27 November, 2011

Kickstarter - Funding Platform for Creative Projects

Recently came across this product -  A Hidden Radio & BlueTooth Speaker on Kickstarter. Kickstarter, a funding platform, has an interesting business model to offer. And ofcourse the Radio is awesome :) How Kickstarter basically works is the creator can put his project on this funding platform and interested people can pledge an amount. Once the amount is reached, the project starts off. (read more below)

The HiddenRadio & Bluetooth Speaker is based off minimal, timeless design and user intuition. When asleep it hides all its functions, being silent and unanimated. To turn it on you simply twist and lift the cap; the further you lift the cap the more internal volume is created and will amplify to over 80dB of crystal clear sound. This unique design connects and captivates the user through its intuitive functionality.
Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Every week, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.

A new form of commerce and patronage. This is not about investment or lending. Project creators keep 100% ownership and control over their work. Instead, they offer products and experiences that are unique to each project.

All or nothing funding. On Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Why? It protects everyone involved. Creators aren’t expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk.


16 November, 2011

How about eating ONLY RAW food!

Recently read this article in the Hindu on how one can live (and relish) only eating uncooked vegetarian food. Some excerpts

Myth 1: Eating raw food means living off salad. Only salad - False
Myth 2: If you're vegan, leave alone vegetarian, your choices of food at a restaurant wiggle down to two - False
Myth 3: You can't live an entire day off food that is uncooked - False

Meet Lisa Pitman and she'll bust these and many more myths for you. A certified raw chef from Canada, Lisa is on a new age crusade across India, Thailand, Bali, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii convincing people of the “The Healing Power of Plants” and converting them to “Eating Without Heating”. “It's a growing movement and Toronto alone has six raw food restaurants now,” says the petite Lisa, twinkle in the eye.

She starts her day with a smoothie made of kale (a variety of greens), banana, coconut milk, and oats (for texture). The snack she carries to work is either fruit or vegetables. “Lunch is a really big salad with greens, avocado, shredded beets, sauces, dry fruits and a pinch of sea salt.” She snacks in the evening on a raw energy bar she makes and dinner is a veggie wrap. And hold it…she loves dessert — frozen banana whipped in a blender to ice-creamy perfection and topped with berries. “I never ever crave fried food,” she declares, morphing into a goddess in my eyes.  

For 'uncooked receipes' check out Lisa's website www.veganculinarycrusade.com

Future of Interaction Design - Bret Vector

Here is an excellent article on future of interaction design which pushes you to think beyond 'touch' and 'glass'. This article reminded me of the multi-sensory course we did while studying design at N.I.D. I would like to include the last part of the article here

Look down at your hands. Are they attached to anything? Yes — you've got arms! And shoulders, and a torso, and legs, and feet! And they all move!

Any dancer or doctor knows full well what an incredibly expressive device your body is. 300 joints! 600 muscles! Hundreds of degrees of freedom!

The next time you make breakfast, pay attention to the exquisitely intricate choreography of opening cupboards and pouring the milk — notice how your limbs move in space, how effortlessly you use your weight and balance. The only reason your mind doesn't explode every morning from the sheer awesomeness of your balletic achievement is that everyone else in the world can do this as well.
With an entire body at your command, do you seriously think the Future Of Interaction should be a single finger?

15 November, 2011

Now India has 10 crore Internet users!

According to the I-Cube report by Internet and Mobile Association of India, India is set to have 12 crore users by Dec 2011 out of which 9.7 crore will be active users accessing net atleast once a month. Around 9 crore will be from cities and the rest from rural areas.