Motorola, could you please tell your viral marketer to get out of our comments?

In John’s post about Steve Jobs’ purported tantrum, a commenter “MGOODE08” made this remark: I’m so glad my boss isn’t like that! I’m working with Motorola right now, and became a huge fan of the Krave (motorola.com/krave). I especially like the full touch screen display and html web browser. It’s awesome! On the 14th, he […]

Ricoh's wind- and solar-powered Times Square billboard

Ricoh will be installing this $3 million billboard in Times Square (7th and 42nd) that will be powered entirely by wind and solar. If there’s not enough sun or wind, explains the Times, the 16 floodlamps that will shine on the unit will simply…turn off. In Times Square, a Company‚Äôs Name in (Wind- and Solar-Powered) […]

Pomegranate NS08: The fake phone that does everything

Introduction As a promotion to induce tourism, Nova Scotia commissioned these ads for a fake phone, the Pomegranate NS08, a ridiculously full-featured phone to promote “a place that has everything”. It appears the destination site is taking a bit of a drubbing right now, but I’ve thrown some of the other videos after the jump. […]

Sprint "Now" widget ad page is momentarily nifty even if you're not using their product

@mathowie said, “When I was a kid, I always thought in the future I’d get paid to look at something like the Sprint Now dashboard” Intrigued, I looked, and then we discussed in our editor’s chat room: Joel J. oh man surely we can comment somehow on this http://now.sprint.com/widget/ 1:05 PM Rob B. playing pong […]

Electro Selectro: gadget and car ad scans from November 1967 NatGeo

I scanned in a bunch of the ads from the November, 1967 edition of National Geographic. I left out the travel and food ads, but that still left about 20 pages of cars and gadgets, including this gem from Panasonic. Electro Selectro group [Flickr] (You can add your own retro gadget ad scans if you […]

Vintage Atari 2600 ad explains the genesis of Yar's Revenge

This vintage ad for the Atari 2600 shows how the ideas for games were dreamed up before there was a conceptual library of standard ideas to draw inspiration from: a man sitting in a room with a dizzy fly, creating a game out of surrealist idea association as he simultaneously stuffs wads of blotter LSD […]

Wired's Found gone without a sound?

Wired magazine’s Found is no more. A weird extrapolated gadget, photoshopped receipt or fake mag cover ostensibly stolen from the future, it always added a bite-size note of happy futurism to an issue. Metafilter has a compendium of the last few years’ entries. Shades of the Blade Runner curse: pictured is a Sharper Image ad […]