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Introducing the Bublcam

Posted November 5, 2013

A group of my friends have launched a Kick Starter campaign for The Bublcam – a 360º camera and software technology that shares everything around you through spherical photos and videos. And it’s the size of a baseball.

Read more here or on the Bubl website.

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The Future is Now

Posted October 7, 2013

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Samsung’s latest pair of spots, via 72andSunny, plays around with the nostalgia of classic television shows and movies, showing that after all these years, it’s Samsung that has made was once was considered science fiction, real.

Editorial is by Arcade Edit. Paul Martinez edited “A Long Time Coming” and Greg Scruton edited “Evolution”.

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Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Posted September 12, 2013

Arcade Fire have collaborated with director Vincent Morisset and Google’s Aaron Koblin to create another amazing interactive experience.

The Reflektor experience, which can be found online at justareflektor.com, has been created to promote the title song from the album, which is released on October 29. It invites users to interact with an online film via their mobile phones, using the phone to create an effect on the screen that is “a bit like beaming something from your hand”, as Morisset puts it.

It is designed to be viewed on a Google Chrome browser and is split into two halves. Across both is a film written and directed by Morisset and shot in Jacmel in Haiti with the help of a local film school, Cine Institute. It stars Axelle ‘Ebony’ Munezero, a Montreal-based dancer and choreographer. She features particularly in the first half, where the audience is invited to interact with her movements on screen using their phones. By sweeping your phone, visual and light effects appear on screen. And in a particularly clever touch, you can still make the sweeping motions appear even when the image is paused.

Full credits are here but I want to give a shout-out to my GF Renata Morales who did the costumes. She’s awesome.

In addition to the online experience, Arcade Fire has also released a conventional music video, directed by Anton Corbijn. See it below.

Scooped from Eliza Williams at Creative Review.

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Dorm Life with Toshiba

Posted August 13, 2013

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Capital C has tapped into dorm life to launch a new online back-to-school campaign for Toshiba laptops, desktops and tablets.

Consisting of three videos, display ads and a Facebook contest, the campaign is aimed at young adults that are outfitting themselves for the upcoming year. The videos show the utility of Toshiba products and how they make campus life easier. In one commercial, for example, it shows how Toshiba’s All-in-One desktop with gesture control can come to the rescue when you’ve been plastic wrapped to your bed in a dorm room filled with live chickens.

The campaign is directed by Untitled Films‘ Aleysa Young, and edited by Marco Pazzano of Panic & Bob.

See the other two spots and read more.

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Posted July 25, 2013

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I love this idea. It’s amazing how in 641 square feet, I often can’t find my keys. Love it for tracking items that might get stolen – like a bike. One question though – the battery life is only a year. What happens after that? How much to replace it?

There was a 25% off period – but in ended two days ago. More info here.

Anyone bought one? Planning on getting one?

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Apps for Abuse

Posted July 11, 2013

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Toronto-based agency UNION has created a new online video on behalf of Interval House, Canada’s first shelter for abused women, to show that while the technology has changed, the problem of abuse hasn’t.

Mimicking the smartphone “reveal” commercials we see so often, wherein companies unveil their new smartphone tech, the ad subverts audience expectations for such ads to show just how much control a smartphone can give an abuser, as well as how that control can make it even harder for women to seek help from facilities like Interval House.

The spot also features a cameo by my GF Hillary Pitcher.

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Caffeinated Narcissism

Posted June 28, 2013

Yep, this is worth a trip to Taiwan for. Or when is Nespresso coming out with a similar attachment for their machines?

Let’s Cafe, Taiwanese-based coffee kiosks, have enabled consumers to upload a pic of themselves to their machines and for it to be “printed” on their coffee. Cool.

Scooped from My Modern Metropolis.

Scooped from My Modern Metropolis.
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Nick’s First Pitch

Posted June 13, 2013

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Last night 13-year-old Nick LeGrande threw out the first pitch at the Yankees-Athletics game in Oakland from 1,800 miles away in his hometown of Kansas City, Mo. This was the first telerobotic pitch in MLB history.

Nick is just like any young baseball fan. He plays Little League. His bedroom is covered in pennants and posters. And he dreams of making  it to the majors. This all changed when he was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a life-threatening blood disorder that has taken him away from his friends and from the game he loves. Until last night.

Google partnered with agency Venables Bell & Partners and tech partner Deeplocal to enable Nick to make the pitch. Arts & Sciences director Todd Krolczyk created a film telling Nick’s story, and documented the event live as it unfolded in Kansas City and Oakland. The piece was cut by Arcade editors Dean Miyahira and Kim Bica.

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Sweet 3D Printing

Posted May 21, 2013

How sweet would your own custom 3D sugar cubes be? (pun intended).

The Sugar Lab takes simple white sugar as its base material to print delicate 3D structures that can be eaten on their own, dropped into coffee or used as a decorative topper for cakes, cupcakes, pies, you name it.

The company, founded by married couple Kyle and Liz, started out when they wanted to make their friend a birthday cake but didn’t have an oven. They began to experiment with printing with sugar, until they finally discovered the secret formula to making complex geometric shapes from the sweet stuff. Scooped from Mashable.

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Foursquare for Dogs

Posted February 6, 2013

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Yep, you read that right. Your furry friend can now check in where he pees. Well, not unless he evolves and grows thumbs. It’s your phone, you can check your dog in.

Poolhouse, founded by Geoffrey Roche (founder of Lowe Roche) and his son Alexandre Roche, has launched a new and improved version of Dogbook. Not only is there a new fresh look that’s easier to navigate, but now it also includes Foursquare for dogs. You check in at your favorite local haunts so why shouldn’t your dog? Dogbook, the popular canine social networking tool used by over 3.5 million members, has unveiled 15 new features that facilitate deeper connections between dogs – and their owners, too.

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