Category Archives: Cool Things

iPad at Play: with a Band Making Music in an Elevator

Nice one. The iPad at play as the keyboard on this Journey cover done in an elevator.

The band is called Saints of Valory and they’re based in my lovely hometown of Austin, Texas.

Definitely the best Journey cover in an elevator I’ve seen this week. Smile

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Cool Things: Conference Table with Integrated iPad Stations


That’s on fine-looking conference table. I’m not generally an admirer of conference tables, or even a fan of meetings that require conference tables – but sign me up for meetings round this one.

It’s a Hi-tech Conference Table from the Dutch company, featured recently at Born Rich. The table is available in a variety of shapes and configurations and includes 16 docking stations for iPads.

At my home office there’s only myself and my tremendously handsome Labrador (Deputy Editor Dawg), but I could borrow some of my daughter’s stuffed animals to fill out the seats at the table.

I couldn’t find a price listed for the table but I’m guessing it may be just a tad over my current conference table budget. Damn.

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Cool Things: Music Video Animations Created on iPad

This is great stuff. The whole video is rendered purely in animations done by Shawn Harris on an iPad with the superb Brushes app – by mashing together the recordings of every stroke made within the Brushes app.

The song – Undivided by Blush, featuring Snoop Dogg – is quite good too, and the animations are perfectly in sync with it.

The ‘Making of’ video for this is also big fun to watch.

I spotted this thanks to a post by Tim at everythingiCafe.

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Cool Things: Shoebox Turned into iPad Concert Theater


Fun stuff. Looks quite easy to do too. If you’ve got kiddos with iPads this might be a fun little weekend project, as long as you can handle your iPad being a part of a Selena Gomez or Bieber fest in a shoebox.

Thanks to Gary Katz for sharing this with us. You can check out the full walk-through on how it was done here:

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Cool Things: Vintage iPad Ad


Brilliant stuff. I can almost see the Mad Men pitch for this.

Up to 64 Gigabytes – Gee Whiz!

Thanks to Joseph for sending this in and Retrogasm for the original posting.

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Cool Things: Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2011 Free in the iBookstore


Lonely Planet has a well-deserved reputation for producing some of the best and most original travel guides around. Now their Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2011 title is available for free in the iBookstore until June 14.

This guide book looks very good and should be an excellent resource if you’re looking to expand your travel horizons this year. It’s a showcase for Lonely Planet’s choices of all the best cities, regions, and countries to visit in 2011. Here’s a little more detail from their iBookstore description of the book:

Drawing on the knowledge, passion and miles travelled by Lonely Planet’s staff, authors and online community, we present a year’s worth of travel inspiration to take you out of the ordinary and into some unforgettable experiences.
• Lonely Planet ranks the top 10 countries, regions and cities to visit in 2011.
• The best travel experiences for 2011, from the opening of New York’s September 11 Memorial to flamenco classes in Andalucía
• Over 35 events mapped out month by month in the 2011 travel planner.

If you’re after even more ideas for wonderful places to visit, you may want to check out my recent review of the superb National Geographic’s 50 Places of a Lifetime for iPad.

Here’s an App Store link for Best in Travel 2011; and again it’s offered free until June 14.

Thanks to Mike Schramm at TUAW for the mention of this deal.

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Cool Things: iPad Garageband Guitar Solo

Just in case you haven’t already seen – and heard – this one yet. It’s by YouTube user palamosteliaro, and here’s his quick description of it:

This is me creating a jam track with apple’s Garageband app for the ipad and then shredding a guitar solo over it! I am sorry about the bad video quality, but i could not find a way to record ipad’s screen in a fast framerate.

Great stuff, and another great example of what you can do on the creation rather than consumption side of things on the iPad.

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With the new iPad 2 ad Apple’s just getting started

No doubt a lot of you out there are too young to remember the excitement us Apple watchers felt in the early days when a new iPod commercial came out. There were gasps of “cool!” all over the proto-twitterverse/blogosphere in reaction to the new Indie song that had been chosen to herald the iPod in all its silhouetted glory. Songs like Walkie Talkie Man, Are you gonna be my girl? or Jerk it out enjoyed a nice chart run on Apple’s coattails. Good times. Continue reading

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Cool Things: Stop-Motion Video Created with Brushes App for iPad

Really great video – fun and clever and made even more so when you hear about how it was done with the Brushes app for iPad by Shawn Harris, aka Maniac.

Here’s his rundown of how this was created:

I illustrated this video for "Thank Each Mistake" using the Brushes app for iPad. I heard about it through Jorge Colombo’s New Yorker covers, but for me, the best media for this technique wasn’t print, but video! By taking advantage of the actions playback feature, and by using a brushes viewer application for my Mac, I found I could export my painting as a quicktime movie. The app isn’t designed for animation, but the playback feature, which records each brush-stroke as a separate frame, lends itself to a coarse morphy style of stop-motion fingerpainting, if you can manage to be deliberate enough about not lifting your finger from the painting… Thanks also to BLU, whose wall animations helped inspire the technique.

I’ve always thought the recording of strokes within Brushes was a pretty incredible feature, but I’d never seen it put to this sort of use before. Well done Mr. Harris.

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Cool Things: PadInTheCity Renting 3G iPads for Your Stay in Madrid


PadInTheCity is a new service that lets you rent a 3G iPad while you’re in the city of Madrid, Espana. For around $56 per day they provide a 3G iPad (original rather than iPad 2 I assume) with an unlimited data plan and a stack of good apps for tourists and users in general.

They deliver the iPads to you at your hotel, an airport or agreed location, with a case and charger included, and collect it from you at the end of your stay / rental period. You can reserve your iPad online via Paypal, with a reasonable security deposit.

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Cool Things: iPad Cover Version of Cee-Lo Green’s ‘F You’

Musician Ben Powell produced this cover of Cee-Lo Green’s ‘F You’ entirely on an iPad, using a slew of apps and NES video game sounds to mimic the vocals on the song. Here’s the list of apps used in the making of this cover:

NESynth —
Salt Shaker —
Music Studio —
Drums! —
Synth —
Magic Piano —
Tambourine! —
Dog Piano —
Panda Piano —

For the whole story on how this was produced, check out Powell’s blog post on it:

Spotted via: Gizmodo

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