Hi you all
So here we are in the home stretch of 2016.. can you believe it. All the companies I work with are gearing up for 2017. The world is still changing (the nerve ;) ), and we need to be ever more flexible.
'Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken.'
Here are this week's three. Hope they spark some inspiration.
Have a good one.
1. Tech Tattoos
MIT and Microsoft showed a smart tattoo recently that can turn your skin into a touchpad to control your phone or whatever. Duo Skin is created with common gold leaf, for its conductivity and flexibility. The tattoos can function as input or output devices.
2. House Me
Currently in the Western Cape House me is a rental service that is set to disrupt the industry. They offer verified accommodation (so you actually get what is in the pictures) to tenants and, wait for it, a bidding system for landlords (so you'll always get the highest rent). How cool is that?
3. Taking a ride in a self-driving Uber
Another disrupter, Uber launched its first self driving cars in Pittsburgh. Driverless cars are coming, one way or the other and will transform the way we move.
Read the article here, and watch the short video below.
Hi you guys
So I went to Namibia this week, what a cool place. If you haven't been, then go.
Here is this week's top three things that caught my eye.
Which one is your favourite?
Have a good one!
Ogojiii is an African Design Magazine that was launched last year June. I first held one in my hands just a few days ago. It show cutting edge design from all fields, fashion, textile, product, architecture and the list goes on.
It is magnificently curated and super high quality, even the choice of paper is brilliant (which is very important in a digital world).
The people behind Ogojiii firmly believes that design is the catalyst for change in Africa, and if we can get the various role players out of their silos we would not only be able to create beauty and necessary technology, but also drive Africa forward.
Wearable tech being all the rage, though for me its still a tad too invasive, this one is quite a feat. Bragi, the hearables company, have joined forces with IBM's Watson (if you don't know what watson is go and check that out first, it will blow your mind).
"By bringing Watson to The Dash, Bragi's smart headphones, users will be able to use their 21st century headsets to do everything from receive instructions to communicate with co-workers, allowing individuals to interact with one another and keep tabs on the operating environment, wellbeing, and safety of their team." Lulu Chang Digital Trends
3. The death of the audio jack?
So the iPhone 7 was announced this week (watch the keynote), the most, bigger, better, fantabulistic iPhone ever (of course, and of course I'll get one). :)
It has all the usual upgrades, faster, higher, stronger, and some clever ios tricks, and its water resistant, but the big talking point is that apple to the courageous(?) move to chuck the audio jack. So from now one, you have to use the lightning cable headphones (supplied) or die converter thingy (supplied) or get the new wireless in ear headphones AirPods (cheesy name, but what are gonna do?).
The audio jack has been the same since 1875, you read that right. This is a bold move on Apple's part, and time will tell how it's received. Knowing Apple, they won't back down and we'll all end up wireless anyway.
Also, I like the jet black phone. Black is my happy colour.
So last week I was shooting a campaign with my friend Ett Venter, such a rad guy and great photographer.. and I missed three things! So here is this week's.. right on time. ;)
grace and peace
Legendary fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto admits he was tired of making fancy clothing in the new short doc Master of the Shadows. Filmed around Y-3’s AW16 show, the designer is reflecting on his thirteen-year collaboration with adidas and how it revived his love of design at a time he was falling out of love with fashion.
The clothing, Y-3 is incredible, I would kill for those shoes. Here is the thing though, he revamped and revived his entire career at around 60. SIXTY!!! The world has changed most definitely, when many people used to think about where they will retire many now are shining in the last third of their lives, creating their best work.
watch the film below, I recommend putting on the youtube generated subtitles (even though they aren't correct all the time).
This is by me, Pierre, each week I post three things that grabbed my attention, and that I like. You can also sign up for the newsletter version here