Monday, December 8, 2014

Computer error messages in public

Often computers display messages when something goes wrong. Usually these are essential for alerting the computer user so they can resolve the problem. However, when computers are used for public purposes, error messages can be embarrassing.

Flickr has a collection of these in the Public Computer Errors group pool.

Many of the local buses have a screen near the front with a map of the route, information about the current and next stops and a scrolling news ticker. On a recent journey we saw raw HTML tags displayed with CSS in the news ticker text.

Recently some of the local train stations have been playing an announcement "The requested file is not found" in English. Most of the regular announcements are in Turkish and tell people to not smoke, eat or drink in the station, not to let children play or cross the train tracks.

Occasionally you might see BIOS or operating system as public screen starts up or has a problem. For example, the local bank's ATM uses a version of Windows XP and the train screens use a version of Linux.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bicycle renaissance - 3 bike stories of the week


A folding electric bike that can fit into a backpack.


Learn more on Impossible's Kickstarter.

[via Laughing Squid]

A child's bike from recycled nylon carpets.
Discover more about the bike from Wishbone Design,  their shop and Nanette Wong's post on Design Milk.

[via Design Milk]

Adam, Norm and Will from Tested talk bicycles (from 8:27):

[via YouTube]

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

UNI-CUB - personal mobility device featured in OK Go's "I won't let you down"

OK Go recently released another amazing video for their song "I won't let you down" featuring the Honda UNI-CUB personal mobility device.

The UNI-CUB is ideal for the music video featuring the band and synchronized dancers because it has unique omni-directional maneuverability and auto-balancing. The balance control technology and Honda’s proprietary driving wheel system in the UNI-CUB originated from their research into humanoid robots such as ASIMO.

Watch an interview with Damian and Tim on some of their inspiration for the video and behind-the-scenes challenges.



Explore more including interactive video of the song at I won't let you down. The pre-visualization is really cool - you can create your own version of the video with UNI-CUB riders and umbrellas.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Inventive kids

The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon has partnered with GE to introduce some young inventors.



Meet all the kid inventors on Fallonventions.

I most like the Human Heat Flashlight - perhaps the technology could be used for powering wearable devices.

Originally spotted on Laughing Squid

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Big vehicles


The Largest Land, Sea and Air Vehicles in the World

Gizmodo

The Gadgets Weblog