March 10, 2015

Cicret Bracelet Turns Skin Into a Touchscreen Display

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After years of wearing early iterations of smart wearable devices (whether for fitness or for data/communication) and perusing the aisles of new and upcoming wearables at this year’s CES, I’ve come to the conclusion the technology still has a way to go before become natural extensions of our lives and universally adopted. The biggest obstacle beyond battery life and unique apps specific to the wearable experience is user accessibility/screen legibility. We’ve all become accustomed to increasingly larger smart device displays, and navigating a small wrist display can feel regressive and unnecessarily challenging. But one developer is hoping to bridge the divide between utility and legibility, ditching tiny screens and proposing we use our own skin as a touchscreen display.


Currently a concept-only, the Cicret Bracelet is envisioned by its French developers as an Android powered, wrist-worn smart device which trades in the usual eye-squint inducing 1.5″-2″ displays for a pico projection solution. An array of “long range sensors” allows users to touch and tap the projected screen across their arms and wrists just like a smartphone, all without the worry of dropping a fragile screen.
The challenge for Circet’s developers will be three-fold: 1. engineering the pico projection system for sufficient brightness and resolution to be usable in environments beyond optimally dark rooms, 2. fitting enough processing and graphical power into a wrist form factor, and 3. offering users a reasonable battery life. Factoring in the state of projection display, processing power vs. chip size, and current battery capacity, the Cicret is an inventive solution which will likely have to wait for cost/performance to catch up with its proposed utility and feature, but one with promise.

Submitted by: Alison

Source: Design Milk

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March 09, 2015

Free Again

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The advent of 3D printing has made miracles happen, as Derby the dog can certainly attest to. He was born with a congenital disease that caused a malformation in his front paws which shaped them more like flippers than feet. Sadly, this meant that Derby couldn’t run with other dogs or even get around the house normally. He needed something that would aid his movements. Luckily for Derby, a compassionate animal lover named Tara Anderson volunteered to foster him through the New Hampshire-based rescue Peace and Paws. She was intent on using her knowledge of 3D printing to help the canine move like any other dog. And as an employee of the company 3D Systems, she was familiar with what the technology was capable of. Anderson enlisted the help of Derrick Campana who’s a dog orthotist expert at Animal Ortho Care in Virginia. The team came up with a design that uses cups to hold Derby’s front legs to give them the support that they need. They were first manually carved as plaster casts and then digitized with a Geomagic Capture 3D scanner. The semi-circular-shaped prosthetics were matched up with a CT scan of Derby’s legs to optimize their fit and comfort.

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The ingenious solution was a roaring success. Once Derby had the prosthetics on, he was immediately able to run – something he wasn’t able to do before.

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Source: My Modern Met

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November 28, 2014

Look Again

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By ignoring convention, Chilean-born New York-based artist Sebastian Errazuriz, has become an expert at instilling his conceptual artworks with some measure of utility. Through found and repurposed objects, unexpected interventions and meticulously crafted interactive furniture, Errazuriz surprises, provokes, and engages at every turn, asking viewers to rethink the everyday. 11 28 2014 211 28 2014 3

We can see Errazuriz’s principles come to life with selected works from his first solo museum show “Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again.” Explosion appears to be a fairly standard cabinet until its myriad maple components slide apart, while the 80,000 bamboo skewers of Magistral conceal regular cubbies and drawers. Says Errazuriz, “I don’t know where the line is between art and design.”

You can see “Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again,” at The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania until January 12, 2015. Submitted by: Jamie Source: 11 28 2014 411 28 2014 5

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November 27, 2014


Dog Thanksgiving

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November 26, 2014

citizenM Hotel

11 26 2014The concrete designed citizenM hotel made its debut in the United States with its first skyscraper in the heart of New York City on Times Square. An Amsterdam based hotel chain; citizenM is offering the affordable luxury to all mobile citizens, as it opened its doors on 10 April, 2014.
itizenM Times Square offers New York 230 of its signature guest rooms, stacked on top of a vibrant living room plaza, a double height space which combines the NY-vibe with a home away from home feel. This citizenM features a striking artwork in the heart of the living room by Julian Opie as well as a rooftop bar. The dynamic living room and rooftop bar form the social heart of citizenM. Open and inviting to both guests and locals to have a drink, work or just rest and be inspired by the art.11 26 2014 211 26 2014 3

The concept of citizenM is to give the mobile citizens of the world ‘more for less’ and cut out all hidden costs, remove all unnecessary items in order to provide guests with a luxury experience at an affordable price. The hotel counts 230 rooms of 150 square feet (approx. 14 m2). The design is founded on the belief that a great bed and a rain shower is all you need during a city or business trip.

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Source: Contemporist

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November 24, 2014


FULL BF AD TOPAfter 25 years of just watching Black Friday Sales we have decided to participate. In Hold It Home style we are conducting sales in two locations. Our warehouse (7700 Ronson Road) is open from 8AM to 12 Noon. Sale items are 30-60% off and include a lot of dining, a couple great beds, desks and office chairs, sofas/sectionals and more. Don’t be disappointed, be early.

Our Mission Valley store opens at 10AM. We have 20 Little Bird sleepers at a sale price of $399. They will not last! In addition we are offering 30% off on all in-stock artwork, area rugs and select Innovation sofa/sleepers.

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November 22, 2014

Pantone Hotel …A Colorful Palette

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If you’re going to be in Brussels, Belgium there’s a cool NEW hotel called the PANTONE Hotel. This hotel combines a chic, colorful design aesthetic with comfortable, well-appointed guest rooms. This is the perfect getaway place for those of you who like to stay somewhere chic & interesting. I admit, I’ve never stayed in a really creative looking hotel. Have you? However, this is one of those hotels you want to make a point to visit!

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At the PANTONE hotel there are 7 floors, each with a different color palette. Don’t you just love it when a hotel isn’t just a hotel but more like a work of art….always keeping your interest. They also have color consultants you can consult with as well as educational seminars on color psychology and trends…now that is pretty cool!
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November 21, 2014

Classy and Brassy, And Showstopper Copper

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We all know bold metals have the potential to be extremely tacky. There was a reason the last time brass was popular was in the 70s. But with trial and error, it seems that brass is finally back in full force. It took a while to trickle down past designers, but it’s making its way into homes a lot more lately. Copper is becoming a more regular staple as well, as bold pieces become the grand centerpiece for simple bathrooms, or as statement occasionals. This is a venture that we are excited about. Stainless steels, brushed nickels and chromes have had their time in the limelight and it’s exciting to see other metals getting a chance to shine.
Designer Tom Dixon kick-started the new-metal age about a half decade ago, developing lighting that utilized hammered metals in warm tones that soon became iconic. In the last couple years, it has become much more common with designers, and particularly in restaurant design. Brass and copper add a certain sense of romance that has been lacking in modern design for a while. The metals signify a history and a craftsmanship that stainless steel and chrome do not.

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Make note: the metals that are growing in common popularity are not the shiny, brass pieces of the 70s that looked fake and ostentatious. These metals are the authentic beauty that we’ve been lacking in design and will gladly show you their tarnished edges that add so much character to a space.

If you’re nervous about adding these metals to your mix, start small! Try a table or pendant lamp, and then move forward from there. You’ll see that these metals will bring some great dimension and class to your space!


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November 20, 2014


It has been announced that British designer Thomas Heatherwick is to build a public park and performance space on Manhattan’s lower west side. Entitled pier 55, the project will replace the dilapidated pier 54 with construction expected to start in 2016, costing in excess of $130 million.
Heatherwick studio has teamed up with landscape architect Mathews Nielsen in designing the pier, which will serve as a place of discovery, replete with lush lawns and pathways that offer expansive views of the Manhattan skyline. A performance space will serve as one of New York City’s premier venues for music, dance, theater and public art, along with independent community events. The majority of pier 55′s programming will be free and low cost, with prices set in accordance with nonprofit programming in New York City.

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November 19, 2014

Neclumi the Future of Jewelry?

Neclumi is the first projection-based interactive necklace.
At the current stage the whole setup is based on iPhone running custom app and a Pico projector connected via hdmi cable and attached to the wearers chest.
Given the rate of miniaturization of the Pico projector technology and observing the trend of wearables treated more as jewelry and fashion accessories rather than just gadgets, we predict that wearable projection and projection-based jewelry become a reality in a few years.

The Polish interdisciplinary new media design and art group pan Generator is currently committed to create a standalone version of the project and they are opened for funding and collaboration.
Neclumi is a speculative layer in this project and the creators are posing a question if in the world where we’re having less and less in terms of physical goods (music streaming instead of CD, e-books instead of paper copies etc.) the same logic might be applied for other areas.
Could we focus on abstract aesthetic values instead of physical form and economic worth? Is that valid expectation that we might someday abandon atoms of gold for the waves of light? Probably not, but it’s nice thought experiment nonetheless.


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