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10 Elegant Product Designs, Not By Apple
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Charlie Babcock
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10/17/2014 | 3:37:57 PM
Don't call it a waffle iron
Wish you had included the price on that Breville Smart Waffle Maker. I gotta have one.
Lorna Garey
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10/17/2014 | 4:57:39 PM
Re: Don't call it a waffle iron
Me too, Charlie. One can cook many things in a waffle iron. Grilled cheese, hash browns, brownies ...
mak63
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10/17/2014 | 5:22:13 PM
Re: Don't call it a waffle iron
The price seems to be around $199.95 – $249.95. Most likly the cheapest price is for the 2-square and $250 for the 4-square,

Anyway, regarding the article subtitle:" Apple has made elegant design its calling card, but other companies can create gorgeous things, too". Is anyone surprise by that?

We can easily put many of the 2-in-1 laptops along with the Surface 3 Pro. Those hybrids laptops are really beautiful.
PedroGonzales
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10/17/2014 | 7:01:54 PM
Re: Don't call it a waffle iron
I hope that smart waffle iron is smart enough to help you clean.  Cleaning waffle makers is no picnic.  Many companies have learned that elegant product design is the best way to make a product easy to use. 
H@mmy
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10/18/2014 | 7:02:45 AM
Re: Don't call it a waffle iron
Design can surely impact the sales of the product but I believe traditional design principles are now being obselete. The products described above are amazing.
Technocrati
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10/18/2014 | 6:20:04 PM
Design Really is Important After All

Really fascinating how Jobs was able to understand that Design was major factor in differentiating their products from the rest.  It took awhile the industry to catch on but not until Apple had corned the market on this aspect.   

 

Others are trying to catch up now and that is a good thing for everyone.

Michael Endler
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10/23/2014 | 3:33:12 PM
Re: Design Really is Important After All
Agreed. I don't think even Intel or Microsoft would deny that praise for the MacBook Air's design heavily informed their moves a few years ago, the integration of touchbooks into the Ultrabook standard notwithstanding.
Gigi3
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10/27/2014 | 7:08:28 AM
Re: Design Really is Important After All
"Agreed. I don't think even Intel or Microsoft would deny that praise for the MacBook Air's design heavily informed their moves a few years ago, the integration of touchbooks into the Ultrabook standard notwithstanding."

Michael, you are right. best is always best; irrespective of who owned or designed it.
Technocrati
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10/18/2014 | 6:26:12 PM
Telsa's latest Design, Awesome !

Had not seen this new Telsa until it was shared here.  I was able to experience one from an old IT guy who could apparently afford one.   As far as design goes his model seemed too simple.  While their is beauty in simplicity - at that price I didn't see much.

 

This latest model is simply gorgeous !    Major uptick from previous models something to aspire to for sure.

SachinEE
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10/19/2014 | 1:50:22 PM
Re: Telsa's latest Design, Awesome !
All Tesla models are engineering marvels. They are one of a kind. Obviously they were the underdogs of automotive industry, but they seem to be picking up pace now. There are only two car manufacturer that gets my interest spiked, one is Tesla and the other one is Koenigsegg.
Technocrati
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10/20/2014 | 11:48:00 AM
Re: Telsa's latest Design, Awesome !

@SachinEE    I have never heard of Koenigsegg.   What makes them so special ?   Just the design ?

Technocrati
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10/18/2014 | 6:31:27 PM
Samsung Makes What ?

So funny, being a single work-a-holic I don't often think bout major appliances - but couples I know do.   One day I heard through them that Samsung makes these types of products - Needless to say I was surprised.

 

Maybe when the time comes I will consider one too.

Technocrati
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10/18/2014 | 6:35:31 PM
Surface Design : MS Listens and Learns ?

I have to agree here, I am not a big windows person.   I can take it or leave it, but the Surface design is pretty nice and if I had to buy one I would not be unhappy about that.

Gigi3
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10/20/2014 | 6:22:30 AM
Re: Surface Design : MS Listens and Learns ?
"I have to agree here, I am not a big windows person.   I can take it or leave it, but the Surface design is pretty nice and if I had to buy one I would not be unhappy about that."

Technocrati, we are bothering about outer designs, not about its quality or any functionality.
Technocrati
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10/20/2014 | 11:45:59 AM
Re: Surface Design : MS Listens and Learns ?

"...we are bothering about outer designs, not about its quality or any functionality."

 

@Gigi3    You are so right.  This is certainly misplaced attention.   Consumers unfortunately like stylish things and are willing to pay a premium for them as Apple has proven.   But I l agree the real concern should be  does it work ?  Is any there any functionality that makes me more efficient ?   

 

For example, I find it hard to understand how Apples retina technology makes my life any easier .

Gigi3
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10/22/2014 | 7:16:39 AM
Re: Surface Design : MS Listens and Learns ?
"This is certainly misplaced attention.   Consumers unfortunately like stylish things and are willing to pay a premium for them as Apple has proven.   But I l agree the real concern should be does it work?  Is any there any functionality that makes me more efficient ?   "

Technocrati, how many people are thinking in that angle; very less. For most of us appearance is important than its functionality.
Michael Endler
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10/23/2014 | 3:40:37 PM
Re: Surface Design : MS Listens and Learns ?
I think the Leica camera demonstrates that point. Leica doesn't use anything close to the best sensor technology, and you can produce better images with far cheaper systems, especially among the ASP-C style cameras such as the one in the article. Even their full frame cameras, which are masterworks of mechanical precision, aren't the most functional, per se, and if they offer any image advantages (which would come mostly from the lens), they're very small. Nevertheless, Leica's fixed-lens crop camera costs more than most other companies' prosumer full frame models, and Leica's full frame models cost more than a used car.
Technocrati
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10/18/2014 | 6:41:38 PM
Bond's Tool of Choice: The Nitecore Titanium Pen

This Nitecore Titanium pen is Interesting.   Do you really need to have a pen that doubles as an Ice Pick ?   Well it looks nice, I wonder how it holds up after you beat a window in with it ?

SachinEE
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10/19/2014 | 1:47:57 PM
Re: Bond's Tool of Choice: The Nitecore Titanium Pen
It would help in a number of situations (one just like the author pointed out) and if rightly priced and properly advertised, this pen could be the next thing in our pockets. I am a big fan of watches, I wonder why there wasn't any watch in this list. Also the waffle maker would be a big hit in NY City.
Gigi3
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10/20/2014 | 6:20:02 AM
Product Design
"Apple has made elegant design its calling card, but other companies can create gorgeous things, too."

Thomas, apple has made an elegant design only for their products, IPad and IPhone. But that doesn't mean that they are superior in designing the products. Other companies like Samsung, Ford, GE etc also have designed fabulous products with elegant designs.
Technocrati
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10/20/2014 | 11:50:07 AM
Re: Product Design

@Gigi3    I agree.  Samsung which I own does also makes nicely designed products.   I wonder why Apple always get the credit for this ?

Gigi3
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10/22/2014 | 7:13:18 AM
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"Samsung which I own does also makes nicely designed products.   I wonder why Apple always get the credit for this ?"

Technocrati, Apple always get name and fame because their innovation. Apple products are superior than their competitions.
freespiritny25
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10/20/2014 | 1:54:38 PM
Re: Elegant Product Designs
It's interesting that many of the sleeker, newer products have taken on a vintage sheek look. I wonder if the were built to last too, like they were 50 years ago.


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