Stuff Office Cat's Diary – 19/09/12
Sony Xperia X concept
Office Cat reckons some concept designs really should be real – and he was positively purring when he stumbled across this Sony Xperia X Concept – which borrows from the design language of the Xperia Tablet S. The (admittedly fake) specs impress, too. There's a 4.6in display, mini-HDMI port, microSD expansion, and the Xperia logo even lights up as an illuminator for notifications. Office Cat thinks Sony should take note of these subtle designs.
Source: Yanko Design
Jony Ive takes Apple design team to London for D&AD Award win
Sir Jonathan Ive, famed Apple designer, has jetted over to London with the entire Apple design team to collect the D&AD Award honouring Apple for being the best brand and the best design studio of the last 50 years – helped along by gadgets like the iPhone 5, reviewed here by Stuff.tv. Office Cat agrees they've earned it – but notes that rivals like Nokia are coming up with equally innovative designs.
Source: Evening Standard
Office Cat frets about the collapse of human civilisation – who will open his tins of cat food? Hopefully his pet people will have kitted themselves out with this multi-tool, developed by a "Doomsday Prepper" profiled in the National Geographic show of the same name. It packs 13 different tools in one, including an axe, saw, hammer, mallet, breaching tool, seat, spade and more. Perfect if you want to pretend you're living in Fallout 3.
Jacket cuts off phone signals for peace and quiet
Office Cat is constantly troubled by mobile phone calls entreating him to review new products, begging his attendance at meetings and asking if he threw up a hairball on Design's iMac. Fortunately, he can now enjoy a blissful period of silence thanks to this jacket from Victor Johansson, who has created a jacket with a Faraday cage in the pocket. Slip your mobile in and it'll be cut off from all signals, giving you peace. There's even NFC to turn off your aerial and save battery if you phone has that built-in.
Insane Lego machine
Never have Office Cat's eyes been wider than when looking at this Lego machine. Built over two years by a Lego fanatic in his own home, the Lego Great Ball Contraption contains 17 modules including a ball factory, zigzag stairs, a belt conveyor and pinball. Seriously, Office Cat is actually clawing at the screen right now.