Designer Gadgets for Rich and Poor
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The Apple iPhone and TV box, huge flat-screen TV's... it's been a good week for gadget-lovers. We hear about who's tops in the world of consumer electronics, and we'll hear from designer Yves Behar about the $100 laptop. Plus, Tijuana designers go on show, and a high quality building opens to Santa Monica's homeless.
The Last week was party-time for techies, with the Apple iPhone, GM's plug-in hybrid, gigantic flat-screen TV's and more. While Steve Jobs wowed crowds with his $500 cell phone, the spotlight at the Consumer Electronics Show fell on a designer gadget aimed at a very different market. The $100 laptop runs on Linux and is intended to be bought in vast quantities by foreign governments for distribution to poor children. Also, an industrial warehouse begins its new life as a transitional housing center for 55 homeless and mentally ill women and men in Santa Monica, and the Santa Monica Museum of Art opens a window into the Strange New World of Tijuana. Finally, Elsa Longhauser, Executive Director of SMMOA, on her favorite building in Los Angeles.
- Andrew Blum: design writer and editor, @ajblum
- Yves Behar: product designer at fuseproject
- John Maceri: Executive Director of the Ocean Park Community Center
- Rene Peralta: architect and founder of Generica
- Elsa Longhauser: Executive Director of the Santa Monica Museum of Art
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