Project Aura: Bicycle Safety Lighting System

Riding at night can be a daunting and dangerous task; many biking commuters are faced with the issue of being obscured when riding on the streets. Visibility at night is a vital component of biker safety, hence the need for reflectors and attachable lights. However, some of these devices are not always effective especially from the side.
We created a system that requires very little rider input and maintenance, while increasing the visual footprint of bikers from all directions especially from the side. We accomplished this by expanding the surface area of light emitted through the use of RGB LEDs inside the rims of the wheels that change from red when slowing down to white when at cruising speed.
It should be noted that Project Aura is a lighting system which allows a rider to be seen, but does not replace a forward facing headlight to illuminate the roadway. By law (in Pennsylvania, the laws vary state by state) a front headlamp and rear reflector are required, use of a rear blinky is up to the rider’s discretion.

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US mobile devices situational usage

Study: US mobile devices situational usage
A recent Nielson survey gives insight into where and when we are using our mobile devices. We learn that Smart gadgets are pervasive and are already changing long-held habits, and doing so very fast.

According to a new study 70% of consumers who own a slate-format computer (which basically means the iPad with the occasional cameo from a Nook Color, or PlayBook) tinker with their device while also watching TV. And 25% of owners use them to occupy their minds while they do…something else…in the bathroom. E-readers, meanwhile, are used the vast majority of time in the bedroom. Does this mean prime time TV is doomed, and that the phrase “Not tonight, darling–I’m Kindling” is becoming common? Nope, and nope–but it is a sign entertainment is changing perhaps faster than anyone thought.
The data comes from a fresh Nielsen survey, and it backs up some thinking that’s been developing for some while. Nielsen spoke to nearly 12,000 “connected device” owners, and discovered that 68% of tablet PC users user them while watching TV, an activity that took up about 30% of the time they used the device, while just 35% of e-reader users did this (for 15% of the time). And while 57% of tablet PC owners also use them in bed, a bigger 61% share of e-reader usage happens in the bedroom–an activity that takes up 37% of their total e-reader usage time.

TV is generally so disappointing that find myself hauling out a device just to keep from falling asleep. Perhaps for others it is the same.
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New Study Finds iPad is Cure for Adultery

A new scientific study released today says that iPad owners are less likely to commit adultery “because they stop noticing other people altogether.”
According to the study, commissioned by Apple, Inc., iPad use disrupts what scientists agree are the necessary first stages of extramarital sex: “noticing, admiring, and talking to other people.”
The study, which was conducted on a sample of one thousand iPad owners, found that not only did iPad use make them thoroughly uninterested in extramarital sex, “their nonstop talking about the amazing features and apps on their iPads made them completely unattractive to potential sex partners as well.”

I didn’t see it as a joke at first.
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Lounge Case for iPad 2

Lounge Case for iPad 2
A bit like a bean bag chair for your iPad, venerable Incases’s Lounge Case looks pretty useful if you get tired holding or balancing your iPad on your legs all day. That is until you want to take it somewhere in which case that hump on your iPad might make transporting a bit of a challenge. I haven’t used one but I assume they snap out of the plastic housing quickly and easily. I wonder if the inside material has ‘memory’. One of the advantages of the tabs or flaps their description positions the product against is that they are usually quick consistent in their position. It might be a pain if you are adjusting the viewing angle at each sitting.
Lounge Case for iPad 2

Happy Covers for iPad

Happy Covers for iPad
Happy Covers for iPad
I think these look like allot of fun. Happy Covers for iPad allow you to carry your iPad inside your favourite bag while protecting it from dust, scratches and dirt. There is even enough room to include Apple’s smart cover if you are so inclined. I’m sure the build quality and materials are fine and all but it’s the cute illustrations that make this convenient sleeve a great a way to transport your iPad.
Happy Covers for iPad

Bla Bla Bla for iPhone and iPad

Bla Bla Bla is a sound reactive application for iPhone and iPad. I love apps like this – totally useless and fun.
iOS goes is counter to what you might expect from a ‘curated’ software platform. It’s full of experimentation, art and invention.
The music is “Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo.

Coal Tommy Trip Bag

Coal Tommy Trip Bag
Property Of… Coal Tommy Trip Bag is made of wax coated outer fabric with heavy leather handles and cotton ribstop lining. This small duffle features my favourite heavy duty yak zippers and two super useful pockets on the front and back. It’s not a big bag but perfect for carrying your daily essentials. Not a unique design but it works well for me.
Property of… is a collection of men’s bags & accessories that was launched in autumn 2006 by cafe owners & design collaborators Peter Teo & Richard Chamberlain.
Coal Tommy Trip Bag

Natural Resonance Porcelain Speaker

Natural Resonance Porcelain Speaker

The idea for the ‘the natural speaker’ derived from the desire to create an absolutely unique, handcrafted speaker for the interior space. Whereas a lot of speakers are constructed to produce a rather fat bass and sharp high tones, we felt the sound was kind of stuck inside the speakers, missing a natural vibe and ambiance. During the development of the ‘the natural speaker’ we discovered the great properties of porcelain as a speaker casing, providing a clear resonance and mellow sound. Amplified inside the ceramic and wood transmission construction, the sound gains a slight echo, creating a natural feeling of resonance, resembling the distinct flair of an acoustic instrument right in front of you. Each set of pieces is individually crafted by hand and each procelain casing checked for best amplifying performance. If you value a balanced midtone sound and a speaker with a ‘feeling’ for your music, you will surely enjoy the ‘the natural speaker’.

From Joon&Jung ‘designteller’ (great title).

How to Dial a Rotary Telephone

Must have felt like magic — much like the first time I dialled long distance to an isp so I could use telnet.
When dial telephones were introduced – replacing operator service – instructions were shown in movie theaters as to how to use the new instruments.
File this video away for my kids who have never seen a rotary dial.
Via textually. More on Fastcompany.

Mobile Volunteering – Putting young people in the picture

Mobile Volunteering - Putting young people in the picture
Interesting case study on the launch of new Android and Blackberry Apps from VInspired, and their existing iPhone app, which provides a way for young people to search for volunteering activities near them from a mobile phone.

One of the app testers, 17-year-old Chantelle, explained: “For me personally I would rather use the app because I use the internet on my phone every day and I am hardly on the computer”, and youth workers in a number of areas have been exploring how they can use the apps to let young people find and log their involved in volunteering when they are out-and-about.

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Contextual insights and mobile user experience

Contextual insights and mobile user experience
Still digesting. From a co-creation workshop with Nokia Research during Lift 11 in Geneva.

With the increase in popularity of smart phones as well as mobile Internet services, the pace of change in the mobile industry will be rapid in the coming years. One of the driving forces behind development is an increased understanding of the needs of mobile users, brought about by aggregation of big data sets pertaining to mobile usage and the contextual behavior of consumers. Such insights are expected to lead to the emergence of context aware services, wherein the user interface as well as the content displayed to the user is highly personalized and tailored to the given context of use.

Read: Co-creation workshop with Nokia Research during Lift 11. Via Smallsurfaces.