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Best of 2008

best of petitinvention 2008

With so many things that happened at the end of this year, I couldn’t make many posts this month. My updating pace will be unpredictable in 2009 as well, but I hope I can have more fun than this year.
By designing stuff for this blog, I learned a lot about design, so next year, I’ll try something new again. I’m thinking of make animation of the devices I make to post them on YouTube. Not sure if I really can, but I want to try that. Oh, one more thing. I really want to do something more tangible, not just creating stuff on the web.

Anyway, I truly appreciate your support. Here are the 20 posts you liked the best in 2008.

1. Future of Internet Search: Mobile version

2. Just a Sketch: Mobile Phone

3. iPod Touch Camera?

4. iPhone / iPod Touch Desktop Calendar Wallpapers for March 2008

5. Future of Mobile Internet Search: Application

6. horizontal keyboard app for iPhone

7. My Dream Mac (Macbook Touch? Mac Nano?)

8. External Touch Screen

9. Desktop organizing wallpaper

10. iMac Calendar Wallpaper

11. Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: April Macbook Air

12. Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: March 2008

13. Future of Mobile Search for Diet

14. Look at What You Don’t See Through Glass

15. Looking Glass for iPhone

16. Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: February 2008

17. Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: May 2008

18. You Can Work It Out

19. Future of Mobile Search- Power of Visual

20. Future of Mobile Search- Search Beyond Time

Personally, I like this hygrometer and this mac-like mobile phone. And of course, I want to have this looking glass device some day.

I will be able to make a few big announcements next year, so please come back to check them out.

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Petitinvention- Best of May

1.(iPod Touch + iMac + Macbook Air) / 3
(iPod Touch + iMac + Macbook Air) / 3
The concept of this is very simple: a little larger iPod Touch that works as a mac (that I could buy for less than $1,000).

2.Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: May & June
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As of now, this is the only June calendar I have, so I’ll add a few more.

3.iPod Touch Camera?
best of may behind the scene1
With this, it would be a lot easier to blog outside, but the function I like the best about this is the WiFi indicator.

4.Future of Mobile Search for Diet
future mobile search for diet
I could’ve made a bar graph with an image of a glass of beer or a bar of ice candy.

5.10-Key + Calculator
10-Key+Calculator
If there was this kind of product, I would definitely buy the Apple’s wifi keyboard.
There are a lot of 10-key keyboards that work as a calculator, but they’re a bit bulky. I’ve been thinking about a way to ‘hide’ the display part when I don’t need it.

Actually I wanted to introduce the sketches in my Moleskine for all the ideas above, but 4 of them came straight out from my head, so there’s only one shown.

(Extra) External Touch Screen


Thanks to Smashing Magazine, there have been so many visitors from their post “Beautiful And Original Product Designs“, where my concept “External Touch Screen” is introduced among other designers’ ideas. Thank you so much!!

The reasons why I’m having the slow update are 1) I’ve been still learning how to use a new 3D app, 2) the ideas I’ve come up with these days are a little more promising than usual that I think I can use for design competitions so I won’t disclose them now, and some other reasons.


Sorry for the slow update

Hi. I’ve been struggling over how to properly use a new 3D app for a few days. It’ll take a few more days (at the earliest), but after that the images I post in this blog will be a way better. I hope something like this will look more realistically.

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I’ll make a decent post about this image later anyway.


Top 20 Most Visited Posts So Far

I started this blog just 4 months ago. Thanks to all who visited this site, petitinvention has been chosen one of “blogs of the day” a few times, featured in Yanko Design, TUVIE.com, this next, ffffound, swissmiss, and picked up in a few magazines. I have even got job offers and been talked a few times about actually developing some items I introduced. I never thought it would turn out this way, so I’m always surprised. I can’t thank you all enough.

So here I want to introduce the 20 posts that got the most access so far (as of March 22, 2008).

1. Future of Internet Search: Mobile version
Mobile version

This is by far the most accessed post which got almost twice as many visits as the next one. I really dream of using this kind of device. I thought of this device because I always wonder why I have to input keywords to search what I want to know. I search because I don’t know what it is. If I know the right words to search, that means in most cases I KNOW about it. Especially when you use the image search, you must feel that way, too.

2. Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: February 2008
February 2008 (1024×768px)

This is the most surprising to me. There are some other calendars that I like more, but this calendar got the most access. Many people still download this calendar even though it’s already the end of March. You may know this building, but this is Stockholm City Hall. The other one I added later is Christchurch Cathedral.

3. Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: March 2008 part 1
March 2008

Menton, Côte d’Azur. Noticed the background color is of a lemon?

4. iPhone & iPod Touch’s instant access
iPhone & iPod Touch’s instant access button

I got used to handling my iPod Touch now, but still want it to work this way.

5. My Dream Mac (Macbook Touch? Mac Nano?)
macbook_touch4

Now that I know the morph concept by Nokia, I want this one more.

6. horizontal keyboard app for iPhone
horizontal keyboard app

From the very first post I made here. By fully using the screen width, there could be a better keyboard app like this.

7. Desktop organizing wallpaper
wallpaper to organize your messed desktop

Everybody’s desktop is so messed up, I figured.

8. iPhone wallpapers
iPhone / iPod Touch Desktop Calendar Wallpaper for March 2008

iPhone’s wallpaper is seen only when its power is on, so I wasn’t sure if its wallpaper would be popular, but there turned out so many people who use “iPhone wallpaper” to search for a good iPhone wallpaper.

9. Macbook Air Calendar Wallpaper
Macbook Air Calendar Wallpaper 1024 x 768 px

I posted this right after Macbook Air was revealed, and got so many visitors searching for its calendar.

10. Read blogs on iTunes: To use an iPod Touch as an Offline RSS reader
Blog on iTunes

One of the oldest posts I made. I still want iTunes to work this way.

11. Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: March 2008
desktop_calendar_wallpaper_march2008_1024_petitinvention

This has been popular mainly because of so many people in Norway accessed the page.

12. Future of Mobile Internet Search: Application
Applications

I’m still finding some other ways of using the device, so I’ll make a few more posts about it later.

13. Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: March – April
March - April 2008

Yeah, I like this one very much, too. I made it just because a newspaper with an article of this castle happened to be on my desk and I got to like its beauty.

14. Turn your iPhone into a desktop
Turn your iPhone into a desktop

My Powerbook has been dead, so I want to buy a new laptop, but if my iPod Touch could work this way, it would be a little helpful.

15. iGoogle Theme: Simple Black in Helvetica
iGoogle Skin- Simple Black in Helvetica

I’m planning to make a few more themes for iGoogle later (if I have any time).

16. iPhone / iPod Touch Desktop Calendar Wallpaper
iPhone / iPod Touch Desktop Calendar Wallpaper for March 2008

Wanna hear more from you what kind of iPhone wallpapers you want.

17. External Touch Screen
touch screen makes complicating controls easy

Another item that was on a magazine. There must be a lot more ways to use it.

18. iPhone Moleskine Cover
iPhone/iPod Touch Moleskine Cover

I love Moleskine, so I want to buy something like this. Moleskinize!

19. USB powered coffee warmer + temp adjusting app
USB powered coffee warmer + temp adjusting app

All thanks to Tina from swissmiss, who kindly introduced my idea in her blog. I can’t thank you enough!

20. Customize Gmail Icon in Menu Bar
customize gmail icon in menu bar
Gmail has “labels”, so this could be possible, I guess.

About petitinvention & me is actually ranked no.6. I’ll post some “behind-the-scene photos” of my Moleskine if there are requests.

Oh, please check out my Twitter. I use it as a without-image version of this blog.

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P.S. This is a header image I used when I started this blog.


Website / blog header image

I resized one of the images I made for a calendar to be used to a header image of a website/blog.
Feel free to download and use it.

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Chosen as Blog of the day

Thanks to all your interest, Petitinvention is chosen one of “Blogs of the Day” of WordPress for December 18, 2007. I really appreciate everyone who visited Petitinvention. I’ll introduce more and more interesting ideas for the coming holidays and next year. Looking forward to your comments!

Mac Funamizu

petitinvention chosen blog of the day!