11-11-2009 Outside Looking In
Clever design makes the world go round and can even speed up to the future with the right amount of vision. Designer Mac Funamizu keeps us in tantalising suspense with a small window device dubbed ´The Looking Glass´ that features a camera/scanner, GPS and internet connectivity and allows you to point, aim and discover a whole wealth of information about the object being observed. Frame anything that you fancy with the Looking Glass - artwork, buildings, monuments - and the image is analysed and searched on any number of sites like Wikipedia, Google or Google Earth to give you rapid answers quite literally at your fingertips. Fancy the decor of a restaurant but not sure about the menu? Zap it with the Magic Window and lo behold, the menu appears. Move over iPhone!