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Nobumichi Asai’s remarkable real-time facial projection mapping project pushes the boundaries of technology

Posted in Art, Design, Technology
By Sam Bathe on 19 Aug 2014



Pin-pointing the shape, size and contours of the model’s face, plus tiny dots to aid the camera, Nobumichi Asai’s remarkable project maps and projects in real-time onto her face. Using incredibly precise light projects, Nobumichi is able to digitally alter the model’s face as she moves around in the 3D space, a first for such complexity while using this technique. For more from Nobumichi, head to his site:

Titan’s monster 370″ Zeus set is the new world’s biggest TV

Posted in Technology
By Sam Bathe on 16 Jun 2014

Officially the world’s biggest TV, Titan’s new 370″ Zeus set will set you back a whopping $1.6m and is roughly the size of a football goal. Weighing in at just under a tonne, the Zeus has to be personally delivered by Titan using their custom-build Hummer. Boasting a 4K and 65 billion colour display, the Zeus offers an image much brighter, crisper and richer than projectors at this size. So far, Titan only have plans to manufacture four Zeus set, with two already purchased, so if you’re interested, and have $1.6m knocking around, head over to their site:

Eastern Collective upgrade your boring white iPhone cable with their colourful S/S 2014 collection

Posted in Technology
By Sam Bathe on 13 Jun 2014


For those not satisfied with the plain white charging cables that come boxed with every new iPhone, Eastern Collective have released a collection with their own colourful design. Replacing the white body with a pattern reminiscent of climbing rope, the cables are available in six colourways, each 1 metre long. Compatible with all Lightning connected devices, Eastern also do cables for the older iPhones and Micro USB. Available for $25.95 from the Eastern Collective online store:

B&O PLAY and Hard Graft launch a collaborative accessories collection

Posted in Design, Technology
By Sam Bathe on 10 Jun 2014

Bang & Olufsen have teamed up with premium leather and felt goods label Hard Graft for a collection of accessories for it’s PLAY headphones range. Including the Peak pouch, a leather and scratch-free lined pouch and stand for their H6 headphones, the Pinch, an organiser and loop to keep the Form 2i headset’s cables organised and the Point case, made of leather and felt for the H3 earphones. All three are available now from the B&O PLAY site:

Leica takes influence from Apple with its innovative new ‘T’ camera system

Posted in Technology
By Sam Bathe on 25 Apr 2014



Renowned for their attention to detail and remarkable handmade factory process, Leica have unveiled their new camera line, the T-System. With a solid body milled from a single 1kg block of aluminium, the camera features a 16.5-megapixel APS-C sensor, full HD video cpature, WiFi integration and a gorgeous 3.7″ touchscreen, but what you don’t see straight away that are the real selling points. Show the rest of this post…



Linking to an iPhone or iPad through the new Leica T app, you are able to remotely viewfind, take shots and adjust the aperture and shutter speed. Then you can transfer the photos instantly to easy sharing or on the go editing. The camera also packs 16GB of internal memory and includes an SD card slot, the clever Easy-Click system for quickly attaching and removing a holding strap with no fuss and Leica’s new high-resolution Visoflex electronic accessory viewfinder, designed exclusively for the T-System. Able to title and swivel, it means you’re able to shoot from all angles through the a viewfinder, and switches off the touchscreen as soon as you look though.

The Leica T will hit stores on May 26th in aluminium, with the anodised black version set to follow in July. Find out more on their site:













Lytro up their game with the new professional grade Illum light-field camera

Posted in Technology
By Sam Bathe on 22 Apr 2014

Breaking ground in 2011 with the revolutionary point-and-shoot Light Field Camera, Lytro allowed users to refocus their photos post-shot though the product never felt like much more than a (really) clever gimmick. Now back with a more professional camera, the Lytro Illum is reminiscent of a dSLR and captures the colour, intensity and direction of 40 million light rays compared with the original 11 million. Show the rest of this post…

Boasting an 8X zoom lens, constant f/2.0 aperture, 1/4000 shutter and a four-inch touchscreen display, the Illum is a serious piece of kit, with built-in WiFi, hot shoes for attaching a glash, SD storage and USB 3.0 connectivity. While Lytro’s smart desktop software can refocus pictures after the fact, generate 3-D images, adjust the depth of field and create tilt shifts, and works with traditional products like Photoshop and Lightroom. The Illum goes on sale 15th July but can be pre-ordered now for an introductory price of $1,499:



Aether’s Cone is a “thinking music player” not just a speaker

Posted in Technology
By Sam Bathe on 5 Mar 2014

San Francisco-based Aether want want to make listening to music an even simpler experience than it already is. Their smart, Cone speaker learns what music you like, and how and when you like to listen to it. An elegant conical shape, the Cone will hold an 8-hour charge and offers over 20 millions tracks, internet radio stations and podcasts at the touch of a button, or turn of the front facade, which acts as a dial. Or you can pick and specific track or artist. The Cone will ship for $399 and Aether are taking pre-orders now on their online store:

Vifa’s stunning Copenhagen wireless speakers are the epitome of Scandinavian design

Posted in Design, Technology
By Sam Bathe on 7 Feb 2014

Calling on over 80 years of experience developing speaker systems for well-known high-end brands, Vifa’s own line of new wireless speakers is set to make a big name of them too. Named after the Danish capital, Copenhagen, the first release is as striking as you would expect from Scandinavian design. Teaming up with acclaimed fabric-makers Kvadrat, the Copenhagen speakers are covered with a special-woven textile cover, available in six colourways. Featuring a lithium ion battery, the Copenhagen can be plugged into the mains or carried around the house with you as you move, with force-balanced woofers and digital pure path amplifiers for powerful and crystal clear sound. Vifa’s Copenhagen wireless speakers will connect to your phone or laptop via Bluetooth or WiFi (including Apple Airplay) plus wired connections via USB or a 3.5mm mini-jack. For pricing and availability keep your eye out on the Vifa website:

Hard Graft’s Camera Strap holsters your new camera in style

Posted in Design, Technology
By Sam Bathe on 27 Dec 2013

A decent dSLR will set you back a fair whack (or might have been a fantastic Christmas present) but the accessories in the box always cheapen the experience. Hard Graft products might be a bit of an investment themselves but for the aesthetic value alone they’re certainly worth it. Their Camera Strap will fit most SLR cameras – attaching with smart metal buckles – and is a sumptuous pairing of vegetable-tanned premium Italian leather and rich wool felt. Handmade in Italy, you definitely pay a premium at £106, but just look at it, the strap’s beautiful. Available from the Hard Graft webstore:

Native Union’s Monocle speaker hooks onto your bag, belt, or 9 more units for a massive sound

Posted in Technology
By Sam Bathe on 28 Oct 2013

Microphone-enabled for conferencing, Native Union’s Monocle speaker can daisy-chain with up to 9 more units for a really big sound. Alone though, the Monocles pack a punch too, with a 40mm driver and quick-release loop to fix one to your bag or belt. Available in six colourways from $69.95, the Monocle speaker is available from the Native Union online store:

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