Archive for May, 2009

Folds on a sheet of paper

Simon Schubert creates beautiful art with a few folds on a sheet of paper (thanks Braden!).

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2009-5-15-5:58 PM #   

Breaking wave in HD

Amazing video of a breaking wave. Click through to watch it in HD. (via Kottke)

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2009-5-15-5:42 PM #   

Retail rainbows

It’s been a while since I posted a picture, so here are is a matching pair.

Rainbow Shirts

Rainbow Books

Both of these were taken in stores in San Francisco. I can’t remember where I found the books, but the shirts are from American Rag Cie, where you can find awesome second-hand clothes from the seventies.

Long-exposure of a Roomba’s path

My friend Noah links to this awesome long-exposure shot of a Roomba’s path.

This illustrates nicely the design insight that made the Roomba successful. Electrolux has a competing robotic vacuum, the Trilobite. It has a sophisticated on-board computer to optimize its path through a room. And yet, at close to $2000, its more of a design demo than a viable commercial product.

iRobot on the other hand (the makers of the Roomba) realized that it wasn’t a big deal if the robot was inefficient. They made a “dumb” robot, that worked its way haphazardly around the room. And by doing so, they got the price down to a couple of hundred dollars.

Guess who was more successful? The Trilobite might be a better vacuum, but the Roomba offers better value. Which reminds me; I need to use my Roomba for more than party entertainment (sadly, I haven’t been too impressed by its performance…).

Bathroom art

Brillo Bathroom

Someday, I want a bathroom with creative tile art.

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2009-5-10-6:10 PM #   

Tara Donovan

Tara Donovan makes really interesting art out of commonplace objects such as straws, plastic cups, or in this case, pencils. Thanks to my brother Andreas for this link!

2009-5-10-6:05 PM #   

50 Cars = 1 Bus

Great ad for Stockholm’s Airport Buses to show that 50 Cars = 1 Bus. Make sure you watch the YouTube video at the bottom. Thanks Tom!