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Walking around Gizmodo Gallery 2009 | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Walking around Gizmodo Gallery 2009

Gizmodo Gallery 2009

Gizmodo Gallery 2009

Gizmodo Gallery 2009

Gizmodo Gallery 2009

Gizmodo Gallery 2009

Gizmodo Gallery 2009

Gizmodo Gallery 2009

Gizmodo Gallery 2009

“The tech world needs the anti Best Buy*” or so goes the thinking behind Gizmodo Gallery 2009 on their site to explaining why a collection of both familiar and unfamiliar gadgets where put together. At first glance it felt like an ITP show though a bit more slicker in that most of the products here have already been taken to market as opposed to projects from grad students. Just like an ITP show I was trying to take a photo of everything in site. I’m not sure why I was doing this though—my best explanation as I wanted my own resource of cool things afterwards.

Ironically one of the things that I found cool was an app for the iPhone. Ghostly’s Discovery has an amazing UI for exploration of music from their label. Based on mood color it creates mixes of songs. Before visiting the gallery I didn’t know about the app so being able to explore it in person was quite helpful. I wonder why more apps don’t figure out a way to test things out?

Pancakes are a universal food of goodwill it seems. People seemed overjoyed to eat them that a machine spit out. I can’t comment on the taste because I didn’t want to try them. I have a rule of not eating them after 11 in the morning—it just seems weird to me. Other things that impressed me was the rosetta disc, the 3D etch a sketch, lights and straws, a digital vinyl solution and the interactive coke machine. Though it should be noted that the UI doesn’t work for cokes that are empty. It basically says vending for 20 seconds and then returns to a default state.

Gallery Hours and Special Events Open to the Public:

Wednesday, September 23 through Friday, September 25
12noon – 8pm
– Main Gallery
– Opening Day features Laser Etching ($25 a laptop, $5 a gadget)

Friday, September 25
8pm-10pm
– Public Party, with prizes

Saturday, September 26
11am – 8pm
– Main Gallery

Saturday, September 26
9pm – Live DJ set by Music Director Jason Bentley, KCRW, 100% independently funded radio station

Sunday, September 27
11am – 6pm
– Main Gallery

Location:
267 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012

(*There’s nothing wrong with Best Buy, inherently. We’re just doing something that is the opposite of it.)

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