Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Bat Signal

August 5, 2010

I see this as a really great early 21st century way to summon the Batman.

[via AmnesiaBlog]

Advertisements

Generative Exhibition

July 14, 2010

This inventive show is a new collection of works that are a collaboration between Alex Dodge and Brookyln-based tech startup Generative.  On view are prototypes such as “Sleep Talker’ which allows for an unconscious dialog on a kind of dream-based social network.  Man, that is cool!  Show closes Sunday, July 18th at Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery.

Dream catching continues to seep into culture with the upcoming release of Inception this weekend.

Lux-o-Vend

May 31, 2010

Over 10 years ago, Kyla said to me “I think vending machines will sell luxury/high tech items, even artwork and be in places like night clubs, hotels, airports”. This is why she’s my business partner…she’s brilliant. Check out the gold brick vending machine…or shall we say “automated retail experience”! According to an article in the New York Times last week, “Vending machines in neon-splashed Tokyo have electronic eyes that evaluate consumers’ skin and wrinkles to determine whether they are old enough to buy tobacco. In bathrooms at upscale Canadian bars, vending machines with flat irons enable women to defrizz their locks. In Abu Dhabi, the lobby of a luxury hotel has a vending machine that dispenses gold bars and coins at more than $1000 an ounce.” When you can get an iPad from a vending machine, it makes a Baby Ruth seem so pedestrian!!!

diaspora*

May 31, 2010

While facebook may be able to achieve things great and small — whether it is reinvigorating the career of an 88-year-old actress, or simply reconnecting two old friends ­– I have been boycotting the social networking site since it started. One of my initial objections to the service was the rumor that users personal information would be sold to other companies for data mining.

More recently I’ve heard about various facebook problems — constantly changing and ever confusing privacy policies, as well as a glitch a few weeks ago that temporarily made members’ private chats visible to all of their friend — leaving many users nervous about the privacy of their information.

So I wasn’t that surprised to learn that a group of college students are receiving a great deal of attention (and start-up money) based on their concept of a social networking site that respects and maintains the privacy of its users. They plan to launch their social networking framework, diaspora*, in September 2010.

“Four Nerds and a Cry to Arms Against Facebook” – The New York Times

joindiaspora.com

iPad TV

May 20, 2010

I admit it. When doing somewhat rote work related things, I like to have the TV on…But no TV at the office, so all of that rote work used to happen at home (usually late at night or on weekends). With the iPad and NetFlix, I can now stream various TV shows and have that on at the office. TV at work…yep, makes the rote stuff go faster and I don’t have to work weekends. Whew!!!

Lucyphone!

May 13, 2010

According to CNN, we spend approximately 60 hours a year on hold. Ughh.. Welcome Lucyphone, she does the holding for you.  Genius. Check out their site for more information: www.lucyphone.com Oh, and it is free!

Conspicuous Consumption

May 12, 2010

Call me crazy but I think that conspicuous consumption will once again finds its place in the American consumer-scape.  While we all privately meditate on our personal definition of value, some high lux brands are still churning a profit, even in these lean times.  Vertu Phones, a division of Nokia, specializes in phones in the range of $5,000 – $325,000.  Made of sinful materials like gold, platinum, leather or even pave diamonds, Vertu believes that the phone is replacing the watch as the badge luxury product.  So, if your Rolex is feeling yesterday, get yourself a Vertu in ostrich skin.  It will be a conversation piece, no matter how you look at it!

The fastest growing group on Facebook…

April 28, 2010

Is not what you think.  According to a Morgan Stanley Research Report, women aged 55+ have increased 175 percent since September of 2008.  18-24 year olds account for less than 25 percent of total users!!!!!  Finally, over 70 percent of Facebook users live outside of the US.  Hey, I thought we were a super power!

Planet of the Apps

March 12, 2010

As you all know, Apple started selling the iPad at 8:30 am this morning. And yes, by 8:35 I had mine ordered. What else do you expect from the guy who posted this?

Apple No-Fi

March 9, 2010

Why doesn’t Apple have free wifi in their stores? Seems pretty much a no-brainer or is my brain missing something? Not that they need another attraction on 5th Avenue or Lincoln Center but where I am right now (Albany) the joint is empty.