I often think about that Forbes piece “Why Best Buy is Going out of Business…Gradually” that was published nearly two years ago. You probably read
it phone spy telephone recording too; as of today it has around 3 million views. The emotion that author Larry Downes generated with that prescient article was overwhelming — like a collective “we can do
better” echoing through the internet.
Two years later, and Downes
is more right than ever. Through Grand St. I’ve had a front-row seat to the emerging hardware movement, and the big realization I’ve come to is that it’s not just Best Buy that’s going to fade away, it’s our entire notion of “Consumer Electronics”. It will be gradual, but there are already signals that indicate a shift is happening.
It’s a tailwind that’s supporting a growing long-tail of hardware and a new kind of creator. Continue reading
Earlier last week, Dustin and I put together a neat little Twitter contest and gave away some Electric Imps and Rainbow Cubes. When a few lucky people hit certain multiples (64, 128, 256, and 512) with tweets including the hashtag ‘#ImpCube’. Whenever someone tweeted this, we would use the Imp to tell a Rainbow Cube in our office to light up a single LED in the cube – after 64 tweets, it would put on a little light show and then reset itself. The contest was fun (and distracting) to watch here at the office and was surprisingly easy to strap together using the Imp (which is programmed using Squirrel) and the RainbowCube (which runs on on Arduino – specifically the Rainbowduino). Continue reading
Kidding aside, the Grand St. team is always looking for ways to be better members of the startup ‘ecosystem,’ whether hardware-related or other. We also think homebrewing fits in nicely with our own enthusiasm for making things, from robot phone booths and Arduino LED cubes to coffee drip towers and lemon ricotta pancakes from scratch. When phone spy for android free our good friend and fervent Grand St. supporter Sam Gimbel approached us with a
new idea he was working on, it didn’t take much to grab our attention and make us quite thirsty:
“I’m working on a new idea. It involves
We were all ears. Continue reading
This was originally posted to Medium on September 12, 2013
I was in the chair at the dentist getting fit for my Invisalign dental aligners when a thought popped into my mind: Are we approaching the point where I will be able to have impressions taken and have the actual Invisalign to take home on the same day?
With the rise of personal 3D printing, I do not think my vision is too far off. When I asked my dentist (who also
happens to be my uncle) about this, he confirmed that this should happen within the next five years, though he personally does not know anyone who has started to work on it. Continue reading
What happens when you try to make music sound as good out of a speaker as it did in the studio? Read what Mitch and the team at NYC-based Grain Audio had to say about the technology, craftsmanship, and inspirations behind their Packable Wireless System and making quality products that reproduce audio “as the artist intended.”
Grain Audio places serious emphasis on the use of wood in all of your products. Tell us more about the thinking behind that.
There are many reasons for this, both from a design and audio perspective. First off, a wooden enclosure, like the ones we use in the PWS, absorbs some of the sound waves inside of the PWS so they are not canceling each other out as you would see with a plastic enclosure. This helps with the overall quality of the sound coming out and makes the bass more pronounced, giving it the natural sound we’re looking for. From a design perspective, wood is a truly great material to work with. At Grain Audio, we have a commitment to high quality products using high quality materials, and while other people are creating a commoditized product, we wanted to give someone something of better quality, that they could love for years and years, and truly have a relationship with. Also, the variations in the wood grain itself make each product one-of-a-kind – one that will age with the owner, develop a unique patina, and truly be a reflection of the owner. Continue reading
We chatted with Michael
Topolovac and Ti Chang, creators of the Duet, about their experiences bringing to market products in a category that was begging for better design and innovation.
What was the inspiration behind creating Crave?
M: I was talking to a few female friends a few years back, and when I asked why they didn’t own a vibrator, the collective answer was that shopping for one felt like a ‘dirty’ experience. Ultimately, the takeaway was that women wanted a richer experience around buying and owning these products, and that was the key inspiration.
T: The inspiration began when I came to terms with the lack of quality products available for women. I believe that something so important and intrinsic to who we are as human beings should have more options – we have more options for hair nets than there are quality toys for women. Continue reading
This post is adapted from a
talk that Aaron and I gave on July 30 at the E-Commerce Demo Night at Huge.
Graphics adopted from Kathy Sierra’s talk at Business of Software 2012
When it was time to make our native app back in March, we looked to Android. Why? First and foremost, we’re a small team of 7 and have limited resources. With many features yet to build and two veteran Android developers in-house, it made sense time-wise. Second, we looked at the market -
many of the apps we use daily, such as Sunrise, Day One and Currency, are iOS-only. Others who had attempted to make an Android version of an app simply fell short on visual design and performance. Continue reading
What was your inspiration for the Vaavud?
Andreas was studying Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark, and his bachelors thesis was about how you could use the different sensors in a smartphone in relation to sports. Being a kitesurfer, it was obvious that wind measurement had to be one of the things he looked into, so Andreas developed a couple of concepts for how this could be done – one of those concepts is the one that has today become the Vaavud Wind Meter.
Whether on the subway during the morning commute or relaxing on a deserted beach, summer
is a great time for reading. Here are a few things we’re loving at Grand St.
Kuan likes Decoding Design: Understanding and Using Symbols in Visual Communication by Maggie Macnab
“I came across the book while listening to one
of my favorite podcasts, Design Matters with Debbie Millman. The book is an excellent guide to understanding how the meanings of basic symbols, numbers, and shapes have evolved through philosophy, mythology, religion, and architecture. It’s an impactful book that
makes me realize something so small has such eternal significance; as a designer, every small decision has the potential to create a more meaningful experience for your audience. It’s a fast but fascinating read.”
At Grand St., we’re a group of self-admitted food lovers, so we couldn’t wait to share with you some of our favorite recipes to try out using Baking Steel.
To get started, you’ll need all the basics, including dough, sauce, and cheese. We sometimes buy pre-made balls of dough from the local grocery store, but making your own dough from scratch is very simple. If you’ve got time, making your own sauce always ups the deliciousness factor. We borrowed this recipe from the rockstars over at
public television show America’s Test Kitchen for Thin-Crust Pizza, a simple-to-make pie with a perfect crust—thin, crisp, and spottily charred on the exterior; tender yet chewy within. You can also use it to make the basic “foundation” and then add your own personal touch with toppings.
Aaron: Typically, I keep it simple – baby portobello mushrooms, Kalamata olives, red onions, and slices of fresh mozzarella. I like to start by coating the rolled out dough in a thin spy cell phone layer of extra virgin olive oil, some salt, and a dash of black pepper. I also prefer using blue corn meal in place of flour to keep the pizza from sticking
to the Baking Steel. It gives the crust a nice crunchy texture. So easy, but so delicious.