Thursday, August 04, 2005

It's a Small World After All


I thought this movie about the iPod Flea was just great! Very well done. Although it is very "tongue-in-cheek", it does point out the micro miniaturization of electronics is perhaps getting a little out of control?

I also like this site which claims to be the world's smallest web site. Cute, and novel, and of course totally non-practical.

Consumers demand smaller, thinner cell phones, MP3 players, and digital cameras. It's getting to a point where the cost to size ratio is getting out of control. Would you pay $500.00 for a sliver of plastic that could easily fall out of your product and disintegrate upon impact with the ground?

Here's some more micro electronics ideas:

1. Micro Clothes Iron.
Measuring 2" x 1" this portable rechargeable micro iron lets you easily get rid of those little wrinkles when you're on the move.

2. Micro Alarm Clock.
This micro alarm clock is no larger than the size of a pea! It nestles comfortably inside your ear and gently wakes you with a soothing melody. It's ultra-personal design means it only wakes you up, not your partner.

3. Micro CD Player.
This micro CD player is actually *smaller* than the CD itself! Attach a CD to the center spindle, and the laser will spin around the CD to play the music through it's built in micro speaker.

4. Micro Microwave Oven
This miniature microwave oven is just large enough for a single slice of leftover pizza. Why wait in line to use the office microwave when you can have this portable pizza heater right on your office desk?

Light Bulb Man

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Back-Wordz

I'm bummed today.

There was this game that my brother, sister, and I made up a few years ago. We were messing around with the audio recorder on the computer one day, and started playing with the 'reverse' function. When you press this button, it would reverse the sound you had recorded, playing it backwards.

We started saying words, listening to them backwards, and then tried to say them backwards so that when you 'reversed' it, it would sound like the word should sound forwards. Confusing? Let me explain this way...

1. The word is "Martini Glass"

2. Play it backwards it's "Salg Eeneet-Rom"

3. Record you saying "Salg Eeneet-Rom"

4. Play it backwards and you get "Martini Glass" again (only it sounds REALLY weird).

We used to laugh so hard playing this game, we couldn't breathe! We thought what a great game to market!

So, the other day I found that it already exists, or did exist back in 1988. Here's some pics of the game. Maybe they'll re-release it or modernize it with a mini sound recorder.

Monday, August 01, 2005

My Z's Key'D

So my car got keyed the other night.

I went out with some ex-colleagues to a bar here in Stamford, and when I came back to my car an anonymous stranger had left me the gift of art on the driver side of my Z. Nice.

I took it up the next day to a body shop for an estimate. $3,000.00. At least I have insurance that will cover it, but I still have a $500.00 deductable. Sucks.

I spent the rest of the day thinking about ways to protect my car from future attacks.

1. Electrify the car. Or at least the doors. Key touches door, zap. Problem: will probably suck the battery dry in 5 minutes, and I'll probably be liable for manslaughter.

2. Clear-coat the car. They have clear coating that protects cars against chips and rocks, but I haven't seen it for key scratches. Problem: I don't think it will look very nice.

3. Rabid angry dog. Touch the key to the car, and a 200W speaker plays back recorded angry rabid dog sounds. Could be good.

4. Rabid angry owner. Same as above, only plays back recordings on me telling the guy to get the FU*K away from my car!

5. Corrosive skin. Some kind of material on the door that will eat the key on contact? Ha ha!

6. Video surveillance. Cameras inside the car automatically record any motion through the windows and record it on mini hard drive. Problem: since when will the police help?

7. Inflatable Fake Car. Full-size inflatable car that is nicer than mine, like a Ferrarri or something. 'Park' it next to yours as a decoy. I like this one. Heh heh.

Hmmm. I'll have to think of more ideas here; I'm sure I'm not the only one who would appreciate a solution.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Conceptual Stage...

I'm a product designer and development manager for a company that makes toys and electronics. The world of consumer electronics and toys is probably about as brutal and dangerous as the cold war was. Spying, backstabbing, politics, raw emotion, all great fun...

In between the everyday battles, I keep my mind at peace by thinking of wacky crazy ideas. Usually they are based on things that happen over the course of the day. This is a record of those thoughts.

Oh, and to keep me from getting fired over this, you won't find any cool ideas or insight into stuff my company may be doing.

Enjoy!