work stations are positioned in the middle of the floor – unlike typical hair salons where they are situated along the wall – defined by a bold, black polygonal outlines that add a graphic element to the black and white space.
For two years, inventor Scott Starrett and RKS Design have been working on the Jorno, “a truly durable and elegant keyboard” that does something amazing: It folds up into a little 3.5” × 3.5” × 1.2” box.
Meant to be paired with a tablet or even a smartphone via an included cradle, the Bluetooth keyboard weighs less than 9 ounces and has a battery that reportedly lasts for 30 days under normal usage.
As keyboards are such tactile objects, I’d have problems bidding on something like this without testing it out in person; it maxes out at 8.5” wide, and as the keyboard on my MacBook Pro is just under 11”, I’m not confident I could adjust to it. But more than anything I’m impressed with the engineering, and if it takes off, I’m hoping they’ll also make a larger size.
At press time they were nearly 20% of the way towards their $100,000 target, with 27 days left to get in on the action.
Money. Some say it’s the root of all evil, others consider it a blessing and a resopnsibility.
Any way you look at it, money is a big part of our everyday life. But what if we tried to live without it? Could we survive?
All seriousness aside, one man is doing just that. Part of a PR stunt, Josh Sankey is going across the USA with no cash and no credit cards – only armed with 3,000 pounds of bacon to trade for goods and services that he needs.
And it’s working – he even got one man to get a bacon tattoo!
We’ve just returned from a press conference in Brooklyn, where MakerBot founder Bre Pettis pulled the wraps off of what you see above: Their new Replicator 2, done up in snazzy black. Gone is the wood paneling of the previous model, replaced here by removal PVC panels fastened to a powder-coated steel frame.
Aside from the more stable frame, the new model features an improved leveling system; just this morning I was visiting a digital fabrication house in midtown that was complaining about their MakerBot’s four-point leveling rigmarole, but now it’s down to three points. And although the machine is the same external size, the build area has been increased to a fairly huge 11.2” L ×: 6.0” W × 6.1” H. (That’s 410 cubic inches there for you to play around with.)
The printer’s “resolution” has also been improved, nearly by a factor of three; for those who’ve experienced the previous model, that one printed out at 270 microns, while they’ve got the new box down to just 100. The samples they circulated at the press conference were pretty darn smooth. You can still see the lines, of course, but you really have to look pretty closely, and drag your fingernail across the surface to feel them. Otherwise they registered as perfectly smooth under my fingertips, and I was damn impressed.
All of these improvements come at a price: The Replicator 2 rings in at $2,199 and ships fully assembled.
After running down the new machine’s features, Pettis hit us with three more pieces of news:
First up they’re simultaneously releasing another machine, the Replicator 2X, built for those “who like to experiment;” this one looks identical to the other but features dual extruders, a heated build platform, and will set you back an extra 600 bones.
Created by Dennis P Paul, An Instrument for the Sonification of Everday Things is a “serious musical instrument” which rotates everyday things, scans their surfaces, and transforms them into audible frequencies
The small Copenhagen-based studio of _Fjeldborg Design has a smart and practical philosophy behind the products they create. Their goal is to create good design without the designer price tag it often comes with. They focus on incorporating the functional elements into the actual structure of a product instead of creating it around a design’s function. For example, the cords and sockets are part of the overall design. Smart, right?
They do all the designing, producing, assembling, and packaging of their products, which not only ensures quality control, but it keeps the costs down for the consumer. I don’t know about you, but I tend to love something even more knowing that it was made and assembled by hand. It makes each piece special and like a true labor of love.