Monday, November 16, 2015

Share The Meal

ShareTheMeal is an initiative of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger. Each year, WFP reaches 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries. WFP is 100% voluntarily funded, so every donation counts. WFP’s administrative costs are among the lowest in the non-profit sector – with 90% of donations going directly to WFP operations.

ShareTheMeal is an app from the World Food Programme that enables people to "share their meals" with children in need. Available on both iOS and Android platforms, it allows you to effortlessly donate 35p (the amount it costs to feed one child for a day) any time you decide to do so. You can, of course, donate more if you want.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hewlett-Packard HP-01

Louis Westphalen has published a fascinating article on Hewlett-Packard's 1977 'smartwatch'.

" is 1977, quartz watches are still less than 10 years old; it's the year Star Wars hit theatres for the first time... and you are looking at... nothing less than the most technically advanced wristwatch ever produced."

"Remember the Casio calculator watch? – the HP-01 could be considered its mastermind ancestor, reaching an unprecedented level of complication, back in 1977. Its technical feast has to be put in perspective: imagine fitting three batteries, and six chips in a wristwatch some 30-plus years ago! As its advertising puts it: "With the HP-01, you can compute and then count down the time it takes for a command to reach a spacecraft several hundred million miles away.""

"The 7-digit screen has the bright red LED display that were popular in the 1970s. To compute all its functions, it featured a 28-button keyboard; you could access to the main six functions with a tap of your fingertip. For the remaining 22 actionable buttons you needed a stylus. HP engineers had found a very astute way to always have the stylus handy, is ingeniously fitted into the bracelet buckle."

"The HP-01 definitely qualifies as bulky on the wrist (it's a massive 40 mm x 45 mm x 15 mm). It is not on the light side, weighing a respectable 170 grams or 6 ounces. At the time it was introduced, it was sold for $695 on its steel bracelet – more than a Rolex."

Monday, November 09, 2015

10,000 wax cylinders digitised

boingboing reports: [edited]

The University of California at Santa Barbara library has undertaken an heroic digitisation effort for its world-class archive of 19th and early 20th century wax cylinder recordings, and has placed over 10,000 songs online for anyone to download, stream and re-use.

The online database boasts recordings from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, ranging from hit singles to operatic arrangements to vaudeville songs. There’s also spoken word — including speeches and readings — and everything is searchable by title, genre, instruments, region, and even subject.

To visit the library, click here.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

EverBlock Systems

EverBlock Systems reports: [edited]

EverBlock Systems offers a modular building system of oversized plastic blocks that facilitates the construction of all types of objects. It's quick and easy to build nearly anything, by stacking and organising the universal blocks in nearly any shape, pattern, or size.

Anything you've constructed can be taken apart and re-assembled again, and the pieces can be re-used to build other objects, making EverBlock a unique green building method.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Vurtego Pogo Sticks

Vurtego reports: [edited]

Our goal is to bring back a little bit of that childhood joy that seems to be missing from today's world. We make the best quality pogo stick that we possibly can with the hopes of putting a smile on our customers' faces as they achieve personal flight - if only for a heartbeat.


Thursday, October 15, 2015


FREE-IMAGES.CC reports [edited]

It is with great pleasure, that we announce our new service:!

There are several aspects that will make superior to many other sites out there. Not only do we curate the images, but every image is tagged for better discoverability. And every photographer is named and honoured.

Every free image uploaded here will be under the creative commons public domain license.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Light L16

PetaPixel reports: [edited]

Light L16 is a point-and-shoot camera that aims to transform the way we think about cameras. It packs 16 separate cameras across its surface that simultaneously expose photos at different focal lengths. The resulting images are combined into high-resolution, 52-megapixel photos.

“The L16 is the first multi-aperture computational camera that packs DSLR quality and capability into a device that fits in your pocket,” says Light. “The L16 is smaller, lighter, less expensive, and provides better image quality than any camera in its price class.”

The L16 will hit store shelves in late September 2016 with a not-so-small price tag of $1,699.

Thursday, October 08, 2015


Wikipedia reports: [edited]

The ICON A5 is an American amphibious light-sport aircraft being developed by ICON Aircraft. The first production aircraft made its first flight on July 7, 2014, and made its public debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on July 27, 2014.

The A5 is a high-wing flying boat-type amphibious monoplane with a carbon fibre airframe and retractable undercarriage. It seats two people in an enclosed cockpit and is powered by a single 100 hp Rotax 912 iS engine driving a three-bladed pusher propeller.

Dornier-style sponsons provide hydrodynamic stability, housing the retracted main landing gear, and act as a step for crew and passenger. The wings can be folded aft for ground transport and storage.

Available to order now, $189,000.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Guggenheim puts 1600 artworks online

Guggenheim reports: [edited]

Featuring nearly 1600 artworks by more than 575 artists, the Collection Online presents a searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection of over 7,000 artworks. The selected works reflect the breadth, diversity, and tenor of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s extensive holdings from the late 19th century through the present day, and are continually expanded to include a larger representation of the museum’s core holdings as well as recent acquisitions.

In addition to highlights from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Collection Online includes works from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Visitors may browse by artist, date, artwork type, movement, or by several of the major groups of acquisitions that have entered the holdings of the foundation since its inception in 1937.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Chameleon Pens

Core 77 reports: [edited]

Industrial designers and ID students need to carry a lot of markers. But now Indiana-based Chameleon Art Products reckon you can reduce your collection and perhaps gain some desk space by going with their Chameleon Pens, single markers that can produce the gradations you'd normally achieve with a handful.

The dual-chambered, dual-tipped Chameleons pull this trick off through a combination of alcohol ink and toner, which react via opposing, specially-designed nibs.


Monday, October 05, 2015


Lucy is a 30cm sphere that tracks available sunlight and uses a mirror to reflect and disperse it into the darker areas of the room it is in.

Priced at £130, it is predicted to be available early 2016.

For more info, click here

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Google Nexus 5X & Nexus 6P

The Guardian reports: [edited]

Google has launched two new flagship smartphones, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, to demonstrate what its new version of Android 'Marshmallow' can do.

The two new handsets feature fingerprint scanners, the new Nexus camera and Google’s improved personal assistant 'Now on Tap'.

The LG Nexus 5X features a 5.2in 1080p screen with a density of 423 pixels per inch (ppi), protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The smartphone features the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor as the LG G4, 2GB of RAM and the choice of either 16 or 32GB of storage within a relatively compact frame.

The 16GB Nexus 5X will cost £339 – £379 for 32GB of storage – and replaces the now two-year-old Nexus 5. It will be available on 16 October in the UK.

The Nexus 6P features a 5.7in 2K AMOLED screen with a pixel density of 518ppi, which is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. The Huawei smartphone features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octo-core processor, 3GB of RAM and a choice of 32, 64 or 128GB of storage in an aluminium unibody shell available in silver, black and white.

The Nexus 6P will be available from 26 October costing £449 for 32GB of storage, £499 for 64GB, and £579 for 128GB in the UK.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tesla Model X

Wired reports: [edited]

The world's first luxury electric SUV is gorgeous. It’s futuristic. And once again, Tesla Motors is redefining the electric vehicle.

It is a $130,000 (£86,000) electric vehicle that will go 250 miles on a charge, carry seven people and haul more stuff than anyone but a hoarder might want. And although the X shares much of its DNA with the Model S P90D sedan, in many ways it eclipses that phenomenal car. It’s not just the design, which is futuristic without being weird. It’s not just the performance, which is very, very fast. And it’s not even the dramatic 'falcon' doors that lift like the wings of a bird.

It’s how all of those features come together in a vehicle that somehow makes an SUV not just cool, but desirable.

The big drawback of doors that open like wings is they require a lot of room to open, so you’re always worried about hitting something. Tesla got around this by double-hinging the doors, and fitting each with an ultrasonic sensor and putting a third on the roof. They scan the area around the vehicle to determine how much space there is, then adjust the 'span' and open accordingly.

The X is cavernous. This thing will swallow as much cargo as any normal person would carry. Tesla offers an accessory hitch that holds four bikes or six pairs of skis, and can be attached to the back of the car in just a few seconds.

The estimated delivery for new reservations is the latter half of 2016.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Biomason Bricks

Inhabit reports: [edited]

It takes an enormous amount of energy and resources to produce simple building materials such as concrete, bricks, and asphalt – however Ginger Krieg Dosier has developed a way to grow building blocks from sand and bacteria.

Dosier starts with sand as a substrate. A liquid cement is prepared that includes bacteria to provide an environment for crystals to form, a nitrogen source, food for the bacteria, a calcium source, and water. The solution is placed over a bed of sand in a mould and repeatedly added over five days until a solid material has formed.

Once the food and water source run out, the bacteria die. The irrigation solution is then fully recycled in a closed loop system to save water resources and recapture a byproduct of the bacteria as a natural fertiliser.