The Emperor Workstation – How Geeks with Money Get Things Done

October 2, 2009 at 11:51 pm (Design, technology, Uncategorized, Video Game) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This video is of the Emperor Workstation being exhibited at the International Consumer Electoronics Show earlier in the year. I must say it is an impressive display, and somewhat familiar. I, like many of those who commented on the video, thought of doing a similar set up. I had the whole thing sketched out to be built in the closet of my room in college, but laziness took over and it never made it to fruition …Not that it would have been nearly as cool or finished looking as this beast of a workstation.

The Emperor Workstation has 3 monitors, but can be upgraded to include 5. You can get it in different colors and with different features, and it can be run through a desktop or notebook; it has built in speakers and a sub woofer, a power seat, and even rotates! The only unattractive part of this workstation is the price; weighing in at $40K I think I would want more that just a cool looking apparatus to sit in. It is an interesting concept with a nice execution; I really like the scorpion’s tail mechanism along back, but I don’t think I’ll be running out to purchase one anytime soon.

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New Epidemic – Kids Caught in its Grasp

July 14, 2009 at 11:58 am (Florida, Fort Lauderdale, News, South Florida, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

gloopAs a designer I have to work around ergonomics and anthropometrics on a daily basis. We strive to understand the human form and design around the tolerances of the human body based on range of motion, physical aptitude, necessary job function, and safety all while creating an aesthetically pleasing final product. With that said, even Henry Dreyfuss couldn’t design around stupidity. As a case study, here is a report by Tonya Alanez from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on July 10, 2009:

9-year-old girl rescued from baby swing
Firefighters help needed to pull girl out of jam in Plantation park

PLANTATION – It was Plantation firefighters to the rescue Friday evening when a 9-year-old girl got stuck in a baby swing at Volunteer Park, authorities said.

The child was removed from a swing at  the West Sunrise Boulevard park within about two minutes of firefighters’ arrival, Battalion Chief Joel Gordon said.

“She was removed. No harm, no foul,” he said, explaining that firefighters simply pulled her out.

An amused Gordon said it was about the fourth similar incident at Plantation parks this week.

“It’s an epidemic,” he said with a chuckle. “You stuff a 9-year-old into a baby swing, and they just don’t fit.”

Earlier in the week, the extrication process was a little more complicated when a child had to be cut from a swing at Jim Ward Center, Gordon said.”

Really, an epidemic?! I can see two possible ways this could happen:

  1. Parents force this poor kid into a baby swing, because she “used to fit” as if the swing was an old t-shirt.
  2. The 9-year-old comes running up to the swing with all the excited zeal of Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, wedges herself into the swing, and after the shear enjoyment of performing the act she realizes that this does not end well.

So a lesson to parents everywhere. We as designers try to think of ways to make your life easier, more efficient, and safer – so do us a favor, and read the instructions.

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