A new project has been featured on Yanko Design this week that combines audio and visual tech to create a pretty and rather clever art installation/music instrument...
The Audible Colours project developed by Hideaki Matsui and Momo Miyazaki connects a canvas to a webcam, so when certain colours are dropped onto it a certain note that corresponds to that colour is played.
Each primary colour has a note and interestingly when you combine two you get different notes and when you apply different sizes of paint you produce different volumes and frequencies.
Check out the video above to see Audible Colours in action, although it may just be an interesting project for now it'll be interesting to see how this kind of tech can be used in the future, particularly for music and gaming.
[Via Yanko Design]
Form follows function in all the simplehuman products and their latest is no exception.
Their brand-new, pull-out cabinet organizers stores and organizes your items underneath a counter so you can get to the stuff in the back - - you know -- the stuff you haven't been able to get to since you moved in a decade ago.
The commercial grade, ball bearing track glides out of the cabinet in one smooth motion and a plastic drip guard protects your cabinets and removes for easy cleaning.
We were going to put these in the kitchen but couldn't resist having them under the bathroom sink. So that's where the glitter has been hiding!
$39.99 for the 9"; $49.99 for the 14"; and $59.99 for the 20" at Simplehuman.
We like the clean lines and smart mechanism of the ODOC dock (not OCD, which is what we kept calling it aound the office) plus the fact that because the dock is weighted you can easily remove said iPhone with one hand.
What we don't like is that it's currently only in development as a project on Kickstarter and unless $70,000 is pledged by Saturday Jun 9, the dock will never be mass produced. So far they've raised a little over 9K.
IF you're curious, here's the link.
If you haven't heard of Hunger Games, you must have been sleeping under a rock. (Based on Suzanne Collins' futuristic trilogy, the much -anticipated movie opens March 23rd.)
Skinit knows a phenomena when it sees it and has some great-looking themed skins on their site, just in time for decking out your devices before the big day.
You can get Katniss with her Bow & Arrow for your iPhone ($14.99) , a Gale Hawthorne skin for your laptop , hunky Peeta Mellark covering your calculator, or keep it simple and just get the logo for another device.
As with all Skinit skins, they are made of durable, automotive-grade premium vinyl, easy on and easy off (think no residue ) and fit perfectly. And since they are ultra low-profile, they will not interfere with docks - chargers or other accessories.
We might just have to switch out our "Twilight" skins now.
By Evan Hosie
Who doesn't love the Yanko Design site, with it's radical new ideas and beautifully designed products from electronic gadgets to a living room chair? It's frustrating however, when some of the gizmos are just product ideas and never make it to the market.
So we love the Yanko Store, where many of the spec designs are available to buy. We bought these "Speak-ers," for their whimsical design but the sound quality is excellent. Despite their diminutive size, they manage to fill an entire room with a solid bass, a good mid-range, and superior high-notes.
Here's some tech specs:
Drivers................................2" full range
Power..................................6 W per speaker
Dimensions.............................H 4 × W 6 × L 2"
Weight.................................1 lb. per speaker
Input Impedance........................>12k Ohm
Signal to Noise Ratio..................>90 dB
Frequency Response.....................70-15k Hz ± 4 dB
Input Sensitivity......................350 mV
Max Power Consumption..................15 Watts
Designed by Miles Design LC for Audio Technolgy, these note-worthy speakers cost $99.
Nothing says "love" more than a gift from tokidoki, at least that's our motto. So if you have tokidoki fan in mind, gift them the special V-Day package of "Till Death do us Part" featuring characters Adios and Ciao Ciao. Adorable and edgy,all at the same time. ($29.95)
If your Valentine is VERY special, spring for one of the new tokidoki purses in the distinctive new "Rambler" print. Available as a messenger bag, hobo style, or even a wallet. What's not to love?
And this is a good time to mention that Jasmine Villegas, known in music circles as Jasmine "V", is the new face for the tokidoki brand world-wide. Yes, she's adorable but more importantly, she's holding the bag we want for Valentine's Day (hint, hint.)
This crazy looking gold stuff isn't a Christmas decoration or a really tacky accessory for your home, but it's a pocket sized portable shelter. Weird, huh?
The Basic House is made from a clever metalized polyester material, which can be folded down into a tiny package or unfolded and inflated by the owner's own body heat to create a temporary shelter.
It may seem like a crazy concept for now, but we imagine it'd be useful during emergencies or in extreme weather conditions, as it uses body heat to keep those inside the right temperature.
[Via Like Cool]
We've seen pens that record the written word into their internal memories and allow you to send it onto different devices, like the devices from Livescribe and this clever (and slick) recorder pen from last month.
But now you can record the writing, diagrams and crazy scribbles that you've drawn all over that whiteboard too. The Erascan looks a bit like a regular eraser, but as you wipe away your doodles it saves them for you into a built-in memory chip. You can then send all of the data wirelessly to an email address of your choice.
We love this very clever yet simple concept from Gong Huachao and Wang Hui, which adds a numberpad to your laptop with the help of a special sticker and a program. Ideal for those that use numbers a lot day-to-day and miss a dedicated numberpad for quick sums.
[Via Yanko Design]
Protect your precious iPad with a Blackbelt from Kensington. Fight off would-be thieves with your amazing karate...oh, wait. We're actually talking about a COVER BAND that protects the edges and cushions your device,while allowing a firm gip.
The rubber edged band allows easy port access to all iPad controls and a 30-pin connector is easy to install (or remove.) Available in blue, white, pink, grey, and black for $29.99. A perfect stocking stuffer.