Living in Alaska has it’s perks. Of course we have almost 24 hours of sun light in the summer, and northern lights, and mountains, but the thing that really separates the states is our adventures i.e. we have a lot of trails and stuff. It’s easier for us to wake up and in less then 20 minutes be climbing a mountain. A lot of people can’t say that. Literally…I will walk out my front door right now and be at a trailhead for a mountain in less then 20. Probably less then 10.
Honestly – I don’t hike and climb as much as a true Alaskan, but if I did, and when I did – I went balls to the wall…I would bring Earl.
Just like the title of this post says – Earl is the world’s first backcountry survival tablet. It’s like an iPad that can work anywhere, but made specifically for the outdoorsman. It has all the features you’d want in the backwoods – GPS, weather sensor, radio communication, solar powered, weather proof, compatibility with your favorite E-reader, the list goes on. Some of you might be like – “It’s stupid to bring technology on a hiking trip…it should just be you, a compass, some essentials, and nature.” It’s the 21st century…grow up. If you can make life more safe with technology – I say do it – especially if you’re ruffing it in the forest.
Earl’s creator Jon, a creative architect from Seattle, WA, has poured the last 3 years into this project and is looking for funding to make it a reality by August 2013. If this is something you might be interested in – the starting price for an Earl is $249; a low price if you look at all the gadgets built into it.
iPhone concept idea’s are all over the place. Over millions of YouTube views for just one idea and more on Facebook and Twitter. We love to see the future of what could be with our smart phones. I think that’s part of the reason why Apple is such a huge name in the phone industry – the mystery of not knowing is alluring – and people love to speculate. What people love even more then speculation is being right about what it could be.
I got on an iPhone concept kick today and just went through Youtube and found my favorites. From wrap around screens and transparent displays to multiple tiny projectors. It is really intriguing to see what technology might evolve into one day. Some of these ideas have been floating around the internet for a while, but I thought I’d share with you some of my findings.
#1. iPhone 5 Concept Features from AatmaStudio
I love the slim design on this. With the last real iPhone it seems this might be the way they are headed. The slimmer the better, but also easier to break. The laser keyboard seems to be making appearances in several concept videos too – I think the people have spoken, Apple, we want a laser keyboard.
Continue on for the other five concept ideas…
I am jumping on this bandwagon really late…but…better late than never.
Some of you might have heard about Flipboard for the iPad / iPhone / iTouch…The revolutionary app that transforms your social networks into your own personal magazine. Making it easier to view shared content from your Twitter or Facebook friends. Here’s a video by the ever popular Adam Lisagor on what Flipboard is…
For some reason unknown – I just downloaded this app on my iPhone (since I don’t have an iPad) – and I am loving it. The interface and design is so sleek and customer friendly that makes it hard not to enjoy. The motion of swiping your thumb up on the phone is fun and it’s a different way of using my iPhone, which I thought I’d never say; and the graphics are very fluid and load very fast. I’m impressed and I feel stupid for just now getting it. I wish they would come out with a desktop app for this too – and add RSS compatibility to it so Google Reader can have a good competitor.
I found out about a new app today called – Coustea Collection, which is a count of all Cousteau’s expeditions, crew, inventions, dreams and aspirations” – needless to say it reminded me that I forgot to review a book I read recently about him.
I found out about this book in August on the boardwalk of Ocean City, New Jersey, in a great bookstore called Atlantic. I was in there looking for a book to read while on the beach, and stumbled over The Sea King. Before I read it, the only Cousteau I knew was the one Wes Anderson put in my head with red beanie wearing Steve Zissou. So I really didn’t know who the man was. I picked up the book and like they all say, I couldn’t put it down.
In a nutshell – he started diving to train his muscles back to normal after a bad car accident – and fell in love with the ocean. As he spear hunted fish for food, he got sick of not being able to hold his breath for enough time as it took to get the fish – so he invented the Aqua Lung, one of the first breathing apparatus’. On top of this – he traveled the world on his ship Calypso researching the ocean and what it had to offer. Cousteau and his rough tough group of hooligans succeeded in making the first underwater box they could put a camera in, push record and film underwater. With their new device they made documentaries, movies, and TV shows with underwater footage that the world had never seen before.
Needless to say this guy had escapades galore, and this book runs through them all. It’s a good read and very well written. Brad Matsen does a good job sucking you into Cousteau’s life and every once in a while he gives us visual people a picture or two.
RATING: 8 out of 10
Also download the app if you have an iPad or iPhone, from just spending a few minutes on it, it seems like they’ve made it a game. The more you read…the more rewards or “Cousteau Cards” you get. I’m stoked.
There’s something about seeing what a person carries on them at all times. I like it because I get to see a glimpse inside the mind of a creative, and possibly take something away and start carrying it myself to start improving my life to the MAX.
Essentials: Quang Le
Probably my favorite “Essentials” I’ve found so far…just because I’m like him and carry a bunch…you just never know when you’re gonna need something. And I like the backpack…a whole heck of a lot.
Essentials: David Beckham
I like this route as well. Not carrying much at all. Really – just the “essentials.”
If you click on the names – it’ll take you to their Essentials tag page and Hypebeast has neatly numbered and shown us everything that we want to know about the pictures and what exactly they carry.
It’s kinda cool.
There’s been talk of Amazon making a tablet for a while now, but nothing has been known about it – til now. Introducing the Amazon Kindle Fire.
It’s got the best of all the worlds -” a dual-core CPU, Gorilla Glass coated multi-touch 7″ IPS panel, and its own special brew of Android.” And the best part, at least for me, is its starting at $199. Yea, you read right. $199. You get access to all of Amazon’s apps / movies / books / whatever your little heart desires. “Oh man, Steven,” you say, “This might be the iPad killer!” Wo there, buddy – don’t jump the gun just yet. There are some downsides to Amazon’s new tablet. For starters there’s no mic for skyping, no camera for shooting, and no 3G connectivity. But if you can deal without those…then you can deal with the Fire.
But on another note…I read on Gizmodo that this is Amazon’s “gear-up” to their real tablet. Apparently, according to them, the 2nd-Gen Kindle Fire will be the one to crush the tablet world.
What do you think? Yes? No? Can you deal without having Skype capabilities? Let us know on Facebook.
I don’t own an iPad. I hope to soon. It would be a lot easier to keep up with blogging and social stuff on the road and just in general, but right now – no such luck. Here’s hoping to owning one someday;)
But still…I find out about some awesome apps (just for the iPad) that are amazingly done and very unique…which makes it just that much more hard.
Bobby, from The Fox Is Black, posted today about a specific app called “The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore.” It’s stuff like this that makes me excited about new technology and the future of storytelling.
The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore, made by Moonbot Studios, is based off a short film of the same name. Instead of just words and pictures…it has you interacting with what is going on inside the book.
From the website:
Put yourself in Morris’ shoes as you dive into the story of Mr. Lessmore and his flying friends through Moonbot Studios’ first Interactive Storybook. In this reinvention of digital storytelling you can repair books, tumble through a storm, learn the piano and even get “lost in a book,” flying through a magical world of words, giving you a dynamic journey through the story. This iPad App has been touted by Apple as one of the “Top New Apps for the iPad,” and will surely be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Using rich CG animation, innovative interactivity, original composed music, and unique games sprinkled throughout the book, this App will revive a love of story in all.
I’ve learned from Jonathan Harris that there is never a shortage of ways to tell a story. And then to add more of your senses to the mix – is one of the best ways to keep story telling up on its game. Watch the trailer below and see exactly what I mean then click ahead to see tons of behind-the-scenes stills, artwork and video, as well as the full film after the break.
Click ahead for behind the scenes footage, artwork, and the Oscar-winning film in its entirety…really inspiring stuff…
There’s something about minimalism thats sweeping this generation of artists. We’re attracted to a design that is simple. I feel like Information Architects did a good job in paying attention to what the masses have wanted, and designed, Writer, “a digital writing tool” that is both minimalistic and easy to use. It’s not like Word where there’s hundreds of options / fonts / pictures / etc. to add to your work (even though there is a place for that)…but when you want to sit down at your computer and focus on just writing – this seems like the program to use.
It has 2 options…full screen and FocusMode.
FocusMode really attracts me because it enables you to focus on one line at a time while fading previous written sentences to the back – so you’re not worried about what you wrote but what you’re writing.
I have stumbled onto what seems like the coolest game for iPhone / iPad/ iPod ever. It’s called Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery ep. This is what the creators have to say about it…
“S:S&S EP is a 21st century interpretation of the archetypical old school videogame adventure, designed exclusively for Apple’s touchtronic machinery.
It’s a mix of laid-back exploration, careful investigation & mysterious musical problem-solving occasionally punctuated by hard-hitting combat encounters. S:S&S EP is an unusual genre-bending effort with an emphasis on sound, music & audiovisual style that has been positioned as ‘a brave experiment in Input Output Cinema’.”
Check out the video Walk in The Woods right below these words…and then tons more goodies after the jump…
Sweet right? Kind of like a 8-bit Zelda.
From the website:
“NoteSlate is low cost tablet device with true one colour display, real paper look design, long life battery (180h !), together with very handy usage and very simple and helpful interface for pen and paper. This easy, compact and portable gadget is used anywhere you want to make any notes, drafts, sketches, any ideas for future reference. Paper for everyone! Write a note and check it later, save it, or delete it. Maybe send it after. Just one colour is enough to express the basics. Keep your life simple. You will love it. For $99.”
This seems like a great tool for people on the go. It would be a lot nicer to carry this slim device around then 4 notebooks (which I do…don’t judge). I’m very curious about the feel of it though. It would be amazing if they incorporated the feeling of paper into the device. How would they do that? I have no idea…that’s not my job. I’m the idea man. But still…I’m very curious about this…and just might pick myself up one in June – because how can I resist with that price tag?
Most of you who read this might know that I’m obsessed with my Moleskines, but I’d be willing to take a stab at the NoteSlate, because of its minimalistic design and the head turns I would get in the coffee shops.
Which one would I want, you ask? Definitely the black one. Mmmmmm…yes…
Not super sure how to say Moleskine – Wikipedia says its pronounced /mol-a-skeen’-a/ – which makes it sound so much more loveable. I mean I already love Moleskine more and more each day, but when I found out that they were releasing covers for the iPhone and iPad – I knew this would make a great addition to my already filled 4 Moleskine notebooks.
Check out Moleskine’s site. They have a lot of good inspirational things to feast your eyes on.