Archive for the ‘design’ Category
It’s no secret that Nokia’s been casting an interested eye over the tablet market and now we have a bit of extra evidence to show its intent, courtesy of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The federal bureau has just published a design patent granted to the Finnish company for a tablet device, which was applied for on May 28th, 2010. Sadly, that date tells us what we’re looking at is most probably a shelved MeeGo machine that never made it to market rather than an upcoming world conqueror, but still, here it is for all of us to gawk at and admire. Judging by the 3.5mm headphone jack outline — which, like the rest of the dotted lines on the sketch, isn’t covered by the patent — we’re likely looking at a 9- or 10-inch slate, whose design reminds us most acutely of Nokia’s N8 phone. See more pics in the gallery below before returning to your mind cave to fantasize about what might have been… or might still be.
Update: Electronista notes that Nokia’s filed for and received the rights to a second tablet design patent, this one eschewing the N8 inspiration for a more generic shape. See it pictured after the break or at the second link below.
Gallery: Nokia tablet patent
That’s the E65 7 Series up there, considered by many to be as ugly a car as they come. It’s the product of one Chris Bangle, Chief Designer at BMW for most of the ’90s and ’00s, who strove to give cars a futuristic, deconstructivist design that didn’t always find favor among car buyers who were still stuck in an orderly present. Now we actually are in the future and, well, that rear-end still isn’t looking any better, but Bangle did pave the way for more dramatic stylings in modern cars. He stepped away from the auto industry two years ago and now we’re hearing that he’s moving on to a gig at Samsung. Interestingly, Sammy and BMW have had something of a relationship over the years. We saw newer 7 Series sprout support for the T*Omnia in 2009, and back in 2005 Samsung’s Chief Marketing Officer told Bloomberg that the company needed to “become like a BMW.” According to Korean paper JoongAng Ilbo, Bangle will be working on cellphones and netbooks, which we expect to feature dramatic flame surfacing along with Dame Edna indicator lights and oddly bulging posteriors.
Logos can be surprisingly divisive things, so the MIT Media Lab has decided to cheat a little bit with its new identity: it won’t have just one logo, it’ll have 40,000. You heard / read / imagined that right, the new Media Lab logo will simply be the concept of three intersecting “spotlights,” composed of three colors, straight lines, three black squares, and a few blending gradients. There’s an algorithm behind it all, which is used to generate a unique logo for every new member of staff, meaning that although trademark claims may be a headache to enforce, originality will continue thriving in the Lab for a long time to come. Hit the source link to learn more or leap past the break for a nice video rundown.
There are headphone amplifiers, and then there’s Fiskar’s 88. Designer Edouard Urcadez took the liberty of utilizing the Fiskar brand on this here concoction, which features an unorthodox form factor, larger-than-life volume / tone knobs, an array of rear outputs and a Made in Finland badge. There’s no theoretical specifications to simmer on, but the inclusion of speaker outputs leads us to believe that we’re looking at a dual-stage amp or one with far more power than most headphone pushers. We’ve never actually seen an inanimate object cry for production, but we’re going to stare at the image above a bit longer just in case. There’s a first time for everything, right?
Before you go leaping to any conclusions, do remember that Microsoft plans on keeping the Xbox 360 going until at least 2015 so we’re not really talking imminent changes here. Nonetheless, the software giant has listed a plethora of new job openings, with the most interesting ones being at its Mountain View research campus, where a team responsible for “defining and delivering next generation console architectures” is looking for fresh blood. A graphics hardware architect is sought to ensure that the next Xbox strikes the optimal balance between the awesome and affordable, while a design verification engineer and a few others will be hired to test and help develop prototypes. This bolstering of numbers seems to indicate Microsoft is starting to ramp up research and development on its next-gen home entertainment linchpin, and while nothing’s likely to emerge from those Mountain View labs in the short term, the mere sound of clanking tools and buzzing electrons is getting us excited already.