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Big brains meet big brand - Road Frustration Index

A high speed collision between the boffins at MiTs SENSEable City Lab and Audi has given birth to 'The Road Frustration Index'. Scouring the web for traffic, weather, incidents and most importantly sentiment from Social Media - feeds live stats on a simple dashboard. Constructed in html 5, capable of comparing timeframes and cities, this is a neat little Beta.

Solar Sinter - Solar operated 3D Printer

We all know how important sustainable energy sources are and that renewable energy technology is advancing very quickly, but here's something brilliant. As part of his MA Product Design studies at the Royal College of Art, Markus Kayser thought a little outside the box and developed a solar operated 3D Printer using renewable, free materials to print 3D objects.

Amen. The new Twitter?

Amen is the place for battling it out over the best and the worst in life. The new 'twitter-like status update' social media tool lets you share your opinion about a person, a place or a thing. It is a pretty clever and slick looking piece. Amen.

Get the iPhone app from the iTunes app store.

Gmail Stop Motion Animation Video

JESS3 always produce visually captivating work, and their video for Google about Gmail is no exception. The video highlights the fact you can get Gmail on your smart phone, all wrapped up in a great stop frame animation. Find out more about the project and watch a 'making of' video on the JESS3 website.

Lego iPhone App

"This cleverly designed iPhone app will tickle Lego fans from eight to 80."

A brilliant mix of contemporary physical toys & futuristic digital interaction. Introducing LEGO® Life of George: the world's first interactive game combining real LEGO bricks with apps for your iPhone/iPod Touch. The app challenges you to recreate pre-set LEGO® shapes, by taking a photo of your outcome it makes a comparison between the tasks' image and your copy.

Historic Pictograms

How simple can a story be without losing the plot? Design studio H-57, based in Milan, Italy is currently experimenting with the simplicity of pictograms. Here are some life-story examples of famous characters such as Jesus, Michael Jackson or even Darth Vader, told with a lot of wit and maximum simplicity.

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A Video History of the iPhone

CNET UK Presents: History of the iPhone, dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs from Drew Stearne on Vimeo.

'It's like going from an arrowhead to a Swiss Army Knife' the development of mobile phones since the first ever cell phone was introduced in 1983 has been such a fast track move that allows us to call, text, see and chat to who, when and where ever we want. This brilliant animated video shows the history of the iPhone and technology from 1983 until today.

Made by CNET Published by Suzanne Labarre |

The History of the English Language, in Ten Minutes.

'Where did the phrase 'a wolf in sheep's clothing' come from? And when did scientists finally get round to naming sexual body parts?'
About 1600 years of historical facts about the worlds' language squeezed into small 10 one-minute bites, revealing the origins of English and phrases from Shakespeare, with a bit of wit and explained in simple words.

Published by The Open University, voice over by Clive Anderson. See the rest of the videos on the Open University YouTube channel