TIVO and Google Maps

I’ve been avoiding buying myself a TIVO for some time, but every-time I play with one– I want one. I just think I’d find myself watching TV way too often. Every now and then I see a TIVO hack that makes me want one even more, and the Google Maps/TIVO interface application is one of them. I know, I know, I cover google hacks way too often, but this one was too good to pass up. You can use the arrow keys to scroll around, channel buttons to zoom, number keys for zip codes, and of course switch between map and satellite modes. You can download it (and the source) here.

Lotus 23: Reinventing The Umbrella

Young Australian designer Andy Wana was this years Gold winner at the 2005 Australian Design Award-Dyson Student award. His ingenious take on the umbrella won him top honors, he calls his design “Lotus 23“. The reengineered umbrella design is fully retractable (retracting like a flower), and folds into a low profile handle. It’s built with flexible ribs that flow with the wind, and when retracted goes completely inside a durable handle, which squeezes the water out onto the sidewalk before you enter a building or car. There are also no sharp points to accidently jab anyone in the eye–a common problem with current umbrella designs. The features just go on and on– it’s double vented so the wind wont turn it into a parachute. The judges said “lateral thinking at its best! This project is an inspiration to all designers to continually question current systems and make them things work better.” Gizmag has a few more details and product shots of Lotus 23.

Get It Louder

Remember Scott Rench? He is easily one of the most talented and forward thinking and talented sculptors I’ve have ever seen. I mention this because he is going to be showing at the Get It Louder exhibit in China this year–joining 100 other participants from around the globe. 80% of the participants are of Chinese background, half are among the new generation of artists and designers in mainland China, and they say the average age of all artists is 25. There will be over 200 pieces of work in the exhibit from illustration and toys to fashion, architecture, and even animation and short films. Needless to say I suspect this is going to be one stellar line up, and I only wish I could hop over to Shanghai to cover it properly.

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