The Chairless Chair, an invisible chair that you can wear
- It’s like a chair that isn’t there, but magically appears whenever you need it. It’s called the Chairless Chair and you wear it on your legs like an exoskeleton: when it’s not activated, you can walk normally or even run. And then, at the touch of a button, it locks into place and you can sit down on it. Like a chair that is now there.
"The idea came from wanting to sit anywhere and everywhere, and from working in a UK packaging factory when I was 17," says Keith Gunura, the 29-year old CEO and co-founder of noonee, the Zurich-based startup behind the device, “standing for hours on end causes a lot of distress to lower limbs, but most workers get very few breaks and chairs are rarely provided, because they take up too much space. So I thought that the best idea was to strap an unobtrusive chair directly to myself.”
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Last week, Jared Spool wrote a “Tweetstorm” that bears repeating as one, compiled post.
Does your organization have a ‘design-centered’ DNA with the right rewards? Developers are rewarded to push out flawless code on an aggressive time schedule; not rewarded for taking the time to improve…
One sunny Thursday afternoon last October, Lyman Connor climbed on his bicycle and pedaled from his Roanoke, Va., home for a ride along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. He didn’t make it back that day.
Riding down one of the parkway’s steep hills at nearly 40 mph, a car suddenly braked in front of Connor. “The last thing I remember was going over the handlebars,” he says. “When I woke up in an intensive care unit, I had tubes coming out my body to sustain my breathing.”
Connor suffered nine skull fractures in the fall and broke his hip, jaw, clavicle and a number of ribs, one of which punctured a lung. He also lost sight in one of his eyes and his sense of taste.
After spending a week convalescing in the hospital, the 54-year-old Connor decided to go home. He was still badly hurting and in a cast when he stepped into the hospital elevator. Inside was a boy whose eyes were red from crying. “I tried to make him smile, pointed to myself, and told him it couldn’t be so bad,” Connor says.
But the boy lifted his arm and showed Connor a stump where his hand should have been.
Help find this boy’s new hand.
Organizational metaphors can be helpful to think about what’s going on in work culture. Gareth Morgan’s Images of Organizationis a great compendium of metaphors: organization as a machine, organism, brain, culture, political systems, etc. I also find Joanne Martin’s analysis of contending…
In favor of more human metaphors about teamwork and organizations.
If you design for mobile, chances are you’re using some tool that lets you preview your designs on your iPhone’s screen (and if you don’t, shame on you : )
These tools use a shared Wifi connection (be it your main wireless network, or an Ad-Hoc network you’ve created using the Sharing…
Vurb is the winner of Techcrunch Disrupt NYC 2014. Despite Fred Wilson’s declaration that what they are attempting is too large, the other judges must have disagreed. And I think they were right.
We are at a turning point in user-centered application models, being forcibly driven by the…
Rather than empathy, the contagious nature of yawning may be highlighting something very different. “We’re getting insight into the human herd: yawning as a primal form of sociality,” Provine says. Yawning may be, at its root, a mechanism of social signalling. When we yawn, we are communicating with one another. We are sending an external sign of something internal, be it our boredom or our anxiety, our fatigue or our hunger—all moments when we may need a helping hand. In fact, yawning may be the opposite of what we generally think. It’s less likely a signal that you’re tired than a signal that it’s time for everyone around you to act.
At its most fundamental, a yawn is a form of communication—one of the most basic mechanisms we have for making ourselves understood to others without words. “It’s often said that behavior doesn’t leave fossils,” Provine says. “But, with yawning, you are looking at a behavioral fossil. You’re getting an insight into how all of behavior once was.”
Fascinating. Not boring.
Fine, detailed and subtle animated artwork created by New York illustrator Rebecca Mock. Apparently the animated gif back to stay, gradually more and more people are exploring this old format and customers asking for shouting. Several of these illustrations were created for the New York Times or The Warlus magazine.
Beautiful gif art. <3
Oh my Lord. We have to have these at AJAM.
Creative Portraits Of People Posing With Old Vinyl Sleeves
‘Sleeveface’ is an internet phenomenon whereby people obscure their faces with old vinyl sleeves, creating an optical illusion.
Some people have gone online to share their humorous self-portraits, portraying themselves as famous singers like Freddy Mercury, David Bowie, Bryan Adams and many more.
To me, the most exciting part of the Facebook/WhatsApp deal has nothing to do with the deal itself. Instead, I’m excited about the ramifications of such a deal. And I’m not talking about Facebook or WhatsApp here either. History will ultimately prove that deal genius or folly. But more importantly, I know that a deal like this has other people talking, thinking, and building.
The last group is key, but let me start with the first group. Once the fervor around the deal itself died down, we got a couple of compelling posts from the likes of Benedict Evans and riffing on it, John Lilly. Incidentally, both are now VCs. But neither started out that way, and both have long histories of solid thinking and writing.
Both understand that the Facebook/WhatsApp deal is simply the strongest signal yet that we’ve fully entered a new age in the world of computing where mobile is now the kingdom. And the $19 billion price tag simply shows that there isn’t yet a king.
This door wins. All other doors are lame and should die.
Hand Made is a tool to produce a collective library for future reference of everyday hand gestures, questioning how they have, are and will be shaped by technology. IDP 2013 - Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID) Thesis project. Project URL http://handmadegestures.com/ Project Blog http://thefinalmadness.tumblr.com/ Project Videos http://vimeo.com/channels/597608 Hand Made Hand Made emerged from the research as a tool to allow reaching a broader audience with the study. It is a platform to produce a collective library for future reference of everyday hand gestures, with the goals of provoking, inspiring, discovering and speculating how current digital activities (e.g. sending and email or opening a file) will influence the way people communicate with their hands. If physical objects like the phone, a pen or a watch have influenced the way people use hand gestures to communicate, how will current digital activities do the same? Inspired by the research this tool took the form of a website in order to generate collaboration, sharing a discussion. Everyone can access and record their gestures, as well as see and compare with others. It is digital content provoking physical movement beyond a tap or a mouse click. Besides contributing with hand gestures for “read a book”, “send an email”, “print a file”, “open a file”, “save a file”, people have already suggested more digital activities: “logging in”, “googling” or “liking”. In the future Hand Made will track age, gender and location, to be more aware, investigate and visualise the cultural factors which are believed to influence hand gestures.
Nielsen Norman Group has published a fascinating survey about UX careers. They had 963 professionals respond to their very thorough survey. I seem to remember taking the survey myself. I’ve found it particularly interesting in that it backs up the survey I conducted a couple years ago with a…
Adapting to the needs of the business
A Former Google Exec Reinvents Elementary Education By Putting An R&D Lab In School
Can this one-room school with a Silicon Valley approach scale up a more personalized model for educating kids?
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