According to Nest 50% of your homes energy use is controlled by your thermostat. Focusing on simple design, Nest created an intelligent thermostat that learns from your cooling and heating habits to help you save energy.
The simplicity of design might remind you of an Apple product because Nest’s founder Tony Fadell was in charge of the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first 3 of the iPhone.
Nest’s amazing site was created by SF agency Odopod.
“This was a very typical time. I was single. All you needed was a cup of tea, a light, and your stereo, you know, and that’s what I had.” —Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs, 1955-2011
Predicting the future of September 16, 2011 back in 1987, Apple painted the vision of a tablet device with a natural language voice assistant. Exactly 24 years later Apple is only one month off their fictitious September 16, 2011 date with the release of the iPhone 4S and Siri.
This is among the harder-to-believe things I’ve seen on the Internet lately. It belongs in Terry Gilliam’s universe, not our own.
Amazing. A near perfect, counterfeit Apple Store in Kunming, China full of employees that all believe they’re working for Apple.
I would love to see this become a reality in the upcoming Lion release. Merge iChat, Facetime, iMessage and some type of VoIP service all into one app and the circle will be complete. Then no one will be able to claim, “I didn’t see your text”.
After smashing an iPod Touch that his two boys constantly fought over artist and former Apple employee Michael Tompert realized he should do something with this piece of technology as liquid poured out of the shattered screen. The series of photographs were recently featured in a small San Francisco Gallery, Small Worms Gallery.
From an art critic’s point of view, the destroyed gadgets contain strains of Dadaism and Surrealism. Everyday products are turned on themselves and made to seem unfamiliar again.
Twelve South is a product design company that only designs accessories for Apple products. They have done a fantastic job creating accessories that stay true to the Apple styling unlike many of the other accessory companies out there. With Compass you can easily adjust the stand to position your iPad into a easel or typing stand—incredibly useful and simple.
Yesterday Bobby Solomon of Kitsune Noir pointed out several references supporting the Dieter Rams design inspiration for the 4G iPhone design. Dieter Rams is a German industrial designer that helped shape Functionalist style of consumer electronics for Braun and other electronics companies during the 1960’s. The key principal of the Functionalist school of design is that the design should be created based on the purpose of the product or architecture.
Rams once explained his design approach in the phrase “Weniger, aber besser” which freely translates as “Less, but better.”
For quite some time now it has been said that Apple’s industrial designer Jonathan Ive has been influenced by Rams’ design, and in the case of the 4G iPhone this is quite apparent.
The tiny iPhone icons look clumsy spread across the iPad’s large 9.7 inch Multi-Touch display—enough so, that Apple decided to throw in a photo of some mountains to fill up the empty space. Is this what “revolutionary” looks like?