If waiting until April 24 to get your Apple Watch seems like far too long to wait, you can make your own today. Even better, you can make your Apple Watch out of LEGO bricks, which adds an extra level of coolness to your wrist. Chris McVeigh worked out the design and is sharing the instructions (PDF) on his website. He's the guy that came up with other awesome LEGO builds I love like the original Macintosh, the retro TV with color bars, and the TARDIS. You'll need to provide your own bricks and his instructions include a shopping list so you won't come up short. Chris's LEGO Apple Watch looks great, and now I want Apple to make a special edition version that really works: Apple Watch Brick.
Hey Browncoats, Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk are making a new series called Con Man, and they want your help funding it. ZOMG, it also involves Gina Torres, Felicia Day, Seth Green, and James Gunn. Oh, and it's going to have a spaceship. That's because it's about a guy (Alan Tudyck) who starred in a SciFi show with another guy (Nathan Fillion), only the show got canceled...too soon. Since then, Nathan Fillion's character has gone on to fame and fortune, while Alan Tudyck's character has not. If that's not a premise rife with comedic possibilities, I don't know what comedic possibilities are. They are looking to crowd-fund some of the budget for the show through Indiegogo. With 24 days left to go, they've raised more than US$2 million, five times their intial goal. And funding options include super awesome cool perks for fans. The trailers alone are hilarious. Check it out and give generously so I can watch this great show! Please?
There are many different alternative fuels for portable battery chargers, and now you can add corn flakes to the list. Or Spinach. Or maybe Sushi...mmmm...sushi. Anyway, Ampware has launched an Indiegogo campaign for CrankCase and CrankBox, two different portable batteries you charge with a hand-turned crank. 5 minutes of cranking will get you enough juice for three hours of smartphone use or half that for a tablet. That's a lot of cranking, but consider it a workout. And if you're camping, hiking, or driving through the mountains in the snow, it means power any time, day or night. The company has preproduction units and is using its campaign to work up production—assembly will take place in the U.S. There's more information on the Indiegogo page.
After Johnny 5 because self aware in the 1980s movie Short Circuit, he went on the run because he didn't want to be disassembled. Thanks to an awesome LEGO Ideas proposal, you can do just that—after you build him, of course. The finished model stands about 30cm high, includes about 850 pieces, and really is the spitting image of Johnny 5. It even includes is back-mounted toolbox tha replaced his rocket launcher. The proposal has only 2,181 votes with only 43 days left to get the required 10,000 it needs for official consideration. This would look fantastic next to our Wall-E kit, so get your votes in now.
Is there anything better than a clever nerd with good taste and the ability to make something awesome? No way. Enter Adam Woodworth, who turned a quadcopter into an Imperial Speeder from Star Wars . The body of this piece of awesomeness was made from a 1:6 scale (12-inch) Hasbro Power Of The Force series Speeder Bike. The quadcopter bit? Well that he actually designed himself. That's intensely cool in my book. Just watch the video, be delighted, and then read about how he did it (with pictures) at Makezine (via TechCrunch).
Since the passing of Steve Jobs in 2011, a lot of videos and interviews with the tech icon have resurfaced. It's been great being able to take this walk through history, and I have a doozy for you today. It's a documentary-style 20 minute video showing Steve Jobs working with his then-brand new team at NeXT in 1985. This is less than a year after he left Apple to form NeXT. Its particular focus is Mr. Jobs organizing, inspiring, and pushing that team to meet his deadline of a 1987 release for the first NeXT computer. Dave Hamilton noted, "at 11:32, Mr. Jobs says, 'Well, George, I can't change the world!' And there's a hint of a smile there...as if he doesn't really believe that sentiment, but lets it stand because it helps make his point." It's a fascinating watch. [Via @cdixon -> @inc]
So you've bought your elegant Apple Watch, but it's just that. Elegant. Too elegant. Casetfy has a solution for you with its Customizable Watch Band for Apple Watch. It allows you to design your own Apple Watch strap using photographs from Facebook and Instagram. Or, as the company wrote, "Your selfie on your watch band? Err...why not!" Why not, indeed! They're priced at US$50, will ship in June, and you can play around with your own designs now. Use coupon code JW6UQR for $10 off, too. Casetfy has been making custom iPhone cases for several years, too, and the coupon code works there, as well.
There's a special nostalgic beauty to the U.S.S. Enterprise from the classic Star Trek series that still holds up surprisingly well 50 years after it first showed up on television screens. Professional artist Nick Acosta saw that (thanks, Wired), and decided to take the time to show everyone else just how easy it is to visualize the original Enterprise in the movies that followed the TV series—such as Wrath of Khan, and even Star Trek: Into Darkness. He started with photos of the actual Enterprise model at the Smithsonian, then recomposited those into shots from the movies. The end results are fantastic, and show how well the 1965 model holds up to more modern special effects. Warp Speed, Mr. Scott!
So, it's no secret that I love comic books, and comic book movies, so an opportunity to talk about Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr, shall not be missed. A video RDJ posted on Twitter features Alex, a seven year-old kid with a partially developed right arm. He's showing up to meet with Albert Manero, who builds 3D printed bionic limbs for kids and donates them to those kids through the Limbitless Solutions organization. What Alex doesn't know is that this latest version of his arm is being presented to him by Iron Man. When he arrives, they chat briefly and then Robert Downey Jr offers to compare his suit's arm to Alex's new arm, each housed in a box labelled Stark Industries. This is so fun to watch, check out the video below.
Jony Ive, interviewed by Nick Foulkes at the Financial Times:
All of us working on the first iPhone were driven by an absolute disdain for the cellphones we were using at the time. That’s not the case here. We’re a group of people who love our watches. So we’re working on something, yet have a high regard for what currently exists.
I bet his high regard stops much shorter if you change the subject to smart watches.
Still, an interesting thought, and one that resonates with me as a watch guy. I'm cautiously optimistic here. Or at least eager to find out all of what Apple has put together.
TMO Weekly Sponsor
TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-24: Getting Inside Apple Watch
It's Apple Watch delivery day, which means we finally get to see what's inside Apple's brand new smartwatch. Bryan Chaffin…
TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-23: Apple Watch Order Status, Google’s MVNO Plan
The first wave of Apple Watch shipments are set to arrive at customer's doors tomorrow, and there will be very…
Hear From TMO