Did you know that in 1998, all coaster CD production went towards manufacturing AOL coasters CDs for weeks?
“When we launched AOL 4.0 in 1998, AOL used ALL of the world-wide CD production for several weeks. Think of that. Not a single music CD or Microsoft CD was produced during those weeks.” -Reggie Fairchild, Product Manager for AOL 4.0 (Quora)
I’ve been helping my parents clean out their basement, and found my some of the install CDs that I used as coasters in college. I hope I can find more of them as we keep cleaning. They make me smile.
At New York Comic Con I met pixel artist Adam “Squarepainter” Shub. He creates incredible 8 and 16 bit paintings inspired by classic video games.
I immediately knew I was going to commission something from him, but I had no idea what I wanted. I was paralyzed by options. After a couple very geeky conversations we settled on something inspired by Duck Hunt. What Adam made exceeded my expectations.
It’s equal parts geeky, funny, and crass, and this pleases me.
It’s hanging in my hall near my front door. Every time I see it, I smile.
You are looking at Apple’s next product line: iClothes. Freshly leaked images from Apple’s product launch Keynote presentation show that Steve Jobs’ signature turtleneck, as well as his blue jeans are coming to an Apple Store near you.
The world’s most famous turtleneck was initially created by Japanese designer Issey Miyake, while Jobs’ blue jeans were produced by Levi. In addition to a television, Jobs spent the last few years of his live trying to reinvent his clothing. He even went so far as to wear the only prototypes in public, and Apple is finally preparing to take the product to market.
The jeans and turtleneck will be branded “iPants”and “iTurtle.”
We’ve come to expect Apple to redefine any product category it enters. Clothing is no different. iClothes have a number of incredible features that will change the way we think about fashion and technology.
iClothes are completely devoid of seems. They are produced from a single piece of fabric.
Retina Thread Count
The fabric has a thread count approaching 1000. The material is weaved so tightly that you almost can’t even tell that there are threads at all.
Apple has decided to do away with buttons and zippers. Instead iPants will fasten via a magnetic closure.
Full Body Antenna
Amid the multitude of threads, iClothes will contain an unseen antenna mesh effectively turning the human body into a giant wifi, 3G and 4G transmitter/ receiver that is only compatible with other Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad.
Color & Size Options
The iTurtle will be available in black at launch with rumors already swirling about a white version to follow. The iPants will be available in blue.
What All This Means
iClothes indicate that Apple is willing to revolutionize anything. It also will catch traditional designers off guard. Their lack of R&D will likely trigger a Silicon Valley talent grab by the fashion industry’s old guard in an attempt to beef up their technical prowess as well as their patent portfolios’.