“ZUSE doesn’t see itself merely as a compact toasting device but more like a print-maker of the traditional kind. Inspired by the early matrix printers, it now engages in burning black & white pictures with 12 by 12 pixel resolution into the toast by diligently marking line by line”
“Unmanned military planes and helicopters are a controversial subject but visitors and exhibitors at the Unmanned Systems North America trade fair were unfazed. They’re more excited about drones that can do the housework.”
PhotoBot by Tommy Dykes is an alternative to the ‘point and shoot’ photography, building on people’s desire and passion to document aspects of their lives by taking and sharing photos online. Using ultrasonic sound the product detects the location of people within the vicinity and then automatically takes a photo of them. This automation allows people to enjoy an occasion, such as a party, in the knowledge that the occasion is being documented photographically without the need for them to do it themselves.
Lapka is a tiny, beautifully designed personal environment monitor that connects with your phone to measure, collect and analyze the hidden qualities of your surroundings. It is highly sensitive and responds to the invisible world of particles, ions, molecules and waves, so it can analyze your surroundings and smartly combine the results into guideline values for your comfort.
"Noguchi’s design manages to be both abstract and figurative at the same time. It looks like a faceless bust with the suggestion of a nurse’s cap in back, but also like an Art-Deco radio. It represented his exploration of the the notion of the interchangeability of biological and machine forms, and well as his concept of everyday objects as sculpture. Also, the speaker grille is reminiscent of the Japanese Kendo mask, and is typical of Noguchi’s combination of Eastern and Western forms."
The $600 SR-SX2 smartphone-controlled rice cooker from Panasonic allows you to use your FeliCa NFC enabled Android smartphone to set the device’s timer, rice type, and cooking variations. The rice cooker is also connected to Panasonic’s cloud servers, allowing the user to access a number of special recipes.