Another great design from Yanko Design. Finder is a two-part RFID Locator comprising of the main terminal and tab stickers. You need to stick the tracking stickers to your important items that has the possibility to misplace such as keys, phone, wallet etc. Configure the sticker with the appropriate label on the main terminal and you are set to use it. No more lost keys again, yay!
I source globally and buy 60% of total dollar purchase from China. I cannot say China is the best place to source, however China has been the world factory for nearly 3 decades for a number of reasons. I personally think it's hard to find an alternative based on the volume, delivery reliability, value for money and quality that China has been doing. We need to set a reasonable expectation. "You get what you pay for! "You can't expect a Ferarri for a Honda price or else you will set yourself to fail.", I tell people that all the time. There are some high quality products that we cannot source in China and we have to pay a much higher price to source elsewhere simply because the technology or craftsmanship is not ready yet. But that's okay. China is transforming and are investing heavily in emerging markets. China will continue to be a world factory in the next few decades through made in China products or Chinese factories in emerging markets
This USB stick eliminates the need for using a computer as a medium to transfer information from one stick to another. It is equipped with a display that is hopefully a touchscreen, and has a slot at one end to hook up another stick. File transfers promise to be easy, and I can imagine myself using this stick at live blogging events. It is a cool concept that will hopefully hit the light of production.
A floating mug with a built-in coaster will protect your furniture from coffee stains and heat.
Your coffee has never looked more graceful. This pretty unique coffee mug designed by Tigere Chiriga looks like it is levitating in the air. It has an innovative handle that also functions as a coaster.
Via : Floatingmug Company
This year is shaping up to be mixed, at best, for luxury goods. Continuing economic woes in the Eurozone, a flagging Japanese economy, and slow recovery in the U.S. will likely lead to modest spending on luxury brands in those regions.
At a recent fashion summit in Florence, Italy, luxury designers were downbeat. Michele Norsa, CEO of Salvatore Ferragamo, the Italian shoemaker, said: "Markets are very volatile. We must keep a cool head and define our forecasts day by day. ...The first part of the year will be slower. In the second part there will probably be a recovery. These are the signs we are receiving from all our markets." Michele Tronconi, the head of Sistema Moda Italia (SMI), Italy's fashion body, added, "Orders of goods to be delivered in the coming months have shrunk and I don't expect this trend to change soon."
The new approach of China's ruling government won't change Chinese attitudes toward luxury immediately, however. A study by the Luxury Institute suggests 43 percent of wealthy Chinese consumers plan to spend more on luxury products in the coming year, vs. 10 percent of Japanese and 9 percent of Americans. As one example of the Chinese taste for expensive goods, sales of luxury cars skyrocketed over the past two years, although that trend is expected to cool. Recent research indicates that Chinese luxury consumers will account for 40 percent of the worldwide new luxury market between 2010 and 2015.
In fact, the real future for luxury goods may not be in Europe, the U.S., or Japan, but rather in emerging markets. Research by Euromonitor International suggests it is the "strength in emerging economies" like Brazil, Russia, India, and China, commonly referred to as the "BRICs," that will be driving demand for luxury goods. The BRICs "now account for 11% of total luxury sales, up from just 4% in 2004," according to Euromonitor International. "However by 2017 this figure is set to increase further by 78% in real value terms to reach US$59 billion, representing almost 16% of the global luxury goods market."
Via : www.brandchannel.com
Flexible Tablets Could Soon Become Reality & Change Your Desk Forever
If you have watched Harry Potter, then like I do, you must be fascinated by the interactive video newspaper in most chapters. It's no longer a science fiction, flexible tablet may soon become a reality.
Tablets are getting thinner and thinner, and the end result is bound to be tablets that are paper thin. Well, we're almost there, it's a just a question of exactly how handy that'll really be.
Plastic Logic's "Paper Tab"—developed in partnership with Intel and Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, the displays look pretty much like sheets of paper. Actually, though, they're 10.7-inch plastic displays which are flexible and touch sensitive. The displays may be paper thin--well, cardstock thin, for now—but we're only talking about the displays; each prototype still needs to be tethered to a CPU with a chain of tables because the rest of the components, like the processor and battery are still unfortunately rigid. For the time being anyway.
Each display houses a different app, and the screens can interact with each other: tap one page on another to open a document or email, say, and then flick or twist to provide commands. The displays also know where others are, so they can be teamed up to produce a larger screen when placed next to each other.
Via : gizmodo
A unique iRing design concept by Victor Solo that changes the way we control the Playback functionality of your iPod/iPhone device via Bluetooth. iRing features as a touch sensitive functions strip that can play your favorite songs, control your desire volume, and with skip and pause control function. iRing is rechargeable and it comes with a compact power charger and storage device.
A remote electronic device to control the power on/off of your home lighting and electrical appliance with your Apple device or smartphone. The Belkin WeMo Switch, works with its's WeMo app so you can turn electronics on or off from anywhere. If you can plug it in, you can control it with WeMo. You can control the power on or off your electronic devices and even put them on a schedule. WeMo uses your home Wi-Fi network, and also operates over mobile internet-so you can even control things while you’re away. WeMo is completely modular, allowing you to control as much or as little of your house as you like. WeMo is your home at your fingertips.
Via : www.belkin.com
Now you can put the future at your fingertips with this virtual laser keyboard.
A revolutionary laser technology that projects a virtual keyboard on any flat surface. A true compact design with the size of keychain can you can carry around without the hassle of extra weight nor bulkiness.
This tiny gadget can easily pair with your smartphone, laptop or tablet via Bluetooth® wireless technology. Its also USB rechargeable with its li-ion battery.
Via : BrookStone
Lockitron has recently launched a keyless concept of door lock that you can access with your Smartphone. The app uses a very simple 2-button design. Lockitron lets you check and control your door lock from anywhere in the world giving you peace of mind. It will send a notification when your child unlocks the door using their phone or key. Lockitron install easily in seconds on your current lock as well as an easy uninstall when you move.
Lockitron is compatible with any Smartphone thanks to our mobile website. Older phones can use Lockitron through simple text message commands. Lockitron connects to the internet thanks to built-in WiFi. You can control Lockitron and receive notifications from Lockitron anywhere in the world. If you use an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, you can enable Lockitron to sense when you walk up to the door and unlock for you using Bluetooth 4.0.
Via : lockitron.com