All posts tagged: app

TERA Interactive Fitness Mat from Lunar Europe

Sometimes when I see a new product design I think to myself, “damn, that’s exactly what I imagined the future would be like.”  Well, the future of exercise equipment is closer than you think, and it looks like something Sandra Bullock would use in her next sci-fi movie. The TERA fitness mat by LUNAR Europe is the latest concept from the design firm to join a family of interactive objects including the VELA cycle trainer and the NOVA climbing wall. Made of eco-friendly shear wool by Kvadrat, TERA is a carpet with an intelligent surface that recognizes movement patterns and activates a specially developed TERA app. The circular shape of the mat is designed to accommodate the natural radius of human motion during exercise, and the app guides users through training units of different disciplines like Yoga, Pilates, or Thai Bo, all with varying degrees of difficulty. Sensors register any pressure exerted on the mat, enabling accurate detection of the user’s body and weight shifts. An innovative LED lighting system shows how to perform the …

H20 Pal Smart Water Bottle

According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 43% of American adults drink less than four cups of water a day. A shocking 7% drink none. So is the H20 Pal water bottle from EQUA the solution to our dehydration problem? Made of a laboratory grade borosilicate glass bottle and a stainless steel cap, H20 Pal uses an accelerometer and weight sensor in the detachable base, along with an App, to help you keep track of how much water you are consuming. While the bottle itself is not complicated to use, you do have to log into the password-protected app in order to track your water consumption. The App also lets you know when you are properly hydrated, when you last filled your bottle, when you last took a sip, and allows you to compare how much your friends are drinking. So is this the solution for a thirsty nation or an overly convoluted drinking container? Check out the designer’s Kickstarter page and let me know what you think.

Wordle Word Cloud

I’ve wanted to play around with wordle for a while — this free app generates a customizable word cloud based on a group of words or a link to a web site or blog. There is a choice of fonts, colors, word direction, and shapes for the cloud to take, and the best part is that you have the right to use the image any way you please — you can make a T-shirt or poster, or use it in the classroom or for a presentation. I created the wordle word cloud above based on posts on this blog as of July 3rd 2011 with the Tank Lite font and the “Organic Carrot” color palette. What’s the most interesting application you have seen with wordle?