Got Money?

Aimlessly looking around on the internet for… well, nothing.

I found this companies website that specialises… actually, solely designs and manufactures their own watches. The designs and styles are very unique and they claim to be changing the watch industry of the 21st century. I’m no horology expert but I do like their products.

Looking at their collection, you could describe their designs as incredibly detailed, precise and complex but in a way that encourages you to explore the design further.

The company is called Urwerk, have a wide variety of completely different watches but all have a certain aspect about it that links themselves to the brand. By looking at one watch, you could tell that the others belong to the same company.

The company operates in the definition of niche market and , speaking as a student, astronomically pricey. They don’t have their own retailers really, but are available in special retailers in places like, london, paris, las vegas and dubai (clues as to how expensive they are). According to their official youtube channel, they only make around 150 watches so to make any profit you can already tell they would be operating in the hundred thousand dollar/pound/whatever area.

BUT HOW MUCH?!

Hang on, First of all let me show you some of their collection. The prices I found were from the Chrono24 website.

UR110-4

Model: Urwerk 110 PT

Price: $85,000 (not bad but we get bigger!)

UR202-1

Model: Urwerk 202 White Gold

Price: $115,000 (now we’re hitting the big bucks)

UR210-2

Model: Urwerk 210

Price: $152,000 ( :O )

As you can see, extreme prices, but they are extreme watches. The 210 has a power measurement feature to show how much power you’ve generated for the watch in the past 2 hours. A feature designed to have the owner ‘connect’ better with the watch.

Here are the rendered videos they produced which I think are extremely impressive

Either you love it or hate it and well… I wouldn’t mind having one!

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America Is Not The Greatest Country In The World

Whilst on stumble upon, I found this video titled “the most honest three minutes in television history” 

What he says and how he delivers it, is incredible. This video is the opening scene of the pilot of the US drama series, Newsroom. For me, its an incredible risk to rant on why they’re not the greatest country in the world, when a lot of Americans are so adamant that it is.

A bold strategy to keep US viewers watching.

I went on to watch the whole 1st series (only 10 episodes) and I strongly recommend it. It’s about how a fictional news company run there stories behind the scenes and trying to overcome commercial pressure into putting on news casts which actually have value.

Although the news company is fictional, the stories they touch on are real, like the oil rig spill and Bin Ladens death.

Once again, I strongly recommend this series. Good cast, good characters and intelligent writing. Just watch the video and have a go at the first couple episodes and then take it from there 🙂

iPhone Accessory? No, iPhone Necessity

I’ve already reviewed this website earlier but http://www.kickstarter.com/ is an incredible way to get ideas on to the market. It’s great to see a website that doesn’t let an idea go missed. Like I said before, once an idea is set and is then advertised on the website, funding for the project needs to be made with a set target given. Backers then pledge a set amount and depending on the size of contribution the inventor will reward you with prizes.

This particular project managed to reach over 7x it’s projected target and rightly so. The design is so simple yet the idea is so brilliant.

Galileo, the product, is a device by where you can control the movement of an iPhone, hands free, and it’s useful for video chatting so the person on the other side can control what he/she is looking at. My explanation of it is far inferior to the video made so I recommend you watch it.

This is the video of it but look at the kickstarter website below (and above) and have a look at it’s design specs and other projects on the website and maybe you’ll be willing to back some.

2phonesbabyandlanscape(picture taken from kickstarter)

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/449163977/galileo-your-ios-in-motion?ref=category

Will Smith

Needed a bit of motivation with resolutions and uni work and so on, so I just looked around youtube and found this collection of Will Smith’s words of wisdom.

Aside being my favourite actor, he has a bit of a knack for words too. My favourite part is around 3:30 with the wall metaphor but the whole thing is a brilliant viewing so let me know what you think.

Bored? I’ve got just the thing

Found this website a couple years ago and got hooked to the point where I was on it for hours at a time.

I’m not sure whether this is a UK/ American or any english thing for that matter but I would suggest this website because it’s the perfect I’m-bored-and-i-wanna-waste-time website. It sends you to websites with cool/ interesting videos, pictures, games, facts and even tutorials. If you don’t like the page click ‘stumble’ and move on. It’s called Stumble Upon and here’s the link http://www.stumbleupon.com/

Step 1. Set up a free account and with your interests

Step 2. Enjoy

Heres’s a few sites I found through stumble upon that I found pretty cool:

www.photoshopwebsite.com/photoshop-tutorials/photo-manipulation-photoshop-tutorials-2-painting/20-fantastic-photoshop-manipulation-tutorials-2010/

photographytt.info/best-sandwich-ever/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vOlGGGnXQl0

if the links don’t work copy and paste them into your address page

Kickstarter Website

Just discovered this website which I’ve been on for the past hour and it’s a brilliant way for ideas to come to life.

It’s called Kickstarter and it’s a way of funding projects. Similar to setting up an online charity and random people donating, Kickstarter enables peoples ideas and creations to come to life by getting the public to back and support projects.

Some of the products and ideas there are simple but brilliant and use great videos for each one to explain the project. Here are some of the projects that I like:

Brydge iPad laptop – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/552506690/brydge-ipad-do-more

Litographs. Printing entire book content onto t-shirts – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/772573430/litographs-entire-books-on-posters-and-t-shirts?ref=category

1 Second Everyday app http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cesarkuriyama/1-second-everyday-app?ref=live