iWatch, uWatch, we’re all watching. After hiring cable exec Jean-Francois Mulé joins Apple from CableLabs, it is readily apparent that AppleTV is not the only front that Apple is looking to blow wide open in the tech sector. Another recent hire, Ben Shaffer was most recently the Studio Director of Nike’s Innovation Kitchen which brought you products like the Flyknit and depending on you you ask, may or may not have worked on the Fuelband. One thing is for sure, this maybe Apple’s most logical next step or two if they want to come up with and really move the needle when it comes to “wearable technology.”
Here’s is Ben on his role within the design lab while he was at Nike.
Motor Trend recently held the third edition of the World’s Greatest Drag Race for its Best Driver’s car competition. The quarter-mile race featured 12 cars that are new or recently updated and are for sale in the U.S. The cars are worth about $1.9 million collectively and they certainly didn’t disappoint out on the track.
With an Apple iPhone 5S drop weeks away, we recently scourged the web in search of iPhone concepts that didn’t go completely off the reservation from a product and interface design standpoint. Our only other criteria was that the concept had to be well thought out and well executed. We wanted to feel like come 2014, this is the phone that we could potentially get.
Now that the Uptown Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights is on the map thanks to MTV’s new reality series, media outlets like The New York Times have been taking notice of the burgeoning creative community and what it has to offer. Case in point, they recently sat down with show star, Jonathan Perez (Audubon), and peered into the inspiration behind the series. Kudos to those Uptown kids and their really wellspoken ideas and platform. Extremely refreshing to see considering the notsopositive postJersey Shore reality television landscape out there! Check out the interview in this recent Media and Tech episode of Times Cast.
Director/Producer, Simon Klose, presents a look in to what may have been one of the most important Internet cases in history, the story of Pirate Bay. The upcoming documentary tails its Swedish founders, Gottfrid Svartholm, Fredik Neij and Peter Sunde and how their file sharing site created a political storm that resulted in prison time and $3.5 Million USD in fines. Peep the trailer to understand why it was Hollywood V.S. The Swedish Computer Wizards. Available for download real soon! Go figure.
Introducing the Chameleon Clock, a brandnew iOS application that makes use of the iPad or iPhone’s rear camera to display a visuallyadaptive clock. For .99 USD users can have a sleek NetwalkApps timeteller that blends into whatever background it’s placed in front of. Sleek.
Paris designers Anthony Veloso and Quentin Dron of Retro Game Addict present an awesome (and comprehensive) history of Nintendo’s videogame trajectory. The animation covers the evolution of the Japanese company’s humble 1980 introduction to its current place in videogame and pop culture status.
Our friends over at The Sound Of Art have just relaunched their website. It’s sleeker and just plain cooler, with segments like Sold, where artists and collectors get to talk about what inspired the other, and The Insiders, where fans get an intimate look at the workings of particular industry folk. Log on now to www.SOALife.com
In what has to be the most ridiculous and ratchet attempt at promoting an already vulgar tune, Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia fame, has just released an online game for his Bandz A Make Her Dance single. The goal? Throw enough money at polesliding strippers to prevent them from crashing onto the floor. Oh and the song, featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, actually plays while you’re at it. WTF???
Anyone looking to brush up on their digital photo editing skills should probably NOT use the following as a reference. The creatives over at YouTube channel, Glove And Boots, took some time to film their puppets, Fafa and Mario, as they explore some Photoshop basics. Unfortunately things don’t go to well for the serious beaver and easilydistracted red muppet. Funny stuff!