Wrist-mounted artists’ palettes: the best wearables are analog

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You know what’s better than a smartwatch? Literally everything else. But especially: the centuries’ worth of wrist-mounted paint palettes worn by some artists.

Some of these are humble affairs (a bit of masonite with a thumb-hole) while others are super-elaborate, mounted on watch-straps, with hinged bodies, unfolding trays, and even high-end, $1225 brass or silver Sketcher boxes with foldaway thumb-rings, water reservoirs, and up to 14 paint wells.

As Rain Noe notes on Core 77 these things are at the nexus of DIY and design, relentlessly functional, and extremely beautiful. They would make for great design school projects:

– The object has clear utility for the end user, and very specific practical requirements

– It requires some human factors work for the interface (i.e. how do you securely hold it?)

– It’s small enough that a student could manufacture a prototype in the school’s shop

– The extant examples of this object span from $15 plastic Wal-Mart objects up to $1,000-plus luxury items, giving the students a wide range in how they want to execute

– At most design schools, there are nearby Painting majors who could be interviewed and used for testing different designs, providing important feedback

Unusual Product Design: Functional, Technology-Free Wearables for Fine Artists [Rain Noe/Core 77]

(Image: House of Hoffman)

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a tense and daring reboot of the beloved shooter series

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After the slightly off-the-wall Black Ops 4 — which featured a time travel-themed zombie mode and Fortnite-style battle royale — Call of Duty is making the jump back to reality for its next release. Today, developer Infinity Ward officially announced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, a reboot of the long-running sub series with an intense focus on gritty realism.

Unlike BO4, the new Modern Warfare will indeed have a single-player campaign, and it’s the main focus for the reveal today. As you might guess from the name, it’s not a direct sequel to 2011’s Modern Warfare 3, but instead a soft reboot that kicks off a new storyline with a few familiar, returning characters. The campaign will be split into two halves: in one you’ll play as a Tier 1…

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Don’t expect a headphone jack or volume buttons on the Galaxy Note 10

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The unofficial start of summer means it’s time for rumors to begin swirling for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note device, which is typically announced around August. Still, the news might not be what you want to hear: the 10th anniversary Galaxy Note might be the one where Samsung finally kills the headphone jack for the phablet line.

According to Android Police, Samsung may be preparing to release two sizes for the Galaxy Note 10 — a regular and a smaller device (by the Note’s standard, anyway) — that won’t include the 3.5 mm headphone jack or physical buttons for power, volume, and Bixby. Instead, the devices are rumored to have capacitive or touch-sensitive areas that are textured, perhaps similar to how the power button / fingerprint…

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Watch The Cure play the “Disintegration” album in its entirety

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Last night, The Cure celebrated the 30th anniversary of their Disintegration LP by playing the entire album at the Sydney Opera House. They opened with an array of b-sides and demo tracks, moved into Disintegration, and encored with “Burn” from The Crow soundtrack, “Three Imaginary Boys” from their 1979 debut album, and a cover of Wendy Waldman’s “Pirate Ships.” Here’s the full setlist.

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