Silva Bamboo MacBook Case

Silva Bamboo MacBook Case
Silva Bamboo MacBook Case
This handmade super-slim bamboo case is designed to carry and protect your Mac laptop and “show off as much as it can”. The inside is lined with soft wool and the handle is made from a single piece of leather. Tung oil brings the bamboo to life. Very striking and since it’s made from renewable materials, it’s a case you can feel good about purchasing.
Silva Bamboo MacBook Case


iBamboo Speaker for iPhone

iBamboo Speaker
This is one of those why didn’t I think of that ideas … my house is surrounded by bamboo.
Bamboo’s natural resonance make it an interesting choice for this speaker stand for the iPhone 4. The sound resonates inside the hollow bamboo, amplifies the iPhones internal speaker, moves the sound in two directions to create a stereo effect. I always find the juxtaposition of modern devices and natural materials interesting. Designed by Brooklyn-based artist/inventor Anatoliy Omelchenko.
iBamboo Speaker for iPhone


Elecom iPhone 4 Cases

Elecom iPhone 4 Cases
These polyurethane cases from elecom let you attach a strap to your iPhone 4. Other than the strap (would you hang an iPhone?) and some nicer lines it’s a bit difficult to see a difference between these and what is included as a stock case by local telecoms. Those with an eye for detail may appreciate.
The cases also come with the ubiquitous protective film to protect the LCD screen on the front and the glass on the rear.


Pantone iPhone 4 Case

Pantone iPhone 4 Case
“Stylish” is the first term that came to my mind when coming across these cases from Pantone. For those who like to advertise their design side these should please. My favourite Pantone swatch out of the nine offered is above.
Found at Pantone.


Acase Vintage Leather Case for Kindle

Acase Vintage Acme Brown Genuine Leather Case with LED light for Amazon Kindle 3
Acase Vintage Acme Brown Genuine Leather Case with LED light for Amazon Kindle 3
This inexpensive case from Acase looks like an attractive way to carry your Kindle. Made from “professional looking” Brazilian leather and suede lining to protect your device from scratches. Inside straps on the top and bottom edges keep the Kindle in place, and an outside strap keep is secure when the case is closed. LED light included.
I like but the product name looks like it came straight out of the SEO hack playbook.
See it here.


Social gaming a big winner in smartphone boom

India’s Economic Times reports on social gaming, one of the closely followed topics at CommunicAsia trade fair in Singapore. A few interesting points …

Asia-Pacific smartphone sales are expected to reach 200 million a year by 2016, a third of all mobile phones sold in the region, …
“At least 90 percent of gamers will be on mobile in the future,” said Jeffrey Jiang , a director at Singapore-based Touch Dimensions, which develops games for various platforms.
“The majority of the population are going to be casual gamers and casual gamers are not really that willing to play their games just on the PC… Everyone has mobile devices so it’s the logical shift.”
“The connectiveness to the Internet is important because it gives you that social link and the social aspect of gaming is really going to be a huge driving factor,” said Crampton, Asia-Pacific director of Ogilvy Public Relations’ global social media team.


Plan Of The City


“One of the best matches of visuals to music I’ve seen.”
— Anne Midgette, Washington Post
A new film combing animation with live action conceived and directed by Joshua Frankel, about the architecture of New York City blasting off into outer space and resettling on Mars. The film’s visuals are an animated collage combining live action footage, animated elements, illustrations and treated photographs, including photos taken by the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity made available to the public domain by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


QR Code: Real life ‘like’ buttons


A quick example of what would be like if you bring the like Facebook button offline and also integrate the QR code. I’m surprised I like this.

Diesel is bringing Facebook’s ‘Like’ button into its retail environment so that customers can ‘like’ any item they see on the shelves. All they need to do is go into the store, scan the QR code displayed next to the item with their smartphone, and be taken directly to a product page where they can ‘like’ the item (and see other related outfits). The item, and the fact they are shopping at Diesel, is automatically displayed on their Facebook wall.

Via Creativitymag and flytip.


Infographic: Smartphones and the Mobile Commerce Revolution

Infographic: Smartphones and the Mobile Commerce Revolution
The Microsoft Tag team compiled this infographic on the mobile commerce revolution. It breaks down mobile shoppers into two categories — heavy shoppers and light shoppers — and explains how their habits are changing thanks to the smartphone.

  • Some of the various methods we now have to gather information: read a review, discuss on a social network, make shopping lists, collect loyalty payments, join an online chat, look up location-specific coupons, view store locations using Maps, read more info, compare different products, etc.
  • Light mobile shoppers have a narrow outlook towards mobile with regards to shopping and see their phone primarily as a mini computer.
  • Heavy mobile shoppers, on the other hand, love their phones and are really into mobile shopping. They do everything on their phones: Share photos, check news, download music and shop.
  • Shopping habits are changing rapidly. In 2009, world e-commerce sales via mobile totaled $1.2 billion. In 2015, that number is predicted to hit $119 billion.
  • It is expected that, in two years, half of Groupon’s business will come from mobile users.
  • More than half — 51 percent — of smartphone users are more likely to purchase from retailers with a mobile-specific website. However, only 4.8 percent of retailers have developed such sites.
  • (via the Atlantic)


iPod Touch: Devices in the Classroom

iPod Touch: Devices in the Classroom
Interesting observations from Adaptive Path about the usage of mobile devices in the classroom. “Students didn’t seem motivated to use the devices just for the sake of using the devices”. They are just another tool.

At the school, each table looked a lot like my desk: markers, pencils, erasers, rulers, and a stack of desktop whiteboards with dry erase markers.
When kids had math exercises in which they had the choice of using the devices, some would work out the problems on the desktop whiteboards, or on a sheet of paper with pencils, while others would be doing calculations on the iPods. Students didn’t seem motivated to use the devices just for the sake of using the devices.

iPod Touch: Devices in the Classroom. Via smallsurfaces.


Bike Light by Fraser Mort

Bike Light by Fraser Mort

Bike Light by Fraser Mort is an LED dot matrix, where the cyclist can design and download their personalized graphics, animations or phrases to use as their rear light.
Bike light is milled out from one solid piece of aluminum, which encloses the 8×8 LED dot matrix. The bike dock is made from ABS plastic, and connects to the bicycles dynamo via a USB socket in the back of the light. The light is designed to look at home either on a bike or plugged into a home computer. Bike Light can be programmed with still graphics, animations or words and phrases via web-based software. Here you can exchange designs through an online community, posting them on networking sites like Facebook, Twitter or Flickr.
Love this idea but not a fan of the boxy form factor.