when i was growing up in new york and connecticut i imagined california as looking like this. palm trees and architecture that looked nothing like the center hall colonials of connecticut or the tenements and skyscrapers of nyc.
and then when i first started coming to l.a i was amazed that this was a CITY but that people primarily lived in houses. and granted, many of the houses in l.a are kind of ugly and beige.
but then there are these perfect little jewel box mid century houses, reminding me of my post-adolescent l.a/california visions. and i guess one could argue that architecturally these mcm houses aren’t as arbitrary as norman castles or swiss chalet in the desert.
i mean, architecture like this opens itself to the outdoors but keeps the sun at bay when necessary. and it has the quasi-privacy screen, sort of saying ‘well, we like our privacy, but it’s ok if you peek a little bit’. the paradox of exhibitionist privacy.
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Metaio Brings Augmented Reality to the Smartwatch
Leading augmented reality software developer, Metaio, is bringing it’s visual search capabilities to the smartwatch. It’s object recognition software transforms the smartwatch camera from a nice-to-have feature to a must-have tool.
will.i.am introduces the EKOCYCLE Cube 3D printer. The EKOCYCLE Cube is not just another tool for making, it is a revolutionary tool for RE-making, and encourages and helps us to change the way we think about recycling by transforming post-consumer waste into new and beautiful objects. (via The EKOCYCLE Cube, A 3D Printer That Uses Post-Consumer Waste Like Plastic Bottles as Printing Material)
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Imagine going to check in at the airport and being greeted by your very own virtual assistant on the self-check screen – a friendly face so real you could be talking to someone over Skype.
Artificial intelligence is here, and it could be seen in our airports within the next 18 months, thanks to two New Zealand companies recently signing a deal to develop interactive avatar technology for self-service check-ins around the world.
BCS Group, an Auckland-based company providing baggage handling, self-service check-in and other technology to airports and airlines, has paired up with Oscar-winning Kiwi engineer Dr Mark Sagar to bring the self-service check-in experience to life. (via Real life avatars: At an airport check-in near you - soon :: Idealog :: the magazine and website of New Zealand creative business, ideas and innovation)
Some of our upcoming development.
SideSwipe lets you create a great help center or knowledge base which can be directly integrated with your web app. When your customers need help they won’t need to go to another website for it any more, instead they’ll be able to open up the SideSwipe sidebar and quickly get access to your help center.
Thread Sews Consistency Through the Fabric of the Internet of Things
Nest, Samsung, ARM, Freescale and three other companies have joined forces to form a group dedicated to solving some of the challenges around the Internet of Things. The non-profit is called Thread Group and they have designed and developed a protocol for the Internet of Things aimed at making the connected home much simpler and easier for users and developers alike.
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Interesting idea about designing the web