Vintage Outfits For Laptops & iPads

These hand-picked vintage outfits have been custom tailored to fit your iPad, and lined with breathable, soft organic cotton to protect your precious magical gadget from the bumps and scratches of everyday life.  All Computerwear is machine-washable unless otherwise noted, and dryer-friendly.  So treat your magical portable device with the respect it deserves, and put it in a decent outfit. Available on from Computerwear at Etsy

Tunnel For iPad

A world renowned Japanese ‘underground photographer’, Hoichi Nishiyamaoriginally published his civil engineering photography book named ‘Tunnel’ in 2005. Now the collection of 56 images will be available in a special iPad edition app with 30 new, unpublished works added to the list. Each photograph will be accompanied by a detailed text written by Nishiyama and the editor of the book, Naoko Aono, with background and an insight into the underground world many people will never get to see.

Born in 1952 in Tokyo, Nishiyama graduated from Tokyo Zokei University’s design department in photography. After working at Hakuhodo and Tokyu agency, he turned to freelance projects. After working in commercial photography, he moved on to civil engineering photography in 1993 where his photographs of past legacies in civil engineering and civil engineering construction have been regularly printed in industry magazines. He also photographs calendars and completion photographs for major construction companies. He is also the chief of the “photographing civil engineering” office and has published photography books such as: Harbor Legacy (Japan Dredging and Reclamation Engineering Association) and Taushubetsu (Kodansha) in 2002, Civil Engineering by the Water (INAX publishing) in 2003 and SADO MINE (Niigata Daily Newspaper Company in 2011. He has held photography exhibitions every year since 1997. His work, Taushubetsu, was awarded the Publishing Culture Award 2003 by the Institution of Civil Engineers.  Via


Why Are Weather Apps So Boring?

“Have a Camper Day” is how Camper, the shoe brand, understands optimism: half imagination, half craft. To communicate this concept in a friendly, different and non-intrusive manner, they decided to take a new look at some of the things that are currently set in stone. The way we view weather forecasts today (with boring, lifeless interfaces and icons) was a great starting point for them and seemed like the perfect tool for illustrating the philosophy behind the concept. As a result, they created new meteorological elements made from prêt-a-porter materials and turned them into musical instruments that react to touch.

“Have a Camper Day” is an application that helps put a smile on your face regardless of whether it’s sunny or cloudy outside.

iDJ for iDevice

iDJ Live is the easiest way to become a DJ with your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad. This iOS-DJ controller is perfect for anyone from Pro DJs to music lovers who have never tried DJing before. The iDJ Live system harnesses the processing power of your iPad, iPod or iPhone and enables you to DJ parties, events and even clubs using the music that is already on your iPod via Algoriddim’s djay or other Core MIDI-enabled apps.

Growing Plants Digitally With Your iPad

Its not often you can merge gardening, technology and design so well.  Well thats what Samuel Wilkinson has managed to do.  The flora terrarium is encased in a high tech capsule that works a little like a live Tamagotchi. Low energy lighting is integrated into the capsule to replicate sunlight, while sensors provide real time information on the climatic conditions inside the dome. The smart garden is automatically linked back to your iPad or smartphone device when connected and displays a readout of the conditions. As the gardener, you can alter the light, water, climate, and nutrients.

Users can customize their terrarium to incorporate different types of environments like a tropical, desert, or even a herb garden. Designed to be easily controlled, just by the push of a button, even non-green thumb endowed people could make it thrive. Wilkinson dreamed up this high-tech smart garden as a way to experience digital downtime by finding an alternative use for smartphones. Although slightly counterintuitive, by using the smart devices to help grow a plant it actually encourages their owners to consider a slower life. Biome Terrarium was part of a larger exhibition called ‘Slow Tech’ at this year’s London Design Festival, curated by Protein and Wallpaper* magazine’s Editor-at-Large Henrietta Thompson.