Saturday, January 26, 2013

This is incredible. I’d like to try something like this on my own but first I’d need to get one of these huge glass bottles.

(via The sealed bottle garden still thriving after 40 years without fresh air or water)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Who really likes the “software” in their car, microwave, or blu-ray player?

That is one excellent question.

CES: Worse Products Through Software

Friday, January 11, 2013

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Wow. These phones are interesting even when I personally would not want to get one.

These original phones integrate wacky features like 7.1 stereo sound, dual SIM cards, a functional cigarette holder, a high-zoom lens, or a built-in UV LED for counterfeit money detection. Their ability to not just copy, but to innovate and riff off of designs is very significant. They are doing to hardware what the web did for rip/mix/burn or mashup compilations. The Ferrari toy car meets mobile phone, or the watch mixed with a phone (complete with camera!) are good examples of mashup: they are not a copies of any single idea but they mix IP from multiple sources to create a new heterogeneous composition, such that the original source material is still distinctly recognizable in the final product.

(via Tech Trend: Shanzhai « bunnie’s blog)