Author Archives: Kevin Fubar


Nissan Leaf EV, Bug Report

Nissan Leaf EV, Bug Report

Habitual first adopters are used to regular bugs in their new gadgets. The bleeding edge often has really weird problems that no designer can anticipate, especially with the intricate computer-controlled systems we use every day. The Nissan Leaf is a new EV that's having a strange problem, owners are going to start their car, and... nothing. Nissan's engineers and Leaf owners are working on troubleshooting the specific problem.

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Ultimate Tablet, m • pad Concept Design

Ultimate Tablet, m • pad Concept Design

German designer Volker Hübner developed this tablet he calls the m • pad to cater specifically to the needs of designers and developers. It combines the functionality of a 15.6" OLED display. It also includes full multi-touch functionality married with a pressure sensitive stylus. Looking at the pictures from Yanko also suggest that this tablet should have a wide range of USB, Ethernet, firewire and whatever else available for connection external keyboards or mice for a more traditional computing experience.

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Huawei Folded Leaf Phone, Concept Design

Huawei Folded Leaf Phone, Concept Design

Huawei looked to Sweden for inspiration on their new phone. They partnered up with the Claesson Koivisto Rune studio and produced this phone they call the Folded Leaf. It's a device that's meant to perform only the most basic cellular functions, the calling functions and SMS/MMS messaging. It strips out all of the high speed data functions that we smartphone jockeys are used to having and provides a handset that's meant to be comfortable for direct chatting without all of the extra bells and whistles.

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Minecraft Made a Cool $33 Million

Minecraft Made a Cool $33 Million

Minecraft was developed in 2009 by Markus “Notch” Persson, a Swedish programmer. It's a browser based 3D game with graphics on par with 1996, but that didn't stop it from becoming the underground hit throughout last year. It spread throughout the internet, garnering Persson's company around ten bucks a pop for each purchase. That's not much, but just today Minecraft's website reports 1837252 have purchased the game.

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3D Print Your Next House

3D Print Your Next House

3D Printing has been around for a while. Until recently it's been a technology that's relegated to the design process, where designers are able to make plastic prototypes much more quickly. Neri Oxman at MIT's Media Lab has a vision for 3D printing much bigger than the current reality. She sees the advancements in 3D printing being used to construct buildings. I've seen concept designs for all kinds of robotic building techniques, but not using the 3D printing concepts. This kind of technology is a ways out, as right now most 3D printers are using plastic. Though some are starting to use metal, and Neri wants to get them working for concrete.

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iPad 2s to Mainers in Kindergarten, Free

iPad 2s to Mainers in Kindergarten, Free

This fall, Kinder-gardeners in Auburn, Maine are going to all be getting Ipad 2's, for free. One of the teachers in the reading development labs started using her personal Ipad 2 with some of her most troubled students. They showed such remarkable progress so quickly that the school board decided to jump in and give it to all of the kids this next year.

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PXL 2000 by Fisher-Price, Retro Camcorder

PXL 2000 by Fisher-Price, Retro Camcorder

The PXL 2000 is a retro Lo-Fi home video camera dropped on the world in 1988. It records a whopping 100 vertical lines at 15 frames per second. Technically, not terribly impressive, but this limitation gives the videos taken by the camera an airy, ghostly quality that I haven't seen before. There are a significant number of Youtube videos displaying the camera's stuff. I threw a couple of them up. It's definitely worth checking out.

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Verizon iPad 2 Roaming Bug

Verizon iPad 2 Roaming Bug

Verizon's customers have been reporting a strange bug with their new IPad 2's. When they first bust out their new tablet everything seems hunky dory, but then once they set up their account their device seems to be locked into Data Roaming mode. Their iPad just doesn't recognize the Verizon towers properly. Even more irritating, the data service doesn't even work unless Data Roaming is turned on in the device. Fail.

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One in Five Teens Have iPad 2, Study Says

One in Five Teens Have iPad 2, Study Says

Based on this Piper Jaffray study of the teen tech market, 37% of teenagers report they plan on buying an iPhone in the next six months. 22% already have an iPad 2. That means that one in five teenagers already has an iPad 2. That's a pretty amazing figure. The first smartphone/tablet you pick up often makes it the one you stick with over time, so this is a lot of probable life-long Apple customers coming out of this sample population of 4,500.

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Home Farming, Not So Much

Home Farming, Not So Much

Designer, François Hurtaud has an idea. This idea is tiny ecospheres in our kitchens and living rooms that dissolve the organic garbage we dispose of into a tiny garbage ecosystem replete with fish and plants. The first thing that came to mind when I saw the image was, clean lines and cool fishbowls. It looks like something the Jetsons would have had in their home. But it has some flaws in the design.

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