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Is There Anything the iPhone Can’t Do?

Posted by Derek on August 28, 2008

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With the recent debut of its online App Store, Apple has opened the door to allow the iPhone to truly become an “everything-in-one” handheld device. With a few quick clicks you can check the weather in Berlin, watch highlights from the Giants-Patriots game from the night before and even get turn-by-turn directions to the new sushi place across town. But what about the person who wants to relive his or her childhood? Yes, there’s an application for that, too.

Coming soon from developer touchGrove is the LED Football App. For a single dollar you can transform your iPhone into the simplistic electronic football game that three decades ago provided parents a nifty way of keeping their kids occupied on long car trips.

What the game lacks in depth it more than makes up for in nostalgia. Plus, those who appreciate irony can enjoy turning one of the most technologically advanced handheld devices into one of the most primitive gadgets from days gone by.

 
 
 
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Latte Foam Printer

Posted by Kim on August 28, 2008

Latte artists beware.  OnLatte, Inc.’s latte foam printer blows handmade artisan foam designs out of the water.  The latte foam printer repurposes your standard inkjet printer to use edible caramel-colored food coloring instead of ink.

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U.K.’s Next Top Model

Posted by Kim on August 26, 2008

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Move over Agyness Deyn and Kate Moss, England's got two new top models (and ones that are more easily manageable).

Popular claymation cohorts, Wallace and Gromit, are featured in adverts for the chic Harvey Nichols department store.

Cheddar-hoarding Wallace looks sharp in an Alexander McQueen suit and Dolce and Gabbana shirt.  His trusty pooch pal, Gromit sports Ray Ban sunglasses and a posh Paul Smith scarf.  Wallace's paramour, Lady Campanula Tottington beautifully models a floor-brushing Alexander McQueen dress and Christian Louboutin stilettos.

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According to an interview with BBC News, Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park is pleased with the transformation. "[Wallace] isn't exactly known for his up-to-the-minute fashion sense but I know he's feeling pleased with himself," he said.  "It's great to see him looking so chic and stylish."

Wallace and Gromit is a popular British short film series. Their films include A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave – which were first shown on BBC in the late 80s and early 90s. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) is Wallace and Gromit's most recent film venture.

 
 
 
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Bicycle Racks by David Byrne

Posted by Sloane Kelley on August 26, 2008

Multi-talented David Byrne has added something new to his resume: bicycle rack designer.

New York City's Department of Transportation along with the PaceWildenstein art gallery has brought nine David Byrne designed bike racks to various parts of the city. Eight of the red, black or silver racks are in Manhattan and one is Brooklyn.

The racks are considered a temporary art installation but the goal is to promote bicycling as a mode of transportation in the city.

According to the New York Times City Room blog:

“It was important to me that these new racks be the same thickness and material as the existing racks—to help identify them as practical bike racks and not just modern art,” Mr. Byrne said. “The locations [are] about as perfect as one could imagine — Wall Street for the dollar sign and Bergdorf’s for the giant high heel!”

My personal favorite is the guitar shaped rack. It's in Williamsburg, of course.

 
 
 
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Getting a Green Workout

Posted by Sloane Kelley on August 25, 2008

Leave it to Portland to be the first U.S. city with a "green" gym. This Friday, an eco-friendly gym in northeast Portland will open, using energy generated by people working out to help power the facility.

The Green Microgym will get some of its energy from people using spin bikes and other cardio machines that can generate as much as 750 watts an hour. But gym owner Adam Boesel isn't stopping there. Solar panels are also being utilized and there's an overall eco-conscious theme at the gym with more energy efficient treadmills, ceiling fans and TVs, in addition to recycled rubber and cork flooring.

Most gyms are energy hogs, with sweeping floor space, high heating costs and hot showers always steaming in the locker rooms. Boesel doesn't know how much energy the solar arrays and human-powered equipment will produce, but he expects his fitness center to use about half the energy of most gyms its size by providing as much as 40% of its energy needs. His goal is to have the gym run solely on the energy it generates.

[Via the LA Times]

 
 
 
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