Archive for category Trends
Hong Kong architect Gary Change has transformed his tiny high-rise tenement into an apartment with 24-different “rooms”. The secret is replacing walls with sliding panels, meaning all the space is in the room you’re using.
As you’ll see in the video, the “Domestic Transformer” is a wonderful example of innovative architecture.
It’s hard to believe this kind of living space isn’t a more popular inner-city option around the world, especially for people who live alone. After all you can only be in one room at a time.
New research from Telsyte tells us that the Australian tablet market, which includes the iPad and Galaxy, could be worth $1.35 billion by 2014. Much of this growth will come from traditional publishers seeking to capture more readerships through the creation of tablet apps. But will avid newspaper and magazine readers be seen to swallow the tablets as vigorously as predicted?
Can the power of digital quickly topple the readership habits of a lifetime? Time will tell. If it does, the very fabric of our world will be changed forever.
Gone will be:
- The tabloid torture of the page-turner on a crowded tram.
- The ink fingerprints on a long black.
- The Saturday workout of picking up a slab of junk advertising lift -outs.
But there are downsides to this new age. We can’t see many spies in hotel lobbies hiding behind tablets. What about swatting a fly with an iPad?
Also our furry friends would be denied displaying their loyalty by carrying home the morning paper. Yet, there would be more trees left to keep them happy in other ways. Which begs the question. Is the future so easy to read?
We think not.
Chester Gould, the creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip, was a rather innovative chap who gave his fictional detective a watch-like two-way wrist radio way back in 1946, when such devices where still the size of house bricks. For some reason, despite advances in technology, wrist radios and phone never took off. If anything the opposite seems to have happened with the phones replacing wrist watches.
However, as the above Trendhunter TV video shows, the carpal bone is making a comeback as a convenient mount for personal technology ranging from a thermo-electric battery to charge your phone, to a device that reminds you about whatever it is you’re forgetting.
My favourite is the the collapsible personal computer that you can wear as a bracelet. What’s yours?