Product Design - Kano Computer Kit
By Flex McCool
In 2012, innovator Alex Klein and a friend thought up an idea for a computer that is for all ages, introduces people to computer coding and has the fun and playfulness that you see in legos. The kit allows people to construct and code their computer and can easily make simple games such as Pong and Snake. It even allows people to mess with the code of Minecraft. It is also open source so it is designed with public interest in mind. In fact the creators “went around the world and talked to hundreds of kids, parents, educators, and artists" to use to design the product. They based the product’s design "off 3 principles; simple steps, storytelling, physical computing, and tying them all together in a sense of play and exploration." The end product appears to not only be sleek but also well designed to prepare a new generation to the daunting complexities of next gen technologies. Also, Al Alcorn, the inventor of Pong has given a nod to this product, saying, "As computers have gotten more complicated they have become harder to understand. It’s more important than ever to give kids a way in that they will be ready for the future." Is Kano the answer to this problem like Al Alcorn suggests? Only time will tell. What is amazing though is that the team that is developing Kano started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 from November 19, 2013 to December 19, 2013 (exactly 1 month) to fund their project. Only 2 days after the campaign launched, they had made double what their initial fundraising goal was. While it is unclear if Kano will catch on in the same way that other mainstream computer products have, the support for Kano seems promising. Keep an eye out for this amazing product and its creative design.
Artist Watch - Jorge Straub PART 2
Jorge is an amazing artist from Brazil. He has an elaborate collection of pieces modeled carefully in 3D. Most of what he showcases are famous bosses and levels from the retro “Sonic the Hedgehog” video games for the Sega Genesis. Each image brings 16-bit images to life in 3D. His designs stay very true to the original bosses and levels so the nostalgia of the retro Sonic legacy stays intact. Be sure to check out his deviantART gallery to see more of Jorge’s amazing work.
Amazing Products - Retro Video Game Mouse Pads
Super Like Likes has an incredible selection of handmade video game mouse pads. Based off of pixel art and slightly improved with a sleeker design, the imagery of these mouse pads is amazing. Also note that the creator of this product does take custom orders so that’s an option for those who are interested. Be sure to check this amazing product out on Super Like Likes.
The U Transfer USB Stick is an incredible concept created by Yanko Design. “U Transfer USB stick eliminates the need for using a computer as a medium to transfer information from one stick to another. It is equipped with a display that is hopefully a touchscreen, and has a slot at one end to hook up another stick. File transfers promise to be easy….” Be sure to check this bad boy out on the internet.