A flash poll to list modern technology’s most iconic designers is unlikely to throw up pop star Lady Gaga. But the controversial, cutting-edge artiste has always dabbled in speculative industrial design. On her 2009 Fame Ball tour, for instance, she cobbled together a pair of glasses from two iPod screens (the prop is also seen in the video for Poker Face).
Lady Gaga is the creative director for camera firm Polaroid, and the first three products designed under her watch were announced earlier this month at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Called the Grey Label range, it consists of a radical re-imagining of the classic Polaroid camera, and attempts to bring Polaroid’s rapidly ageing forte into the Digital Age. The products will be released later this year.
The GL20, in Lady Gaga’s words, is “technology blended with fashion blended with culture”. It’s an accurate assessment. This pair of stylish shades is embedded with a camera. Click a picture and it’s displayed on the outside of the lenses, facing outwards, on two LCD screens. The screens can also play videos or display art of your choice, and brings us one step closer to the dystopia imagined in ‘Love Sex aur Dhokha’.
The GL10 is a tiny, paperback-sized mobile printer that can spew out 3x4-inch prints (which are tear-proof and waterproof) in about 30 seconds. It’s compatible with any device that has Bluetooth, and is aimed particularly at people who want quick prints from photos on their cellphones.
The design is incredibly svelte, and it uses a neat little printing technology called ZINK. ZINK Paper is an advanced composite material with dye crystals embedded inside - these are then activated by heat and colourized, resulting in razor-sharp prints without ink.
The printer carries about 40 prints per charge and will retail for $149 (around R6,800) from May.
The GL30 looks like a pico projector tapered towards the back. This is the new Polaroid camera—it can hold 10 photos in each cartridge and print them instantly. The photos register both as a digital file on an in-built LCD (if you place the device upright, you can use it as a digital photo frame) and as a physical copy that the printer creates. The final device, when released, will also be able to send photos instantly to sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Pedal me this
Hit the city streets in style with the new GT Traffic 2.0
Indian CITIES aren’t cycle-friendly, but high-end “urban bikes”—cycles designed to be pedalled on city roads- are making an appearance in local stores. The GT Traffic series is the new cycle on the block. It has the trademark GT “triple triangle” design, so it’s easy to lock against lamp posts and fences. It has puncture-resistant tyres and a light aluminium frame. Prices start at R28,000 for the Traffic 2.0. For details, log on to www. trackandtrail.com
Courtesy Indigo Blue Art