When designers are looking to be “innovative,” many often forget that it’s not just about trendy aesthetic appeal. It’s about genuinely improving an experience and filling a need. Korean designer Joonhuyn Kim’s “Flat Bulb” does just that, reducing its volume to be 1/3 smaller, reducing the cost of packaging and transport. Better yet, its slim shape allows bulbs to be easily stacked and prevents breakage as it does not roll.” Simple, yet effective. That gets design daps.
World’s First City-Wide White Space Network Launched - Tech Europe - WSJ
The world’s first city-wide white-space network has been unveiled today in Cambridge, England.
Neul, which has been part of a trial of the technology in Cambridge, said the trial had been a success. According to Glenn Collinson, Neul’s co-founder, the company was moving to a pre-commercial phase this year with a view to a full commercial roll out in 2013. “The network is aimed squarely at ‘the Internet of things’ applications, machine to machine communication,” he said. “We see a whole host of things being enabled by this in smart cities.”
White space is the unused and underused parts of the wireless spectrum. For example, around the world many TV channels are left vacant in most locations. One of the issues had been whether there would be interference in the remaining TV frequencies. The trial established it was possible to keep them apart.
Other potential uses of the freed-up spectrum was as an alternative way of providing mobile broadband connectivity. Mr. Collinson said this was not on offer.
One of the first uses of the network will be smart electricity meters. This is the first step toward smart electricity grids that will allow electricity supply to be matched more efficiently to real-time demand.
“We see that as the first of many smart applications, starting in Cambridge, but spreading out to other cities.” Mr. Collinson would not say which cities were next, but did say there would be announcements about a city in North America and one in Asia.
Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android
Pebble is the first watch built for the 21st century. It’s infinitely customizable, with beautiful downloadable watchfaces and useful internet-connected apps. Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages.
Paul Higgins: They Raised $100,000 in the first 2 hours - Amazing. I have not worn a watch for more than 25 years but I am going to back this and get one
Full Story: Kickstarter
Only 1% of companies are strategic in use of social business. The myth of social media tactics vs the reality of social business strategies via Forbes
RightInbox and is a free Chrome and Firefox extension that was made specifically for Gmail. After a quick installation, your “Send” button in Gmail turns into two buttons; “Send Now” and “Send Later”. (via RightInbox Will Schedule Your Email Delivery in Gmail)
Granted this data is American.. but its still very applicable and not too different in Canada.
The early bird gets the worm.
(Source: thekookssociety, via thenextweb)
Is Foursquare becoming a better recommendation engine than Yelp?
Foursquare Solves A Basic UI Problem That Eludes Google Maps And Yelp