Samsung

Samsung Unpacks 36 Million Viral Views on YouTube.

The power of viral. The video below dropped less than a week ago on YouTube and it already has more than 36 million views. No it doesn’t use some magic formula, and no it wasn’t lucky. It went viral because it plays off of the genre of “unboxing” videos that are all over the internet, and because the production value of the video is rock solid. When combined with the Samsung brand, the nostalgia that surrounds some vintage tech, and the possibility that you might see some piece of unreleased gear, things get a bit nutty.

“From the release of the SH-100 mobile phone in 1988 to the first wristwatch phone. The World’s smallest TV phone to our first MP3 phone. We introduced the S Pen with the Galaxy Note series and paved the way for Phablets. We’ve even climbed mountains to make the first 3G call from Everest. Gone underwater to test the ability of the Galaxy S5 and curved glass to create the first dual edge screen smartphone.

Wherever there’s a barrier, we see it as an invitation to go further, together.

Who knows where progress will take us.”

“Beyond Nature” with the Samsung NX30.

For whatever reason, as of late I have been on a kick about gear, budgets, and what you can create with everything from bare bones to big budget. The video below from  was shot on location in Bolivia and Chile on a Samsung Galaxy NX30 with just 3 lenses.  I know there is more gear involved. Things like tripods, extra batteries, memory cards etc, but the total cost of the entire kit was probably less than $2500.00 total. The results however look like they were shot on a much more expensive camera rig, which brings me back to “These days you don’t need the most expensive gear to get insanely great results.”

15 Years of Apple Home Pages.

So Apple stock is down today, and everyone is acting like the world is ending. Frankly I think everyone is going through a “Chicken Little” syndrome and running around shouting “The sky is falling”.  Apple’s stock dropped ten percent, but it is still a thousand times better than it was 20 years ago. And while Apple is selling less computers, they are selling a ton of phones, tablets, and other devices. And yes Samsung is taking a bite out of Apple’s cell phone  market share, but it doesn’t mark the beginning of the end for Apple.

I’m not an Apple fan-boy by any means but the fact is they do make a superior product that exemplifies good design, easy of use, and seamless compatibility with all Apple products. So before everyone freaks out and sends Apple to it’s premature grave, take a look at 15 years of Apple home pages, and take note of all the killer products they have released in that time.

<div style=”margin-bottom:5px”> <strong> <a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/choehn/15-years-of-applecom-15990876&#8243; title=”15 Years of Apple's Homepage” target=”_blank”>15 Years of Apple's Homepage</a> </strong> from <strong><a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/choehn&#8221; target=”_blank”>Charlie Hoehn</a></strong> </div>

Time For a “Touch Skin”.

I like watches. The craftsman ship that goes into a fine time piece like a Rolex, Tag Heuer, Pannerai, or Patek Phillipe is truly outstanding. I also like my smartphone. Now the craftsmanship that goes into the smartphone isn’t the same as a hand made watch, but the design experience that goes into the user interface, form factor, user experience etc. is every bit as detailed. As far as I am concerned on the iPhone it is.

Over the last decade or so, watch sales have declined, and the watch industry blamed mobile phones as the number one culprit. Who needs a watch when your phone has a clock right? The good news for watch makers is, watch sales are on the rise, and that leads me to the “Touch Skin Watch” designed by Niels Astrup.

Touch Skin was awarded the third place prize in the Samsung sponsored 2012 Design That Performs competition, and rightly so. Building off of the reality that the classic analog face of a watch or clock is universally embedded within the cultural consciousness of almost every society in the world, Astrup used it as inspiration for the Touch Skin Watch. This watch gives the end user an analog experience without giving up the modern touch screen functionality of a smart phone. The watch comes with skins that can be downloaded to the watch, allowing the OLED screen to be customized to meet the needs of the individual user. The design of the watch is clean and classic keeping true to it’s analog roots.

Touch Skin weighs around 80 grams, and features a 16GB micro SD RAM which is upgradable. The prototype watch runs on a multi-core ARM or Nvidia Tegra Type II/III processor. The watch’s face is covered in 0.46mm thick Gorilla glass which covers the 16 million color multitouch screen. The case is made from anodized aluminum with the bracelet  constructed from natural FSC-certified rubber.

No word about this watch going into production, but I hope this guy fires up a Kickstarter campaign to get it rolling.

Touch Skin is the ultimate digital accessory – A touch sensitive watch that combines tradition and transcendence via classic minimalist analogue watch design.

Touch Skin fits in neatly with existing gadgets and is thought of as an accessory that can follow you in all situations of your daily life. From the morning when you wake, customize the look of the watch to match your dress code with the build- in watch designs. If you are not satisfied you can always connect the watch to your computers Bluetooth and download new skins or design your own from the Touch Skin App. Touch Skin is notseen as a smartphone watch, however future skin development opens up to this direction.