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Seamus Bellamy | Writer: Mac|Life Magazine

Mac|Life Writer Seaumus Bellamy brings to our attention this interesting and creative new way to interact with your iPhone. Forget the iPad! Here’s the iTable! Read Seamus’s report here:

Ignoring the iPhone’s diminutive size, Steve Jobs recently commented on the fact that the when it comes to touch-based devices, size is everything. During an earnings call with the company’s investors and the media, Jobs quipped about the disdain he held for touchscreen devices with less than seven inches of screen real estate, saying “While one could increase the resolution of the display to make up for some of the differences, it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one-quarter of their present size.” Either out of respect for Jobs’ unfaltering sympathy for hot dog-fingered tech users, or a dire fear of sandpaper, a group of intrepid developers have undertaken the development of a new way to work Apple’s smallest touchscreen device.

It’s big. Literally.

TableConnect | iTable?

TableConnect | iTable?

Table Connect utilizes a jailbroken iPhone, a mission-specific app and an enormous custom-built 56-inch capacitive touch screen table to embiggen your iPhone interface to a size that would make even Paul Bunyan’s meaty digits feel right at home. According to the developer’s website, by hooking your jailbroken iPhone to the table’s built-in dock connector (now there’s a lawsuit waiting to happen) you’ll be able to every aspect of your iPhone. At this point, only a prototype mock up of Table Connect has seen the light of day. However, the device’s developer has posted a countdown clock to their site, promising a big reveal in just a little bit over four days from now. When it happens, you know we’ll be there to bring you up to speed on it.

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Talk about a bang for the buck! Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The goal of this art is to create a representation of an object using geometric folds and crease patterns preferably without the use of gluing or cutting the paper, and using only one piece of paper.

Won Park is the master of Origami.  He is also called the “money folder,” a practitioner of origami whose  canvas is the United States One Dollar Bill. Bending, twisting,  and folding, he creates life-like shapes in stunning detail. Be sure to make note of his unique home, a custom garbage truck!


Sonic TiesJust when you thought you’d heard it all, along comes “SONIC Fabric,” a strikingly beautiful and durable textile for a range of interior and fashion designs. Sonic Fabric has texture and feel of a light canvas with a mysterious sheen.

Every batch of Sonic Fabric is recorded with an intricate collage of sound prior to weaving. Sonic fabric emits sound when you run a tape head (the little thingy inside the tape deck that touches the tape) over it. Because the tape retains its magnetic quality through the weaving process, it acts as a big wide band of tape.

The invention was inspired by the use of small strands of cassette tape used as wind indicators, or “tell-tails,” used on sailboats, and by Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags inscribed with wind-activated blessings. Thus the wearable works of art are intended to emit good vibes into the vicinity of the wearer.

Audi Design Grand Piano

Audi went from tickling the blacktop with their smooth rides to tickling the ivories with their Audi Design Grand Piano built by the 182-year old Bosendorfer company of Vienna, Austria. This slick musical machine features a lid that wraps down to the base, giving the piano an almost aerodynamic shape. This grandest of grands debuts for many grand: $140,000 to be exact.

The question “what are three of your favorite chairs and their respective designers” was asked on the LinkedIn Interior Design group forum recently and while most respondents listed the usual suspects, it made us think of a few more contemporary examples of great chairs. We’ve included them below:

Christopher Guy Patented Chris-Cross Design

Any of the signature Chris-X (pronounced kris-krôs) chairs by Christoper Guy. Guy is well known for fusing classicism with modernism in his designs. If you’re not familiar with this British luxury furniture designer’s work you’re missing some of the sexiest designs around.

Norman Cherner Molded Plywood Armchair

The Plywood Chair Collection by The Cherner Chair Company. A mid-century icon and perennial favorite.

Being from the Motor City, our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the “seat belt chair” aka the Greenbelt chair from Peter Danko. The basket woven seatbelt chair backs and seats last many years and the belt fibres moiré effects are visually stunning. The belting is not only comfortable and a recycled material, it is an alternative for the environmentally problematic urethane foam seat suspension.Peter Danko Greenbelt Side Chair

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I didn’t know this, but in the August 2009 issue of Robb Report I learned that pool tables were first introduced during the 15th century. I also discovered that they were covered in green felt to simulate the grassy lawns on which pool’s predecessor, croquet, is played. Fast forward to 2009 and we have Craig Nottage’s $33,000.00 update to the modern day  billiard’s table. The G-1 by Nottage Design is the world’s frst transparent pool table. The surface is covered in a clear film called Virtrik, that has play characteristics similar to felt. Check out Craig’s clear vision at : http://www.nottagedesign.com.