"People know more about their iPhone than they do their own health," points out Travis Bogard, Jawbone's VP of product development. "So how do we make them consumers of their own wellness?" Today Jawbone is finally unwrapping their attempt to solve the problem: The UP, a $100 wristband, smartphone app, and web app trio that work together to monitor your exercise habits, sleep cycles, and eating decisions. It's already on sale on Jawbone's website; on November 6th, it'll be available at Apple, Target, AT&T stores, and Best Buy.
Despite what some right-wingers would have you think, we’re making quick work of the planet. (Check out J Henry Fair’s environmental photos for some arresting evidence.) Swapping out incandescent bulbs for energy-saving CFLs can only do so much; if we’re to stave off devastation, we're going to need more radical, holistic approaches to sustainability. Philips, the Dutch electronics company, has one such game-changing idea: the Microbial Home, a domestic ecosystem that harnesses biological processes to break down waste and convert it into energy.
Ever since Diller Scofido & Renfro unveiled their sexy new rehab of Lincoln Center, the place has been a magnet for surprising design: Wet’s frisky fountain, Fashion Week’s footwear fetishists, the bizarre spectacle of super-slow dancers Eiko + Koma emerging like wraiths from the reflecting pool.
But it was still surprising to wander down Broadway late last week and find a 123 x 12 foot digital wall sloping down below street level displaying what looked like a bathtub’s worth of blue LED bubbles draining into the parking garage.
For all the talk about inner-city gardens and farms sprouting off the side of skyscrapers, growing and eating your dinner in the same place is still a pipe dream for most city dwellers. Leave it to the endlessly progressive Dutch to bring large-scale urban food production closer to reality.