I've been using Shazam since it was a pre-iPhone dial code. It's a lovely product. It's central idea is one of those concepts that I can't concieve of ever having.
Of late I'm finding myself using it more, as the connections to Spotify have proved seamless. In fact it's so good at facilitating other products (youtube, spotify, itunes etc) that I'm surprised other brands have not built similar functions in to their apps.
This week they've launched a redesigned version of the app. The functionality is largely the same and the redesign seems to be mostly surface level, but it looks great and I still love Shazam.
Redesign launch video
Shazam team article about the redesign
August is a new product from the studio of one of my design heroes Yves Behar. August falls squarely in to what is becoming the most exciting product category 'the connected home'.
Some have termed it a "smart lock", but in truth it's not just smart it's a new approach, it's really an entirely new approach to securing your home. Optimising standard smartphone technology this product not only improves security, but makes it more manageable. Allowing you information when you want it and pushing you information when you need it.
The launch vid below is really worth a look, even if you don't rate the product idea, it's a really funny and charming way to demonstrate a new product.
They are due to launch in Spring 2014. I will be adding one to my birthday list, which is in... you guessed it August.
YouTube is full of movie trailers and there is a fair chunk of TV content too. Vimeo has always trailed behind YT, mostly because of scale. But now Vimeo has taken a step in a different direction to YouTube. Instead of stinking up the product with ad space, they've moved towards becoming an 'on-demand' film and TV product.
Such a brilliantly simple tweak to the user experience, but when you think about the service design change you can see it's a big shift in thier product.
So far the catalogue leans towards independant, low budget content, but I'm really excited about where this goes.
Vstream is a new project, that I've been working on in my spare time. For a while I've been annoyed by how limited TV and film services are and how I've failed to find anything that does for watching what Spotify does for listening. So I set out to design the perfect TV/film experience.
Here it is.
I hope you like it.
Apple has signed up a group of car makers to build the iOS software in to their cars.
The brief demo focussed largely on how Siri's voice controls could be easily accessed and how the 'turn by turn' directions in Apple Maps could work seamlessly. Both of which are reasonably interesting. But there is a bigger picture here, that I'm excited about.
The current production cycle on cars is comparatively prolonged. So for Apple to try and enter such a market would be a formidable shift in process (not to mention direction). Similarly for TVs and all the other hardware they have been rumoured to be creating. However the software is a different matter. The software can live anywhere and be updated, improved and tracked with any basic data connection.
Historically Apple has fought to keep its hardware and software together. They even resited bringing a Windows version of iTunes to the world. But this is a new strategy. This the first sign of iOS appearing out of Apple's hardware. The Apple ecosystem is going beyond its own products. Now you can see iOS running across a number of products.
Now it's easy to imagine a day when I use my TV to select some music for the day, this plays in my car during my commute and continues to play on my phone, while I'm working. Apps are backed up on iCloud and the data can already be shared across Apple devices - why not other objects that your life touches during the day?
There is some hardware that Apple will no doubt want to retain and control. But if this strategy plays out they are no longer limited to their own production capabilities.
at 12:55 pm