Don your favorite bath robe, cream that coffee and get comfortable with this weekend’s SolidSmack Weekend Reader.
This week we saw everything from how to turn your $399 Apple Watch into a “$17,000 Apple Watch” using some sneaky DIY techniques, the release of a new Maker-centric social network, how a small shop crafts surfboards in the middle of New York City and more…
So lay back, relax and take a load off while reading the top ten stories on SolidSmack this past week.
Oh and uh…don’t forget to shed some much-needed sunlight on your face, too.
“Of all of the Apple Watch orders that were received or picked up last Friday, only a few were likely to have been the gold Apple Watch Edition model, which ranges in price from $10,000 to $17,000…”
“Considered to be one of the most iconic designs from architect and designer Buckminster Fuller, the Dymaxion #1 is one of three cars that were designed by the late designer in the 1930s. Although the zeppelin-esque design of the car is well-loved and has been etched-in to nearly every industrial design history book or class curriculum, it is far from being what most would consider being even remotely safe…”
“Like many others who love to create, one of my heroes is Adam Savage — Mythbuster, science communicator, movie prop collector, and maker…”
“When people think about surfing, New York City isn’t likely to be among the list of worldwide surf spots that pop up immediately…”
“Although IKEA products have become synonymous with various levels of hackability (see here, here and here), the company has (unsurprisingly) been yet to celebrate the “IKEA Hack” movement under their own brand, at least until now…”
“Thanks to the internet’s interest in never-ending, looping cat fails and Russian parkour accidents, the GIF file format has surged in popularity over the past few years – however, when put into context for a sales or marketing tool, the GIF can be a powerful communicative medium for explaining a process…”
“As cycling continues to increase as a standard form of transportation around the world, we’ve also naturally been seeing an increasing amount of accessory designs that aim to make riding a bike to work or to meet up with friends at the bar a more personal experience…”
“In an age where seemingly anybody can turn a bright idea into a successful company worth millions of dollars literally overnight, it’s surprising how few books there are that break down this process…”
“Last time we heard from Mininch, the new hand tool company had raised over a quarter-million dollars from their first Kickstarter campaign – where they were hawking a unique multi-tool design that featured multiple bits in a pen-sized package…”
“If there’s one thing that the growing “Maker” community can continually count on, it’s just that: a community of like-minded individuals who support each other’s growth in search of the next great problem-solving idea…”