the chicago tribune today presented a flashback of the power of print, print advertising and chicago’s very own mad men. the article tells us that the hit series ‘mad men’ is set in new york, but reminds us chicago school of advertising decades earlier dominated the industry and taught east coast firms a thing or two.
At first glance I thought these were toys. Well, for some they are toys – adult gifts to keep tabs on each other. Originally designed for parents, bleepbleeps are also for seniors and special needs. Very smart and cute. Here’s what bleepbleeps say about Sammy Screamer: ‘This is Sammy Screamer, a movement sensor that connects to the bleepbleeps app. Place Sammy on an item that you want to monitor – could be a door, a bag or a stroller. Get a notification on your phone if the item moves – i.e. the door opens, the bag gets tampered with or the stroller gets moved. Use the bleepbleeps app to set Sammy’s sensitivity and choose how loud you want him to scream.’
ultra stan | ultrasound pregnancy scanner, seriously
olivia p sticks | ovulation tester, obviously stan and olivia know each other
master bates | male fertility tester, omg!
lilly loco | gps device
bleepbleeps reached their goal for sammy screamer on [ kickstarter ] and the family has grown thanks to stan, olivia and mr. bates.
the bleepbleeps | very connected devices
An innovative bike light that does not need to light the way as much as to make others aware of your presence. Lucetta is set of two small magnetic bicycle lights. Easily attached to several different parts of a bicycle, the two small lights – white for the front, red for the rear – are switched on and off with just one click.
Made up of two small magnetic lights, the Lucetta is the new, essential light for your bike. Easy to attach to any bike, the two small lights – 1 red and 1 white – switch on with just a click and are guaranteed to stay securely in place even on the bumpiest street. You can select a steady beam, a slow or fast flashing light by simply clicking the light on the bike. When you reach your destination, remove the lights, join them together and slip them in your pocket ready for your next outing.
• Includes: white front LED light + red rear LED light
• Steady light / slow flashing / fast flashing modes
• Wide angle for best visibility
• Run-time: up to 40 hours
• Available in 3 colors: black, red, white
• Power supply: 2 x CR2032 batteries per light
• Intensity: 15000 mcd white / 4000 mcd red
• Batteries included
bebe head to toe, photo > javier padilla photography | click > enlarge
When I see a women walking briskly in (on) a pair of modern day stilettos I remember the day when I could do that. I don’t remember being that uncomfortable, and whatever, you just did it. But never would I think to chop off a toe. There’s a pinky toe story in the press at the moment about women cutting off toes or removing bones from their longest toe so their shoes are more comfortable. Not many things surprise me but this seems over the top.
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‘classic miami’ footwear
A topic of conversation at dinner last night: in flip flops, would you even notice if a picky is missing? In one day I go to Design Miami where these ‘designer’ shoes thrive. I’m going to be really looking now and thinking, do they or don’t they.
about boo hill
To start, taking into account this particular instance of Qbo’s “consciousness” is done programmatically rather than arising naturally out of a deeper awareness of self should not diminish Qbo’s achievement. Qbo not only can recognize itself but also distinguish itself from other identical machines and carry on a simple conversation using speech synthesis (Festival) and recognition (Julius) programs. Qbo’s developers have simulated self-awareness through mimicking the way humans recognize themselves: we learn what we look like and verify by checking to see if our actions are mirrored. The nose flashes are the messaging system. The green robot can figure out if the the flashes coming from the black robot are his flashes and that the black robot looks enough alike to be one of his “species” which triggers the funny seduction line. Stay tuned.
Research and development by TheCorpora. [ qbo robot blog ]
Baggu makes simple, high quality bags in many bright colors. They’re durable and fill many uses so you can own less stuff.
baggu | just three of many many color/size options
Let’s wager that the grocery stores, etc., will be selling fewer ugly reusable bags if you retweet this post.
[ everything baggu ]
The University of Tokyo and Technische Universität München, uses semantic search to task a PR2 robot with fetching a sandwich. The PR2 has no detailed information on sandwiches, but its database tells it that sandwiches are a type of food, and that food can be found in kitchens and restaurants, its database also has maps and locations, and from that, it figures out where to look. The robot has to figure out how to find and use an elevator to a lower level where a Subway is located.
“Semantic search” is the process of deriving logical conclusions from premises known or assumed to be true. In this example it’s a computerized version of what we humans think of as “common sense.” For example, if someone asks you to bring them a glass without telling you exactly where the glass is, you’re probably smart enough to infer that a glass can be found in cabinets or dishwashers, and cabinets and dishwashers are typically located in a kitchen, so you can go to the kitchen, poke around a bit, and find a glass.
[ willow garage ]
The proof is in the comments. For example one commenter says “… After reading it once my 2 year old daughter designed her own web page. All she wants to do is code. I am so happy.” Another, “CSS for babies coming soon my Lord.” These coming from book titled HTML for Babies by author/dad John Vanden-heuvel to teach his infant son how to read. Note to myself. I’m barely able to text but I can read.
a toy for ages 8 thru senior citizen.
#5 is the real article if you are wondering
Last year, Audi had become the first car manufacturer ever to bring a line-up of model cars and new products to the Nuremberg at the 62nd International Toy Fair. The main attraction of the 2011 show will be Auto Union Type C e-tron study with electric drive.
This car is based on the earlier limited edition car model from Audi AG sold through their subsidiary Quattro GmbH. The car is hand finished and made of aluminum and carbon-look material. It can comfortably seat children or grown-ups of up to 1.80 meters (5’11’’) in height. The study is 2.32 meters (7.61 feet) long and 97 centimeters (38.19 inches) wide.
The electric motor produces a peak torque of 60 Nm (44.25 lb-ft) and steadily 40 Nm (29.50 lb-ft). The Audi e-tron reaches a top speed of 30 km/h (18.64 mph) and has a range of 25 km (15.53 miles). Charging can be done through a standard 230V household socket; a recharge will take 2 hours depending on the battery charge status. It also comes with a reverse gear. Ages 8 thru senior citizen.
The show will be held from February 3 to 8.
It’s too late when they arrive as freshmen in college. They bounce onto campus with brand new hairstyles, the latest clothes and expectations for a college experience already in place. Innovations that colleges were so proud of just a few years ago are passe to a new crop of students influenced by a society constantly in motion.
As a new college president and someone who thinks a lot about higher education, I’ve realized eighth-graders hold the keys to the future. They represent the next wave of students, and colleges have just five years to get ready. Fortunately, I am in the catbird seat — an eighth-grader lives under the same roof with me in this planning laboratory, where simulations always are available.
Our older daughter, Emma, is now a sophomore in college, but when she was in eighth grade I stopped reading all the experts and just began watching her interact with the world. One day, sitting in the family room of our house, I heard Emma bounding down the stairs from her bedroom.
“Where are you headed?” I asked as she opened the front door.
“I need to see Angela for a minute,” she replied. Angela was her friend across the street. Less than a minute later she appeared again and began running up the stairs.
“What was that all about?” I asked.
“I had to tell Angela to go online so we can instant message,” she responded.
That was my first clue that the coming generation of students would encounter higher education with a very different set of expectations, far from the reality of our current enterprise. The world was changing — faster than I imagined. This was the precursor to social networking, which now defines much of the human interaction among a generation of students who always are connected. Team learning reshapes the way we think about education. Expertise is more defined by peers, and less by authoritative sources.
According to data presented at a 2010 conference by Pew Research Center analysts, traditional print media lag way behind in conveying the information millennials now seek out. Only 24 percent cite newspapers as a main news source behind television (65 percent) and the Internet (59 percent). Just think what the shift could be five years down the road. What we do know is we’re far more successful getting information to college students today using Facebook than any other approach.
Our youngest daughter, Greta, is now entering eighth grade. She and her friends are essential to my next phase of data gathering. Some may assume, as I begin this research, I simply will find more of the same, but I already see signs of change. Recently, a series of thunderstorms moved through Pella, Iowa, and a deafening clap of thunder startled my wife, Tammy, and me from sleep at 3 a.m. As we sat in bed recovering from the disruption, Tammy’s cell phone alerted her to a new text message. It was Greta, age 13.
Greta: Did u hear that?!?!?! Is it a bad storm?
Tammy: It’s OK
Greta: okayyy sry did I wake u?
Greta: love u goodnight
Tammy: love you too
I remember the days when a storm brought children running down the hall to jump in bed with their parents. Now it seems a text message will do.
And, this makes me wonder, will “U” someday replace “You” in the dictionary? Will punctuation become optional? Will text messaging abbreviations give rise to a new dialect of English? While I may not be ready for this, it is today’s reality. Six years ago in eighth grade, Emma’s e-mail address mattered to her and still does. Today in eighth grade, Greta just can’t be bothered. E-mail is much too slow. For her, a computer is a typewriter, sometimes useful for browsing YouTube videos. Her phone is the only device that really matters to her.
In fact, according to an April 2010 report on teens and mobile phones in the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, 54 percent of teens ages 12 to 17 text friends on a daily basis, compared to just 11 percent who use e-mail. On that list of preferred daily communication options, e-mail was seventh behind instant messaging at sixth, a social networking site, a landline phone call, face-to-face interaction, a cell phone call, and the widely popular text message.
So what can we conclude at the moment? First, I think collaboration will overtake isolation in learning. Peer-to-peer interactions, interdependencies and combined effort are likely to redefine how we organize information, facilitate learning and assess progress. The emerging generation of students is looking for the input and validation of others to affirm and extend their own learning.
Second, repositories of information need to take on a different form. Handbooks, manuals and catalogs are being replaced by FAQs (frequently asked questions), visual media and peer advice. I was taught asking for help was a sign of weakness. Now the help button, a quick Google search and YouTube video are the preferred pathways. The use of digital assistants will press us to reorganize traditional textbooks, libraries and learning environments.
Third, customization is a growing expectation. Is anyone else completely annoyed when your kids use your computer and change all the settings to suit their needs and interests? I’m happy with my plain desktop background, but wild designs appear when my laptop falls into the wrong hands. It’s a sign of things to come. Learning environments will need more flexibility to adapt to different learning styles.
We have a long way to go to be ready. The eighth-graders will seek to overthrow our colleges and universities. In the end we know what Star Trek fans learned years ago. “Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.”
my most recent experience teaching design the past seven years, it’s true, college students don’t email but they have to for a grade in my classes. that may change when things change in the today’s business office. students return the favor–i must text message. for some, print may well become detritus.