Rob Walker on digital things that become physical objects


an installation by EVOL and Arne Beck / INVISIBLECHAMBER

“Circuit Square” is an animated video sequence dealing with the decay and renewal, the usage of space, and the changing sociology of a fictional Berlin neighborhood. These processes -often subsumed as gentrification- are displayed in a non-linear time-lapse loop that’s projected onto 4 wooden structures arranged to form a 7*7m square.

(Thanks Luna!)

Inspected Gadget: Motorola Droid 3

“Leaked” how-to videos show off the features of the Android-based Motorola Droid 3, notably 1080p HD video recording, an 8 megapixel still camera, and its slide-out physical keyboard. Two more vids after the jump.

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In Corporate Moments of Lameness

Gizmodo reports that “Apple’s looking to protect its relationships with record labels and film studios by outfitting future iPhones with IR blockers, presumably with live venues and cinemas housing IR signal-emitting boxes.” So basically you wouldn’t be able to record live shows from your iPhone.


It appears Blake Lively took some naked pictures of herself in a mirror with her cellphone.

click here for the exceptionally perfect results

Audyssey South of Market Audio Dock

If you can afford it ($399), this audio dock from Audyssey is the only audio dock that you should consider purchasing. Delivering some serious sound, it does everything you would ever need it to do, plus you can use it wirelessly with nothing actually docked in it. When it is docked, you can make phone calls from your bed or couch without really doing too much. The dock can also hook up to desktop, which means you can get some exceptional sound from whatever video or movie you’re watching. All of this and more, packaged in a good looking piece of technology.

You can read more about The South of Market here

Purchase here

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Faile Gets An App to Go Along With Their Artwork

Today Faile released their Puzzle Boxes to the world. Housed in a unique, handpainted and silkscreened hinged wooden box are 88 six-sided wooden blocks that can be flipped and moved to create new images and compositions.  Always on point with their projects, a unique website and devoted iPhone app were released to complement the interactive nature of their new works of art as well.

More on the pieces here

download the app here

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Hipster City Cycle

A pixel-art bike race adventure set on the iconic streets of Philadelphia… Now available as an iPhone and iPad app. Sorry Philly.

More info here and watch a demo after the jump

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Inspected Gadget: Netflix Streaming + Miramax Films

Netflix streaming is always a few steps behind the regular disc service – simply because of the various broadcast network, cable network, and cable on-demand deals that get carved out over a movie’s lifetime (ever notice how often a particular Lord of the Rings film is on TNT, over and over?). It keeps getting better, one studio or group of shows at a time – for example, Netflix recently renewed their Starz deal (meaning any movies you see on that cable network generally also show up via streaming on Netflix), and also added Mad Men, Glee and Sons of Anarchy. They also just announced the addition of the Miramax films library – which includes stuff like “Pulp Fiction,” “Shakespeare in Love,” “The English Patient,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Bad Santa,” “Scream,” “Spy Kids,” “The Piano” and “Kill Bill.”

Angry Birds on Your Desktop

The highly addictive game is now available for free download in the Chrome store

via, doobybrain

Swiss Rocketman… Jetman

Consider yourself soft now.

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Breaking Down an FBI Vehicle-Tracking Device

Wired and iFixit have a look

Clockwise from the top, the system is composed of:

  • Battery pack
  • GPS antenna
  • Transmitter-receiver unit
  • Magnetic mounting bracket


Inspected Gadget: Super Fast, Super Tiny PQI thumb drive

PQI’s USB 3 flash drive is so simply designed that you might not even notice it on a keychain… because if you try putting it anywhere else you’re bound to lose it entirely. USB 3.0 is supposed to offer a transfer speed of 5gb per second, and it’s backwards compatible to USB 2. Pricing still to be announced – check out some of their other drives.

Via Slashgear

Your Music in the Stars With Planetary by Bloom

Planetary by Bloom is a pretty cool way to browse your music: Stars represent artists, planets are albums, and moons are songs whose orbital speeds are determined by the lengths of the tracks. All I have to say is my Radiohead System is going to be huge.

Download Planetary from iTunes

Computer Art (To Be Read In The Tune of Zapp & Roger)

Takeshi Murata renders his art solely from a computer. The still life prints he has created for his current show Get Your Ass To Mars at San Francisco’s Ratio 3 are like nothing I’ve ever seen before, and that’s a good thing. Respect.

On view until June 11th, 2011

Ratio 3
1447 Stevenson Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

Future Thinking

PopSci’s The Wonders of 2020. Paper-thin OLED Screens are definitely happening. Controlling devices via microchips implanted in our brains? Probably not.

More here

RC Superhero

Okay, this looks rad.

“Radio controlled airplanes that look and fly like real fictional superheroes.”

visit the product site here

via, ihc


Diesel SFW Arcade App

It’s free and an easy way to pass a couple moments when you’re trying to look busy.

Available here

Storz & Bickel Volcano Vaporizer

The best that money can buy.

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