Archive for the ‘innovation’ Category

  • If you’re looking for some different/challenging pumpkin carving patterns, check out these politically charged designs at Campaign-O-Lanterns.


  • Love this product and what it communicates: Create your own message with the DIY Screenprinted LCD Card. 4 lines of 5-character fields lets you personalize your digital greeting. Cards are printed on 100% recycled paper. 5 for $15. From San Francisco shop Yellow Owl Workshop

Would love to attend this – 6th Design & Emotion Conference: Dare to Desire. (It’s in Hong Kong, too far for my wallet.)

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I can’t believe summer is (for the most part) over. October is here already, and soon enough, Turkey Day (aka Thanksgiving). And we all know what this means. Holiday shopping season begins. The fun, the madness, the joy of holiday (can I say Christmas?). For the past few years, I just haven’t been able to come up with any sweet gift ideas when I am asked “What’s on your list?” I admit, I enjoy getting gifts, but I’ve come to realize that I have so much junk around here, and I don’t truly need anything.

I was looking at the One Laptop Per Child/XO Laptop site and my eye fell upon: “Give 1 Get 1 starting November 12”. I immediately thought how perfect this would be for a Christmas gift – either for your child/niece/nephew, etc. but more importantly, how meaningful it would be for that child millions of miles away. What if instead of exchanging gifts in your family this year, you pledged to purchase a few of the laptops? It would almost be like feeding the hungry a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, but probably better. (not that this isn’t a generous or necessary cause)

Designed by fuseproject, the laptop represents ambitious and inspiring ideas that I hope people come to believe in and support. Education and the opportunities it affords should be a part of every child’s life.

Here’s an interesting product concept from Jackie Lee and Hyemin Chung at the MIT Media Labs: the Lover’s Cup. This is an LED-enhanced, wifi enabled pair of cups meant for sharing the experience of drinking from afar. An example usage scenario – say my lovah and I are in separate locations and I wish to connect with him. All I need to do is pick up my cup and take a sip. My lovah will then see his own cup light up, which tells him I wish to share a drinking moment with him.

But wait – the Lover’s Cup does more than act as a virtual toasting gimmick. With a sip or a shake of the cup, users are communicating their affinity towards one another. The soft beacon of light reminds the user that their special someone is thinking of them.

(Now if only I’d known of these cups sooner…they could have been useful in past long-distance relationships that ended up on the cutting room floor…)

Here’s another example of the idea of planning for good:

Ideablob, recently launched by Advanta Bank Corp., is a social networking platform that gives entrepreneurs and small business owners the space to share ideas and potentially win $10,000 to help their business grow.

IdeaBlob is where entrepreneurs and small business owners can share and grow their business ideas – and have a chance to win $10,000 towards fulfilling them.

Great ideas are generated every day by people all across the country, and now these ideas have a place to live and grow. Eligible individuals with a good business idea can post it to IdeaBlob.com, and based on votes from the IdeaBlob online community – which includes other innovators as well as friends, family, colleagues, associates, teachers and mentors – one idea every month will win $10,000.

As individuals take part in IdeaBlob’s growth, their business has the potential to grow right along with it.”

Advanta issues Mastercard credit cards for small business owners and has been in business for the last 50 years. After doing some brief digging, I found they were started by a schoolteacher who helped fellow teachers get loans. I’m curious as to what the rest of the story is behind the founder and how Advanta evolved to become what it is today.

As we’re seeing over and over, there is power in community, and truth in authenticity. Ideablob has been added to my list of ‘great new ideas’ and goodness that aims to provide real things for people who need it.

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With the Zink, print mini (2×3) photos straight from your digital camera or camera phone. By using a patented technology, Zink produces instant results without using ink, ribbons, or toner. Zink uses special patented paper with embedded crystals inside. In the printing process, heat activates these crystals, which are colorless before printing.

Zink imagines their technology being applied to “printers in your pocket, on your desktop, embedded in your TV or PC, or even hanging on the wall…photographs of all sizes, posters, ID cards, and labels.”

If this is a product that can truly offer quality photos and novelty, then I see Zink potentially gaining approval. By whom? Tweens, teens/GenY, and GenX would appreciate a product that gives them convenience, portability (to the extreme), a bit of flash, and tech-credibility. Who doesn’t want to look tech-savvy these days? (Ok, some people could care less, but a lot of people fall over themselves trying to obtain the latest consumer technology product. I.e. long lines before Apple’s iPhone went on sale.)

Part of Zink’s tag is “Zero Ink. Zero Boundaries.” I believe they created their name from the former, while the latter defines their company’s vision and product capabilities. I’ll be eager to see if Zink forges ahead and makes a sizeable impact on the digital imaging and printing world in the next 5 years.

This leather-backed, walnut and acrylic based Japanese-designed handset is a stunner. Unfortunately, the Amadana DU-119, is only available in Europe and Japan until its U.S. debut. Bang & Olufsen, Apple, watch out.

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