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iPhone Killer Prototype

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Says my friend and open design guru Ronen Kadushin:

Whenever a new hand held device, or new exciting smartphone hits the market, a questions roars through the internets, tech blogs and news: Is this the iPhone killer? The answer is always…well…not quite, not yet…. So I was thinking, maybe these guys who make these devices are not looking at the right place for that iPhone killer. Why don’t I scratch that dream product itch, and transform this buzzword into a real product that it’s soul purpose is to do what it claims to be….. I’d like to introduce you to the iPhonekiller….It’s amazing… It is an open design, you can download it from my website, produce and use it. It is 1.6 Kg , 25mm ( 3.5 lbs, 1 inch) of precision laser cut steel, with a fantastic 36 cm wood ax handle. You can just feel the awesome power of it when you hold it in your hand..It’s amazing…….

And here it is, the iPhone Killer:

iPhone Killer by Ronen Kadushin

iPhone Killer by Ronen Kadushin

Like all Open Design products, you can modify and improve on the design easily. All the CAD files are available for download under a Creative Commons license.

Ronen’s website has all the details for the iPhone Killer.

Images by Ronen Kadushin & Chanan Strauss, some rights reserved

Likemind Berlin Wrap-Up

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Earlier today I had the pleasure of hosting Likemind Berlin along with Thomas Praus of my office neighbors Panorama3000. Great coffee and even better conversations – if you get a chance to go to your next local Likemind, make sure not to miss out. From my experience with the last Likeminds, the crowd is mostly a mix of web and music folks, and those working on the intersections of both. In other words: a real fun crowd, and always a great international mix.

This was the third installment of Likemind Berlin. As Henrik Berggren of SoundCloud told me, in Stockholm Likemind has been around for more than two years, and it has been quite a global phenomenon. So if you’re in a new place, check for Likemind every third Friday of the month.

Thanks a lot to Soundcloud for setting up everything!

Sidenote: Patrick Rathke, also of Panorama3000, was wearing a brand new I Work For The Internets shirt (which I’ve been printing through Spreadshirt in cooperation with M.T.), and boy did we get feedback on those. (Four people ordered them: Maybe we should have those thingies produced professionally?*) Good fun indeed!

Alex Ljung, also of Soundcloud, also kindly gave me a quick rundown of what Soundcloud does – after all, they went out of beta last week, I’ll post the video here in a little while, and their service seems to be a great tool for music professionals. (Apologies for the sound quality and the typo in Alex’s family name: It’s Ljung, of course, not Jung.)


What’s Soundcloud? from thewavingcat on Vimeo.

  • Just for clarification, my wording here was very awkward indeed. The shirts we’ve had printed through Spreadshirt were great so far. What I meant was: Maybe we should print them in bulk. Sorry if that caused confusion.

I work for the Internets shirt now available in the U.S.

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I work for the Internets, CC licensed by flickr user thewavingcatA little while ago, MT and I launched a little side project, a t-shirt series that says “I work for the Internets“. We’ve only sold a few, but we’ve also been asked a few times if we shipped outside Europe which had been quite expensive due to the way our German Spreadshirt shop was set up.

Good news: If you live in the U.S. or Canada, we can now print and ship the shirts to you much cheaper through our new U.S. Spreadshirt shop.

Nearly all of the shirts are American Apparel. (Except the German girl tee with black on black print: for some strange reason there seems to be no black American Apparel shirt for girls in the German store.) We stuck to American Apparel so you know what quality and cut to expect, and I’ve been quite happy with it.

On a side note, we were thrilled to see the shirt in the wild, too, as you can see in the picture below. It was taken at Communia Conference.

Photo by Juan Carlos De Martin, licensed under Creative Commons (by 2.0) Photo by Juan Carlos De Martin, (jdcm on Flickr), released under Creative Commons (by 2.0).