Scientists, musicians, and researchers in the UK are busy… working on a “paper app.”
“The Listening Post” is an example of such an app in development. It’s an interactive concert poster that allows viewers to press on conductive ink to hear clips of music from different bands – even book tickets! While it’s still in the beginning stages of production, this could mean a whole new kind of media interaction. ”We’re trying to recapture some of the tactile experience you got with vinyl records. There’s a really different reaction from users to physical media as opposed to digital media, especially when it comes to music,” said Paul Thomas, head of the Liverpool-based Uniform agency that helped co-ordinate the poster’s creation.
“Printing” music with conductive ink seems relatively inexpensive, so we may be experiencing this new technology soon – tapping along the walls at Starbucks or sending less-bulky singing cards to friends and family. My question (of course) – how do we recycle that?
Why are tiny things so adorable? I don’t know, but this Little Printer by Berg makes me happy. Get the news, a puzzle, some quotable social media, perhaps… or better yet, LISTS. I think it’s safe to say that I heart lists more than tiny things, and to find both in one product is rocking my world (my husband is nodding his head in agreement as he reads this). The beta version is coming in 2012, hopefully with a boat-load of print-friendly apps to support it. They’ve got two thumbs up here – godspeed, Berg!
From the creator of the iPod comes Nest, an intuitive thermostat that “learns” your thermal comfort patterns. It pays attention to the climate, your preferred temperature settings, and your living/working patterns, helping to save household energy consumption (not to mention a few bucks). It goes on sale in November for a surprisingly affordable $249 at Best Buy, and claims to work with 85% of American HVAC systems. Bonus: It’s pretty.Check out how it works here and here.via hwentworth via 9to5Mac
Hooray for Instagram! I use this app daily and am so excited for the new v2.0 features, like these filters. I like being able to take a picture and immediately reminisce as if it were taken years before. Instant nostalgia, so to speak.
This is what Erin recommends I say to you so I can win myself a free iPad. But it would be too mean if I didn’t tell you that you, too, could win it! I’d be just as happy, I swear. I mean, you totally deserve it: you work hard, keep a kid AND a husband alive, get straight A’s, make the world a better place… oh, sorry. I was supposed to be talking about you, right? Well, you ain’t that bad, I s’pose…
Nope. I have no good excuse for leaving you the way I did. I even went and joined the 21st century and got internet on my phone when Verizon and Apple finally hooked up. Rather than be submerged in constant interwebbing and social networking, I’ve been overwhelmed. I’d blame it on the winter blues, but Jersey has had some fine 60+ degree days. So we begin a new month and I’m pushing myself to at least do the bare minimum, hoping to sprint past and maybe accomplish something on my resolution list. I did bake nutritious oat bran muffins today – that counts, right?
Oh yeah, I decked out my pretty new phone with a white bumper and a walnut skin from Recover. I usually go with the basic free one when my plan allows an upgrade so I feel spoiled with such a cool new gadget!