There’s no doubt that you’ve heard of the Coin in the last few days. It’s been everywhere. People have shared it on their facebook, blogs are going crazy over it, news networks are writing articles about it, and so – like always – I have to jump on the bandwagon and push it out even farther into internet fame.
If you don’t have any social networks…or are just getting on the internet for the first time in a week, here’s what you missed…Coin is the newest invention to grace our eyes that everybody wants. It holds all your credit cards in one – easy to handle electronic card – that you can easily switch back and forth between cards. Honestly it saves your wallet from expanding with all of the credit cards you have.
ToC’s favorite LonelySandwich has made – as always – a phenomenal video to showcase the Coin and it’s hidden talents.
Honestly…I would love this, and not just because it’s what everybody wants. I have such a pet peeve when my wallet gets too big, and right now it is. The ladies won’t understand….but fellas….the wallet in the back pocket when it’s packed to the brim is irritable. You know what I’m talkin’ about. That’s why having one card for all might be the best way to go. What shall you do with your cash you ask? Get a money clip. Boom. Problem solved.
Also Coin’s website is mint, and let’s you preorder a Coin for yourself – if it’s something that interests you.
For the last several months I’ve been trying to record my dreams daily. Some days I’m really good at remembering tiny details and other days I don’t remember a thing. Take today for example…my dream last night consisted of Ari Gold from Entourage, a party bus, and a Target store. Uh…what? I know what you’re thinking…those are your favorite things. I know. My mind is pretty awesome like that. I like remembering my dreams because maybe it might give me an insight into who I am or what I should do – or it might give me no insight at all – like partying with Ari Gold on a party bus. Which was phenomenal BTW.
To record my dreams – I’ve been using the Notes app on my phone. Nothing too fancy. It’s actually really funny when I go back through my dreams and read them to friends out loud, because 99% of the ones I remember – I’m usually still half asleep when I write them down, but I want to get the dream recorded as fast as possible before I forget it. So things that make sense to me half asleep are the funniest things later.
That’s where SHADOW comes in – an app that helps you remember and record your dreams. There are dream recording apps out there, but this one comes with a twist. First off – it’s an alarm that gradually wakes you up from your slumber – not a harsh beeping that we’re all used to. You can also go the social route and share your dream with people, but since some dreams are private – keep those “dreams to yourself or push them to the cloud, where your personal data is stripped and the content helps provide dream context to users all over the world.
The longer you use the app, the more rewarding the experience. SHADOW visualizes your sleep and dream patterns, and identifies common themes. Using dream content of other users, SHADOW turns these symbols and experiences into insights. And at the same time you’re learning about yourself, we’re working behind-the-scenes to organize all this data into the largest database of human dream knowledge in the world.”
Watch their Kickstarter video below to get a better glimpse into what SHADOW is.
I am actually very excited for this app. Not just for the usability of it, but the design looks beautiful. Very user friendly and a simple look to it. Check out their Kickstarter.
A couple months ago my buddy JJ told me about a new iPhone app he was working on called “The Beer Up Here” – showcasing what Alaska has to offer in the brewery department. He showed me the quick ins and outs of the app – and needless to say I was stoked.
The Beer Up Here is “your mobile field guide to what’s brewing in Alaska.” It covers every brewery and pub in Alaska – and each beer they offer now or used to – giving a brief description of the beer to go along with a gorgeous photo. It also has a rating process where with each beer you drink from the 49th state – you can rate on a scale from 1-10. As an added bonus they keep you up to date on the blog from Dr. Fermento, a local beer connoisseur who knows everything about beer – especially in Alaska.The interface is sleek and easy to use. Making it a breeze to find the beer or brewery you want and keep a tally of what you like and what you don’t. You can also follow their travels on their photo blog.
The price of the app is $4.99 and is a must have if you are a fan of craft brewing and Alaska. Available now on the App Store.
Another week of summer has gone by and another collection of Summer Finds.
Duolingo is a free and easy way to learn a new language. I downloaded it the other day and have already improved on several Spanish words and phrases. The app is simple and let’s you learn at your pace through visuals instead of just words. Definitely download worthy if your looking for something extra to do on your lunch break during the summer.
My new favorite book so far. Steal Like An Artist is a book written by Austin Kleon learning from his past and passing the knowledge onto us. It has great advice and is already inspiring in the short amount of time I’ve been reading it. I definitely recommend this book to anybody looking to make art – whatever it is – writing, painting, designing, composing, etc…
- Lomo Konstruktor -
With a price tag of $35 – the new camera from Lomo might be a win-win for you DIY engineers out there. It’s a 35mm toy camera, complete with swappable lenses, that you can build in about an hour or two. Simply snap out its parts from an injection-molded skeleton, then assemble them with some squeezing and screwing. If you’re into 3D printing and all that cool stuff which is at our fingertips now-a-days – then you will probably love the Konstruktor. A real life instagram.
Hope you enjoyed these finds! Keep enjoying your summer!
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 know I’m not alone in saying that cars are not my thing. I know the basics…but if it’s a problem other then what I know…I’m at a loss. And usually I’m that guy at the auto shop that’s saying things like “There’s a weird sound coming from my left wheel well” (true story) – stuff like that. Well – with the introduction to this new thing called the Automatic Link – you might be able to know what that rattle sound is before your mechanic does.
With a little pricey fee set at $70 – Automatic Link might be worth it if you want to improve gas mileage and know more about the inner workings of your car. I would be tempted to get this if I had the extra cash lying around, because it seems like it could be very helpful and informative. I’m always wondering about my car’s gas mileage and ways to improve it…this might be just the thing.
Everybody loves their iPhone, and everybody up in Alaska likes to explore with it. It’s hard not to – with huge mountain ranges surrounding you and abandoned missile silo’s within an hour drive, we just have to take pictures so we bring our phone along. To help us achieve the ultimate explorer badge – Google has, yet again, made a pretty darn cool app called Field Trip.
Pulling interesting stories and pictures from the likes of Zagat, Architizer, Dezeen, Inhabitat and Cool Hunting – Field Trip plots out the nearest point of interest on your phone with a little icon on the map. Also it can remind you to get out and go urban exploring with push notifications – you can either choose to do a lot, a little, or none at all – your choice, but if you’re traveling – this is a great way to see new things and collect more amazing experiences.
Living in Alaska…there’s always something to see, but just playing around on this app for a few minutes I’ve seen several amazing buildings featured on architecture blogs that I never knew existed up here. One is 2 minutes from my place and is just as amazing in person then online.
via Cool Hunting
We all like to check in. Whether it’s Facebook or Foursquare. For some reason we like to share where we are with our friends, maybe to make them jealous or just to update them on our whereabouts. Whatever way you do it, I’ve found a better way for you.
It’s called Turf Geography Club, and it makes checking in a game. Using the Foursquare data, Turf let’s you check in, own and build on your properties, collect rent, win trophies, and other fun things. Check out the video below…
Love how this video is reminiscent of The Life Aquatic.
I’ve been using the app a lot lately on my vacation down here in Florida. It’s completely addicting and makes waiting in line for rides a breeze. At first it take’s a little bit to get used to – since I was used to 4square, but once I got what Turf was laying down…I got my brother in on the fun – and now we go around Disneyworld playing real estate mogul.
Love the design of this app too, it has a great feel with the pixel art and the Ranger Rick / Smokey The Bear “spokesperson” is a perfect companion for the app.
Right now – I don’t have too many friends on Turf. That’s what I want this blog post to change – if you use an iPhone and check in using 4square or Facebook – download Turf. It’ll be better if you get some of your closest friends to do it with you. If you do get it – add me and we can control the world together as allies.
I am a sentimental guy. I like to revisit old memories and remember the past. For me – it makes me feel good on what I’ve accomplished the last few years. Even though you may not have heard of any of my fun times or achievements – I still look at my life and am happy – so I like to remember where I was. That’s part of the reason I use Twitter and Facebook – it helps me look at where I was mentally a year a go or whenever I want.
This 1 Second Everyday App is exactly what I would invest money in. It’s pretty self explanatory – so I really don’t have to go into details on what the app is. I think I would benefit from seeing a moment I’ve had everyday – even though some of my days are suuuper boring.
Check out the Kickstarter to help fund or read more about…
What’s your thought on this app? Would you use it?
IPhone app, “POP” or Prototyping On Paper, lets you take pictures of sketches of website ideas via your phone and turn them into a functional “storyboard” design, which you can share with your co-workers or friends for feedback. It’s kind of un-necessary, but for visual people like me – make’s it 10x better for seeing the whole picture. I haven’t used it…nor have I even downloaded it yet…but there might come that time down the road where I need to use it.
What do you think? Would you use it? Let me know in the comment section.
There’s a bunch of ideas floating around the web as to what the new iPhone will look and work like. I’ve seen the posts, liked some, disliked others, but I haven’t liked one enough to post it on here until now. Remember when I posted about the Instagram Socialmatic Camera last week? Well, the same concept creator, Antonio De Rosa, dived into creating his version of the iPhone 5. He calls it the iPhone plus, seriously an attention grabbing name.
Not only is the name super cool, but the features he has added onto his version of the iPhone would have me waiting in line for this (which I haven’t done yet…and probably never will…unless this comes true).
• Liquidmetal Body: thermoformed on a single plane, no junctions needed
• Screen with double alkali-aluminosilicate sheet glass
• 4.3″ Retina Display with In-Cell technology
• A6 Quad Core processor
• Rear Camera: 10.0 Megapixel, f/2.4, 1080p Full HD video at 30 frame/s
• Front Camera: 2.0 Megapixel (VGA), 480p VGA video at 30 frame/s
• Rear motion sensor
• Top pico-projector to beam photos and videos on any surfaces (the picture above gives you a good view of what this might look like)
• Slim design for an edge-to-edge thinner profile
• New slim-dock connector
• Fully Capacitive Home Button
What do you think of ADR’s concept for the iPhone? Would you wait in line for it opening day? Or just wait ’til it becomes cheaper?
Japanese based clothing company, UNIQLO, has unleashed a new app on the iPhone / Android market called WAKE UP. If you hate the sound of your alarm in the morning, which I don’t know who doesn’t, this app might be for you. Instead of an annoying buzz or tone…it wakes up with a nice calming piano song (made by Cornelius) that changes to the weather. And it also has a soothing voice that makes you feel like you are being awoken very gently. Watch the video to get a sense of what it is….
I’ve woken up to this 2 days in a row…and I have to say…it starts my day off right. Who knew just a little difference like changing your alarm could make? If you are a heavy sleeper…I might recommend not using this…because it is so gentle you might just keep dreaming along.
Music software company, Propellerhead, creators of Reason, have released Figure, a musical creation iPhone app that’s simple and fast to use. They took a bunch of sounds and effects from their DAW Reason, and put them into iOS as a very user friendly musical experience. Make beats, record bass, lay down some melody then show your friends that you’re better then them.
“If you are new to music making, getting started making great sounding tracks has never been this easy — and sounded so great,” says Propellerhead. “If you are a seasoned musician – music creation has never been this fun!”
I’ve been playing with it for a little while now and have easily made two songs that I was looking for a way to transfer to my computer, and that’s a little harder to do then you would think. Honestly…it would be a whole lot easier if you could save and export / import tracks that you already recorded on Figure, but for some reason (no pun intended) the app doesn’t let you do that. The only thing I could see that you could possibly do to save those tracks is record the audio straight from the headphone jack to your computer recording software. Kind of sucks…but if you really get something you like and want to flesh out…it might be worth it.
Overall though – the app is a lot of fun and might kill some time for you when you’re bored.
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.
Hammarhead Industries hit the nail on the head for me.
I like having a backpack that has a lot of pockets on it for when I fly or travel a lot, but I don’t like to carry it around during my daily life. That’s where the simple Day Pack would come in. It’s simple…not too much…just right for what you need to carry during the day.
“The Hammarhead Day Pack resulted from our search for a minimal bag suitable for riding and capable of holding the tools of modern life.
Constructed from waterproof waxed cotton, black leather and parachute hardware, the backpack features a roll top closure and the interior sleeves for a 15″ laptop, iPad, and Kindle. The Hammarhead Day Pack is perfect for the daily commute or weekend ride.”
What do you like to carry on a normal day? Would the Day Pack be enough for you? Let me know in the comment section.
via Anchor Division
Wallets can be sexy. No doubt. They can be a burden too. Personally…theres 2 reasons why I’m losing interest in having a wallet – #1) I always have to remember where I put it and sometimes forget where that is – #2) It makes me sit weird when it’s in my back pocket. True story.
Maybe you have the same problems with your wallet. I know some of you do…that’s why I have a bunch of my friends have turned to the way of the money clip. That can be an answer…and it’s quite classy, but if it was up to me I’d enter a whole different market.
Enter the Geode.
Geode is the world’s first digital wallet. It’s an iPhone case that holds your credit card and supermarket loyal cards information in a highly secured app.
Watch the kickstarter video to find out more:
Impressive. I know.
It would solve my problem of sometimes forgetting my phone or wallet. Its 2 in 1. The best of both worlds.
There’s only a couple things I can see that I would have a problem with. First off…where would I put my cash? I carry a pretty substantial amount of cash from time to time depending on the day…and I would need a place to stash the cash. Maybe if the Geode is the way to go…you might also have to resort to buying a money clip for the cash, because let’s be honest…you always want to carry a little bit of money…just in case.
The second thing I’m not a huge fan of is – with a regular wallet – it’s really easy to grab the right card, swipe it, and go. With the Geode – it looks like you have to open the app – select the right card – grab the card out of the back and then swipe it and go. Are those couple more steps worth it? What if the phone dies? Probably all of us have been out on the town without a charged phone – do we just go home since we can’t use our money? Maybe if the Geode simultaneously charged our phone…then we’d be in business.
I am also a stickler when it comes to security. I’ve had my information stolen too many times to shrug it off. So I think twice when it comes to putting my credit card information into something that connects to the internet. I’m kind of onboard with Geode’s security, because it seems they’ve really thought it through.
Only the user can unlock the Geode with his/her fingerprint
Eliminates need to cancel and reorder credit cards if Geode is lost or stolen
Universal GeoCard has auto-timeout feature
Check out the Kickstarter…and if you feel like you want to invest in the creation of the Geode…go ahead and give a couple of bucks.
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.
This is pretty legit. You cannot stop the Brookstone. This time they’ve made a pretty unique projector dock for your iPhone 4. Complete with a “super-bright 15-lumen LED projector lamp” and ”640×360 native display resolution” that “projects up to 50″ images.” I would totally use this all the time…it would be like having a giant screen in my room…that’s portable. And you don’t have to worry about your battery running out either, because it charges it for you. Only downside that I can see at least from the video…is that the image might be a little too dark for comfort. Oh well….I’m over it. I want it.
So a lot of mixed notes about Apple’s release of the new 4S, and I just wanted to share my opinion.
It’s freaking great. #Fo’realz
I’m not sure what people are “upset” about – maybe it’s because they’re calling it a 4S and not a 5G – so, to some, it might seem like just a step up and not a whole jump away from the 4G.
With adding the A5 dual core processor which says its twice the speed that the regular 4G is, an 8MP camera with face recognition, image stabilization, noise reduction, better picture, etc…, and adding a voice recognition “assistant” called Siri – it seems like one giant leap for the iPhone to me.
I actually fist bumped the air when I saw Siri featured in the video below. I’m not joking. An actual fist bump. It excites me that much.
How cool is that? I’m not sure why some peeps are going all ape wild over how not cool this thing is…
Look…I would have bought the dang thing with just a camera upgrade – and you would have too. It’s Apple. People like us are wired to buy Apple technology, stock, t-shirts, Microsoft hater bumper stickers, and black turtle necks. It’s who we are!
But seriously…how cool is that Siri thing? So good right? Gah! #stoked
Why didn’t I think of this iPhone app first? Its genius!
Fast Customer, is probably one of the most useful and time saving iPhone apps out there. Why? No reason…KIDDING…here’s my pitch…
Get tired of waiting on the phone on hold to talk to someone about something that might have been handled on Google? Well now you don’t have to wait! Fast Customer is an iPhone app that calls you back when the person on the other line is ready!
Ok…so not the greatest pitch of all time. I’ll work on it. But check out the video…it does a better job of letting you know what it is…it shows you…
Finally! Vimeo just released a new app that lets you record, edit, produce, upload, watch, and comment your own videos with just your phone. For people that don’t have a cool iPhone 4 like me…they can download it and watch videos on the go.
I love how Vimeo incorporated the video recording and editing aspect into the app. Where are they going next? Maybe Vimeo video editing software? Who knows…but this is a good start…and its free.
Sorry Android users…you may get the 8pen…but we get the Vimeo app! HA!
If you know me – you know I spend a lot of time on my iPhone. Pretty much playing Angry Birds or geoDefense, but honestly I haven’t really wanted to get rid of my phone for the newer and improved iPhones. Yea, the 4G’s are faster and have more features…but honestly…not a whole lot different.
If these rumors are true for the iPhone 5…I will be making the switch.
I’m curious why they would leave the home button out…leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Click to see more rumors and features…
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.