Archive for January, 2009

(CES 2009) Sony Bravia VE5 Recycled Televisions

Sony Bravia VE5 Recycled LCD Televisions

The Sony Bravia VE5 televisons are definitely headed in the right direction when it comes to eco-friendly technology.  Sony Bravias are made from recycled TV’s and they come with a couple of other green goodies as well.  All models in the Sony Bravia LCD VE5 series contain sound and motion sensors, as well as a zero-watt standby switch. If the Bravia is left alone in a room while running, the sensors will automatically turn off the tv; when a person reenters, the sensors detect that too and the Bravia turns back on.  However, if you turn the television off manually, it won’t turn on autuomatically.

The next three Sony Bravia models the Sony Bravia KDL-52VE5, Sony Bravia KDL-46VE5 and the Sony Bravia KDL-40VE5 (numbers after the dash represent the screen size of each) feature micro-tubular Hot Cathode Fluorescent Lamp (HCFL), a great energy feature that reduces consumption by up to 40%.

All in all, I applaud Sony for their eco-friendly TV’s…let’s just hope that they come at a wallet-friendly price!

Source:  My Trend Hunter Article

Read even more technicalities about the Bravia by Sony from Reorbit.


CES 2009 Technology Updates

Gizmos and gadget technology, oh my!  The latest technology innovations are pouring in from CES 2009.  CES is known as “the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow.”  Below are a few links to some of the emerging technology, gizmo and gadget trends of what’s been found so far at CES 2009…ENJOY!

Multimedia Touchscreen Receivers – Alpine iXA-W404 2-DIN Digital Media Receiver

Pebble Shaped DVD Players – The Samsung DVD-H1080 Says Sayonara to the Square

Portable Blue-ray Players – Panasonic DMP-B15 is World’s First

Electronic Hunting Toys – Duck Hunt Enters the Real World

Uber Game Add Ons – Logitech G Series Peripherals for Awesome Advantage

Forced Gamercizing – With jOG-S21, Your Character Doesn’t Move Until You Do

Micro Mobiles – The LG Watch Phone to Enable Futuristic Calling

Carbon Neutral Mobile Phones – The Recycled Material Motorola Renew

Mountable Video Devices – Samsung BD-P4600 and BD-P3600 Blue-Ray Players

Bizarre Faceless and Nude ‘Wig Coat’ Burlesque – Make Up Your Mind by Martin Margelia (NSFW)

I found the bizarre live art video above (Warning:  Contains nudity), Make Up Your Mind by Martin Margelia while browsing the website Cynatrendland.  At first, a lone faceless woman performs a nude burlesque routine with a blond wig coat; later, another woman joins her — except that she only has on a nylon over her face.

Margelia created the video in honor of the 40th anniversary of Sonia Rykiels ‘Wig Coat’ (see below).   Project video Concept and Cinematography credits go to  Nick Knight and Ruth Hogben; Editing by Ruth Hogben; Dancers Lorena Randi and Delphine Gaborit; Fashion by Maison Martin Margiela; Styling by Jonathan Kay; Fashion direction and text by Alexander Fury; Hair by Eamonn Hughes at Premier; Make Up by Karina Woodruff at Streeters; Soundtrack to “Make Up Your Mind” by Delta Maid and Ed Harcourt, 2008 Copyright Control; Photographic assistance by Tristan Thompson and Jo Colley; Production by Charlotte Knight and Andrea Gelardin; Location at Park Royal Studios.


Playing Online Games Using Outdoor Tiles – Tamer Nakisci’s ‘Smartground’

Don’t you just love modern technology?  I know I do!  I’m in love with the concept of Tamer Nakisci’s ‘Smartground’ playground.  Children young and old alike, and maybe even a few adults, would have a great time logging into the internet at a real playground, getting all their gaming updates and going from LED tile to LED tile as they build points and play against other gamers.

Once Nakisci’s ‘Smartground’ playground becomes reality, I think it will become a popular family activity!

Sources:  Yanko Designs and My Trend Hunter Article

The Garden of Eden Balloon Style

Balloon art, like story-telling, is a favorite past-time for many people; photographer Paul Graves combined both with his balloon art ‘Garden of Eden’.

The ‘Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil’, the forbidden fruit, the serpent, and a few animals made from balloons must have taken Graves a while to make!  Adam and Eve are portrayed by real people in anatomically correct rubber suits.  Oh, I almost forgot, Graves even included a balloon Jesus hanging from a balloon cross.

My article on Trend Hunter Magazine about this very subject can be viewed from here.

Disturbing Encouragement Print Ads – Marie Claire Reproductive Health Bill Campaign

The BBDO advertising agency created these disturbing, yet much needed print ads for the Marie Claire Magazine’s Reproductive Health Bill Campaign in the Phillipines.  The ads are meant to encourage women to speak out for women’s rights regarding the fact there are no family planning centers, nor is contraception available, in one of Asia’s most populated areas.


Brand: Marie Claire Magazine
Agency: BBDO Guerrero, Manila
Retoucher: Manny Vailoces
Photographer: Paolo Gripo
Chief Creative Officer: David Guerrero
Executive Creative Director: Joel Limchoc
Executive Creative Director: Simon Welsh
Art Director: Dale Lopez
Copywriter: Tim Villela
Producer: Al Salvador
Country: Philippines
Accounts: Karen Go

Modern Day Surrealism

Las Vegas


Surrealistic images, whether used in art, advertising or designs are fascinating to look at and that is why they continue to draw us in.  Throughout 2008, many  Surreal advertisements and art graced the pages of the internet (see 30 Surrealist Innovations from 2008 in an article I wrote at Trend Hunter Magazine yesterday) and this trend will continue throughout 2009.  Case in point, the two ads featured above from Lado B Sound Producer:  Las Vegas and  AE Investimentos:  Strange, were created in January 2009.

Hot Internet Teachers – A Teen Boy’s Dream

Marina Orlova -- The Internet's Hottest Teacher

This is ‘old news’ but since I’m trying to kick-off this blog, I decided to write about the subject to get things started.

Marina Orlova, as every one knows, is YouTube’s most popular user. I wasn’t aware of her until my 14 year old son, who used to loathe vocabulary lessons, stumbled upon her a few weeks ago.

At first, I was a bit hesitant of Orlova’s credentials and my son taking such an interest in her lessons. However, she holds philology degrees in both Russian and English, not to mention that she makes learning word origins fun and interesting, so my husband and I allow him to go to her site.   Check out her lesson below from YouTube: