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Nooka App

Our friends at Nooka have launched this neat little time keeping iPhone application, providing you with a new way to look at time.

Time is the most ubiquitous thing we experience. NOOKA presents a graphical representation of time that transcends the linguistics and math that make telling time—creating a truly intuitive experience to tell time, set alarms, and visualise world-time/timezones.

Features include a timer, stopwatch, and most importantly a beautiful world-time option.

You can try it out for yourself and download it now through the iTunes store.

Teenage Engineering Updates

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Stockholm-based Teenage Engineering are at it again with a new OS Update and a new product.  Can’t wait to try it all out on my OP-1.

The OS update delivers new drum and sequencer modes and badly-needed MIDI sync, plus cool MIDI modulation. Combined, it seems the OP-1 has really matured – sync alone removes a major obstacle for some adopters.

The new hardware is Opbox, a combination USB host / MIDI / CV box with analog sensors – and it has pretty plug-in modules and even custom-made shoes to match (below). The shoes may not be terribly practical, but the Oplab fits a unique niche in hardware I/O and DIY projects – provided it’s a niche that people actually want.

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Amazing.  Musical shoes.  More exclusive pictures and info over at Create Digital Music. Thanks Anthony!

SIHH 2012: IWC Top Gun Launch

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I had a great time at SIHH with my friends from IWC yesterday. Totally loving the new Pilots Watches.

If I had to pick a favorite– it would be the Ceramic Big Pilot’s Watch with Perpetual Calendar shown above. Stunning in person, I promise.

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Big Pilot in Ceramic and Titanium.  A nice twist on the classic model.

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Big Pilot Worldtimer, I should probably have one of these.

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And of course, the new Miramar.  I’ve seen a few different strap combinations and I’m partial to the brown leather, but the green canvas is still really solid.

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P.S. The booth was incredible.  Full flight simulator, aircraft carrier details down to the screws. Check out the behind the scenes footage of the making here.

Obliteration Room

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Pictures from 82-year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama new exhibit at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia called ‘Obliteration Room.’

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Start with a stark-white room then let kids armed with thousands of colored stickers go crazy on it. The result is a rainbow of insanity.

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More pictures over at The Denver Egotist, thanks Keleigh!

Dominic Wilcox Watch Sculptures

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Dominic Wilcox has created some new watch sculptures– tiny people standing on the hands of a watch, on subjects from protest and big brother to money and football. Via Mocoloco

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The new Watch Sculptures are part of a larger series of miniature time-based sculptures by Wilcox that uses vintage mechanical timepieces and customized model figures.

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Related: Nike’s Art of Football by Dominic Wilcox, and the Xylophone Bin

NoPattern 2012

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Old friend Chuck Anderson of NoPattern has released a few new goodies for the holiday season. Above is his latest NoPattern Calendar– a 7×7 calendar packaged inside a black vinyl record sleeve screenprinted with gold ink, signed and numbered in an edition of 300.

There are also some new t-shirts. Two of the six latest shirts are below. Great stuff.

Josh Spear readers can used the code jspear for $5 off their order in the store. Enjoy!

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Skateboard Sculptures

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Japanese artist Haroshi creates unique three-dimensional sculptures out of recycled skateboard decks.

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Layers of stacked wooden decks are transformed into sharks, body parts, fire hydrants, toys, fictional characters, and shoes.

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Incredible. I need that apple. More pictures on Toxel. Thanks G!

Biome by Samuel Wilkinson

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Okay, this is amazing. I want one.

London based designer Samuel Wilkinson has designed a flora terrarium that links to your iPad.

Biome is a flora terrarium that’s works a little like a live tamagotchi – with a smartphone or iPad as its key to controlling its climate, water level and nutrients.

The idea promotes ‘digital downtime’ by finding an alternative use for smartphones and encouraging their owners to consider a slower life. The control and nurturing of a real mini eco-system takes patience and care, contrasting with the immediacy of messaging or tweeting that is so characteristic of the smartphone generation.

This smart garden has low energy lighting that can replicate sunlight and contains sensors that link back to the device when connected. It is designed to incorporate different types of environment – tropical, desert, even herb garden – and can be easily controlled by even the least green-fingered of users.

The design was developed for an exhibition titled ‘Slow Tech – Designs for Digital Downtime’ at trend agency Protein’s exhibition space last month. The exhibition was curated by Henrietta Thompson of Wallpaper fame.

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