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The litl, a new netbook-like device for your home and lifestyle.

There have been various attempts by computer makers to conquer your living room. As the stylish MacBook Air and Macbook are becoming lighter and more powerful, accompanying our lives everywhere we go, the distinction of working space and living room is about to go away. Laptops today are so powerful, they cover everything from writing a film script to actually editing the resulting movie. Consequently, your entertainment, formerly governed by a TV, a DVD player and a stereo system, is driven by computers too.

Still, brands like Apple are struggling to redefine your living room experience. While Apple doesn’t want to commit to TV and BlueRay, hackers are trying to close the missing gaps. TV-makers like Sony are trying to tie traditional computer functions to the TV set.

The everywhere-at-home entertainment device

Rumors about Apple coming out with a tablet device some time in 2010 are fueling wild ideas about wirelessly transmitted video signals from computer to TV.

To connect to your TV, plug in a standard HDMI cable.
To connect to your TV, plug in a standard HDMI cable.

What Apple may be trying to do in 2010, one small new company is heading for today. They just announced their product called Litl, a small netbook-like device that is designed to bridge the gap of a traditional computer and an “everywhere-at-home entertainment device”.

The Litl was designed with the help of Pentagram, a traditional design company who doesn’t always have a lucky hand when it comes to interaction-design. However, from the pictures the Litl’s interface looks nice, straight forward and pleasing the eye.

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Robust enough to carry around and place anywhere.

Litl describes its user experience like this:

We built litl to enjoy the web at home. When you see our main navigation screen, you’ll immediately know how to use it. Just point and click. Litl eliminates menus, icons, and folders. In fact, we’ve removed all computer administrative debris between you and the web.

Breaking paradigms, introducing new ones

The company Litl claims the device is maintenance free, so you can just focus on using it for your pleasure. Its makers may have had simplicity for users in mind, but they weren’t shy introducing new interface ideas, like a wheel that replaces a touch screen, touch pad, stylus or mouse. All in all the litl tries to limit everything you do to a few established forms of entertainment and communication, such as news reading with RSS, watching movies or photo slide shows, or listening to music. Other than that, there is only so litl you can do with this thing, and for $300 more you might get as well a Macbook with better graphics, including programs to edit and enjoy sound and video, and everything else you’d expect from a robust operating system today.

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(Pictures by Litl)

Louise Goldin's creations make you stop and look in awe.

Louise Goldin’s creations make you stop and look in awe.

British designer Louise Goldin has a strong sense for trends, but she’s picking up inspirations from art rather than from the street.

Kat George from Australian The Vine describes Goldin with these words:

“Goldin is as much about construction as she is about aesthetics, painstakingly researching and developing new technologies and techniques, blending lurex yarns and rich cashmeres to produce truly luxurious knitwear for a new generation of brave young women.”

Louise Goldin's avant garde creations.

Louise Goldin’s avant garde creations.

With those spikes, one feels reminded of some studded models of Alexander McQueen. Louise Goldin’s high heels definitely have that special avant garde touch that makes you stop and look in awe, but one also wonders if they can actually be worn on any street outside of New York, Tokyo or London, where they are available at Topshop.

(Via Fashionising)

Alexander McQueen's slightly more practical model.

Alexander McQueen’s slightly more practical model.

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In the run up to the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) that takes place in Copenhagen next week, you’ll currently see a number of billboard ads on Copenhagen airport from an advertising campaign commissioned by Greenpeace. The ads feature photoshopped images of world leaders in 2020, apologizing for their mistake to decline necessary measures to stop climate change.

“It’s an apology from the future aimed at putting pressure on – and just maybe making these world leaders think twice about the consequences of their action or inaction now,”

explains the writer of the ads Toby Cotton of new agency Arc Communications.

“The brief from Greenpeace International was simple,” he continues, “to put pressure on world leaders to create a fair and binding agreement at Copenhagen.”

(Via Creative Review)