The Fuuvi “Bee” 8mm Digital Camera ($79.99) is a fun and simple retro-styled digital camera. It takes inspiration from vintage Super 8 cameras, and provides a more retro feel to your footage without the need for any smartphones or filtering applications.
Featuring a 1.3 million pixel CMOS lens, the camera captures “retro” videos in 640 x 480 resolution or stills at 1280 x 960. It records on a microSD and can shoot a continuous 100-minute clip.
You can buy it at Audiocubes
One of the main problem every city biker faces is space: where am I going to store my two-wheeled love? For sure you don’t want to just leave it outside, especially in cities like New York or San Francisco where bike thefts happen daily. The Italian design studio BYografia came up with a very smart solution called Bookbike ($TBA): a bookshelf that can store a bike vertically in one half, and books—or whatever you want—in the other. Bookbike is available in opaque chalk white or iron grey anthracite, and the bike hook can be set at different heights.
You can learn more on BYografia’s site.
Since nowadays people are always so pessimistic about the future, I figured it would be good to use this week’s t-shirt to spread an optimistic message: technically, the glass is always full ($20). Sometimes it’s enough to look at things from a different prospective.
You can buy it at SnorgTees.
This stand for iPad is so beautiful that it looks like Apple themselves designed it. Thanks to strong neodymium magnets and Magnus’ ($50) very low profile, your iPad will almost appear to be defying gravity. Magnus is first machine-crafted from pure aluminum and then hand-finished using the latest manufacturing techniques.
You can buy it at Ten One Design.
This week’s app is the beautifully designed Agenda ($0.99), by Savvy Apps. I’m obviously not the first to discover this app—otherwise it wouldn’t have been featured by Apple, Macworld, Lifehacker and TWiT; and it wouldn’t have ranked at the top of the productivity category. This is simply the ultimate calendar app for your iOS device. It’s simple, elegant and fast. I really love how the design recalls those old desktop calendars, while making smart use of the multi-touch interface. Do yourself a favor, spend the $0.99. You won’t regret it.
You can download it from the App Store.
While today’s featured prints aren’t new, they’re so politically incorrect and amusing that when we stumbled across them again, we just couldn’t resist posting. Designed by Brooklyn-based artist Mark McGinnis, these alphabet card prints ($85) are nothing like the ones your ‘rents used to teach you the letters of the alphabet when you were growing up.
At $85, they’re also pretty inexpensive.
Though not everyone
has a sense of humor will like these, most of them are guaranteed to get your guests talking. My personal favorites are Dd, Jj (I am Jamaican, after all), Mm, and Ss.
You can buy them from Mark McGinnis’ store.
Imagine being able to make a video that you can navigate in 360 degrees. This sounds like something very complex and expensive to do. Well, with Dot ($79) by Kogeto you can easily do it with your iPhone. Just pop Dot on the back of your iPhone, download the free Dot application, and thanks to its catadioptric optical system, you’ll be able to record awesome 360 degree videos. This is really cool for recording videos at events like concerts and meetups to give a better feel of the atmosphere or for your next trip toItaly, to show your friends what it feels like to walk around the Coliseum.
You can buy it on Amazon.
I drink a lot of tea. I also like simple, intuitive designs. So imagine my elation when I came acrross the Tea-Time Steeper ($TBA).
Deisgned by Pengtao Yu, it’s minimal, hourglass design ensures that it won’t get tossed in the back of your cupbard, and may in fact earn it a permanent spot on your counter.
It’s designed using a spring-loaded timer, so it’s pretty low-tech. You simply put tea leaves and water into one of the cups, attach the top, twist to set the steep timer, then flip to start timer. That’s it. Once the timer goes off, you take the top pieces off, and you’ve got your tea.
I have a very nice clay teapot that I was quite content with. Now, if Pengtao Yu ever produces this, I MUST have one. Must. I mean, it’ll make my tea taste better, right?
You can’t buy it yet but you can ask for more information on the Pengtao Yu’s website.
While calendars with incorporated clocks aren’t new, the Antalis Calenclock ($TBA) by Ken Lo definitely approached this design challenge in a different way. Hour and minute hands hover over split-page days that each present a unique message ranging from “No Public Holidays, Work Hard!” to “Trick or Treat!”
You can see more pictures on his Behance page.
This bike is absolutely awesome not only because of those really detailed golden lugs, but because those lugs are 3d printed. Yes, you heard right, 3d printed. VRZ 1 ($TBA) is a track bike frame built by Ralf Holleis, with 3d-printed stainless steel lugs glued together with carbon fiber tubes.
This is a really good example of what can be done with modern 3d printing technologies, like building custom frames in a short amount of time. You can see a great video of the process on Vimeo.
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