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ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD, GENERATION 3!
Two years ago, around this time of year the One Laptop Per Child XO laptop was launched with Nicholas Negroponte. Now more than one million laptops have been distributed to children around the world to help further the mission of providing education and access to information for all... like in Uruguay where every public school child between 6 and 12 years old has one.
While the distribution of OLPC XO continues, today Forbes <http://Forbes.com/olpc> is presenting the XO-3. Our new design features an all plastic tablet screen which is semi-flexible and extremely durable (compared to current glass screens which crack upon impact), and just like the original XO, the display can be optimized in both transmissive and reflective modes for indoor and outdoor lighting conditions. The XO-3 supports many use scenarios to fulfill kids’ learning needs: from horizontal book mode to portrait reading mode, to multi-touch, so many hands can play and learn together on the same screen, to a full-touch keyboard and a back facing camera. More OLPC’s, more smiles...
SHOPPING IN YOUR UNDIES...
With PACT, our partners in everything underwear, we have launched 3 brand new prints for the holidays. As always, these prints are inspired by their charitable cause: this batch includes two new prints for Oceana and a new print by Sage Vaughn for Global Green. 10% of the purchase price goes to their respective charities, while 100% of the pair goes to you…no matter if you have been naughty or nice…
THIS YEAR SPRINKLE YOUR HOLIDAYS WITH A LITTLE BIT OF COLOR...WE DID.
For the Art Institute of Chicago, we took a different design approach to the normally traditional evergreen wreaths. Our version of the wreaths is composed of bright multi-colored aluminum leaves, a fusion of traditional holiday cheer and a sense of modernism, echoing the addition of the Modern Wing to the Art Institute of Chicago. The wreaths were installed on Friday, November 27th and the leaves will be disassembled and distributed in mid December to Chicagoland children to use at home for their own holiday decorations. So, add a little more than red and green to your decorations this year...
OLLIE, KICKFLIP, LIVING ROOM?
Ever wanted to skateboard in your living room? Practice where no one can see you plant?
Today, we are launching the Tony Hawk RIDE skateboard game with Activision (makers of Guitar Hero and DJ Hero). RIDE features a brand new skateboard-shaped wireless video game controller that players stand on to interact with the game environment.
No more complicated button commands to control your game avatar, you can just hop on the deck and RIDE.
CHARTER FOR COMPASSION GLOBAL LAUNCH
The Charter for Compassion Plaques, launched yesterday worldwide, the result of TED prize winner Karen Armstrong's wish. They will be hung in significant religious and secular locations around the world.
We designed these to focus on the power and meaning of the Charter's words: the plaque's isometric perspective reminds us of a book, and expresses the depth of the Charter's ideas and encompassing points of view. The plaque consists of sustainable maple with laser-engraved lettering giving impact and durability to the messaging of Karen Armstrong.
More info at charterforcompassion.org
GET BACK TO NATURE!
Nothing says back to nature like prancing about au naturel with the birds, bees and giant trees. The new vid from PACT, our co-conspirators in changing the world one pair of undies at a time, is quite...well, revealing. Enjoy, and don't blame us if HR comes knocking. Video by Terri Timely Studios.
PLEASURE TO THE PEOPLE, V1.
It's time to take a stand...in the bedroom that is. The call has been answered and Pleasure to the People is here. FORM 2 is the first in a series...from a collaboration between Ethan Imboden of Jimmyjane and Yves Behar of fuseproject. It features two ears that are individually powered for dynamic stimulation, delivering "Sensation in Stereo". FORM 2 focuses on ergonomics, quality, and design elements to bring healthy, long-lasting, and yes...Pleasure to the People. (By the way, close to 50% of women in the US already own one...www.jimmyjane.com)
DJ Hero drops today, the newest game by the makers of Guitar Hero, Activision. Deck and graphics by your favorite designer DJ's at fuseproject...Oh also, we designed the Jay-Z and Eminem version, DJ Hero Renegade...
ELECTRIC WORLD RECORD
The Mission One electric superbike has claimed the world speed record for an electric motorcycle, achieving 150.059 mph sustained for one mile at the Bonneville Speedway Salt Flats on September 1st, 2009. Leading up to the time trial, our Mission friends even got up to 163 mph...now officially NOT your grandma's superbike.
CHANGE STARTS WITH YOUR UNDERWEAR...
Do good. Feel good. Look good. PACT, a new underwear brand combines social responsibility, sustainability and continually updated designs. At www.wearpact.com buy these fresh undies and 10% of your purchase will go to one of the organizations working to change our world: Oceana, ForestEthics or 826 National. PACT uses compostable packaging and 100% sustainable manufacturing, to deliver comfy, guilt-free good looks. PACT is a new fuseproject design-venture, so from now on: we wear PACT or nothing at all...