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Playing with Ideas

A picture frame dedicated to a friend or family member. When they want to contact you, the frame interacts and beckons you over.

The idea is to have interactive picture frames of the people in your life that matter and make their messages fun to receive.

Cats make some crazy shapes.

Copycat, is simply a website that dedicates itself to images of people copying their cats poses!

Too many friends? Now there’s help to filter out the phonies with Social Pruning!

The profile picture of friends/followers who you don’t interact with online will slowly fade away before being pruned from you’re life. This way you can remove people inoffensively and filter down you’re friends list to people who you actually communicate with.

We love a good coffee shop at H&J. Wouldn’t it be great, if people opened up their homes and shared a cuppa? Would local communities become closer?

Café Uber, would work in a similar way to airbnb. Hosts would utilise their kitchen to create an in-house café. It would be an entirely unique experience rather than going to the same old Starbucks.

Not only do you get a unique view/perspective of the city, it also gets people who may be on their own chatting and earning – everyone wins!

This week we’re thinking up ideas that incorporate digital technologies. All illustrations have been created by the brilliant Will Page.

 

Spray seagulls away with this app controlled water pistol. This could be a fun way to conquer pesky seagulls with gamification.

Sound travels roughly 100 times faster than you can run, so make sound travel 100 times further and you can race against the speed of sound.

A spiralling ‘Rubens Tube’ visually shows you the actual sound travelling along as a flame, whilst you race straight through the middle of the giant coil!

You literally race the sound of the starting gun. This exhilarating experience will make you run like you’ve never run before, challenging yourself to compete with the laws of physics.

This week we’re thinking up ideas related to sound and music. All illustrations have been created by the brilliant Simon Law.

 

This is a seed of a concept rather than a resolved idea that began to take form when responding to a recent brief. The starting point came about when thinking up ways to enhance sound visually and through interactive experiences. Simon has done amazingly well to create such a great illustration with such a loose starting point!

Here we have glassware that encourages music making and moments of harmony. Markers on the side of the glass, inform you of the note where you’re beverage level resides – so you can clink and chime with you’re friends without the fear of a cocktail cacophony!

How about a receiving a massage that has been choreographed to your favourite soundtrack?

This week we’re thinking up ideas related to sound and music. All illustrations have been created by the brilliant Simon Law.

 

This is a seed of a concept rather than a resolved idea that began to take form when responding to a recent brief. The starting point came about when thinking up ways to enhance sound visually and through interactive experiences. Simon has done amazingly well to create such a great illustration with such a loose starting point!

Another idiom based product idea – A Picture Paints 1000 Words. By reversing this idiom we’d like to make a 1000 piece jigsaw of words that create an abstract portrait of a loved one.

This idea turns digital notifications into a physical and engaging experience by holding audible messages in bubbles. It sounds like a strange concept at first, but we think this could be rather wonderful. When a notification is received, a bubble is released. When you pop the bubble with your finger, the message is released for you to hear.

Playing with Ideas – Day 38 – Shadow Clock #time #clock #shadow #instadaily #idea #handjideas

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Surprising effects of shape and scale can be created with shadows & light. Exploring these effects is at the core of this clock concept. We’re not sure exactly how the end product will look but we know we’d like to play with shadows and light more with the aim of telling the time.

Would it be possible to create a changing environment that affects the movement of people, animals or plants within it to create a living clock?

 

This idea stems from a sunny day when Rich and I were children. We noticed that holding our hands over a shallow river caused the minnows to quickly move out of the shadow and back into the sunlight. Therefore, if we shaped the shadow could we encourage the fish to tell you the time?

This week we’re thinking up ideas for new products and all illustrations have been created by the marvellous Charlie Marshall.

 

If you prefer your cocktail still not stirred the Ratio Straw is for you. The densities of the different liquids causes them to sit at different levels. Once your cocktail is settled the Ratio Straw delivers the perfect blend.

A lack of natural light is a problem that impacts many spaces and buildings. Could we solve this with Viewfinding Windows? These windows are created with a grid of fibre-optics that transport a view in a bright location and map it onto a wall in an otherwise dim room.  What do you think? Could this work?

This is another idea we’ve wanted to bring to life for a while now. Working in a similar way to a thermometer these blinds blush. We’re interested in architectural solutions that respond to natural weather & climate changes.

We want to line up a row of thrill seeking borrowers (those tiny people created by Mary Norton) above your window. When you give the signal they will jump and free fall, towing the blind behind them. How they climb back up again is yet to be thought through.

Rather than shut light out, these curtains flood the room with bright natural sunshine.

This week we’re exploring ideas for windows and all illustrations have been created by the brilliant Emily Nash.

 

We have long felt there is great opportunity to bring new ideas to window related products. Today’s idea explores a different way of thinking about blinds. Perhaps we could turn traditional blinds 90° and bring the layers into three dimensions. As the sun moves across the sky it would give the feeling of being in the forrest as new shadows and light are cast.