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Everyone’s favourite Red Hot Nickel Ball has taken on a rogue’s gallery of adversaries in its day, with varying levels of success. Now the spherical metal “rock” is taking on its greatest challenger ever: paper.
Have you used Paper by 53 Design? It’s that iPad drawing app that is so decked out in pretty, design-y, feel-good-ness that it makes all who use it feel like Matisse. Well, now its creators have put out an equally gorgeous stylus.
Despite all the talk of the paperless office, for some reason most of us still seem to drown under piles of dead tree. But while we’re all intimately familiar with the stuff, understanding where those weird sizing conventions came from never seems to get any easier.
Imagine a smartphone you can roll up and slip into your shirt pocket. Or a tablet that can be folded like a newspaper and slipped in your back pocket. It’s an idea that’s been tossed around in science fiction for a years, but now it’s a small step closer to reality because researchers at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, have developed the world’s first flexible silicon.
The iOS App Store is filled to the brim with every kind of note-taking app you can imagine. But sometimes nothing beats a good ol’ pen and paper. And that’s what makes these Paperback sticky notes the perfect hybrid. They’re designed to adhere to the back of your iPhone 5, so you can take a single note with you — like a shopping list — or slap a small stack back there for note-taking later.
Technically, this steerable paper airplane wasn’t designed for making pinpoint attacks on a teacher or college lecturer — more as a highly affordable unmanned aerial vehicle that could be used to blanket a given area with cheap sensors. But clearly the researchers at Queensland University of Technology haven’t realised the full potential of their creation.
As bike rental programs get more and more popular in big, tourist-friendly cities around the world, wouldn’t it be great if occasional cyclists could get a temporary helmet on the cheap? That’s the goal of the designers behind the Paper Pulp Project, who have designed a bike helmet made from recycled newspaper that costs less than $1.50 to produce but is claimed to protect as well as a more expensive option.
Summer may be behind us, but we can still imagine what BBQs felt (and tasted like). In this fictional scenario, you could go down to the supermarket to pick up everything you need for a tasty feast, or you could just make do with what you can find on your desk. That second option is remarkably nice-lookin’, but probably not the most delicious.