Daily nuggets of inspiration from the good folk
Fully on-trend with this Flat Age Society showcase, Selfridges has put a twist on its annual Bright Young Things talent scheme by featuring work from a somewhat more mature creative scene. (Thanks to fellow Flat Ager, David Whitbread.)
14 artists, designers and musicians – all strictly 40-to-80-somethings – have been invited to design window displays and present limited edition products online and in store at the Bright Old Things Boutique.
So shuffle your bones along to the iconic department store to be inspired by the experience-informed imaginings of a 70s punk legend, an architecturally-trained topiarist and a food writer-turned-folk-artist. She’s the one with the super-fresh specs, by the way. Who, when asked what inspired her to change career, quipped,
“The menopause. Or I had a psychotic break. Or the muse bit me in the bum. In other words, who knows? It hit me like a bolt of lightning and changed my life forever… Of course, I am not really an old woman, just cleverly disguised as one.”
You go, girl. Follow #BrightOldThings on Twitter.
Ever wondered if your face is –ahem– alarming? You’re about to find out.
Welcome to the facial recognition intruder alarm, simply known as… ‘Welcome’. Unveiled at 2015 International CES, French company Netatmo’s first home security device houses a camera that can tell the difference between your domestic tribe and a dodgy trespasser.
As soon as movement is detected, the device alerts your smartphone, putting a name to the face if recognised. You can also snoop around your home if a stranger is detected, via the Welcome app’s camera feed. Darkness offers no protection to prowlers either, thanks to infra red night vision technology.
Puts a new spin on being the head of your household.
Is your forearm ready for the future? It could be your new interface, if French tech start-up Cicret bring their ‘working prototype’ to market.
A game-changer in functionality, if not wearable aesthetics, the Circet Bracelet projects a touchscreen directly onto your skin. So you can flick through emails, play (one-handed?) games, and navigate calls or city streets all with a click of the wrist.
If crowdsource funding continues as planned, we could see this device gracing arms by the end of the year. It’ll be interesting to see how the handsomely hirsute, or multiply-mole-speckled arm will fare in the glare of a beamed-out screen…
Even so, Apple Watch better watch out – this is tech to give your left arm for.
Outdoing others is not the zeitgeist for 2015. Beating yourself is. We’re not talking self-flagellation, but self-motivation. Or rather, Nike is.
To inspire runners across the pond to out-perform their 2014 track records, they’ve turned to man-of-the-moment illustrator, McBess, and data gleaned from its Nike+ members. The result is more than 100,000 personalised animations that feature your own, big-eyed avatar training in your home city, complete with the actual atmospheric and aerobic challenges you battled through in the last 12 months.
With content shaped by location, weather and movement data, crafted into the French-born illustrator’s signature style, runners can relive their last year’s achievements and – hopefully – feel like smashing them for 2015. A sweaty workout has never looked so cute.
A sweltering tropical night. A campfire and cold one. And the inevitable, uninvited guests, swarming round and putting you off your punchline. Mosquitoes: the bane of the alfresco beer drinker.
The solution? Holiday in Papua New Guinea! There, the Heineken-owned SP Brewery has created an ingenious, eucalyptus-infused carton to deal with the pests. This natural insect repellent, sprayed onto the packaging, releases bug-bothering fumes when chucked on the flames. So now the national hobby of enjoying a fireside beer can continue without the malarial party crashers. Definitely tastier than Deet, too.