Remember those faux wood grain and plastic colored flip clocks that sat on every bedside table just a couple of decades ago? This Alarm Dock designed by Jonas Damon for AREAWARE is a throwback to the days of those bedside flip clocks.
above: Examples of popular bedside flip clocks from the 70s and 80s by General Electric, Krups and Sunbeam
The Alarm Dock uses a nostalgic product language to meet the progressively thin and disappearing profiles of consumer electronics. It is at once a critique and an accommodation to new technology. Made from sustainably harvested new growth Beech Wood, the Alarm Dock comes in 9 finishes:
above: Phone in photo not included. Dock does not have built-in electronics or speakers.
Place an iPhone or iPod Touch running a flip clock app onto the dock, and see an iconic and meaningful form return to your nightstand, mantel, or shelf. Your iPhone or iPod's dock connector can be pulled through it, allowing your device to recharge while docked.
Fits iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4 and 4S. Does not fit iPhone 5.
Material: Sustainably Harvested New Growth Beech Wood
Dimensions: 6.75 x 3.5 x 2.5 inches
Extra US, UK, and EU cord/charger sets available. If your cord/charger set is from an older model, it may not fit the Alarm Dock.
Where to buy :
•Available for pre-order in black or natural beechwood for $35 at Areaware
•Available for purchase in orange, yellow, green, blue, pink or red for $30 and in natural or black for $40 at Bobby Berk
•Available for purchase in white for $30.95 at Architect Gifts Plus.
About designer Jonas Damon:
A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Jonas Damon was raised in Germany and worked in Paris and London before establishing his design consultancy, OFFICE FOR DESIGN, in New York City in 2001. In London he developed furniture and lighting for Tom Dixon's Eurolounge, before becoming a Design Manager for the European retail group Habitat UK. Jonas Damon's collaboration with clients ranges from the design of specific products and product lines to shaping the design process as whole. His international client base includes: Dune, Habitat, Harter, Hold Everything, Ideé, Lenox, Lolah, Max Factor, Menu, Smirnoff, Tupperware, 2x4, Umbra, Uslu Airlines, Vitra, and Wedgwood. The work of Jonas Damon and Office for Design has been published and exhibited internationally.
A company based out of Portland, Oregon, dedicated themselves to finding innovative solutions to everyday problems. Living in the Pacific Northwest they know a little something about moisture and wet gadgets.
Surrounded by personal electronics that get subjected to damaging moisture constantly from sweat, rain, spills, & humidity, they set out to solve the problem and the BHEESTIE Bag® was born. It removes water from a wet gadget, saving you frustration, time and most of all... money.
The original bag design (shown below) has since been updated:
The new bag design:
above: The 28g (5.3 x 6.8 in / 13.4 x 17.3 cm) size fits all smart phones and smaller electronic devices.
above: The 56g (10.3 x 11.6 in / 26.2 x 29.5 cm) size it is large enough to dry out iPads, Tablets, foggy DSLR cameras, lenses, tablet computers and more.
BHEESTIE Bags not only removes water from your wet cell phone, it will pull moisture from any electronic gadget you place in the bag. When your device suffers a plunge into liquid, the key to preventing costly damage is to dry it completely and dry it fast. Don't rely on silica or rice when the life of your digital device is on the line. BHEESTIE Molecular Beads work up to 700% better than rice at removing moisture from your device.
The Bheestie Technology:
BHEESTIE Molecular Beads (TM) contain tiny pores of a precise and microscopic size that are used to specifically target and trap water molecules eliminating moisture from within the sealed BHEESTIE Bag (TM). Our beads are engineered to adsorb water up to 22% of their own weight.
As the humidity of the air contained within the sealed BHEESTIE Bag (TM) decreases, the hidden moisture contained within your electronic device transforms to a gaseous form and mixes with the air in the bag. This process continues until the moisture from your device becomes permanently trapped within the BHEESTIE Molecular Beads (TM). In most cases this takes between 48 and 72 hours. The trick is to keep the bag sealed and the target environment contained.
Unlike rice or silica gel, the BHEESTIE Molecular Beads (TM) continue to adsorb water beyond equilibrium humidity. Silica gel or rice that has absorbed moisture will actually release water into a dry atmosphere. BHEESTIE Molecular Beads (TM) are designed to keep the water molecules trapped within and can actually be used to dry out saturated silica gel and dehumidify rice. (Although our legal team states you shouldn’t do this for your bento leftovers or any rice meant for food consumption.)
Is this the best method to dry my wet cell phone?
The BHEESTIE Bag is up to 700% more effective than rice at removing moisture. Removing moisture completely and quickly is the key to preventing water damage in personal electronics.
Can I use BHEESTIE more than once?
BHEESTIE can be used to dry your wet cell phone or other small electronics for up to a year if the blue beads remain blue and you keep the bag sealed at all times. Once the blue beads turn white the bag needs to be replaced.
What do you mean by everyday moisture removal?
Most of your electronics are exposed to moisture on a daily basis from regular usage. When talking on you cell phone there is moisture on your hands, in your saliva, humidity, droplets of water. If you use headphones there is sweat, humidity, etc. By using BHEESTIE on a regular basis you will be removing that moisture decreasing the chance of corrosion or malfunctioning. Put your item in over night to remove moisture.
Why did all the blue beads disappear?
They are communicating with you that your BHEESTIE Bag needs to be replaced. If this happens before a year it could be that the bag was left open or an item placed in the bag had excessive moisture (aren't you glad you got that moisture out of the item).
Can I use it to dry out my wet cell phone and my iPod?
Help I dropped my phone in the toilet?
BHEESTIE works best if you get the item in the bag immediately. Turn Phone off, dry it, open it up, battery off, place in bag for 24-72 hours, may need to recharge before using.
How come you don't guarantee that my cellphone will work after getting it wet?
It's like weight loss; every body and every circumstance is different. With electronic items there are a lot of variables: size, ports, quality, age, etc. Each situation is different kind of liquid that the item was submerged in, time it was in the water, how fast it was placed in BHEESTIE. If you research the internet on how to save a wet phone you will find some interesting suggestions but your best chance for revival is BHEESTIE.
A month ago I spilled a drink on my phone can it be saved?
Probably not, but get yourself a BHEESTIE bag so you can be ready next time. Many people have one at home, in their car, in their sports bag, on their boat, and won't travel on vacation without one.
When I cut open the silver bag do I cut off the zipper?
No!!!!!! That is a very bad idea. It would be better to cut at the very tip top of the bag so you have extra room to close the zipper.
I keep having to replace my headphones on my ipod, can this help my wet head phones?
Yes, many people store their headphones in the bag to keep them from malfunctioning.
My camera got wet on vacation can BHEESTIE save it?
Get it in the BHEESTIE bag as soon as possible it is your best hope. Once again it is best to have BHEESTIE ready and available so you can do this on a regular basis and it will be available for emergency submersions.
Visit their site for bulk purchases, goverment purchases and press reveiews:
BHEESTIE bags official site
Movieclips Mocks Apple iPhone Maps in Three Movie Parodies: Hunger Games, The Dark Knight and The Shining.
Apple's iPhone (iOS 6) continues to receive grief over their highly criticized map app versus Google maps. The latest to skewer the highly criticized technology is Movieclips with their parodies of the iPhone 5 map app in The Hunger Games, Batman: The Dark Knight and The Shining.
See what happens when your favorite movie characters use their iPhone 5 and apple maps to achieve a goal.
If you didn't yet get an iPhone 5 for various reasons, why not pimp out your iPhone 4 and 4S to give it a bit of a facelift with these Knucklecases - the ultimate tool for securing your iPhone 4 and 4S to your hand with attitude. Machined from a solid piece of aluminum and available in six finishes, the $99 cases will add some punch to your old iPhone.
Celebs Alicia Keys and Rashida Jones with their Knucklecases:
At Knucklecase they pride themselves on the craftsmanship that goes into their product. Each Knucklecase is painstakingly machined from a solid block of aluminum. They only work with the finest machinists in the United States. The Original Knucklecase is unparalleled in its quality and style.
Terms of Sale
This product is to be used only as a handle and protective accessory for an iPhone. Any other use of the product is considered a misuse, resulting in the forfeiture of any express or implied warranty of fitness for purpose. By purchasing this product, you agree to hold the Company harmless for any misuse of the product, which results in damage to yourself or third parties.
*Travel Warning: TSA will hold you up and confiscate them at security so please check yours in.
**International orders please allow 2-4 weeks for standard shipping depending on customs.
Made in the U.S.A. Patent D651,205
Buy yours here
On their journey toward inventing a new analog instant camera, Impossible, who took over the last remaining Polaroid film factory in the Netherlands in 2008, has created the incredible Instant Lab. This revolutionary device is based on the new Impossible FPU and bridges the worlds of digital and analog photography, turning pixelated iPhone images into unique and real analog instant photos on Impossible film.
The Impossible Instant Lab is designed to transform any digital image via your iPhone into an instant photo that is exposed using only the light from the display, then processed and developed by chemicals. A photo that exists physically – in real life. A photo that is a one-of-a-kind original that can be shared, exhibited and preserved. A photo that no longer needs an electronic device to be seen.
Determined to reinvent instant integral film for vintage Polaroid SX-70, 600 and Spectra cameras, the Impossible Project continues to come up with new ideas and products for a new generation of analog instant film lovers.
The press release:
IMPOSSIBLE ANNOUNCES BREAKTHROUGH IN ANALOG INSTANT CAMERA DEVELOPMENT. NEW MODULAR PLATFORM IS BASIS FOR VARIOUS NEW ANALOG INSTANT DEVICES. FIRST CONCEPTS INTRODUCED IN KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN AND AT PHOTOKINA 2012
New York, USA, 10 September 2012. – After 18 months of intense research and development, Impossible today introduces a groundbreaking module for analog instant photography: A high precision platform named “Impossible FPU” (Film Processing Unit), that processes and develops Impossible instant film. This highly advanced device is the basis for a range of new analog instant cameras and hardware concepts to be introduced in 2013.
above: The first prototype, handmade in the Enschede factory from salvaged parts by Henny Wanders and the first test shoots.
When Polaroid discontinued camera production in 2007, all know-how, machinery and components linked to analog instant camera production were being disrupted. With Impossible being dedicated to today’s creative market of analog instant photography by re-inventing new instant film materials, the development of a new analog instant hardware was the next major ambition. Impossible reinvented the FPU from scratch, based on today’s available components and materials and new expectations and demands.
The IMPOSSIBLE FPU (Film Processing Unit):
The Impossible FPU will serve as the high-precision heart and modular platform of new analog instant photography instruments. All 48 components have been newly developed, including a new gear system, and unlike classic Polaroid hardware the FPU features a modern and ecological rechargeable battery. This allows the use of new, dedicated Impossible film packs that will no longer contain a disposable battery.
Prof. Achim Heine, designer of the FPU and Impossible R&D team member explains: “Classic Polaroid cameras were not much help when facing the challenge of developing a new instant camera concept. We had to rethink and develop innovative ideas for the future to make this possible. Today we are very excited to present the FPU as a new basis that will allow for a range of exciting and affordable analog instant instruments.”
The Impossible FPU was developed by the Impossible R&D team in partnership with DHW of the former Rollei Factory in Braunschweig, Germany. First concept studies based on the new FPU will be introduced at Photokina 2012.
• Dimensions (metric): collapsed 148mm long x 111mm wide x 62mm tall; expanded 176mm tall
• Dimensions (english): collapsed 5.8" long x 4.3" wide x 2.4" tall; expanded 6.9" tall
• Micro-processor-controlled film development unit with Smart Charger
• Li-Ion rechargable battery – 150(!) development cycles with one charge
• Cradle for iPhone4/4S and iPhone5 – have an Android device? Click here
• Compatible with instant film for Polaroid 600 and SX 70 cameras
• International Patent Pending
THE IMPOSSIBLE INSTANT LAB
The first hardware concept based on the FPU is the IMPOSSIBLE INSTANT LAB, presented in a Kickstarter campaign launching today. This innovative tool turns digital iPhone images into real analog instant photos on Impossible film, using an accompanying Impossible iPhone app.
Florian Kaps, founder of Impossible explains:
“The Instant Lab is the Impossible answer to a question that we have been posing for a long time: Is there a convenient but truly analog way to transfer our everyday’s iPhone images into these unique, real and magic photographs we love so much? The experience of now finally merging the digital with the analog world of photography using this Impossible machine exceeds our wildest expectations."
The Instant Lab will see its first life appearance at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012.
Today they are launching a Kickstarter campaign running until October 8 and looking to raise a minimum of $250,000 USD - the necessary funds to turn their working prototype into a final product. If successful it is planned to introduce the Instant Lab in February 2013.
They have carefully planned a timeline for the mass-production and delivery of the devices approximately 22–24 weeks after Kickstarter funding, starting mid-February 2013. Orders are processed in the order received. Kickstarter is the only place they will offer the following for pre-sale. With your support they can make the Impossible possible.
Visit them on kickstarter here
Written, directed and edited by Adam Sacks, this parody, "LEAKED Official Apple iPhone 5 Promo Video - Keynote 2012" is amusing and well done. Mocking those of us who shoot food with our iPhones and engage is the act of over-sharing on all the popular social sites, the almost 2 minute video even pokes fun at Siri.
Writeen, directed and edited by Adam Sacks
Starring Avery Monsen
Shot by Matt Braunsdorf
Food photography by Helen Rosner
University of Minnesota students Kevin Groenjes and Benjamin VandenWymelenberg put their academic (and clearly, creative) heads together and came up with a way to add a bit of nature to high tech.
above: real Mahogany and Walnut add both protection and good looks to the Apple MacBook and Apple Air.
During an all nighter in the University of Minnesota Architecture studio, Ben came up with a prototype for the 'Woodchuck' and his friend Kevin became his partner. Eventually they found a third Minnesotan, Bob Feyereisen to make the products and WOODCHUCKcase was born.
above: Kevin Groenjes, Bob Feyereisen and Benjamin VandenWymelenberg work on the design of the Woodchuck products
The WOODCHUCKcases are really beautiful. The 100% real wood self-adhesive veneers come in mahogany, walnut and birch, sourced from local lumberyards and designed to perfectly fit Apple iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and the Mac Air.
Because they are made from 100% real wood each case varies slightly in color and texture so no two are exactly alike.
MacBook and MacAir WOODCHUCKcases:
The cases can easily be removed without leaving a sticky residue, using a special 3M adhesive.
The Woodchuck Team is passionately and energetically changing the way people interact with technology and has partnered with local company Midwest Special Services, a facility giving life opportunities to adults with disabilities, to create the packaging.
They began by selling the products, which are 100% made in the United States, in the University of Minnesota bookstores and now the products can be bought through their online store at the Mall of America and four gift stores, including one in Milwaukee. And beginning today, 18th of July, the cases can be purchased at Best Buy.
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