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E3 Report: Lego Worlds is a Minecraft Killer

The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3 by knowledgeable nerds, wrapped up this week in LA. As usual, there were lots of amazing games and cutting-edge technology to be seen. For me, the biggest surprise of the show was a major new release of Lego Worlds, an online virtual world that provides an open sandbox for exploring, building, and creativity.

The established player in this space is, of course, Microsoft’s Minecraft, a gigantic hit the last few years. Sales have passed 70 million copies total, with annual revenue topping $300M. As Donald Trump would say, “It’s huuuuuge!” But, now that I’ve spent some time inside Lego Worlds, I think it’s only a matter of time until Minecraft is surpassed, at least in its current state.
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Kinsa Smart Thermometer launched!

kinsa-605After over a year of design and development and too many prototypes to count, the Kinsa Smart Thermometer has officially lunched on indiegogo as a socially-funded venture. Designed by SchultzeWORKS, the Kinsa Smart Thermometer is a simple tool to track and stop the spread of disease. By leveraging the power, display, processing, and connectivity of your phone, the Kinsa not only tells you your temperature, but can also tell you what illnesses are going around, what you might have, and what you can do about it.

The funds that are generated by donors will be used to manufacture the product and scale up production. The campaign’s success will also be used to encourage physicians, health systems, and governments to adopt this approach to be healthier, together.

In addition to the industrial design and engineering coordination, we also created all of the 3D renderings and animations for the marketing efforts.


Online Interview with Novedge

novedge-blog-logoOne of my favorite websites for software and webinar training, Novedge, just got even better. They interviewed me! The interview covered a wide range of territory, so it would be very difficult to summarize all of my fascinating answers and opinions. You’ll just have to go and check it out at their blog.


Can you have too much color?

During a recent visit to The Container Store, I ran across what is perhaps the world’s most colorful bag. I first caught sight of this beauty when I noticed that the stunning and intense pattern was a little similar to our company logo, so “Cool!” A few seconds later I thought, “Damn, this took a lot of guts to put out there.” Then I thought, “This is genius — it’s impossible to lose!” Right after that I thought, “Maybe this is a prank and people are watching me…”

Finally, I decided that this bag had completely succeeded in not only getting me to stop and have a long discussion with myself, but write up this blog post. Good work, Hey’s.


Copycat Smackdown!

The two people who created unauthorized 3D models of our Philco PC design, and then offered them for sale online, have had their infringing models removed for sale to the public. What was originally a rude surprise turned out to be a great experience — thanks to the advice and guidance of the awesome staff of TurboSquid. It’s one of the very best sites on the internet for 3D content and, as long-time customer, this turn of events makes us like them even more.

They took our original inquiry very seriously and then guided us through the process of generating a DMCA [Digital Millenium Copyright Act] Takedown Notice. This is essentially a single page legal document that summarizes the facts of your original work, contact information, and the web address of the infringing copycats. Amazingly enough, the work was removed the very next day after receipt of our notice.


Imitation done poorly …

… and illegally, according to copyright law. We have recently been made aware that two separate individuals have made extremely lousy 3D models of our Philco PC design, the well-known and much-loved retro-inspired computer. I’m all for for people being inspired by the work of others, which was the obvious genesis for the project, but this is different for two reasons.

The two lousy copies from the lazy copycats

First, they are charging money for the 3D models! One copycat wants $30 and the second is asking $38. Definitely not cool. Secondly, did I mention the models are lousy? This project was a labor of love and every detail in our original design was thoroughly thought out and cleanly executed. The dudes who copied the intellectual property for fun and profit were apparently drunk and in a hurry. Sloppy execution, you lazy copycats!

The original Philco PC design by SchultzeWORKS designstudio

We are currently in communication with the website owners over at TurboSquid, who are taking this matter seriously. If you would like to see more  images of the Philco PC, you can visit the press release page or watch the video.


New site redesign

Spurred by a recent hack attempt and a chronic urge to always improve, the website has been completely redesigned. Feel free to share how much you like it, and if you don’t, then by all means please keep it to yourself.

New content and sections will be coming soon. Special thanks goes to Jon Bukiewicz of Tenebroso Design & Development  for their talented and professional work on the effort.


Is Apple Making Robots?

Click to view on YouTubeRecently, several robot blogs posted this fuzzy spy video of what some were speculating was a robot made by Apple. This leaked video only shows a portion of the robot and is of such low quality that it’s really hard to tell what is going on. I’d love to jump in and speculate as well, but instead I will wait until April 18th to reveal everything that I know. That way we can deal entirely with facts.

The Triple Flip Has Landed

The Triple Flip concept cell phone project was finally publicly released. The full press release can be seen on the SchultzeWORKS website.

The first day coverage was highlighted by Paul Thurrott‘s posting of the project on his front page. Paul is one of the most talented and entertaining technology pundits working today. His reporting of the Windows Phone 7 platform, via his Windows Weekly podcast with Leo LaPorte, was a primary source of research and inspiration for the project.

Invitation to International Design Show

SchultzeWORKS designstudios was honored with an invitation to present the PhilcoPC project at the The 2010 Saint-Étienne (France) International Design Biennial, running for two weeks starting November 2, 2010. We were contacted by exhibition curator Mr. Benjamin Loyauté, who informed us that the Philco PC project was already ‘pre-approved’ thanks to the design and media attention it has recently generated.

The Philco PC is proposed to appear in an exhibition area themed ‘Prediction.’ The overall theme of the International Design Biennial’s 6th edition is focused on the notion of Teleportation. This idea deals with society’s current struggles with transportation congestion and the chronic lack of time. Increasing numbers of people are now working from home, empowered by their ability to transfer data and documents to their central office, until the system breaks down and they dream of being back in the office.

More information (mostly in French) at the event website.

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