Clone yourself silly…

An enterprising Japanese firm, Clone Factory, have taken cutting edge 3D mapping and printing technologies in another direction entirely, by making it possible to have your head cloned onto a doll of your choosing, such as the unusually cheery Imperial Stormtrooper shown above!

The subject simply takes a seat in the photo studio, where they’re snapped’n’scanned, then a 3D model of their noggin is rendered…

The 3D model is then printed onto a sheet of clay-like material, which is trimmed and coloured, before being fitted to the body of your choice…

The results are scarily accurate!

C30, C60, C90 go!

Far from disappearing, the humble compact cassette has found fresh favour on the DIY music scene, with the return of tape-only labels being one of the most surprising developments of recent years. However, taking into account the digital ‘loudness wars’ eloquently deliniated in Greg Milner’s Perfecting Sound Forever, which saw the likes of Metallica’s huge fanbase lambasting the ‘everything louder than everything else’ approach, mebbe the humble analogue cassette’s ability to absorb serious overloading and sound simply triffic makes more sense… and then there’s the excellent blank tape insert art, as reflected by this excellent Flickr set.

The Nine Eyes of Google Street View

By Jon Rafman. More info here, and lots more examples on his Tumblr.

British design classic – the English Rose kitchen

Having made nose cones for Spitfires and parts for Lancaster bombers throughout WW2, the late 1940s found Constant Speed Airscrews (CSA) Industries Ltd of Warwick in something of a quandary. The company entered peace time with a large workforce, huge amounts of machinery and a stockpile of aircraft grade aluminium at their Avon Works on the town’s Wharf Street, but no demand for their products. Surprisingly, CSA decided to make British design history in 1948, by launching what was quite possibly the first modular ‘fitted’ kitchen range in Europe…

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The Little Apple – New York as Toytown in The Sandpit

We first showed a tilt shift movie with the video Little Big Berlin and this film, which makes shots of New York seem like a toy town is also a must-see. Surely it’s only a matter of time before this technique is brought to wider public attention in a music video, advertisement or film – it’s an innovative, charming and quirky way to show a city at work.

Experience a normal day in 2014

Nice conceptual work on the future of screen technology – particularly like the desk, stretchy phone screen and the phone picture sharing. All that info on the bathroom mirror would be annoying though. And if I was a user interface specialist, I’m not sure I’d name my company ‘TAT’.

Arcade Fire – The Wilderness Downtown

This interactive music video for Arcade Fire by those Google chaps shows some of the more amazing stuff possible with HTML5. And it all takes place in your hometown.

Really worth a look.


For the uninitiated, Microsoft’s Kinect is an add-on for the Xbox 360 which is kind of a super-advanced version of Nintendo’s Wiimote. No controller is needed, for example, and it recognises faces, voices, phrases, gestures, whole body movements, etc.

This interesting talk by Peter Molyneux about some of the possibilities of Kinect is brought to life by Milo, a youngster/tech demo whom people who saw the early demos of the device will recognise.

Near the end of the talk, Molyneux casually mentions that Milo’s mind exists in the cloud, meaning that the more people who interact with him worldwide, the more intelligent he gets. Presumably measures have been put in place so he doesn’t then, say, take over the world.

Via Engadget.

Don’t be a ‘sodcaster’, add some classic EQ…

According to Guardian Guide scribe, Pascal Wyse, the annoyingly tinny tuneage you hear blasting from teens’ mobiles is called a “Sodcast [noun]: Music, on a crowded bus, coming from the speaker on a mobile phone. Sodcasters are terrified of not being noticed, so they spray their audio wee around the place like tomcats.”

A fascinating piece in today’s Graun deals with the aural pollution of ‘sodcasting’, in all of its forms. However, as the article notes, it doesn’t need to involve distorted bass and ear-frying treble.

Happily, there’s an easy option to avoid being tarred with the same sonic brush. If you’re adding a tune to your phone, do everyone a favour and run it through the EQ options in the free audio editor, Audacity. This nifty piece of freeware, which is often packaged with USB turntables as no-frills analogue-to-digital conversion software, also includes a bunch of stellar equalisation options that are based on classic EQ curves of yesteryear. These include ‘Decca FFRR Micro’, which will make your tune sound like a vintage 45rpm record’s blasting out of your phone’s tiny speaker.

Watt-for-watt, the speaker in your phone’s probably equal to that of a mid-1960s transistor radio. Motown’s ‘Hitsville USA’ studio used to mix down their masterpieces through a tranny radio so that their releases would sound great blasting out of same, so adding this EQ curve to your mobile tuneage is a cert for sonic handset satisfaction. It should also preclude the possibility of you getting whacked by an old lady’s handbag on the bus home!

ID badges as art

In these days of ID cards and passports that routinely use biometrics, thumb prints, retina identification, smart chips, etc, to check who you are, it’s nice to remember that these could also be art, your face used to be your ticket, and that lamination is essentially a dirty word.

Take a close gander at this inspiring collection of vintage American employee ID badges, and repeat after us, “I am not defined by a magnetised strip…”

The Impossible Project

The aptly-named The Impossible Project have actually pulled off something of a coup, managing to restart manufacture of Polaroid instant film, which was discontinued in 2008 — using the original equipment, no less — and it couldn’t come at a more apt juncture, given the success of the iPhone’s Hipstamatic app.

In addition to the trad colour format, The Impossible Project are manufacturing their eight-shot carts in beautiful mono!

British artist, Ralph Steadman, worked with Polaroids for his Paranoids project, smushing around the chemicals as the prints were developing and drawing atop to frightening effect. Now you, too, can try this at home!

Tent peg bottle opener — perfect for the festival season…

California’s Red Flag Design have come up with a nifty, recycled solution to a common problem for festival-goers, the lost bottle opener. Save your teeth with this re-engineered ex-military tent peg, which now serves double duty — “Holds it down, opens it up” as the designers put it.

However, if you can’t find your tent, I don’t think it’ll help…

Technology comes full circle

The best iPad peripheral ever? Order one new or just grab a DIY kit for your own typewriter here. Or don’t.

What Japanese kids do at school

Did you ever do anything this good the whole time you were at school?

Sure I built Bradford-on-Avon’s Saxon church out of cardboard, but I never made an awesome stop motion Mario run round my classroom.

FuturePlus launches Tesco Tech Support magazine

Here’s a link to the interactive version of our latest Tesco magazine. Or if clicking is too much of an effort for you, pick up a copy on your next visit.

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If Apple made watches

iWatch concept from ADR Studios. But why?

Why I am not rich

This is fascinating, Kyle Conroy has put together some data on how much money you would have today if, instead of spending money on an Apple product, you just bought Apple shares instead. For example if, in 1997 you blew £2,400 on Apple shares instead of a Apple Power Macintosh G3 233 Desktop, you would now have $139,184.58!

Hans Rosling on

I have never seen data presented quite like this, pure genius.

What does your website look like on the iPad?

You can find out by visiting iPadPeek. Here’s ours…

Another iPad concept – this time for Marie Claire and by our friends at Ceros

Curious one this, in that Ceros is a Flash-based platform and the Flash is like Kryptonite or at least Lex Luthor to the iPad.

Latest iPad content concepts

Nice interface prototypes from Wired and Penguin Books. Oh, and the original iPad promo reel for those who missed it.

The future of magazines? Everyone seems to have a crystal ball this week…

The magazine publishing industry is panicking over rumours, yes just rumours, that Apple will unveil their iTablet/iSlate thingy at CES in January, pop a load of magazines and books on iTunes, reinvent publishing online and own that media market too. So suddenly, to look like they’re doing something, anything other than squinting hard at banner ads on their portal sites and desperately wondering how they can make money digitally, this week they’ve started coming up with ‘visualisations’ of how magazines could work on devices that may or may not come from Apple. That way, when Apple announce, they can all have a go at saying “told you so”. So are they any good?

First up is Time Inc with this Sports Illustrated demo (check out the spooky hand).

Next we have Mag+ the most beautiful of the three (we’re suckers for stuff with plus at the end – anyone?).

Lastly we have Wired’s attempt, which should knock our socks off, but compared to the other two, looks like they slapped it together over lunch in a European disco using Keynote, just so that they can be seen to be doing something.

Are these concepts the future of magazines? How about some comments folks?

Another, just beautiful, Google promo reel

Remember that History Of Google video I posted a month or so ago? Well they’re at it again, or, rather BBH New York are at it again. This latest promo for Google’s Chrome browser is, er, well, enchanting actually. And it’s about a new web browser – subjects don’t get much drabber.

Clothes shopping the Augmented Reality way

This technology just got useful.

Robert Downey Jr bursts out of the latest Esquire cover

Augmented Reality then (no don’t stop reading, this is good stuff). I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while and the latest issue of Esquire gives me the perfect opportunity to kick off. So what is it? Hold a magazine, trading card, cereal box, printout or anything with a QR code (that square graphic that Downey Jr is sat on below) up to a webcam and ‘something’ interactive appears on screen. Or, as Esquire describes it, ‘A living, breathing, moving, talking magazine’. Is augmented reality simply a gimmick? Maybe, but there are interesting opportunities for print and online to really play with each other here. I’ll shut up, watch the video below and I’ll post some more examples in the next few days.

You can play around with this yourself without buying the mag. First print out the cover here. Next, download the little app here. Finally, open the app, point your printout at your camera and have a play.

Or if you can’t be arsed, pop over and have a look on my laptop.

The history of Google in two lovely minutes

Convert your sketches into photo-composite mockups at the touch of a button – or, the electric Jenks!

Sketch an image, hit the submit button, hey presto, a composited photo mock-up sourced from the web, cutout and slapped back together for your visualisation pleasure. Is this software from the future or an elaborate hoax? Cover mock-ups here we come! Check out the rather dry promotional video…

Apple Tablet to “redefine print”?

Apple Tablet – Gizmodo

The long-rumoured Apple tablet is increasingly believed to be, basically speaking, an iPhone with a 10” screen.

While this possibly doesn’t sound like the subtlest phone for making calls on the 173 bus to Wells, Apple’s apparent plans to utilise the capacious screen of the tablet outweigh any such qualms. According to these reports from Wired and Gizmodo, one of their humble aims for the tablet is to “redefine print”.

Apple are said to be in talks with several print media companies with the intent of bringing books, magazines and newspapers to their new multi-touch device. It’s said that these would initially take the form of like-for-like versions of their print equivalents, a la Amazon’s Kindle, but according to Gizmodo, their eventual goal is said to be “hybridized content that draws from audio, video and interactive graphics in books, magazines and newspapers, where paper layouts would be static.”

Many iPhone/Touch users have already used their device to buy music, apps or video through iTunes, so the thought of paying for a digital version of their favourite magazine or newspaper on the iPhone seems a far smaller leap for most people to make than, say, paying to access the website of a newspaper. It isn’t hard to imagine paying a discounted monthly subscription for a daily paper downloaded to your device podcast-stylee, or a small one-off charge for downloading a mag to read whilst waiting for the aforementioned bus.


Search and explore fonts Minority Report style. Not convinced myself, but it looks pretty.