a set of pens with dedicated functions that communicate over a personal area network. To be frank, we've seen better from our friends at NEC. These pens look like they're designed for Robotech lovers [read: 80's robot cartoon] and could only be less appealing if they came with a "wireless power charging" pocket protector to tie them all together. [via I4U]
For a quick bit of contrast, check out these designs from Frog released about a year ago.
Vulcan's tiny FlipStart is quite literally a handheld laptop running XP, but miniaturization is not the only advance here. The FlipStart also has a lower-power mode with an always-available display and set of controls for access to music and PIM data... delivering many of the best features of an ultra-portable laptop coupled with the quick-access convenience of a PDA. No word on the price yet, but with Bluetooth, 802.11b/g, and VGA output, its specs compete with today's usually pricey ultra-portable laptops.
Hype has an interesting 3D design for navigating their portfolio. It uses a 2D top-down map of the space and a compass of sorts where North and South move you forward and backward through the space. [Via Gadgetopia]
2Entwine brings us the new Gush Newsreader and IM Client, a Flash-based desktop app that has to break boundaries in what we've seen in the functionality of distributed Flash apps. In addition to the RSS newsreader, is a Jabber IM Client and a feature called "IM Blogging" that I couldn't quite understand just from reading the site. The IM Blogging feature is supposed to allow you to essentially blog the equivalent of IM status messages to a limited group of people (e.g. friends or co-workers). [Via Gadgetopia]
It also has an interesting virtual desktop map/navigator (see below).
MoCoLoco reports on Stefano Giovannoni's new phone for Alessi. The phone represents a collaboration between Siemens and Alessi and may be a sign that more Alessi-influenced devices are on the way. While I think this bodes well for the wit and aesthetics put into the industrial design of future Siemens products (also known for their fashionable Xelibri cell phones), I wouldn't expect the user experience or interface design to be significantly improved.
"Objects by" is an online store for all things new and old designed by Philippe Starck. The selection covers almost everything... from new work for Fossil to items from the Good Goods catalog. [Via MoCoLoco]
The upcoming PocketSurfer is a dedicated display (640x240) and keyboard for browsing the web via a Bluetooth-enabled phone. For those who carry a laptop and connect over their phone, this could be a nice alternative for simple tasks. [Via Gizmodo]
Unfortunately there's very little information on their site, but I would argue that this device would be more interesting as a generic display for wireless devices than as a dedicated web browser. Since my phone, for example, already has a web browser, what I'd really like is a better (and still portable) interface to the phone (i.e. the larger display and keyboard) than yet another piece of browser software. It would be a much nicer way to enter/edit contact information, manage photos, music, email settings, and surf the web.
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