HK Magazine: How does Toilet Rush work?
Director of Nuthon Solutions Ltd. Leo To created Toilet Rush, a mobile toilet finder and one of the most popular apps in the city. He talks to Celine Lau.
HK Magazine: How did you come up with the idea of inventing a waterproof Bluetooth headset?
John Mak: I realized that the Bluetooth market had a lot of potential when I was in my old job. I had to take a lot of calls outside office hours, and it didn’t make sense to me that I couldn’t take my phone out at the beach, lest it got wet. There wasn’t a Bluetooth headset you could swim with, so I decided to create one.
HK: What was the greatest challenge in the process?
Electric engineer John Mak quit his job to create BFU, the world’s first waterproof Bluetooth headset, so you can listen to music while you swim. Compatible with all mobile phones, its battery can last up to 13 hours. He talks to Jaime Chu about his aquatic adventures.
HK Magazine: Tell us about Onemin?
Elvis Yu: Rather than just having a boring clock on your iPhone or desktop, the Onemin application shows a photo of a different Hong Kong person for every minute of the day. That means 1,440 different photos for a day! It’s based on the idea of the human clock which has become popular around the world but we are the pioneers in Hong Kong. We roam the streets and ask people to hold a board telling the time then we take a picture of them.
The website humanclock.com features people from around the world taking odd and interesting photos of themselves telling the time. Inspired by the phenomenon, 22-year-old Elvis Yu launched Onemin, an application for iPhone and desktop that shows Hong Kong people telling the time. He talks to Minnie Li about famous faces, heroes and embarrassing moments.
We all love our “toy” cameras. And when we say “toy,” we mean the little LOMO and other Russian gadget cameras we’ve loved using throughout the years. They take unique images, and they encourage you to just shoot whatever you want to shoot, which really should be the way to take photographs when travelling. Anyway, we still love the folks over at LOMO (at least two of us at HK Magazine are guilty of owning multiple cameras from the brand) but recently many are using an iPhone app called Hipstamatic (hipstamaticapp.com).
iPhones are so out. Japan mobiles are hot now. Here are our fav’rites.
SoftBank Aquos Shot 933SH
Tech specs: As the name suggests, the highlight of this phone is its camera. It contains a variety of functions such as a touch-screen control (including a finger sliding motion for focusing and zooming), automatic scene recognition, Chase Focus (motion detecting and focusing) and a 10 megapixel CCD. In case you’re wondering what the last thing meant, let’s just say it makes a lot of digital cameras on the market look stupid.
Richard Otsuki rounds up the hippest mobile phones from Japan.
Good things come in small packages, so the saying goes, and the demand for slimmer, lighter laptops has seen the popularity of “netbooks” growing rapidly. The reduction in size doesn’t necessarily translate into a reduction in functionality. Most netbooks come with built-in wireless and USB ports and the usual peripherals. That said, some of the more petite models have shunned DVD/CD drives to stay light. So when shopping around for a netbook, it’s important to consider just what your needs are.
We love netbooks: the slighter, lighter and cheaper brother to the laptop. Tim Pritchard picks the best.
HK Magazine: How did you score such a cool job?
Joel Chung: I actually recommended myself for it. I got in touch with the Polaroid company just because I wanted to get a deal bulk-buying film. Then I thought, why don’t I send them my work and see what they think about it? I did and then they invited me to be their camera tester. I’ve been doing it for three years.
Photographer Joel Chung is the envy of his fellow Polaroid fanatics—three years ago, he was appointed by the Polaroid Company as the official “tester” for their prototype cameras in Asia. He talks to June Ng about the beauty of instant photography and the dangers involved in capturing street life.
What with our current economic climate, cutting costs is not so much a choice as it is a necessity—whether it’s buying groceries in bulk, weekends out at 7-Eleven or selling off old furniture, we’re all saving where we can. But when it comes to your toys, who says you can’t have your media and play it too? Here we present cost-cutting methods to manage your geek lifestyle.
Your paycheck has shriveled. Your portfolio has tanked. And all of a sudden, that daily Starbucks and monthly gym membership are looking like outrageous extravagances. But just because we’re living through a global economic crisis doesn’t mean we have to settle for less. In this issue of HK Magazine we source the best deals around town. Read on immediately for easy tips on living large for little cash.
Recession got you down? Follow our guide to luxury on a budget.
Them Japanese folks love old stuff, and Tokyoflash is no exception, being the last word when it comes to kitschy-cool watches. The Barcode model takes the cake when it comes to retro-chic—based on the 60s revival of the 30s streamline moderne period, it’s probably the best post-post-modern thing you could slap on your wrist.
Buy it: $1,085 locally from www.100milligrams.com.
As the world crumbles around us, why not forget your troubles and jump back into the coolest era ever with these groovy gadgets.