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Link About It: This Week's Picks

Google's Chromebook, inside a Chanel atelier, dissecting an FBI tracking device and more in this week's look at the web

by CH Editors in Design on 15 May 2011

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1. Chanel Metiers D’Arts, Guillet

Chanel's rich history continues to captivate media attention, this time with a peek that Another Magazine takes inside Guillet, one of the legendary ateliers that the label purchased in 2007. Images show a glimpse of the Bastille workshop where 15 artisans craft silks, velvets and other frippery gets into blossoms of all shapes and sizes.

2. Flexbook

Designboom recently had a competition to explore the future of living technology and Hao-Chun Huang's "Flexbook" was shortlisted from a massive number of entries. The device is a malleable multifunction concept allowing the user to rotate the screen and fold the keyboard to fit their liking.

3. Tracking Device Teardown

Wired and iFixit got hold of an FBI tracking device from a suspect character, giving them the chance to tear it apart. It's a pretty interesting look inside the tech that Uncle Sam and his big brother are using to watch you, right now—look behind you!

4. Aston Martin and Zagato

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the original Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato that debuted at Goodwood in 1961, the duo have teamed up again for what will be an undoubtedly high-performance collector's car. The initial concept debuts at Italy's historic car show at Villa D’Este from 20-22 May 2011.

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5. Tactile Touch Screen

Tokyo's Kajimoto Labs at the University of Electro-Communications devised a prototype touch screen that allows you to feel the sensation of the graphics on the palm of your hand—revolutionary technology for visually-impaired users. This is also a breakthrough for video games, where games could capture the feeling of ants crawling on your hand.

6. Decomissioned Chair

At Guild Hall's 73rd Annual Artist Members Exhibition artist Jeff Muhes recently took home "Best Sculpture for his work "Decomissioned Chair," which defines the negative space of a red plastic chair with a bulging mass of concrete.

7. Google Chromebook

Much to the joy of Android users and Google lovers everywhere, Google announced their Chromebook this week. The laptop lives completely in the cloud without applications, desktop, or any other nonsense—just direct access to the web.

8. Planetary

What one reviewer called "the most polished, the most magical, the most immersive app" in iTunes, Planetary visualizes your music collection as an astronomical journey allowing you to browse albums and control playback in a 3D vision of outer space.

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