I think CES is going through a bit of an identity crisis. We used to turn out to play with the toys, now with the software and services being what people are looking for the toys just aren’t as cool any more.
what I really want to do with my life it to get closer to the shaping of the connected world. For me that means getting deeper into the shaping of products and services, showing people the life-enhancing potential of technology, and helping to get those things into peoples’ hands
As we’re working on Little Printer, I need a way to refer to the object itself — the thing that the tooling is for, that contains the electronics, that will sit inside the packaging, that has painfully long lead times on the PSUs. Yes, it’s fuzzy with service-thinking because it’s nothing without the behaviours controlled by the network such as deliveries and publications. And it’s separate from the interface which sits on the smartphone. And it has a face which is part of the brand, and to make things more complicated the face is printed so is it part of the network and the service, or is it part of the product design?
The Beam Brush is the world’s first smart toothbrush, a manual brush that monitors your oral hygiene habits and reports them to a smartphone app.
(via gringomoses)

The Beam Brush is the world’s first smart toothbrush, a manual brush that monitors your oral hygiene habits and reports them to a smartphone app.

(via gringomoses)

Jordi Parra has made an RFID triggered Spotify player.

In a nutshell the objects consists of Processing sketch, Arduino and an RFID reader. Each RFID tag can be assigned to a Spotify link, album, artist or search. When the tag is placed on the reader, an ID-12, it sends a trigger to Processing and triggers an AppleScript that will take over Spotify and play whatever is linked to that tag. The processing sketch can also retrieve the information about the track that is being played. For doing so, a packet sniffer is checking all the internet packets sent from the computer and whenever it finds something being sent to Last.fm, it grabs it and parses the track information (artist, album, title and length).”

You can read more about it at Creativeapplications and on Jordi’s project blog.

(Source: prostheticknowledge)

Manifold Clock by Studio Ve is a wall mounted clock with a manifold that connects the two hands to create a 3D movement. At any given moment the manifold is located in a different position and different parts are seen. As the hour can be understood according to the traditional location of hands, a new reading of time is created.

Clockman is a talking clock designed to cheer you up in the morning.

"Clockman is a buzzing character - his eyes roll and his mouth wobbles. He comes in four colors, each one with distinct personality traits matching a blood type (a common belief in Japan). Yellow Clockman (blood type O) cuts straight to the chase and speaks rough. Pink Clockman (A) will put up with most things and is the politest of the bunch. Blue Clockman (B) is a bit of a buffoon and green Clockman (AB) lives in his own reality!"