Pictogram Music Posters by Viktor Hertz

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Graphic designer Viktor Hertz has created some excellent pictogram interpretations of popular songs. Viktor Hertz is a freelance design artist and photographer, located in Uppsala, Sweden. My main area is designing posters, I’m currently a bit obsessed with custom art movie posters, but I try to be as wide as possible.


GameStop takes the tablet route

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Companies will need to constantly reinvent themselves if they were to survive and even flourish – and in the world of high tech devices and gadgets, this saying holds true all the more. Diversifying your portfolio is always a great way to spread the amount of risk, as not all of your eggs are in a single basket. Of course, there is also the flip side to this, as some claim that being a specialist in your field is also a good thing, but regardless, it depends on the context, the chances that come your way, as well as your management of the situation.

Having said that, GameStop, a games retailer, has recently announced that they will soon be offering Android-powered tablets to the masses via its massive chain of retail stores. This has been confirmed, with the green light given by the top management after a 200 store trial kicked off since last October.

These will definitely not be your two bit Android-powered tablets though, as GameStop intends to live up to their name as a games retailer by preloading the Samsung, Asus, Acer, and Toshiba makes by throwing in additional gaming titles including the old school Sonic CD, Riptide, the Kongregate Arcade app as well as a free issue of GameStop’s gaming mag, titled Game Informer. These additions will also feature prices that are in line with what other stores are offering, meaning you get more bang for your buck as a gamer, and it might just help GameStop gain a small foothold in the tablet market.

Granted, GameStop has not been in the best of financial health lately, so to see them take different measures such as this is certainly encouraging, as it tells the world that they are working on a way to get around the problem of bleeding money. Kudos for their efforts – hopefully they will be rewarded accordingly for it. Do you think that Android-powered tablets have a chance to actually gain a decent foothold in the mobile gaming market?

Babolat Play & Connect interactive tennis racquet

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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, which is why it makes perfect sense for one to indulge in some form of sports or physical activities even when your work schedule has already kept you occupied to the maximum. While there are many different kinds of sports to get involved in, you would do well to choose just one and be specialized in it. For tennis buffs who have long enjoyed the run at the top by Roger Federer, and are now checking out the kind of competition that Djokovic is receiving from Rafael Nadal, et al, might be interested in the Babolat Play & Connect interactive tennis racquet.

This unique interactive tennis racquet was specially designed in order to look and resemble whatever else you will find from Babolat, the French sporting manufacturer. What makes this different from the rest would be the inclusion of plenty of sensors as well as electronics that are able to record data concerning a player’s game, enabling one to analyze their performance. All the collected data can then be downloaded over USB, or you can always catch up on the live statistics over a wireless connection to a computer, tablet or smartphone.

According to Babolat, they are working with movement analyzing firm Movea in order to produce the racquet, and this special racquet has already been in the pipeline for the past 5 years. Not only that, this is the first MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) technology enabled racquet which will feature the integrated ability that enables it to gather and analyze game data.

Just what is the objective of the Play & Connect racquet? Well, it was developed in order to help tennis players, whether one is a pro and amateur, to be able to access the information as and when required in order for them to analyze their game, ranging from the strokes that they have played (forehand, backhand, serve), ball spin, the position of the ball on the string bed, power during play and service speed. This treasure trove of information can then be viewed live or retrospectively, while raw data means performances can also be compared by players or their coaches.

Glowing Text Installations by Lee Jung

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South Korean artist Lee Jung created and photographed this gorgeous series of text-based light installations.


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Japanese Manhole Cover Art

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Manholes aren’t really artists’s first choice. However 95% of Japan’s 1,780 municipalities you will find artistic manhole covers unique to each city and town. It has become apart of the country’s national culture and it’s fascinating to see the different designs and styles that each town and city has chosen to represent them. With over 6,000 manhole cover artworks, it’s no surprise that spotting and photographing them has become a hobby for many.


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iDermal – The Latest in High Tech Body Modification

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Okay, so in case you missed it, I just did a post on wearable technology, but what if you didn’t want to wait till the end of this year, or simply didn’t want to shell out the big bucks to have a computer contained within your eyeglass lens, or neatly strapped to your wrist? Well, there is another option.

Check out hardcore technology lover Dave Hurban, mild mannered  tattoo artist and piercer by day who has gone one step beyond in order to have the ultimate in wearable tech. Mr Hurban recently pierced his wrist and then surgically implanted four super strength magnets in the resulting pocket in order to magnetically attach his iPod, to his flesh.

Of course I find that a funky colorful strap seems to work equally well, but it certainly has much less of the wow factor associated with surgically implanted dermal anchors. The procedure, now called iDermal, is being used primarily to anchor an iPod Nano to your skin which seems to withstand a solid workout or a jog in the park… and functions equally well as a simple strapless watch, for when you are feeling less, shall we say… sporty?

I have to say I’ve seen other body modifications that are far less practical, and I am a strong believer in “to each his own”, however, as much as I love my gadgets I’m not sure I’m ready to give them a permanent home attached to my body. Although, as much as I lose my keys, I might need to consider a dermal anchor implanted somewhere….. now be nice.

FotoFlo for iPhone – Tell your story in a new way.

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FotoFlo - for iPad and iPhone

InterMotion Technology, Inc. is announced that FotoFlo is now available for iPhone. FotoFlo is a content generation application that helps you tell stories with your photographs in a new and unique way. FotoFlo provides the ability to generate videos from photographs, recording your commentary while zooming and panning around your photographs, and putting a spotlight on friends and family. With FotoFlo you can share your recordings with your friends by Facebook, YouTube, or email.

FotoFlo for iPhone builds upon the capabilities of FotoFlo for iPad, and features a new simplified user interface, support for portrait-mode recording and the ability to add soundtracks from your iPhone music library. Import photographs from your Facebook, Flickr, and Picasa accounts as well as the iPhone Camera and Photo Library. Create title slides for your recordings and add text to your photographs. Variable-speed sliding transitions between photographs provide a natural feel to your recording.

FotoFlo features cloud-based video generation, which provides significant data plan and time savings. A minimum amount of data is transferred to InterMotion’s servers, where your recordings are converted to video and then shared with your friends in the cloud, freeing your iPhone and your data plan from lengthy video generation and sharing transfers.

Find out more about FotoFlo at www.thefotoflo.com.

Modified Social Benches

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These are Modified Social Benches by artist Jeppe Hein, which are located throughout the city of De Haan in Belgium, for the contemporary art event Beaufort04. The bench designs borrow their basic form from normal park benches, but are altered in various degrees to make the act of sitting on them a conscious physical endeavour.


Xbox 360 Celebration Pack heads for the UK

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Do you want to show to the rest of the world just how much of a devotion you have as a patriot to the United Kingdom? Well, standing up straight as a pole whenever the national anthem plays (and remembering all the words to it) would definitely help, but if you are a gamer with a cause, then you might want to look into the Xbox 360 Celebration Pack which is headed towards the UK – where it will come with the Union Jack slapped all over the Xbox 360 console itself, the Kinect set, and controller.

This particular “Celebration Pack” for the UK will start rolling out from May 25th onwards, and we have absolutely no clue what Microsoft wants to celebrate over at this point in time, although the Summer Olympics is a guess worth aiming for. You will get a 4GB Xbox 360 inside in addition to a Kinect set and a controller, all decked out in the UK flag, where the entire shebang ought to set you back by around £250. For Queen and country!

We-Watt and their WeBike

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If you find yourself losing against the battle of the bulge, then you might want to take certain steps to ensure that victory is at hand in the end. It is all right to lose a few battles to some steaks and ice cream here and there, but the war must be won ultimately. We-Watt from Belgium has an idea that might just help you burn some calories whenever you are working – and not only that, the kind of energy you expend will not be put to waste, but rather, can also help provide some much needed juice for the modern thirsty gadgets that we have all come to know and love. Known as the WeBike, this modern piece of furniture will come in an interesting formation of a cedar-clad table alongside a trio of pedaling stations.

This would definitely make the entire working and pedaling experience a whole lot more social, and as we all know, to exercise with your colleagues would definitely be incentive enough to see who can outdo one another, instead of flying solo. The WeBike is said to be debuting at a Brussels airport in due time, although it has already made its way to restaurants and a shopping mall in that part of the world. No idea on how much it will cost, but how much pedaling does one need to make in order to fully charge an iPhone?

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