Summer 2013 may just turn out to be the summer of the bike.
The biking revolution has been gathering steam. In 2010, 3 times as many new bicycles (15 million) as new cars were sold in the US. Bicycling is now the second most popular outdoor activity, and between 1990 and 2009, the number of bike commuters rose by 64%. That number may be about to get another giant boost.
We were recently very lucky to have some time to sit down with Gutavo Stecher, a graphic designer and branding consultant from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has designed iconography for the Argentinean Bicentennial and a variety of brands.
For the past couple years, Consumer Eyes employees have been donating their time to Literacy Inc., a NYC-based organization that holds a variety of literacy-themed events for children around the city. Focusing on grassroots development, they take advantage of existing community spaces and resources to help turn neighborhoods into reading-friendly environments.
Reasonably-priced 3D printers have been available for a few years now, but true mainstream awareness seems to have eluded them. We've sighted a project, though, that could give them a proper bump into the spotlight.
Classic video games from the 80s and 90s have been undergoing a rennaissance for a while now. But lately a number of signs are indicating this revival is taking on a decidedly upscale air.
Play *With* Your Food
While electronic devices play a bigger role in our lives than ever before, the storm that blacked out much of the East Coast this month was a sober reminder that we can't always depend on the grid for our power needs! So we thought this would be a good time to check in on the latest developments in powering up our indespensable gadgets.
Have you ever ordered at a restaurant, only to see the waiter return with a dish that looks nothing like what you had hoped for? Comodo, a restaurant here in New York City, is harnessing its diners' love of amateur foodie photography to create a crowdsourced menu on Instagram. Their hashtag, #ComodoMenu, lets diners check out user-uploaded photos and reviews of each dish on the menu, making sure that they'll always know exactly what they're getting.
In the first of our videos from this year's Maker Faire, we talk with Angelo Vermeulen, creator of Biomodd. Currently installed at the New York Hall of Science, the project explores symbiotic relationships between computers and organic material - in this case, plants and algae - and in the process suggests some fascinating opportunities for new green technology strategies and fresh ways of thinking about our computers. Check out the video to learn more!
When it comes to sweet and creamy treats, frozen yogurt has been dominating the field for quite a while now. First came the tart frozen yogurt revolution spearheaded by Pinkberry, Red Mango and all their ilk, and then came the second wave of do-it-yourself yogurt sundae bars like Sixteen Handles and Orange Leaf.
We had a great time at this year's Maker Faire! It was a bigger event than ever before, and even a little rain on Sunday didn't deter the crowds. We'll have video footage up soon, but in the meantime check out this photo gallery to get a feel for the Faire!