Dieter Rams and the products he designed for Braun and Vitsœ Dieter Rams was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1932. He was strongly influenced by the presence of his grandfather who was a carpenter. Rams’s early awards for carpentry led to him training as an architect as Germany was rebuilt in the early 1950s. Prompted by an eagle-eyed friend, Rams applied for a job at the German electrical products company, Braun, in 1955. Rams became a protégé of the Ulm School of Design (successor to the Bauhaus) luminaries Hans Gugelot, Fritz Eichler and Otl Aicher. He quickly became involved in product design – famously adding the clear perspex lid to the SK4 radiogram in 1956 – and was appointed head of design at Braun from 1961 to 1995. Together with his design team, he was responsible for many of the seminal domestic electrical products – and some furniture – of the 20th century.
iPad - Elevating the expedition The Evolution of Cell Phone Design Between 1983-2009 Cell phones have evolved immensely since 1983, both in design and function. From the Motorola DynaTAC, that power symbol that Michael Douglas wielded so forcefully in the movie “Wall Street”, to the iPhone 3G, which can take a picture, play a video, or run one of the thousands applications available from the Apple Store. There are thousands of models of cell phones that have hit the streets between 1983 and now. We’ve picked a few of the more popular and unusual ones to take you through the history of this device that most of us consider a part of our everyday lives. We have tried, wherever possible, to include the most popular phones and the phones that were “firsts” for a particular feature, but may have missed out on your favorite phones due to the sheer number of models that are out there. We invite you to post your faves in the comments section if they are not listed here. Mobile phones are just now beginning to be as vital to North Americans as they have been to Asians. Nokia 1011 LG Vu
An Espresso Machine That Exudes Warmth Instead Of Industrial Cool I’m an incorrigible caffeine addict and a hopeless collector of all coffee accoutrements--from French presses and stovetop espresso makers to percolators and milk steamers. So when I saw this porcelain wall-mounted espresso machine, I found myself wiping away some coffee-tinged drool. Arvid Häusser, a 23-year-old German design student at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, has revamped the industrial-looking espresso machine, with its metal body and plastic knobs, and made it friendlier, adding warm wood tones and creamy ceramic. But the improvements extend beyond mere aesthetics: Porcelain is a good insulator and doesn’t impart a metallic taste. And by adhering the appliance to the wall, Häusser has managed to free up valuable counter space and even create a place for resting a few mugs securely on top. Sadly, the design is only a prototype, and Haüsser’s looking for sponsors to take it into the next phase.
Apple compra Burstly, responsables de Testflight Apple ha confirmado la compra de Burstly, según leemos en Recode. Una compra con la cual la compañía adquiere la popular Testflight, una plataforma que permite el testeo de aplicaciones sin necesidad de subirlas a la App Store. Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans En declaraciones para la compañía, Kristin Huguet ha comentado lo que otras tantas veces hemos leído. Burstly es una plataforma de gestión de apps móviles que ofrece herramientas que permiten obtener datos y analíticas sobre el ciclo de vida de nuestras aplicaciones, desde las primeras pruebas hasta el porqué podrían haberse dejado de usar la app. Cómo integrará Apple la plataforma y herramientas de Burstly no lo sabemos. Vía | Recode
intel: From 4 to 64 bits in 30 years. Lunar Rethinks Rock Climbing Walls, Making Them Slicker And Smarter Few things say filthy rich more succinctly than an indoor rock-climbing wall. But even those lucky enough to have them, must contend that the hulking structures don’t match their surrounding décor. As Lunar Europe puts it, “Pro gear is out of place. Since it lived in the gym, no one has re-considered the design.” That is, until the Munich-based design studio decided to put its spin on the climbing wall, transforming the standard pebble-like holds into a wall art comprised of indented ripples. The concept, called Nova, is the second in Lunar Europe’s series of home-gym upgrades. The conceit behind Nova--to make gym equipment less of an eyesore--is smart.
Apple lanza iOS 7.0.6 y iOS 6.1.6 Apple acaba de lanzar nuevas actualizaciones para sus sistemas operativos más recientes: iOS 7.0.6 y iOS 6.1.6. La primera corrige el error de verificación de la conexiones SSL y la segunda añade correcciones y mejoras de seguridad. Tres semanas después del lanzamiento de iOS 7.0.5 que venía a solucionar un error muy específico en el iPhone 5s y 5c y en solventar un problema de red para los terminales vendidos en el mercado chino, Apple acaba de lanzar iOS 7.0.6 para todos los terminales de la compañía compatibles con el sistema, iPhone, iPad e iPod touch, centrado de nuevo en la corrección de errores y mejoras en la estabilidad general del sistema junto con la solución para el fallo presente en la verificación de las conexiones SSL.