Now isn’t this the coolest thing ever! Designed to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Google Chrome, New York-based artist Andrew Bell created this absolutely adorable box-set of Chrome’s most amazing Easter egg… the offline browser game.
For the people who don’t know what this game is about (basically Safari users), the game starts as a webpage that tells you that your browser is offline. Press any key, and the game initiates, and you’re tasked with getting the dinosaur to jump over cacti, and under flying pterodactyls. Your high score gets recorded on the top corner.
Bell’s toy set captures the key elements of the game. While there are no pterodactyls in the box set (also because they make their appearance later on in the game), the set actually stays incredibly true to its inspiration. You’ve got the dinosaur, four different cacti, and the box is designed to serve as the backdrop too! The box comes with a reversible design, with the starting message on the face, and the game-over message on the back… and the jumping Dino is reversible too! Turn it over and the Dino comes with the familiar wide-eyed expression its digital avatar has when it lands on a cactus, triggering the end of the game!
Designer: Andrew Bell for Dead Zebra Inc.
Internet hacks have affected lives, societies, countries, and even governments. Whether it’s interference in elections, an email leak, password database leak, or just a leak of photos from your cloud, you stand to lose your data for the simple reason because that data isn’t ‘with you’. It lies on a remote server along with everyone’s data, making it susceptible to massive breaches. A Seattle-based start-up wants that situation to change.
The Helm is a private server that promises to provide a small custom-built server that connects to a user’s home or small-office network and sends, receives, and manages email, contacts, and calendars, with photo storage rolling out soon. The Helm may sound like a daunting product to use, but the company promises that it takes just 3 minutes to set up, and provides strong encryption that only you, the consumer, can decrypt.
The Helm’s design comes courtesy New York-based New Deal Design. Emphasizing on the aspect of home-based-security, the Helm literally models itself on the shape of a roof, known for its sturdiness and steadfastness. Its design instantly becomes synonymous with security (almost reminding one of the phrase “to have a roof above one’s head”), and also allows the product to be stackable, letting you to layer multiple Helms above one another. Each Helm device comes with a 120GB SSD within it, so a user can simply add more Helms to the mix in order to increase storage. “Helm utilizes a one-shot plastic top and an extruded aluminum heat sync as its main enclosure. With minimal fasteners, and excellent heat dissipation, Helm accomplishes high performance in a smaller (and quieter) form factor.” For as little as $99 a year, Helm provides you with a dedicated server that belongs to you and sits in your home, giving you complete ownership and control over your data, so that the data is never, at any point of time, in the hands of others.