September 2, 2012
Keep it young recommends this week Houzz the new social network / app for home decor and design.Pinterest is like but this is deeper.
Technology gets the greasy spoon treatment in a photo series by Henry Hargreaves
Beer battered tablets and crispy fried notebooks are just a few of the dishes served up in “Deep Fried Gadgets”, a delicious new series by photographer Henry Hargreaves. Inspired by an internet video of a Japanese youth deep frying and eating his PSP, Hargreaves decided to refine the idea by toning down the danger and upping the artistry. With the concept in tow, Hargreaves began gathering up used gadgets—ranging from MacBooks to Game Boys to external hard drives—from friends who were willing to indulge his artistic vision.
When asked about the obvious dilemmas one faces when deep frying a battery pack, Hargreaves confesses that the objects are actually models made from foam core and decorated with images of the actual devices. “I was nervous about what would happen when I put them in 400 degree oil—were these things going to kick back at me?” Hargreaves tells Cool Hunting. With this added precaution, Hargreaves and food stylistCaitlin Levin went to work plating up the tech gadgets in the style of a greasy spoon diner.
Hargreaves sees a natural narrative between fast food and mobile technology. As he explains, “You get the device, you’re excited about it, you consume it, and then you disregard it.” While the self-taught photographer does a fair amount of commercial work—including food photography—his side projects tend to challenge traditional genres. In the case of “Deep Fried Gadgets”, Hargreaves wanted to break out of the “food porn” look by presenting something that was at once mouthwatering and repulsive.
Constantly exploring new avenues, the photographer recently constructed a portrait of Queen Elizabeth from 1,400 pieces of toast in honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubillee. CH has previously featured Hargreaves for his “3DD” series, which depicts nude images of well-endowed females in eye-popping 3D.
As a freelancer or job seeker, it is important to have a resume that stands out among the rest—one of the more visually pleasing options on the market today is the infographic resume.
An infographic resume enables a job seeker to better visualize his or her career history, education and skills.
Unfortunately, not everyone is a graphic designer, and whipping up a professional-looking infographic resume can be a difficult task for the technically unskilled job seeker. For those of us not talented in design, it can also be costly to hire an experienced designer to toil over a career-centric infographic.
Luckily, a number of companies are picking up on this growing trend and building apps to enable the average job seeker to create a beautiful resume.
To spruce up your resume, check out these four tools for creating an infographic CV. If you’ve seen other tools on the market, let us know about them in the comments below.
After creating an account and connecting via LinkedIn, a user can edit his or her profile summary, work experience, education, links, skills, interests, languages, stats, recommendations and awards. And voila, a stunning infographic is created.
The company’s vision is to “be the future of resumes.” Lofty goal, but completely viable, given that its iteration of the resume is much more compelling than the simple, black-and-white paper version that currently rules the world.
Re.vu, a newer name on the market, is another app that enables a user to pull in and edit his or her LinkedIn data to produce a stylish Web-based infographic.
The infographic layout focuses on the user’s name, title, biography, social links and career timeline—it also enables a user to add more graphics, including stats, skill evolution, proficiencies, quotes and interests over time.
Besides the career timeline that is fully generated via the LinkedIn connection, the other graphics can be a bit tedious to create, as all of the details must be entered manually.
In the end, though, an attractive infographic resume emerges. This is, by far, the most visually pleasing option of all of the apps we reviewed.
Based on a user’s imported LinkedIn data, Kinzaa creates a data-driven infographic resume that focuses on a user’s skills and job responsibilities throughout his or her work history.
The tool is still in beta, so it can be a bit wonky at times—but if you’re looking for a tool that helps outline exactly how you’ve divided your time in previous positions, this may be your tool of choice.
Unlike other tools, it also features a section outlining the user’s personality and work environment preferences. Details such as preferences on company size, job security, challenge level, culture, decision-making speed and more are outlined in the personality section, while the work environment section focuses on the user’s work-day length, team size, noise level, dress code and travel preferences.
Brazen Careerist, the career management resource for young professionals, launched a new Facebook application in September that generates an infographic resume from a user’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn information.
After a user authorizes the app to access his or her Facebook and LinkedIn data, the app creates an infographic resume with a unique URL—my infographic resume is located at brazen.me/u/ericaswallow.
The infographic features a user’s honors, years of experience, recommendations, network reach, degree information, specialty keywords, career timeline, social links and LinkedIn profile image.
The app also creates a “Career Portfolio” section which features badges awarded based on a user’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn achievements. Upon signing up for the app, I earned eight badges, including “social media ninja,” “team player” and “CEO in training.” While badges are a nice addition, they aren’t compelling enough to keep me coming back to the app.
Have you used a Web app to create an infographic resume? If so, which tool did you use and how was your experience? Let us know in the comments below.
It’s never been easier to make music, thanks to a wealth of apps available for smartphones and tablets that put bleeps and bloops together to create amazing tunes. The latest is Propellerhead’s Figure.
Figure lets you combine drums, bass synth and lead synth together in a simple, blocky interface that looks fantastic on an iPhone screen or even when blown up on the new iPad’s Retina Display(despite the fact this is not a “universal” app).
It’s incredibly easy to use — a novice with no music experience will have a beat pumping out of the speakers within 10 seconds. Those with a bit more knowledge, however, will find the app surprisingly deep — you can tweak around with the pitch, filter, waveform, distortion and other effects, adjust the key you’re in, and even add a bit of shuffle.
It sucks you in. You’ll be on a bus, half an hour from your stop, and then look up again 45 minutes later, way past where you should have got off. There’s enough diversity in the included presets for the average user to not get bored for a while, and there’ll be value in here for more professional musicians, too. The only big omission, for my money, is a sequencer of some sort to lengthen the period of time that the app records for.
The objective was to make a portable music app that would appeal to both casual users and pros. Chief executive of Propellerhead, Ernst Nathorst Böös, told The Guardian: “We think musicians, regardless what level they’re on, will have phones, tablets and computers, and they will use them in different situations. Think about e-mail: You write an e-mail differently when you write it on your phone, compared to sitting down at your computer, taking a deep breath and writing a longer one. It’s still e-mailing, but dependent on the device and the situation. That’s how we see this.”
That’s reflected in the price point, which sits at a tremendously affordable 69p. Böös is clearly hoping for mainstream adoption to recoup the company’s costs, though the app was predominantly developed from the company’s previous work with the much-more-complicated ReBirth app, and its work on OS X.
If you’ve got access to an iOS device and you’ve ever even considered making electronic music, you need to pick up Figure. Expect to hear an awful lot of its influence in music released in the coming years.
Imagine standing at the Eiffel Tower and being able to see messages and videos overlaid through your smartphone from all visitors who have come before you. A new app called Wallit combines augmented reality, a virtual view of the real world that can be extended with graphics and other content, with a social experience.
It allows users to post and view content at virtual walls in popular places, tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, stadiums and stores.
As NYC becomes increasingly in-tune with technological innovation and the startup scene, it’s becoming less and less surprising to see the city, even departments like the MTA, embracing all things tech. Just last week we saw NY taxi cabs outfitted with slick Square payment systems and iPads, and before that we noted the new initiatives to bring WiFi and cellular reception into our beloved, sticky and often uncomfortably humid subway stations.
Now, we’ve just heard wind that the MTA is working to bring a public art app to subway riders, showcasing the Arts for Transit program which has been active since 1985. You may not have known this, but NY’s subway system is quite the source of fine art. As Art Beat explains, “for many years the most underrated art museum in New York City has also, oddly, been the one with by far the most visitors, millions a day: the subway system.”
While I’ve kept an eye out and noticed some art being showcased in the city’s underground hollows, there’s never been a simple way to discover pieces all across New York.
To solve this problem, the MTA has been working with Meridian, a mobile software company based in Portland (not sure why a NY firm would’t suffice). According to the NY Times, the free app will be available soon “to serve as a guide to the 186 permanent works installed throughout the stations, and to a few dozen more in the Metro North and Long Island Rail Road systems.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, Meridian actually developed the app for free, and will split profits 50/50 with NYC if advertisements end up being included.
More, from the NY Times:
The app – which Sandra Bloodworth, the director of MTA Arts for Transit, says is still a work in progress – provides information either by subway line or by artist, from the abstract painter Al Held to the author and illustrator Yumi Heo, with Roy Lichtenstein, Elizabeth Murray and Sol Lewitt in between. The app also provides detailed maps of some of the larger stations and guided turn-by-turn tours, along with short video and audio pieces about artists and their work. (It can be synced before descending into cell-phone dead-zone stations or used interactively with location-based help at above-ground stations and ones that have been wired, like the 14th Street station on the A line in Manhattan.)
“In a setting like the subway,” Ms. Bloodworth said, “art really does something. It gives a certain amount of dignity to your ride and your day. And this is finally going to be like having the whole collection in the palm of your hand.”
While the app is not yet available, you can take a sneak peek at the design on Meridian’s site.
I honestly had no idea that the works of acclaimed artists like Roy Lichtenstein were even in the subway system, which is exactly why such an app is very necessary. Now, all we need is a little extra cleaning, non-stop WiFi, cell reception and a dehumidifier the size of Godzilla and I’ll be set for life.
Have you ever looked at your debit or credit card and wondered what your balance was? Well, rather than going to an ATM or checking your online statement, ultra-thin batteries could potentially allow for a tiny screen on your card to display your balance. It is one of several ideas being discussed for the incredibly thin and flexible technology.
Mercedes-Benz has created a vehicle it claims is “virtually invisible” – to the environment, that is.
The German car manufacturer has blanketed one side of its new F-Cell vehicle in sheets of light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
The LEDs display a live feed of images shot by a camera placed on the other side of the car. The effect makes it seem as if the car were invisible, or as if there were nothing standing between the bystander and the opposite side the street.
The company recorded the reactions of confused onlookers in a commercial promoting the hydrogen fuel cell electric car.
Next time you need to leave your beloved pooch at home for a couple hours, along with laying out favorite toys and extra water you can also leave the TV tuned intoDOGTV. For those of you with cable, DOGTV is a channel programmed specifically to entertain dogs and it’s on 24 hours a day.
Animal behavior researchers for DOGTV have discovered that dogs are happier when the television is on. They have different programs that help stimulate, entertain, relax and habituate dogs while they are watching.
We’re not a huge fans of anyone gluing themselves to the tube, but DOGTV is interesting because it’s a possible solution for animal behavior like anxiety or attachment that many dogs experience when their owners are away. Programs with calming sounds and music help ease any anxious feelings animals get while stimulating segments with active images and invigorating sounds keep dogs excited and active.
DOGTV recommends that you watch the program with your pet to begin with until it becomes familiar with the program and can ease into it.
In this video we show how it is possible to perform gesture recognition just with contact microphones and transform every surface into an interactive board.
Through gesture recognition techniques we detect different kind of fingers-touch and associate them with different sounds.
In the video we used two different audio synthesis techniques:
1- physic modelling, which consists in generating the sound by simulating physical laws;
2- concatenative synthesis (audio mosaicing), in which the sound of the contact microphone is associated with its closest frame present in a sound database.
The system can recognise both fingers-touches and objects that emit a sound, such as the coin shown in the video.
More details: brunozamborlin.com/mogees
Filmed and edited by Cristina Picchi
Love your morning coffee the way you only know how to brew? Well, hate to break it to you buddy, but if you’re working in an office, chances are you won’t be in a position to brew the perfect cup of coffee. On the bright side, with a machine like the Xelsis Digital ID from Saeco, it can remember closely your preferences in each cup of java, using your scanned fingerprints to kickstart the coffee making process. Features include timer programming, automatic descaling and machine self-cleaning. Needless to say, something like this costs at least $2,500 a pop which is mighty expensive for most folks. Will corporations also cut back on their spending when it comes to appliances such as this?
While the print cookbook has been the staple of the modern kitchen for decades, new technologies can streamline and enhance our culinary experience in rewarding ways. The new QOOQ Culinary Tablet hopes to organize and enrich your time in the kitchen by presenting thousands of recipes, videos and more in a dedicated, French-made tablet. While the sheer utility of the print cookbook may never be replaced, this system presents a significant upgrade for the tech-minded foodie.
The QOOQ Culinary Tablet (pronounced “cook”) features a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, a 1GHz A9 dual-core processor, 8GB of internal memory and a custom Linux-based UI. Out-of-the-box, QOOQ features thousands of recipes and videos, with up to 3,600 recipes and 1,200 videos available with all premium content options. Users can also upload their own family recipes to share with others or for easy access. Instead of flipping through countless 3×5 recipe cards, these family heirlooms can be stored directly within QOOQ’s system.
The QOOQ Tablet is available now for $399 and full access passes start at a subscription rate of $9.99/month. Foodies that spend a lot of time in the kitchen should find this justifiable, as the subscription content on this device will likely beat anything you can find in the Apple or Android app stores. Just don’t keep it too close to your burners, foodie friends!
Diesel and Monster have teamed up to produce a pair of lightweight, high-performance headphones with a slick faceted design. The new Diesel Vektr Headphones sport a set of titanium-laced drivers designed to deliver a well-rounded auditory experience. Yet the Vektor ‘phones are as much a fashion accessory as they are a sonic sidearm, refreshingly styled by the Diesel clothing brand. The geometrically-driven design wraps the ears in angular facets, while a glossy black band stretches around the wearer’s head. They’ll be available for $279.99 in the months to come, a premium price that is justified by Vektr’s rare visual appeal.
Qumi is a fold-out universal kitchen set that only takes up as much space as a dinner plate when it’s folded for storage. It can be used to heat, fry and steam a wide variety of food types (including liquids such as soup or sauces). It is designed to be hung on an induction charging hook, making it wireless and portable. The concept features no display or control panel, rather all instructions are processed via mobile devices in the network-ready home of the future.
Now iPhone users can unlock the equipment with the face, the application will shortly be available on the App Store.
Not all the big news of the moment are occurring during CES2012. A few months ago Google released version 4.0 of theAndroid mobile operating system, where one of their “best” was the Faceunlock functions, with which, users unlock their devices with their faces, that technology will soon be available for Apple users.
On YouTube, a video is haunting, showing the application calledFaceUnLock, in which users can unlock their iPhone device usingthe front camera of the same. At the end of the video, it is mentioned that this application will be available in Apple’s App Store, without giving further information on cost or release date.
Research in Motion is reportedly putting its eggs into one BlackBerry 10 basket.
The beleaguered BlackBerry maker scrapping a few projects and focusing on a single BlackBerry 10 smartphone, codenamed London, according to a report from Boy Genius Report. The phone looks similar to the one that The Verge reported on in November.
A RIM representative wasn’t immediately available to comment to CNET.
RIM needs to focus on getting its next-generation BlackBerry market in order to have a chance to compete against the next iPhone and the wave of Android smartphones constantly hitting the market. But executives warned that one wouldn’t come until the second half of the year, a critical setback to its recovery efforts.
RIM has cancelled the device codenamed Colt, which was intended to be the first BlackBerry 10 phone, BGR reported, while scrapping another phone codenamed Milan, which BGR said was actually a phone running on the current BlackBerry 7 software.
BGR also reported that a Porsche-inspired version of the BlackBerry 9900 “was a complete disaster.”
El 40% de la carcasa exterior del Reclaim está hecho con bio-plásticos procesados a partir del maíz. Esto contrasta con el uso de materiales contaminantes como el PVC que son comunes en los aparatos electrónicos actuales.
Además el paquete en el que se vende el celular también está creado con materiales reciclables en hasta un 70%. Y por si eso fuera poco, la tinta utilizada para imprimir las imágenes y texto de la caja, así como la garantía del teléfono está creada a partir de una mezcla de soya.
De la misma manera se ha omitido la creación de un manual de instrucciones para el usuario y en vez se ha habilitado una página web de soporte donde los usuarios podrán consultar sus dudas.
El celular viene con características que poco o nada tienen que envidiar a los teléfonos actuales más avanzados. Algunas de estas son el teclado QWERTY completo, GPS, cámara de dos megapíxeles con grabación de video, ranura para tarjetas de memoria de hasta 32GB, navegador web y acceso al correo electrónico.
La visión de los superhéroes de las películas de ciencia ficción es una realidad más cercana después de que un equipo de científicos haya diseñado unas lentes de contacto en las que se pueden proyectar imágenes como si fuera una pantalla, según una investigación publicada hoy.
De momento, el dispositivo sólo tiene un píxel, pero sus creadores lo ven como un paso para la producción de lentes con varios píxeles que permitan ver información -como mensajes de correo electrónico- en tiempo real sin tener una pantalla delante.
La lente, creada por investigadores de la Universidad de Washington (EEUU) y de la Universidad Aalto (Finlandia), está compuesta por una antena que suministra la energía enviada por una fuente externa y un circuito extraplano integrado para almacenarla y transferirla a un chip transparente de zafiro que contiene un LED (diodo emisor de luz) azul.
Los investigadores indicaron en un artículo en la revista Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering que la lente, que fue probada en los ojos de un conejo vivo, no ha causado daño alguno en el globo ocular ni en la córnea del animal y tampoco se observaron signos de efectos secundarios adversos.
No obstante, después de demostrar el funcionamiento de las lentes y comprobar que son un dispositivo seguro, los investigadores señalan que todavía son necesarias mejoras para conseguir reproducir texto e imágenes como las pantallas de alta resolución. Uno de los problemas que tuvieron que superar fue lograr que el ojo viera la información con nitidez, ya que la distancia focal es de tan sólo unos centímetros y temían que las proyecciones se vieran borrosas.
Para salvar este escollo, los investigadores incorporaron un conjunto de lentes de Fresnel en el dispositivo (mucho más delgadas y más planas que las lentes convencionales) para enfocar la imagen proyectada en la retina. El profesor de la Universidad de Washington Babak Praviz, coautor del estudio, reconoció que se tiene que mejorar el diseño, pero el equipo ya trabaja en su próximo reto: “Nuestro próximo objetivo es la incorporación de un texto predeterminado en el lente de contacto”.
Los investigadores señalan en el estudio que las pruebas y los análisis que hicieron al conejo para evaluar el efecto del uso de la lente de contacto en la córnea y el cuerpo en general se realizaronsiguiendo “estrictamente” las normas que regulan el trato a los animales en los ensayos de laboratorio.