July 2005

Playing Superman

by Andy Polaine on July 29, 2005

So, did my second skydive today and it was even better than the one a few years ago. This time I actually remember the first ten seconds – check out the vein on my head when I’m upside-down here!

Thanks to the guys (especially Tim, my instructor) at Skydive the Beach Sydney for looking after me so well (and to Karin for the present!).

UPDATE: You can watch the Quicktime movie of the dive (9.8MB) in all its glory here.

WEARHEAD*PHONE from Hulger

by Andy Polaine on July 28, 2005

Another great piece of headgear thinking from my mate Nik Roope at Hulger. the WEARHEAD*PHONES are part of a show called Hearwear at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, which aims to re-think hearing aids.

Basically a radio mic and a bluetooth headset, you can not only use them as a hearing aid but also a VOIP or iPod headset. Pretty much everything all in one. Rocking street-style looks too. It’s a bonus that so many people are happy to look cool in old-school headphones these days and that most mobiles have headsets.

There is a piece about the show from the BBC here. Nice to see it getting some mainstream attention.

Nice Viral Big Ad Campaign for Carlton Beer

July 25, 2005

Continuing a very amusing trend for sending up crap advertising, Carlton Beer just released this Big Ad campaign. Visual effects by my old-flame (geddit?) Animal Logic. Thanks to my students for this one, which just goes to show that viral really does work (it was posted on our forum) and I’m getting old as I […]

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Comment problems

July 17, 2005

There seems to be some problem with comments on my blog. Some people manage it whilst others never get posted. They all go through an approval process as I was getting so much spam, but even so, some never make it. I’ve toned down the spam control a little, but I’m sorry if some never […]

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Optimus OLED keyboard – smart object of desire

July 15, 2005

Ah, good product design, I love it when it’s done so well. This OLED keyboard, the Optimus, from Russian design house Art. Lebedev Studio is a brilliant application of the ability to make tiny screens. Each key is a miniature display that shows you exactly what it is controlling. I particularly like the tiny icons. […]

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London Bombs

July 8, 2005

Phew. What a weird 48 hours that was. As far as I know everyone I know is okay, though I have many friends in London that I haven’t heard from, so I hope you’re all okay if you happen to be reading this. It certainly puts things in perspective and also makes me feel a […]

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Google Scholar increases book sales

July 6, 2005

I work at a University as most of you will know and the issue of “Google culture” amongst students when researching comes up all the time. So it’s good to read this story from the Stoa Consortium that the access to Google searchable books also leads to people buying them. It’s always the same with […]

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Flying Carpet

July 6, 2005

At last a decent carpet in an airport. I’ve always wondered who chose the hideous designs for public spaces, but this one by Iranian artist Seyed Alavi uses aerial photos printed onto the carpet to give the sensation of flying. Brilliantly simple.

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