Q: How to Get Rid of the iPhone’s Home Button and Increase Screen Size? A: Create a “Squeezable” iPhone [feedly]

11 03 2013
 
 
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Q: How to Get Rid of the iPhone's Home Button and Increase Screen Size? A: Create a "Squeezable" iPhone

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Are the Home button's days numbered?

Apple notoriously applies for tons of patents, very few of which will make it into actual products. This one is interesting from a UI perspective.

You could argue either way, but let's say it's an ergonomic necessity to have an easy-to-locate Home button, as now exists on the iPhone. That button cuts into screen real estate. Is there a way for Apple to get rid of it, growing the screen, while still somehow offering the Home button's functionality?

The answer may lie in a patent Apple has secured involving the measuring of electrical capacitance of the body of a product. As an example, if this were incorporated in an all-screen iPhone, the user could simply squeeze the phone's housing as a means of input. That doesn't mean the body of the phone itself would have to deform; it just means that the phone's body would register the change in capacitance coming from a squeeze, and would turn that into some sort of command. Software would sort out whether the squeeze was purposeful or accidental.

Apple Insider is speculating that the technology mentioned in the patent, which was granted several years ago, may pop up in the forthcoming iWatch.(more…)

Sam Pan





Piamo: An Espresso Maker for the Microwave [feedly]

6 03 2013
 
 
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Piamo: An Espresso Maker for the Microwave

Piamo: An Espresso Maker for the Microwave in home furnishings Category

Finally – you don’t need one of those fancy machines to make an espresso anymore, nor do you have to trot yourself over to your local coffee shop. Instead, there’s Piamo, a compact, portable espresso maker that delivers your hot cup of fuel in 30 seconds, all from your microwave.

Piamo: An Espresso Maker for the Microwave in home furnishings Category

Christoph Meyl partnered with his brother Hendrik to formulate the idea to what it is today, and the duo brought in LUNAR Europe to help with the design. The results could not make espresso drinking any easier. Fill the cup with water and coffee, then stack it, flip it, and place it in the microwave. Microwave to let the pressure build up and push the water through the coffee. Then presto – a cup of espresso!

Piamo: An Espresso Maker for the Microwave in home furnishings Category

They’re currently seeking funding to finalize the project, so get in on the caffeinated action here.

Piamo: An Espresso Maker for the Microwave in home furnishings Category

It’s tiny size makes it perfect for keeping in your office desk drawer or packing it in your suitcase when you’re traveling.

Piamo: An Espresso Maker for the Microwave in home furnishings Category

Piamo: An Espresso Maker for the Microwave in home furnishings Category


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BMW Design Chief Karim Habib Talks Shop – Core77

23 02 2013
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Although I am not a huge fan of BMW’s recent designs. I do agree with Karim on that people should really appreciate product design. Behind every product, many hours where spent by the designers.
If you go to the product design museum, go see the evolution of a product from its earliest design to the most recent one. Change in shape, material, and color are most obvious differentiation. Most of all, pay attention to the details that have evolved over time.





More Next-Level IKEA Hacking: Matt Hope’s Air-Filtering Beijing Bicycle – Core77

21 02 2013

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Google Glass interface finally revealed in new video | DVICE

20 02 2013

Exciting video promotion for the Google Glass. Future of POV





Pinoccio Microcontroller to Crowdfund the Internet of Things [feedly]

12 01 2013
 
 
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Pinoccio Microcontroller to Crowdfund the Internet of Things
Pinoccio, an Indiegogo-funded microcontroller designed to let you build and link projects to each other and to the web, is DIY Internet of Things in a small, programmable package.

Sam Pan





Interactive Restaurant Table: is it practical to have screens everywhere?

5 01 2013







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